Graveyard humor is a Serbian specialty, so the Serbs elected a former undertaker, Tomislav Nikolic, as president. He beat the incumbent, Boris Tadic, who had spent his eight years in office trying to please the Western powers that have in return done all they could to keep Serbia alone and humiliated.
I am not alone in being utterly astounded by the fact that Dr. Srdja Trifkovic has been refused entry into Canada, Dr. Johnstone writes. This amazing decision is all the more scandalous in that it was taken ad hoc in response to the hate campaign by self-declared representatives of one Bosnian ethnic group carrying out a vendetta against another Bosnian ethnic group.
It is usually considered good form to avoid sharp criticism of someone who has just died, but Richard Holbrooke himself set a striking example of the breach of such etiquette. On learning of the death in prison of Slobodan Milosevic, Holbrooke did not hesitate to describe him as a "monster" comparable to Hitler and Stalin.
On September 10, at the UN General Assembly, Serbia abruptly surrendered its claim to the breakaway province of Kosovo, as Diana Johnstone explains in Counterpunch. The government in Belgrade tried to pretend that this surrender was a “compromise”. But for Serbia, it was all give and no take.