Saturday, September 30, 2006
BiH Elections Commentary Mostly
Other Commentary on BiH Electiolns
The Trade in Babies in Bulgaria
More on the big Explosion in Sofia Bulgaria
Correction to Yesterday's Story which was a Mladić Update
Serbia to Adopt New Constitution in a Bid to Keep Kosovo
if 'Echalon' or 'Karnivor' worry you Do Not Click, Iranian news source
E.U. Ministers to Discuss BiH and Darfur Missions
Early Morning Explosion Wakes Up Sofia, Bulgaria
not to be confused with Sofia Coppola
Bulgarian Ladies Urged to Join Military
There is a picture and these young ladies look really good in uniform.
Pope Backs E.U. Membership for Albania
I'd be pretty annoyed at this rule too!
E-Mail From Bulgarian Observer Has Remarks about Roma Women
Just goes to show some predjudices are hard to break.
and file under 'Wierd Matierial Culture'
Friday, September 29, 2006
Most Serbs See Kosovo as Lost
More Details on Krajišnik Verdict
Further Discussion of Krajišnik Verdict
Good News Macedonia De-Mined
The Nasty Election Campaign in BiH
Warning, this story has an obnoxious ad with a female behind in less than adequate underwear.
Not Enough Being Done To Catch Mladić
Lindh Killer Should Not Go to Serbia
Interesting Article on Difficulties of Imposing Penalties for War Crimes
This subject has had quite a bit of coverage on NPR the last couple days actually.
British Citizen Found Working Illegally in Bulgaria
Well at least it was something one would expect a British person to be good at! Odds are he was serving a mostly British clientel as well.
If this keeps up the British in Bulgaria might end up with an institutionally complete sub-culture.*
*a little sociology lingo for those of you in Rio Del, it means a social grouping that has no need of the surrounding culture for anything.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Something Worth listening to!
Two really interesting interviews on the Terry Gross show, listen to both of them if you don't get her show where you live, because both are REALLY interesting shows.
Commemeration of Babi Yar
Article on the President of Slovenia
Nice hat dude!
Croatia's P.M. to Visit U.S. in October
Bregović in Moscow
Beautiful Downtown Belgrade
Another Article from CONTEXT
kudos to them for mentioning 'The Good Life' a favorite of mine and my son Ivan the Terrible who saw me as someone who should be in that show! :) I think the beginings of the infamous Raspberry Wine Industry and the Mead Industry made him see the similarities!
Balkans people also make a lot oftheir own sausages and such as well, and usually the end product is DELICIOUS
And another big fat YIKES!!!
Stuff I Got Free Today
Sometimes a zeka lucks out and gets them some free stuff, so yesterday I won a big box of gobstoppers and today I got from Mr. Blizard a picture of my fence taken by a zeka named Valerie who has been released since she took the picture of my fence, but not for taking a picture of my fence and I got some free books to read, which I will share when I'm done
Situation of BiH Catholics Still Bad
Liberal Party to Pull Out of Serbia's Governing Coalition
This could be a problem.
Bulgarian Universities Slammed for Corruption
Melton Man Delivers Electric Wheel Chairs to Patients in BiH
Review of 'Fuse'
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Today's Mladić Update
although it's really more about his good buddies
Stealing something of someone else's štik!
Krumpire Bratstvo i Jedinstvo!
or as Idajevo has it
Potato i Jedinstvo
Whatever...later incriminating pictures of zeks eating potatoes at the big potato social will follow later.
I wonder what good even this high sentence is when you consider that he was cleared of genocide charges.
Article from 'Time' Magazine on BiH's Upcoming Elections
Bucking Up Eastern Europe
Kosovo Solution Needs to Avoid War
The main reason the solution to Kosovo is problematic is the attitude that it can be used as a cause of war, it's very easy for politicians to use these sorts of things to stir people up and it is equally easy for them to talk in such a way that it doesn't upset people so much. Mr. Drašković might want to think about that.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
all I could say was 'YIKES!!!'
This to me is totally disgusting! It seems unbelievable this sort of situation would happen in the United States of America in this day and age!
short clip from this year's festival
Mud Season Still Exists in Russia!
The Sea Monkey Scandal
Micheal Savage Article
I promise, really cute and funny, well funnier, way funnier than the dumbass forwards people still send me!
What Would Have Happened if God Was a Nerd With a Computer
a little old but important speech
Slovakia'a President on Kosovo
Rumsfeld in Crna Gora
Bad Infrastructure, Bad Advertising Harm Bulgarian Tourist Industry
Croatia Denies Musharraf's Claims
Bulgaria Bans a few Serbs and a few Arabs
Monday, September 25, 2006
Monday and it sure feels like a Monday..
Let Radicals Take Rap for Loss of Kosovo
BiH Holds Back on Prosecution Agreements
Election Aims to Heal Strife Among Macedonian Muslims
Bulgarians No Longer Dancing to Serbian Tunes
BiH, Slovenia sign agreement on illegal aliens
We Must Stop Genocide
Interesting Opinion Piece
Ethnicity Isn't Just a Balkans Thing!
Interesting Article on Ramzan
Which I hope will be a blessed time for those of my readers who are Muslims.
Balkan Leaders Unite in IOP First
Serbian Paper Publishes Poster in Support of Mladić
National Bank of Australia Customers Phished from Sarajevo Airport
Ireland Hints at Restrictions on Immigrants from Bulgaria
I've thought that the E.U. was a silly fad anyway for some time, this sort of thing only makes it look silier. What good is it to be part of an international organization which restricts immigration in this fashion? Another thing, tight immigration hurts people when there is a crisis where they live. The difficulties people faced in leaving was a death sentance for many in many eras. It can be a form of complicity. I am not alone refering to Europe, the same thing is true in North and South America.
Over the weekend there were strong rumors that Osama bin-Ladin died of some waterborne illness back in August.
He is rumored to have had kidney disease for years too, if he had a waterborne illness that would be more dangerous for him than for the average person if the other strong rumor is so.
NOTE I mention this clearly as being a rumor.
It is not unheard of for certain governments to start these rumors in an effort for him to make a new video and prove he's still alive.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Charros, a.k.a. Dancing Horses
this is from yesterday's Sunfair Parade, I really liked the band that preceded the horses, and of course the horses themselves. This group has gotten bigger every year.
Bulgaria Burns 20 year old Irish Beef
Talk about well aged! yikes!
Letter: World Must Resist Evil
to which I say 'Good Luck!'
Hepatitis Epidemic in Plovdiv Exceeds 1,000
Romanian Orphans Claim Years of Abuse
Reflections on 9/11
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Herking Big Haney Road Train and a teeny tiny road train..
Switzerland May Expell 200,000 Albanians
Testimony in Martić Case
Economist Article on Bulgarian Cyrillic via BNN
The fault is NOT with Cyrillic, it is with the Latin alphabet actually. I think that the only work-around is to do what is done with the Latin alphabet in B/C/S.
Royal Family of Serbia to Visit U.S.
Monterey C.A. and Dubrovnik H.R. Sister Cities
Yet Another Bulgarian Election Controversy
Catholic and Muslim Albanian Americans Contribute to Statue of Skenderbeg
Feztival in Boise
I am absolutely WASTED after the fair expedition! We all had a lot of fun looking at the assorted animals, normal farm animals and a few exotics such as a really sweet baby camel, and a miniature zebu. THe kids had a great time, and really wanted to see and do EVERYTHING. Of course the first visit is NOT when you buy EVERYTHING! :)
Friday, September 22, 2006
Last American troops to be pulled from BiH by December
OSCE Mission trains Kosovo Protection Corps officers on human rights
From Sept 21
3 Christian Militants in Indonesia to be Exectuted
A couple interesting things about this case, 1. Christian Militants who caused 70 deaths in Indonesia, 2,At least SOME Muslims are among those protesting the execution!
The Latest I have so far on Winnifred Brady
This whole case just bugs the Hell out of me!
Effects of War on Women and Girls Continues: Report from OSCE
War has terrible effects on social life generally, I think that men lose some of their moral fiber too! Something goes wrong in all social arrangements for a long time after the war.
Report on Domestic Violence in BiH
It's not actually mentioned in this article but, another huge need is some sort of sensible, rational reform of family law, BiH has a particular need in this regard, but legal structure in the Balkans generally is a patch-work of laws that date from the Middle Ages, the Ottoman Era, the Austro-Hungarian era, and the Communist era, then there was the war and while I realize legal structure must address such matters as war crimes, nothing has been done to set up a rational system for family law, the law on divorce, marriage, custody, etc. People cannot lead normal lives when these things remain un-addressed.
Cultural, Religious Festivals to be held during Ramzan in BiH
Smokers May Be More At Risk for HIV
Captain Dragan in Court
Richard Gere Discusses Karadžić
Turkish Recognized as an Official Language in Kosovo
I hope to be going to the local fair today, so don't expect my usual updates at my usual times if that's what you come here for, I will try and get some pictures and films from the fair though.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Mladić Aide busted
Story broken by Gordy over at
Bosnian Family Deported from U.K.
Serbia May Be Headed for 'A Perfect Storm'
NATO Steps up Kosovo Patrols
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
sort of a slow news day really
Many Car Makers Have Production in Eastern Europe
A nasty murder suicide committed with tank mines
b.t.w., for those of you in Rio Del, 'Lang' is a German family name
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Very Important Update
Jelavić Ring any Bells?
my fellow zeks I rest my case!
Yes it's Update Time again in the Gulag...
More on Sandžak assasination and it's effect on local tensions
Kosovo Rebel gets 13 years for war crimes
Balkans: UNHCR, EC and OSCE urge full implementation of Sarajevo Declaration
UN agency calls on Balkan countries to assist over 500,000 displaced people
More on Catholic/Orthodox Talks
Zeks in the Gulag were subjected to a repetitive Mike Savage rant for not the usual three hours but from whenever he starts right until MIDNIGHT!
jebiga, I'm sick of that stuff.
Fox radio reported during the 9:00 pm news broadcast that the military is testing coal kerosine in jet engines, yes NAZI Jet Juice! XA!
Correction to War Crimes
Assylum Seekers Article
Immigration to be Restricted
Run Off Sure Bet in Bulgaria
Monday, September 18, 2006
Jews who hang around such people really puzzle me. You will hear a good explaination of Christian Zionists on this show, and hopefully understand why they upset me.
Really Interesting Show on Fresh Air Re: Christian Zionists
And further Must Reading,
A newer blog, but a very good one, that has valuable information, often things that are news to me. Today he has a website you should check out if you, like me didn't see it before!
Americans For Bosnia
Balkan Developement Newsletter
This in reply to the Christian Extremist post, but for some reason when I try to click on the "comment" link, I get a "this page cannot be displayed." Anyways, I'm sure you have already covered this, since you cover everything ;) But in case you haven't, have you heard of the new film "Jesus Camp"? It is about an extremist evangelical camp for children. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
I do not know what in BLAZES happened to comments but no Shaina I hadn't seen this and I really deeply appreciate this! hvala najlipse!!!
Some stuff I meant to share with you all last night, but I was too busy.
Election Rhetoric Still Divisive in BiH
Maybe dual citizenship for BiH Serbs isn't a bad idea, if it's available to BiH Croats, it's only fair to allow it for BiH Serbs. Still I do wish Dodik would stop already about this rot about referendums.
Bulgaria's Buffalo Breeders Can Fill a Niche Market in Europe
These are water-buffalo, not bison for those of you in Rio Del! They are kept as draft animals and dairy animals and another thing, there used be rice cultivation and of course non-mechanized rice cultivation requires water buffalo, this is the same as in Italy's rice country!
Elephant Thrills Sofia
Review of Scholarly Work on Water Buffalos
I learned something new, there are riverine and swamp water buffalo!
Introduction of Water Buffalo to Florida as a Dairy Animal
Aparently the best dairy specimens come from Bulgaria!
An Account of Agriculture in Ottoman Times in Bulgaria
damned interesting reading...I was trying to find out just when water buffalo got introduced to Bulgaria and Macedonia and ran accross this interesting volume!
Water Buffalo Farming in ...England!
Jasmina Tešanović's blog on B-92!
I love this woman's writing! Some is in English and some in Serbian, well worth a read either way!
Evidence in the case of the 6 Algerians
Actually something IS going on that needs my twisted take.
Catholic/Orthodox Talks Resume
If this means I have to stand up for three hours of Mass FORGET ABOUT IT! :)
Sunday, September 17, 2006
For those Harry Potter Fans in my Readership!
Searh For Missing Irish Woman to be Scaled Down
The fact they've scaled down the search concerns me. It makes me wonder if they consider her dead or if maybe there is something ELSE we don't know. The Krizavac is a steep climb. When I was there, I probably could have handled it, I probably still could and I wanted to go, BUT my fiance wasn't able for that level of climbing. He was having a problem with his leg, and therefore all we did was make a brief visit to St. James, and get some souvenirs in the regular bazaar of shops that have sprung up over the years to sell souveniers to visitors, oh and went to use the extremly clean bathrooms, then back on the road to Sarajevo.
I should say the surrounding countryside is very hilly, there are lots of ravines, and probably there's minefields in the area. Most people around would be helpful to someone Irish who was lost or in trouble, the Irish are well liked in BiH, despite the fact that the assorted Irish nationalist extremists tended not to get it about Slobo. Most Irish people who were not involv ed with that tended to be supportive of BiH generally. Ireland has as a government sent a lot of humanitarian aid, and very competant peace-keepers, and ordinary Irish people of all political leanings have gone out of their way to help the Bosnian people as a whole, in an impartial way.
Article on Travel to BiH
Bulgaria's Health Fund to Cover Bulgarians in E.U. Up to 2500 euros
St. Sofia Day Celebrated in Bulgaria, and other Orthodox countries
Oh Goody Goody Gum Drop! Another Milošević
Saturday, September 16, 2006
And here' s the kind of speeches they had...surprise surprise!
What Cerić Had to Say About the Pope's Speech
It pains me that the current Pope isn't as able to deal with people of other faiths as his predecessor. He's got a HUGE responsibility to Christians who live in non-Christian lands, the safety of those people is his responsibilty, more even than the responsibility of any other Christian leader. I was dismayed and Cerić has raised an important point as far as the Balkans Muslims are concerned.
This guy does a good job of reporting the ambience and the history of the festival and the area of Serbia where it takes place.
In honor of 16 de septiembre!
I hope his music links still work, he has some real cool renditions of Mexican classics in B/H/S!
In particular I recomend 'Karabina 30-30!
*also Check out the Movie Trailer! it's new, he's rearranged the site some, so explore it I'll have to I haven't looked at it in awhile.
* Unfortunately the best song on this site Karabina 30-30 is returning a 404 error, that annoys me, I'm REALLY glad I got in on hard copy for my own enjoyment! Even though the audio was kind of bad, it felt right!
Yet More O-Zone
this is from a Russian making of the video deal, it has a more turbo/techno feel to it.
This song has a rather surreal video, WARNING cute kids in the video!
Another O-Zone Song
I really like this video, it has that cabaret someplace in the Balkans only on T.V. not real life feel to it!
the original 'Numa Numa' song done by O-Zone
16 de septiembre!
Today is Mexican Independance Day, I wish my Mexican readers well on this day, I know I have at least a couple readers from Mexico.
The aims of the Mexican Revolution were just as lofty as the aims of the American Revolution. I wish well the People of Mexico, who deserve so much more oftheir government and their lives.
In other news Oriana Fallaci died, she was an elegant and fearless woman who unveiled before Khomeni and made him like it and who made Kissenger feel like an idiot. She went to war zones all over the world and wrote amazing things.
EU Reps on Moldovan/Transdniestra Referendum
Anyone who wants to get an idea how things are needs to go have a look at BalkanBaby's account of his trip there. It's really kind of creepy if you ask me, a 1950s time warp.
Road to Thracian Shrine Opened
Kosovo Talks in Jeopardy
EU Observer Warns Macedonia on Minority Rights
Bomb Blast Damages Bulgarian Flats
Da Vinci Original Manuscripts on Display in Sofia
The weather in the Yakima Gulag has cooled. Won't be long until it's really cold. Already the maple tree in front has begun to drop a few leaves. I'll be back in classes soon. This time I only have two, it probably is going to be impossible to get into the math class I need to repeat this quarter which of course means things will take longer. On the up side, the classes I have on my schedule are not going to be too hard for me, and I think I'll get something out of them.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Must Viewing for All Who Care about BiH..
These videos show what it's like in BiH for ordinary people, it's very telling and it's real, I know this from my own experience.
If you go to this link, you can look at all the videos. Unfortunately there's some abusive commentary by some people who need mental help, but the videos are of very high quality and informative.
Already a busy news day in the Balkans...
From Sept 16
Two Gay German Tourist Beaten Up in Split
Split used to be a safe place for gay tourists!
Visit Beautiful Albania
Another Mladi ć Update
Optomisti, a review
Bosnia's top envoy moves to unify ethnically divided city
Macedonia first to be absorbed in next wave of EU enlargement
A NOT SAFE FOR WORK STORY!
Some People Have NO Sense at All!
Incidentally the story recieved notice on another blog, just wanted to point out, the hedgehog is ok, the guy got what he deserved! When you think about it, this was so totally absurd, I think all the humans involved need to be taken to the Funny Farm!
U.S. to Build New Embassy in Serbia
U.S. Behind Sacking of Top Bosnian -Croats
Unanswered Questions in Babić Death
Testimony in Marti ć Testimony Case
Noted Romanian Dissident Dies
Hyde Schedules Sub-Committee Meetings on Serbia, and other matters.
Goran Višnjić being interviewed in regards to the movie 'Welcome to Sarajevo' which is about all a lot of Americans know about the Bosnian War.
And to think I had no problems on Lufthansa.
200 Join Search For Missing Irish Grandmother
Maybe she is ok but has decided to stay in BiH? If they can't find Mladić I wonder how they'll find her, I doubt she speaks Bosnian, so she'd be helpless to ask for help or escape if she's been kidnapped. Would she know what 'Paže Mine' means? Would she be able to find a restroom? Her passport and other things were in the room, could she have been arrested for being out without the little card you need to fill out for the police?
Price of Prunes Up in Serbia
a>E.U. Talks to Resume on Arrest of Mladić
E.U. Calls for Free Elections in BiH
Is N.A.T.O. Becoming Obsolete?
Special Needs School in BiH Keeps Doors Open thanks to Scots
bonus, BiH isn't the only place with a Pyramid Story!
Scots Descended from a Pharoah's daughter?
Not that I think this is a likely story! It's more like the sort of sillyness I read in a book for Orange Order members that was given to me.
The discussion thread is funny too! Enjoy!
Because this is NOT funny!
Kosovo Interior Minister's Car Bombed
Your Holiness, this is NOT Helpful!
It makes a huge difference who is Pope!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Sometimes you don't know what is being said about you, and then you find out
the things you find out messing around on Technorati!
Glamočko Kolo a Serbian dance from BiH
What to do if the neighbors won't turn off their loud music...
trust me this is WAAAY LOUDER in Real Life
How to Wake Up the Neighborhood!
KulturShok in Pula a couple days ago
This is the woman who disappeared in Međjugorije. Apparently she didn't go up the hill with everyone else in her pilgrimage group.
I have seen the hill, it's a real climb.
Previous RTE coverage:
Warning the videos are on ''Realplayer"
This is just NUTS!
Babić Inquiry Will Not Be Re:opened
Review of 'Balkans Beatbox'
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Anne Richards Former Governor of Texas Dies at 73
Zvonko Busić to be Freed after 30 Years
In Croatian language:
Zvonko Busić Free After 30 Years
Some Background Information in English
Shadowy Journey of U.S. JetTraced
Dodiik Says ' Serbs See No Future in BiH'
Synagogue Destroyed in WWII by Croatian Government
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Used to watch this on HRT in Croatia
This Just In***
Serbia: Judge's Departure Shakes Djindjic Trial
But I heard it first from Radmila!
Somebody's nuts movie on YouTube
Go have a look at Shaina's review here
unfortunately I don't have a way to comment on her blog because annonymous comment is disabled, and I can't comment any other way than Annonymous because of this glitch in Blogger Beta, anyway just wanted to call the attention of my readers to this review, and to say Good Job Shaina!
Putin Says Russia May Veto Kosovo Provisions
Gordy of East Ethnia had the original story from B-92.
Election Death in Novi-Pazar
Irish Peacekeepers, Family Members Aid in Search for Irish Woman Missing from Medđjugorije
I wonder if in fact this was a suicide? It's too convenient for some people who are quite bad.
More Details on Todorović Death
P.M. Urges Approval of New Serbian Constitution
Another Croatian Journalist Convicted of Contempt by ICTY
School Desegregation Balkans Style
BiH Invites Indian Investment in Textiles Sector
Albanian Village of Pot Growers Angry With Police
H.R. Involvement Could Have Predicted True Numbers of Eastern European Migrants
Monday, September 11, 2006
Interestinc Commentary in Guardian on Sept 11th movies
That day, I was very sick with the flu. I was barely awake when I heard the first news of it, and recieved a paniced call from my daughter who asked me 'So has World War F***ng Three Started?!!!'
I said 'So it wasnt' one of my wierd dreams!' and turned up the news.
Reaction locally was very strong. There's still a lot of superficial super patriotism, and a lot of people locally have served in Iraq.
Then there was all the pre:occupation locally with supposed predictions by Nostradamus, the preoccupation with supposed coincidences in the event. That sort of thing drove me just nuts. People who'se educations should have made them a little more sceptical were so preoccupied.
I think in a way, the fact I'd been to BiH several times before the Sept 11th attacks gave me a sense of perspective I might have lacked. This sense of perspective I believe was helpful to my family and to people around me that helped keep them calmer than they might have been. In a way this is leads up to today's stories.
I actually haven't arranged today's stories in order of objective importance, more in line with what struck me about the stories.
Međjugorije has been a remarkably safe destination in BiH. Most of the people Iever have known locally who have gone to BiH for reasons un-connected with service in the U.S. army have gone as pilgrims to Međjugorije. Come to think of it, this applies to people I knew before being a zeka in this gulag. When I was in San Francisco for example, I knew at least three people who went to Međjugorije as part of pilgrimage groups. So reading this upset me. What I don't understand is why this woman and her husband did not go together. It's quite a prominant story in Irish media as well, because most Irish people who have ever been to BiH other than as soldiers or humanitarian workers have gone as pilgrims to Međjugorije, and had a reasonably safe experience. Even in the war time it was fairly safe there. The day I went there, supposedly there was an incident, I was there at the same day, and it was totally calm. Wierd disappearances like this don't make sense either.
Irish Woman Disappears in Međjugorije
As is tradtional in Serbia,
500 Gather at Milosević Grave Site to Mark 6 Month Mark
Results of Montenegrin Election
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Opening Reception for a Very Cool Exhibit
Everyone needs to get to this exhibit at the Larson Gallery! The majority of the artists are Latinos, and of course that always means lively and cutting edge painting!
Paintings I particularly enjoyed, Daniel De Siga's two paintings called 'Alien Invasion' which had a peaceful field, but instead of flying saucers landing, there were tortillas, painted so well that they looked edible! in one, red chilis formed the legs of the 'flying saucers'!
'Cats With Fish and Guns' by Vidal David Gonzales, portrayed some very macho cats. His style is like those Huichol yarn paintings. He also has some way cool masks, he won an award, the Wilma Dulin Award. I liked two pieces by Guillermo V. Casteneda, Signs of Spring, and The Heavy Harvest. He recieved the Bernal Baca Award for his large piece which is also a poem called 'The Mexican Man' I can't look at that poem without wanting to cry.
the Kathleen McDonald Award went to Pablo Soto for his Group of Head-Start Children and he got the American Federation of Teachers Award for his 'Pottery Vendor'. There was work by young artists as well, that I liked by Cecelia Cienfuegos and Nuvia Chavez, and Ricardo Farias, and Juan A. Cortes.
All the art works were excellent, and worth the trip to the Larson Gallery, and they had very nice refreshments, as well as two music groups, a more 'norte americano' sensibility being represented by a group of flautists, who did a chamber-music treatment of various traditional Mexican airs, then there was a Mariachi who were excellent! So all in all a good outing.
Next Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm they are having a Family Day, with opportunities for children to paint, as well as music, dance and food. I hope I can at least take my little grand-daughter to this!
Burning man video
and go have a look at this art bus, and the other work by Daerice! she has fantastic pictures from Burning Man!
Cool Pink Art Bus
Montenegro's Djukanović confident of poll victory
Scotland Wants Bulgarians and Romanians to Come
Well I guess all efforts to get descendants of Scots driven out during the Jacobite wars, or driven out during the Clearances have failed utterly. At least I've never seen any campaign to encourage thisMost of them could no longer point to Culloden on a map, would no longer cry if you sang them 'The Skye Boat Song' or toast the 'King Over the Water' at a dinner party. In fact most of them barely know they ARE Scots!
Maybe Romanians and Bulgarians are a good replacement then!
Attack Party Activist Severely Beaten Up
Why am I so un-surprised? Name your party something like that, and someone may take you up on it!
'Rejects' Find Acceptance in S. Korea
Xa xa ! Made ya look! Seriously they sound like they might be good!
Open Romanian Archives!
Sofia Prepars Venue for Kosovo Contact Group
And stuff of interest from elsewhere!
Dangers of Groupthink
White Bread Puts You More At Risk for Diabetes
My mama didn't allow that in our house! We did black bread or whole Thewheat or corn tortillas. White bread literally sticks in my craw, I don't like it! I don't eat it, when I order a hamburger, I order it without the bun whenever I think I can get away with it. The only white flour in my diet is if I eat a cake or cookies. My daughter is a baker so obviously I'm not out to boycott cakes and cookies! :) I just don't eat lots of them, and I don't eat white bread at all.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Mostar Sevdah Reunion clip
interview with the members of Mostar Sevdah Reunion. Pity they weren't allowed to come to America!
Subota, Sabado,Saturday, De Sathairn
I know, it seems petty of me, but my readership has the power to fix this!
Ohio National Guard, Serbian Army Partnership
I had stuff on this before, but this is more detailed.
Montenegrin Politician Accuses Police
Britain Not Alone in Immigration Problems
Alitialia Flight to Sofia Diverted to Belgrade, Serbia
NATO Meets with Balkans Defense Ministers
Pliva Bidding War Goes On and On
Some stories of totally trivial nature, one may have appeared here before, but they are all marked by their wierdness. Some really belong in 'Mind Improvement'.
Staljin Era Prison Songs+Surf Sound
Definately this zeka wants it for Christmas!
And this poor man got more than he bargained for
Croatian man finds remains of dead NAZI soldier in a bag of garden soil
Thieves Almost Make a Clean Get-Away with a Donkey Cart
In a frank effort to copy SeeSaw over at Jugoslavia, here is another cut by Divlje Jagode, Turska Marš
And a note to those of my readers who are interested in bullfighting, Barnaby Conrad was interviewed on NPR because Silverio Perez died last Saturday at the age of 90. Worth noting, more bullfighters are killed in car wrecks than in the ring.
AlsoBarnaby Conrad has a new book out. My late mother called him 'Barnaby Cobweb'. He knows his stuff, I have to give him that. His new book is called 'The Death of Manolete'.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Kosovo Albanians, Serbs Reach Agreement on Churches
I predicted this!
Why Location Matters to Oursourcers!
U.N. Official Urges Meeting on War Criminals
Albania's Albatros Airlines Grounded
The name of the airline is beyond funny under the circumstances....
It's warm here and I have been doing assorted things that have to be done. Not nearly enough but something anyway!
Annoying Stuff Going on at Blogger
War Criminal's House Raided
Two Chinese Diplomats Have a Sword Fight
Today's Mladić Update:
Tadić Says He Really Wants to Find Mladić
And I have this really nice bridge in Brooklyn....
RSF Not Satisfied with Roma, Egyptian Inclusion in Montenegro
Richard Gere in Croatia for Filming of Spring Break in Bosnia
Thursday, September 07, 2006
A pet for me! :)
Update:A zek in the Yakima Gulag, Faik Ibrahim was on the Rush Limbaugh show, after speaking with his sister in Baghdad. Her home was searched by U.S. forces but she had no anger, in fact called her brother to say that the troops conducted the search in a thoroughly professional and proper manner. She also said she felt the troops should not be withdrawn.
I mention this for a couple reasons. 1. Faik Ibrahim is someone I know here, he used to have a restaraunt in downtown Yakima, a good restaraunt, and I ate there several times. 2. He's voted Democrat in the past. Still he was not afraid to give credit in a public way to U.S. forces when he felt it was due. His sister btw used to be very against the U.S. presence. I heard the original call and the news story on K.I.T. noon news which carried this story.
I wanted to mention this because I want to re:enforce the point, the correct conduct of troops in time of war makes ALL the difference! If soldiers conduct themselves properly, as they did in this situation, then it means at very least they are respected, and not hated. That can mean the difference between a successful mission and coming home alive or a bad situation.
Third Balkans related NPR story in the last two days! hmmm not so much coverage since the end of the wars of the 1990s....
U.S. Offers Carrot to Serbia
From an Iranian Source in case you were worried about Karnivore
Tihić Rules Out Referendum over R.S.
Serbia Finalizing Law To Return Property Seized By Communists
But we knew about this! So what is being done already?
Hundreds of War Criminals Walking Free in Ex-Yu
Bulgarian Woman Dies of Anthrax
Store of Anthrax Victim Closed for Disinfection
Anthrax is endemic in some areas of the Balkans.
Energy Situation in Kosovo-Metohija Near to Being a Humanitarian Crisis
Investors Cautioned Over Bulgarian Property
Nice to see some positive news!
Volunteer Delivers Wheelchairs to BiH Landmine Victims
Soldier Reaches Out Through Music
Bulgarian Government Urges Hireing of Disabled and Accesibility
one of my tabloid moments
Natasha Kampush 'Gave journalists the creeps'
I'm here to tell you that she isn't reacting that unusually to her captivity. It's not at all unusual to have the reactions she did, and I would not have had the creeps...
Doesn't mean this young lady shouldn't have psychiatric help, but it's not so wierd as all that. Kidnappers need to think about the fact their victimes don't love them. Stockholm syndrome may be a reality, but so is the longing to behead the captor.
Something from her interview