June 1, 2015
Imagine entering “Auschwitz” into an online search engine and finding on the first page of results a site claiming that the gas chambers were a myth. Imagine the confusion of a schoolchild doing a history project if they were to do the same.
Fortunately the thought-experiment is unnecessary. Yes, there are hateful websites like that; but scholarship, testimony and the valiant efforts of bodies like the Holocaust Educational Trust confine the deniers to the fringe. Read more
March 13, 2015
Last month media in the Balkans reported that Muniza Oprasic, a 78-year old Bosniak returnee to Republika Sprska was ordered by a district court in Eastern Sarajevo which is in the RS entity to pay 10 000 euro to a Serb family who lived in her house as squatters in the village of Okruglo for about seven years until 2003. Read more
December 5, 2014
Let me tell you about my Bosnians.
My Bosnians are survivors. After a genocide that killed what would be the equivalent of 15 million Americans as the world watched — no, facilitated — they picked themselves up and put their lives back together. Read more
June 18, 2014
Dr. Marko Attila Hoare is an Associate Professor of Economics, Politics and History at Kingston University in London, UK. The author of four books on Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), his most recent text, The Bosnian Muslims in the Second World War, is now available from Oxford University Press. His first book, How Bosnia Armed, is arguably the most significant study of the military-political aspects of the Bosnian War and has regained critical currency today because of events in Ukraine—ones bearing striking (and deeply troubling) similarities with the Bosnian experience. Read more
February 18, 2014
Bosnia and Herzegovina and its citizens are facing significant challenges within the current geopolitical context in the region, failed constitutional system, lingering divisions, and the political influence neighboring countries continue to exercise in Bosnia. Fifteen years after Dayton was signed there have been recent calls for reforms and revisions to the Dayton agreement in order to provide for a more robust political system and to enable Bosnia to join the European Union. The need for significant political and policy changes supported by the international community is ever more pressing. Read more
February 3, 2014
“If Jovic were simply a scholar expressing his private opinion, it would not matter that his work rehabilitates Milosevic and the JNA. It would not matter that he praises a propaganda pamphlet with no academic value, that supports Croatia’s territorial dismemberment and denies the Srebrenica genocide. Jovic has the right, as a scholar, to express his views freely. But he is the Croatian president’s chief analyst and special coordinator. It is dangerous to both Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina for someone holding such views, and with such poor analytical judgement and grasp of reality, to occupy the position that he does.” Read more
September 5, 2013
It is the beginning of September and the start of a new academic year in schools throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the entity of Republika Srpska (RS), one of two administrative units set out by the Dayton Peace Agreement, the summer break might last a bit longer for children who belong to minority returnee communities. Read more
July 19, 2013
NEARLY two decades have passed since the worst mass murder in Europe after the Holocaust.
Last week near Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia 409 bodies were laid to rest. Amongst them was a newborn baby girl who was only days old when she was killed. Had she lived, she would have just turned 18 and have her whole adult life before her.
Her remains, together with many of the 8,000 others murdered, have been identified after painstaking research by the International Commission of Missing Persons. Read more
Grand Rapids paid tribute and honored Haris Alibašić for his volunteer work and role within the Bosniak community in the U.S.A.
June 17, 2013
On June 11, 2013, at its regularly scheduled City Commission meeting for the City of Grand Rapids, City Commissioners, top management, and staff recognized the role and work of Haris Alibasic in the Bosniak American community. Haris is the immediate past president of the Congress of North American Bosniaks. The President of the Commission, James White, read the following statement on behalf of the Commission. Read more
December 18, 2012
David Harland, Executive Director of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue and head of UN Civil Affairs in Bosnia-Hercegovina in 1993-1995, recently published, in the New York Times, a polemic against the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Responding to the recent acquittals of Croatia’s Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac and Kosovo’s Ramush Haradinaj, he accused the Tribunal of ‘selective justice’ on the grounds that it has essentially only convicted Serb perpetrators, acquitted non-Serb perpetrators and failed to punish crimes against Serbs. Read more