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No more Paris nor Brussels!
Stop terrorism!
We want to live in peace with all our neighbors.
  regardless of their religion, color and origin.
Therefore, we condemn any kind of terrorism!

*****
Ne više Pariz ni Brisel!
Stop terorizam!
Mi želimo živjeti u miru sa svim našim komšijama,
bez obzira koje su vjere, boje kože i porijekla.
Zato mi osuđujemo svaku vrstu terorizma!


Belang van Limburg
De Morgen
De Standard
Het Laatste Nieuws
La Libre Belgique
Nieuwsblaad

VRT
VRT Nieuws

N-TV.DE
Deutsche Welle
West-D. Zeitung




The man of the year 2009
Guy Verhofstadt
Mr. Guy Verhofstadt

A proven Democrat, protector and fighter for justice and human rights in the World.



The man of the year


Mr. Barak Hossein Obama

Guarantee
peace in the world





Prof. dr. Murray Hunter
University Malaysia Perlis




Eva MAURINA
20 Years to Trade Economic Independence for Political Sovereignty - Eva MAURINA



IN MEMORIAM

Aleš Debeljak +
In Defense of Cross-Fertilization: Europe and Its Identity Contradictions - Aleš Debeljak

ALEŠ DEBELJAK - ABECEDA DJETINJSTVA

ALEŠ DEBEJAK - INTERVJU; PROSVJEDI, POEZIJA, DRŽAVA




Rattana Lao
Rattana Lao holds a doctorate in Comparative and International Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently teaching in Bangkok.




Bakhtyar Aljaf
Director of Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) in Ljubljana, Slovenia




Rakesh Krishnan Simha
Géométrie variable of a love triangle – India, Russia and the US





Amna Whiston
Amna Whiston is a London-based writer specialising in moral philosophy. As a PhD candidate at Reading University, UK, her main research interests are in ethics, rationality, and moral psychology.





Eirini Patsea 
Eirini Patsea is a Guest Editor in Modern Diplomacy, and specialist in Cultural Diplomacy and Faith-based Mediation
.




Belmir Selimovic

Can we trust the government to do the right thing, are they really care about essential things such as environmental conditions and education in our life?




Dubravko Lovrenović+
Univ. prof. Dubravko Lovrenović is one of the leading European Medievalist specialized in the Balkans, pre-modern and modern political history.




Manal Saadi
Postgraduate researcher in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Geneva-based UMEF University




doc.dr.Jasna Cosabic
professor of IT law and EU law at Banja Luka College,
Bosnia and Herzegovina




Aleksandra Krstic
Studied in Belgrade (Political Science) and in Moscow (Plekhanov’s IBS). Currently, a post-doctoral researcher at the Kent University in Brussels (Intl. Relations). Specialist for the MENA-Balkans frozen and controlled conflicts.

Contact: alex-alex@gmail.com






Dr.Swaleha Sindhi Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Decorated educational practitioner Dr. Sindhi is a frequent columnist on related topics, too. She is the Vice President of Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society (IOCES). Contact: swalehasindhi@gmail.com




Barçın Yinanç
 It is an Ankara-based journalist and notable author. She is engaged with the leading Turkish dailies and weeklies for nearly three decades as a columnist, intervieweer and editor. Her words are prolifically published and quoted in Turkish, French an English.




 By İLNUR ÇEVIK
Modified from the original: They killed 1 Saddam and created 1,000 others (Daily Sabah)




Aine O’Mahony
Aine O'Mahony has a bachelor in Law and Political Science at the Catholic Institute of Paris and is currently a master's student of Leiden University in the International Studies programme.Contact: aine-claire.nini@hotmail.fr




Elodie Pichon

  Elodie Pichon has a  bachelor in Law and Political Science at the Catholic Institute of Paris and is currently doing a MA in Geopolitics, territory and Security at King's College London. Contact : elodie.pichon@gmail.com




Qi Lin

Qi Lin, a MA candidate of the George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs. Her research focus is on cross-Pacific security and Asian studies, particularly on the Sino-U.S. relations and on the foreign policy and politics of these two.





ALESSANDRO CIPRI
Born in Chile and raised in Rome, Alessandro Cipri has just finished his postgraduate studies at the department of War Studies of King's College London, graduating with distinction from the Master's Degree in "Intelligence and International Security". Having served in the Italian Army's "Alpini" mountain troops, he has a keen interest in national security, military strategy, insurgency theory, and terrorism studies. His Masters dissertation was on the impact of drug trafficking on the evolution of the Colombian FARC.




Ms. Lingbo ZHAO
is a candidate of the Hong Kong Baptist University, Department of Government and International Studies. Her research interest includes Sino-world, Asia and cross-Pacific.

Contact: harryzhaolin@gmail.com

 


Hannes Grassegger
Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus are investigative journalists attached to the Swiss-based Das Magazin specialized journal.

 

Mikael Krogerus
Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus are investigative journalists attached to the Swiss-based Das Magazin specialized journal.

 


Michal Kosinski
Scientific analysis

 


Ms. Elodie Pichon,
Ms. Elodie Pichon, Research Fellow of the IFIMES Institute, DeSSA Department. This native Parisian is a Master in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from the King’s College, London, UK.





Djoeke Altena




Muhamed Sacirbey
Muhamed Sacirbey

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey currently lectures on Digital-Diplomacy. "Mo" has benefited from a diverse career in investment banking & diplomacy, but his passion has been the new avenues of communication. He was Bosnia & Herzegovinas first Ambassador to the United Nations, Agent to the International Court of Justice, Foreign Minister & Signatory of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court. He also played American football opting for a scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans after being admitted to Harvard, oh well!!




Amanda Janoo

Amanda Janoo is an Alternative Economic Policy Adviser to governments and development organizations. Graduate from Cambridge University with an MPhil in Development Studies, Amanda worked at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) supporting governments with evidence-based industrial policy design for inclusive and sustainable growth. Her research focus is on the relationship between international trade and employment generation. She has worked throughout Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa promoting greater economic self-determination and empowerment.






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2018

 

The European Commission's Strategy for the Western Balkans
Bureaucrat's Crusade
By Zlatko Hadžidedić

The European Commission set a target date of 2025 for some of the Balkan countries to join. However, Brussels sees only Serbia and Montenegro as actual candidates. The door formally remains open to Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia, but these countries have been put into a grey zone with no time frames and road maps. They have been put on hold with no tangible prospects for membership, left without any explanation of what makes them less valid candidates than Serbia and Montenegro, with these two being as poor, illiberal and undemocratic as the remaining four.
With a dose of instant cynicism, one might conclude that Serbia and Montenegro have been rewarded for their military aggressions on Bosnia and Kosovo, and Serbia's permanent pressures on Macedonia, whereas the latter ones have been punished for being the former's victims. However, a more careful look at the population structure of the four non-rewarded countries reveals that these, unlike Serbia and Montenegro, have a relative excess of Muslim population. So far, there have been dilemmas whether the European Union is to be regarded as an exclusive Christian club, bearing in mind the prolonged discriminatory treatment of Turkey as an unwanted candidate. After the European Commission's new strategy for the Balkans, there can be no such dilemmas: the countries perceived by Brussels bureaucrats as Muslim ones – regardless of the actual percentage of their Muslim population – are not to be treated as European. 


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FEBRUARY 14, 2018


 

ASEAN Shared - the EU twin from Asia:
New memories, old wounds

Rattana Lao
 

Bangkok – Imagining peace is a noble concept but what does it take to achieve it?

Where does peace begin?

In modern day Southeast Asia, this can trace back to the 8th of August, 1967 where five foreign ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand joined hands to create the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or what became known as ASEAN.

Diverse in nature and disperse in geography, ASEAN has achieved much within the course of fifty years. The Association has grown in size of its membership and expanded to reach ambitious mandates. In 2015, ASEAN Economic Community was created to promote free movement of people, goods and ideas.

Economic integration was just the beginning. 

Coated in a long and wordy text and signed on 17th November 2011, the Declaration on ASEAN Unity in Cultural Diversity strived toward achieving “people centred and socially responsible integration,” a socio-cultural integration in short.

Inspired by the European Union, creating one market was not enough for ASEAN. The Association is driven to “forging a common identity”. It is hoped that through such effort, peace, mutual understanding and harmony will be fostered in Southeast Asia. 

A common identity for more than 600 million people?  A little lofty.  Perhaps.

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FEBRUARY 1, 2018



 

2017


Croatia-BiH-Serbia:
Non-acceptance of ICTY judgments and “humanisation”of crimes and criminals

The verdicts against Ratko Mladić (IT-09-92) and Jadranko Prlić et al. (IT-04-74) represent the final judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) which will formally cease to operate on 31 December 2017. The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) established by the UN Security Council resolution CS/RES/1966 (2010) will continue the work of ICTY as its legal successor at least until 2023.

MICT is formally ICTY's replacement body and as such will work with the same capacity and mandate as ICTY. Analysts believe that all the appeals and trial judgments before MICT
1 should be concluded before a comprehensive analysis and evaluation can be made of ICTY's 24 years of work.


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DECEMBER 26, 2017



Revisiting Dictatorship: Democracy is Worst Form of Government, Indeed

By Endy Bayuni

 

Democracy is both: the procedure and the content. It is a periodically revisited, fine-calibrated social contract that ties all horizontal and vertical segments of society. Although sometimes slow, tedious and consuming, this is still a truly comprehensive, just and sustainable way to build on its past, live the presence and pursuit the future of a nation.” Following the known lines of professor Anis H. Bajrektarevic on ties that bind, hereby is the fresh take from one of the largest democracies of the world – that of Republic of Indonesia.

The late Soeharto has become something of a poster boy for leadership as the nation searches for a president who can effectively deliver the goods.

Photos of the smiling president, who ruled Indonesia between 1966-1998, appear everywhere, with the caption in Javanese “piye kabare, isih penak jamanku, tho?” (How are you, better in my era, wasn’t it?), a reminder that for some, life was so much better then. The Soeharto posters and memes have been going viral since the 2014 election and are still circulating now.

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DECEMBER 12, 2017



Miscarriage of Justice at the ICTY: Bosnians consider guilty genocide verdict for Mladić incomplete
 

1. Miscarriage of Justice at the ICTY: Bosnians consider guilty genocide verdict for Mladić incomplete
1.1 The definition of the genocide is clear, simple and well intended
1.2 Genocide is very well documented in the Mladić judgment
1.3 The court setting its own definition of the genocide
1.4 The consequences of the new definition of genocide
2. Skraćeni opis metodologije suda i konzekvence takve metodologije kojom se praktično mijenja defincija genocida
3. Success of the book "The War in Bosnia: How to Succeed at Genocide"
5. Veliki uspjeh knjige “The War in Bosnia: How to Succeed at Genocide”

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DECEMBER 3, 2017




OSCE SUPPLEMENTARY HUMAN DIMENSION MEETING
Access to Justice as a Key Element of the Rule of Law
SIDE EVENT
ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR THE IDPs IN THE OSCE AREA AND ITS
IMPACT ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Date and Time
: 16 November 2017, 13:30-14:45
Venue
: Room 532, Hofburg, Vienna (5th floor)
Convenor:
Permanent Mission
Working language:
English

Snacks and refreshments will be served in Ratsaal Foier at 13:00 before the event

Panelists:
Discussion moderated by:

Prof. Anis H. BAJREKTAREVIC
Prof. and Chair for Intl. Law & Global Political Studies, Editor of the GHIR
(the New York Addleton Academic Publishers’ specialized Magazine for Geopolitics, History and Intl. Relations)


Dr. Gabriel LANSKY
Attorney at Law, Partner at Lansky, Ganzger and Partner

Special Agent at the European Court of Human Rights
(name tbc)
Regional Expert
(name tbc)


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OCTOBER 31,  2017


 

Long story of Kurz: ‘Austria You will be Macronised’

Max Hess

“There is a claim constantly circulating the EU: ‘multiculturalism is dead in Europe’. Dead or maybe d(r)ead?... That much comes from a cluster of European nation-states that love to romanticize – in a grand metanarrative of dogmatic universalism – their appearance as of the coherent Union, as if they themselves lived a long, cordial and credible history of multiculturalism. Hence, this claim and its resonating debate is of course false. It is also cynical because it is purposely deceiving. No wonder, as the conglomerate of nation-states/EU has silently handed over one of its most important debates – that of European anti-fascistic identity, or otherness – to the wing-parties. This was repeatedly followed by the selective and contra-productive foreign policy actions of the Union in the MENA, Balkans and Ukraine.” – wrote prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic in his luminary and farsighted essay Denazification – urgently needed in Europe .

Last two parliamentary elections in Central Europe are indicative enough: Europe inevitably loses its grip over the grand narrative, fatherly eroding its place in history. Hereby a few lines about the latest of them.

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OCTOBER 19,  2017


 

Germany that kills itself and Europe

Michael dr. Logies

 

The over-financialization and hyper-deregulations of the global(-ized) markets has brought the low-waged Chinese (peasant converted into a) worker into the spotlight of European considerations. Thus, in the last two decades, the EU economic edifice has gradually but steadily departed from its traditional labor-centered base, to the overseas investment-centered construct. This mega event, as we see now with the Euro-zone dithyramb, has multiple consequences on both the inner–European cultural, socio-economic and political balance as well as on China’s (overheated) growth. That sparse, rarefied and compressed labor, which still resides in the aging Union is either bitterly competing with or is heavily leaning on the guest workers who are per definition underrepresented or silenced by the ‘rightist’ movements and otherwise disadvantaged and hindered in their elementary socio-political rights. That’s how the world’s last cosmopolitanEurope departed from the world of work, and that’s why the Continent today cannot orient itself (both critically needed to identify a challenge, as well as to calibrate and jointly redefine the EU path). To orient, one need to center itself: Without left and right, there is no center, right?!” – prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic brilliantly summarized situation in Europe already years ago. Let’s see how it reflects on just closed German elections, and some fallacies surrounding (interpretations of) it.

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OCTOBER 4,  2017


 

Croatia and the West Balkan region:

Grabar-Kitarović and Vučić on a joint mission to (de)stabilize the region

F
or the past few months, President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (HDZ) has been intensively shifting Croatia’s inner political problems as well as her personal political conflicts and ambitions to the foreign-political field, thus causing destabilisation of the West Balkan region and consequently threatening the EU security and defence system.

In Serbia, the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić (SNS) won his inter-party war for supremacy over Tomislav Nikolić (SNS), who was the most recent President of the Republic of Serbia. President Grabar-Kitarović is still in constant conflict with the key officials from Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and she has extended this conflict also to her relations with the Government of the Republic of Croatia. The problems stem from the internal political restructuring of HDZ and the preparations for the next general election in Croatia. President Grabar-Kitarović is sparing no effort to gain the absolute dominant position in HDZ and to ensure her candidacy at 2019 presidential election in Croatia. Her conflict with the incumbent Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković (HDZ) is only the tip of the iceberg of political frictions and interparty tensions within HDZ.

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SEPTEMBER 23,  2017


 

Bridge over troubled waters – Growing meritime dispute between Croatia and Bosnia, neglected by the EU

Dr. Enis Omerović and Adil Kulenović,

 

The bilateral international agreement on the state border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Croatia, known as the Agreement on the Border between the two states, or more familiarly, as the Tuđman-Izetbegović Agreement, signed in Sarajevo on 30 July 1999 between the then President of the Republic of Croatia, Franjo Tuđman, and the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegović, represents in its 23 Articles, conditionally, "a valid act since it has been applied until a new one is made" (V.Đ. Degan, 2013). This Agreement could also be perceived to contain a transitional or provisional solution, since it has never been ratified by any parliament and does not serve its ultimate purpose - the permanent establishment and determination of the land and sea border between the two neighbors. In this regard, it can even be argued that the Republic of Croatia de facto abandoned the execution of this Agreement when its official authorities decided to embark on the building of a permanent construction at sea. This all supports the fact that the issue of delimitation and demarcation at sea, especially in the area of the Bay of Neum and the Mali Ston Bay, is still permanently undefined and unsettled and thus requires, in our opinion, a serious step towards opening an official dialogue with Zagreb with the involvement of EU institutions, since the Republic of Croatia is a member of the European Union.

The second difficulty should be addressed together with the first. It would be especially important to define the sea boundary, regarding the tip of the Klek Peninsula and the uninhabited islets, Veliki and Mali Školj or, more precisely, the rocks in the Mali Ston Bay, which are part of a unique geomorphologic unit, together with the Klek Peninsula. If we drawthe line of equidistance for purposes of delimitation of two states whose shores in one bay lie or are opposite to one another (the Peninsula of Klek and Pelješac), which is in accordance with the international law of the sea, as well as Article 4 (3) of the bilateral Agreement which, inter alia, prescribes that border at the sea stretches "the median line of the sea area between the land of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Croatia", it could be claimed that the disputed area would belong to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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AUGUSTUS 17,  2017



WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH – TRUMP OR DEMOCRACY

By: Tomislav Jakić

 

Although it is still not sure if Donald Trump will go down in history as champion of bombastic, but empty threats, or as somebody who did what he threatened with, thus starting a dangerous local war with potentially global consequences, one thing is absolutely sure: Donald Trump, the eccentric billionare with a turbulent business career, a showman, proved with his entry into the White House, but as well as with the campaign waged by the so called liberals (in the best way of almost forgotten McChartism) to evict him from there, that the model of western democracy, especially its American version, is irreparable corrupted. If we look at the facts as they are, there can be no doubt about this.

Trump was elected as president of America, a country that was for decades, with good reason, viewed as the light-bearer of democracy. He was elected in accordance with the rules of the American democratic system, rules that are – basically – applied from the very beginning of the existence of the United States. Here we stumble upon the first “but”. Only to enter the race for the nomination for the presidential candidate, one must have money, very much money. In democracy, meaning the rule of the people, the people are robbed of the possibility to elect the best and forced to elect among the rich the one, who seems to be most capable. Or, and this is the second “but” (which was obviously the case in the last elections), people are left to choose and to decide who is the lesser evil. This is why, choosing between Trump, who at that time presented a fresh and for America even radically changed foreign policy program and the former First lady and Secretary of State, an undisputed political hawk with no other foreign policy program that the continuation of toppling regimes in foreign countries and installing those who suited the US best and – not to forget – the continuation of the reborn Cold war, people opted for Trump, as lesser evil. Of course, when we use the term “people” we have in mind those who decided to use their voting right, which is usually about 50% of those registered as potential voters. And here is the third “but”. The President is elected by the minority of the Americans and imposed upon the majority.

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AUGUSTUS 17,  2017


Review of the Book

Europe and Africa – Similarities and difference in Security Structures

Written by Anis Bajrektarevic and Giuliano Luongo

NOVA Publishers ( https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=62974 )



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JULY 20, 2017



The Return of Good Policies for Bad Reasons

Populism and Industrial Policy

Amanda Janoo

Throughout the most of human evolution both progress as well as its horizontal transmission was extremely slow, occasional and tedious a process. Well into the classic period of Alexander the Macedonian and his glorious Alexandrian library, the speed of our knowledge transfers – however moderate, analogue and conservative – was still always surpassing snaillike cycles of our breakthroughs. When our sporadic breakthroughs finally turned to be faster than the velocity of their infrequent transmissions – that very event marked a point of our departure.

Simply, our civilizations started to significantly differentiate from each other in their respective techno-agrarian, politico-military, ethno-religious and ideological, and economic setups. In the eve of grand discoveries, the faster cycles of technological breakthroughs, patents and discoveries than their own transfers, primarily occurred on the Old continent.

That occurancy, with all its reorganizational effects, radically reconfigured societies – to the point of polarizing world onto the two: leaders and followers” – noted prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic in his luminary book Europe, 100 years later.

Will we ever close our technological and spiritual gap, physically and psychologically? Following lines are an interesting take on the topic.

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JULY 19, 2017



Serbia Delivered Srebrenica Refugees to Mladic: Report

Filip Rudic - BIRN -Belgrade

The Humanitarian Law Centre NGO said it will file criminal complaints against Serbian officials involved in handing over Bosniak refugees from Srebrenica who fled to Serbia to Ratko Mladic’s forces.
The Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre said in a report launched on Thursday that it has identified 30 Bosniak refugees who crossed the border seeking shelter in Yugoslavia after the July 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, but were handed over to Bosnian Serb forces, who killed at least 15 of them.
Nine of the Bosniaks are still listed as missing and six survived.  At the launch of the Humanitarian Law Centre report in Belgrade, one of the survivors, Muhamed Avdic, recalled how he lost his father, Azem, who remains listed as a missing person.  “My mother, sister and I parted with father on March 30, 1993, when [Bosnian Serb commander Ratko] Mladic’s forces were around Srebrenica,” said Avdic, who was a teenager at the time. His father stayed behind while the rest of the family took a UN refugee agency humanitarian aid truck to the nearby town of Tuzla. Their only communication with Azem was through letters sent via the Red Cross.  “When Srebrenica was declared a safe zone, we were happy and waiting for father to return. In August 1995 we received information that he had been captured,” Avdic said. The HLC had found official records showing that Azem was caught on July 31, 1995, 20 days after the fall of Srebrenica, by police in the Serbian town of Bajina Basta. They handed him over to the border police, who in turn gave him to the Bratunac Brigade of the Bosnian Serb Army; he was never seen since. After Srebrenica was captured on July 11, 1995, Serb forces killed some 8,000 Bosniaks, which the international courts have qualified as an act of genocide.


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JULY 19, 2017



The Truth and Reconciliation stuggle on the Balkans

Senadin Lavić

We live in a post-genocidal society, divided into ethnic-religious ghetto by means of war. In such broken society are continually inserted seductive and controversial concepts that serve the goals that are not realized by means of war. The terms such as federalism, unitarism and separatism come mainly as political games of political life actors in our country, but regarding the separatism of the entities RS, the Greater Serbian policy is absolutely focused on this goal. The shaping of political reality and the main ideas in it is a work of the ideology – par excellence, which then means that these terms are mostly ideologically determined and conceived in the minds of their constructors.
We should remember that M. Kasapović (Zagreb) in 2005 imposed and installed the term of consociation as territorial separation of the people in Bosnia and as the only possible model for the organization of the political system in Bosnia, followed by an orchestrated story of federalization and electoral units. The vague concept about the "impossible state" by N. Kecmanović (Banjaluka) is added to this in 2007 and till today, these two, assembled Serbian-Croatian projects of the dissolution of Bosnia stifled us and taken to a blind track of history. Kasapović has already come to Cyprisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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JULY 18, 2017



Serbian fascism never stops, it is becoming more and more dangerous every day

 

Bosnian Reporter Flees After Condemning Mladic Rally
BIRN | Banja Luka

Columnist Dragan Bursac has fled Banja Luka after receiving death threats from supporters of the former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic.

Journalist Dragan Bursac - who received death threats after criticizing a planned rally in Banja Luka in support of Ratko Mladic - told BIRN that he had been forced to go into hiding for some time. He had reported the death threats he has received to the police, he added. Burcac received the highly aggressive threats after publishing a column expressing deep revulsion at a planned demonstration in support of the former Bosnian Serb commander under the slogan “Support for General Ratko Mladic - Stop the Lies about Srebrenica.” It was scheduled to be held on July 11 - on the same day as the annual commemoration of the 1995 massacre of Bosniaks in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces under Mladic’s control.  Courts have deemed the massacre of some 8,000 Bosniaks [Muslims] a genocidal act. The Interior Ministry of Republika Srpska, the Serb-dominated entity in Bosnia, has since delayed the rally, citing security issues.

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JULY 14, 2017



REGIONAL SECURITY ARCHITECTURES:
COMPARING ASIA AND EUROPE

Insights from Anis Bajrektarevic

prof. dr. Anis BajrektarevicTrans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Anis Bajrektarevic  –  chairperson and professor in international law and global political studies, Vienna, Austria and editor of the New York-based scientific journal Geopolitics, History, and International Relations – is the 98th in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.”

Q1:   Compare and contract regional security architectures in Asia and Europe.

While all other major theaters have had pan-continental settings in place already for many decades, such as the Organization of American States – OAS (American continent); African Union – AU (Africa); Council of Europe and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe – OSCE (Europe), Asia is rather different. What becomes apparent, at first glance, is the absence of any pan-Asian security/ multilateral structure. Prevailing security structures are bilateral and mostly asymmetric. They range from the clearly defined and enduring non-aggression security treaties, through less formal arrangements, up to the Ad hoc cooperation accords on specific issues.

The presence of the multilateral regional settings is limited to a very few spots in the largest continent, and even then, they are rarely mandated with security issues in their declared scope of work.

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JULY 1, 2017


JUNE 2017
 

“We win, they lose” – Wonderful world of Binary categorisations

(Refeudalisation of Europe – III Part)

Anis H. Bajrektarevic
 

The new Cold War knocks on our doors, suddenly. Why so? How did it previously end?

prof. dr. Anis BajrektarevicThe end of the Cold War came abruptly, overnight. Many in the West dreamt about it, but nobody really saw it coming. The Warsaw Pact, Red Army in DDR, Berlin Wall, DDR itself, Soviet Union – one after the other, vanished rapidly, unexpectedly. There was no ceasefire, no peace conference, no formal treaty and guaranties, no expression of interests and settlement. Only the gazing face expression of that time Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze who circles around and unconvincingly repeats: “we now better understand each other”.

On contrary, Bush (the 41st US President) calmly diagnosed: “We win, they lose!” His administration immediately declared that the policies, including all military capabilities, will remain unchanged but with a different pretexts – to respond to the ‘technological sophistication of the III world powers’ and to a ‘radical nationalism’ (meaning; any indigenous emancipation). The so-called normative revolution from Atlantic followed shortly, in which the extensive (assertive) rights were self-prescribed to that theater. Thus, the might-makes-right interventions were justified through the new (de facto imperial) doctrines: humanitarian intervention, R2P (incl. Kouchner-Lévy bombing for a noble cause), doctrine of preemption, uninhabited access to or beyond grand area, as well as the so-called Afroasia forward deployment, as a sort of the enlarged Brezhnev and Monroe doctrines combined both together, etc.

Simultaneously, that time Washington darling Fukuyama published his famous article The End of History? and the book which came soon after. To underline how sure he was about this claim he even dropped the question mark into the title of the book.

Was this sudden meltdown of the Soviet colossus and the day after intrinsic or by design?

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JUNE 22, 2017


 



Partner NGO to the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

 
The Universal Peace Federation Austria (UPF) in cooperation with the Association of
 Bosnian Academics in Austria (GBAA)  and the International Institute for Middle-East
and Balkan Studies (
IFIMES) is inviting you to a special lecture on the topic
 
  
 Sarajevo, Jerusalem of Europe
 

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JUNE 20, 2017



Memorandum of Understanding
 between the
International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES), Ljubljana, Slovenia
and the
Gesellschaft Bosnischer Akademiker in Österreich (GBAA),
Vienna, Austria
 on Scientific and Socio-cultural Research and Cooperation

Reaffirming excellent relations between the two countries,
Recalling the need for a horizontal cooperation on all (non-governmental) levels, and Noting that such cooperation between institutions as well as the people-to-people exchanges are the best way to strengthen and further excel cordial relations, but Regretting that the wider theater of Southeastern Europe, and its National minorities and Diaspora in Central Europe are very little known to each other, and therefore
Wishing to reverse this negative trend, thus Determined to promote and enhance scientific and socio-cultural research and cooperation of the two and their wider regional interest, including that of the national minorities (already established and those in making), all that
Based on the exchange of letter of intent and statement of purpose, and Embedded in the mutually expressed accord of wills, consequently

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JUNE 18, 2017



Paris and Pittsburgh, pesticides in Indonesia: When none is best

Julia Suryakusuma

 

Jakarta | Wed, June 14 2017 | 01:22 am -  Donald Trump famously said, “I was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” when he announced the withdrawal by the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA). Pittsburgh is a city in the Rust Belt, which suffered from economic decline due to deindustrialization. It was purportedly the Rust Belt that paved Trump’s path to the presidency. But what was the Pittsburgh mayor’s reaction? “We’re actually with Paris on this.” In fact, the majority of Rust Belt states are also. It just goes to show, climate change and global warming goes beyond politics (although pssst! For your information, Pittsburgh did vote for Clinton!).

Well, that’s the way it should be. If there’s one thing that people have in common, it is that we all live on this one fragile, precious planet. Another thing we have in common is that we all eat. In the past 50 years, the number of people in the world has doubled, and so obviously, so has food production. Modern agriculture has relied even more on pesticides to get rid of pests and vermin which damage crops, but like anything, too much of a “good thing” can be bad. Pesticides are for crops like chemotherapy is for cancer: in the same way that chemo kills the good cells in addition to the bad ones, pesticides tend to kill organisms that weren’t intended to be killed. Pesticides also affect the whole ecological system, leeching into the soil and water, and poisoning birds, fish and other small animals.

And the effect of pesticides on humans? An entry in Toxipedia says it has “neurological health effects such as memory loss, loss of coordination, reduced speed of response to stimuli, reduced visual ability, altered or uncontrollable mood and general behavior, and reduced motor skills.” Thanks, but no thanks!

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JUNE 16, 2017



 COMMON SENSE – A RELIC OF THE PAST?

By: Tomislav Jakic

 

Once upon a time, this is how fairy tales usually begin. This is not a fairy tale, but once upon a time people used to talk about common sense and to think based on common sense. It was never an ideal time, but always when it seemed that the lack of common sense and the evil in us would draw the world in the abyss of self-destruction, common sense woke up and rebelled; most usually in combination with pragmatism. Mankind paid dearly in the ensuing battle, it went through unbelievable horrors, but eventually common sense would prevail. And so it went until the year 1990, when the cold war ended. It was an extremely dangerous confrontation between two, not only ideologically different blocks. The world peace was saved only due to the fragile, but at the same time efficient balance of fear, namely on the knowledge that an open armed confrontation would end without anybody being victorious. But, as from the beginning of the last decade of the 20th century, when East – West confrontation ended, due to the fact that the Soviet block disintegrated, when the “dawn of democracy” begun shining on countries, previously ruled with iron hand from one centre and by one and only party and its repressive system, we are witnessing a constant and steady downgrading in all sectors of life. Because of this and despite democracy as a system, despite democratic forms and despite the multiparty system, it is unavoidable that we put to ourselves the question: does common sense belongs to the past, is t a relic of the past?

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