Tag: Montenegro

READING ARTICLE FOR THE CREDIT COURSE BALKAN NATIONALISM AND ETHNIC CONFLICTS: “Sixteenth Anniversary of the War Against Yugoslavia: Surdulica, A “Good Day” for NATO?”

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) proclaims its “commitment to maintaining international peace and security.” Mainstream media rarely, if ever, look beyond Western self-justifications and bland assurances of moral superiority, and little thought is given to what NATO’s wars of aggression might look like to those on the receiving end.

During the first two weeks of August, 1999, I was a member of a delegation travelling throughout Yugoslavia, documenting NATO war crimes. One of our stops was at Surdulica, a small town which then had a population of about 13,000. We initially met with management of Zastava Pes, an automotive electrical parts factory that had at one time employed about 500 workers. In better days, annual exports from the plant amounted to $8 million. Western-imposed sanctions had stopped export contracts and prevented the import of materials, forcing a 70 percent reduction in the workforce and a decline in the local economy…

New monograph-book by Vladislav B. Sotirovic: “Serbia, Montenegro and the “Albanian Question”, 1878−1912: A Greater Albania Between Balkan Nationalism & European Imperialism”

This research project deals with history of the Balkan Peninsula in the 19th century up to the Balkan Wars at the beginning of the 20th century (1912−1913) when a new map of the South-East Europe was constructed. Narration on both wars tell us about decline of the Ottoman Empire, creation of new national states in the Balkans and changes in balance of the Great European Powers […]