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Helsinki Charter No. 125-126

November - December 2008




By Sonja Biserko

The year 2008 ends with a global crisis the proportions of which are still unknown. The origins of the crisis were evident in the constant rush for profit without adequate risk assessment and in the uncontrolled mushrooming of complex financial constructions, as well as in inconsistent macroeconomic policy and inappropriate structural reform. The crisis is an outcome of excessive reliance on liberal mechanisms only. The world, obviously, cannot function by the dictate of a state or a market. The developed world, however, reacted to the crisis with unusual instinct and speed. It was already on November 15 that the...   More >>>


European Potential Crumbles


By Bojan al Pinto-Brkic

Eight months ago, the Coalition for European Serbia won the elections on the platform promising a dynamic agenda for tahe accession to the EU. Six months ago, the Coalition for European Serbia - with not so insignificant assistance of the West, the European Commission and the Socialist International in the first place - persuaded the coalition made by the Socialist Party of Serbia that its program led to prosperity. So they formed the parliamentary majority and brought forth the cabinet of Premier Mirko Cvetkovic. Five months ago, the cabinet formed by the Coalition for European Serbia and its partners arrested Radovan...    More >>>


Social and Political Misdirections


By Ivan Torov

Who rules Serbia today? The government, the Head of State or the opposition sparing no effort to spoil for the ruling majority? Such a question would be indecent, the say the least, in a democratically ordered state. Since Serbia is miles away from that order it is only understandable that everyone has "his own" answer to the dilemma. Everyone - from (un)biased analysts, through vain and subjective politicians to witty caricaturists and satirists. After the establishment of the coalition government with ex-finance minister Mirko Cvetkovic at its helm, the double issue of the Charter for May-June 2008 argued with...   More >>>


Eulex in Kosovo


By Miroslav Filipovic

Eulex was brought in so as to exclude the Security Council, Russia and China from the decision making on Kosovo once forever. To attain this goal EU officials had yes to everything, even to Belgrade's conditions. Once Eulex is deployed denouement of the Kosovo story will be sped up. The world is tired. Both East and West are sick and tired of lying Serb political dwarfs fancying the world turns around them and the thing into which they had turned the once prestigious country in many aspects. Life is not easy for citizens of Kosovo regardless of their ethnic origin, and officials of the youngest state in the Balkans are more and...   More >>>


Aleksandar Vucic Revisits Croatia


By Nastasja Radovic

Our politicians would not understand that concern for one's own "nation" is neither the ultimate goal of political excellence nor the highest standard of contemporary world. The mantra about people knowing all answers, Slobodan Milosevic had introduced into his career of a successful socialist apparatchik through back door, did not disappear with his defeat or passing away. Over 90 percent of political opposition competed with his over it in 1990s. The mantra became a Bible of Serb politics in the late 20th century. Things have not changed much today. Politically anachronous and life-threatening, this...    More >>>



By Nikola Samardzic

Now that 2008 nears the end it is obvious that Serbia underwent a speedy process of soft putinization. Regardless of the political majority he assembled, institutionalization of President Boris Tadic's power took place outside institutions, outside the parliament in the first place. Both the opposition and tycoons were disciplined and hushed up, and the relations with all ex-Yugoslav republics sharpened. Secessionisms were renewed in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. Anti-globalism, clericalism and chauvinism of quisling and anti-Semitic provenience were made politically correct and welcome in Serbia. Democracy and human rights were...   More >>>


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