Bending knee to Sultan

Erdoğan’s festive welcome pointed out all the features of the “poor man’s glory”, which mostly shows the things that don’t exist. In this case, glamor, honesty and grandiose friendship.

Monkeys

National Council decided to appoint a “professor from Italy” as “a member of the expert committee to analyze the disputed doctoral dissertation of the mayor of Belgrade, Sinisa Mali”.

Waiting for the election

The atmosphere of social conflict on the brink of an armed clash is intolerable for most citizens and they are willing to sacrifice a lot to avoid it. This is the secret of Vucic’s success among Serbian voters.

Ready for the Declaration!

Vucic has been successfully strengthening the myth on the innocent nineties. This U-turn has abolished war criminals, promoters, profiteers, but also authors and promoters of the Memorandum.

Why poetry?

When my mother was very old and in a nursing home, she surprised me one day towards the end of her life by asking me if I still wrote poetry. When I blurted out that I still do, she stared at me…

Football selector as head of state

Aleksandar Vucic offered to one refugee boy from Afghanistan and his family a chance for a decent life in Serbia – and then turned that offer into its very opposite…

Murder in controlled conditions

We spoke about violence against women with Natasa Jovic, assistant secretary general to the Ombudsman and Tanja Ignjatovic from the Autonomous women’s center.

The sovereign

Aleksandar Vucic became the new president of Serbia, but also, in a sense, the theorist of his own political system. The cover of the last issue of Nedeljnik shows A. Vucic playing chess with himself…

Electoral autocracy

A person who is a minority according to practically all features of political significance, Ana Brnabic, is going to be Prime Minister. How will she rule? She won’t. President Vucic will.

Mirëdita, bad days

They tried to enter the room where the fourth “Mirëdita, good day” festival, which presents the cultural scene of Kosovo, was planned to happen. The police managed to prevent them…

Phantom of Bujanovac

Ivica Dacic said that the only reason Jonuz Musliu won’t be “arrested” is the fact that Aleksandar Vucic “makes sure that his actions don’t cause additional damage or turn Musliu into a victim”.

Lex Croatia

The difference between a multimillionaire in France or Sweden and Ivica Todoric in Croatia is the fact that they have to obey their laws, while in Croatia the laws have to obey Ivica Todoric.

Election dialectics

Opposition is not only a competition to the regime, but also a guarantee of its legitimacy. Elections not controlled by the opposition are no longer a legitimate expression of the citizens’ will.

Keep it weak

This very moment, the opposition should start preparing for the Belgrade elections. And the first item in these preparations should be the analysis of the presidential election which has just ended.

A Marxian fable

At one time, I found it useful to think in terms of Marx’s dictum: from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs. Start with Plato, not altogether literally…

Three weeks before the elections

Our candidate for the Eurosong scheduled for the first week of May has more publicity than the presidential candidates taking part in the elections scheduled for April 2nd.

Serbia on spring break

The prime minister promised to engage in presidential campaign only in his free time (although, he also promised not to run) and then secured this free time by dismissing the government.

Candidate’s thirty-seconds quote

“I’m not campaigning. We didn’t spend a single dinar, we didn’t hold a single rally. I didn’t go anywhere to campaign in any way. Is this true? It is. So, why are you talking about campaigning?”

Always on the women’s side

Vucic, the knight in shining armor, will defend Marija Mali as the mother whose children were taken away, but won’t mention her as a woman who is the victim of domestic violence.

History as elephant in the room

Where does a contemporary history of Serbia begin? How is the Yugoslav legacy reflected within it? And does all the talk about memory and forgetting in post-conflict societies really help?

Tribal rules

Last week, the Bar association of Belgrade refused to register Vladimir Vukcevic, former war crimes prosecutor, into the attorneys’ registry. We could have anticipated this last year…