.@RSE_Balkan interviews Natasa Kandic in Belgrade about the start of Mladic’s trial The Hague.
“When all of the former political leadership was arrested and transferred to the Hague and later convicted, that provoked no discomfort in Serbia, nor did it lead to a debate inside state institutions or the public.”
“Was genocide carried out only in Srebrenica or in other parts of Bosnia as well? If the prosecution proves that it happened in other parts as well, then that picture about the responsibility for crimes in Bosnia-Herzegovina will be much more complete and it will open space for evaluating the role of Serbia and its armed forces in the execution of that criminal act.”
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]
Over the past couple of years, the Macedonian village of Lojane, which borders Serbia, has become a stopover on the illegal migration routes to Western Europe. Immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and some Arab countries spend days here trying to find their way into the European Union. But Serbian police make their attempts to cross the border more difficult and many illegal immigrants stopped anywhere in Serbia are also sent back to Lojane. (RFE/RL’s Macedonian Service)
Downtown Belgrade was a festive sea of Santa Red as thousands dressed up for the fourth-annual “Santa Race,” this week’s edition of “Friday Photos From…” which we share on the eve of Eastern Orthodox Christmas.
The 1,000 meter charity race attracted all types of runners (and strollers) from throughout Serbia and other countries, who gathered to promote sports and raise money benefitting a national association for autistic children. Physical fitness teacher Milan Milicevic was the fastest of Santas, eclipsing his goal to simply be among the top 30 racers. The first female Santa to cross the finish line was Maria Stambovic, a track and field athlete, who, after receiving her trophy said. “I will celebrate later in the day by eating a sweet prize at home.”
The “Racing of the Santas” has quickly became an indispensable part of the New Year’s atmosphere in Belgrade. If you were there, share your photos as well!
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All photos by Vesna Tandjic, December 25, 2011
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]