CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1993
In an article that would otherwise be unworthy of comment, MacArthur makes one omission more sickening than anything he wrote. MacArthur permits himself to completely forget about Serbian collaboration with the Nazis and Italian fascists during World War II. He forgets that Belgrade was declared the first Judenfrei (Jew-free) city of Europe. He forgets that Banjica, a concentration camp located in Belgrade, was staffed almost entirely by Serbs. Over 90% of Serbia's Jews were exterminated.
March 29, 1992
The article "Serbians in L.A. Voice Support During Unrest" (March 15) was probably the first to express, at least partially, the Serbian point of view on the civil war in Croatia. Being involved in the process of interviewing some members of the Serbian-American community here, I feel responsible for pointing out some aspects of this article. Most of the material referring to human rights abuses against the Serbian population in Croatia gathered by the reporter through long interviews representing firsthand testimonies and stories told by close relatives of those interviewed was omitted.
June 27, 2000 |
The remains of 58 people, believed to be non-Serbian civilians, have been exhumed from a cave in northwestern Bosnia-Herzegovina and at a site near Sarajevo, the capital, said Amor Masovic, the head of the Muslim-Croat Commission for Missing Persons. The remains of 41 victims, most of them presumed to have been killed in a Serbian prison camp during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, were retrieved from the cave near the town of Bosanska Krupa, about 130 miles northwest of Sarajevo.
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A Serbian publisher said Wednesday it has withdrawn a controversial book by American writer Sherry Jones because of protests from the local Islamic community.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.
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.
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.