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The Takeaway

Trial of Bosnian Serb Leader Closes

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Almost 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic still thinks of himself as a victim of the media.

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New Sounds

Balkan (Brass) Band Battle/Party

Sunday, October 20, 2013

It’s a Balkan Brass Battle Royale on this New Sounds between two of the best Balkan Brass bands - Boban I Marko Markovic Orchestra from Serbia, along with Fanfare Ciocarlia from Romania.  Fresh from a worldwide tour, listen to these two notorious outfits blow each other away, and play nicely together on a few tracks as well.  More is just better!

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New Sounds

100 x John (dedicated to John Cage)

Thursday, January 03, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to but a few of the 100 compositions and sounds from a project called “100 x John, A Global Salute to John Cage,” featuring field recordings by composers and sound artists around the world. There is music made from the sounds that surround us, including the last town in Nepal before base camp on Mount Everest to stalactites in a cave, 700 meters underground in Serbia.  Hear a composition by Arsenije Jovanic, comprised of the sounds of stalactites struck by wooden drum sticks, pieces of stone, and the composer’s hands, recorded in a cave, 700 m under the earth in Eastern Serbia.

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New Sounds

Balkan (Brass) Band Battle/Party

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It’s a Balkan Brass Battle Royale on this New Sounds between two of the best Balkan Brass bands - Boban I Marko Markovic Orchestra from Serbia, along with Fanfare Ciocarlia from Romania.  Fresh from a worldwide tour, listen to these two notorious outfits blow each other away, and play nicely together on a few tracks as well.  More is just better!

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The Takeaway

The Siege of Sarajevo: 20 Years Later

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Twenty years ago today, Serb militants opened fire on thousands of peace demonstrators in Sarajevo, the Muslim-led capitol city of the newly independent state of Bosnia-Hercegovina. The attack set off what would become the longest siege of a capitol city in modern warfare — lasting from April 5, 1992 to February 29, 1996. We talk to Nadja Halilbegovich, born and raised in Sarajevo, who still has mortar in her body from the days of the siege, and Barbara Demick, author of "Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood," which hits bookstores this month.

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The Takeaway

Serbia Captures War Criminal Goran Hadzic

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Serbian authorities say that have apprehended accused war criminal Goran Hadzic. Hadzic was the leader of Croatian Serb separatist forces and the last remaining fugitive sought by the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague. In 2004, Hadzic was indicted with 14 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Marco Prelec, Balkans Project director of the International Crisis Group, explains why Hadzic was one of the most wanted men in the world.

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New Sounds

Balkan (Brass) Band Battle/Party

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It’s a Balkan Brass Battle Royale on this New Sounds between two of the best Balkan Brass bands - Boban I Marko Markovic Orchestra from Serbia, along with Fanfare Ciocarlia from Romania.  From a brand-new record, listen to these two notorious outfits blow each other away, and play nicely together on a few tracks as well.  More is just better!

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The Takeaway

Survivors Respond to Mladic Arrest

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ratko Mladic was arrested yesterday for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his role as Army Chief of Staff during the Balkan wars. 8,000 Muslim men and boys were allegedly executed by Mladic's soldiers during the Srebrenica massacre. Dr. Denisa Kostovicova, Balkans expert and Senior Lecturer at the London School of Economics discusses the significance of his arrest and the importance of witness testimony in helping the country reckon with its past. Dejan Anastasijevic is a political journalist with the journal, Vreme in Belgrade. He helps contextualize the international significance of the arrest.

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The Takeaway

Extradition Process Underway for War Crimes Fugitive Ratko Mladic

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ratko Mladic was seized in Serbia on Thursday after he'd been in hiding for over a decade. The former general has been charged with genocide, he's been held responsible for the massacre of over 7,000 Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995 and has evaded justice ever since. The BBC's world affairs correspondent Adam Mynott reports.

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The Takeaway

Serbian Boy Faces Death Threats for Expressing Pro-American Views Online

Monday, April 26, 2010

Rastko Pocesta, a 12-year-old boy in Serbia is under police protection and has become an unlikely symbol of the struggle between the liberal, pro-western minority and the Serbian nationalists, who still have strong anti-American feelings after NATO bombings during the late 1990's.

 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

David Samuels investigates a gang of Balkan jewel thieves

Monday, April 05, 2010

David Samuels investigates a gang of Balkan jewel thieves.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

William Finnegan on Kosovo

Monday, October 08, 2007

William Finnegan talks about the push for independence in Kosovo.

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On Being

Miroslav Volf — Religion and Violence [remix]

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Religious extremism drives some of the most intractable conflicts around the world. Our guest knows this shadow side of the Christian faith in his personal history. We'll speak about what goes wrong when religion turns violent, and why, he believes, the c

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