Belgrade Bacchanalia: Sex, Drugs and Despair in the World’s Best New Berlin

If all the hype is to be believed, Belgrade is the new Berlin. But is it?Belgrade’s alleged “hipness” has been a subject of fascination for the international media for about 12 years now, creating an often cringeworthy genre. Articles with headlines like “Bloc Party: Post-War Belgrade is Radically Reinventing Itself” (The New…


The Twilight of an Idol: How Novak Đoković Went From Virtuous Hero and Mythological Avenger to “Montenegrin” Traitor

Serbian media outlets Politika and Večernje novosti and local tabloids were strangely silent about the photos from the tennis finals in Umag, but comments exploded on social networks and portals. In the photos, Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was pictured with the world’s best tennis player, Novak Đoković. The Serbian tennis player had already reached the…


FIBA World Cup Live Blog: Serbia vs USA

  The FIFA World Cup seems like it happened a long, long time ago, because seriously, what a summer it has been. Thankfully the FIBA World Cup of BASKETBALL is here to allow us some escapism from this lousy world, if only for one night. Countries from the former Yugoslavia…


Serbia is Russia Lite: Inside the Anti-Gay Hooligan State

Note: I published the following article almost exactly one year ago. In light of the brutal attack on an LGBT conference participant in Belgrade this weekend, I’m republishing it now. The government just banned the Belgrade Pride Parade for the third year in a row, thousands of violent anti-gay rioters…

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Od dekadentnog predratnog Sarajeva do akademskog života u Londonu

Neven Anđelić, poznati urednik popularne radio emisije u predratnoj Jugoslaviji, uspio je napustiti Sarajevo dok je grad bio pod opsadom. Nakon prelaska u ratom zahvaćenu Hrvatsku, shvatio je da više ne može živjeti na Balkanu, te je nastavio dalje ka Zapadu. Pojedini Nevenovi komentari izazvali su kontroverze i oštre kritike…


Who is “Rich Serbian Bachelor” Don Milisav Juan Gonzales Brzi? [UPDATE]

Photos of the “rich Serbian bachelor” living in St. Petersburg, Russia have been published everywhere. But he’s not a Serb and he’s not a Russian. He’s an Icelandic cult leader. [UPDATE: He’s not. Read below.] Who is Don Milisav Juan Gonzales Brzi, the “Rich Serbian Bachelor” whose photo shoot in…