Sunday, October 31, 2004

story about a song

Several years ago, famous serbian stage manager broadcasted his movie " The time of gipsyes" (dom za vesanje). With him, the comopser became well know just thanks to this very sonf that I will write about.
In may 1941. few days after the "ustaha" government in has been established, local police forces started with incarceration of well known local Serbs and Jews. They assembled them all together by the river Miljacka in Sarajevo, in early morning on the day of Saint George.
People thoat that they are going to be sent to Germany to work in some camp.
If only......
Some of them realized what is going on and tried to escape...but there was no way.
That is the day when one song has been created by those men gathered there, in early morning, before the sun rise...on the right riverside of Miljacka.


Spring wings down to my sholder,
may flowers start to blow
everyone will see the flowers,
everyone except me.

To whoom my dear lady,
will smell like the may flowers,
I do not now,
But i will not smell her any more

Day breaks, i should pray to the God
It is Saint Georges day
And I am not with the one i love...

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Shame And Blame In The Face Of Christian Europe

The Speech of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro
Your Holiness, Your Grace, dear brothers and sisters,Our wise episkopos spoke wisely sometime in the month of June. We are fighting, said he, a new Kosovo battle but this time we have no venerable Knez (the closest English equivalent of this title is Prince) and no Holy Cross. The venerable Knez was replaced by irreligion. Irreligion, as known to people from times immemorial, lacks in faith. The Holy Cross has been substituted for a "target", the suicidal sign of the God Shiva, which I had found in the deserted Patrijarsijska street leading towards the Patriarchate of Pec last June. It has also been replaced by an Albanian flag that is now, for the first time since the Battle of Kosovo, flown from the house nearest to the Patriarchate.
This was obviously meant to happen, justifiable probably by some historical logic, or some deeper moral code, but also based on the ways mysterious even to God. Everything that has been going on in Kosovo since 1941 lead to this which is happening today and that has not happened in 600 years. This year's Vidovdan (the anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo, 28 June) has undoubtedly been the most dreadful of all such holidays for entire Serbian nation both in Kosovo and Metohija and outside of it.


On the eve of the Vidovdan liturgy, which we served behind the altars of our ancient archbishopric and patriarchal temples in the Partiarchate of Pec and with the blessing of His Holiness, we laid to rest the bodies of Mileva Vujosevic, aged 50, shot dead with a bullet, her brains, in which I stepped on entering her house, strewn and Marica Maric, a retarded girl, who was raped in her poor abode in Belo Polje. We found her on a broken couch, dead, disfigured. These two we buried just before Vidovan and, as we served the Vidovdan Liturgy in the Patriarchate of Pec, we could not help feeling that this was really the most horrific Vidovdan over the past 600 year which affected all the Serbs and had a special effect on the Serbian national entity in Kosovo. We felt that the vladika (the equivalent of prince bishop Rade's words "Kosovo is a huge court-house with Sodom raging in its midst" really came to be the words of a prophet.
Today Kosovo is, if that is of any consolation to us, really a "huge court-house". It is the court in which our people are being tried, the court where Shqiptars are being tried, the court where Europe and the civilized world are also being tried. Today's verdict, being passed on the world, was written in a gospel before Christ's Golgotha and its continuation, I have a felling, happens to coincide with what is going on in Kosovo and Metohija at present. What is happening here today concerns not only us but is also relevant to the entire modern world, the Christian civilization and is pertinent to the man at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century. When speaking with European and American dignitaries during their visits to the Patriarchate I have repeatedly said, which may have been found objectionable by some, that what has been occurring is foremost a disgrace and a shame of my people, one segment of my people that is. This I have repeated and I repeat it again. It is also a disgrace on the part of the Albanians, one honourable nation who is also a God's people deserving of its place under the sun, the time and space in which to bear the fruit of their labour. What one fraction of this people has been doing in the name of all is a disgrace and a shame on the face of the entire nation. The things taking place in Kosovo today as well as those which happened during the bombardment are, as I kept repeating and am repeating it now, disgraceful and the Christian Europe should feel ashamed The Christian Europe and American civilization brought upon themselves the blame which they ought to be ashamed of. It is a disgrace that the 20th century is coming to its close by bombs being dropped on a sinful and, as His Holiness sometimes points out in His prayers, sinful all around but not without a reason, nevertheless Europe's ancient, Christian and honourable nation. This is how Europe is commemorating the 2000 years of Christianity and this is how it is entering the third millennium. This is also something most tragic and absurd that every sensible person ought to stop over and think about, regardless of what nation or religion he/she belongs to.
A part of this disgrace and shame has been presented, in word and picture, in the book called "Crucified Kosovo". The original list numbered over fifty temples but in the meantime additional twenty temples and monasteries, razed to the ground within the last fortnight, have been added to it. The latest report announced that the Monastery of Zociste, in the vicinity of Velika Hoca, has been levelled with the ground - an ancient medieval monastery, place famous for its healing properties, of importance not only for Orthodox Serbs but all inhabitants living around the monastery. Over the past years more Muslims and Shqiptars than Serbs frequented the Monastery of the Holy Physicians, especially in times of evil and deadly disease, the heinousness, which in many ways is accountable for the state, we now find ourselves in. Today the monastery with its temple and the buildings surrounding it are completely razed to the ground. The same destiny befell, and there is evidence of this, the Monastery of St King Milutin, in Musutiste. Now that his name is mentioned I must reveal before God what I heard has been happening in Kosovo. During bombardment a chief of the police came to a priest to inform him on an impending destruction of a mosque. The priest responded: " I beg you in God's name, don't destroy the mosque because if you do you will also destroy our temple." The policeman turned his head, went away and the mosque was pulled down. So how can anyone be certain that those, who "awaited their five minutes", will spare anyone's temple. Be assured, and we who have been in Kosovo and Metohija over the past few months can testify it to be true, that had it not been for the presence of the international forces in Kosovo at this very moment the Patriarchate of Pec, as well as Decani and Gracanica, too, would have been reduced to rubble and turned into ashes. There would be no Serb left in the area. The situation is as it stands now. This booklet is a small insert, which tells about the situation we are in.
That which has been left of the temples, holy places and people is to be found in reservations today and I am certain that even the Indian reservations are in a much better state than those in Serbia, including the enclaves in Kosovo and Metohija. The Patriarchate of Pec is a reservation of a kind, all in bunkers, under the search lights, protected by tenks. In spite of everything there were missiles launched the other day, as you have heard, but fortunatelly did not fall on the temple or the konak (residential quarters). Instead, they landed somewhere in between the two. Decani is also in a reservation as is Gracanica and all other places where our people live. Gora'devca, to mention some, is the only village on the Metohija side which remained. The reservations mentioned are temporarily secured, with a sword of Damocles hanging above them as it were. A deep, existential fear has entered them as did hundreds of people, out of some 30,000 from Pristina, who are now waiting to leave this hell. We have a list with the names of some 200 kidnapped and murdered people only in the Pec area but the number is not conclusive. There sure are tens of murdered people that are still unaccounted for, not the mention the kidnapped from this region alone. There must be over 400 abducted persons which are believed to be killed. Recently, a hole has been discovered in the vicinity of Istok and in it 40 corpses were found, among which was the body of Father Stefan from Budisavac Monastery. Father Hariton is still unaccounted for, and has been for quite some time. And, for as long as Kosovo is in such a reservation Serbia, together with its leaders and the entire population, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia itself, will also be in one. Theirs will have a cul-de-sac. The circle around Serbian people is getting increasingly smaller, with all diplomatic and political connections and humanitarian links being severed, not to mention personal ties with the international community. Those who, at this time, should be taking the people out of this situation they are in for the first time in their history are shunned by the entire world which does not wish to speak to them; the fact obvious to anyone who has the eyes and the ears. Whether those who do not want or do not wish to communicate are in the right or not is another issue. But chosing the target conscieslly or unconscieslly as their symbol, the symbol for something much more profound, by which these people have opted out for the road to suicide, should this situation in our country continue, is a historical and also a tragic fact. This means that the people have lost, on a deeper level, their sense of dignity, the sense for the future and the possibility for their survival and a come-back to the company of mature nations of the world. Each person may carry within themselves a suicidal drive which is everybody's torment and a joint sorrow. But turning their illness, their suicidal tendencies into a living style and a way of thinking and acting on behalf of an entire nation and expecting them to accept it, equalls the failure in understanding of the human nature. One thing, obvious from all that has been happening in Kosovo, is certain and must be said. There seems to be public, or maybe secret, plan and aspiration on the part of the international community to turn Kosovo into some kind of international protecorate.I do not believe I will live long enough, God's willing, to see Kosovo without the presence of the international forces which usually, after having stayed in another's land, another's country, another's home for too long, turn into an occupying force. At present Kosovo is a protectorate. In a long run it will become a NATO pact protectorate but also, by the looks of it, it is being prepared to become an indepenedent state which, one day, will be incorporated into a Greater Albania. Whether this is the plan of the European community I cannot fathom. Anyway, all that is taking place in Kosovo and Metohija at this moment points out in that direction.
Also, whether the people will gather strenght to establish unbiased and genuine relationship with the international community, to find new ways out of this misery, the Kosovo straits, depends on God and God's intentions but also on us all. Let this booklet about the crusified Kosovo be an incentive for us and our joint responsibility, before God, before history and before the modern world, that will help restore our dignity and enable our come-back, with due respect of all human rights, to our ancient lands, our ancient hearths.
May God grant and let it happen.Thank you.

Friday, October 29, 2004


Tα Βαλκάνια είναι μια παράξενη γωνία της γης όπου γίνονται πράγματα που δεν μπορείτε να δείτε πουθενά αλλού σε ολοκλήρο τον κόσμο. Σε αυτή τη σελίδα θα μπορέσετε να δείτε, αν γνωρίζετε ελληνικά τι έγινε και τι ακόμα γίνεται στα Βαλκάνια. Πως εμείς ενώ είμαστε Βαλκάνιοι εδώ που το αίμα βράζει, στην λεγόμενη και ως μπαρουτοαποθήκη της Ευρώπης, λαοί με πολλά μίση και διαφορές αλλά κατά βάσή από την ίδια ρίζα θέλουμε να υπάρχουμε στο κοινό ευρωπαικό σπίτι της Ένωσης.


Βαλκάνια που όπως τραγουδά ο Νίκος Παπάζογλου:
Όλο ίδια και τα ίδια
του μυαλού μου ροκανίδια
βρε δεν είναι εδώ το Σούλι
εδώ είναι του Ρασούλη

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

BALCAN BLUES Posted by Hello ain`t this sweet? that used to represent unity of three nations of Bosnia. Between the croats and muslims, there was the bridge that used to conect them. Since the war in 1992 started , and since there was no thing except the bridge that connected them, they destroyed it as well. It stand there for more than 400 years, and someone thinking that he is smart and brave shot it and it just fell down to the bottom of the river. In 2004. the bridge got rebuilt. For how long is it going to stand this time? Posted by Hello

Whose song is this?

Balcans, in case you don`t know is specific area where you can find mixed together so many diversityies and much, much more uniformity. Well it is more one same thing, just ilustrated in different, specific way that each nation at the Balcans does with pursuance to be different from other.
Music is one of those things. There is one, same song (melody) that is interpreted, believe it or not in: Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia....all of them clame that that song belongs exclusively to them.
One summer night in Constantinople (Istanbul) few people from the balcan countryes gothered together in one restaurant sitting, having dinner, drikning wine and having nice and polite conversation. All on a sudden, singer starts to sing this one....unique song in turkish language and all of them started to sing it in their own languaga. So the discusion started. All of them clamed that the song is acctualy theirs. But noone realy was shure, knowing the Balcans that they are right. They just didn`t wont to give up on their feelings, so that nice summer night on Bosphoros ended with huge quarell.
One of the people sitting at the table done research, traveling around Balcans with intention to solve out this mistery that suddenly came up.
So she tried....but she newer find an answer? Why? Because all of them clamed that song belongs just to them and to noone else. If you were to meniton in Albania that song is serbian...they would kill you...same in Serbia. In Greece if you say that this song is turkish....they wont to kill you aswell. dear balcan people....the truth is that this song doesn`t belongs to you at all. Long time ago under the preshure of spanish inquisition spahish jews well known as sefards escaped from Spain and setteled at Balcans...
That is where song came from...very simple and truly.

Monday, October 25, 2004

JASENOVAC...still bleeding wound

Ano Domini 1941. in nazi quasi state of Croatia allmost one milion of serbs,jews, roma and others that didn`t fit in profile of new...ethnical cleand and clerical rymo-chatolic croatia had to vanish.
Even before the war started in Croatia has been talking about how to solv :"serbian issue". No one realy expected that someone is ready to do something like killing people, but as we can se today, it has been done with great concisness and with concoction.
ONE MILION OF MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN fritted out from the face of the earth and their voices are still crying for thruth.
I have no intention to to give umbrage to anyone for things that happened."We must forgive, but we must never forget" were the words of Serbian parriarch in late `80`s.
In order not to talk a lot about this I recommend to you just to see next web page and see what happened there.
Nothing else to say, except: God forgive them because they don`t know what they did!

Mixed salad of the Balcans

Now at this momment i do really understand the french word for mixed salad-"macedonie".
Well believe or not Macedonia is mixed salad it selfe. In that small and weird mountine country you can find living together: Macedonians, albanians, serb, bulgarians,greeks, turks, roma and God knows what other nation.
That small area....under the same sky. Imagine all those nations sitting at one table and talking about good old days when their emperors and kings ruled that area. Greeks do clame that they have full right to own Macedonia, in the name of great kings of antient world: Philip and his son Alexander the Great, that did concored almost entire cultural world of the east under the very same "macedonian sun".
Bulgarians clame that they have full right to possess Macedonia because of their king Simeon that enlarged Bulgaria and placed his capital in Ohrid.
Serbs though, talk about good old times of their emperor Dushan, and how he expanded his empire on entire Macedonia and Greece, and thatfor Macedoina belongs to them.
Albanians clame that Macedonia belongs to them....because they live in it.
Turks...the same...remembering good old times of their Sultans ruled that small area.
They all listen each other very carefuly, but still thinking somewhere deep in their minds that actually THEY should own it!
And what about macedonians? Who are they? People around them souch as greeks, serbs, bulgarians, albanians clame that they are mix of all of them that created new nation, macedonians.
So why not?! Were we serbs from the beggining? Or greeks from the beggining? Or Bulgarians?
Ehtnogenesys is something that is taking part in front of our eyes. Now and here, in Macedonia....We should care more about that and specialize it.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Discrimination of orthodox Church in Macedonia

Macedonian government and "autocefalous" church of Macedonia are working together to prevent serbian and any other orthodox bishops to enter Macedonia. Four years ago, after 50 years of complete quarantine, official orthodox Church in Macedonia renewed the comunication with other orthodox churches in the world. Bishop John (Vranisovski) with all his priests and monks joined orthodox Churh of Serbia and from that moment, his life is in real danger. Several times held in custody, sent to prison and terrorized from official government instrument well known as MPC (orthodox church of Macedonia)
Few days ago, same government instrument sent their vassals to destroy the fondation of the new Saint John the chrysostom`s monastery by town Bitola in Macedonia. Weird, but still done.
In pictures abowe you can see how did the monastery looked like few days ago, and how does it look like today.
Balcans.....still discrediting themselves.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Tipical balcan house. In souther Serbia, Macedonia an Bulgaria, people still live in this kind of houses. In case they could speak they would have a lot to say Posted by Hello

Belgrade night during the bombing 1999 Posted by Hello


Standard balcans issues. How to unriddle Balcans knotte? We are really like children still living in 19 century thinking how to stop someone else to thrive. But there is just one thing that we can not undestand, that with trying to prevent someone else`s victory we just put shame on our own face. Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia....we all made the same mistake and it is really suprising that, for example Macedonians do not learn from mistakes that we made. But this is damn yard. Few nations placed together in small territory, with lot of diversity and much, much more similarity.
Ivo Andric, author that got the Nobel price in scribing about balcan people, the way they are, the way they were and the way they will allways be. There is no chance or any power that can prevent that cycle of agony. Lot of people tryed to help, and they still are dooing their best to achieve peace and stability in this small damn yard, but there is just no way that it will be successful. Still it is nice to try. Balcan people just can`t stand someone telling them what to do. They think they are the smartest, that they can solve all by them selve. That may work for a short time, but after that short period of felicity, balcan hell with all it`s demons just resurrects from the deepness of earth and make that damn yard living hell again.
I know that, I experienced that on my own skin. However, I am giving my best to understand and try to do something about that.
In Balcans, everything is good untill you mention that your own people did something bad. Serbs for example, (my own nation) can`t face the fact that they slaughtered thousands and thousands of bosnian muslims. Simple legitimacy is that: muslims slaughtered thousands and thousands of serbs in world war II. The people responsible for war crimes on all sides, serbian, bosnian, croatian are gloryfied as heroes. All of us are the same. Love just your own and destroy the other one. It is funny that even I who am writhing this, still have that bit of thinking that way. I have escaped from Croatia, ok...the things went bad for me. Is that a reason to hate entire croatian nation? Well....maybe....but for example, my sister is married to a croat. Should i hate her because she belongs to other ethnical group now. Ok...i can freely say: I do not like croats....but what good do i have from that. It may be my own way of thinking but what good do i have from that as well?
Actually, i think that i should be thankfull to the croats. If there was no war, God knows what would my life look like. Probably living in that small town that i had been born at, dooing random things as all people from small towns do. I came to the big city, Belgrade and got an oportunity to do so many things. The best thing that i have from war is that i became serious and aware of what life really is and how easely you can lose it, how would you be just a small memory in puzzle among the other victims of war. I have my life, and i wont to use it the best way i can to try to stop this so it would never happen again. It is a hard task, but it is, I think worth of trying. It is not important what Balcans people will say. ( I assume that there will be a lot of comments on this article) imortant thing is that WE NEED TO FORGET the great reputation we all had at some point and face the bad things we did all together, to each other, to our selves. We need to think what is going to be after us. What are we going to do and how are we going to attain the stoping of the balcanic hell.
Wish to see your coments on this topic.