July 22, 2013 |
Since Croatia joined the European Union on July 1, this erstwhile slice of Yugoslavia is ready for its close-up. When many North Americans think of Croatia, if they think of it at all, they still picture it as battle-scarred. Yet the Croatian War of Independence, which saw Croats face off against Serb-led forces, was 20 years ago. Having achieved sovereignty and returned to peace, Croatia is emerging as a hotspot for tourists eager to discover its stunning Dalmatian Coast and museum-packed capital before the rest of the world arrives.
June 2, 2013 |
MOSTAR, Bosnia-Herzegovina - "Are you 1,000 percent certain I'm not about to die?" I asked, eyeing my taxi driver with suspicion. "One million percent," Zoran confirmed, nodding. We had just driven 30 minutes from the Bosnian town of Mostar to Kravica Waterfalls, one of Europe's most stunning natural sights. Zoran was insisting that I take a dip in the falls, even though the water is frigid almost all year-round. I was worried about the temperature. But I was even more worried about the snakes.
June 29, 2012 |
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one charge of genocide Thursday but upheld 10 other counts related to atrocities in Bosnia's bloody war. While the decision was a setback for prosecutors and angered survivors in Bosnia, the 10 pending charges against Karadzic include another genocide count covering his alleged involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000...
July 12, 2010 |
Argentina and Serbia wrapped up Davis Cup quarterfinal victories on the road yesterday to join France and the Czech Republic in the tournament's last four. David Nalbandian beat Mikhail Youzhny , 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3, in the deciding match in Moscow to clinch Argentina's 3-2 win over Russia, which lost at home for the first time since 1996. In Split, Croatia, second-ranked Novak Djokovic defeated Marin Cilic , 6-3, 6-3, 6-2, in front of a raucous Croatian crowd to give Serbia an unassailable 3-1 lead over its neighbor.
March 17, 2006
WILL the press stop the lies about Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic? He was a hero who fought for Christian Serbs against Muslim Albanians and Croats. Milosevic and the Christian Serbs fought to keep their country together in spite of crippling sanctions and numerous attempts by the British and United States to take Serb land and give it to Muslims. I guess Abe Lincoln was a war criminal. Didn't more than 600,000 boys die trying to keep his country together? Mike Franklin, Marlton, N.J.
November 30, 2001 |
The zeitgeist gods are at it again. Within mere days of each other, the zoom-y, gung-ho Spy Game (old movie star rescues young movie star from evil foreigners) and Behind Enemy Lines (ditto) have landed in the multiplexes, weirdly dovetailing with events in the real world: covert operations on hostile terrain, satellite surveillance photographs, helicopters disgorging goop-faced special forces, fighter jets exploding the sound barrier over faraway lands. Unlike Spy Game, Behind Enemy Lines wasn't directed by Tony Scott - but it sure looks as if it was. John Moore, an Irishman and a commercial director (Scott is an Englishman and, when he's not busy in Hollywood, a commercial director)
June 20, 1999 |
The footage is numbingly familiar. The tractors overloaded with household possessions, stuffed teddy bears peeking out from furniture stacked on the car roofs. The mute expressions on the faces of the women and children. It has been the grist of the evening news these last eight years in the former Yugoslavia, families pulling out of town, entire demographic populations on the move. Some have left at gunpoint. The Serbs high-tailing it out of Kosovo these last few days are for the most part leaving voluntarily, fearful of revenge by their Albanian neighbors or unwilling to live as a disempowered minority.
February 17, 1998 |
Ever since she was punched and kicked by three men in the marketplace, Sadmira Jaganjac will not sit near the window in her home. A bullet might burst through, she says, or perhaps a grenade. Her husband Ragib, 65, sleeps with an ax and waits for intruders. It is tough, even dangerous, being a Muslim in Stolac. When the Jaganjacs arrived here in June - after four years of living as refugees - the Croats, who won this town in the Bosnian war, greeted them with guns and Nazi slogans.
February 16, 1998 |
From the ash of her bombed home, the bent woman lifted the only thing she has recovered from the time before the war: a porcelain tea cup trimmed in gold and speckled with tiny moons. The charred cup carried memories of her "fairy tale" house of lace and sunlight; of her husband, who never heard the mortar shell whistling in the night; of the bullet that pierced her grandson's lung; of the soldiers who tore off her jewelry; and of the fire, that endless sweep of flame. Ajva Taslaman doesn't want to cry. But she does.
October 14, 1997 |
The boy who once fought with a Kalashnikov assault rifle has grown into a big, round-shouldered man with a memory as keen as a bullet. He conjures stories: a father killed by a grenade, a sister hit by sniper fire, bodies rotting on front lines, hungry dogs dodging tracers, pigeons roosting in bombed minarets. Suad Slipicevic has other memories, too: the scent of mown grass blowing through the windows of a Tudor-style home in Mount Airy; the corsage of red roses and baby's breath his date, Emily Hewes, wore to the Germantown Friends School prom; dancing in a black tuxedo at the Bellevue; the temptation to stay on streets of wealth; the resolve to return to the ruins of war. "I had to come back to Mostar," said Slipicevic, 19, a Muslim law student who arrived home in June after three semesters at Germantown Academy on a scholarship program.