The War on Yugoslavia Twenty Years Later: NATO’s First ‘Humanitarian’ War

On March 24th 1999, following the failure of peace talks brokered by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the people of Yugoslavia writhed and screamed under a shower of deadly bombs raining down from the skies. [2][3] Over the course of a 78 day campaign, NATO would dispatch 35,000 combat operations over the sovereign state involving […]

Serbia’s president condemns ‘savage’ attack on PM at Srebrenica

Serbia’s president has spoken out against an attack that targeted his prime minister at the weekend during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, saying it recalled similar incidents prior to the 1990s Bosnia war. Tomislav Nikolić said the attack resembled a “lynching attempt” and warned adversaries against drawing Serbia into “new quarrels” 20 years […]

Holocaust experts disagree over justness of Mladic’s conviction for genocide

Efraim Zuroff says mass killing at Srebrenica was a war crime but not genocide because women were spared; Menachem Rosensaft disagrees AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (JTA) — One of the world’s best-known Nazi hunters, Efraim Zuroff, welcomed the punishment levied on Serbian nationalist Ratko Mladić but called his conviction for genocide in Srebrenica politicized and unjust. Zuroff’s […]

Second Class Citizens: The Serbs of Croatia

Human Rights Watch, Second Class Citizens: The Serbs of Croatia, 1 March 1999, D1103, available at:  On January 15, 1998, the United Nations transferred authority over Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (hereafter, Eastern Slavonia) to the Croatian government, bringing the last remaining Serb-held territory of Croatia back under Croatian control Despite positive developments in terms of […]

I fought at Medak Pocket. And I’ve never really left that dark, bloody place

Arriving in Zagreb, Croatia, in April of 1993 we stampeded down the stairs from the aircraft to the waiting minibus. It was garishly painted with no seats, just strategically placed poles. We crammed in and within milliseconds the air became almost solid with cigarette smoke. The nine-hour flight from Winnipeg hadn’t been aboard a smoke-free […]

Medak Pocket: Canada’s forgotten battle

MEDAK, CROATIA—Canadian veteran Rob Deans is still haunted by the shell-scarred ruins and forgotten landmines of Croatia’s Medak Pocket. It’s been 20 years since he was last here, but not a day goes by when he doesn’t think about this place. “I can picture the trees, the path, the burning garage, everything,” says Deans, who […]

Ghosts of Medak Pocket

Dedicated to the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group who served on Operation Harmony Rotation 2 as part of UNPROFOR in Croatia. Full link for this article: Click Here Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article (Blog, Post, Comments & Video) are those of the authors and […]

12 babies died 1992 despite numerous pleas

Croatian and Muslim armed forces blocked the “Posavski corridor” that connected Bosanska Krajina and Serbia. The corridor cut off Banja Luka from Serbia. Because of this, it was not possible to supply Banja Luka with oxygen by land. Only the air supply remained as an option, but it wasn’t possible either because of a flight ban over Bosnia and Herzegovina, imposed […]

Swiss approve extradition of Naser Orić to Bosnia

Switzerland is to extradite Naser Orić, a former Bosnian military commander, to Bosnia after arresting him in Geneva on June 10. He is wanted by the Serbian authorities on the grounds of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Orić was placed in detention in Switzerland pending extradition, based on an international arrest warrant from Serbia. […]

The Battle of Medak Pocket

Created in the aftermath of the First World War following the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Yugoslavia was a multi-ethnic country with several constituent republics (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro) – each one with a distinct identity. Tensions among the various ethnic and religious groups boiled over in 1991 with declarations of […]