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The revolt rocking Bosnia

by James Robertson BOSNIA IS burning. Over the past several days, tens of thousands of workers, students and citizens have taken to the streets across Bosnia and Herzegovina to call for the resignations of local and federal governments. In one of the largest and most confident displays of civil resistance since the civil war of […]

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The Demands of the People of #Tuzla, #Sarajevo & #Bihac (English)

(source: Jasmin Mujanovic) The situation in BiH is changing rapidly. Numerous cantonal governments have already resigned and we can expect further protests in the coming days. The authorities in BiH have already begun a concerted campaign of disinformation about the causes of these protests and their aims. In an effort to support the struggle of […]

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It’s spring at last in Bosnia and Herzegovina

An anti-privatisation protest in the city of Tuzla has exploded into general social insurrection. by Jasmin Mujanovic, Al Jazeera, Feb. 9, 2014   Whatever little semblance of legitimacy the constitutional order in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) may have enjoyed at the beginning of this week went up in flames on Friday night. BiH’s three Presidents, two entities, […]

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On protests in Bosnia & Herzegovina, quickly and darkly

by Eric Gordy http://eastethnia.wordpress.com, Feb. 8, 2014 Two vignettes Conversation 1 was with the waiter in a large Sarajevo hotel, where we were generally a bit sheepish to be attending our conference (the deciding factor was that it was big enough for all of the participants, the down side was its odd business history and […]

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Protests Across Bosnia Are A “Collective Nervous Breakdown”

by Balkanist @ http://balkanist.net, Feb. 8, 2014 “He who sows hunger reaps anger,” warned the red graffiti on a Sarajevo government building this week. The message hinted at the depth of poverty and disillusionment in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) that has driven people to join demonstrations across the divided country, where the unemployment rate is […]

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Ukrainian protesters must make a decisive break with the far right

by Volodymyr Ishchenko, The Guardian, Feb. 7                   Neo-fascists have become involved in the Euromaidan protest movement and we can’t turn a blind eye to the danger that presents A number of academics have expressed their concern about the international media’s misrepresentation of the protests in Ukraine. They say that the media have over-emphasised the […]

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Yours, mine, ours? We’re all in this together now!

by Emin Eminagić, a researcher and activist from Bosnia-Hercegovina. Today on February 5, 2014, the city of Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina witnessed a protest, which errupted in violence. The protests started as a peaceful gathering of people, mostly workers from privatized and bankrupted companies, followed by students and activists, and others. They came as […]

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Closed, Destroyed, Deleted Forever: Russian Authorities Crack Down on Lena Klimova and Children 404 on Eve of Olympics

Closed, Destroyed, Deleted Forever Moral crusader Vitaly Milonov is trying to shut down Children 404, a group which supports LGBT teens. Dmitry Pashinsky talked to the group’s founder, Lena Klimova The original interview was published on colta.ru and translated into English                        by Thomas Campbell on http://therussianreader.wordpress.com Lena Klimova In Nizhny Tagil, Lena Klimova, a 25-year-old […]

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Is Tiahnybok a Patriot? How the Spread of Banderite Slogans and Symbols Undermines Ukrainian Nation-Building

by Andreas Umland January 1, 2014 Writing about the various implications of Ukraine’s divided historical memory for the conduct of her post-Soviet politics is a thankless task. Ukraine’s nationalist intelligentsia’s response to voicing the most elementary facts on and assessments of the corroding role of the promotion of World War II themes for Ukrainian state-building […]

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Ukraine’s protests

Our colleague Volodymyr Ishchenko wrote a piece in The Guardian to explain the current situation in Ukraine:   There is little doubt that Viktor Yanukovych’s rule is corrupt. It stands for the interests of the richest few in Ukraine’s highly unequal society and is responsible for the brutal suppression of opposition. The majority of protesting […]