Almodovar, Tilda Swinton and cast of Bosnian film “Quo vadis, Aida ?” hit Venice red carpet | AFP

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, British actress Tilda Swinton and the cast of the Bosnian film “Quo Vadis, Aida?” hit the red carpet on the second day of the 77th edition of the Venice film festival.

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Migrants face freezing conditions at Bosnia camp | AFP

Several hundred migrants from Asia and Africa continue to live without heating and in freezing conditions at a makeshift camp in north-western Bosnia, close to the European Union border, despite calls for it to be closed. Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights and a Bosnian herself, says the camp is “a shame for Bosnia” and that if the camp is not closed, people will start dying.

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Bosnian migrant camp in crisis as winter approaches | AFP

No running water, putrid portable toilets and surrounding woods littered with land mines — these are the bleak conditions of a camp where hundreds of migrants brace for winter in Bosnia. The camp was set up outside Bihac in June after inhabitants became frustrated with the growing migrant presence.

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Turkey’s Erdogan arrives in Belgrade for tri-lateral summit | AFP

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic greets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives alongside the Bosnian Presidency for the tri-lateral summit between Serbian, Bosnian and Turkish leaders in Belgrade. IMAGES

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More than 2,000 attend Sarajevo’s first Gay Pride march | AFP

More than two thousand people turn out in Sarajevo for the city’s first Gay Pride march to protest against discrimination in Bosnia, but were met with a counter protest condemning ‘a great evil’ that had supposedly entered the Bosnian capital.

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Refugees held in cages at Bosnian detention center – report

A three-year-old was spotted among a group of 12 Iraqi refugees locked inside cages at the Bosnian detention center. The two families of seven adults and five children attempted to cross the Bosnian border illegally from Klobuk, Montenegro, but were apprehended and locked inside the detention block, awaiting their deportation, ‘Are You Syrious’ pro-migrant charity organization claims.

The Bosnian border police were heavily criticized after ‘Are You Syrious’ group released footage which showed the conditions in which the migrants were held. However, they denied all claims of mistreating the refugees: “Bosnia-Herzegovina border police deny inhuman treatment of migrants in its facility at the Klobuk border crossing,” the force said in a statement. Nonetheless, more cases of refugee maltreatment at Bosnia’s southern borders are being reported.


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Bosnian ‘Srebrenica defender’ acquitted of war crimes

Former Bosnian military commander Naser Oric, hailed by supporters as the heroic “defender of Srebrenica”, is acquitted of war crimes during the country’s 1990s conflict. The ruling sparked mixed reactions in the country deeply divided along ethnic lines — slammed by ethnic Serbs as an “amnesty for war crimes” and welcomed by Muslims as the “final victory of justice”. IMAGES

‘Enough lies!’: Bosnian village bans politicians

As politicians embark on their final days of campaigning for Bosnian elections on Sunday, there is one small corner of the country where they cannot pass: Podgora, a poor hamlet fed up with the government’s broken promises. “You’ve been lying to us for years. No party is welcome in Podgora,” reads a white banner strung across the main square of the 700-person village, which lies some 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the capital Sarajevo.

In Bosnia, a young man’s death stirs protests

For the past three months people have been gathering daily in the small Bosnian city of Banja Luka to demand “justice and truth” regarding the death of a young Serbian man, David Dragicevic, whose body was found in a stream in March. Police initially said his death was an accident, but David’s family has cried foul, unleashing a wave of protest unseen in Bosnia since 2014.

Empty synagogue and holy book tell Sarajevo Jews’ fate

Since February, the famed 14th century Jewish manuscript known as the Sarajevo Haggadah has become more accessible to the public as the Sarajevo national museum puts it on display twice a week. However, the Sabbath prayers are scarcely attended as the Bosnian capital is now home to less than 1,000 Jews.

What News Organizations Get Wrong About Conflict Reporting, According To A Veteran War Reporter

Business Insider sat down with Martin Bell, an award-winning former war correspondent for the BBC and author of “War and the Death of News”.

Bell said news organisations often favour neutrality over fairness in their reporting.

He added that there is a lack of eyewitness reporting of conflicts and atrocities in the modern world.

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Martin Bell: I was brought up in the standard BBC tradition of: “On one hand, this, on the other hand, that, only time will tell.” One argument or set of images was balanced against another.

But by the time I got to the Bosnian war, it seemed to me this sort of “bystander journalism” was inadequate to the situation we found ourselves in.

I was not willing to be neutral between the armed and the unarmed, between the aggressor and the victim, so I devised what I call the “journalism of attachment”, which is not a partisan journalism, it’s not making arguments, it’s a journalism that cares as well as knows and it chooses its words very carefully.

Sometimes there are no words at all because your images are your adjectives. It’s a different way of thinking and a different way of writing, lightyears away from the bystander journalism. Very undistinguished – because I’ve seen it – that I practiced in Vietnam as far ago as 1967.

I was criticised for a BBC Panorama programme that I did in January 1993, at one of the worst of times in the Bosnian war.

“The heaviest fighting has apparently been in the town of Goražde, 45 miles south-east of here. According to government reports, 100,000 people are cut off there, including 30,000 refugees – 10,000 of them children.”

But I chose my words very carefully. I just set out the consequences if we stayed away – and we were only marginally involved at the time – and the consequences if we made a proper military intervention, which in the end, we did.

I didn’t advocate the intervention, I just said: “This is what’s going to happen if we don’t intervene.” And indeed, it’s what did happen. And we could have saved tens of thousands of lives if we had fully intervened in the beginning of the Bosnian war, which started in April ’92.

It was a difficult case to make, but I think I was proved right. Because in the end, NATO – It was the only use of force in NATO’s history, actually – and it did – The first use of force in NATO’s history – and it did achieve the results required. It could have saved so many lives if we had done it earlier.

A humanitarian intervention by armed force – there are four tests to be met. It has to be legal under the charter of the United Nations, it has to be proportionate under the Geneva conventions, it has to be reasonably supported by the people, and it has to be doable.

Bosnia passed all these tests, Iraq in 2003 failed them all, and Afghanistan failed – as it always will – on the test of do-ability.

I don’t think we’re turning a blind eye to what’s happening so much as we’re being kept out of the loop, kept ignorant, not knowing. The Srebrenica massacre – we weren’t sure about for months.

We’ve got very little idea about what’s going on in parts of Iraq, in much of Syria, because of the lack of eyewitness journalism. And if you don’t know about it, you won’t care. The NGOs, the aid agencies know this – the money flows in when the television pictures are showing the situation they’re trying to deal with. No television, no money.


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20 Bosnian hands on one piano set new world record

18 Bosnian children and their two music teachers set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of people performing a single composition on a piano, in Sarajevo. They trained for three months for this joint performance of a piece by French composer Albert Lavignac. The previous record was 18 people playing the same piece simultaneously in Italy in 2014.

Mostar unbridged ahead of last UN Bosnian war verdict

A symbol of Bosnia’s devastation in the 1990s war, Mostar’s iconic Ottoman-era bridge was later rebuilt to its former glory. But residents of the southern city remain sharply segregated by ethnicity with Mostar’s main boulevard acting like a border between its two main communities: Bosniak Muslims on the east side and Catholic Croats on the west. Their division is a legacy of Bosnia’s “war within a war”, which saw Muslims and Croats turn on each other in 1993 after initially fighting together against Serbs.

Mladic trial is drawn out, aimed to demonize him & Serbs – analyst

The former Bosnian Serb military leader, Ratco Mladic, has been sentenced to life in prison by the UN tribunal in the Hague.
The 74-year-old was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War in the 1990s. Up to 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered by forces under the general’s control.
RT talked to political analyst John Bosnitch.


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