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In Memoriam: Former US Ambassador to Bulgaria James Pardew Died Aged 77

James Pardew, who was United States ambassador to Bulgaria from 2002 to 2005, has died at the age of 77.

Born in Memphis Tennessee and raised in Jonesboro, Pardew graduated in journalism from Arkansas State University, later earning a masters degree in political science from Loyola University.

BIRN Photo Essay Shows Ratko Mladic Case Crime Scenes

New photographs from the sites of detention camps and locations of mass killings during the Bosnian war form part of a photo essay published by BIRN on Monday, a day before the final verdict in Ratko Mladic's trial at the UN court in The Hague.

EU confirms - Slovenia proposed changing borders in the Balkans

However, it was not made public because it could jeopardize international relations, writes
The APA has asked the EU Council to disclose "documents of all kinds and in any language that would relate to alleged Slovenian non-paper or Slovenian border change initiatives in the Western Balkans and related discussions".

Bosnian Army Battalion Commander Jailed over Killings of Croats

The appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court found Enver Buza guilty on Friday of failing to order an investigation after members of the Bosnian Army's Prozor Independent Battalion killed 27 civilians in Uzdol on September 14, 1993, including women, children and elderly people.

However, the court reduced his prison sentence from 12 years to eight years.

Dodging Prosecution, Ratko Mladic’s Wartime Associates Live Freely in Serbia

The death of Milorad Pelemis, wartime commander of the Bosnian Serb Army's notorious 10th Sabotage Detachment, on April 23 in Serbia received major coverage in the country, with many domestic media stressing what they described as his "heroic" actions during the Bosnian war.

BIRN Launches Database of Mass Graves from Yugoslav Wars

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN on June 3 launched the first comprehensive, interactive database of mass graves from the 1990s wars in the former Yugoslavia, giving an unprecedented insight into the largest operations to cover up war crimes in Europe since World War II.

Week in Review: High Hopes and High Disappointments

Rebooting the System

The European union flag flies over the apostolic palace during visit of the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, Vatican City, 22 May 2021. EPA-EFE/FABIO FRUSTACI

Serbia Aims to Scrutinise Bosnia’s International Overseer

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday that from now on, Belgrade wants to see regular reports from the High Representative, the official tasked with overseeing the implementation of the 1995 Dayton peace deal that ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Montenegro Urged to Compensate Human Trafficking Victims

Illustration. Photo: EPA/MLADEN ANTONOV

"The victims of trafficking are not given compensation, they should receive compensation for the damage done to them," Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe's Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, told BIRN.

Bosnian Far-Right Movement Weds Bosniak Nationalism, Neo-Nazism

As a minor, Emir was drawn to the hardline Bosniak nationalism of the Bosnian Movement of National Pride, BPNP. But he hoped the anti-Semitism and fascism would not be too visible, not to draw the attention of the authorities.

"I knew there was Nazism," he said, claiming to have since left the group. "I hoped it would not be on display so much."

"Serbia has no rights"

Dzaferovic believes that Serbia has no rights when it comes to the appointment of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina and that the only obligation that Serbia has under the Dayton Agreement is to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina by "not taking any action that would violate those values of BiH in any way".

Bosnia’s EUFOR Mission Endangered by Russia-West Row over New Overseer

Berlin has given no indication that Schmidt's appointment signifies any meaningful increase in its commitments to Bosnia; a fact which is readily apparent given that Chancellor Angela Merkel is herself preparing to step down later this year.