The Serb half truth

Masterly summary by a prominent Serbian constitutional expert and human-rights activist, Vojin Dimitrijevic, of a nationalist narrative about the country’s recent past.

How we lie to ourselves

Acid comment by Belgrade’s best-known civil-rights lawyer on the defence put forward by former FRY chief of staff Momcilo Perišic when his trial started before the Hague tribunal

The glory of Russia

Ever since I was a little boy, I knew the answer to the eternal Russian question “Whose fault is it?” It is always the fault of the one who is the biggest, strongest and dumbest.

A Russian Pandora’s box

Acute comment on the unwelcome consequences for the Serbian government of Russia’s recent recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Our Serb from Bosnia

Illuminating study of the links between politics and the economy between Serbia and Russia, as exemplified by the multi-functioned tycoon and politician Nenad Popovic.

The Russian problem

A Serbian take on Russia’s policies in Georgia, and on the essential differences between the NATO intervention in Kosovo and the Russian intervention in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

In a package

Prime Minister Cvetkovic gave an interesting comment on the assessed value of The Petroleum Industry of Serbia (NIS).

What is going on

The SPS is forming a coalition with the DS, The DSS is fading and disappearing of the political map, the Radicals are dividing, on no other grounds then joining the European integrations.

The reforms are moving in reverse

Although elected as pro-European and reformist, the government is drawing its first moves in the wrong direction. It is proposing a pension increase, the restriction of work for doctors and university professors.

Genocide documents concealed

The former official spokesperson for the Hague tribunal’s chief prosecutor provides a systematic review of the way in which minutes of Serbia’s Supreme Defence Council, that might provide evidence against Serbia for genocide at Srebrenica, have been concealed.

Letter from Georgia

Alone, without international support, Georgia will not be able to overcome current crisis and threat of annihilation since we are fighting against the regime that will use unacceptable means to achieve its goals.

Making crime banal

Torov’s argument for the vital importance – in Serbia’s own interest – of ensuring that the arrest of Radovan Karadžić leads to a real settling of accounts with the past

Karadžić’s defence

Srđa Popović comments on an article published in Belgrade newspaper Politika, in which Milan Škulić offers advice on how Karadžić’s defence should be conducted.

A beginning and an end

As was expected, the elections have spelled the end of Koštunica. The beginning of his end was the decision to wager everything on the card of conflict with the European Union.

Balkan tower

Searching for natural decency and wisdom, old thinkers came up with the Noble Savage, the Noble Peasant, and finally the Noble Destitute or Proletarian.

The Macedonian tragedy

The inability of the European bureaucracy to deal with crisis situations, and to rein in Greek nationalist arrogance and swagger, has only strengthened Greece’s potential for blackmail. 

Serbian salad

In Politika’s March 8th issue, Zorica Tomić – presented to the readers as ‘university professor, expert on culture’ – responded to the invitation to help the Serbs find themselves.

Historical revisionism

We have now returned to anti-fascism, but not because of its values; not because it is a system of values that has defined the modern world; and not because it is a bastion of defence of individual rights against collective ideologies endangering freedom – but in order to flatter a great power.

What happened on october 5th

I think it is good that two options and just these two are emerging. One is reliance on Russia, isolation. The other option stands for modernisation, entry into Europe, cosmopolitanism. 

Serbia in the summer heat

There are summer days when the great heat prevents those living in high-rise blocks from doing anything useful, and when even air-conditioning is helpless.

Serbia’s turbulent history

Serbia refuses to acknowledge its true territory. It has spent two centuries trying to be elsewhere, and its borders have moved in accordance with this wish south, west and north. 

Serb nationalism

The basic question that this essay seeks to answer is the following: why did Milošević’s nationalist model remain unchanged after [his fall on] 5 October 2000? 

The Albanians and I

A well-known Belgrade author now living in Germany recalls his personal experience of his Albanian compatriots while growing up and living in Serbia.