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May 30, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of supporters of war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic rallied Sunday to protest the arrest of the man whom they revere as a national hero but whom much of the West considers a mass murderer. Ultranationalists, government foes and rowdy soccer fans gathered in front of the parliament building in downtown Belgrade to wave Serbian flags and denounce Mladic's capture and expected extradition this week to The Hague to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. As darkness fell, a few clashes broke out as demonstrators threw rocks at riot police, who were deployed in large numbers throughout the city center and around Western embassies.
May 29, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
If Ratko Mladic is extradited on charges of mass murder, as even he now seems to believe is inevitable, his own words may come back to haunt him. Thousands of them. Prosecutors at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague are combing through a trove of diaries and audio recordings kept by the Bosnian Serb general throughout the 1992-95 Bosnian war. Mladic was an obsessive record-keeper, jotting down notes from even the briefest conversations. The habit was evidence, some say, of an outsize personality convinced of its own importance.
May 28, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Jovana Vujcic is too young to remember the war that ravaged the Balkans in the early 1990s but old enough now to experience its baleful legacy. "We're labeled as a genocide nation," the 23-year-old Serbian economics student said. "When you travel around Europe and you meet people, they only know those years of our history. " The burden of that past felt a little lighter Friday, a day after Serbian authorities finally captured Ratko Mladic , Europe's most-wanted war crimes suspect.
May 27, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Shortly before the slaughter, Gen. Ratko Mladic patted the boys on their heads and offered them candy. He told the adults being herded in the city of Srebrenica that everything would be all right. Within days, Mladic's troops, said to be acting on his orders, had killed about 8,000 of Srebrenica's men and boys, lining them up, opening fire and dumping their bodies in mass graves; many of the women were raped. It was this chilling cynicism that marked Mladic, in the words of a former NATO officer, a world-class war criminal.
May 26, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of overseeing the worst massacre in Europe since the end of World War II, has been arrested, Serbian authorities said Thursday. Mladic is Europe's most wanted war crimes suspect for his alleged role in the 1995 slaughter of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the enclave of Srebrenica, an atrocity that came to symbolize the brutality of the Balkans conflict. The war crimes tribunal in The Hague wants to try Mladic on charges of genocide.
May 26, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Witnesses die. Memories fade. Victims move on with their lives, leaving no forwarding addresses. The passage of nearly two decades since the most heinous crimes attributed to Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic could impede his prosecution at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, legal analysts say. But those familiar with Mladic's alleged role in the worst atrocities to afflict Europe since the Nazis insist his conviction is assured despite...
March 19, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
The left-hander with the bulletproof game and the new gunslinger in town will play in Sunday's men's singles final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. It will be No. 1 versus No. 2, as tennis fans here have been coveting for the last several years. But the names that go with the numbers won't exactly be what they wanted, and clearly rooted for Saturday afternoon in the packed 16,100-seat stadium at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. They got only half their wish. No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who plays like he is trying to wear out the energizer bunny, defeated Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 6-4. That set the stage for the duel in the desert that has never happened, the Nadal-Roger Federer matchup that has captivated the world in places such as Melbourne, Paris and Wimbledon, England.
December 7, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
If North Koreans were pandas, would we have let them suffer so? In October 1993, Edward N. Luttwak wrote a brilliant essay for Commentary magazine asking a similar question: "If the Bosnian Muslims had been bottlenose dolphins, would the world have allowed Croats and Serbs to slaughter them by the tens of thousands? If Sarajevo had been an Amazonian rain forest or merely an American wood containing spotted owls, would the Serbs have been allowed to blast it and burn it with their artillery fire?
October 12, 2010 | By John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times
Basketball, camaraderie, war and loss are intertwined in the hauntingly sad yet worthwhile documentary "Once Brothers," which premieres Tuesday on ESPN. The 90-minute film, written and directed by Michael Tolajian and produced by NBA Entertainment, is part of ESPN's "30 for 30" film series. It tells the story of the Yugoslavian basketball team when it was an international powerhouse in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and how the civil war in Yugoslavia undermined its efforts on the court and drove a wedge between its players from Serbia and Croatia.
March 21, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
With a little stretch, Jelena Jankovic's victory Sunday in the women's singles final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells could be turned into a California angle. Headline: Local Woman Makes Good. Jankovic, of course, is about as local as Antarctica. She has spent the bulk of her 25 years as far away from California as you can get. Not by choice, by coincidence of birth. She is Serbian and proud of it, although she lists her residence as Dubai, which is one of those tax havens to which rich tennis players gravitate.
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