I bet you liked the seesaw when you were a kid. Remember the pleasure of riding up and down, up and down, but only enjoying it if your friend on the other side was of similar size and weight? Well, the seesaw in relationships between Albanian and Serb communities has never been much fun because one party always had the upper hand at one time or another. Pent-up emotions and inter-ethnic tensions have been a reality in Serbia’s (ex-) southern province of Kosovo for as long as I can remember.

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Fast backward. The late 1960s witnessed first protests by the Albanians who felt downtrodden as Islam had been repressed and the government, security forces, and industrial employment largely dominated by Serbs and Montenegrins. After a demand that Kosovo be made a republic, it gained major autonomy by the mid 70s, that is ‘its own administration, assembly, and judiciary, along with…

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  1. Lil’ sister, you fucking amaze me.

    I’m a brown woman from the generation that earned her true freedom from those who took to the streets in protest for civil rights, ERA, and gay rights in country in the 1960’s.

    I was, and still am, a student of history; which has always been my greatest classroom.

    You are, without doubt, one of most insightful teachers I’ve listened to in 55 years. I’ve told you before, and I’ll say it again – this needs to be heard by Americans who are, as you wrote:

    “My generation was growing up and didn’t know or understand much of what was going on there in the 80s. We were sleepwalking through the Kosovo crisis, at least those who didn’t know anybody affected by it. ”

    There is a foolish belief that it could never happen here; and yet it takes a relatively small IQ to see how many campers are feeling more than comfortable pitching tents on an old ‘nationalist’ campground they’d like to reinforce on this soil again.

    Yours is a powerful voice, Bojana. (Queen of the Fedora) – publish it!!!! I’ll buy by the bushel and leave on doorsteps.

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    1. True, what you said. It’s always sb else’s life, whether it’s happening at your doorstep or somewhere far far away.

      “America First” may not sound harmful at first glance. To be proud and protective of one’s country is good, right? But then, nationalism, a passionate investment in one’s country over and above others, is and will always be dangerous. Americas’ superiority as the only goal means making others weak at all costs, that is seeking justification in hurting them. Not to mention what nationalists do to their own country. Then, all of a sudden, people wonder where the reason for instability lies. Well, you voted for him…You figure it out.

      How I adore you, my beautiful bitching Fedora!

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      1. Thank you very much Bojana! I think nobody is fall asleep getting much more information about the things happend there in the past. As always, people dont get the information they need for own political decisions, and politicans think about themselves (influenced by groups about which Brecht said, they are in the dark) they are the greatest. Thank you, and have a great week ahead. Michael 😉 (Save yourself when our Horst will be back at Munich this week. LoL)

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  2. It is such a full and amazing story, and you tell it with undeniable acumen. We are sleepwalkers here right now. We want some sort of better trajectory, but the country has lost its soul. It’s compass. Our north star is somewhere down south. I have friends and brothers here, in America, for whom Donald Trump is the final coming. I would have said “second coming” but they clearly worship this man far more than they ever did Jesus Christ. This, then, is the savior. And what he brings is the only commandment any believer should need, and any non-believer should heed (in their shallow minds): America First. If you don’t worship at the flag you don’t deserve the shrinking rewards of this once-free society. You are a pariah. Unwelcome. I am quite close to losing one brother and one friend entirely. One more anti-Trump sentiment might just do it. Okay, I say, I’m ready. Goodbye.

    I would send them what you wrote, but they would not understand. This is America. My god, Tom, Donald Trump singlehandedly saved the economy from that wretched black man and now he’s saved the world from the yellow guy. And he’s building a wall to keep out the brown guy. We. Are. Winning. As much as I can’t understand their blindness they cannot understand mine.

    But what they ultimately do not understand is that I don’t hate their new god. Oh no, it’s far worse than that. What I hate is their new religion. Like in all religions, a god is just a fictitious representation of it. Mortal gods eventually die; it is the propagation of the religion that will kill the world.

    But if I will lose acquaintances and siblings over a disagreement about a man, imagine how many more I will lose when I shit on their religion. Or even expose it as such. Oh, Bojana, the devil still hides inside. In what degree should I let the devil out?

    Again, your story does things that good stories do: it makes me think too much. Sorry if I carried on. Next time I’ll carry on longer. Love you, sister. 🙂

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    1. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of texts on the increasing authoritarian, and totalitarian, trends in America. Sb said if nicely: When officials use the phrase ‘alternative facts’ without embarrassment, we know there’s a problem.
      If the economy is getting worse, if the country continues to wage wars elsewhere, if the hardline immigration policy contradicts sanity and logic, if people are denied free health-care, if they live in a society which supports racism, xenophobia and sexism, if their government is found guilty on all charges for spreading lies and propaganda and ultimately if there are no signs of a stable society, and recovery on the horizon…what should they do, you might wonder. I say, what we did. Protest.

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      1. That’s a great answer, and one we must heed. I know I must strengthen the resolve of my resistance, as difficult as it may be. The crazy thing here, right now, is that the economy is humming along nicely. This is why, I think, folks are letting the rest of it go. How frightened Americans became when the greed of its leaders and tycoons led to the destruction of the bubble economy and the majority was made to suffer so that the few could survive intact. How telling a lesson that we all ignored. We saw the disease of society for what it was and even found credible cures. But someone sold the community snake oil again and all went on their merry, none the wiser. 😞

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    2. Thank you, Tom, for adding your thoughts and considerations to the “perfect chaos” in the US as you concurrently responded to Bojana’s post, and your mention of people being sleepwalkers hoodwinked en mass into the “perfect storm”, so to spaek.

      Considering the state of the current presidency in the USA, we should also be aware of the following two quotes from Lao Tzu, from both of which the current US presidency can learn a great deal:

      A leader is best
      When people barely know he exists
      Of a good leader, who talks little,
      When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
      They will say, “We did this ourselves.”

      ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

      All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.

      ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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      1. A leader is best
        When people barely know he exists.

        How perfect is that. So true. I was talking about it with a friend yesterday (Wulf), comparing Trump to the current Serbian president who is maybe more intelligent but equally egoistical and manipulative. Both suffer from a superiority complex and can’t handle the fact that people (read: the middle class) don’t love them, unaware of the fact that politicians shouldn’t be loved. Show me results and I’ll give you my vote. Don’t bitch about all the hardships you encounter, show me results.
        Maybe they are conscious of their capabilities but not of their limits. Their pathological narcissism and way of dealing with others by simply dividing the world into good and evil is detrimental and something neither Serbia nor the States has had so far.

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