The part of the verdict which says that our country, Serbia, has through its highest state, military and police officials organised and implemented a criminal undertaking has terrible implications for all of us.
Bones are bones. With the one difference that children have more small bones; they are less durable. And I came upon some small bones of the kind I was expecting to find.
‘Why was Zoran Đinđić killed?’ This is a question which will not be dealt by the courts, but which certainly will be addressed by history.
Anything that the rest of us in former Yugoslavia claimed to know about the Albanians was put together from a hodgepodge of offensive cliches.
The dominant Bosniak policy is skilled at playing a double game: on the one hand, loudly advocating a multi-ethnic and civic Bosnia; on the other, acting in a way that favours the emergence of a two-thirds-majority Bosniak national state.
During the past two centuries Serbian foreign policy makers have failed only too often to understand the nature of the Russian interest in the Balkans.
There is a whole new generation coming up, whose formative experiences are lacking international travel, if we leave out graduation excursions to Budapest or Athens. The consequences of this can be seen in the crime pages in newspapers.
Therefore the situation in Serbia in January 2009 is as follows: the Peščanik is the Enemy, and Ratko Mladić is the Friend.
A candidate status for EU membership would reverse negative trends in Serbia. Not only political elites but also local selfgovernments and citizens need to harness their energy for reaching a consensus on Serbia’s indisputable European course.
Considering statements by politicians, both from ruling and opposition parties, that are, almost without exception, based on denial of the Srebrenica genocide and represent an unscrupulously trade with Serbian victims.
The propensity to rely on spiritual unity with Russia, displayed by the country’s president and foreign minister, arises I guess from sheer helplessness, intellectual as well as political.
Svetlana Lukic and Svetlana Vukovic have been producing a 90 minute long radio show for nine years, and they have been giving it free of charge to Radio B92 to broadcast once a week, on Friday, and rebroadcast the next day.
People feel that this is what the new way of life must be, that we’ll live like this forever. This weighs heavily upon them, and drives them into isolation – which is one effect of anomie.
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.
The government of the Democratic Party headed by Boris Tadic is turning out to be extremely politically impotent. If we take the five goals this government had set, we can see that they didn’t manage to realize any of them.
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism A Kantian Idea of Sovereignty
To get to Europe we need the sort of politicians we can’t even imagine. For getting us closer to the Kremlin, the ones we have now will do.
Lucid critique of the way in which EU mistakes and weaknesses have encouraged first Greece, then Slovenia and in the latter’s wake Serbia to make trouble for their neighbours
We have really stepped into the realm of nonsense when someone who is paid by the government is expected to represent the interest of business.
A scholarly and witty talk by the historian Dubravka Stojanovic – an author of the recently published book Kaldrma i asfalt on the modernisation of Belgrade in the years before World War I – discusses how liberal ideas were interpreted, and implemented or not, in the first years of Serbia’s independence, in ways that retain their relevance to this day.
The thing that could help Serbia in this situation is a boost in public investments, but it depends on whether we have the money to finance it.
Does the new overlord of Serbia really plan to fight corruption or is that just one of his many sugarcoated phrases?
The 2006 Constitution shows clear intent of its authors to proclaim new courts and then elect completely new staff.
Whenever you find yourself short on argument, it comes in handy to call your opponent, who is always an enemy, too educated or to say that his wife wears corsets and hats, which is not good – she should be wearing skirts and kerchiefs.
The Republicans still enjoy the support of the wealthy and white people, but what is interesting is that the wealthiest, have overwhelmingly voted for Obama.
Searing comment on the poisonous nationalism that continues to be spread by Dobrica Ćosić, made by a prominent Belgrade opposition politician and human-rights activist, Vesna Pešić.
On the occasion of recent publications by the ‘Father Of The Serb Nation’, the director of Belgrade’s Helsinki Committee for Human Rights analyses Ćosić’s contribution to an unreconstructed version of Serbia’s recent past that continues to hold sway.
A virtual financial world and virtual financial services were created, and it ended in catastrophe. Someone privatized the profit and simply left.
Those who actually read the declaration, and I doubt that many will try, will immediately see that this is a common political programme.
We remain perplexed why they insist so much on Mladić, and never ask ourselves why we ourselves didn’t arrest him when we had him here.
The latest Kosovo formula of the Serbian state representatives – ‘Let’s be realistic, let’s do the impossible!’ – is in fact nothing but a swindle and a throwing of dust into the eyes of the population, designed to divert its attention from everyday problems.
Serbia is returning to the political (or state) and national interests that used to determine its diplomatic and other aims in the 1990s.