Stories about Serbia from December, 2008
On Dec. 18, Sinisa Boljanovic wrote about Serbian blogger Krugolina Borup and her "Mother Courage" initiative. A few days later, Krugolina Borup (whose real name is Branka Stamenkovic) became the fifth laureate of the Disruption Prize, which Luna TBWA Agency has been awarding to individuals or organizations from Serbia for social liability and changing of social conventions.
Belgraded explains the advantages of celebrating Christmas in January.
A holiday season roundup: Tanja of Czechmatediary recalls family Christmas celebrations of her childhood, writes about the Czech Christmas Mass, and shares a recipe of Vanocka (“Christmas bread”); CzechFolks.com writes about a calorie-free yet mouth-watering way of decorating a holiday table with crocheted Czech Christmas cookies; The Foreigner's Guide to...
Streetwise Professor posts an update on Gazprom's “vaporware” in Serbia, which includes a recent resignation of the “anti-Gazprom” Serbian economics minister, Mladan Dinkic (more on that – at Robert Amsterdam's blog). Meanwhile, gas costs $5.80 per gallon in Serbia, according to Bill's Blog: “To put the $5.80 into perspective, the...
Jasmin's Heart writes about deliberate distortions that often pass for the recent history of the Balkans: “Also, history, as written by too many historians here, in recent years, Croatian historians, Serbian, Bosnian – on the subject of the last war and many others that proceeded on this area – is...
Ari Rusila examines the Balkan-related results of the Freedom House's Freedom in the World survey at AriRusila’s BalkanBlog, and writes about the Henley Visa Restrictions Index, highlighting the results for countries of Central and Eastern Europe, at AriRusila's BalkanPerspective at Blogactiv.eu.
A Yankee-in-Belgrade writes about celebration of St. Nicholas Day in Serbia.
Sinisa Boljanovic translates a selection of heartbreakingly shocking stories of giving birth in Serbia, shared by anonymous Serbian women on the Majka Hrabrost ("Mother Courage") web site.
Below is a selection of recent posts by bloggers from around Central and Eastern Europe on social networking, participatory media, online activism and other related issues.
Eternal Remont and English Russia note that the newest Miss World – Ksenia Sukhinova from Russia – is holding the wrong flag during an event at Moscow's Red Square; Belgraded notes that the flag is actually Serbian.
Notes on the Greek riots – at LimbicNutrition Weblog: “The riots have been descibed as ‘the first credit-crunch riots.’ Countries with high youth unemployment and a tradition of mass protest (e.g. France, Italy, Spain, Serbia) should be concerned about the riots spreading. From Belgrade to Bordeaux solidarity graffiti warns of...
Gray Falcon comments on the media mentions of Rod Blagojevich's Serbian roots: “In this era of political correctness and mandatory ‘diversity,’ there are still groups (entire nations, really) one is allowed, supposed, or even required to hate. Serbs are one of those groups.”
"Knife, Wire, Srebrenica!" (Nož, Žica, Srebrenica!) is one of the favorite slogans of Serbian nationalists. A while ago, there appeared a Facebook group with the same name and 1,045 members - as well as a counter-group, whose 10,584 members are appealing to Facebook administrators to close the NOŽ ŽICA SREBRENICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! group because it "glorifies the acts of genocide that took place in Srebrenica, where 8,000 men and boys were murdered." Sinisa Boljanovic translates a Serbian blogger's response to it.
Sinisa Boljanovic reviews the situation with gay rights in the former Yugoslav republics.
Belgraded dissects and does his best to translate some of the samples of Serbian war propaganda.
Belgraded critiques a story on the political and social situation in Serbia that appeared in the Irish Tribune.
A Yankee-in-Belgrade posts a picture of a popular Belgrade souvenir – corn husk dolls.
A few Belgrade and Serbia photo links: Balkan File shows “what Belgrade looks like off the tourist path” and writes about the city's stray dogs; A Yankee-in-Belgrade also posts a picture of two neighborhood strays; Belgraded links to Serbia and Belgrade sets by Flickr users tanjica, tigric, and 314dzi, as...
JFK's gift to Tito on display at The House of Flowers in Belgrade; a post on life and work of Serbian writer Branislav Nušić; a picture of an eccentric-looking roller-skater – at A Yankee-in-Belgrade.
A story of a chimpanzee that managed to escape from the Belgrade Zoo twice; a history of Disney's Mickey Mouse in Serbia; a list of what an average Serbian salary (386 Euros a month) can buy – at Belgraded. An anti-ode to Belgrade – at Zukointheworld: “Belgrade is raffish and...
Balkan File and Eternal Remont are saying good-bye to the Yugo cars; the latter posts this joke: “Q: So, what do you call the shock absorbers inside a Yugo? A: Passengers.”