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Helsinki Charter No. 115-116

January - February 2008




By Sonja Biserko

The Belgrade rally against the proclamation of the "false state" of Kosovo was the latest manifestation of the fatal nationalistic autism and denial of the realities. By defending Kosovo rhetorically Vojislav Kostunica tried to impose it as a "fundamental state and national question" so as to fog over his political defeat but also to prevent Boris Tadic from taking over the leadership of the so-called democratic bloc. The Kosovo myth played an important role in the creation of a modern Serb state in the 19th century. Ever since the Balkan wars in 1913 St...    More >>>


In the Wake of Kosovo's Independence


By Ivan Torov

As it seems, only in Serbia's "reality" a repeat of one historical experience is not seen as a farce. If the three-month bombardment of Serbia and the loss of its sovereignty over the province was the cost of the first "battle of Kosovo" in 1999, the cost of Kosovo's latest departure - some call it final, others claim that nothing is definite unless Serbia says so - can only be estimated but not measured until the realities are acknowledged and accepted. The more the truth is kept away, the bigger the damage caused and harder to repair...   More >>>


Phenomenology of Denial


By Vladimir Petrovic

There have been and there will be much talk about the phenomenon of crime denial within the debate about the need to confront the past. And no one has ever said something in favor of this utterly disgusting mental exercise managed, from time immemorial, by individuals and collectives unwilling to bear psychological and physical, material and moral, legal and extra-legal consequences of their crimes. True, many a book has been written in the attempt to clarify the phenomenon of crime denial. Some of...   More >>>



Koha Ditore

1. I will be on "Mother Theresa" street after the declaration of Kosovo's independence. I will remember some moments. First I will remember you, Flaka, and me, on the same street, which at that time was called 'Marsal Tito". Celebrating New Years in the sixties. We were kids, and the VJ soldiers shot fireworks from the "Ramiz Sadiku" building and they fell in front of us. Second memory. I returned from elementary school with my friends, and in the street opposite the former Hotel "Bozur", I saw a red-white 'Kosovatrans' bus...   More >>>


Democratic Party and the Future of Democracy in Serbia


By Nastasja Radovic

Is it possible that Serbia could be so 'off center,' i.e. so unlike the rest of the Europe by which it is geographically determined, to again opt for political models - if those could be called models at all - that have brought it to the edge of self-destruction once? It seems it would not 'by a hair,' judging by the outcome of the recent race for the Serbian presidency. And yet, the 'referendum-like vote' as the democratic...   More >>>



By Vladimir Petrovic

The debate on the need to confront the past has been and shall be deliberating the phenomenon of denial. And no one has ever said anything nice about this extremely disgusting mental exercise practiced, from time immemorial, by individuals and collectives unwilling to bear psychological and physical, material and moral, legal and social consequences of their crimes. True, many books were written in the attempt to clarify the phenomenon of denial. Some were even translated such as Stanley Cohen's...    More >>>



By Nikola Samardzic

In post-conflict and neo-conflict Serbia anti-communism could be interpreted in the light of transformation of communism that relates not to local circumstances only. Two decades after the collapse of East European communism it is hard to determine a linear transformation with common denominators of individual shifts towards economic and social transition, and political pluralism. Each case emerges, more and more, as a specific one. Reforms were not linear but were...   More >>>


Law and Justice


By Bojana Oprijan Ilic

Until verdicts for war crimes are not passed and become undisputable and effective, many in Serbia will be beating their patriotic chests, the Radicals' ratings will be higher and higher, and crimes will retain the form of an ideology.

"Justice is slow but reachable," say enthusiasts and optimists. "There are no such things as law and justice," say those whose lives have been stamped by war atrocities over the past two decades but...   More >>>


Lucky Kosovars


By Miroslav Filipovic

Kosovo finally left on its path to independence and common sense, following the example of six ex-republics of the big Yugoslavia. Serbia became a rump, an incomplete state or, as the Guardian put it, "a beaten up, offended loser of the European history." That was a logical consequence of the crazed policy of Belgrade's clerical-nationalists that had inflicted pain to small Balkan states but most of all hurt, ashamed and terrorized Serbs themselves.

Well, it's been a week now that Serbia is left without Kosovo. Seven days have passed since...   More >>>


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