The Dispatch: It’s Not Just Ukraine

The Dispatch: It’s Not Just Ukraine. “Through increased meddling in Moldova, Georgia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Putin has made it clear that he can pull the trigger and defrost frozen conflicts whenever he pleases. The U.S. and Europe must send information warfare teams to counter Moscow’s weaponization of secessionist movements.”

Twitter, Google to ban content denying Srebrenica genocide: RFE (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera: Twitter, Google to ban content denying Srebrenica genocide: RFE. “Twitter and Google intend to remove content that denies the genocide in Srebrenica from their platforms, according to a report by Radio Free Europe (RFE). RFE reported on Wednesday that Twitter and YouTube, responding to a request by the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada (IRGC), said the companies have a clearly established policy that ‘sanctions all hate speech’.”

EurekAlert: How do social media influence ethnic polarization?

EurekAlert: How do social media influence ethnic polarization?. “Those who deactivated their Facebook profiles report a lower regard for other ethnic groups, and this effect was more prevalent among people living in more ethnically homogenous areas, shows a new study of users in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The findings run counter to a commonly held view that social media usage exacerbates societal polarization.” This paragraph doesn’t accurately the deactivation of user accounts. Deactivation was part of the experiment, but you could infer from the way this paragraph is written that the people who deactivate Facebook accounts are more likely to have certain personality traits. Unfortunately I could not find a better excerpt so now you have to read my whole long explanation.

Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches Balkan Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database

Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches Balkan Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database. “The Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database, which was launched on Friday by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, contains comprehensive information about court verdicts for domestic terrorism in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. It also includes verdicts from the trials of people accused of going abroad to fight for the so-called Islamic State and other militant groups in Syria and for pro-Russian separatist forces in the conflict in Ukraine.”

Sarajevo Times: Migrants in Reception Centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina are learning to cope with Disruption caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sarajevo Times: Migrants in Reception Centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina are learning to cope with Disruption caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. “Migrants and refugees hosted at UN-run reception centres in Bosnia-Herzegovina, are learning to cope with the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘We fled from home to save our lives, to escape war, and now we are faced with this new coronavirus’, says Rozhan, Along with her husband, Ibrahim, and her three children, she made a long and arduous journey from Iraq, her home country, to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Europe, Relief Web reports.”

OSCE: Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop digital archive of evidence brought in war crimes cases

Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe: Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop digital archive of evidence brought in war crimes cases. “The Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Bruce G. Berton, the President of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) of BiH, Milan Tegeltija, and the Chief Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH, Gordana Tadić, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the development of a digital archive of all evidence pertaining to war crimes cases in the possession of the BiH Prosecutor’s Office.”

Balkan Insight: Database of Missing from Yugoslav Wars to be Created

Balkan Insight: Database of Missing from Yugoslav Wars to be Created. “The 14th regional conference on the exhumation and identification of people who disappeared in the 1990s wars, held in Belgrade on Friday, was told that a unique database of missing persons will be established in The Hague. Representatives of the Bosnian, Croatian, Kosovo, Montenegrin and Serbian governments, as well as some international organisations, have agreed to participate in the project, said a representative of victims’ families’ associations.”

Balkan Insight: Tito’s Name Still Adorns Streets Across Ex-Yugoslavia

Balkan Insight: Tito’s Name Still Adorns Streets Across Ex-Yugoslavia. “A new Google map…developed by Italian researcher Giorgio Comai shows that there are still 276 squares, streets and waterfronts named after former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito. The map, created using data from Google from August 2017, shows that more than half of them are located in Serbia – 176 squares, streets and waterfronts named after Tito.”