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Calling All Serbs! You CAN Make a Difference

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If any Serbs are reading this blog (and I hope some are), please read this great article by Rosemary Bailey Brown. She’s married to a Serb ex-pat. While Rosemary has a unique perspective on things, she missteps comparing the histories of the two countries. Serbia is an OLD country; the U.S. is a very young country, relatively speaking. We can’t claim roots that go back to the 10th Century. Plus, it’s a bit disengenuous to think that Serbs want to befriend America or even to understand it. Their kneejerk reaction to a country that unilaterally and without provocation bombed them, bombed their highways and byways, power plants, electrical sources, water sources, radio towers (Avala, anyone?) is abject hatred and who can blame them?

I may be one of those small handful — two percent — of Americans who even know anything about Serbia and because I do, I’ve managed to delve into quite a bit of its history, and particularly into what really went on in the 1990s. Our country, along with Western mainstream media, has swept just about all of this right under the rug. They have reason to. What our country did was wrong and there is no excuse for it. And because of that, I’m ashamed to be an American.

But YOU have a chance to make a difference in how the majority of Americans view Serbia. And in how Serbia views the U.S. Myself? I have been fortunate enough to get to know a great Serbian man. I’d LOVE to think that most Serbs are like him, honest, forthright, gentle, decent, loyal, kind. He accepts me even though I’m sure he’s not happy about what my country did to his. But we got past that. Maybe others can too. Pozdrav!

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Violence Erupts in Montenegro After the Country’s Recognition of Kosovo

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Podgorica, Montenegro Thirty four people have sustained injuries after riots broke out in the Montenegrin capital city of Podgorica. Opposition supporters gathered to protest against Montenegro’s recognition of Kosovo as a sovereign state. Thousands carried Serbian flags of various shapes and forms and banners proclaiming “KOSOVO IS SERBIA,” “MONTENEGRO IS ALWAYS WITH SERBIA,” “TRAITORS,” “HONOR IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVERYTHING.” His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral (of the Serbian Orthodox Church) said that the day Montenegro recognized Kosovo was “the darkest day in Montenegro’s history.” The rally was peaceful but loud, for the most part.

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Eurovision 2008

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From my friend in Belgrade… thanks, Petar, for the pictures and narrative!

Serbian Pride at 2008 Eurovision, hosted by Belgrade


Russia’s Dima Bilan won the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest held in Belgrade. Maria Serifovic, last year’s winner from Serbia, handed him the flowers. Next year, Moscow will host the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time ever. An unusual thing is that Bilan sang barefoot and (almost) shirtless. In Russia, he has already become a national hero.

Dima Bilan of Russia, this year’s winner


The Eurovision fireworks in Belgrade were spectacular – at Branko’s bridge, Kalemegdan, in front of the City Hall, outside the Belgrade Arena, and even inside the Belgrade Arena.

Serbia’s entry for Eurovision 2008


Thousands of people partied in front of the Belgrade City Hall. Eurovision 2008 was held on the 20th, 22nd, and 24th of May in Belgrade and about 20,000 foreigners came to the Serbian capital, and Belgrade became a city of major social events for those few days. All this took place at the White Palace, at the Communist-styled building known now as the Palace of Serbia (Palata Srbije – ex-Palata federacije), at the Sava Center, and at various embassies and clubs. Everyone had a good time and no incidents were reported.

White Palace, Belgrade, Serbia


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Eurovision 2008

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From my friend in Belgrade… thanks, Petar, for the pictures and narrative!


Serbian Pride at Eurovision 2008

Russia’s Dima Bilan won the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest held in Belgrade. Maria Serifovic, last year’s winner from Serbia, handed him the flowers. Next year, Moscow will host the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time ever. An unusual thing is that Bilan sang barefoot and (almost) shirtless. In Russia, he has already become a national hero.

Dimi Bilan, 2008 Eurovision Winner from Russia

The Eurovision fireworks in Belgrade were spectacular – at Branko’s bridge, Kalemegdan, in front of the City Hall, outside the Belgrade Arena, and even inside the Belgrade Arena.

Fireworks in Belgrade, Serbia, for Eurovision 2008

Thousands of people partied in front of the Belgrade City Hall. Eurovision 2008 was held on the 20th, 22nd, and 24th of May in Belgrade and about 20,000 foreigners came to the Serbian capital, and Belgrade became a city of major social events for those few days. All this took place at the White Palace, at the Communist-styled building known now as the Palace of Serbia (Palata Srbije – ex-Palata federacije), at the Sava Center, and at various embassies and clubs. Everyone had a good time and no incidents were reported.

White Palace, Belgrade, Serbia

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Happy Birthday/Srecan Rodenjan!

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My best friend and web design partner owns and operates the largest internet forum in his country, and has since its inception. Today, that forum is six years old. Ivan, you’ve done a great job with it, I know it hasn’t been easy and sometimes it hasn’t been fun, but I know it’s very close to your heart and always will be. You should be very proud of what you’ve accomplished with it. Monkeys? Pshaw! :)

Happy Birthday Burek Forum

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Holding My Breath

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Today, Serbia votes on a new president. The original voting, which took place on January 20, resulted in today’s runoff election between incumbent Boris Tadic and Tomislav Nikolic. While both oppose the secession of Kosovo, Tadic apparently is not prepared to impose sanctions or trade embargos against the West (meaning the U.S. for one), which probably will further isolate this troubled country from the rest of Europe. I have a vested interest in the outcome of this election as my very best friend in the world lives there. Sitting here today hoping for the right outcome, and remembering that you can cut diplomatic relations, you can impose embargos, you can refuse to deal with a certain entity. But you cannot cut heartstrings.

Update, 4:03PM CST/11:03PM CET

Serbian Election Commission:

Based upon 47,55 % of the votes that have been counted so far…
TADIC, Democratic Party 51,16 % of the votes
NIKOLIC, Serbian Radical Party 47,18 % of the votes

Thanks, Alex, for that update! :-)

It’s Official…

Tadic won.

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Yankee Go Home!

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I am going to figure out a way to keep this post at the top until the Kosovo issue is resolved. And it won’t get resolved any time soon as long as America has its nose over there. Lest anyone forget, here’s what happened the last time we showed up:



And we need to stay out of the Middle East for that matter. (I’m sure I wouldn’t have to look very hard to find supporting video for that either.)

I will say that this video is a graphic depiction of the horror and devastation of war. You may see things there that make you sick. That repulse you. That make you want to cry. That’s all good. It shows that you are human. I cry every time I watch this video. And I feel ashamed to be a citizen of the country that had such a big part in it. But NEVER forget the images you see here and never forget what we did.

Oh, and comments? They’re closed on this post because really, I’m not interested in your opposing views on this. Look, read, take to heart; or ignore it, but keep your illusions to yourself.