America has a crisis of conspiracy theory belief. Not only are they at the heart of recent far-right terrorist attacks, they spread like wildfire on social m...
Jasmin MujanovićDisinformation & conspiracist hysteria poison democratic politics by shrinking the space for reasoned debate & disagreement. It’s why deplatforming is a key tool in restoring legitimate democratic discourse. Highly recommended @TEDx talk on the subject
For the first time, the World Health Organization has estimated how well the world is doing to prevent low-weight births. The progress is too slow, researchers say.
Jasmin MujanovićBosnia has the 2nd lowest ratio of low-weight births in the world. Likely this has less to do w/ BiH healthcare & more to do w/ “you should eat, why aren’t you eating, just have a little” being an ubiquitous cultural refrain. “You didn’t touch the bread?!”
Jasmin MujanovićIt's heartening that polls appear to have closed w/o major irregularities, especially given the volatility of North Macedonia elxns over the past half decade or so. We've now seen a series of peaceful, regular polls establish new patterns. Encouraging.
Supruga nekadašnjeg predsednika SRJ Slobodana Miloševića, Mira Marković preminula je danas, saznaje "Blic".
Jasmin MujanovićSerbian media reporting that Mira Marković, the wife of former strongman Slobodan Milošević, has passed away in Moscow. She was an integral part of his murderous regime, and like so many, she too fled justice, living out her days in exile in Russia.
What the life of Richard Holbrooke tells us about the decay of Pax Americana
Jasmin MujanovićThis long @TheAtlantic essay is arguably the best txt on the Bosnian War & Genocide to appear in a major U.S. publication in the last decade. Extremely powerful read w/ a fine appreciation for Holbrooke’s & Bosnia’s significance in post-Cold War history.
It is no coincidence that Brenton Tarrant and Anders Breivik drew inspiration from Serb ultra-nationalism – when its narrative of “freeing” Europe from Muslim “invaders” echoes far beyond the Balkans.
Jasmin MujanovićFollowing the terror attack in #Christchurch, I attempt to explain why the Western far-right is ideologically attracted to Serb ultra-nationalism and how the wars in Bosnia & Kosovo in the 1990s became a model for their desired “clash of civilizations”.
A gunman who killed 49 people in a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand is believed to be an admirer of Balkan nationalists and historical figures, and he played a song honouring Radovan Karadzic before opening fire.
Jasmin MujanovićThis report by @BalkanInsight confirms my commentary from last night re: the clear familiarity w/ Serb nationalist motifs, themes by the #Christchurch attacker. Worth unpacking in detail the influence & absorption of Bosnian Genocide by Western far-right.
Desetine hiljada ljudi ponovo je u Beogradu izašlo na ulice u okviru petih protesta protiv nasilja pod sloganom "Jedan od pet miliona".
Jasmin MujanovićRemarkable scenes in Belgrade tonight, weeks into a concerted mass civil society mobilization against the corruption & political violence of @avucic govt, aka the regional “EU front runner”. Protest as last defense of what remains of Serbian democracy.
Profesionalni fotograf Dženad Džino već je poznat široj javnosti po sjajnim fotografijama, posebno onim u kojim donosi prizore svoje rodne Jablanice. U novoj seriji fotografija donosi Jablanicu i taj dio Hercegovine na do sada neviđen način.
Na sjednici CIK-a razmatrani su između ostalog i slučajevi dodjele odnosno oduzimanja mandata Nine Bukejlović i Gorana Opsenice. Nina od Srpkinje postala Bošnjakinja, Goran od Hrvata postao Srbin. Različiti stavovi članova CIK-a. Pozadina političke...
Jasmin MujanovićBosnia's nationalists are so committed to "their people" (read: their own power & profit) that, when needed to fill posts, they happily swap identities. Hence, one Serb official is now a Bosniak, a former Croat is now a Serb. Ancient ethnic hatreds, eh?
Back when I was in high school in Sarajevo, my best friend was Zoka. We listened to the same bands, went to the same rock shows, found the same stupid things hilarious, played soccer together, skie…
Jasmin MujanovićThe singular @SashaHemon continues to be one of the most prescient and evocative writers on the contemporary threat of fascism in America & the democratic world. And all of it is rooted in his own lived experience of Bosnia’s slide towards war. Must read.
When Jews fled Spain during the Inquisition, they carried their language with them. Today, Ladino reflects the trajectories of the Sephardic Jewish diaspora, but can it survive?
Jasmin MujanovićLovely seeing this piece on #Bosnia’s Ladino community making the rounds today. These are the kinds of stories & experiences — integral to understanding BiH as a social space — that are habitually obscured by essentialist nationalist propaganda.
My family history tells me trying to create homogenous states is a recipe for disaster, says Koha Ditore editor in chief Agron Bajrami
Jasmin MujanovićA powerful, personal rebuke of the dangerous “land swap” fantasies of Vucic and Thaci by @AgronBajrami. It is, as even proponents acknowledge, a proposal for ethnic cleansing and thus a fundamental violation of human rights.
Centralna izborna komisija BiH održala je prvu konferenciju za medije na kojoj je saopćila prve podatke o izlaznosti na općim izborima.
Jasmin MujanovićIt’s officially voting day in Bosnia. As of 11AM local time, there has been a turnout of 11.41%. A low number for what is expected to be a low turnout election. I will be commenting throughout the day in this thread. Buckle in.
Kako trenutno izgleda distribucija odgovora na pitanje o izlasku birača na predstojeće opće izbore desiti će se pad odziva u usporedbi sa 2014., a pogotovo s izborima 2010. godine, rezultati su istraživanja koje je obavio Valicon, a ekskluzivno...
Jasmin MujanovićOpinion polls suggest turnout on Sunday for #Bosnia’s general elxns will be below 50% in the larger of the country’s two entities, the Federation. Hardly surprising but a further blow to Dayton-era democratic legitimacy all the same.
The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.
Jasmin MujanovićHere's, perversely, the problem w investigative journalism in midst democratic backsliding: POTUS implicated in nearly half billion dollar tax fraud scheme. Scandalous revelation w likely zero institutional response. Result: deepening crisis of legitimacy.
Objavom dokumenata o akciji „Ušće“, Nikola Špirić upozorio vojnog obavještajca Nenada Dubovca da prekine tajnu srbijansko-rusku akciju u BiH. Vrbovani saradnici majora Dubovca fotografisali kompanije namjenske industrije i Ambasadu SAD-a u Sarajevu
Jasmin MujanovićWhoa. Bosnian media reporting Nikola Spiric, now sanctioned by State Dept, directly intervened in '16 to prevent BiH security services from arresting Serbian intel operative working for Belgrade & Moscow, photographing BiH arms factories & US embassy.
Ramiz Tiro lost 33kg in camps run by Croat forces, where he was tortured and forced to serve on the front lines.
Jasmin MujanovićThe crimes against humanity committed in #Bosnia by the Belgrade-backed “Republika Srpska” forces are well known in the West. Virtually unknown are the campaigns of extermination & expulsion committed by the Zagreb-backed “Herceg-Bosna” authorities. Read
Jasmin MujanovićExtremely important to see this letter by 3 former High Reps in BiH addressed to @FedericaMog. 3 very different HRs speaking in one voice against proposed Kosovo/Serbia border swap & its effects on the region. Kudos to @paddyashdown for his initiative.