The other side of Goebbels

In recent weeks, we’ve witnessed a new phase of propaganda activities launched by the authorities, involving all aspects of social reality. Public speech is reminiscent of a stream of consciousness…

Believing demagogue

Simon Wren-Lewis writes: “Brexiters… need to believe in the fantasy of Global Britain”. Do they believe? And do they even need to? Does a demagogue believe or need to believe in his or her demagogy? There are three possibilities.

Beograd 17.3.2019, policajac sa automatskom puškom

A stick with two short ends

While the rise of right-wing movements in the EU can be explained by the misuse of liberal democracy, in Serbia, the rise of the extreme right is happening in the very name of democracy.

jagnje u štali

Milos Obilic goes global

On the pathological FB recording of the New Zealand slaughter, the song “Karadzic, lead your Serbs” blasts from the car speakers. His weapon is clearly engraved in Cyrillic: Milos Obilic, Prince Lazar…

Tekst Sporazuma sa narodom, pištaljke i zastava Srbije

Broken telephone game

Vladimir Dimitrijevic thinks that the Rolling Stones are “devil-inspired” and that John Lennon was “a fan of Lucifer”. He is the member of the far right Dveri movement – and the speaker at the #1od5million rally.

Rasa Todosijevic, Mother for Sale, 50th October Salon (2009)

Beginning of the 21st century

Imagine me in a stuffy little room, like some kitchenette-hut. The kitchen is chock-full of old ugly furniture, with the smell of fried eggs, onions, and that invariably rancid cooking oil lingering in the air…

Makaze seku Kosovo sa mape Srbije

Kosovo and Serbia

On Nikola Pasic Square, DSS and SRS once again said „Kosovo is Serbia“. Both Dveri and Nasi shouted the same thing to the prime minister in Orasac. Even Vucic himself claimed that Kosovo is Serbia in Munich.

"There's more of us than you", protests in Belgrade

Regime over the abyss

We saw another public display of the regime’s brazenness in an interview with the prime minister. He spent 95% of the time talking trash about his opponents, blathering about the toilets at the Faculty of Philosophy…

transparent sa protesta #1od5miliona: Buna protiv dahija

Hunger

According to the Freedom barometer, which places emphasis on political freedoms, Serbia ranks 35th among 45 countries in Europe and Central Asia. So, we’re near the bottom once again.

slomljena grana drveta

Robby K: Vucic’s fall

“If a tyrant could choose a people to rule, instead of people choosing tyrants, he would most definitely choose Croats. Vucic would be so much luckier if he ruled in Croatia instead of Serbia. He would say: This is heaven on earth!”

krilo ptice od kamena

#105 out of 5 million

Teachers of the Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy support protests of citizens of Serbia: Through research of an individual and a society, we recognize numerous elements of dictatorship in the government’s behavior.

apple on a fence

Waiting for Putin

They come to power with Western, USA and EU, support, and try to stay in power with Putin’s support. Milorad Dodik is one successful, so far, example. Vucic, the President of Serbia, is attempting the same.

Chickens in the Yard

Petty thieves

Brnabic complained to the media that she was surprised by some foreign agencies which interpreted her statement about the military as a threat of war. Then she ordered her team to review the video…

Photo: Neda Radulovic-Viswanatha

“The times they are a-changing”

After the mid-term elections in the US, it is unlikely that Trump will be re-elected in 2020. This is irrespective of the rising chances of impeachment (which, the chances, we will not know until Mueller publishes his report).

klupa u parku

Beginner’s guide to Serbia’s decline

Ana Brnabic explained that “there is a possibility to sign a long term contract on normalization with Pristina by 2025”, but that, most likely “by then, Serbia won’t be ready to join the EU.”

Still from the Depth Two

Landscape of crime

Ognjen Glavonic’s long-awaited first feature film The Load (Belgrade premiere is tonight) is based on a story about a man who drove the truck loaded with dead bodies from Kosovo to Serbia in the spring of 1999.

ptice u letu

Night mailman in Serbian army

Are there more Serbian war criminals in prisons or at the Belgrade book fair, which just closed. This dilemma arises because of the program at the booth of the ministry of defense and the army of Serbia.

All the same, photo: Pescanik

Media freedom in Serbia today

We started cooperation with the Serbian government in June this year on creating the Media strategy, having been given guarantees that there was a political will to improve the situation in the media.

Photo: Predrag Trokicic

New dean and hate speech

New generation of students of the Faculty of law in Novi Sad was greeted by the new dean Branislav Ristivojevic, who was a couple of months ago found guilty of hate speech against LGBT+ citizens.

Grafit na zidu zgrade: Ajmo... De ćemo??!

We didn’t understand

Yugoslavia as a way to fulfil Serbian goals for Kosovo – that was not enough. It was seen as an obstacle for the establishment of Serbian power in Kosovo. Hence the choice: Kosovo or Yugoslavia.

svetleća reklama Tvister

Defeat

“The crying Serbia” has won over “the winning Serbia” – concludes Vucic. And then he describes the “crying” Serbia in more detail: „Sonja Biserko, Sava Janjic and Rada Trajkovic, and nationalists“.

ulica noću, farovi kola

Imaginary coup

For many who don’t understand politics, a coup is usually a bloody and cruel institution, but also a romantic one. This is how you bring down a hated government and install a new, perhaps even worse one.