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I remember the young children of the war who always preferred to play on concret because green meant death for them. And I remember forests with mines that have not seen mankind or any greater animal for a decade because of the landmines. This year I would like to find out what happened with those kids who are becoming grown-ups these days and what happened with the forest without us. What is life exactly on a minefield? How people, animals and plants are effected?

Posted by Dániel Antal

Douglas Muir calls Stratfor’s article on the new Hungarian citizenship law – republished on Serbia’s B92 – as the dumbest Stratfor article ever. Certainly not a very intelligent analysis, however, the Muir post on afoe is confusing because it has so little reference to the actual bill or the political context. Hungary’s Schengen-proof passports will not be Russian-styled documents posted to internationally recognized Georgian territory.

Posted by Dániel Antal

About a thousand supporters of the far-right Jobbik party have participated in a peaceful march on the 90th anniversary of Horthy’s takeover in Hungary. Hungary has no real historical anti-Nazi and anti-Communist hero. That gives a little credit to the old man who had successfully beaten a Soviet uprising 90 years ago. However, it would be very unwise to believe that Hungary is developing a cult for Horthy or his regime. He is one of the most tragic and least successful Hungarian leaders whose regime casts a long shadow over Hungarians in other Central European countries.

Posted by Dániel Antal

The first time ever an ethnic Serb citizen of Croatia, Aleksandar Jevtic, has received Croatia’s highest award. The ethnic Serb citizen of Croatia has saved the lives of Croatian soldiers during the Croatia’s war of independence, which was in fact, a Serb-Croat war. In the run-up to a summit of the prime ministers of the formerly belligerent parties in the second and third war in the former Yugoslavia have made peaceful gestures.

Posted by Dániel Antal

Bears In The EU

The Belgraded reporst a case where animal rights activists have smuggled four bears from Serbia to Bulgaria, claiming that the EU gives more rights to animals. A Serbian paper commented with a bit of politically incorrect sarcasm that the actitivist have taken away jobs from Roma bear-dancers.

Posted by Dániel Antal

A Serbian accession would be a political breakthrough in the painful post-war transition of the Balkans from dictatorship, planned economy and civil war to a democratic and market oriented society. Serbia has been the strongest, least peaceful and least co-operative former Yugoslav state, and probably also the strongest in the region. A Serbian accession would also boost the hard-hit regional economies, which are tied to the center of the Balkans.

Posted by Dániel Antal

A tragic act of crime, the killing of Marian Cozma, a great Romanian handball player, has sparkled ethnic tension in the region to an all-high point. The scene is Hungary, the victims are Romanian and Serbian sportsmen, and the public accuses the ‘Gypsy’. A little bit of contextualization: The citizens of Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The BalkansInsight reports that a poll conducted by Belgrade-based Strategic Marketing shows that 65% of the Serbs would not provide the authorities with information about the whereabouts of the alleged war criminal Rakto Mladic. 14% of the respondents said in December 2008 that they would turn him in, the others did not know what to… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal