It’s not Just a Match. It’s About Burek.

This Friday night’s Nations League match between Bosnia and Montenegro will be about much more than just football (soccer). Mocking a central Bosnian peculiarity, Montenegrin fans provoked and taunted not only Bosnian fans but Bosnians in general. Many Bosnian fans hope this will not be unanswered this time.

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Salman Rushdie u mojim mislima

We all should read Salman Rushdie these days. I am sure, they do so a lot in Bosnia these days. He was one of the few who raised their voices for the people of besieged Sarajevo back then. And in his stories has always warned of the powers that almost destroyed it.

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Beograd, Džordža Vašingtona, June 2022

Serbia’s already radicalized far right seems to be spinning out of control. Graffitis featuring pictures or the name of Ratko Mladić are being sprayed on walls on an unprecedented scale. Most people seem to shrug off this open reverence for the butcher of Srebrenica.

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Thoughts on Dodik-Land

As those who caused the war in Bosnia are celebrating the „Day of Republika Srpska“ or Dan Republike Srpske on January 9th, this seems an appropriate occasion to take a look at what they are doing to the country again today. A short essay on Dodik-Land that hopefully helps explain the situation in Bosnia and Hercegovina.

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Identity Politics A Genocide Later

Many members of Croatia’s Serb minority feel they are put under pressure to deny what they see as their ethnic and religious identity in the country’s current census. A hitherto unkown group appeals for people to declare themselves to be members of a „Croatian-Orthodox Church“. This brings back memories of WW II, when Croatian Fascists slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Serbs in Europe’s probably cruellest genocide to date.

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A Belgradian in Sarajevo

Writer and playwright Filip Grujić from Beograd just spent a month in Sarajevo as part of a residency program for young writers from the Western Balkans region. He tells Balkan Stories how he has experienced his stay in Bosnia’s capital, what Sarajevo, Beograd and his native city Novi Sad have in common – or not – and what real challenges the young generation in former Yugoslavia faces.


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The Adventures of Gallery Kitten

What happens if a stray kitten wonders into the probably coolest gallery Bosnia’s capital has to offer? Will it get kicked out? Or will the patrons of the place, that also happens to be a cafe bar, adopt it? Find out more about the adventures of Gallery Kitten.

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Universalize The Struggle

Am Sonntag findet die erste Sarajevo Pride Parade statt. In der wachsenden Homophobie der Gesellschaften (nicht nur) ehemaliger sozialistischer Staaten seit der Wende kommt dem besondere Bedeutung zu. In einer Analyse erklärt die aus Sarajevo stammende Philosophin Tijana Okić, warum sie die Pride unterstützt. Und was man bei aller Unterstützung nicht ausblenden darf.

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Radovan ‪Karadžić and Ratko Mladić, who is also indicted for war crimes and genocide, during the Yugoslav war. Photo: AP, obtained at by The Advocacy Project under CC license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Justice, After All

The Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT) has set right the injustice its predecessor, the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) created with its original verdict against Radovan Karadžić. Upholding the verdict of Guilty, it extended the sentence against the former President of Republika Srpska in Bosnia to Life in Prison.

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Justice for All

The protest movements Pravda za Davida and Pravda za Dženana may help change Bosnia’s dysfunctional system of governance. While they probably will not make the country’s system of corruption disappear anytime soon, they are likely to become a long-term threat to the country’s political establishment.

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