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.

The grand design of corruption

Our sun rises in Arab Emirates. Their money, entrepreneurship and altruism are supposed to make Little Dubai out of Serbia, shinny and silly, like all that modern hamburger architecture from Brazil to Kazakhstan and China.

The shameless plagiarism of Aleksandar Šapić

Balkanist – Aleksandar Šapić has sunk deeper into the Serbian academic mud than Mr Stefanović, not because of his tattoos or his (indisputably outstanding) athletic career, but because his plagiarism is more serious, extensive and shameless than that of Mr Stefanović.

The mythical war

Feeling of injustice is perhaps the strongest glue of a nation. It homogenizes all individuals with a strong sense that we are objects of constant historic injustice – you keep giving, but you are always misunderstood and, eventually, end up worst.

Prijedor holograms

At the opening of Andricgrad Vucic stressed that the Institute will be “the gathering place for all great Serbian minds”. However, on the road to Omarska none of those “great Serbian minds” thought to put a single road sign.

Flooded consolidation

Prime minister didn’t explain what floods have to do with reducing public servants’ salaries. It turns out that the public employees are biggest victims of floods and therefore the urgent fiscal consolidation should be postponed.