Bob Myers on Bosnia After the Spring Protests

Bob Myers describes a visit to the city of Tuzla in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the site of brief but intense protests against the corruption and indifference of the post-Dayton Agreement local and national governments. Myers, a leading activist of the British group Workers Aid for Bosnia, has been a consistent voice of support for the multi-ethnic solidarity […]

“There is Hope, There is Possibility”: David Watson on Nationalism, Genocide, and Bosnia-Hezegovina

Hear David Watson, author of Against the Megamachine and Beyond Bookchin: Preface for a Future Social Ecology, read an essay from a work-in-progress on the Balkan wars, nationalism, and genocide. Watson published a number of outstanding interventions into debates around the wars in Bosnia-Hezegovina and Kosovo in Fifth Estate, New Internationalist, and elsewhere. This reading […]

Srebrenica-Denier Michael Parenti Disinvited To Speaking Engagement

Criticism &c. has belatedly discovered this rebuff to the crypto-Stalinist and Slobodan Milosevic apologist Michael Parenti, author of To Kill A Nation, on the Balkan Witness web site. It says a lot about the state of the U.S. left and peace movements that Parenti is in good odor among them. Visit the Balkan Witness site […]

NATO in Chicago: Is the Whole World Watching?

NATO meets in Chicago at a time when its foundations are being profoundly undermined by the ongoing economic crisis. While the heads of state and defense ministers in attendance may hope that discussions of economic matters are left to the near-concurrent G8 meeting (six G8 members are signatories to the NATO agreement), there is no […]

Bosnia-Herzegovina and the ‘Left Revisionists’

The long-delayed arrest of the butcher Ratko Mladic (he had friends in higher places than Radovan Karadzic—it took longer for them to decide it was no longer worth protecting him) dreges up memories of the Balkan intervention debates of the 1990s. Criticism &c. recently came across an article by Marko Attila Hoare—author of The History […]

Rusmir Mahmutćehajić and Bosnia’s cultural heritage

East European Politics and Societies has published a long essay, “On Ruins and the Place of Memory: A Bosnian Post-Script to Communism”, by Rusmir Mahmutćehajić, the most profound and consistent literary interpreter of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s cultural and historic particularity. Mahmutćehajić produced the single most important analysis of the intellectual and political foundations of the attempt of […]