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 devout fans can not hide her dark side.

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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 komplexe Spiel zwischen Sprache und Macht in Jugoslawien nach 1945 und in seinen Nachfolgestaaten. Balkan Stories bringt den Artikel mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Lavender Ink.

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Greek authorities are struggling to provide adequate shelter as other EU countries do not provide enough aid and leave Greece to deal with the Situation on ist own. Photo: (c) Betty Martin

Two Also True Stories. Unfortunately.

The entry on Tuesday featured the story of 82 year old Panagiota Vasileiadou from Idomeni, Greece. She shelters refugees in her small house, cooks for them and gives them the affection they so desperately need. There are other stories to be told about how refugees are treated on the Balkans. They aren’t so nice.

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This Is Who You Want To Send Soldiers Against

 

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and Austrian Minister of Defense, Hans Peter Doskozil, have announced they are considering an Austrian military mission along the Balkan refugee route. This announcement made on Friday marks an escalation in the already precarious situation for refugees in the Balkans.

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Der Balkan bleibt unbekannt

Beim Balkan überwiegt bei einem großen Teil der Bevölkerung das Bedürfnis, Klischees zu reproduzieren, gegenüber der Neugier. Das zeigt auch ein Vortrag des Journalisten und Buchautors Nedad Memić in der Volkshochschule Urania, auf den ihn Balkan Stories Blog begleitet hat.

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Statue of Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Tirana. (c) Dennis Jarvis

A Holy Fraud

Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, better known by her stage name Mother Teresa, is to be sanctified by the Catholic Church next year. Bojaxhiu’s popularity even among non-Catholics makes this a highly political move. One that does not withstand scrutiny.

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Bečki Balkan

Almost 200.000 Viennese were born in Ex-Yugoslavia or born to parents who were. That is around 10 per cent of the city’s population. Most of them live in working class neighborhoods. Like the one I live in. A photo essay.

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