Tag: Fear and Demagoguery

The Week in Fear and Demagoguery

Nationalism and militarism: on the rise across the region again.  Paranoia reigns in the Balkans. Relations between Belgrade and Prishtina have completely broken down now. Kosovo’s parliament passed a resolution suspending all dialogue with Serbia until former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, wanted by Serbia on war crimes charges, is…

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Dragana Pećo of Belgrade’s Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) at the Belgrade Security Forum

Op-Ed: Closing in on Serbia’s Voices of Opposition

A look back at three years of media repression in Serbia. There is a great irony in the way dissent is handled in the Balkans. What makes this irony even greater is that the handlers of dissent don’t even see it. Eleven months ago, the incumbent Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) organized…

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Odessa, 1812: Plague and Tyranny at the Edge of the Empire

One of Europe’s last major epidemics of the bubonic plague devastated the city of Odessa. A look (way) back at a time of unprecedented paranoia, mass quarantine, corrupt plague-profiteers and 19th century debauchery reveals we haven’t learned very much from crises past. Sailors could see the plague flags flying above…

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Protest Memorandum of Montenegro’s Citizens

A protest memorandum from the citizens of Montenegro, published here in full. We, the undersigned citizens of Montenegro, over and above any party affiliations, particular interests or identities of whichever kind, and motivated only by our civic concern and responsibility for the common good of Montenegro and our desire to…

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Meet My Dictator

Meet Milo Djukanovic, the man who has ruled Montenegro for 26 years — the longest-reigning non-royal leader in Europe — whose regime continues to benefit from the European Union’s indifference.  Montenegro is a mafia state. This really would be the most accurate way to describe my homeland’s predicament in a single sentence,…

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Op-Ed: Countdown Gruevski

“As Gruevski’s days are counting down and our eyes turn toward Macedonia, I hope that the beautiful image of the Macedonian and Albanian flags together will meet a real awakening that would be an example to be followed, not just in Macedonia but across the Balkans,” writes Alida Karakushi.While the…

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Postcard from Skopje: The Melancholy Revolution

“I think this is a melancholy revolution,” Giovanni said on Thursday evening, and I knew what he meant. There is an ennui in the air that seems to creep into everyone. Zoran Zaev has called his big protest for this Sunday. Estimated attendance ranges from 20,000 to 50,000 but we…

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