Mladic conviction shows Europe has learnt nothing about Genocide

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Last month saw the conviction of Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, also known as the ‘butcher of Bosnia’, for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Delivering the verdicts, judge Alphons Orie said Mladić’s crimes “rank among the most heinous known to humankind and include genocide and extermination”. Mladic was a key architect of some of the worst crimes in Europe in the 20th century, but all the more shocking for coming after four decades of ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Will the Hague convictions bring peace to the Balkans?

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Over 20 years after the crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian war, two commanders were sentenced by the United Nations-backed International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Many, especially in Europe, felt it as a historic moment, associating it with the Nuremberg trials that brought to justice many Nazi war criminals responsible for the Holocaust and the atrocities of the second world war. “I was in Bosnia in 1995-1996, I was there when those atrocities ...

Serbia charges five for wartime killing of Muslims

Monday, 4 September 2017

Serbian prosecutors said on Monday they had charged five people with torturing and killing 20 civilians, mostly Serbian Muslims, during the 1990s war in neighboring Bosnia. A group of Serb paramilitaries on February 27, 1993, stopped a train in the village of Strpci on the border with Bosnia, the indictment said. They took off the train 20 passengers, mostly Serbian Muslims, brought them to Visegrad in eastern Bosnia, where they tortured and killed all of them, dumping their bodies in the Drina ...

Bosnia's Muslims, Christians and Jews chide politicians

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Bosnia's religious leaders say politicians are standing in the way of peaceful coexistence between Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities trying to forgive and forget after the atrocities of a devastating 1990s war.Hundreds of churches, mosques and synagogues bear witness to more than five centuries of Bosnia's multi-faith past, and the capital Sarajevo is known locally as a "small Jerusalem" with its main ethnic groups - Orthodox Serbs, Catholic Croats and Muslim Bosniaks - all ...

Carla, everyone in Syria is evil!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Ms. Carla Del Ponte was the head of the UN investigation looking into war crimes in Syria. She began her mission at the beginning of the war and has finally given up and declared her failure. Despite over half a million innocent victims, she was not able to summon one killer to trial. This is why she says that she is frustrated and tendered her resignation. With her departure, only two members of the original five-member committee remain as each of the other three went their own way, leaving ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

ANALYSIS: European fears of the ISIS black flag crossing from the Balkans

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Rome, Italy - People living in Europe say they are now clear in the mind that when it comes to terrorism, the enemy is already inside their territories. What they are now taking in consideration is the idea that terrorism threat could come right from the heart of Europe, from the Balkans.There are between 700 and 900 foreign fighters originally from the Balkans that went to support ISIS in Syria and Iraq since 2012, according to the Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS).“ISIS was ...

WATCH: Teenager breaks 111 concrete blocks with his head in 35 seconds

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A Bosnian teenager has performed an impressive, if painful to watch, stunt, breaking 111 concrete blocks with his head in a mere 35 seconds. Forward flipping his way down a line of 20 stacks of six blocks each, Kerim Ahmetspahic, a young taekwondo martial artist, smashed the blocks with his head in front of a cheering crowd in the Bosnian city of Visoko at the weekend. He appeared to falter on the 18th stack, but then recovered and finished to loud applause. Ahmetspahic received a certificate ...

IMF approves 553-mln-euro loan arrangement for Bosnia

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Bosnia’s two autonomous regions need IMF cash to secure their financing needs as they are linked via a weak central government

Gulf tourism frenzy in Bosnia delights business, polarizes locals

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Abdulah Al Sanousi enjoys the breeze in the lush resort outside Sarajevo where his family bought a flat to escape the summer heat at home in Kuwait, one of thousands of new Gulf buyers whose investment has polarized local opinion. They discovered mountainous Bosnia, where half the population is Muslim, after the Arab Spring which destabilized many traditional holiday destinations such as Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. The trend has picked up with more direct flights, new resorts and the end of visa ...

Military attaches, diplomats flee in Turkey’s post-coup inquiry

Thursday, 11 August 2016

US-based Turkish navy officer ‘missing’ after coup

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