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Hague Tribunal Exonerates Slobodan Milosevic Again > ETHICS, FORMER YUGOSLAVIA, LATEST, SERBIA > by Andy Wilcoxson, via Strategic Culture ~ December 9, 2017
Eleven years after his death, a second trial chamber at the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague has concluded that Slobodan Milosevic was not responsible for war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

More than eleven years after his death, a second trial chamber at the UN War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague has concluded that former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic was not responsible for war crimes committed in Bosnia where the worst atrocities associated with the break-up of Yugoslavia took place.

Buried in a footnote deep in the fourth volume of the judgment against Bosnian-Serb General Ratko Mladic the judges unanimously conclude that “The evidence received by the trial chamber did not show that Slobodan Milosevic, Jovica Stanisic, Franko Simatovic, Zeljko Raznatovic, or Vojislav Seselj participated in the realization of the common criminal objective” to establish an ethnically-homogenous Bosnian-Serb entity through the commission of crimes alleged in the indictment.[1]

This is an important admission because practically the entire Western press corps and virtually every political leader in every Western country has spent the last 25 years telling us that Slobodan Milosevic was a genocidal monster cut from the same cloth as Adolf Hitler. We were told that he was the “Butcher of the Balkans,” but there was never any evidence to support those accusations. We were lied to in order to justify economic sanctions and NATO military aggression against the people of Serbia – just like they lied to us to justify the Iraq war.
SlobodanMilosevic  Serbia  BalkansWar  Yugoslavia  TheHague  WorldCourt 
5 weeks ago by juandante
ClubOrlov: Why Kremlin Trolls Always Win
all day long I could read classified UNPROFOR and military reports about what was taking place in that region and, after work, I could read the counterfactual anti-Serbian propaganda the Western corporate Ziomedia was spewing out every day. I was horrified to see that literally everything the media was saying was a total lie. Then came the false flags, first in Sarajevo, but later also in Kosovo. My illusions about “Free World” and the “West” were crumbling. Fast.
imperialism  nato  yugoslavia 
6 weeks ago by foliovision
Spomenik Databse | Photo Gallery of Yugoslavia's Spomenik
This list is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all spomeniks in all the former-Yugoslavia. This list only comprises the spomeniks I explored and researched during my spring 2016 trip to the Balkans (except for a few). More will be added in time as I explore and investigate them.
yugoslavia  spomenik  photo 
8 weeks ago by zm
Concrete clickbait: next time you share a spomenik photo, think about what it means — The Calvert Journal
For Tihana Pupovac, a major problem is also the depoliticised framing of the monuments. Left without any indication of what they commemorate, or even of who designed them, the results are “deliberately oblivious” to the anti-fascist struggle that they commemorate, or to why the artists and communities thought they were appropriate – which, once, they evidently did.
antifascism  monument  modernism  sculpture  history  yugoslavia 
october 2017 by adegru
How I lost my past - Branko Milanovic
But reading other books, and especially the highly acclaimed Tony Judt, I realized that the discomfort went further. In a deluge of literature that was written or published after the end of the Cold War, I just could not find almost anything that mirrored my own experiences from the Yugoslavia of the 1960s and 1970s. However hard I tried I just could not see anything in my memories that had to deal with collectivization, killings, political trials, endless bread lines, imprisoned free thinkers and other stories that are currently published in literary magazines. It is even stranger because I was very politically precocious; without exaggeration I think I was more politically-minded than 99% of my peers in the then Yugoslavia.

But my memories of the 1960s and the 1970s are different. I remember interminable dinners discussing politics, women and nations, long Summer vacations, foreign travel, languid sunsets, whole-night concerts, epic soccer games, girls in mini-skirts, the smell of the new apartment in which my family moved, excitement of new books and of buying my favorite weekly on the evening before the day when it would hit the stands…. I cannot find any of that in Judt, Svetlana Alexeevich or any other writer. I know that some of the memories may be influenced by nostalgia, but as hard as I try I still find them as my dominant memories. I remember many details of each of them to believe that my nostalgia somehow “fabricated” them. I just cannot say they did not happen.
yugoslavia  communism  memory  history  past  tito 
september 2017 by max_read
Concrete clickbait: next time you share a spomenik photo, think about what it means — The Calvert Journal
A great write-up of the history of the "Spomenik" sculptures and what they really mean, outside of clickbait articles that regularly get it wrong.
2016  politics  architecture  history  yugoslavia  balkans  croatia  serbia  photography  landscape_photography  socialism  monuments  memorials  sculpture  non-fiction  longform  clickbait  anti-fascism  art  wwii  soviet 
april 2017 by chritter
How Yugoslavia was Syrianized 25 years ago
united nation of Yugoslavia was not easy prey for imperialist intentions like we see taking place today. It is a fact, that after World War II, socialist Yugoslavia became something of a European success story. Between 1960 and 1980 the country had one of the most vigorous growth rates in the world: a decent standard of living, free medical care and education, a guaranteed right to a job, one-month vacation with pay, a literacy rate of over 90 percent, and a life expectancy of 72 years. To my knowledge, not one of the Balkans states that were created can claim half this prosperity.
Yugoslavia  NAM  NATO  USA  USSR  EU  proxy-wars  Syria  Atlantic-Brigade  KLA  crisis-capitalism 
april 2017 by zzkt

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