operation-flash-two-sides-of-medal
Feature

The Contested History of Croatia's Operation Flash

Croatia is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the victorious military operation which it says liberated its territory, but thousands of Serb civilians who fled in fear say their suffering has been ignored.


Analysis and Opinion

serbian-artist-puts-dead-nations-on-show

Serbian Artist Puts ‘Dead Nations’ on Show

Artist Ivan Grubanov, whose first major work was drawings of Slobodan Milosevic on trial, examines the idea of countries that no longer exist in a show at this year’s prestigious Venice Biennale.

nebojsa-minic-the-commander-of-death

Nebojsa Minic, Serbia’s ‘Commander of Death’

Mystery still lingers over the life of Nebojsa Minic, alias ‘Mrtvi’ (‘Dead’), one of the Yugoslav Army officers allegedly involved in the most brutal massacres in Kosovo – as explored in a new BIRN documentary.

serbia-will-send-better-picture-on-july-11

Mass Demo For Srebrenica Victims Planned in Belgrade

The journalist behind an action to honour the victims of Srebrenica in Belgrade hopes his initiative will send a different picture of Serbia to the world.

Daily Newsletter

* indicates required
Balkan Transitional Justice Daily
Email Format

Balkans Gripped by Chaotic Monument-Building Boom

Hundreds of war memorials have been built since the Balkan conflicts, but some governments exert no control over how much public money is spent or whether new monuments provoke ethnic tensions.

Ethnic Divisions Set in Stone

‘Hero’ fighters, massacre victims and alleged war criminals are being commemorated with new monuments across the former Yugoslavia, many of them reinforcing the disputes that originally led to the conflicts.

Yugo-Nostalgia Thrives at Tito Memorials

Monuments to Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito were installed all across the Balkans, and in some places they are still cherished by those who fondly remember the old state.

Balkan Monuments: The Weird and Wonderful

From Bob Marley in Serbia to George W. Bush in Albania, the Balkans are full of unusual monuments to celebrities and political giants as well as memorials to past conflicts.

Politicians Take Control of History in Albania

A hasty spending spree motivated by political ambition ahead of this year’s election in Albania created a series of monuments to controversial historical figures with questionable aesthetic value.

Interview: A Different Kind of Remembrance

Balkan countries need to develop a culture of memorialisation where different ethnic groups recognise others’ suffering as well as their own, says Sarajevo-based researcher Nicolas Moll.

Investigations

arkan-s-paramilitaries-tigers-who-escaped-justice

Arkan’s Paramilitaries: Tigers Who Escaped Justice

Paramilitaries led by notorious Serbian warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, alias Arkan, fought their way through Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo – so why were none of them jailed for his unit’s crimes?

world-war-i-history-divides-balkan-schoolchildren

World War I History Divides Balkan Schoolchildren

A hundred years on from the Sarajevo assassination, schools in former Yugoslav countries are teaching different histories about the causes of the 1914-18 war, reflecting more recent conflicts.

how-ex-yugoslav-states-funded-war-crimes-defendants

How Ex-Yugoslav States Funded War Crimes Defendants

Former Yugoslav countries have spent almost 40 million euro of public money supporting war crimes suspects on trial at the Hague Tribunal, a BIRN investigation has revealed.

balkans-gripped-by-chaotic-monument-building-boom

Balkans Gripped by Chaotic Monument-Building Boom

Hundreds of war memorials have been built since the Balkan conflicts, but some governments exert no control over how much public money is spent or whether new monuments provoke ethnic tensions.

Partners