In American politics, the rigorous subjecting of political statements to fact-checking is a relatively recent phenomenon. Promoting accountability is never an easy task, particularly in countries just emerging from authoritarianism.
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.
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?
Nikolić's and Jeremić's promotion of historical revisionism that denies genocide and accentuates ethnic chauvinism negates what many in Washington and Brussels may wishfully want to see as a more politically progressive Serbia.
The president of the U.N. General Assembly decided to hold an all day debate on whether international justice promoted reconciliation. But his real purpose was to undermine a war crimes tribunal on the former Yugoslavia because of a perceived bias towards Serbs.
A public debate at the UN on April 10 will serve up a revisionist denial of the worst killings in Europe since the end of World War II: the ethnic slaughter in the former Yugoslavia that horrified the world in the 1990s.
After 1989, some of the dissidents of East-Central Europe went back to their original job. Others threw themselves into politics, as Vaclav Havel somewhat reluctantly did. And then there was the smallest category of them all: the dissidents who turned professional.
It's not easy to find people in East-Central Europe who will put in a good word for government. Danilo Vukovic currently works for an NGO in Serbia, but he has also worked in government. He has a more charitable view of the Serbian government than many of his colleagues.
Even today, the country in Europe with the largest population of internally displaced persons (IDP) is Serbia. More than a decade after the end of the wars in former Yugoslavia, more than 200,000 people remain in limbo in Serbia.
February 17 marked the fifth anniversary of Kosova's independence. It has been a honor and a pleasure to stand by the people of Kosova as they have moved from tragedy to triumph over the last 20 years. But the struggle is not yet over.
Magnificent Century, the Turkish historical soap opera, has been renamed Suleiman the Magnificent for Serbian release. The relevance of this Turkish TV program couldn't be more obvious to a Balkan people striving to invade the Schengen Fortress of the European Union.
As Sundance heads into its mythic second weekend -- of which many have heard but few dare endure -- all trappings of mainstream movie civilization fall away: plot resolution, reliable narrators, temporal continuity.