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Egypt Named as Source of Balkan Islamic Extremism

Kosovo researcher says imams promoting ISIS in Balkans studied together in Egypt before bring their militant ideas back home.

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Building Bridges Across the Balkan Divides

Award-winning radio journalist Omer Karabeg has been getting people from warring nations to talk to each other on air for 21 years, but he still believes that reconciliation is a long way off.

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Restoring Trust in a Divided Kosovo Town

After the Kosovo war, activist Valdete Idrizi realised that reconciliation would only be possible if Serbs and Albanians in her ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica started talking to each other again.

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Balkan Countries Must Take ISIS Seriously

Even if they are mostly just propaganda, Balkan governments must not dismiss any threats coming from ISIS, Middle East expert Janko Scepanovic tells BIRN.

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Promoting Peace in a Country at War

Croatian activist Vesna Terselic started campaigning for peace when the majority was clamouring for war - and is still doing so, more than 20 years later.

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Our Hero, Your Killer: A Sarajevo Story

Public denial of crimes against Serbs by the Bosnian Army in besieged Sarajevo shows that rival interpretations of the wartime past remain hard to reconcile, historian Nicolas Moll tells BIRN.

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Operation Storm: Childhood Memories of a Refugee Exodus

Twenty years after he fled the Croatian Army’s Operation Storm with his mother, two bags and a single toy, images of refugee convoys and burned-out houses remain vivid in 24-year-old Milos Ivanisevic’s memory.

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Serbian Musician Takes Peace Message to Srebrenica

Serbian star Marcelo says that music can’t heal the divisions of war but it can promote ethnic reconciliation - as he wants to do at his concert with Bosnian rappers in Srebrenica this week.

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Balkan States Don’t Protect Journalists, HRW Says

Instead of securing safety for journalists to work freely, politicians in Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia are creating a hostile environment for media freedom, a new report says.

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New Ombudsman Vows to Get Closer to People

Hilmi Jashi says political influence, deficient legislation - and a general lack of faith in justice - are among the many challenges he faces in his new post.

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End War Crimes Impunity, Council of Europe Tells Serbia

Serbia must do more to deal with its wartime legacy as well as acknowledging what happened in Srebrenica in 1995, Council of Europe human rights commissioner Nils Muiznieks told BIRN.

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Fear on the Run: A Srebrenica Survivor’s Tale

Fatima Ahmic spent 13 days fleeing through woodlands, almost entirely without food and water, dodging ambushes and shellfire as she escaped the Srebrenica massacres 20 years ago.

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Croatian Politicians ‘Fuelling Hatred of Serbs’

Tamara Opacic, the author of a new survey of violence and intolerance against Croatia’s Serb minority last year, blamed politicians for using ethnic intolerance to attract votes.

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Cascade of Power Dams Threatens Balkan Rivers

The head of the environmental NGO Riverwatch, Ulrich Eichelmann, says a mass of new power plants, supported by the World Bank and EBRD, could seal the fate of Balkan rivers.

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Mehmeti: Macedonia Needs New Prime Minister

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski must stand down and further cooperation with his party, the VMRO DPMNE, should be ended, says Ermira Mehmeti MP and member of the junior coalition party the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI.