June 11, 2006 |
IT was plain contrariness. That's my only explanation for taking the train from Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar in Montenegro on the Adriatic coast. I wanted to see the Serbian countryside, all but off the tourist map since the recent Balkan wars, and to follow the wild gorge of the Tara River into Montenegro. My trip coincided with the potentially explosive May 21 election deciding whether Montenegrins would vote for independence from Serbia. (They did.
July 10, 1991 |
As Yugoslavia's rival republics seemed intent on scuttling the latest peace plan Tuesday, the likelihood of an all-out Balkan war escalated along with European neighbors' frustrations over how to prevent it. The combatants in Yugoslavia have persistently sought to take advantage of foreign mediation. A battle over interpretation has followed each of three declared truces, leading to their failure and adding to the grievances each republic has stockpiled against the others.
May 15, 2010 |
COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP Host country South Africa plays Mexico at 7 a.m. PDT on June 11 to kick off the 32-team tournament. GROUP D Serbia vs. Ghana, June 13, 7 a.m. Germany vs. Australia, June 13, 11:30 a.m. Germany vs. Serbia, June 18, 4:30 a.m. Ghana vs. Australia, June 19, 7 a.m. Ghana vs. Germany, June 23, 11:30 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia, June 23, 11:30 a.m. The next round: The top...
February 18, 2010 |
The Davis Cup match between the U.S. and host Serbia on March 5-7 in Belgrade could almost be called Southern California against Serbia. Sam Querrey of Thousands Oaks will play singles and twins Mike and Bob Bryan of Camarillo will play doubles, captain Patrick McEnroe announced Wednesday. The other singles player will be John Isner of Georgia. The match will be played on red clay in a 20,000-seat arena, one that McEnroe expects to be raucous. It will be the first Davis Cup meeting between the U.S. and Serbia.
January 21, 2007 |
Once the most powerful of the former Yugoslav republics and a kingdom that reached from the Adriatic to the Aegean, Serbia is about to lose the only vestige of its days of glory: Kosovo. United Nations mediators say they will unveil their plan for the province, which is predominantly ethnic Albanian and Muslim, and has been governed as a U.N. protectorate since 1999, sometime after today's Serbian general elections.
January 26, 1991 |
The rival leaders of Communist Serbia and pro-independence Croatia broke up a meeting Friday with no reported progress in their efforts to pull the country from the brink of possible civil war. The army said late Friday it had arrested a number of unidentified people accused of organizing and arming illegal groups that planned an uprising and "terrorist acts" on soldiers, their families and military facilities.
July 30, 2012 |
Busy with training responsibilities for his Korean club team, Matthew Anderson didn't watch any of the U.S. men's volleyball matches from their galvanizing run to gold at the Beijing Olympics. But last year, after a disappointing sixth-place finish at the FIVB World Cup, somebody popped in a DVD of the gold-medal match. "It was pretty cool," Anderson said. Expectations for a repeat are low, but the U.S. opened its defense in impressive fashion Sunday at Earls Court. Thanks in large part to Anderson's relentless attacking, the U.S. swept defending European champion Serbia, 25-17, 25-22, 25-11, in 90 minutes.
December 13, 1992 |
European Community leaders resumed their march toward political unity Saturday after patching up some internal wrangles that had distracted them from both their own economic problems and their relations with the rest of the world. "I believe this will be remembered as a summit that put the Community back together," said British Prime Minister John Major, the meeting's chairman.
March 9, 2008 |
Serbia is a troubled country of rich history that lives by its myths and symbols. And so a new movie, billed as the most expensive locally made film ever, is a daring, bizarre and wholly provocative attempt to turn those images on their heads. The movie (a word about the title in a minute) is the first full-length feature by director Uros Stojanovic, an ambitious 30-something who seems fond of entering a room with a flourish. It is set in a ravaged Serbia just after the First World War and tells the story of a village where there are no men left -- they've all died in battle.
May 3, 2011 |
For the last half a dozen years, I've been mentally living in the world of 1914-18, writing a book about World War I. I've haunted battlefields and graveyards, asked a Belgian farmer if I could step inside a wartime concrete bunker that now houses his goats, and walked through an underground tunnel that protected Canadian troops moving ammunition to the front line. In government archives, I've read reports by officers who survived battles in which most of their troops died; I've talked to a man whose labor-activist grandfather was court-martialed because he wrote a letter to the Daily Mail complaining that every British officer was assigned a private servant.