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10 Dec 07

Bosniaks face Marginalisation in Kosovo

Insufficient provision of education in Bosniak is helping erode the identity of this neglected minority in Kosovo.

10 Dec 07

Village for Sale

With no jobs for the young and no security for the old, no wonder entire Serbian villages are on the market.
10 Dec 07

Classes at Dawn in Sandzak's Crowded Schools

It’s three children to a bench - and a third-rate education - in Novi Pazar’s hopelessly cramped schools.

10 Dec 07

Roma Refugees Cling On in Novi Pazar Slum

Displaced from Kosovo and ineligible for benefits as they have no ID cards, town’s Roma live on margins of existence.

10 Dec 07

Protest Singers Try to Rock Bosnia's Establishment

Move over Joan Baez. Today a generation of musicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina is putting their art into the service of change.
10 Dec 07

Sevda, the First Who Took Roma's Fight Against Racism To Court

As new anti-discrimination act kicks in, shops and businesses no longer get away so easily with routine abuse and harassment.

10 Dec 07

Assen: 'There is Nothing I Am Looking Forward to'

While heroin is losing its appeal among more prosperous Bulgarians, dealers have a firm foothold among the impoverished Roma.

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10 Dec 07

Bulgarians Recall Zhivkov with a Smile

Seventeen years after the fall of communism, Bulgarians increasingly remember only the comic side of their dictator.
10 Dec 07

Rosa, Rubie and Ruska: New Homes Don't Bring New Lives

Several years after Plovdiv Roma families were moved to a new estate, lessons need to be drawn from the failure of this experiment in social engineering.

10 Dec 07

Suleyman, Who Used To Be Yulian, and His Grandson Michael

Pressures on people in Bulgaria to change their Christian names into Muslim ones, or vice-versa, are still strong.

10 Dec 07

Nasredin Rabi Abdu: Being Black in Bulgaria

The Sudanease refugee is not afraid of skinhead attacks in Sofia; he worries more about the future of the child he is having with a Bulgarian partner.

10 Dec 07

Exilia: The Blogging Teenager Who Dispeled Myths about Bulgaria's Turks

Ethnic Turkish girl is using the net to tell her fellow countrymen what life is like on the bridge between two different cultures.

10 Dec 07

Tears in Belgrade for "Serbia's Guardian"

Ex-president's sudden death feeds keen sense of victimhood felt by many Serbs.

11 Sep 07

Macedonian Smokers Say Health Drive is a Drag

Bell tolls for the era of the overflowing ashtray in Macedonia, as politicians get tough on puffing in public.
11 Sep 07

Roma Scorn Their On-Screen Portrayal

Macedonian Roma don't recognise their life as it is portrayed in an award-winning film.