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December 9, 1994
Palindromic progression: Bosnia. Pain. Sob. RICHARD STEHR Los Angeles
October 28, 2013 | Times wire reports
Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 86, Eastern Europe's first democratic prime minister after communism, a key advisor to Poland's Solidarity freedom movement and U.N. human rights envoy to Bosnia in the 1990s, died Monday in Warsaw after being hospitalized for a high fever, said his personal secretary, Michal Prochwicz. In August 1980, Mazowiecki joined thousands of workers on strike at the Gdansk Shipyard. Within days, their action grew into a massive wave of strikes that gave birth to Solidarity - Eastern Europe's first free trade union and a nationwide freedom movement - led by a charismatic shipyard electrician, Lech Walesa, whose name quickly became known around the globe.
July 20, 1993
It seems to me that the current European Community policy on Bosnia can be summarized as follows: We won't won't protect you; we won't let you protect yourselves; we probably won't feed you much longer either. Now die quietly. You are disturbing us. CARL B. CROSBY Twentynine Palms
May 17, 2012 | By Janet Stobart and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
LONDON — Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic confronted the accusations against him at the opening of his war crimes trial in The Hague on Wednesday with contemptuous gestures to the court and the victims who had come to see him face justice for atrocities during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. Slowed by age and the hardships of 15 years on the run from the indictment by the United Nations tribunal, Mladic still mustered a hint of his trademark swagger as...
May 20, 1993
The Clinton Administration is floundering from one miscalculation to the next, all this while focused on his strongest expertise, domestic affairs. What can we expect from his weakest expertise, foreign affairs? A miscalculation in a European civil war involving the American military will not be one he can shrug off as another bad joke. Perhaps his past vigorous efforts to avoid any personal involvement in the Vietnam War will increase his sensitivity to the American majority's disapproval of any U.S. military involvement in Bosnia.
May 28, 1996
We at the Voice of America could not agree more with Mihajlo Mihajlov's commentary (May 13) that, as Bosnian elections approach, the role of the media will grow in importance in that troubled land. VOA--through our international media training center--is doing something to help the media in Bosnia. This spring, we are training three groups of Bosnian journalists on election coverage in the U.S. Through the training we have learned a few things ourselves: Nearly 80% of the journalists remaining in Bosnia today are under age 26. They are long on dedication and education, but, as noted by Mihajlov, desperately short on equipment.
August 12, 1992
I am surprised and angered at the headlines and coverage of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina by your paper. I am a 25-year-old first-generation Serbian-American and I am intelligent enough to know that there are always two sides to every story. Innocent Serbian children, women and men are being held in Croatian and Muslim detention camps where they are being treated under the same circumstances as people in the Serbian camps. Though the reports of atrocities have not been confirmed, your paper has found the Serbian people guilty of Holocaust-level crimes.
December 20, 1995
"Wishing for a War Without Blood" (Dec. 13) caught me off guard. As a person in my 20s, I was initially offended by the insinuation that, as a group, we cannot handle the fact of war. But as I read further I had to admit that the assessment of the overall American view toward war is correct. Most of my friends hate the concept of war, but accept that America is the "world's police." They expect a low casualty rate. Maybe this is as it should be. Perhaps that is the new threshold for entering a conflict.
April 8, 2012 | Doyle McManus
The interventionist liberals of the Obama administration were a doleful bunch last week. It was the 20th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo, when a Bosnian Serb army battered a city full of civilians with artillery while the United States issued ineffective cries of alarm. The comparison with this year's massacres in Syria was painfully apt. Now, as then, the United Nations Security Council has asked both sides to stop shooting, to no great effect. Now, as then, the United States and its allies are rejecting the idea of military intervention as too difficult, too risky, too likely to add to the violence instead of ending it. In Bosnia, it took the United States more than three years and many massacres to decide that diplomatic measures and sanctions weren't enough.
December 10, 2011
Eddie Murphy may soon star in a more serious role, playing former Washington Mayor Marion Barry in an HBO film. An HBO spokeswoman said Friday that the network is working with Spike Lee and Murphy on the project, though she said it's in the early stages of development. Lee would direct the movie, and Murphy would play Barry, who, during his third term as mayor, was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room during an FBI sting operation. He eventually served six months in federal prison on a misdemeanor drug possession conviction and was elected again to the D.C. Council in 1992.
March 10, 2011 | Doyle McManus
The debate over Libya this week in Washington isn't about what the U.S. goal should be. President Obama settled that question last week when he declared: "It's time for Kadafi to go. " He's reaffirmed that message several times, and leaders of the most important U.S. allies in Europe ? Britain, Germany and France ? have made similar statements. Instead, the question is what role the United States and its allies will play in the brutal and mercurial dictator's removal. Administration officials say they've prepared a wide range of options for the president, but allowing Kadafi to win isn't one of them.
October 16, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik and Zoran Cirjakovic
No A-list Hollywood celebrity has done more to try to soothe the wounds in the Balkans than Angelina Jolie. Through her Jolie-Pitt Foundation, she has donated millions of dollars to groups active in the region, such as Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children. And last spring, Jolie and partner Brad Pitt visited Bosnia to assist the nearly 120,000 people who remain displaced, unable to return to their homes. But Jolie finds herself in the difficult position of reopening those wounds with a new movie set against the backdrop of the 1992-1995 conflict.
October 28, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic, sentenced in 2003 by a United Nations war crimes tribunal to 11 years in prison, returned to her home in Belgrade after early release from a Swedish jail. Plavsic flew in from Stockholm on a Bosnian Serb government plane and was whisked away in a car that drove her straight from the tarmac to her downtown apartment. Plavsic, 79, is the only woman among the 161 people indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
October 16, 2009 | Reuters
Politically divided Lebanon and Bosnia-Herzegovina were among five countries elected to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, in a move diplomats hoped would help strengthen the two countries' fragile institutions. In an uncontested election, the United Nations General Assembly voted for Bosnia, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria to serve on the council in the next two years. All five had been selected in advance by their regional groups. On Jan. 1 they will replace Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Vietnam as non-veto-holding members of the 15-nation body, the powerhouse of the United Nations with the authority to impose sanctions and deploy peacekeeping forces.
September 6, 2009 | Aida Cerkez-Robinson, Cerkez-Robinson writes for the Associated Press.
It's shortly after noon, and teenagers who were taught their capital is Zagreb, in neighboring Croatia, are streaming out of Stolac High School. In an hour, their classrooms will be filled with children who have learned that their capital is Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fourteen years after the end of Bosnia's 1992-95 war, youngsters from Bosnian Muslim and Roman Catholic Croat families attend the same schools, but are separated from each other and learn from different textbooks. With the Bosnian Serbs already holed up in their own part of the country, critics say the Balkan nation's school system is one of the worst examples of segregation in Europe -- one that's producing a generation ripe for manipulation by nationalists.
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