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American People Must Say No to Washington's Foolish Policy of Constant War

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

American foreign policy is controlled by fools. What else can one conclude from the bipartisan demand that the U.S. intervene everywhere all the time, irrespective of consequences? No matter how disastrous the outcome, the War Lobby insists that the idea was sound. Any problems obviously result, it is claimed, from execution, a matter of doing too little: too few troops engaged, too few foreigners killed, too few nations bombed, too few societies transformed, too few countries occupied, too few years involved, too few dollars spent. As new conflicts rage across the Middle East, the interventionist caucus' dismal record has become increasingly embarrassing.

Croatia: 'Criminal Enterprise HDZ' Takes Over Presidency -- Organized Crime and the Rise of Nationalism

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Strong rule of law nations must urgently address transnational organized crime in the Balkan region's mafia states including Croatia, and, help establish the rule of law and independent judiciary.

Paris Attacks and the Kalashnikovs From the Balkans -- The Ignored Enemy From Within

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 03.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Designing a long-term strategy and implementing effective policies to successfully deal with radical Islam on Western soil can no longer be delayed. In the immediate future, strong rule of law nations must deal with enemies within our midst which are facilitating:

450 Dogs Surround Life-Saving Secret Santa

Janet Kinosian | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Janet Kinosian

Yes, heroes are everywhere, but there are heroes and then there are HEROES. And for stray animals in Eastern Europe, these people are super-heroes.

Putin's 'Yugoslavian Scenario' Threatens Balkan Interfaith Relations

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

A Russian threat to Bosnia-Hercegovina could mean a rupture of delicate interreligious relations maintained in the country since Dayton. Bosnia is still divided between a "Republic of Serbs" and the "Federation of Bosnia-Hercegovina," with the latter comprising Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats.

Serbia's Future- EU Accession or A Closer Alliance with Russia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

While Serbia has made great strides towards integration in the EU, it still has a long way to go before it can achieve economic compliance with EU standards and shed the reputation of intolerance and radical nationalism, personified by Seselj, that has tarnished the country since Milosevic's ascension to power.

FATCA: Are Transnational Criminal Networks Influencing US Policy?

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Natasha Srdoc

There is a fundamental difference between the privacy of banking accounts and hiding beneficial ownership in order to commit crimes. The benefits of tracking organized crime, terrorism financing and tax evasion far outweigh the risks to privacy and secrecy of accounts, which is already adequately protected by rule of law nations.

Alabanians Red-Carded Over Own Drone-Goal

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Sasa Milosevic

A debacle of a football match between Serbia and Albania has triggered a new wave of Balkan political tensions that deepens a traditional gap between the two nations whose historical collision has become an inseparable part of Balkan identity.

On the Cusp of War, Pope Francis Delivers a Vital Message of Unity and Hope

Edi Rama | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Edi Rama

Democratic Europe, as ISIS' war comes ever closer, must fight back not only with weapons, but with the strength of unity against a fantasy gone rampant, against people who would return our to the dark abyss of past millennia.

Quest for identity - orphans of the narrative

Ziyah Gafic | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Ziyah Gafic

These are simple objects: clocks, keys, combs, glasses. They are the things that victims of genocide in Bosnia carried with them on their final journe...

Iraq, Syria, and Today's Other Killfests: The Great War as the Tragic Gift that Keeps on Giving

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

The morning of June 28, 1914 dawned bright for most Europeans. By sunset a geopolitical cataclysm loomed. World War I demonstrated the importance of saying no. Any of the great powers could have stopped the march toward war. America could have refused to join the parade after it started. The world would have been a better place had one or all done so. Today, Washington is filled with routine proposals for new interventions: bombing campaigns, foreign invasions, and military occupations. Most seem unlikely to trigger a new world war. But a century ago no one expected an assassination in a distant Balkan province to do so either. That is reason enough for Americans to make war truly a last resort.

The Misrule of Law in Croatia

John Feffer | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

Natasha Srdoc, who has done stints in international banking, the think tank world, and politics, is a firm believer in free market capitalism. She doesn't think what took place in former Yugoslavia comes anywhere close to her understanding of how capitalism works.

Blame it on Rio, or Sarajevo?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

War more likely in the Balkans or sex in Brazil, turned into an unexpected UN Security Council debate. Is promiscuity for conflict, sex or soccer something embedded in our genes, culture or environment? Some stereotypes perhaps are better, or more accurately less harmful, but in the end they become a hurdle.

Sorrow in the Balkans

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

Sorrow never stops in the Balkans. It's the favorite topic, the inspiration, the poetic lament. It's the history. The recent flood that drowned the region, the worst recorded in 120 years, as usual showed how the scale of human tragedy translates into human solidarity.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Roads, Suing for Climate Action, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, May 22 2014 How unusua...

The Importance of Helping Serbia

Matthew Trinetti | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel
Matthew Trinetti

You may be aware that Serbia and the other Balkan countries are experiencing devastating flooding right now. It's the worst flooding the area has experienced in over 120 years.

Thousands Flee Fatal Balkan Floods

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2014 | World

By Marko Djurica OBRENOVAC, Serbia, May 17 (Reuters) - Seven bodies were pulled from flooded homes in Bosnia and the army rushed ...

Death Leaves a Heartache No One Can Heal, Love Leaves a Memory, No One Can Steal

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 07.03.2014 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

This quote refers to both plays infused with Irish sensibility. A lovely revival of Sea Marks has opened at the Irish Repertory Theatre. The play was...

Teaching the Judeo-Spanish Heritage to Chicago Seventh Graders

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

I was impressed by the attainments of the Chicago students and I believe they, too, were affected by learning something new. It was a good day in a Chicago public school.

A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

A Crimean Scenario in the Balkans?

Mirnes Kovac | Posted 06.12.2014 | World
Mirnes Kovac

Signals are already being sent to Mr. Vladimir Putin from Serbian "brothers" both from Bosnia and Serbia.

Bosnians Providing an Alternative to Fear

Julie Biro | Posted 05.03.2014 | World
Julie Biro

Bosnian citizens are no longer scared. From Mostar to Sarajevo they have taken to the streets and public squares. They are stridently raising their voices as one, calling for another Bosnia.

Germany's Post-Reunification Foreign Policy

John Feffer | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

In general, Germany has kept its head down and focused a great deal on domestic issues.

Balkan Thoughts

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel N. Nelson

Twenty years ago a vicious war raged in southeastern Europe. Today the location of global conflicts has shifted to, for example, Syria. Refugees, riv...

A Brief Travel Guide to the Republic of Macedonia

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 12.27.2013 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

What comes to mind when you hear about Republic of Macedonia as a tourism destination? Unless you are from this region, a history buff or extreme travel junkie, you probably know very little about one of the newest European countries in the south Balkans.