By Joshua Boissevain on December 4, 2012
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By Uffe Andersen on November 23, 2012
Today, there´s no war in Macedonia, and there hasn´t been for more than eleven years. So why do the people who fled their homes a few kilometers from the capital during the armed conflict between ethnic Albanian insurgents and government forces in 2001 still live in ‘temporary housing’? The refugees themselves and the people who today live in Aracinovo [...]
By Joanna Krysińska on November 20, 2012
Czy można sobie wyobrazić życie w kraju, gdzie przez ponad pół roku panują egipskie ciemności, a przez resztę czasu słońce udaje, że świeci? Kraju, gdzie lato to pora roku z temperaturą około 10 stopni Celsjusza. Kraju, gdzie pogoda tak determinuje życie ludzi, że nawet najpopularniejszy blog o sprawach polityczno-społecznych nazywa się The Icelandic weather report, czyli [...]
By Jessie Hronesova on September 17, 2012
If you’re a health freak, Sarajevo might not be on the list of places where you want to end up longer than for holidays. Especially in the beginning, the shock might be immense and frustration deep. However, there are ways how to get around living a healthy life… Even in the Balkans.
By Sandra King-Savic on September 10, 2012
In my previous blog entry Impressions from the Field III, I told the story of one man who was caught on account of his smuggling business. Smuggling, I noted, is common in and around Novi Pazar, and creates jobs. I also noted that smuggling is nothing out of the ordinary. People simply buy and sell [...]
By Sandra King-Savic on September 3, 2012
When 22,000 people don’t or can’t find work in a city of 120,000, as is the case in Novi Pazar, it is redundant to say that unemployment is a problem. But as for the validity of the exact unemployment number, the figure of 20,000 is certainly not 100 percent correct, as this is the “official” [...]
By Sandra King-Savic on August 27, 2012
As stated in last week’s post “Impressions from the Field”, relations among the Bosniak population of Sandžak is more tense compared to relations between Bosniaks and Serbs.
By Jessie Hronesova on August 23, 2012
I have been asked many times why I like the Balkans, why I keep coming back, why I am fascinated with this region – a region that is far from perfect. The answer might be that despite the fact that it is far from perfect and at times everything seems wrong, it is a magical [...]
By Sandra King-Savic on August 21, 2012
Judging from media reports, Novi Pazar, Sandžak’s main city, appears unstable, perhaps even dangerous. Reports often connect Novi Pazar with illegal drug trade, increased religious conservatism, high unemployment and interethnic tensions between Serbians and Bosniaks.
By Mary Murphy on July 27, 2012
I met a woman once who had survived the concentration camps. I was in awe of her. She was old and frail, but feisty. It was hard for me to imagine such atrocities, just as it is hard for me to imagine what it was like living in Belgrade during the NATO bombings or in [...]