• Bosnia

    Sarajevo Roses

    This is a cross-post by Rob Francis Sometimes, when you walk through the beautiful streets and alleyways of Sarajevo’s Baščaršija, you might come across a patch of red resin in the concrete underfoot. These are “Sarajevo Roses”; scars in the ground where a mortar shell fired by Bosnian Serbs landed, later filled in with resin to mark the place where lives were lost in the explosion. In the Old Town, there is a museum dedicated to the horrors of Srebrenica and the Bosnian war. On a large screen, you can see footage of Bosnian Serbs sniping at pedestrians in Sarajevo. The shooters would target one person, then stop firing and…

  • Bosnia,  Former Yugoslavia

    Anger boils over in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Guest post by Suada Over the past several days, the largest and most violent demonstrations since 1992 have erupted in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The protests began in the city of Tuzla on 5 February, a city with a long left-wing working class tradition (in the 1980s it demonstrated in support of British coal miners against Margret Thatcher, and inter-ethnic relations remained relatively good even during the 1992-1995 war), by workers from privatized companies which went bankrupt after they were asset-stripped, and thus had not been paid for 26 months. Soon workers, unemployed people, pensioners, war veterans, students and other civic activists besieged the seat of the cantonal government, demanding resignations and formulating…

  • Bosnia

    Huff and Puff on Srebrenica genocide denial

    This is a cross-post by Homo Economicus Robert Spencer has invited me to arrange a debate with him. I would agree that Twitter limits proper detailed exchanges, but it does reveal the nature of how someone debates. Blogs also provide an ability to discuss things and time to respond. So first let us talk about Srebrenica Genocide and then come to what Rob was saying to me on Twitter after yesterday’s post of our earlier exchange on there. Spencer hides behind saying only repeating reports on what a minority have said on genocide denial. In repeating the deniers claims he had this to say for himself before quoting them: [TITLE, which…