April 6, 2000 |
The League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina said Jan Svetlik, a deputy in the local assembly of the northern Serbian town of Zrenjanin, was taken from his home by three men. The reported abduction occurred just hours before a session of Zrenjanin's municipal assembly in which Svetlik had secured enough votes to oust a mayor loyal to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
April 25, 1999
According to local legend, the Kosovo village of Belanica was founded by four brothers who agreed that they would keep a broad field at the heart of the community as a common trust. On April 1, that 20-acre field, shown below, at center, was jammed with tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians who were herded there from the surrounding area by Serbian forces. Here is what villagers said they saw as Serbian soldiers and police terrorized and then expelled them.
May 27, 1999 |
Her body savaged, her family wronged and her future ruined, 13-year-old Pranvera Lokaj has taken off for the mountains of Kosovo to seek the only solace her hidebound clan accords a rape victim: to kill or be killed in pursuit of vengeance. "I have given her to the KLA so she can do to the Serbs what they have done to us," Haxhi Lokaj said of his daughter, who has been sent to fight with the rebels of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
March 19, 1995 |
Where shall we place our faith, in the individual or in the tribe? For Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic the answer is a function of poetry itself: "Lyric poets perpetuate the oldest values on earth," he reminds us. "They assert the individual's experience against that of the tribe." Those values, needless to say, are under attack around the world. Religious fundamentalists, ardent nationalists, tribalists of every color and moral suasion--all seek to diminish the worth of individual experience.
December 23, 2011 |
What Angelina Jolie has accomplished in "In the Land of Blood and Honey" is both impressive and unexpected. But because the task she set for herself is so difficult, it is not quite enough. Though not appearing on screen, Jolie functions as writer, director and co-producer of a film with subject matter so painful and emotionally complex it would be a challenge for even the most experienced creator. Not surprisingly for someone serious about involvement with humanitarian causes, Jolie has set "Blood and Honey" in the violent maelstrom of the former Yugoslavia during the war in Bosnia that lasted between 1992 and 1995.
February 27, 2008 |
Thousands of Serbs gathered to bury a 20-year-old engineering student killed when a mob set fire to the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, during protests last week over Kosovo's declaration of independence. Students, teachers and relatives wept as they spoke of Zoran Vujovic while surrounding his flower-laden casket in Novi Sad, about 50 miles north of Belgrade. Relatives said he wanted only to protest U.S. support for Kosovo's secession. In nearby Bosnia-Herzegovina, police fired tear gas to prevent Bosnian Serb rioters from storming the U.S. Consulate in Banja Luka, in the ethnically divided country's Serbian area.
June 19, 2009 |
Four former members of a notorious Serbian paramilitary unit called the Scorpions were convicted of gunning down 14 Kosovo Albanian civilians, including children and the elderly, in 1999, and were sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in prison. The massacre in Kosovo's northern town of Podujevo was one of the most brutal single atrocities during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, during which an estimated 10,000 people were killed in fighting between guerrillas of the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army and Serbian forces loyal to President Slobodan Milosevic.