Frustration mounts as toxic smog shrouds the Balkans | AFP

Winter brings its annual toxic smog to the Balkans, where the pollution is fuelled in large part by the coal and wood fires that many poorer residents rely on for heating. In recent weeks, Balkan capitals including Belgrade, Sarajevo, Skopje and Pristina have been ranked among the world’s top 10 most polluted major cities, according to the monitoring application AirVisual. There have been a spate of protests in cities around the region as citizens demand clean air and from governments that have been slow to react to the crisis.

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Nobel Prize for Handke: “Shame on you” say Sarajevo Muslim groups | AFP

“Shame on you” is the message that Bosnian Muslim associations from the 1990’s war are sending to the Swedish Academy on a giant billboard in central Sarajevo. Bosnian Muslim associations have denounced the decision of the Swedish Academy to grant the Nobel Prize to the Austrian writer Peter Handke because of his pro-Serb position on the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. 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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Erdogan meets with members of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency in Sarajevo | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets in Sarajevo with members of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency on the eve of a summit of leaders of South-Eastern European countries in which he will participate. IMAGES of the meeting

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Sarajevo hopes to rekindle Olympic flame with Youth Games

When Sarajevo welcomed the globe’s top athletes to its mountains for the 1984 Winter Olympics, it was a moment of pride for all of Yugoslavia. Three decades later, the post-war capital of Bosnia is hoping to rekindle the flame as it hosts the European Youth Olympic Festival next week.

‘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 Sarajevo, disappointment after Seselj verdict

Sarajevans say they are “disappointed” with a decision by UN judges to sentence a radical Serb leader to time served in an appeals hearing. Vojislav Seselj was found guilty on appeal of crimes against humanity, but the firebrand politician will remain a free man because of time already served behind bars while facing trial at the former Yugoslav war crimes court. The 44-month-long siege of Sarajevo took the lives of over 11,000 people during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.

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.

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.

Billain – God Ribs

Sarajevo based sound design demigod Billain is not new to the channel, and he certainly should not be new to any of you listeners out there – but have you heard “God Ribs”? Enough said. From “RA 004” EP (2012) on Rise.

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Billain – Kingston Drone

Sarajevo sound design and Neurofunk heavenly father Billain is back again with a far from mediocre four-track EP on Eatbrain, and this time, it’s the first part to a complex Sci-Fi story line that Billain has been working on for quite some time now. “Kingstone Drone” is by far the most unusual and status-quo breaking track in the history of Neurofunk music, and also probably the most controversial. This one is definitely a hit or miss for avid fans just because of how different it is, but for those that can dig it, this is ridiculously sick music that goes so hard. On “Colonize” EP.

Weapons Grade is a channel for uploading only the most forward thinking and stomping underground Neurofunk. I will try my best to promote only the truly under-appreciated tunes that go lesser heard. Uploads will probably be daily, or possibly even more frequently. Every track featured here has been purchased from the respective label, and is in 320 kbps (MP3) quality before upload. All artwork in every video is from http://www.wallhaven.cc/ unless otherwise stated! I won’t feature any track on this channel that isn’t advanced Neurofunk and I will never monetize a video. This channel is purely for your entertainment and discovery, and for my hobby. I hope you guys enjoy thoroughly!

If there is a problem with any of the tracks uploaded, please consult at me at my email (found on my channel under “For business enquiries”). I will take necessary measures to make content owners satisfied with the state of their track, whether it be on the channel or not. If you wish to submit a track for possible upload, please send it to me via the same email.

Ophlot – Hathor Temple

Ophlot is a dark producer straight out of Sarajevo, the same city as Billain – and he trained under the masters wing himself. His skill has been improving over the years for sure, as we see now as of 2015 that he has an EP on the famed DSCI4 bound for release soon. This is an older piece of his, but still amazing and one of my personal favourites. From the “Hathor Temple” EP (2012) on Abducted.

Weapons Grade is a channel for uploading only the most forward thinking and stomping underground Neurofunk. I will try my best to promote only the truly under-appreciated tunes that go lesser heard. Uploads will probably be daily, or possibly even more frequently. Every track featured here has been purchased from the respective label, and is in 320 kbps (MP3) quality before upload. All artwork in every video is from http://www.wallhaven.cc/ unless otherwise stated! I won’t feature any track on this channel that isn’t advanced Neurofunk and I will never monetize a video. This channel is purely for your entertainment and discovery, and for my hobby. I hope you guys enjoy thoroughly!

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Billain – Subduction

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Guantanamo: Blacked Out Bay (Full Length)

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Almost 800 men have been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility since it was established in 2002. Today, fewer than 150 remain. Despite the fact that more than half of current detainees have been cleared for transfer from the base, and in spite of the executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2009 ordering the closure of the prison within one year, there’s no indication it will be shuttered anytime soon.

VICE News traveled to Guantanamo to find out what the hell is going on. After a tightly controlled yet bizarre tour of the facility, we sought out a former detainee in Sarajevo and a former guard in Phoenix to get their unfiltered impressions of what life is like at Gitmo.

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Interview with a Former Guantanamo Detainee: Blacked Out Bay (Part 3)

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In part 3 of Guantanamo: Blacked Out Bay, VICE News meets with Mustafa Ait Idir, a former detainee at the infamous detention facility. Idir was arrested in Bosnia-Herzegovina on charges of conspiring to blow up the US embassy in Sarajevo. He was acquitted shortly after, but was then transferred to American troops at a NATO base, and ultimately sent to Gitmo in January 2002. Idir told VICE News about his experience, and how it has affected him since.

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