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Balkan Neighbors End a Decades-Long Row Over a Disputed Name
Greece wants Balkan Republic to revise constitution before authorizing ascent to EU and NATO
eu  European  Union  nato  Albania  Yugoslavia  Balkans  from iphone
5 weeks ago by gorillaBraun
Undercover at the Miss Ex-Yugoslavia Pageant | Literary Hub
Excerpt from a book by Sofija Stefanovic about a 2005 beauty contest in Australia for young women from the former Yugoslavia. (Stefanovic, a film student, participated with the idea of making a documentary about it.)

"Partly, it’s my guilt—for not experiencing war firsthand, for having been born in Belgrade instead of Sarajevo—that makes me crave [former Sarajevo native] Nina’s affection. My family left not because our lives were in danger, but because my parents wanted their daughters to have opportunities greater than those offered in wartime Yugoslavia. I know that Nina and I share ex-Yugoslavia, but the piece that belongs to her is more damaged than the piece that belongs to me. I wonder if she feels this injustice too, if she has a desire to punish me for the privileges I had, as I, deep down, feel a need to be punished."

"I spot another member of my crew, Luke, who I’ve enlisted to record sound. “This is like a Kusturica film,” Luke says with glee, when I wave him over to the dressing room. He’s a fan of the Serbian director who is known for the surreal depictions of ex-Yugoslavians. Luke looks around at my community, clearly hoping a pig will appear and start gnawing at the bar, or that someone will smash a bottle over his own head."
yugoslavia  ethnicity 
april 2018 by PeterErwin
Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature Online, Harvard University
Text and audio material from the research of Milman Parry and Albert B. Lord on South Slavic oral traditions, including epic songs, poetry, stories, and conversation.
streaming_audio  Albania  Balkans  Europe  Yugoslavia  archives  ethnography  ethnomusicology  field_recordings  vocal_music 
april 2018 by HarvardMusicLib
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 
december 2017 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 
december 2017 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 
november 2017 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

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