By Andrej Grubacic, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Presenting an intensive leftist standpoint at the contemporary historical past of the Balkan quarter, this selection of essays, commentaries, and interviews argues that the dismantling of Yugoslavia is simply one other milestone within the lengthy historical past of colonialism, conquest, and interventionism. Written among 2002 and 2010, this quantity addresses major happenings akin to the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, the assassination of major Minister Djindjic, the supervised "independence" of Kosovo, and the career of Bosnia. as well as this modern glance, this exploration finds the politically progressive traditions of the Balkan peoples as evidenced by way of their anti-Ottoman, anticrusade, and antifascist activities as well as their embracing of socialism, feminism, and new social experiments.
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Now when citizens’ basic freedoms and rights are denied—not for one individual, not in one community, but to the entire society—the NGOs and rent-a-dissidents are supporting it, promising complete loyalty to the Serbian government.
David Chandler gives a thoughtful and well-researched account of Bosnian humanitarian misadventure in Bosnia: Faking Democracy After Dayton, and extends the account further in the more recent From Kosovo to Kabul and Beyond: Human Rights and International Intervention. Mahmood Mamdani explains how the same civilizational complex was applied to the reality of Darfur, in Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror. John Grow wrote a useful book on the international community during the Yugoslav war in his The Triumph of the Lack of Will: International Diplomacy and the Yugoslav War.
This is not to say Americans are innocent of defaming the Balkans: Clinton’s advisor Robert D. Kaplan, a self-styled philosopher, wrote Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History, a spectacularly vicious book having less to do with Balkan reality than the movie Ghostbusters. An official in President Obama’s administration, Samantha Powers, perpetuates this fantastical approach in her book A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide. New York Times journalists, meanwhile, compete to outdo each other in imperial arrogance whenever they write on the Balkans and its chronically violent inhabitants.
Don't Mourn, Balkanize!: Essays After Yugoslavia by Andrej Grubacic, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz