By Robert W. Farrand | July 31, 2001
MCLEAN, Va. - President Bush's reaffirmation two weeks ago in Kosovo that American forces will remain in the Balkans is bad news for those long bent on obstructing the Dayton peace process in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bush administration now needs to impart a fresh sense of determination to achieve the goal of a just peace among Bosnia's Muslims, Croats and Serbs, including those who wish only to be known as Bosnians. Policies, however, need success stories. The conflicted Bosnian city of Brcko is one such story.
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | July 16, 2001
John P. Tracy has prosecuted his share of murderers, drug dealers and car thieves, but his next assignment will pose a danger most lawyers never face. Land mines. Tracy, an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore County, is being called up for service with the Maryland Army National Guard's 29th Infantry Division for a six-month tour of duty in Bosnia. Tracy's unit, the 29th Aviation Brigade, is scheduled to be dispatched to Base Camp Comanche -- near Tuzla, Bosnia -- in September. As an assistant staff judge advocate, Tracy will give legal advice on military justice issues and handle claims for property damage and personal injuries filed by Bosnians against the U.S. government.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Although the Pentagon has said it wants to reduce NATO's peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, the alliance has decided that only modest cuts can safely be made at this time, Western officials say. Under a plan approved by NATO ambassadors last week and expected to be announced Tuesday, the alliance's peacekeeping force will be reduced from 21,000 to 18,000. The U.S. contingent in Bosnia, which is in the process of being cut to 3,600 troops, would be reduced to 3,100. And although NATO will consider steeper cuts later, the alliance's top military commander cautioned that they cannot be carried out until Bosnia has an effective police force and a functioning judicial system.
By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 15, 2001
FORT DIX, N.J. - Come October, those keeping the tenuous peace in Bosnia will include an auto mechanic from Perry Hall, a police officer from Crownsville and a construction manager from Baltimore. But on this day, the craggy Balkans have been replicated on a wooded stretch of central New Jersey. Bouncing along in their Humvee, the three dodge a "sniper," speed through a checkpoint and inspect a "Serbian" weapons cache. Mike Mosley, a lanky 31-year-old Army National Guard private and auto mechanic, pokes through the Humvee's turret and fingers his M-249 automatic weapon.
By Paul Watson and Paul Watson,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 2, 2000
BRCKO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - In the battle to win Bosnia's peace, thousands of NATO troops join legions of foreign bureaucrats with a multibillion-dollar arsenal of tanks, helicopters and aid money. There is also a simpler weapon: the black felt pen. In many Bosnian schools, it is not enough to teach history, art and grammar to the nation's Croatian, Serbian and Muslim children; they're also taught to hate those from other ethnic groups. So last year, the country's foreign administrators ordered that all ethnically offensive words in textbooks be blacked out. A commission issued a 24-page list of phrases, paragraphs and even whole pages.
November 22, 2000
Nationalist parties win wide backing in Bosnian election SARAJEVO, Bosnia - Hard-line nationalists won a sizable bloc of support among Bosnia's Serbs and Croats in Bosnia's election this month, according to final results released yesterday. International officials running the country under the 1995 Dayton peace agreement, which set up the two ministates - the Bosnian Serb Republic and the Muslim-Croat Federation - had hoped multicultural parties would fare better, hastening the day when the 20,000 American and other peacekeepers could leave.
By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | November 10, 2000
The race starter fires his gun and a collage of 70 teen-age boys surges forward across a football field, beginning the 3.1-mile Howard County cross country championships. Izudin Mehmedovic, clad in a bright orange Oakland Mills singlet, battles through a fast early pace and gradually closes ground on the leader, shadowing him through the final two miles of woods and hills at Centennial High in Ellicott City. Mehmedovic, a first-year cross country runner, tries to forget the pain that sears his chest and legs by focusing his eyes on the back of the lead runner.
By Hal Piper | September 18, 2000
PARIS -- I met a man the other day who has an interesting idea about pacifying the Balkans. Why not, he says, let them watch American television? No, not sitcoms -- CNN. The trouble with the fractured tribes of the former Yugoslavia, Esad Bucuk says, is insularity. He wants to show them life as other people see it and live it, free of the obsessions of history and hatred. Dr. Bucuk, a radiologist by training, is vice ambassador to France from Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is tall, dark and serious, and he thinks that Bosnia, unhappy as its past has been, faces an unhappy future.
By Joan Mellen and Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | June 4, 2000
In an original work of fictional anthropology, Liza Dalby in "The Tale of Murasaki" (Doubleday: Nan A. Talese, 448 pages, $24.95) imagines the life of the author of "The Tale of Genji." Drawing on an extant memoir fragment written at the end of Lady Murasaki's life, Dalby transports the reader to eighth century Heian Japan. "My grandmother warned me that pensiveness was not attractive to eligible men," Murasaki confides. She is an artist and an intellectual, a woman unlike those "with babies" whose "thoughts scatter like cherry blossoms."
By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | May 25, 2000
When he starts graduate school next fall, Ivan Skopovi will study how fluids react under extreme physical conditions. Engineers call that the problem of "instability in turbulent flow." The subject should come as no problem to Skopovi, a 24-year-old native Croat who graduates today from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The future engineer, a newly minted U.S. citizen, has spent the last eight years forging remarkable order out of chaos. At first things didn't seem that difficult.
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