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…

Promocation

The problem is not the fact that it’s a Serbian train, since Serbian trains and buses regularly travel to Kosovo and vice versa, but the fact that the words „Kosovo is Serbia“ are written on it.

To the new years of fighting

Ready for a new year of fighting, because the Dark is afraid of us! Whose city? Our city! We started 2016 with this message. A year of the fight against a serious threat to our city.

New era of total lies

In a weak and underdeveloped society such as the Serbian one, a lie is not used for ideological seduction, but for linking authoritarian government and dependent citizens into a permanent coalition.

Trump and power

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Trump announced that he was going to pull the US out of TPP and was going to negotiate bilateral trade deals. To get better deals for the US: ‘to bring jobs and industry back’.

Vukovar. Entertainment

The front page of Vecernje novosti on Monday, November 18th, 1991 brought two equally huge headlines: “Vukovar under control of Yugoslav army” and “Folk singer Lepa Brena is getting married”.

Revenge of the politics

Branislav Ristivojevic, a professor at the Novi Sad Faculty of Law, recently published his view on the annulment of Slobodan Beljanski’s PhD thesis. He spoke on TV Pink, made a statement to TV Vojvodina…

The years the SPP has devoured

The GDP of the Eastern European countries in 2015 was 60% higher than 25 years ago, while Serbia is 25% below that level. These countries as a whole are 85% more developed than Serbia.

Insult of the week

Not a day goes by that we don’t get insulted by the government. It insults us collectively, as a group, as individuals. But at the end of the day, the government feels the most insulted.

Another perspective

We are witnessing a conflict of the state with itself: MPs attacked the Ombudsman, and the prosecutor’s office attacked the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance.

Olympic battle for Kosovo

The government’s instruction means fewer medals for Serbia, but fails to show how it will manage to defend Kosovo. The first question being in which sports our medals and defense of Kosovo could “clash” at all.

The exes

Ten days after the murder in Zitiste we still came to the point where violence is violence, jealousy is jealousy, and it’s hard to be left by a partner. You can read all about this in the article on the Politika website.

Guantanamo in Serbia

Torture methods used in Serbian institutions resemble interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the American prison Guantanamo, whose closing the prime minister is supposedly enabling.

Stairway to Brexit

EJIL: Talk! – Cameron has just announced that he will be stepping down by October, but the irony is that we may yet remember him sentimentally under, say, a prime minister Boris Johnson.