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Instead of nationalistic weeping, the Serbian nation should be presented with a more pragmatic question: Do they want Kosovo as a province, when it is evident that they cannot rule it with the oppression imposed on Albanians for nearly two decades?
As you awoke this morning, September 28, you were no doubt blissfully unaware of the enormity of the day ahead. This 24-hour stretch has been “International Right to Know Day” since 2003.
There is a phenomenon that is readily associated with swathes of Kosovo’s post war politicians. In diplomatic terms it is known as “corruption”. For me and many of my fellow citizens it is nothing short of robbery.
So when she threw my five dinar coin back at me, she wanted to tell me that the National Bank of Serbia has withdrawn that coin from circulation and that, while they probably informed the public about it, it seems I did not see the announcement.
Ever heard of the expression “selling snow to Eskimos”?
It is hard work NOT to sell something people want.
There’s a feral frisson to the idea of foraging – it brings to mind leathery-skinned wise old men of the hills with eyes that glint like juniper berries and the knowledge of how to make acorn coffee.
As I investigated the condition of children without parental care in Bosnia, I realized that I could only get so far without filling in the bigger picture.
The wildfire on Mount Vitosha broke out just as the fire of the protest movement, down in dusty Sofia, was slowly dying.
I asked my friend Sanja to wait in the car while I conducted the interview. “He doesn’t want to speak on the record,” I told her. “I can’t see why I would stay for more than 30 minutes.”
Long before the global economy was brought to its knees, good jobs have been scarce in my part of the world.
Great players are not the only legends honoured at Glasgow’s Ibrox stadium, home to the Rangers football club.
Outside London’s central mosque, I approached a young woman who was distributing leaflets urging assistance for children caught up in Syria’s war.
In the beginning, this story seemed to have many of the ingredients of a classic investigation: Corruption allegations, tycoons, politicians, puzzles and reams of paperwork.
When officials openly insult the poor, or say corruption is their normal state of mind, I can't wait to see the reaction the next day – when, of course, nothing happens!
The Hague Tribunal has been successful in bringing wartime commanders to justice but hasn’t met expectations on reconciliation, chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz told BIRN.