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Can UN Peacekeepers Bring Ukraine Peace?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

UN-mandated Peacekeepers have several negative implications for the Ukraine government, as well as the positive of securing at least a temporary halt to the fighting. On the negative side, the conflict becomes frozen in place with Ukraine effectively divided and potentially partitioned.

Is the International Community Abandoning the Fight Against Impunity?

David Tolbert | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and more than a decade after the establishment of the International Criminal Court, shockingly little is being done to stop massive human rights abuses. The prospects of victims receiving justice, let alone bringing perpetrators to account, seem ever more remote.

Arrests Made In 1993 Balkan War Massacre

AP | JOVANA GEC and DUSAN STOJANOVIC | Posted 02.03.2015 | World

PRIJEPOLJE, Serbia (AP) — Atifa Memovic last saw her husband two decades ago but she remembers it as if it were yesterday. It was snowing so Fikret,...

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.

New Cold War on the UN Stage and Closing Curtain on 'We the People'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The UN is as much stage as platform for diplomatic exchange, and the Kremlin is no longer so keen on keeping the curtain up.

Srebrenica Forgiveness!!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Every year we commemorate the genocide, we expect that those who betrayed Srebrenica might this time ask for forgiveness from the survivors. Instead, much of Europe appears inclined to forget Srebrenica and punish all Bosnian & Herzegovinians ("BiH") for reminding it of its collective failure to prevent the genocide.

This Is Not a Transition

John Feffer | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

If the origins of the "transition" were hazy, the trajectory was even more so. Yugoslavia's "transition" was certainly very different from its neighbors, for it seemed to move directly backward from the 1990s into the blood politics of the 1940s.

Hillary Clinton: Playing a Dog-Eared 'Hitler' Card

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

From the Vietnam War to the Iraq War, facile and wildly inaccurate comparisons between foreign adversaries and Adolf Hitler have served the interests of politicians hell-bent on propelling the United States into war. Often, those politicians succeeded. The carnage and the endless suffering have been vast.

Addressing War Crimes in Former Yugoslavia

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Yugoslavia fell apart in stages, and violence accompanied each of these stages. To assess these crimes and determine culpability, even as the wars continued to rage, the United Nations established the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 1993. It was the first war crimes tribunal since the end of World War II.

Fatal Privilege for Serbian War Criminal

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
Sasa Milosevic

The citizens of Serbia face a very unsettling question. How many war criminals are enjoying various prisoner privileges and freely walking the streets? They reasonably ask: Will the truth be told before they go to God?

Who Will Get Sold Out at Syria Peace Talks?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.22.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

All individual leaders -- and, for that matter, ideologies -- are expendable. No global or regional power or current leader should be allowed to claim as their own a shared future that first belongs to all Syria's citizens. That would be a sell-out!

Ukraine's Fight Is Europe's Battle

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The confrontation in Kiev is the focus. Less discussed, Putin's Kremlin has sought to block closer economic and political ties between the EU and several other states that it dominated during the Soviet Union.

My Heroes Are Dying!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The examples and lessons of the heroes that emerged at the end of the last century are more relevant than ever to the real and projected fears, threats, and challenges facing us in this one.

A Child of 1989

John Feffer | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
John Feffer

The changes that took place in East-Central Europe in 1989 were not just an inflection point for people in the region. The lives of many outsiders were profoundly altered by what happened that year.

Reviving Local Media in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 12.30.2013 | World
John Feffer

Gordana Jankovic was working for the Open Society Foundation in Belgrade and trying to set up an association of local media. A meeting in Kragujevac brought together representatives of media from around the country. But many of the participants were hesitant.

Passions v. Interests in Former Yugoslavia

John Feffer | Posted 12.10.2013 | World
John Feffer

The disintegration of Yugoslavia was a triumph of nationalist passions over political interests. If the latter had prevailed, the process would at least have proceeded peacefully, as was the case with Czechoslovakia. Instead, three wars took place one after the other.

Making the Jump Together

John Feffer | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
John Feffer

In April, Serbia and Kosovo signed a landmark normalization treaty. The deal, in what might seem a paradoxical quid pro quo, gives Kosovo authority over the Serbian pocket in the north and greater autonomy to the Serbs living in that region.

Yugoslavia Could Have Been a Leader

John Feffer | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
John Feffer

It's not surprising, given its relative material wealth and relative freedom, that Yugoslavia was first in line of all the Communist states for consideration as a member of the European Community.

Lying Does Not Help a Cause!

Ian Williams | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Ian Williams

The British magazine, New Statesman , recently reminisced about its former editor Kingsley Martin's feud with Tribune's former literary editor George Orwell about the latter's attempt to tell the whole truth about the Spanish War.

Kosovo, Gypsy Curse or PTSD: What Really Triggered Serbia's Massacre?

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 06.21.2013 | World
Sasa Milosevic

Many Serbs are not truly interested in the political fate of Kosovo, instead seeing themselves as hostages of Kosovo's drama for decades. It is arguable that these new pressures provoke old wounds and revive dormant traumas.

Life Under Sanctions

John Feffer | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
John Feffer

If you want the people of Iran to rise up against their leaders, why give the leadership an easy target to blame for the economic conditions that adversely affect the standard of living of average people?

The Secret History of Yugoslavia

John Feffer | Posted 06.08.2013 | Books
John Feffer

The Secret History is a compelling account of the court intrigues of a treacherous emperor in a crumbling empire.

Speaking Openly in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
John Feffer

The incidence of HIV/AIDS in Serbia is comparatively low. Nevertheless, those who live with the disease report that they are stigmatized, ostracized, and have difficulties gaining access to treatment.

Serbia's Future: Back to the Past?

John Feffer | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

Sonja Biserko does not mince words about what Serbia must do to change course. We were talking on a warm Saturday afternoon in late September in one of the many cafes of the Terazije, the pedestrian concourse that runs through the middle of Belgrade.

Will Serbia Truly Forgive This NATO Pilot?

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Sasa Milosevic

The honest reconciliation between executioner and victim can only be found in a "face to face" meeting. If a victim's mother, sister, wife, son forgive a crime -- then that's it.