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.

Will the losing streak ever end?

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.

The Mad Hatter

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.

Game of thrones

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.

Terracotta army

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…

New York, New York

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.

Living with a monster

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…

Vucic’s hour of the wolf

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.

We can do it better

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.

Pre-election torture chamber

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’s shadow

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.

Accountability

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.

Obama in Havana

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.

The great theft

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’…

History’s blindspots

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.

Black box of media financing

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.

Media and normative framework

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.

Fugitive with medal of merits

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.

National tensions

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.

What do we want with Tolimir?

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.

Matryoshka politics

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.

Media and marketing

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.