ICTY prosecutor, Dermot Groome at Mladic trial opening:
“Two decades ago this past month, Bosnian leaders commenced an attack on their fellow citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Civilians who were targeted for no other reason than they were an ethnicity other than Serb. Their land, their lives, their dignity attacked in a coordinated and carefully planned manner. In some locations, this attack arose to the level of genocide.”
ICTY prosecutor Dermot Groome making the opening statement today in the trial of Ratko Mladic in The Hague.
These photos serve as an invitation to the prehistoric “World Dinosaurs XXL Exhibition” in Sarajevo. Midhat Poturovic of RFE/RL’s Balkan Service visited the amusement park area Pioneer Valley and captured the excitement of mostly young visitors interacting with 52 featured showpieces. All exhibits were reconstructed based on the latest research results of prominent German paleontologists from the Sprengel Museum of Hannover.
The war in Bosnia destroyed many lives, and RFE/RL has the story of one Mostar man whose family was split apart, pitting brother against brother and father against son…[READ MORE]
When RFE/RL photographer Midhat Poturovic arrived in the small Bosnian town of Osenik in August 2011, he saw what any other visitor would have seen: a village ravaged by violence in the wake of a local population’s attack on Osenik’s Roma population. But then he saw something that many would have missed. “We could see the destruction and the horrible mess,” Poturovic recalls. “One could take hundreds of photos of that. But my attention was drawn to one broken window in particular, where I could see a scared family just in between the pieces of glass. That is how this photo was born…” [READ MORE]
The founders of the company insist they’re just keeping up with the times. If everything is for sale today, they ask, then why not churches?
The 5-ton, stone-and-steel construction is equipped with a cross, a bell tower, an altar, and frescoes. It can accommodate up to 15 worshipers…[READ MORE]
Caption: RFE/RL News Director Jay Tolson congratulates Khadija Ismayilova of RFE/RL’s Azeri Service on her award for one of the five best stories of 2011. Ismayilova’s story on public corruption in Azerbaijan led to changes in government policy.
Whether it was uncovering state cronyism in Azerbaijan, documenting systematic rape in Kyrgyzstan, remembering genocide in the Balkans, live-tweeting from a charged courtroom in Russia, or broadcasting the desperate story of Georgian sailors, RFE/RL’s journalists profoundly affected the world of their listeners in 2011…[READ MORE]