New articles on post-war Bosnia

Political statement by a teacher against Bosnian politicians (Click CC to turn on English captions on this video.)
Šeherzada Delić was a professor of literature before she became a filmmaker. This talk takes place in the Bihać parliament. She also tells the students to confront the politicians using their knowledge, including correcting the politicians’ grammar, since they are illiterates. The plenum in Bihać has called itself the “Bosnian Spring,” and they have been relatively effective. But as the teacher says, the politicians are just biding their time, hoping it will all go away. March 23, 2014
See also: Journalist Senad Hadžifejzović, the most prominent news anchorman and interviewer in mainstream Bosniak TV, gave a one-of-a-kind performance on the evening news perhaps never before seen in the profession of journalism. It was a showdown with politicians and political parties, with a salvo of insults hurled at all of them, without distinction. The uprising pushed him over the edge – temporarily. It’s refreshing to see him look at the camera, talking to politicians, and call them “you scum.” February 24, 2014

How Bosnia’s Protest Movement Can Become Truly Transformative Popular plenums continue to assemble and refine their demands and popular protests continue. I and other observers came away from the most recent Sarajevo plenum on Friday night, February 21st, impressed by the organization, the management, and the general disposition of the wide range of citizens attending. By Kurt Bassuener, February 23, 2014

Bosnia and Hercegovina: The Practice of a Different Future Protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina continue. Their message is clear-the time of the ethno-nationalist elites, who stole the country’s resources, common goods and capital in the blood of war and genocide, is over. It is not accidental that the 85 wealthiest oligarchs in Bosnia and Herzegovina are collectively worth $9 billion: this ‘wealth’ was looted from Bosnian citizens, whether in the shape of passing corrupt laws to pour money into their own pockets, or the siphoning off of money from the International Community to subdue the population into compliance with ethnic criminality for fear of a return to conflict. By Dr. Damir Arsenijevic, University of Tuzla, February 22, 2014

Stray Dogs and Stateless Babies What the war didn’t destroy has been wrecked by Mafioso capitalism, practiced with equal zeal across ethnicities, in which private initiative is expressed in the form of corruption and cronyism. The political system’s primary function is allowing wealth to be amassed by the leaders of political parties, fully united, despite their presumed cultural and ideological differences, in their commitment to impoverish the people they lead. By Aleksandar Hemon and Jasmin Mujanovic, The New York Times, February 21, 2014

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