Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: Jasmina Tesanovic:Chaotic Kosovo/Serbia Situation Seen Through One Celebrated Serbian's Eyes

23 February 2008

Jasmina Tesanovic:Chaotic Kosovo/Serbia Situation Seen Through One Celebrated Serbian's Eyes


Our photo below shows some protesting Serb students marching through the streets of their country's capital city, Belgrade.

Though this particular march took place some time prior to the current Kosovo chaos', from our past personal experiences (in the
former Yugoslavia), in our own opinion the banner pretty well sums up in a few words the mentality of the majority of Serbs we've ever encountered.

That big banner brags that "Belgrade Is The World."

While we've obviously not met every single Serb (nor will we ever), we were never stupid enough to believe that all Serbs are the same.

And Serbian political and peace activist, committed feminist, film maker, translator, writer cum diarist
Jasmina Tesanovic is living proof.

Here's a tasty teaser to tempt you, from one of this lady's most recently published and world-widely read works.

On the morning of Thursday, February 21, there was silence in the streets. Even some schools were closed because of the rally that had been planned for later that afternoon.

Buses from all over Serbia came to Belgrade, the capital city. Transportation on the buses and trains were free and had been organised by the government for people to come and perform at the big "Kosovo is Serbia" rally.

[Editor's note. Kosovo has long been populated mainly by ethnic Albanians.]

This is the motto that has been constantly broadcast on national TV channels.

My friend from inner Serbia wanted to come to Belgrade to have coffee with me and then go back home on one of these free rides.

"But then, maybe better not to be seen around you," he later said.

"You are a notorious Woman in Black, somebody might hurt you.

See the rest of this report to see the current Kosovo/Serbia situation through one internationally respected Serbian's eyes.

Then look at the latest MSM releases from both Britain's BBC, and America's YAHOO News site.

*(Cross posted at Appletree)

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Anonymous Rex said...

So one minute we in the west are FOR the Muslims, then we're AGAINST, then we're FOR them again.

Typical of our slimey, two faced self serving politicians.

6:48 pm  
Anonymous bootlean said...

Heard about this yet?

Beneath fluttering flags and some strongly-worded placards, the protest against Britain's recognition of the newly independent Kosovo was brought to central London.

More at this link.

7:00 pm  
Anonymous bootlean said...

Seen this?

US starts evacuation from Serbia

The US embassy in Serbia has begun pulling out non-essential staff following the storming of the building on Thursday.

Here's the link.

7:06 pm  
Anonymous pimpernel said...

Rex, looks like you've set a trend here. The comments section's looking a bit like a news ticker-tape. So why should I try to be any different? Here's my offering.

Serbia's hard-line leaders on Saturday called the U.S. "the main culprit" in the violence that has broken out since Kosovo declared independence.

Link here.

9:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who gives a rat's ass? All you Europeans are jerks.

9:52 am  
Anonymous dub said...

There may be good Serbs but I never knew one I liked.

5:57 pm  

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