Tag: Serbia

An Archaeological Puzzle on the Danube

LEPENSKI VIR, Serbia — The faces are haunting. About 8,000 years ago, over a period of perhaps 200 years, artists that lived in this settlement on the banks of the Danube carved about 100 sandstone boulders with faces and abstract designs. The faces are simple, with wide round eyes, a stylized nose and down-turned open […]

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Thailand’s Former Leader, in Exile and Wanted at Home, Gets Serbian Citizenship

BANGKOK — Beloved by Thailand’s rural poor, ousted from office and in exile since fleeing a trial two years ago, a former prime minister of Thailand has reappeared abroad, at least in name, on a Serbian government website. The site announced that the former Thai leader, Yingluck Shinawatra, had been granted Serbian citizenship, in a […]

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The Clinton Administration Did Not Fix the Balkans

Kosovo reached peak euphoria last week when Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright descended on the capital Prishtina. The ceremony marked the anniversary of the 1999 NATO bombing that ended Serbia’s political crackdown on Albanians in the former province, and led to the eventual declaration of Kosovar independence in 2008. Brandishing American flags and clamoring for […]

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Richard Holbrooke and a Certain Idea of America

On July 6, 1939, a couple of months before the outbreak of World War II, a young Polish Jewish immigrant named Abraham Dan Golbraich went before a judge and changed his name to Dan A. Holbrooke. He was to be the father of Richard Holbrooke, a diplomat whose fierce talent ended a European war and […]

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