Up In Smoke Or: The Language Thing Pt III

Part III of a series on observations on those minor linguistic differences in the language formerly known as Serbocroatian. Or, in this case, the usual lack thereof. And how a pack of smokes can tell us what’s going wrong with a country.

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Jer smo ljudi.

Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia are just as affected by the refugee situation as Austria and Germany. The news and pictures a Western audience gets about the situation on the Balkans seems a bit unbalanced, to say the least.

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Foto: Miloš Milošević

Von Steinen und Menschen

Rassismus gegen Roma wird am Balkan und anderen Teilen Osteuropas offen ausgelebt. Zu der hier beschriebenen Szene im Zentrum von Beograd hätte genauso gut in Sarajevo, Bratislava oder Budapest kommen können.

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Two Kinds of Coffee Or: The Language Thing, Pt II

Part II of a series of observations on those minor linguistic differences in the language formerly known as Serbocroatian. Or why ordering coffee can give you away. And why it doesn’t matter most of the time.

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(c) Christoph Baumgarten

A Slow Acting Poison

Roads may be deteriorating in most Ex-YU-countries. Public transport is in bad shape. Health care is chronically underfunded. Almost the only thing money seems to exist for in abundance is religious buildings. That isn’t just irritating to visitors from more secular Western countries. It isn’t nearly as innocent as it seems.

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