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Returning To Eastern Bosnia

March 13, 2015

muniza-oprasicLast 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

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Dayton in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 18 Years of Experiment in Democratic Governance

February 18, 2014

Haris Alibasic - Congress of North American BosniaksAuthor: Haris Alibasic, Ph.D

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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

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Dr. Hoare Responds: Adviser to President Josipovic Supports Great Serbian Propaganda

February 3, 2014

dr-marko-attila-hoare“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

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Republika Srpska: Human Rights Violations in the Heart of Europe

September 5, 2013

nedim_jahic_kolumna-300x166Author: Nedim Jahic

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

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David Harland’s attack on the ICTY

December 18, 2012

Author: Dr. Marko Attila Hoare

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

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Michael Dobbs: An innocent in the Bosnia controversy

August 29, 2012

Author: Dr. Marko Attila Hoare

There is a scene in the film ‘Bean’, in which Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean, mistaken for an expert, is forced to give a speech about a painting in an art museum, about which he knows nothing. Trying to think of something to say, he points out that the painting is ‘quite big, which is excellent, because if it was really small, you know, microscopic, hardly anyone would be able to see it’. That scene sometimes comes to mind when reading Michael Dobbs, a Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) who blogs for Foreign Policy magazine. Read more

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In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s film “In the Land of Blood and Honey”

March 8, 2012

By: Dr. Senadin Lavić

What happened to works of Ivo Andric after his death was a game of unforeseen world events in which a man feels powerless.  Similar fate share the Balkan nations who dream about freedom in blood and war, only to find themselves in a post-war future created by the world powers based on their own interests.  Despite our thinking that we can categorize everything and rationalize it within a standard frame of mind, there still loom some things which escape our ‘objective’ explanations and irreversibly slip out of our reach.  Read more

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Michael Dobbs responds to CNAB letter regarding Srebrenica genocide definition

November 23, 2011

Michael Dobbs responded to criticism from CNAB regarding genocide definition. Last week, CNAB, IRGC, and BAGI sent a joint protest letter to USHMM regarding what appeared to be questioning of the genocide definition by Michael Dobbs pertaining to the systematic murder of more than 8,000 Bosniak civilians in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb and Serbian forces. CNAB expressed concerns to the Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which is sponsoring Mr. Dobbs project called “Mladic Files”, because of the following statement: Read more

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CNAB President Haris Alibasic met with Zeljko Komsic, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

July 25, 2011

During the meeting it was talked about the position of BiH citizens in the USA and Canada. It was pointed out that the co-operation between the associations gathering the citizens of our country and the Institutions of BiH must be improved. Read more

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It’s Time We Started Talking About the Bosnian Genocide

June 8, 2011

By: Mirza Velagic
In 2005 the United States Senate and House of Representatives passed resolutions (S. Res. 134 and H. Res. 199) commemorating the 10th anniversary of the fall of the U.N. “safe zone” of Srebrenica and officially recognizing the Bosnian Genocide. Both resolutions contain the same central paragraph:
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