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Even though Sarajevo has all the attributes of a multicultural and tolerant city, war wounds seem to bring out just the opposite when certain anniversaries come along.
I was sure yesterday was going to be a regular bus drive from Mostar to Sarajevo, which I would probably spend either sleeping or reading.
Momcilo Perisic is the latest of a series of high ranking inmates at the ICTY that have been freed by the court.
Bosnia is close to the historic moment of a headcount, but it looks like setting in stone the divisions unfinished by the 1992-5 war.
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.
After watching “In the Land of Blood and Honey”, I am left with two questions: “Why did I have to be reminded?” and “Why not a live action short film instead?”
This possibly isn't the most appropriate proverb but this is the only one that comes to my mind when thinking about the TV Duel: Jovanovic – Dodik.
The European law and order missions in Bosnia and Kosovo have totally different mandates, staffing and funding – but they are both in place to help these two former Yugoslav states join the European Union
Mid last-week, Tuzla, my (once upon a time) lovely town, woke up expecting a simple fifth day after New Year.
A recent Balkan Insight article, reporting Serbian President Boris Tadic’s attendance at the inauguration of Milorad Dodik as the new President of the Bosnian Serb entity, the Republika Srpska, on 15 November 2010, described the two men as “close allies”.
The sun was blazing, drenching me in sweat and delighting the mosquitos that had covered my arms and legs in myriad, itching bites. Suddenly, limping, I crested a hill and saw below me an unmistakable sight: the uniform white rows of the cemetery at Potocari, across the road from the old battery factory.
Along the way I observed the dismal situation for practically all who are not privileged members of the government and discussed options for change with various activists. I was confronted with two quite different visions of change, a positive one and a negative one.
Browsing through endless articles about the collapse of the latest attempt to overcome Bosnia’s political crisis, a corner of my eye caught a brief report about a bus that had crashed in northern Bosnia.
I am impatient to see that day and hear the introduction by the Prosecution – but I also constantly ask myself how will it influence my life, past, present and future, and my country? Will it bring us back a little bit of what we lost? Will the country be a better place to live in?
It seems that most local politicians have used their summer respite well. They have recharged their batteries and are now bursting with renewed radical propaganda, tacky statements and narrow-minded policies.