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OPEC's Massive $1 Trillion Haul in 2012 While Sowing Jihad

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.07.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

This torrent of money flowing into OPEC, especially into the Persian Gulf States, raises the question how this massive windfall is being put to use other than providing fresh capital for the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, as those of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

The Oracle of Belgrade

John Feffer | Posted 02.16.2013 | Home
John Feffer

When I sat down with Sonja Licht in Belgrade in 1990, it was like visiting the Oracle at Delphi. And her predictions of the future were not bright at all.

Reconnecting the Balkans

John Feffer | Posted 02.12.2013 | Home
John Feffer

In this interview, Vojko Volk talked about the challenges that Slovenia currently faces, particularly in the economic realm. On this issue in particular, he has had some second thoughts over the years.

The New Bulgarian Left

John Feffer | Posted 01.27.2013 | Home
John Feffer

In the same way that the New Left in the United States distanced itself in the 1960s from the old-style Communist Party and its fellow travelers, this new left in Eastern Europe has taken pains to distinguish itself from the Communist Party politics of the Cold War era.

Reasons to Stay Together

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Jasmina Tesanovic

Where is the good in the atomization of the world? In building walls, constructing differences, implementing ideologies, confronting religions, imposing control through language? We have plenty of experience of that.

Hearing The Balkan Blues

John Feffer | Posted 12.09.2012 | Travel
John Feffer

Later, I ran into Boris on the street. He pushed a cassette tape into my hands. "The Balkan blues," he whispered into my ear.

An Adventurer's Guide To Slovenia

Ariston Anderson | Posted 11.10.2012 | Travel
Ariston Anderson

Legend dictates that karst caves are where dragons are born. The best of these, the Postojna Cave, is only a short train ride away from Ljubjlana.

Baba Rexheb: A Balkan And American Sufi Saint

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.23.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Sunday brought a distinctive commemoration of Muslim spirituality. The occasion was Baba Rexheb Appreciation Day, honoring an Albanian-born Sufi.

Revisiting the Clinton Doctrine

Robert Hardaway | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Robert Hardaway

However one might feel about the Clinton presidency as a whole, one salient fact highlights his two four year terms in office -- namely that he never sent massive contingents of ground troops to deal with a perceived foreign threat.

Moving Beyond the Mafia State

Michael Busch | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Michael Busch

Happily, political scientists and others have crafted a wide variety of analytical tools with which to understand the world of international politics. It's time to be smarter and more deliberate in applying them to the threat of transnational organized crime.

Kosovo: It's Business, Not Personal

Fron Nahzi | Posted 06.18.2012 | Home
Fron Nahzi

Even under these dark rumors of Asanaj's complicity in illicit deals, the Kosovar public has demanded justice for his hideous death. They were looking for a compassionate face to a system that has failed them time after time.

Balkan Blood and Hollywood Honey

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 06.20.2012 | Home
Jasmina Tesanovic

In the Land of Blood and Honey is an honest , moving and completely true film: before this one, whenever a foreigner tried to say something about "my wars," it made me go wild with anger, no matter their attitude.

God Has Not Forgotten Sarajevo

Tihomir Kukolja | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Tihomir Kukolja

I wonder if Jesus walks the streets of an imprisoned and wounded Sarajevo? I cannot help but love those dedicated volunteers of Adventist Development and Relief Agency. No doubt they are fulfilling Jesus' commission.

Politics In Austria: Expatriates And Bureaucrats

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 03.06.2012 | Home
Franz-Stefan Gady

At the end of the day, bashing Austria as an expat is merely like trying to find the one thing that is wrong with a Jane Austen novel, the elegant form often hides the weakness of the content.

"Why Should Everybody Else Get to Join the EU and Not Serbia?"

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 02.07.2012 | Home
Elisabeth Braw

Vuk Jeremic is an energetic 36-year-old Serbian tennis fan. He speaks English with an American accent, favors elegant suits and has a warm handshake. An unlikely foreign minister? Perhaps.

Kosovo: Madam President to the Rescue

Fron Nahzi | Posted 11.29.2011 | Home
Fron Nahzi

With no prior political experience, Ms. Jahjaga went from obscurity to prominence in a matter of days, literally, which may have proven to be a blessing in disguise for her and Kosovo.

It's Time for Justice to Take New Forms in the Balkans

Diana Jenkins | Posted 10.02.2011 | Home
Diana Jenkins

The Jovan Divjak ruling demonstrates that the international rule of law can trump the nasty politics of revenge and marks another important milestone in the long recovery and reconciliation of the Balkans.

Mongol Rally: A Defense of Backroads

Grif Peterson | Posted 09.30.2011 | Travel
Grif Peterson

Driving from Split to Mostar by car, we were able to witness the tops of Catholic churches transition slowly to the tips of minarets.

How Many Sufis Are There In World Islam?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

As a Muslim Sufi adherent, I am troubled especially by an expression of contempt very widely cast against Sufism by Islam-hating amateur experts in the West. That is the claim of Sufi irrelevance.

General Mladic Faces Justice, However Late

Eric Margolis | Posted 08.06.2011 | Home
Eric Margolis

Justice delayed is justice denied. Accused Serb war criminal Gen. Ratko Mladic killed at least five times more civilians than Osama bin Laden was accused of doing, yet at times no one seemed in any hurry to find the "Butcher of Sarajevo."

Resolving Balkan War Crimes: Croatia, It's Your Turn

Elmira Bayrasli | Posted 07.31.2011 | Home
Elmira Bayrasli

If Croatia wants an entry pass to the EU, it must be held to the same account as its former Yugoslavian neighbors. Anything less would put Europe's commitment to justice and loud proclamations about human rights in doubt.

Key Facts About Ratko Mladic

Posted 07.26.2011 | Home

A dark, violent Serbian chapter may be coming to a close with the arrest of Ratko Mladic, allegedly one of the world's most prominent war criminals. ...

From NYT Archives: The Late Richard Holbrooke Makes The Case Against Ratko Mladic

New York Times | Richard Holbrooke | Posted 07.26.2011 | Home

One down (sort of). Two to go. It is, of course, big news that Slobodan Milosevic, the man who started and lost four wars in the Balkans, has been ...

Kosovo's Mafia: Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's Role

GlobalPost | Matt McAllester | Posted 05.29.2011 | Home

PRISTINA, Kosovo -- It was the fall of 2000, just over a year after the end of the war in Kosovo, when two NATO military intelligence officers produce...

President Clinton Reflects on the Bosnian War and Announces the First Clinton Global Initiative Commitment of 2011

Lauren Yanks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lauren Yanks

This Wednesday, February 9, I attended an event hosted by President Clinton titled, "America at a Crossroads: The Dayton Accords and the Beginning of ...