What is actually happening in Serbia? Almost simultaneously with the protests, we landed in the middle of a crisis with the West whose consequences still can’t be foreseen.
On our side of the mirror is possible for a mass protest to happen in the center of the capital and that the only thing that is reported about it is read from the statement of the ruling party.
Ethnic, nationalistic and social tensions are at an all-time high in Turkey…
All prime minister’s tirades about combative government and squatting in army barracks ended in an unexpected and urgent visit to Moscow, which was, naturally, private, i.e. for medical attention.
In the past, I was ready to point to the fine difference between “good” and “bad” nationalists, to accept patriots as flag-waving, basically harmless people. But not anymore…
Mayor of Belgrade said that one of the main reasons for the introduction of this airline was to enable American tourists to come to Serbia more easily. His faith in Serbian tourism is almost moving.
This is the first conversation in the set of meetings called the Other Serbia, organized by the Belgrade Circle in the begining of the 90s: For every one of us this means something. Something more than simply a promise…
In this post-electoral “uncertainty”, produced by the prime minister, the only unquestionable electoral list is the one by Vojislav Seselj. And the SNS list, whose percentage could only increase.
Now that we have agreed that the Hague Tribunal is no good and brings only quarrels and not reconciliation, the time has come for a brighter topic – national war crimes trials.
Vucic is the same as Serbia, i.e. the sum of all those differences – from Russia to NATO lovers. That mess is advertised for the elections under the slogan “Serbia wins – Aleksandar Vucic”.
Seselj escaped domestic justice, surrendering to the Hague court just prior to the murder of Zoran Djindjic. Now is the time for the Serbian judiciary to catch up with what has been lost.
If these first-degree verdicts become final, it would mean that Radovan Karadzic will have to bear the consequences of his crimes, while Vojislav Seselj will only have to answer to the public.
President Obama has obviously grasped that the Nobel Prize for Peace he received “on loan” was actually worth earning. His opponents in Washington see his trip to Havana as an act of treason.
I am writing to you on behalf of the global network of over 2,500 NGOs in 150 countries – to express dismay at the honor extended to an ICC fugitive, Sudanese President.
With its many flaws, the judgment will be reversed on appeal. But its principal damage – that of reinforcing diverging ethnic realities in the Balkans – will already have been done.
This article was originally published in 2008, when Karadzic was caught in Belgrade. We republished it 8 years latter, when the Hague Tribunal reached its verdict in the Karadzic case.
EJIL: Talk! – Yesterday the ICTY Trial Chamber convicted Radovan Karadzic for numerous crimes committed during the conflict and sentenced him to 40 years imprisonment.
Conversation with Łukasz Pawłowski for Kultura liberalna magazine: In all the Balkan countries you can hardly find decent media. Along with deprofessionalization, there is the process of ‘dumbification’…
Today we are giving a public lecture on Srebrenica, and examining the matrix of our learning about ourselves. The Turks are our mental time limit. The year 1389 is the beginning of our new era.
The bloody epilogue of such an important project as Yugoslavia demanded special attention of historians, but it didn’t receive it. There are neither successful nor unsuccessful books about it.
There is no reliable data on the total amount of money in the media industry, and about the purpose of these funds. This is also the least regulated aspect of the media system.
During the first year and a half of the media law’s implementation, no head of public authority has been sanctioned for not reporting the data on financing media publishers which they were obliged to do.
The Anti-Corruption Council would like to emphasize that the goal of this Report is not to mark any of the legal subjects as a perpetrator of a criminal offense…
The president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir is a friend of Serbia. The other day, on the occasion of celebrating the Serbian Day of statehood, Tomislav Nikolić awarded him with the Medal of the Republic of Serbia.
Vucic has once again retreated when faced with the demands of the Serbian intellectual elite: first he gave up the sale of Telekom, and then he withdrew from the abolition of national pensions.
Our prime minister was the member Seselj’s legal team and followed his trial closely, until they parted their political ways. He should know what’s allowed in the courtroom and what’s not.
In the pre-election atmosphere in Serbia, which is being fired up, the visit of Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin seemed like the opening of the famous Russian doll matryoshka.
The Anti-Corruption Council published a Report on the Possible Impact of the Public Sector Institutions on the Media through Financing of Advertising and Marketing Services.
What was the point of the mass arrests – is it a beginning of the election campaign, or an attempt to distract the public from the cracks in SPP (Gasic, Mirkovic) and from the new report of the Anti-corruption Council?
Vucic’s claims about us realizing the distinction between the mythical Serbia in heaven and the real one without Kosovo, aren’t confirmed by the reality.
The idea is something like Richard Pipes’ claim that Russia is Russia is Russia, politically and ideologically, even if it is the Soviet Union, which is not really the case.
The young French terrorists attacked those European commodities which are available to them – football matches, fast food and metal. In that sense, Hollande’s statement is true: France is at war, but it’s a civil war.