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According to HITC, Serbian-Bosnian centre-back and Red Star Belgrade powerhouse Srdjan Babic (22) has been targeted by five clubs: AS Monaco, OGC Nice, Celtic Glasgow, Besiktas, and Feyenoord.  .
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Sayed Fayek Shebl Ahmed, 53 anni, ex mujaheddin egiziano che ha combattuto in Bosnia, è accusato di terrorismo internazionale. Il figlio Saged, 23 anni, è a oggi irreperibile. La madre espulsa dall'Italia
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De Europese regeringen zijn medeplichtig aan het systematisch, onwettig en vaak gewelddadig terugdringen en collectief uitzetten van duizenden asielzoekers naar smerige en onveilige vluchtelingenkampen in Bosnië-Herzegovina. Dat zegt Amnesty International woensdag in een nieuw rapport. Ze knijpen een oogje toe voor het gewelddadig optreden van de Kroatische politie en financieren zelfs hun activiteiten.
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Da un lato della barricata c"è chi si lamenta perché "l"aria è irrespirabile" e chiede "la chiusura del campo". Dall"altro, invece, c"è chi in quell"insediamento ci abita e lancia strali contro il governo e l"amministrazione: "Ci hanno chiusi dentro come topi, fanno come Hitler". Residenti delle periferie e rom, ancora una volta, gli uni contro gli altri. In uno scontro eterno.Il blitz del sindaco Raggi al campo rom di via SalviatiNella Capitale del degrado, ieri, è andata in scena l"ennesima "passerella" della sindaca Virginia Raggi che, a sorpresa, si è presentata fuori dal terzo accampamento rom per numero di presenze (circa 600), quello di via Salviati, a Tor Sapienza, periferia Est di Roma. Nel frattempo, la polizia locale e gli operatori dell"Ama davano finalmente inizio alle operazioni di bonifica dell"area adiacente al campo che, nel corso degli anni, si è trasformata in una vera e propria discarica a cielo aperto. Via Guglielmo Sansoni, ad esempio, è impercorribile. Chiusa al traffico dopo il guasto della vecchia fogna che serviva la baraccopoli, è diventata terra di nessuno, terra di sversamento di rifiuti e di roghi tossici. L"ultimo grande incendio è divampato due giorni fa, proprio alla vigilia dell"arrivo delle ruspe del Campidoglio. Roghi del genere, ci spiegano i residenti, "oscurano il cielo almeno due volte alla settimana, ma non sono l"unico problema che abbiamo". La zona è vittima di una combustione continua. All"interno della baraccopoli, infatti, "ci sono delle piccole fornaci dove quotidianamente vengono bruciate batterie delle auto e i fili di rame", raccontano gli abitanti di Tor Sapienza.[[video 1661260]]Stavolta, però, in una diretta Facebook a margine del sopralluogo, la prima cittadina ha assicurato che "si apre un nuovo capitolo". Sarà veramente così? Stando alla roadmap del Comune, via Sansoni verrà "liberata" dopo che l"Acea riparerà il guasto. E non solo. La vera novità è che da oggi, grazie ad un accordo siglato con la prefettura, saranno i militari della Brigata Sassari a pattugliare la zona, assicurandosi che i furgoni dei nomadi non trasportino più materiali destinati alla combustione. E per cautela alle vetture verrà destinato un parcheggio ad hoc, in un"area vicina al campo. "Se i furgoni saranno trovati pieni di rifiuti, verranno sequestrati", assicura la Raggi, perché "non devono e non possono più esistere zone franche in cui la salute dei cittadini viene messa a repentaglio". Contro la demonizzazione del campo si schiera Marcello Zunisi, avvocato dell"Associazione Nazione Rom, che attacca l"operato del Comune: "Un"intera etnia viene accusata pubblicamente di compiere crimini ambientali. È dai tempi di Hitler e Mussolini che non avvenivano processi sommari".Le reazioni dei residenti di Tor SapienzaCritici nei confronti del Campidoglio, ma per motivi opposti, sono anche i residenti. "Di bonifiche, magari non di questa ampiezza, ne abbiamo viste tante e non sono servite a nulla", dice Alessandro Moriconi, giornalista locale che teme che le discariche e gli incendi si spostino solo di qualche metro. C"è poi da fare i conti con la rabbia degli inquilini dell"accampamento. "Stamattina è stato arrestato un bosniaco che ha minacciato il comandante Di Maggio di essere pronto a dare di nuovo fuoco a tutto", spiega Moriconi, che pone l"accento anche sulla difficile coabitazione tra le due etnie di rom che vivono nel campo, serbi e bosniaci, da sempre in lotta tra loro. L"obiettivo dichiarato del Movimento Cinque Stelle, che guida tanto il Campidoglio, quanto i Municipi nei quali è situato l"insediamento, è quello annunciato in campagna elettorale: il superamento dei campi rom."Nei prossimi mesi partirà il censimento di via Salviati e, fermo restando che in cima nella classifica dei campi da sgomberare ci sono la Barbuta e la Monachina, questo sta rapidamente scalando posizioni", ha dichiarato Mario Podeschi, vicepresidente e assessore alle Politiche Sociali del V Municipio. In questi anni a chiedere la chiusura della baraccopoli è stato soprattutto Roberto Torre, presidente del Comitato di quartiere, che ormai non crede più alle promesse dei pentastellati: "A noi, questo, sembra più che altro uno spot pre-elettorale che arriva dopo tre anni di appelli, denunce e manifestazioni". È pronto a scommettere che "si tratta solo di propaganda" il signor Torre, "la stessa che hanno fatto i sindaci che l"hanno preceduta". "Ripongo qualche speranza nell"esercito, ma sono scettico perché negli anni tutte le misure prese a salvaguardia della nostra salute si sono rivelate un mero spreco di denaro pubblico", spiega scrollando le spalle. "L"unica vera soluzione - conclude - è chiudere questo accampamento". Ma tra le promesse da campagna elettorale e il fare ci passa una distesa di immondizia.
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Sempre alle prese con il caso Icardi, assente sicuro nell'impegno di giovedì contro l'Eintracht Francoforte e a meno di clamorosi colpi di scena anche nel derby di domenica sera contro il Milan, l'Inter si guarda intorno e comincia a pensare a possibili alternative per il bomber argentino.Mentre la pace tra i nerazzurri e il bomber argentino sembra a questo punto, tutt'altro che scontata, il Corriere dello Sport ha delineato le possibile strategie dell'Inter per il reparto offensivo per il prossimo mercato estivo. La prima scelta porta a Paulo Dybala, nome senz'altro gradito a Beppe Marotta. Il noto interesse della Juventus per Icardi farebbe pensare ad uno scambio affascinante tra i due argentini, per la felicità di entrambi i club che potrebbero garantirsi così una ricca plusvalenza.Altro nome sul taccuino dei nerazzurri è quello di Edin Dzeko. L'attaccante bosniaco in scadenza di contratto nel 2020 di con la Roma, potrebbe arrivare a cifre ragionevole rappresentando l'elemento di esperienza ideale per la crescita di Lautaro Martinez. Altra ipotesi percorribile è rappresentata dal colombiano Duvan Zapata, esploso quest'anno con 17 gol nelle file dell'Atalanta. Prima punta affidabile per completare il reparto offensivo, con una quotazione da oltre 30 milioni, gli ottimi rapporti con la società di Antonio Percassi faciliterebbero senza dubbio la riuscita dell'affare.Non mancano piste estere, il primo nome è quello di Romelu Lukaku in forza al Manchester Utd. Classe 93 proprio come Icardi e titolare della nazionale belga, ha una quotazione molto eccessiva a meno che non si cerchi di intavolare uno scambio mentre non è da escludere l'ipotesi Karim Benzema che il Real Madrid, alle prese con un ricambio generazionale, potrebbe offrire proprio per arrivare ad Icardi.
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otana will open 13 new hotels in various markets across the globe to boost growth, its acting chief executive officer Guy Hutchinson said yesterday. The new hotels will come up in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, Africa and in Bosnia...
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La participación de la tropa de defensa química en la Operación Tormenta del Desierto de 1990–1991 fue la primera misión del Ejército checoslovaco bajo la OTAN. Esto fue antes de entrar en la Alianza, al igual que la participación de 865 soldados checos entre 1995 y 1996 en la operación militar para imponer el Acuerdo Marco General Para la Paz en Bosnia y Herzegovina (GFAP).
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Jusuf Nurkic is always candid and he shared a fantastic story about Kobe Bryant this week.
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Bryant was famously über competitive, and so it's no surprise he learned a couple of Eastern European words to lob at the Bosnian Beast.
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Anular la racionalidad y el juicio, detonar la solidaridad y las posibilidades de la convivencia ciudadana se constituyen ahora en objetivos preciados de quienes planifican la agresión desde la suntuosa oficina oval.

"Solo cuando una sociedad vive aterrada y obligada a pensar meramente en su
supervivencia, puede aprobar medidas que le son claramente perjudiciales"

(Naomi Klein, 'La doctrina del shock', 2007).

Las palabras de Klein se mueven en las hendiduras que ha provocado la guerra no convencional que Estados Unidos ha decretado contra Venezuela.

No obstante, Washington ha tropezado con un obstáculo cuya naturaleza es muy difícil de someter al juicio de expertos o de los cálculos y algoritmos de las supercomputadoras del Pentágono: el deseo de resistir a la agresión.

Edward Said dijo cierta vez que nunca se dio el caso de un pueblo que se sometiera de manera pasiva y dócil a los designios de los imperios. La resistencia siempre ha sido un signo inscrito en la naturaleza de los oprimidos. Esos que Walter Benjamin, situaba en "estado de emergencia permanente" y que llevan no 20, no 100, sino siglos luchando contra el mismo mal: la pulsión de muerte, el deseo de unos por imponer a sangre y fuego su voluntad sobre otros.

Sometidos a una nueva agresión, que ha dejado a la mayoría del país sin energía eléctrica por más de cinco días, conviene revisar un concepto que se ha venido haciendo cada vez más visible en el día a día de los venezolanos: la resiliencia.

Pero no una definición cualquiera, sino aquella que solo brota en los territorios tocados por el drama de la guerra. Una que conocen bastante bien en Palestina, en Yemen, Irak, Siria y también en otras naciones que perdieron mucho más que su territorio, como la antigua Yugoslavia.

Hablemos de esta forma de lucha contra la adversidad, para así conocerla pero sobre todo para cultivarla, en especial, en los niños y niñas. Es esta, una de las tareas más prioritarias, y responsables, que debe emprender el país suramericano.

Sobre la resiliencia en la guerra

Es imposible predecir los efectos que una circunstancia límite como la guerra puede causar en los individuos. La incertidumbre y el miedo son los primeros sentimientos que suelen aflorar y resultan muy perjudiciales para hacerle frente a las duras circunstancias que la realidad impone.

No todos los individuos reaccionan de la misma manera. Mucho menos, cuando en una guerra, y más del tipo no convencional, se hace uso del terrorismo para lograr los fines políticos y militares. El terrorismo conoce bien las tácticas del desequilibrio. Utilizan el azar, el caos para generar amplios sentimientos de angustia y estrés en la población.

La resiliencia, entendida como "la capacidad del ser humano para hacer frente a las adversidades de la vida, superarlas y ser transformado positivamente por ellas", es un 'kit de emergencia', una herramienta psicológica que hace posible enfrentar exitosamente los sentimientos de ansiedad o desasosiego, la angustia o el dolor.

El valor de esta noción es que va más allá de una simple condición intrínseca en los individuos y aunque en algunas personas —ya sea por su historia de vida o condiciones psicológicas- puede estar más presente que en otras, lo importante es que puede ser desarrollada.

Existen 10 consejos que resultan útiles para construir la resiliencia en tiempos de guerra:

  1. Ponerse en contacto con otros: a pesar de que el sabotaje eléctrico en Venezuela afectó los sistemas de telecomunicaciones, en las comunidades y urbanizaciones se organizaron asambleas populares para la organización popular. El aislamiento afecta los procesos de resiliencia.
  2. Ayudarse ayudando a los demás: los lazos de solidaridad deben ser preservados a toda costa. Prestar colaboración en tareas colectivas fue clave para solventar la crítica situación, en especial en lo que supuso acceder a las fuentes de agua potable.
  3. Mantener una rutina diaria: evitar el caos al que se nos quiere someter a través de la guerra no convencional es de alta prioridad. No debe perderse la estructura, ni la rutina del hogar. Dedicarse a elaborar las tareas escolares con sus hijos e hijas, ordenar la casa, aprovechar la falta de luz para el fomento de la lectura, ayuda a bajar las tensiones en el grupo familiar.
  4. Cuidar de sí mismo: no debe perderse de vista al ser humano envuelto en una situación de tensión. La cuenta @neurogastronomo recomendaba, por ejemplo, generar oxitocina u 'hormona de la felicidad' para regular el estrés. Esto es posible enfocándose en actividades que provean bienestar, ya sea desde reunirse en la plaza de la comunidad para conversar, hasta enfocarse en un pasatiempo o hacer ejercicios. Alejarse de la tristeza y la desesperanza, es clave.
  5. Tomarse un descanso de las noticias: la guerra no convencional utiliza las redes sociales y la saturación de noticias falsas como modo para el desequilibrio emocional y psíquico. Es natural que busquemos información para ayudar a sobrellevar la situación, pero deben evitarse vías no oficiales o cuyo mensaje promueva la desesperanza y la ansiedad colectiva.
  6. Tener un plan: la incertidumbre es un gran aliado de las malas decisiones y un combustible para el estrés. Es necesario elaborar un plan general, con familiares y vecinos, sobre cómo actuar en medio de las crisis. Establecer protocolos de comunicación, lugares de reunión, listas sobre personas o instituciones a quienes acudir en caso de emergencia brinda tranquilidad general.
  7. Preparar un kit de seguridad: al igual como se recomienda en los casos de amenaza de sismos. Este no solo debe contener lo que usualmente se aconseja (agua, enlatados, baterías, medicinas), sino también algunas cosas personales que le permitan sentirse a gusto en caso de que lo necesite: un libro favorito no estaría de más.
  8. Alimentar una visión positiva de sí mismo: aquí aplica la máxima de 'conócete a ti mismo'. No hay mejor manera de afrontar la adversidad, identifique sus fortalezas y debilidades. Considere siempre que se suele ser más fuerte de lo que usted mismo piensa.
  9. Mantener las cosas en perspectiva: la ansiedad genera la búsqueda de respuestas y soluciones de inmediatas. Trate, en toda ocasión, de poner la mente en el largo horizonte. Coloquialmente existe una frase que lo define: no hay mal que dure cien años. No existe ninguna circunstancia, por más dolorosa o difícil que parezca, que dure para siempre. Use los ejemplos de victorias anteriores para inspirarse y créame que en Venezuela abundan estos ejemplos.
  10. Mantener una actitud positiva: el objetivo preferido de la guerra no convencional es la esperanza. Aléjese de las perspectivas, discursos y actitudes negativas. Enfóquese en lo positivo y en lo que le causa alegría. Ya lo decía Argimiro Gabaldón, líder guerrillero venezolano: "Somos la vida y la alegría en constante lucha contra la tristeza y la muerte". Aférrese a ese mantra.

Resiliencia infantil

Un texto emocionalmente difícil de abordar es el que nos provee Jay Berk, psicólogo perteneciente a la Asociación Americana de Psicología y quien creó un manual para la UNICEF sobre cómo tratar a los infantes durante los conflictos bélicos. En él se hace un recuento sobre las experiencias vividas durante el abordaje a los infantes de la antigua Yugoslavia.

Allí se explica que los niños sometidos a situaciones límite tienden a experimentar un abanico amplio de emociones y experiencias particularmente estresantes. Los adultos en especial, ya sean padres o maestros, deben generar un círculo de confianza para "escuchar pensamientos y preocupaciones de los infantes sin juzgarlos". Resulta imprescindible "imponer sus propios temores a los niños" y entender que muchas veces las propias reacciones de los niños son un reflejo de lo que ven en sus padres y adultos que los rodean.

Por último, aunque debería estar en el tope de prioridades, hay que "comunicarles esperanza positiva, para que las experiencias pasadas de los niños no los lleven a tener una perspectiva pesimista del futuro".

En el caso de los niños bosnios, Berk observó que "el aislamiento favorecía la pérdida de la resiliencia, ya que el contacto con los demás era necesario para proveer algún tipo de equilibrio, una mirada positiva y una reformulación del significado de las experiencias". La desesperanza para Berk, deviene en una epidemia que debe ser controlada a toda costa. "Cuando un niño llegaba a sentirse desesperanzado, tenía menos energías para sobrevivir", afirma.

Para Berk, su experiencia en Bosnia le permitió entender que existen una serie de factores, internos y externos que deben ser protegidos, fomentados e inculcados para promover la resiliencia infantil. Ellos son:

El 'espíritu de solidaridad': "Si en lugar de sentirse aislado, el niño experimentaba un espíritu de solidaridad en su entorno humano, esto ayudaba enormemente a su salud mental".

La 'habilidad para pedir ayuda': "Algunos niños tenían la capacidad natural de atraer el cuidado que necesitaban de los adultos para disminuir los trastornos emocionales. Esta habilidad constituía una ventaja importante".

'Habilidad para advertir el peligro y evitarlo': en las zonas donde no había ataques o guerra, los niños no eran conscientes del peligro, sin embargo, en otros casos sí. Esto promueve mecanismos de defensa que les permite hacer frente de manera mucho más correcta a la adversidad.

'Habilidad para relajarse y calmarse': "Algunos niños poseían una habilidad natural para controlar sus ansiedades de modo que no se tornaran abrumadoras. Otros eran capaces de encontrar personas que pudiesen ayudarlos con esta tarea y enseñarles técnicas de relajación".

Venezuela, ¿una víctima más de la política intervencionista de Washington?
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Venezuela, ¿una víctima más de la política intervencionista de Washington?

Venezuela, territorio de Resiliencia

Durante los momentos más tensos que se vivieron a propósito del sabotaje eléctrico, el Gobierno nacional, encabezado por Nicolás Maduro, tomó la determinación de desplegarse por todo el país. Los hospitales fueron priorizados, así como las comunidades populares.

Una de las labores más importantes y significativas fue la que realizó la Alcaldía de Caracas. Llevaron a los hospitales infantiles de la ciudad grupos de artistas y cantautores, para convertir la difícil circunstancia en lo que Boris Cyrulnik considera es el fin último de todo proceso de resiliencia: el "mensaje de esperanza" que nos invita a entender la adversidad con otros ojos y promover "que ninguna herida sea un destino".

 

Algo que Berk comprendió en su experiencia en los Balcanes es que la devoción a una causa es el soporte vital que permite superar la adversidad.

"Una causa crea un tema central de vida y por lo tanto una conexión con los demás. Los niños que poseían una causa estaban más preparados para abocar sus energías en sus capacidades positivas en lugar de sentirse solos, aislados o sin un objetivo. La resiliencia aumentaba cuando parte de esa energía provenía de un proyecto futuro. El poseer una causa también aumentaba la posibilidad de acción. Dicha acción fomenta la resiliencia, ya que crea una sensación de control sobre el destino de uno mismo".

Los costosos informes producidos por los tanques de pensamiento estratégico occidentales siguen sin entender que el pueblo venezolano está soportado desde hace siglos por el compromiso con la causa de la libertad. Quieren sembrar la semilla del odio, de la división, de la desesperanza. Se nos fuerza hasta el límite, hasta lo inconfesable. Se burlan públicamente del dolor causado, consideran la muerte una inversión.

No nos conocen, nos subestiman. No entienden, que así como en los versos de la poeta venezolana Dariela Tello, Venezuela ya decidió su destino.

Parece que la paz es una certeza
Un gran lago en el lugar del pecho donde por lo general hay un vacío
Siento, más cuando me veo ante un camino aparentemente sin salida, que la paz es una decisión…
Si la paz es una decisión, es una idea, un sentimiento y una acción…
La paz se decide y se gesta…
¿Cuál es la semilla que germina la paz?
¿Qué hace la paz?
El poder hace la paz
El poder abrir los ojos al nuevo día
El poder respirar
El poder comer
El poder expresar
El poder dialogar
El poder amar
El poder cantar
El poder bailar
El poder reír
El poder crecer
El poder creer en mí, en nosotros…
El poder crear
El poder juntarse con otras y otros
El poder transformar
El poder popular
El poder hacer juntos nuestro presente, nuestro futuro…
Todo obstáculo para el ejercicio del poder es obstáculo de la paz
Para que nos quiten la paz nos tienen que quitar nuestro poder
No quiero falsa paz sin poder
Quiero poder
Quiero poder
Quiero poder… Y paz también

 

          

Fuente: José Negrón Valera/Sputnik News


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(apologies to Connall for the title of this post :) )

The Venice Film Festival is slowly, slowly drawing to a close and I'm sitting at my laptop trying to come up with an adequate way to describe this experience. It's been eleven days of non-stop running from one screening to another, of searching for our next caffeine fix in the hope that it will keep us awake for the next screening, of exchanging ideas with peers and professionals, of the occasional celebrity sighting, of getting to know 26 European Cinéphiles – with the Venice Film Festival serving as the perfect backdrop.

The idea that you are going to spend eleven days watching films can be a bit daunting at first and n all honesty, if anyone had to ask me which films I've seen, I wouldn't be able to mention them off the top of my head; of course, there are ones which stick out. What strikes me about the majority of the films I have seen is their social and political relevance, which I find immensely important. From François Ozon's 'Potiche' serving as a satire of the current political situation in France, Feo Aladag's 'Die Fremde' dealing with the problem of honour killings in Europe and domestic violence , Denis Villeneuve's 'Incendies' where the struggles Lebanon faced become an essential part of the narrative and Danis Tanovic's 'Cirkus Columbia' which is played out against the political situation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1991. These films that I have mentioned are just a few of the films at the festival which in one way or another struck some political notes. In my opinion, films act as a mirror of reality, so it is quite impossible for a film to be void of social or political commentary. Art is political in itself, and cinema as a visual and auditory medium is very powerful in that it can clearly convey a message or an idea. Throughout the history of film (and politics) this has been used negatively - such as propaganda films as well as positively; making politics more accessible. The rise of Soft Power in today's world means that Film as a medium is extremely important, and we can see that even the European Union acknowledges the potential of cinema in this respect with the Lux Prize. The meeting we had yesterday with some members of the European Parliament showed us that the people who are representing us in Europe are aware of just how powerful film can be, and how it should be appreciated and supported.

Many thanks go to the European Parliament, Europa Cinemas, Giornate Degli Autori and Cineuropa for making this experience possible. Chapeau Bas!


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The Bloggers Bash Competition this year is on the theme of FIVE. quintus  ~  cinq  ~  cinco  ~  fünf ~  pente  ~ khms  ~ wu  ~  tano Or…  in Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Serbian, Slovak and Slovenian, it is pet—

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ZAGABRIA, 13 MAR – Vari governi europei “sono complici nei respingimenti sistematici e nelle persecuzioni illegali, spesso violente” di migliaia di migranti e profughi sulla rotta balcanica, in primo luogo sul confine tra la Bosnia-Erzegovina e la Croazia. Lo sostiene oggi Amnesty International (AI) in un rapporto sul trattamento dei richiedenti asilo dal titolo “Violenze […]
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          Los idiomas hablados en la antigua Yugoslavia      Cache   Translate Page      
Se puede observar que recientemente en la Península Balcánica han aparecido nuevos idiomas, pero ¿de dónde provienen? Hasta el principio de los años noventa la única lengua en Yugoslavia considerada como oficial fue la serbio-croata, pero últimamente se han formado cuatro idiomas: el serbio, el croata, el bosnio e incluso el montenegrino. De este modo aparecen muchas preguntas: ¿porque hay tantas lenguas utilizadas actualmente en esta parte de Europa y cuales son las diferencias entre ellas?

Hasta la descomposición de Yugoslavia había solamente una lengua oficial, la mencionada serbio-croata. Este idioma basaba en el dialecto Shtokavian, utilizado por la mayoría de los habitantes del territorio actual de Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro y algunas regiones de Croacia. Por otra parte, en el alrededor de Zagreb había el dialecto Kajkavian u en la costa del mar Adriático – el dialecto Chakavian, pero ninguno de los dos resultó ser una base del idioma nacional. El mapa al lado muestra muy bien la división del territorio balcánico según los dialectos. Además, contiene los subgrupos del dialecto Shtokavian: Ekavian, Ikavian y Jekavian. Lo que diferencia estos tres grupos es la pronunciación del sonido ě, por ejemplo:

Español: bonito / Ekavian: lep/ Jekavian: lijep / Ikavian: lip

En Yugoslavia socialista el idioma serbio-croata se utilizaba oficialmente en dos formas: Ekavian e Jekavian, y se las podía escribir tanto en el alfabeto latino como en el cirílico. En realidad el Ekavian pertenecía a Serbia y el Jekavian a Croacia, pero esto no tenía nada que ver con la distribución de nacionalidades. Resulta que los serbios en Bosnia hablan el Jekavian también.

La situación se complicó bastante después de la descomposición de Yugoslavia. A causa del crecimiento de las tendencias separatistas de las repúblicas individuales se empezó el sangriento conflicto conocido como guerra de Yugoslavia. Los grupos dirigentes de estas repúblicas decidieron a subrayar su nacionalidad mediante el establecimiento de nuevos idiomas. En resultado aparecieron el serbio, el croata, el bosnio y hace poco el montenegrino. La mayor contradicción de este establecimiento es que todas estas lenguas basan en el mismo dialecto. En general, lo que se divide en dialectos es el idioma, pero en este caso tenemos la situación opuesta. Así resulta que todos los cuatros idiomas balcánicos son casi idénticos y la gente de estos países se pueden entender entre sí. ¿Entonces en que se diferencian estas lenguas?

En primer lugar, la parte léxica. Algunas palabras se diferencian y a veces parecen más a otros idiomas europeos. Por ejemplo, el croata tiene muchos préstamos del italiano, húngaro y alemán. Además, contiene las palabras eslavas y algunas influencias del Kajkavian y Chakavian. Por otra parte, en el serbio encontraremos más préstamos del turco y griego. En este idioma existe también una gran cantidad de los internacionalismos, por ejemplo en cuanto al nombramiento de los meses.

Por ejemplo:

Español: avión / serbio: avion / croata: zrakoplov
Español: pan / serbio: hleb / croata: kruh
Español: enero / serbio: januar / croata: siječanj
Español: febrero / serbio: februar / croata: veljača
Español: marzo / serbio: mart / croata: ožujak
Español: quien / serbio: ko / croata: tko

Sin embargo, hay que destacar que existen pocas diferencias de este tipo, así que los usuarios de los dos idiomas mencionados se entienden muy bien entre sí. La segunda desemejanza característica se refiere a la estructura de las frases. En el serbio en lugar del infinitivo a menudo se usa otra construcción gramática (da +  verbo conjugado):

Español: Me gusta beber jugo / croata: Volim piti sok / serbio: Volim da pijem sok

Por último, en el croata se utiliza sólo el alfabeto latino, mientras que en el serbio se admite usar tanto el latino, como el cirílico. En cuanto al bosnio se puede decir que contiene más préstamos del turco y árabe. El montenegrino es el único idioma de todos los cuatros en el que aparecen las letras ś” “ź”.

Al resumir, el tema de los idiomas de la antigua Yugoslavia parece muy interesante a causa de la multiplicación de las lenguas en este región durante los últimos 20 años. ¿Se puede entender el serbio, montenegrino y bosnio conociendo solamente el croata? La gente que habla fluidamente uno de estos idiomas confirma que todos los demás le parecen comprensibles casi en el mismo nivel. Así que la situación en Península Balcánica comprueba que basando en el mismo dialecto no se puede crear los idiomas muy diferentes entre sí. Lo que hay que añadir es que hoy en el día estos idiomas balcánicos parecen más y más popular. Los servicios de traducción como 1Global Traslators ofrecen las traducciones del y al serbio, croata, serbio-croata y bosnio. Además, mucha gente decide a estudiar estos idiomas a causa de las oportunidades que traen en la futura carrera profesional.   





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The Real Deal, I didn't say that Japanese is a country, but that Naomi is Japanese. She was born in Japan and plays for Japan. In all reputable media outlets, sports journalists often refer to players by their nationality. Andrea Petkovic is officially considered German, as she plays for Germany, even though she was born in Yugoslavia (currently the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina), and none of her parents are German. There are dozens of similar examples in the tennis world.
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Kobe Bryant used a Bosnian swear word to get in Jusuf Nurkic‘s head during a game, according to the Blazers center. Nurkic was shocked that Bryant had taken the time to learn a tiny bit of his language to gain an edge on the court. The Black Mamba famously speaks many languages, and evidently put […]

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A leading rights group has accused European Union states of complacency in the "systematic, unlawful and frequently violent pushbacks" by Croatian border guards of thousands of asylum seekers to squalid and unsafe refugee camps in Bosnia

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Quote:The first Bosnian film to win the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival’s International Critics Week focuses on six women living in a small village one year after the war has ended. All of the men (including male children) have been rounded up and killed by the Serbian army. The surviving women work hard ...
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The composer Debbie Wiseman meets the film director Peter Kosminsky. Debbie Wiseman began composing at the age eight and has written over 200 scores for TV and film, including Wilde, starring Stephen Fry, Wolf Hall and Dickensian. Peter Kosminsky’s BAFTA winning fact-based dramas include No Child of Mine, about sexual abuse, and Warriors, which focused on the first British peacekeeping forces in Bosnia. More recently he has directed the multi-award winning TV series Wolf Hall, based on the novels by Hilary Mantel. Producer: Clare Walker
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Union is complicit in the systematic and frequently violent collective expulsions of asylum-seekers seeking entry into Europe back to Bosnia and Herzegovina, a prominent human rights organisation said in a report released on Wednesday.
          Babywearing through the ages      Cache   Translate Page      
David and I went to the local Farmer's Market on Saturday, and as usual he was sitting pretty in the BabyHawk on my back.  If you ever want to see babywearing in action, go to a farmer's market - I counted over a dozen other worn babies. 

A random woman in line commented "Those things are all the rage".  An old (80+) lady with a strong accent replied, "Eeet was da rage when I lived in Moscow too!"  She went on to tell me about how she always wore her babies, and how it helped to keep them warm during the long Russian winters.

Babywearing's not trendy, it's normal.  It's practical.  It's beautiful!  Below is a collection of beautiful babywearing pictures from around the world and through the ages, from a friend's presentation to her high school Spanish class.  Enjoy!


Not sure where, but nice Mei Tai!

South Africa


Ancient Egypt
 
Bolivia

Bolivia

Bosnia

Brazil

Brazil

Burma

China

Congo (Way to get some work done, mama!)

Czech Republic - love the basket!

Czech Republic

Netherlands

Egypt

Eskimo

French Daddy on a bike (not recommended lol)

Ghana

Guatemala

Guatemala

More Guatemala!  Beautiful pattern

Inuit - such a beautiful photo

Japan

Mary and Jesus

Dark ages?  I think not!

Mexico, rockin the Rebozo Superman toss!

Morocco - babies wearing babies

Poland

Roma (Gypsy Mama anyone?)

Slovakia - what a happy baby.

Southern USA

Modern Day Texas

Wales

Namibia

          Croatia and Bosnia! Land of the Beric's      Cache   Translate Page      
Our Peugeot was fairly hootin along the German highway, the roads were the best we had seen and you gotta move quick to keep up with the other lunatics. Even when you're going 170km per hour the Audi's are doing high 200's and literally fly past you in a blink.

We weren't stopping for nothing, well maybe fuel, but our mission was clear. We were heading to my (Chris Beric) most anticipated location in the whole world for this year and in fact for my entire life. For my very time I was going to the place where it all started for the Beric family. Croatia and Bosnia, The Land of the Beric's!


My Grandfather (a.k.a Dida) was born in the country that is now known as Bosnia. He was the eldest of 11 Children and came to Australia some 50 years ago seeking to make a better life for his family. I am very grateful and proud for the sacrifices that he made. I am also glad that he chose Australia over his other option which was the USA. So I now have large amounts of family living in both Bosnia and Croatia. This is my Legendary Dida, apart from my father he is the best man I know:


 



Now I'm no Engineer or Historian, but just a bit of background info for you all, Croatia and Bosnia where both formerly known as Yugoslavia. It is my understanding that Croatia and Bosnia formed after the independence war between 1991 and 1995. This war was with the oppressive Serb controlled forces. Bonsia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia where all part of 7 provinces that made Yugoslavia. 'Bosnia' is still actually called 'Bosnia and Herzegovina' as Herzegovina is located within the South of Bosnia.

There is alot of crazy history which I won't go into but essentially Croatia achieved the two main goals that they declared at the beginning of the war, which were independence and the preservation of its borders. The impact of the war was devastating, there were many people killed and the damage was immeasurable.

Now nearly 20 years later, Croatia and Bosnia are back on their feet! The countries have many unique natural beauties and the tourism industry has flourished in the last decade. The Adriatic coastline along the south of Croatia features what many people consider to be some of the best beaches in the entire world. Croatia was also the top pick tourist destination in 2005 from the Lonely Planet Guide.


Sibenik - Croatia

Our first stop in Croatia was the coastal town of Sibenik. We were greeted by my amazing cousin Lucija!



There were lots of village festivals happening for Saint Mary's day. Lucija took us to an evening festival that was off the hook..



This is my Dida's brother, Tomislav. He literally built this entire house with his own bare hands.




Tomislav is stockpiling mass amounts of wine, beer, grapes and meat.. You gotta stock pile stuff.


Tomislavs wife Matija was the Master Chef of Sibenik!



This is Lucija's crazy boyfriend Josip. However, he is a mere sane person relative to the complete nutbag on the left hand side.


This guy used to have a drug addiction and hangs out in Lucija's cafe alot. He does a wacked out impersonation of Yoda from Starwars. Claims to have seen aliens, has a pet cockroach and became very paranoid when I tried to film him for the movie.


We had it all in Sibenik, we spent alot of time at the beaches. Three 'retired' Engineers, completely ignorant to our working lives back at home!





This is my cousin Mirko the man!



My awesome cousin's Iva, Ivica, Gabriela and llija were visiting from Switzerland, it was great to meet them!



Ivica is also know as HERCULES, us two boys need alot of muscle to push all the women off us you see..





Goliveno (Busko Jezero) - Bosnia

If you go to Croatia I recommend you visit in August as it is Summer, the weather is perfect and everybody is on holidays. But who works these days anyway?

Escaping Amsterdam and arriving in August was also part of my grand master plan concocted over a year ago. This was because on the 15th of August every year most of my family has a reunion BBQ to celebrate Saint Mary's day at Goliveno. The BBQ is at my uncles Cottage in Goliveno behind the lake (Busko Jezero) in Bosnia where my Dida grew up. This is the lake house that features at the start of the video below and is only an hour and half from the Bosnia border crossing North of split.


This is the house where my Dida grew up and you can see unfortunately it is just an unstable shell now. This damage was actually caused when the lake was damned and decided to flood. 





The Beric family has a number of other cottages further up the hill behind the lake. At these cottages we Beric's are stockpiling vast amounts of fruit trees, bee's and vegetables gardens. When we arrived at BBQ I was greeted by my Dida's two Brothers, Ante and Pere. This was a very special day for me which I will never forget. 








Livno - Bosnia

Next we went to Livno and stayed with Ante and Unka.


 We were lucky enough to have my little 11 year old cousin Marina as our personal tour guide. 


Marina showed the three of us around all of Livno and took us to a museum.








Marina is a Monkey and is some sort of genius child that has been teaching herself Enlgish. She is practically fluent and was literally performing as our translator alot of the time during our visit. This was useful as many of the older generations in Croatia do not speak English that well. All of the younger punk ass hooligans learn it in Highschool though so it makes travelling easy.

Marina is aspiring to be a judge one day and be as cool as my Brother Andrew. We owed Marina for all the translating so we scared the crap out of her by taking her on an adventure across a highly unstable wood plank above a river. There was potential rock climbing to be developed on the other side of the water you see..


Marina took us to gather water from a mysterious pipe coming out of a wall in the middle of a field. We figured it couldn't be any worse than the airport bathroom water nomad has been drinking at all the major cities we have  been to this year.



Marina's dog tried to kill Steve and then turned on Nomad.


More of my lovely family was visiting from Switzerland, we literally bumped into them in the street..



I got done by another hot photos bomber, I don't know why this keeps happening to me :S



Tomislavgrad

After Livno we went to stay with my Cousin's Mario, Ivana and Ivan in Tomislavgrad. This was where the madness began!












Ivana and Mario led us on all sorts of wacked out adventures. Mario was not the best at English but he tried, of Course he speaks way better English than I do Croatian. Mario added the word spadge to his limited English vocabulary repertoire..

"Spadge.. we go to Cafe bar to meet girls.."

This is how alot of our adventures began. They all involved some vague meeting arrangement at a Cafe bar co-ordinated by Mario. He didn't actually know what he was saying or planning half the time and often answered yes to critical questions if he didn't understand them...

Beric: Mario what time are we meeting your friends?

Mario: Yees

Beric: "Mario, is this the right highway we are driving on? where is this cafe?"

Mario: <no comprehension> "yes.... spadge.."

30 minutes later

Ivana: WHY DID YOU LISTEN TO MARIO, THIS IS NOT THE WAY!!!

Mario: NO, NO, YOU NO LISTEN TO MY SISTER, YOU LISTEN TO ME < followed by large amusing amounts of sibling bickering in Croatian >

Ivan didn't have much to say but when you did something right he would give a quick approving nod. Steve and I worked hard to get that nod.


Mario is only 15, but you can drink and go clubbing from whatever age you want in Tomislavgrad. Tomislavgrad is a very small village town with lots of other even smaller villages nearby. On weekends people come from all over the countryside and squash into the several 'Cafe bars' or clubs as we call them in Australia. 




Mario's favourite place to take us was a Disco Tech club called 'Bubbles' and 'Rock Cafe'. In Bubbles some 300 crazy teenagers squash into the building, there's lasers flying everywhere, the music is pumping extremely loud at like 150db (NO JOKE) and everyone is smoking cigarettes. You can't move, hear anything, talk to one another or breath normally given all the smoke. There's no dance floor really, just a bunch of people going deaf and smiling at each other. It was a bizarre social event but we did meet alot of Rad people and Rafiki became uber famous in the village.






Ivana is one of the most amusing people Steve and I have ever met. We discovered quickly that Ivana's sense of humour has tipping point. If you do something funny enough that pushes her over this point she becomes completely out of control! It is hysterical. Her body goes completely limp in an instant. she literally collapses on the ground giggling and can longer speak. We had to be careful near windows and tables with sharp corners.






I taught Ivana to drive during our visit :) She picked it up very well except for hill starts. I had her trying over and over to do a hill start for about 10 minutes. I didn't realise but she was trying to do the hill start in 3rd gear the whole time. So that explained everything. Sorry, my mistake Ivana! When she changed into 1st to do the hill start she was so used to revving the crap out of the car that we did a burn out all the way up the hill and nearly crashed off the road. Good times!


Speaking of cars, Ivana's father is the king 4wd of Bosnia. He scared the crap out of me driving his beast up an insanely loose and steep dirt track.


We also went exploring for new rock With Mario, Ivana and Ivan. We trekked into some glorious remote Bosnian jungle. 




There was a waterfall and a dense amount of stinging trees in one spot. 


Steve and I had to take it like men and get stung all over our legs while carrying Ivan and Ivana on our backs. This is something I can imagine Lee and Sam doing. Nothing stops us Aussie's when we are looking for cliffs..

Ivana's mother Maria and her father treated us to a glorious grill (BBQ) in the woods!











Kastela

Next we drove to Kastela near Split to stay with my Dida's other brother Kresimir. The road he lives on is very long and there were no house numbers displayed so we spent a good half hour driving up and down the street trying to find his house. Then Steve and I both looked at each other and said at the same time "HOLY CRAP, I SWEAR THAT WAS DIDA WAS STANDING ON THE SIDE ROAD BACK THERE". We stopped immediately, of course it was his very close look alike, Kresimir!


 


As with our stays with all my relatives, Kresimir and his wife Mira took great care of us! We were feed copious amounts of good food also, more food than you can ever imagine!


His son Kristijan took us on drinking mission in the park, similar arrangement to Dean Street. My smaller camera broke a few days before this so unfortunety I have no shots.


We also met Boris's new beautiful baby and wife! By the way, it turns out all of you have been calling me the wrong name for the last 24 years, I was reminded on a number of occasions by my family that Beric is actually pronounced with a CH i.e. BeriCH.

Near Kresimirs we did some climbing at Markezina.


Hvar Island

At Markezina we met two cool climbers named Jadran and Branko, the Croart Hoolagans.


These guys were nutbags and organised for us to go to Hvar Island with them for the weekend and do some climbing and deep water soloing. they rang some contacts with a 4wd and a boat on the island. Hvar Island is just off the coast of Split so we caught the ferry to the island. When we arrived a shifty character picked us up and took us for a drive along the coast of the Island on an extremely high and narrow dirt road. We encountered a couple of cars we had to get past and this was uber dodgy given the steep drop off. The view was specky though!






While we were there we met two kick ass Hungarian girls called Zofia and Zsuzsanna..







This is the semi cave semi house majangie we stayed in for the night.







The rock climbing on the Island was world class, the DWS isn't that well developed yet but there's tonnes of potential.






To get back to the mainland the next day Jadran's crazy friend picked up in a fancy boat. We stopped in one of the beautiful bays and had watermelon, cheese and beer for dinner.


Jadran liked hanging off the boat, he didn't give crap that we were going 40 miles an hour in the dark.. Hooligan!

Soline

Next we stayed with Dida's brother Pere in Soline. Below is Pere, his son Josip and myself.




 
Ante and Unka have a house next door and came to stay, they brought Marina, Mario and Ivana to stay also.  All us cousins had a great time, we went bowling and to the movies to see Harry Potter 3D. My brother Andy and I will marry Harmione one day..


We got the cousins climbing at Marjan.






Josip was first up.


Then Mario the 'Italian man'

Followed by Ivana. She was a natural climber. She was the first one to make it to the top of the cliff much to Mario's disgust.. she cruised up with no trouble.



After a total absence from any input to the blog whatsoever, Nomad has decided to contribute to the absolute nonsense with a few paragraphs. We still haven't managed to get him to help with the making of the movies, editing of the photos and blog upload process yet. Which we must say is an extremely tedious and painful process that drives us to the point of insanity sometimes. We are done with computers and ready to go outside and live our lives.
Anyway, this is what the Nomad had to say:

"After flying from Mallorca, Steve and Chris picked up a brand new car courtesy of a French Government arrangment with auto manufacturers which afforded us a shiny Peugeot Tepee with only 5km on the clock. Very cheap too. We have planned to drive this around all of europe for the next three months. It is considerably smaller than the Van we had in the USA, but this is necessary to navigate the ancient streets and parking spaces here.


The two intended on navigating to Rodellar in Northern Spain but actually navigated to another town called Rodellar, far from the rich land of limestone. This was due to incorrect research and the simple fact that I wasn't there. After 9 hours on the road they finally found the place which was the real Rodellar.


For those who aren't familiar, Rodellar is a small gorge filled with limestone features. Its no where near the amount we have seen elsewhere, but still enough to keep you amused for a month or two. We stayed at a great place called Kalandraka, a climber-orientated Refuge right at the edge of the gorge complete with a 'kitchen' (really just a food storage room with a sink), a restaurant (comes recommended from The Beric) and coin-operated showers.


Whilst we were there we met a nice American couple from Tuscon who were climbing at Rodellar and climbing hard! Meghan and Luis were very friendly and we ended up spending the majority of our time with them. They have been around the world climbing and have done everything from cragging to Big Wall first ascents so they had some experience!

Crimping Champion Meghan :)

King Luis (the VIII)

One of the highlights at Rodellar is El Delphin, an arch and open cave structure that would make any Sport bunny go hopping mad. Fixed Draws!! Chalked holds!! Lower-offs!! Obnoxious children knocking rocks into the gorge! Massive cheering crowds of European climbing teams!! What more could a certain individual ask for?

On the third day Steve rested, so Chris and I accompanied Meghan and Luis to El Dephin. Spectacular! We tried our luck on the arch a pedestrian (for locals) 7c+ (grade 29 in Australia). It was a great photo route in an amazing position with some good moves. We spent a good two days in this area and it comes highly recommended.

Beric Cranking the glorious Arch




Nomad on the Arete of the Arch (6c)


Steve killing the Arch



Rodellar also includes numerous caves which we spent the majority of our time in. We also met a kick ass American guy called Jason who provided us beta and a few belays. Some good times were had! The rock was super solid and not overly polished so get on out there!"




Thanks Nomad.. Now, lets get some things straight. Firstly Rodellar certainly wasn't Rodellar. According to Google maps there is one Rodellar, and According to our GPS there is another one 100km north of the real one. Unfortunetly these are separated by 3 hours worth of switchback mountainess road. And foolishly we trusted our GPS.. Rookie error.

And another thing, Nomad claims that we got lost due to "the simple fact that he wasn't there to help". But let me tell you, Nomad not being there had nothing to do with us going to the wrong Rodellar. To put things nicely poor old Nomad contributes very little to the navigation planning and accommodation booking so his presence would have been of no use. 

Speaking of which, Nomads presence was absent for the start of the Rodellar trip due to him still being on Mallorca island with the mysterious Norwegian girl. Unfortunetly he missed his plane flight as he was doing his duties at the Palma Hospital. Actually, we have lost Nomad again at this very moment. He went spookeye and dissapeared a few days ago with the mysterious Norway girl again. We think they went to Italy and we will possibly rendezvous with the Nomad in Greece in a few weeks. But you can never be sure.

We found one town that we were certain was Rodellar, Steve pulled over on the narrow mountain road for Beric to take a photo of it as we were so excited. Still wasn't Rodellar.

 Not Rodellar

 Not Rodellar

 Not Rodellar


The Real Rodellar:









One highlight we must add about Rodellar is the discovery of the Italian Men. There were these Italian men that were far superior to any other we have encountered.  I'm telling you, these men were machines:


This is the Alpha Italian man, MARIO:




This one is Nomad in 5 years:
He was highly skeptical of us:



This one was in his 70's and still had better abs than us and was climbing way harder. He sent this overhanging 7b project of Steves. And spent like 25 minutes hanging on the route resting out on crap holds. He had some sort of OLD MAN endurance. We had heard rumour's about OLD MAN endurance from Lee. It seriously exists. Something for us to look forward to!



We have decided that we shall now dedicated the rest of our lives to becoming more like these Italian men. As soon as we get away from all the glorious food that Beric's family is feeding us in Croatia we will become Italian men. It is hard right now as we are living like kings with consistent divine 3 course meals everyday. You see to be an Italian man, you need to have absolutely no body fat whatsoever. Beric befriendedall of the Italian men. Especially the Alpha Italian man, Mario. and after much time and trust Mario told Beric the secret to being an Italian man. 

" ....errr.. Coffee... and.. Cigarettes.. thats all "






Turns out Beric has an awesome cousin in Bosnia called Mario also. And Mario is already an Italian man at the age of 16!!







For the record, on paper Beric is actually an Italian man. He comes complete with Dual Italian and Australian Citezenship thanks to his Nonno. Any extremly attractive girls that can rock climb hard and are looking for a husband please keep in mind that a European passport is veeeerry handy. Wink wink. Nudge nudge. Cuts out all that visa crap if you want live or work in Europe.

Which one is Steve??!


Enough with all the words, lets let a Movie do the rest of the talking:




          THE ESTABLISHMENT EYES CENTRAL AFRICA FOR MORE MISSION CREEP      Cache   Translate Page      

As if the United States wasn’t already pursuing enough murky and dubious military missions in such places as Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen, a push appears to be underway to expand Washington’s involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa.

U.S. troops are more deeply engaged in “anti-terror” in Niger, Somalia, and other countries than most Americans realize. When four American Special Forces personnel died in Niger in 2017, even members of Congress were surprised.

A lobbying effort now seems to be taking place for U.S. intervention to alleviate suffering in the Central African Republic (CAR), because of that country’s ongoing civil war. NBC News took the lead with a story on the March 6 Today show and followed it up with a more detailed segment on the Nightly News that same evening. Cynthia McFadden was the lead journalist for the report that included searing footage of suffering in one UN-run refugee camp.

The media treatment would be familiar to anyone who recalls the preludes to U.S. military interventions in such places as Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Libya, and Syria. There is extensive video of starving, disease-afflicted children and their anguished parents.


          Bosnian authorities concerned over Telekom Srbija expansion      Cache   Translate Page      
(Telecompaper) The Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdic, has announced that the government will request detailed...
          3/13/2019: INTERNATIONAL NEWS: The medics who are treating 4,000 victims on the front line of ISIS’s last stronghold      Cache   Translate Page      

They’ve helped women, children, along with some men, from France, Canada, Russia, a handful from the UK, along with others from the Maldives, Egypt and Bosnia. “It’s like the whole world was there,” says Paul Curtis Bradley, the team chaplain for the...
          Still Walking and Talking…      Cache   Translate Page      
Given the gloomy and quite cold weather, we've been walking a lot while talking about our plans for later in the year - all still quite provisional, with many possibilities still to be decided on so we'll tell you when things have become definite! As ever, watch this space…One of our several walks took us down Walcot Street, where this display of little persons' colourful socks caught my eye.
Not far away, maybe this owner forgot to put their boot back on after trying some socks?
An emphatic, if ambiguous declaration in this shop - nihilist central? 
Quite a few empty shop fronts have appeared down the street - this one was being used to advertise a quirky play…
Great new poster at the bottom of the hill.
The River Avon was in full flow as we came over by Pulteney Bridge.
On the other side of the river nearer the weir.
A bit of guerrilla advertising for Opa, a Greek mezze restaurant we have yet to visit - may not be long before we do!
Further along the river, this boat has seen better days.
Victorian Graffiti chiseled in very neatly…
Art?
More modern graffiti…
Back home, I glanced out of our kitchen window to see this glorious sight - from there it looked as though the rainbow landed in our near neighbours' back garden
I blame the Management … 
Seagulls on a chimney stack of the new student residences opposite Green Park.
Work on the riverside improvements slowly moves forward… 
I wonder how? This sign can't do much on its own, surely? 
One of our walks was around Chippenham, where we saw this very old and off-vertical house front. 
Found on the pavement just down our road - a coin from Bosnia Herzegovina.
Another walk down Walcot Street, another witty slogan. Wonder how coffee and cupcake do with partial differential equations?
Spotted atop The Bell, a most jolly wind-powered piece of art. 
Further down Walcot Street, this had materialised since our last passage that way…
As had this bike-supported version at the bottom of Broad Street. 
A very odd coat of arms and motto on the wall outside Marks & Spencer…
Now that the Bath Police Station has been sold off and is being redeveloped (no doubt for luxury executive accommodation rather than social housing), this seems to be the best that the Constabulary can offer. The van was locked with no obvious police presence, so that's a lot of use! Mind you just after we passed here we saw two officers get out of a patrol car to arrest, then chase and apprehend somebody…
We came out of the cinema (saw "Twentieth Century Women", an enjoyable coming of age story with a great performance by Annette Bening) to this view of the moon rising above Bath Rugby floodlit ground.
Yesterday's walk saw us roaming around the edges of Larkhall - found a path up the hill we'd never walked just after seeing this tipped mattress. 
Up Charlcombe Lane to see the annual road closure will soon be upon us 
We've lived in Bath for 11 years now (and visited it for the previous 13 years when we lived in Clutton) and walking around it never fails to provide us with something we have not seen or noticed before. It's great to find new routes, so we'll keep on sniffing them out!




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