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Half A Democracy

Vienna will elect its municipal parliament on Sunday. A third of the city‘s adult population will not be allowed to vote: They do not have Austrian citizenship. Essentially xenophobic laws make it almost impossible for them to be naturalized. The... weiterlesen →

The Time of The Gypsies. Or Not.

Does Albania have a sizeable population of Middle Eastern origin? Official terminology suggests so and regularly confuses an international audience. What may be a local peculiarity highlights the need for scientifically robust terminology when talking about ethnic or national minorities... weiterlesen →

Spartakus će i dalje živjeti

The world mourns Hollywood's last legend. Kirk Douglas has died Wednesday night, aged 103 - actor, film maker, humanitarian and activist. Former Yugoslavia is a region where he is remembered particularly fondly - even though he never shot a film... weiterlesen →

Bulgaria’s Forbidden Names

For almost all of the 20th century, Bulgaria's Muslims have been victims of state sponsored discrimination, deportations and attempts to wipe out their cultural existence. To date, this remains one of the well hidden chapters in Bulgarian history. An exhibition... weiterlesen →

Imagine… John Lennon’s Family

John Lennon has roots in Ex-Yugoslavia. His secret father was a famous and controversial person of history. So claims a new video that is obviously a parody of conspiracy theories so popular in the region. The problem with the video:... weiterlesen →

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... weiterlesen →

Worshipping Suffering and Malice

On the Balkans, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, is being worshipped in a bizarre manner and to a grotesque extent. To the wider public the late nun is better known by her stage name Mother Teresa. In worshipping her, even her most... weiterlesen →

How Yugoslavia Was Buried Last Night. And Why It Still Lives.

In terms of sports, Yugoslavia won big last night at the World Cup match Serbia - Switzerland. In terms of culture and politics, it was buried. Strangely enough, Xherdan Shaqiri, one of last night's undertakers could be the one to... weiterlesen →

Die Sprache der Macht und die Macht der Sprache

Am Internationalen Tag der Muttersprache möchte Balkan Stories einen kritischen Blick auf das Sprachregime in (Ex-)Jugoslawien richten. Der renommierte Übersetzer Will Firth analysiert in einem Artikel für den Verlag Lavender Ink, der auch im anarchistischen zweisprachigen Magazin Antipolitika erschienen ist, das... weiterlesen →

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