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.

Foto: Predrag Trokicić

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.

Police in the campaign

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?

People in a cage

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.

Radicals in transition

After the president announced a “civil war”, the prime minister rushed to Moscow to get the “weapons” and the “tools”. And not just any weapons, but defensive ones, so that Serbia could protect its territory.

Syrbians

Are those Syrians crazy? Don’t they read newspapers, watch TV? Don’t they see the state of the Europe they so naively rush to?

Hate

Instead of acting as allies against the false refugee policy, Croatia and Serbia are blowing the war horns and preparing for a new historic battle. The refugees are not important anymore.

A policeman and a boy

In everyday Serbia, an ethnic Albanian couldn’t be a good man and a good police officer. It can only happen by a tangle of circumstances which include internet and social media.

False bottom of Serbia

The manipulation of the idea of ZSO as a miniature Republika Srpska, is perhaps the most serious problem which could hinder the normalization of Pristina-Belgrade relations.

Got a room?

The horror on the Greek-Macedonian border has finally raised the question what the EU has done and hasn’t done; what the citizens are to do in the midst of events which will mark this century.

Putting out fire with gasoline

There is an innovation here – Vucic now clothes the radical party hooliganism in the suit of a great statesman and a peacemaker, something that he personally, as well as his servants, are going to sing about.

The quagmire of the nineties

One should hope that Vucic won’t propose to the “leaders of the countries that took part in the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia” to establish “a collective day of remembrance for all victims, regardless of their nationality”.