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Eyes on Serbian Vote

February 3rd, 2008 (09:26 am)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7224457.stm
Serbia votes today in their presidential election, with Kosovar Independence weighing heavily on peoples minds.

Also it appears to be a mini Cold War is brewing with another possible regional destablization (though Belgrade promises no violence)

The US and some EU states back Independence for Kosovo, while Russia, Serbia's ally is against it, as is Cyprus, Greece and Spain being highly reluctant of the situation do to their own ethnic enclaves and afraid of the precedent it might take.

Im no right wing hawk, but Russia really scares me. Putin seems to be doing everything possible to prove what a big dick he has on the world stage. And Russians seem to love him. I guess he's brought them stability, but at what price.

I guess being an American, "independence" is in the blood, so i feel pro Kosovo independence.

and for better or for worse i know ive picked up anti Serb government bias from western media and my short time living in Croatia.

Ive also been asked "What if California, or Texas or Florida wanted to break away from the USA. How would you feel"

Good riddance! Ill sign a petition for the Lone Star Republic!
Ha just kidding. Im not sure how I would feel. Im sure there would be plenty of people who would be upset(especially red state folk), just as they were during the civil war when the Union falling apart.

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Bjork Declare Independence Video...back with Michel Gondry.

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Yugo For Sale

December 27th, 2007 (04:08 pm)

Serbia to sell national auto-maker

http://www.euronews.net/index.php?page=eco&article=461771&lng=1

Autoblog isnt as kind
http://www.autoblog.com/2007/12/27/wanna-buy-a-yugo-serbian-carmaker-up-for-sale/

and
The Serbian parliament has voted overwhelmingly to condemn any attempt by Kosovo to become independent.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7160945.stm

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Kosovo Independence

December 11th, 2007 (06:36 am)

http://www.euronews.net/index.php?page=info&article=458615&lng=1

"The Kosovan government has warned it will declare independence from Serbia "much earlier" than next May. The statement came as a UN deadline for agreement on the province's future status passed with no compromise. In New York, Kosovan supporters gathered outside the UN to demand an immediate break with Serbia.

"They keep saying, oh, lets wait, lets wait another six months, lets wait another three months, and its about time for them. We hope they hear us and they are going to make independence as soon as possible," said one man wielding a banner.

The US State Department reiterated its support for supervised independence with protection for the Serb minority.

Kosovo is a Serbian province where more than 90 percent of the population is ethnic Albanian. It says it will not declare independence without US or EU approval.

But Serbian President Boris Tadic insisted only the UN has the authority to determine Kosovo's future. Experts quote Belgrade as saying it will use all peaceful means possible to prevent a break away - and believe this could be the first step of a legal campaign involving the International Court of Justice.

The UN Security Council is due to debate the issue of Kosovo next week, but Russia, Serbia's main ally on the issue, has already warned it will call for further talks."

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Serbian American becomes Poet Laureate of the United States

August 3rd, 2007 (03:21 pm)

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070803/NEWS07/708030419/1009
(he graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School)

WASHINGTON -- Charles Simic, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Serbian-American writer, was named the 15th poet laureate of the United States by the Librarian of Congress, succeeding Donald Hall.

The laureate appointment, which can be one year or two, comes with a $35,000 annual stipend. The poet laureate program promotes poetry across the nation.

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Simic, 69, received a MacArthur Foundation genius grant of $500,000 for 1984-89. He won the 1990 Pulitzer for poetry for his collection "The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems."

Born in Belgrade, Simic came to the United States with his family in 1954, was drafted into the Army in 1961 and received a bachelor's degree from New York University in 1966. The following year he published his first full-length collection, "What the Grass Says." He has been a U.S. citizen for 36 years.

He has published more than 60 books in the United States and abroad, including 18 books of poetry. In 1973, he began teaching at the University of New Hampshire, where he is professor emeritus of creative writing and literature.

"I am especially touched and honored to be selected because I am an immigrant boy who didn't speak English until I was 15," he said.

Simic is known for short, clear poems. His poem "Stone" often appears in anthologies. It begins:

"Go inside a stone

That would be my way.

Let somebody else become a dove

Or gnash with a tiger's tooth.

I am happy to be a stone ..."

"He handles language with the skill of a master craftsman, yet his poems are easily accessible, often meditative and surprising," Librarian of Congress James Billington said.

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First Rainbow Flag Flies at Trg Bana Jelacic

July 6th, 2007 (06:17 pm)
current song: 49 Percent (Angello & Ingrosso Remix) - Royksopp

im so proud of you Majka Hrvatska

making baby steps :)

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Jem and the Holograms in ZAGREB, im not FCUKING WITH YOU!

June 27th, 2007 (04:12 pm)

I cant believe this!!!!!!!!!! I dont remember this episode at all! Listen to all the bad Croatian accents...including the voice of the Baroness from GI JOE.

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All of my pictures from Croatia

June 21st, 2007 (11:36 am)

http://flickr.com/photos/fred_royster/collections/72157600165761199/

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Zagreb, April 2006

June 15th, 2007 (02:04 pm)

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Sloveninan man falls 120 feet on top of a SMART car and lives!

May 24th, 2007 (08:32 am)

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/05/23/have-a-nice-trip-man-falls-120-feet-and-lives-by-landing-on-sma/

...For Slovenian Darko Mirinovic, the above hypothetical has more truth to it than he'd ever hoped. Young Darko, 25, did fall from a 12 story balcony, but he miraculously survived. The Smart car that rested 120 feet below his window broke his fall, and in return Darko broke a bunch of bones. Not surprisingly, doctors were more than a little shocked that Darko survived the fall, even with news of his make-shift safety net. The owner of the Smart car didn't know whether "to be happy or sad" since his car was destroyed, but Darko lived. We hope he had insurance.

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MTV Adria

May 20th, 2007 (07:56 pm)

my two favorite presenters from MTV Adria

Ivan


and

Galeb


and the big rap hit when i was in Croatia
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