The strength to carry on with one’s life  

The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than a month. I was listening to one of the TV programmes that continuously report on the events and I just heard that more than 3 million people fled the country. They aired an interview with two young men who are below 20 and who said that […]

MY BRČKO DOES NOT GRANT WISHES 

Author: Edvin Kanka Ćudić When it comes to the fame and prosperity of Brčko, we always think of Brčko the way it was at the beginning of 2000. Those that visited the Bosnian Posavina region in that period could see a city in which persons lived better and more comfortably as compared to the rest of Bosnia[…]

The war and what comes next  

Those of us that do not remember socialism or the war itself, obtained information about that period verbally, just as in case of an epic narrative that is transferred by the elderly based on their memories, which, at the same time, constituted a romanticised past. A characteristic that marked the childhood of my generation is heavy political[…]

A Troubled Past – Media Reporting in Kosovo 

Depending on who you ask, two decades ago there was either a war for freedom or a conflict between a state and a guerrilla group in Kosovo. This is how two different ethnic communities: the Albanians and the Serbs begin to talk about their bloody past. Over the years, both sides have tried to develop a more[…]

DEBT

Thirty years have passed… Never has the past hit the present head-on like this year. For the twentieth anniversary of the beginning of the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina, we came to Sarajevo, us, some fifty foreign journalists and photographers who had shared with the Sarajevan’s those dark hours of the history of Bosnia and eye witnessed[…]

30 years of the erased in Slovenia

The national day of guilt was marked on 26 February 2022, the thirtieth anniversary since the start of the secret state project of depriving non-Slovenian citizens of their civil rights and expelling them from Slovenia. After WWII the Germans began raising awareness about guilt and taking responsibility ten years or so later, until it became collectively accepted[…]

A flag of the same colour, the same suffering of people  

Destroyed buildings, terrified persons trying to reach the border with the neighbouring country or are trying to find alternatives to meet their basic living needs in their city under the siege – it sounds like a description of the four-year state of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, this is currently happening in Ukraine, a country that[…]

(Extra)ordinary People. Documentation Repository on Albanian-Serbian Coexistence in Kosovo, 19th – 21st centuries

More than two decades after the Kosovo conflict, the Serbian-Albanian and Kosovar-Serbian relations are still portrayed by sinister metaphors like “Europe’s apartheid”, a “system of ethnic segregation”, a “frozen conflict” or “endless tariff war”. Regardless of certain improvements in the domains of bilateral relations, the protection of minority rights, and the political and proactive social participation of[…]

What does the independence of Kosovo mean to us?

Photo: Personal archive Kosovo’s declaration of independence could have meant the beginning of a different relationship of Serbia regarding human rights violations in the near future. It could have been a beginning of the implementation of a new type of politics which would show a clear denunciation of war crimes as well as those who committed, organized[…]

The Looming Problem of Cultural Vetoes

As the recent protests in North Macedonia show, cultural issues can be as divisive and disruptive as political issues. In the case of North Macedonia and Bulgaria, old political disputes over territory are virtually non-existent in mainstream discourse, both countries recognize each other’s borders and no modern Bulgarian political parties or organizations seek the incorporation of North[…]

Vukovar 1991 – 2021

It was rightly said: the siege and fall of Vukovar represent the final act in Yugoslavia’s death. Final because Yugoslavia was already sentenced to death in 1972 at the latest, when the bearers of the neoconservative (structurally neostalinist) turn triumphed, and the consequences could be seen in the complete removal of sense or meaning from the dominant[…]