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.
August 21, 2008 |
A Serbian publisher said Wednesday it has withdrawn a controversial book by American writer Sherry Jones because of protests from the local Islamic community. The book, "Jewel of Medina," is about Aisha, one of the Prophet Muhammad's wives. It gained worldwide attention after Random House canceled its publication, fearing an uproar in the Islamic world. Serbian publisher BeoBook released the book but decided to withdraw it because of protests from local Islamic leaders who said it insulted Muhammad and his family.
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.
July 16, 1991 |
As a schoolboy, Blagoje Adzic is said to have hidden and watched from a tree as Croatian fascists rampaged through his village and slaughtered every member of his family in 1941. The unspeakable horrors committed during one of Europe's bloodiest fratricides have haunted Adzic for half a century. Frequent public references to the loss of his family confirm that the emotional wounds have never healed.
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.