Volume 02 No. 4 (2007): October

- Destructive Secrets and Destructive Consequences: Carla Del Ponte and the World Court Decision

The recent decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to not hold Serbia directly responsible and accountable for the genocide that occurred in Bosnia-Herzegovina is troubling and disappointing. The decision strengthens the cynical perception of the international community obstructing Bosnia-Herzegovina’s need for justice to rebuild a stable and unified society. In 1995, the Dayton Peace Agreement fractured Bosnia-Herzegovina into  []

- Victims Need Truth and Justice

Humankind will be able to recall July 11th and 12th in 1995, remembering the genocide that was committed in the United Nations safe area, Srebrenica, by the criminal hordes controlled by Ratko Mladić. Shortly after the commission of the crimes in Srebrenica, with blood on their hands and with ardent cannons, the same hordes took off to a second United  []

- So That I Laugh Whem I’m Dead

1. The Mural from Vozuca On the wall of an abandoned house in Vozu!a near Zavidovi!i a poem was discovered. Above the poem a message: Here it is still autumn and it is raining. I have decided, tomorrow I am leaving. And before I go, I am leaving you this poem, so write it down, if you want. If I  []

- Isak Samokovlija

After the Second World War, Samokovlija dedicated one of his stories to his mother, Sara, with these words: “I’m happy that she died before the war and did not experience the horrors to which we have been witnesses.” I cite this dedication, the bitterest of all dedications I know, with an uncertain memory, for nowhere in his collected or selected  []

- The Legs of Nermin Tulich

To a dear friend and a member of the Sarajevo Shakespeare Society – (Sarajevo, Bosnia, 1992-3, and beyond) “Nermin Tulich, a young Sarajevo actor, lost both of his legs in the artillery attack on the bread-line…”, Associated Press (AP), on Bosnia’s misery What has shorn off the legs of Nermin Tulich? What madness has left them twitching on a Sarajevo  []

- Then Bosnia is Lost?

(TV interview: Question: “Then Bosnia is lost, Mr. Secretary?” Answer: “Oh, no, no; we are doing everything we can; no, no…” – Spring 1993) Turning back (in anger?) and seeing clearly: yes, then Bosnia is lost! Lost in the coils of good will, of global love and cosmic order, lost in the pragmatic betrayals, in the fog of political correctness,  []

- Morning Glory Sarajevo

For M.H. This town, catching up to us, clasping us to its arms and around our necks – we watch it from above. We are Caesars of the moment, breathing in Sarajevo’s breath: human bodies, divine blossoms, murmuring stations… the calm of the Japanese cherry in the State Museum Garden, and those who were dear to us and nested in  []

- The Girls of My Youth

The girls of my youth, nausicaas The girls of my youth, dianas, danaias, lolitas they are only in their forties, but they are already gray haired, creased foreheads, wrinkled hands those “ladylike ones behind the sewing machines” Many of them are already toughened, have already forgotten love as a foreign language is forgotten. The girls of my youth, ruths and  []

- Moving Forward: Essays On Civil Courage

Prologue – Svetlana Broz “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift.” – Anonymous “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi The Schools for Civil Courage, organized for 218 young people between the ages of 15 and 25 by the GARIWO non-governmental organization with the help and support of  []

- Fra Filip Lastrić and The Good Spirit of Bosnia

Bosnia has always had a special place in the heart of Bosnian Franciscans through the centuries of their activities. They felt it deeply as their homeland and their home, and they have never questioned it or abandoned it. They enshrine it as their native land and love it as the country of their fathers. They have lived for Bosnia, loved  []