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December 29 2011

Macedonia, Greece, Turkey: Bridging the Divides Through Multilingual Reporting

Two recent initiatives by civic-minded journalists added value to the e-content in local languages from Macedonia and nearby countries: Diversity Media is offering news analysis through text and audio podcasts in Macedonian and Albanian, and is enabling “peeking over the neighbors' fence” in Macedonian, Turkish, Greek, and English. The former also started a competition for news bloggers [mk, sq], ending Jan. 31.

December 09 2011

Macedonia: Ajvar, Glorified

Jovana Tozija wrote lovingly about making ajvar, a traditional favorite winter provision in Macedonia and some other post-Ottoman countries.

November 08 2011

11-11-11: Grab your Cameras and Capture Life

Only a couple of days until 11/11/11, a date that will have people all over the world recording their lives through film and music. Participate in the  11Eleven project and One Day on Earth to leave your mark on the world.

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Global Voices Online has partnered with the 11Eleven Project to help make a snapshot of the human experience.  How different and how similar will our lives turn out to be?  Throughout the world and in different languages, footage made during that 24 hour period on November 11th 2011 will help answer that question.  11Eleven have established 11 different topics you can focus on: beginnings, heartbreak, make a wish, faith, routine, water, courage, play, darkness, beauty and love, and with these starting points they will be accepting photographs, songs, sounds, video, online content  made during November 11th to turn them into a world music collection, a two-hour documentary and a photography book will be produced and distributed throughout the world. Upload them and tag them with #11ElevenLIVE, as explained in the following video:

Grammy winning musician Imogen Heap has joined the team as the Executive Music Producer, will be producing the soundtrack for the documentary and will also be in charge of the world music collection.



Proceeds from the sales of the music collection, photography book and documentary will go in their entirety to support charities and organizations including Global Voices Online.

One Day on Earth is documenting videos of the world for the 2nd year in a row. Last year, on 10-10-10 they captured the world experience during a 24 hour span. The result was a geotagged video archive as well as a feature film which will be screened simultaneously in every country of the world thanks to the organization's collaboration with the United Nations.  Following is a behind the scenes telling of how the project started and highlights of the documentary such as footage from North Korea and a wedding in Kosovo.

The next is a trailer for the documentary, showing some of the footage that was collected on the same day, all around the world.

You can participate on both of these projects on November 11th 2011. Sign up, turn on your camera, record the day's events and upload your content. For more information visit One day on Earth and the 11Eleven Project.

August 15 2011

The Balkans, Norway: Anders Breivik and Srđa Trifković

Eric Gordy of East Ethnia writes about the Balkan dimension of the July 22 terrorist attacks in Norway: “[…] [Anders Breivik] has the revelation that his path to violent idiocy began with his shock at the Kosovo bombing campaign in 1999. So to the other sets of concerns he understands badly, he added the history of the Balkans, and his main, heavily quoted and cribbed source on that (as well as on some theological topics!) is one Srđa Trifković.”

August 07 2011

Serbia, Kosovo, Russia: A Letter to Putin

Eric Gordy re-launches his East Ethnia blog, taking a close look, in one of the first posts, at the letter to the Russian PM Vladimir Putin, written by 21 Serbian “intellectuals”, who are asking “Russia to propose a resolution in the Security Council on the condition of Serbs of Kosovo.”

July 29 2011

Au Kosovo, la « sale guerre » de l'UCK

Douze ans après le conflit qui devait conduire la province serbe à majorité albanaise sur la voie de l'indépendance, enquêtes et témoignages révèlent l'ampleur des exactions commises par des membres de l'Armée de libération du Kosovo (UCK). Les victimes se comptent aussi bien parmi les civils serbes que (...) / Albanie, Kosovo, République fédérale de Yougoslavie 1992-2003, Armée, Criminalité, Guérilla, Minorité nationale, Parti politique, Violence, Serbie - 2011/03

Vives tensions au Kosovo

Le Kosovo, qui a proclamé en 2008 une indépendance contestée par Belgrade, a vécu une semaine d'extrême tension. Les violents incidents qui ont éclaté sur les postes frontières reliant le secteur nord du Kosovo, majoritairement serbe, à la Serbie, ont fait à nouveau basculer le pays dans l'inconnu. Les (...) / Balkans, Kosovo, Violence, Serbie, Frontières - La valise diplomatique

March 11 2011

Prodiges et vertiges de la diplomatie serbe

L'indépendance du Kosovo, non reconnue par une majorité d'Etats, sera discutée lors de l'Assemblée générale de l'ONU, qui s'ouvre ce mois de septembre. Depuis trois ans, la diplomatie serbe s'active pour dissuader les autres pays de reconnaître officiellement la sécession de son ancienne province ; (...) / Kosovo, Politique, Serbie, Diplomatie - 2010/09

February 09 2011

The Balkans: Turbo-folk and Rock Mashups

Written by Filip Stojanovski

Mashup clips by YouTube user apostolski, which combine video footage of Coldplay, U2 and Queen with Serbian turbo-folk songs are poised to become the next big viral hit among Balkan social media users and bloggers [MKD]. Some have already “spilled over” into traditional media like TV call-in show Jadi burek [MKD], which “reuses” clips from the net.

January 29 2011

Serbia, Kosovo: Comment on Dick Marty's Report

Written by Veronica Khokhlova comments on Dick Marty's “report on organized criminal activities committed by the Kosovo Albanian side during and after Kosovo conflict”: “As it turns out, there are now at least two things Serbs and Kosovars have in common – people who committed crimes during the war and politicians and other nationalistic dipshits who will always try to hide that fact and claim they are the innocent ones.”

January 04 2011

Trafic d'organes au Kosovo : un rapport accablant

Le rapport présenté le 16 décembre devant le Conseil de l'Europe par le député suisse Dick Marty sur le trafic d'organes dont auraient été victimes des prisonniers de l'Armée de libération du Kosovo (UCK) a fait l'effet d'une bombe . Pourtant, les allégations contenues dans ce rapport ne sont pas (...) / Kosovo, Criminalité, Justice, Violence, Mafia, Médecine - La valise diplomatique

December 26 2010

Serbia, Albania, Kosovo: More Info on “Yellow House”

By Veronica Khokhlova

Sasa Milosevic has collected some of the available information about the “Yellow House” and human organ trade in Kosovo on his blog, The Bloody Yellow House (ENG).

December 18 2010

Kosovo, Serbia: Kosovo's PM Accused of Human Organ Trade

By Sinisa Boljanovic


Do you know what the “Yellow House” is? Have you ever heard about it?

The same year Kosovo declared independence, 2008, Carla Del Ponte, a former prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, published (in Serbia) her controversial book “The hunt: me and war criminals,” in which she described in detail how and where some soldiers and leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) committed terrible war crimes against ethnic Serbs, non-Albanians and “non-loyal” citizens of Kosovo in 1999.

According to Del Ponte, the “Yellow House” was a little apartment house in Ripe, a village near the town of Burelj in north Albania, where body parts of prisoners of war were being removed in order to be sold on black markets all over the world.

Many from the region, who then heard about the human organ trade for the first time, were shocked. The book and the information from it caused a lot of different reactions in Serbia.

Below is a selection of comments to an article on this issue that appeared on on March 22, 2008.


It’s terrible what happened and what is happening now, I believe there is much truth in the book. […] Is it possible that nothing was known about it, about the crimes, sufferings, mass graves? […]


Surely. Ethnic Albanians did not do it, but their mentors from the West did.


Only we, Serbs, have parents, brothers, sisters. Other people who were killed by you didn’t have anyone. How many organs did you sell when you committed the biggest crime after WWII in Bosnia and Herzegovina? […] Srebrenica.

zoran (Bec):

Reading different forums about this monstrous massacre against the kidnapped Serbs, as a man and as a Christian, I find everyone who committed the crime repulsive, those who knew about it but were silent, and who have recently heard about it but tolerate it. […]

Kosovo’s officials denied there had been human organs trafficking in Kosovo. Writing about the issue, the Guardian emphasized that some members of the international community had the same opinion, quoting a statement of Bernar Kouchner, the French foreign minister and former head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, who said this during his visit to the Serb enclave of Gracanica earlier this year:

there was no yellow house, there was no organ trade. People who talk about things like that are bums and murderers.


Just two days after the general elections were held in Kosovo on Dec. 12, Hashim Thaci, the outgoing Prime Minister whose Democratic Party of Kosovo won the most votes on Sunday’s elections, was accused by Dick Marty, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly investigator, of organizing and committing the mentioned war crimes.

According to Marty’s report, which the Guardian published exclusively before its official presentation, Thaci, who is also the former head of KLA's “Drenica group,” is allegedly responsible for the kidnapping of more than 300 ethnic Serbs and others from Kosovo during the war, their transportation and murder in Albania, where their organs were extracted and later sold to rich patients in the West.

Below are some of the reader comments to a B92 article about Marty's report:

Polako, ali sigurno, pravda stize do cilja! writes:

[…] If it is proved that you are the culprits, and it will be so, you don’t need to be afraid of Serbs but of your own people who brought you to power.


As an ethnic Albanian, I am happy that, God willing, all who committed the crimes are convicted. I hate them all and I don’t want to hear about them.

Ode sve u:

bbc, foxnews, reuters, the mirror, the independent, huffington post, the new york times… the whole Western world published the news… the dregs of society have the power in one country/territory in the heart of Europe.


[…] CNN is silent, and it’s clear that a question will now be raised of who and why recognized the country that was built on the most monstrous crime in the history of the world.

Writing about the issue in her post titled “Trading organs and principles” (on the blog page of the daily newspaper “Blic”), Jelena Milic pointed out the double standards in Serbia’s official policy in regard to human rights, an obsolete policy that considers human rights a problem of individual states and not of international relations:

[…] Dick Marty’s report, which has linked Thaci to organs trade, has just been adopted in the committee for legal questions of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. It’s very important news in Serbia. For a reason. But. Serbia's [foreign minister] Vuk Jeremic has a shameful record of not voting for and supporting resolutions and declarations which the EU and the Council of Europe adopted and submitted to the General Assembly of the United Nations in regard to the human rights situation in Iran and other countries that do not recognize Kosovo's independence […]

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton's Spokeswoman Maja Kocijančić has urged Marty to come forward with the evidence on Thaci’s involvement in these serious crimes. She said at a press conference:

“These claims are taken very seriously. If concrete evidence exists, we urge Dick Marty to submit it to the relevant authorities.

However, she avoided answering a number of direct questions on the EU's next steps regarding the issue.

Hashim Thaci rejected all accusations and demanded from the EU to investigate this case thoroughly.

December 07 2010

October 27 2010

Video: One Minute Jr video nominees for 2010 Awards

By Juliana Rincón Parra

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The nominees for each of the 3 categories in the One Minutes Jr project competition 2010 have been selected. In each of the categories of  (Self)-portrait, Inside-Out and One Minute of Freedom there will be one winner who will be awarded a JVC Piscio HD Hand-Camera.  The nominees are all participants of the international, arts-based initiative of oneminutesjr, which organizes 5 day workshops for underprivileged or marginalized youth between 12 and 20 years old:

The oneminutesjr. holds 5-day workshops where the youth are taught basic camera and directing skills, story-telling, teamwork and how to think creatively about issues and representation.  Each participant develops his/her own story based on the workshop theme and produces a sixty-second video that is screened at the conclusion of the workshop.

A full listing of the nominees can be found on the UNICEF website. The videos can be viewed on the oneminutesjr site or some can also be found on their YouTube channel.

Following are some of the nominated videos, each one lasting no more than one minute in length. The winners will be selected by a jury and announced on November 10th.

Mama, about adoptions, was made by Wolf Artem from Ukraine, and is nominated for tha category of (Self)-portraits:

Also in the same category is Greetings from Kosovo by Suada Jahirovic on forced migrations:

In the Inside Out Category is Paper Wings by Nargiz Zeynalova from Azerbaijan,  showing the issue of females and education: since I couldn't find an embeddable video for this entry, please click through to view it on the oneminutesjr site.

Also in this category is Taim Nogut , a story on suicide by Louisah Enos from Papua New Guinea:

And in the One Minute of Freedom category; Focus by Ryan Forde in Guyana tackles the subject of education:

Last but not least, focusing on water conservation is On the Last Drop by Tolib Homitov from Tajikistan:

Don't forget to watch the videos made by the remaining award nominees who share their views of the world from places such as  Uganda, USA,  Barbados, Vietnam and Fiji.

October 12 2010

August 26 2010

July 29 2010

Serbia, Kosovo: Another View on ICJ's Ruling

By Veronica Khokhlova

The Greater Surbiton writes that “the ICJ’s ruling on Kosovo sets a precedent that is dangerous only for tyrants and ethnic cleansers.” (More views are here and here.)

July 27 2010

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