Right on target

Once upon a time, Serbia was a place where good and bad people were equally distributed all over the country. Now the good people live only in the ruling party.

We need a different Europe

Cosmopolitan perspective seems to be the core of optimism of the renowned German sociologist. Professor Beck visited Belgrade last week giving lectures on saving the European project.

Turning over a new leaf

The prime minister’s smile meant for chancellor Merkel disappeared. Only scowls and teeth grinding remained for Albanian prime minister. All in the spirit of “turning over a new leaf in our relations”.

An ethnologist at the Book Fair

It would be interesting to compare the Book Fair and Trumpet Festival in Guca, the speeches praising the Serbian books and those praising the Serbian trumpet. You could make a good doctoral dissertation out of it.

Serbian society and war crimes

“The very reality of existence, almost reduced to the mere existence of our bodies, has become suspicious”, said Srdja Popovic in this essay 11 years ago. He left us a year ago, but Serbian society is still standing in the same, unbearable spot.

Down with teachers!

Teachers are parasites on the state budget that spend money and produce nothing? The government maybe should declare teaching a socially-useful work, which isn’t funded by the treasury.

Beyond self-censorship

Blic’s headlines are an open invitation to lynch the actor Goran Jevtic. Is self-censorship no longer enough, and journalists now must offer someone as a sacrifice to save themselves?

Concessions to the trap

Serbia’s budget deficit this year will amount to around 3 billion euros. Serbian government debt rose to 70% of GDP (the law stipulates that it mustn’t exceed 45% of GDP).

Theatre of the absurd

Although fighter jets flew over the city the entire day, the Serbian government was unable to prevent a toy aircraft from entering the air space above the stadium where the match between Serbia and Albania was taking place.

Halving the mindset

We are being asked to change only the part of our mindset which prevents us from working hard, but not to change the whole mindset and go on strike, because we are working in poor conditions for low wages.

Strictly controlled freedom

There are a lot of impressions, but there is no Olja Beckovic to classify them, nor can you vote any longer. Maybe this was the idea: you got the Pride, but lost “Utisak”; you had a flood, you will get Putin.

King Solomon’s riches

The Cyprus treasure became part of the oral tradition of a people robbed in the 1990s by a skillful mix of hyperinflation and Ponzi schemes.

In the shade of propaganda

We have status quo in Serbia, but Vucic’s version of that „parasite system“ is radically nihilistic. Its performers don’t believe in change, and anyway: they don’t know how to do it.

Don’t light the candles

The beating of a young man from Germany is not an “incident”. State retreats before the threats, and citizens demonstrate that it is none of their business, until it starts to endanger their imaginary reputation.

From Germany with love

Balkanist – German publishing house De Gruyter has confirmed that the article authored by Belgrade mayor Sinisa Mali, which granted him the right to defend his doctoral dissertation at FON, is plagiarism.

Human Rights? What for?

The introductory sentence of the first article in the Constitution defining Serbia in an early-romanticist manner as a state which “belongs” equally to the Serbian people and all citizens living in it – is politically profoundly insincere.

A summer strike

Until today, not a single attack against Pescanik was investigated. Just like on previous occasions, the website administrator has collected data of the attack from his logs. Pescanik’s legal team is preparing criminal charges against “persons unknown”.

The Etihad case

The most suspicious part of the Agreement is the one in which Etihad issues orders and commitments to the Government of Serbia to secure a monopoly over the airport Nikola Tesla for Air Serbia and Etihad.

Global hate

In the news about the camp where Zilots train minors in the use of weapons, the most wicked is the prioress, who seeks to pull the children away from the computers by giving them guns.

Gennady in Jerusalim

In parallel with the specter of state bankruptcy, used for amortization of social unrest, the story of Russian relations has been intensively developing in the public. This story has two faces. One is the story of Russian power and the other is of mercy.

Open letter to the people of Belgrade

We are a group of 50 international scholars and experts on urban development and planning. We have seen and studied the plans of “Belgrade on the Water” project and want to communicate some serious concerns about the current proposal.

Hydrophobia

The scenery of future and potentially more serious crisis is emptying, and there only remain the prime minister with the government as his extended arm, the army and “the people” which should be protected – well known trinity.

Long live labor

A new reason for layoff is introduced – behavior of an employee that constitutes a criminal act at work or related to work, regardless of whether criminal proceedings against the employee are initiated.

The endgame in Ukraine

Croatian case provides one possibly relevant comparison with the Ukrainian crisis. Apart from that outcome, there are three other endgames but rather unlikely to be adopted. The implication is that the conflict will be a protracted one.

Legitimacy and constitution

There are various attempts to draw a parallel between the crisis in and over Ukraine and the dissolution of Yugoslavia and more specifically with the constitutional set up of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the possible political outcome in Ukraine.

Sacrificing the chess pawn

There are those who claim that this is all part of a political play – to sacrifice not so politically important Krstic on “an altar of painful reforms” in order to preserve intact and integral Vucic.