Serbia’s Leader Rejects Putin Label Amid Fears of Russian Meddling

President Aleksandar Vucic’s ties to Moscow raise awkward questions as the Kremlin appears to be stirring unrest in the Balkans to deflect attention from the war in Ukraine.

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Tensions Flare on Kosovo-Serbian Border Amid Protests and Gunfire

Demonstrations against a law related to new license plates for ethnic Serbs in Kosovo led to gunfire on Sunday, leading to concerns that the violence could escalate further.

#balkan-states, #kosovo, #kurti-albin, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #serbia, #vucic-aleksandar

Bosnia on the Brink

Caught up in a 21st-century stew of ethnonationalism and fake history, the country’s Serbs are now endangering its fragile peace.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sarajevo-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #serbia, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

As Ukraine Fights, Does the E.U. Owe It Membership?

Brussels supports Kyiv’s battle against Russia, but gaining full membership to the bloc could take years. Is there another way to bind Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to Europe?

#balkan-states, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #defense-and-military-forces, #draghi-mario, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #france, #georgia-georgian-republic, #great-britain, #hungary, #italy, #kosovo, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #moldova, #montenegro, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #serbia, #turkey, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Seeking Arms for Ukraine, Pentagon Buyers Scour Eastern European Factories

Soviet-designed ammunition is part of the ‘life blood’ for Ukrainian troops fighting Russia, and the United States is keeping it flowing.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #arms-trade, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #bulgaria, #czech-republic, #defense-department, #firearms, #florida, #general-dynamics, #kabul-afghanistan, #kyiv-ukraine, #new-jersey, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #romania, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #serbia, #slovakia, #ukraine, #united-states-army, #united-states-special-operations-command, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #warsaw-pact

What Are War Crimes, and How Are They Prosecuted?

World leaders have vowed to hold President Vladimir V. Putin responsible for any atrocities by Russian forces. Past experience shows such cases take years to build and prosecute.

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Pro-Putin Leaders in Hungary and Serbia Set to Win Re-election

Viktor Orban declared victory, and Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic seemed likely to emerge on top. Both pledged to stay out of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

#belgrade-serbia, #budapest-hungary, #elections, #fidesz-party, #orban-viktor, #serbia, #voting-and-voters

Serbia Sticks With Russia, Bound by a Sense of Victimhood

Moscow, despite its invasion of Ukraine, remains a lodestar for nations like Serbia that feel resentment and grievance against the West, experts say.

#putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #serbia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

‘Miserable and Dangerous’: A Failed Chinese Promise in Serbia

Poor conditions for Vietnamese workers building a $900 million tire factory underscore a chasm between the promise of investment from China and grim realities on the ground.

#china, #foreign-investments, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #vietnam, #xi-jinping

Djokovic Returns to Warm Embrace in Home Country of Serbia

Novak Djokovic’s deportation from Australia over his vaccination status could signal future difficulties in his quest to win a record 21st tennis Grand Slam title.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #belgrade-serbia, #decisions-and-verdicts, #djokovic-novak, #serbia, #tennis

Eastern Europe TestNew Forms of Media Censorship

With new, less repressive tactics, countries like Serbia, Poland and Hungary are deploying highly effective tools to skew public opinion.

#elections, #freedom-of-the-press, #hungary, #news-and-news-media, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #vucic-aleksandar

Serbia’s Leader Denounces Australia’s Treatment of Djokovic as ‘Orwellian’

In the tennis star’s homeland, even those who didn’t support his decision to remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus said that he had been mistreated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas, #vucic-aleksandar

Serbia’s Vucic Denounces Australia’s Treatment of Novak Djokovic as ‘Orwellian’

In the tennis star’s homeland, even those who didn’t support his decision to remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus said that he had been mistreated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas, #vucic-aleksandar

Australia Wants Novak Djokovic Out. Australians Are Thrilled.

An otherwise skilled sportsman has recruited himself as a cack-handed symbol of everything presently enraging Australians.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #serbia, #social-media, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Novak Djokovic Is Out of Australia. It Couldn’t Have Happened Fast Enough.

An otherwise skilled sportsman has recruited himself as a cack-handed symbol of everything presently enraging Australians.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #serbia, #social-media, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Novak Djokovic’s Fight to Stay in Australia Lives Another Day

A federal court judge scheduled a Sunday hearing to address the unvaccinated tennis star’s Australian visa revocation. The Australian Open begins on Monday.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #immigration-and-emigration, #morrison-scott-1968, #serbia, #tennis, #victoria-australia, #visas

How Serbia Views Novak Djokovic

Many feel a personal connection and pride with the tennis star, even if they do not agree with his decisions to stay unvaccinated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘Different Way of Fighting’: Lyrics Are the Weapons of All-Women Roma Band

Many Roma women face pressures to marry young and take on traditional gender roles. Pretty Loud, a hip-hop group from Serbia, wants girls to decide for themselves.

#belgrade-serbia, #discrimination, #music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #romani-people, #serbia, #women-and-girls

Wonders, and Horrors, Drawn From Boyhood in a War Zone

Petrit Halilaj became one of Kosovo’s most acclaimed artists with work that reflects on his country’s past. Now, he’s getting personal.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #halilaj-petrit, #kosovo, #serbia, #st-ives-england, #tate-st-ives, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Tribunal Convicts Former Serbian Officials of Crimes in the Balkans

It was the first time in the three decades of the tribunal’s history that officials in the wartime Serbian government were found guilty of playing a role in atrocities in neighboring countries.

#balkan-states, #belgrade-serbia, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #croatia, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #europe, #hague-netherlands, #international-criminal-tribunal-for-the-former-yugoslavia, #karadzic-radovan, #kosovo, #milosevic-slobodan, #mladic-ratko, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #serbia, #simatovic-franko, #srebrenica-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #stanisic-jovica, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Ratko Mladic Loses Final Appeal in Genocide Conviction

The confirmation of the verdict against the Bosnian Serb former commander, convicted in 2017 of crimes against humanity for his role in the Balkan wars, closes a grim chapter in European history.

#balkan-states, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #international-criminal-tribunal-for-the-former-yugoslavia, #mladic-ratko, #sarajevo-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #serbia, #srebrenica-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Her Film on Sex Assault Depicts Her Own and Fuels a #MeToo Moment

Danijela Stajnfeld included her account of being assaulted in a film that has led to contentious debate in Serbia and prompted other women to come forward to say they were sexually abused.

#metoo-movement, #actors-and-actresses, #belgrade-serbia, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #hold-me-right-movie, #lecic-branislav, #movies, #serbia, #sex-crimes, #stajnfeld-danijela, #women-and-girls

Arrests Shake Up a Soccer Scene in Serbia Ruled by Gangsters and ‘Gravediggers’

A reputed gangster and leader of an “ultras” fan group, who also reportedly had ties to the government, has been arrested following a series of gruesome murders connected to a Belgrade soccer stadium.

#belgrade-serbia, #gangs, #organized-crime, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #soccer, #vucic-aleksandar

As Vaccinations Speed Along in Serbia, the Country Basks in the Glow of a Successful Campaign

The Balkan nation has Europe’s second-highest rate of inoculations after embracing vaccines from all suppliers, including Russian and Chinese.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-union, #serbia, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vucic-aleksandar

At Kosovo Monastery, Nationalist Clamor Disturbs the Peace

The monastery’s Serbian Orthodox abbot says he is subject to “rabid nationalism” from all sides. His biggest headache: a land dispute with ethnic Albanians, whom he protected during the war in the 1990s.

#janjic-sava, #kosovo, #kosovo-liberation-army, #monasteries-and-monks, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #serbian-orthodox-church

How to Unite a Deeply Divided Kosovo? Name a Lake After Trump

A lighthearted suggestion by a U.S. envoy hoping to bridge a vast rift between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo has taken on a life of its own — only to be ridiculed by local residents on both sides.

#balkan-states, #grenell-richard, #kosovo, #names-geographical, #peace-process, #reservoirs, #secession-and-independence-movements, #serbia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Rediscovering Russian Salad

A traditional, unpretentious dish made in kitchens throughout the world turns delicate and refined.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #parties-social, #pickles-and-relishes, #potatoes, #serbia

Kosovo President Resigns to Fight War Crimes Case in the Netherlands

Hashim Thaci was a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s battle for independence from Serbia in the 1990s.

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Kosovo President Resigns to Face War Crimes Case in the Netherlands

Hashim Thaci was a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s fight for independence with Serbia in the 1990s.

#kosovo, #kosovo-liberation-army, #secession-and-independence-movements, #serbia, #thaci-hashim, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Serbia Protests Meet Violent Response in Europe’s 1st Major Virus Unrest

To counter a second coronavirus wave, President Aleksandar Vucic announced a new lockdown. Protesters reacted with fury at his inconsistency, amid wider anger over his strongman leadership.

#belgrade-serbia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #serbia, #vucic-aleksandar

I’m a U.S. Citizen, Where in the World Can I Go?

For Americans eager to resume international travel, here are the countries that currently allow U.S. citizens to enter, though there may be restrictions.

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Kosovo’s President, Hashim Thaci, Is Indicted for Role in Serbia War

Mr. Thaci, who is scheduled to visit the White House on Saturday, was charged alongside nine others with crimes against humanity over actions during the 1998-99 war with Serbia.

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After Virus Tests, Djokovic Is Criticized for Holding Exhibition

A match on the Adria Tour, an exhibition circuit organized by Novak Djokovic in the Balkans, was canceled on Sunday after a player tested positive for the coronavirus.

#balkan-states, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dimitrov-grigor, #djokovic-novak, #serbia, #tennis, #zverev-alexander

Serbia’s Strongman Wins Big in Election Boycotted by the Opposition

Opposition leaders said Serbia’s parliamentary elections lacked legitimacy. But they could allow for greater momentum in peace talks with Kosovo.

#elections, #kosovo, #serbia, #vucic-aleksandar

Pushing for Serbia-Kosovo Peace Deal, U.S. Roils Allies

Upending American policy, the Trump Administration is sidelining the E.U., pressuring Kosovo and ignoring Serbia’s erosion of democracy.

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Probable Roman shipwrecks unearthed at a Serbian coal mine

Probable Roman shipwrecks unearthed at a Serbian coal mine

(credit: Uryadovy Courier)

Coal miners in Serbia recently dug up an unexpected surprise: three probable Roman-era ships, buried in the mud of an ancient riverbed for at least 1,300 years. The largest is a flat-bottomed river vessel 15 meters (49 feet) long, which seems to have been built with Roman techniques. Two smaller boats, each carved out from a single tree trunk, match ancient descriptions of dugout boats used by Slavic groups to row across the Danube River and attack the Roman frontier.

The Kostolac surface mine lies near the ancient Roman city of Viminacium, once a provincial capital and the base for a squadron of Roman warships on the Danube River. When the Roman Empire ruled most of Southern Europe, the Danube or one of its larger branches flowed across the land now occupied by the mine. The three ships lay atop a 15-meter- (49-foot-) deep layer of gravel, buried under seven meters (23 feet) of silt and clay, which preserved them for centuries in remarkably good condition—or did until the miners’ earthmoving equipment dug into the steep slope to excavate for the mine.

“The [largest] ship was seriously damaged by the mining equipment,” archaeologist Miomir Korac, director of the Archaeological Institute and head of the Viminacium Science Project, told Ars in an email. “Approximately 35 percent to 40 percent of the ship was damaged. But the archaeological team collected all the parts, and we should be able to reconstruct it almost in full.” With any luck, that reconstruction will help archaeologists understand when the three ships were built and how they came to rest in the riverbed.

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#ancient-europe, #ancient-rome, #archaeology, #maritime-archaeology, #nautical-archaeology, #roman-empire, #science, #serbia, #shipwrecks

Closed Borders Within Europe Unleash Congestion and Chaos

Hungary became a bottleneck as angry travelers staged sit-ins on a major road, backing up truckers carrying goods and other traffic for miles.

#austria, #bulgaria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #germany, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #poland, #roads-and-traffic, #romania, #serbia, #trucks-and-trucking