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fight-back-starts-against-balkan-fake-news-machines-12-01-2017
07 Dec 17

Fight-Back Starts Against Balkan ‘Fake News’ Machines

It may be a long struggle against the odds, but some independent media and civic activists in the Balkans are determined to counter the tide of fake news and disinformation flooding the region. 

secret-serbian-indictment-claims-army-helped-mladic-12-01-2017
05 Dec 17

‘Secret’ Serbian Indictment Claims Army Helped Mladic

The indictment of Ratko Mladic’s aides, which the Serbian prosecution has released to BIRN after initially declaring it a state secret, says the Bosnian Serb military chief had Yugoslav Army assistance while hiding in Belgrade.

bosnian-serbian-leaders-meet-to-ease-friction-12-05-2017
05 Dec 17

Bosnian, Serbian Leaders Meet to Ease Friction

Members of Bosnia’s Presidency are due in Serbia this week for talks at a time when border issues, Kosovo and landmark war crimes verdicts have all raised the political temperature.

kosovo-is-wasting-its-energy-on-recognition-battles-11-27-2017
05 Dec 17

Kosovo is Wasting its Energy on Recognition Battles

Getting diplomatic recognition by small, far-off states is far less important than having a functioning economy.

a-poisonous-week-at-the-hague-tribunal-11-30-2017
30 Nov 17

A Poisonous Week at the Hague Tribunal

The nationalistic reactions to the death of Slobodan Praljak and the conviction of Ratko Mladic show that bitterly hostile disagreements persist over the reasons for the 1990s wars and the crimes that were committed.

serbian-army-law-changes-boost-minister-s-power--11-28-2017
29 Nov 17

Serbian Army Law Changes ‘Boost Minister’s Power’

Experts expressed concern about the Defence Ministry’s planned amendments to legislation governing the armed forces, which could give the minister more power over recruitment to the Serbian Army and weapons purchases.

after-mladic-s-conviction-can-serbia-face-its-past--11-22-2017
23 Nov 17

After Mladic’s Conviction, Can Serbia Face Its Past?

The conviction of Ratko Mladic was overdue justice, but the full reckoning with the Serbian political project that he took to its genocidal extreme is still nowhere to be found.

how-balkan-elites-govern-by-manufacturing-scandals-11-20-2017
23 Nov 17

How Balkan Elites Govern by Manufacturing Scandals

The frenzy in Serbia over Bakir Izetbegovic’s interview is a classic example of the way Balkan governments use “friendly” media to distract the public from corruption scandals.

ratko-mladic-genocidal-killer-or-innocent-protector--11-20-2017
21 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic: Genocidal Criminal or Innocent Protector?

During a four-year trial, the Hague Tribunal has heard powerful and strongly-contested arguments about whether Ratko Mladic is guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity or whether he simply defended Bosnia’s Serbs.

serbia-fostered-culture-of-denial-by-hiding-mladic-11-16-2017
18 Nov 17

Serbia ‘Fostered Culture of Denial’ by Hiding Mladic

Author and journalist Julian Borger argues that because Serbia was not penalised for shielding Ratko Mladic while he was on the run, it helped foster a culture of denial of war crimes and genocide.

justice-hopes-fade-for-victims-of-devastated-vukovar-11-15-2017
17 Nov 17

Justice Hopes Fade for Victims of Devastated Vukovar

Lack of political will, inefficient prosecutors and poor cooperation between Belgrade and Zagreb means some families of people killed in and around the Croatian town of Vukovar in 1991 may never get justice.

ratko-mladic-s-fugitive-years-cloaked-in-secrets-and-lies-11-15-2017
16 Nov 17

Ratko Mladic’s Fugitive Years Cloaked in Secrets and Lies

During 16 years on the run, Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic was aided by Serbian officers, his Bosnian comrades and his family - but Serbia seems determined to keep the facts secret.

bosnia-s-izetbegovic-delivers-gift-to-serbian-nationalists-11-14-2017
15 Nov 17

Bosnia’s Izetbegovic Delivers Gift to Serbian Nationalists

Bosnian presidency member Bakir Izetbegovic’s statement that he would like Bosnia to recognise Kosovo was a free gift to Serbian nationalists seeking to win support by projecting themselves as their country’s true defenders.

serbia-s-border-demands-add-to-bosnia-s-headaches-11-14-2017
15 Nov 17

Serbia’s Border Demands Add to Bosnia’s Headaches

Serbian and Bosnian Serb leaders say the border issues between the two states will be solved by the end of the year, but some experts say it won’t be nearly so simple.

serbian-authorities-obstructing-free-media-journalists-say-11-13-2017
15 Nov 17

Serbian Authorities ‘Obstructing’ Free Media, Journalists Say

Serbia’s independent investigative journalists share their experiences of the routine intimidation people in the media face in their work.