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In Serbia Mladic falls, but Milosevic loyalists on the rise

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Nikola Sainovic, who was a deputy prime minister for Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic, at his trial in The Hague in 2002. He became a top Socialist Party official upon his release from prison

The last Serb to stand trial
over the conflicts that ripped apart Yugoslavia will finish his days in
prison, but in Belgrade, men closely linked to wartime strongman
Slobodan Milosevic are returning to high-profile jobs. UN judges in The Hague sentenced former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic to life in jail on Wednesday, after finding him guilty of genocide during the 1990s fighting.
But
almost 20 years after the last war in the Balkans, some of Milosevic’s
men who served time for their roles in the violence or who remain open
admirers are regaining prominent positions.

“If anyone wondered how far Serbia progressed (after Milosevic), now there is a clear answer: it has moved backwards,” said Dubravka Stojanovic, a historian at the University of Belgrade.
“There is no conscience about war crimes, so neither are there reasons to avoid returning Milosevic’s people” to senior positions, she said.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic was
an ultranationalist information minister under Milosevic, though he has
since tried to distance himself from the strongman, portraying himself
as a reformist leading Serbia towards European Union membership.
But
other former associates have remained openly loyal to Milosevic, who
was indicted by the former Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal but died in
custody in 2006 during his trial at The Hague.

‘Slobo’s comrade’

Milorad Vucelic, who
was an active war propagandist in the 1990s as head of the state
broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia (RTS), was named editor in chief
of Vecernje Novosti, a newspaper partly owned by the state, in September.
An organiser of Milosevic’s funeral, Vucelic still calls himself “Slobo’s comrade”.
And
in an interview with the Telegraf news site in 2014, he said the
“demonising” of Milosevic was a result of “foreign powers’ pressure”.
Also in September, Milovan Bojic, once a deputy prime minister under Milosevic and a close aide of his wife, Mira Markovic, was reappointed chief of a prestigious state-run cardiology clinic in Belgrade — a post he held in the 1990s.
Just a few months earlier, in March, Bojic was photographed paying his respects at Milosevic’s grave.
Also present at the graveside was Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin, another former aide of the strongman’s wife, who has repeatedly said he is an “admirer of what (Milosevic) was doing”.
Vulin said in March that he fought with the former president for “valuable and important ideals”, and “as long as I live it will be that way”.
Dejan Anastasijevic,
a prominent Serbian journalist, wrote in October that he felt “scared”
since “every day more and more of Milosevic’s old buddies are being
reinstated”.
“They believe that Milosevic did everything well and that authorities today should take the same road,” Anastasijevic told AFP.

‘Zombie revival’

Men
who have served prison sentences for their roles in the war crimes of
the 1990s have also made their way back to leading posts.
Vladimir Lazarevic, who spent a decade in prison for war crimes as a Serbian commander during the Kosovo conflict, was reportedly named a lecturer at Serbia's military academy

Vladimir
Lazarevic, who spent a decade in prison for war crimes as a Serbian
commander during the Kosovo conflict, was reportedly named a lecturer at
Serbia’s military academy
(POOL/AFP/File)

Nikola
Sainovic, another deputy prime minister in the Milosevic era, was
appointed two years ago to a top body of Serbia’s Socialist Party, the
junior partner in the governing coalition.
The
move came after his release from jail in 2015 after serving two-thirds
of an 18-year sentence for crimes against ethnic Albanians in the
1998-1999 Kosovo war.
And in October, local media reported that Vladimir Lazarevic,
a Serbian commander during the Kosovo conflict, was named a lecturer at
Serbia’s military academy — two years after spending a decade in jail
for war crimes.
The moved was criticised by the European Union, with Maja Kocijancic,
a foreign affairs spokeswoman, saying political leaders should foster
“trust, dialogue and tolerance” to overcome the legacy of war.
But
when contacted by AFP, the academy said Lazarevic had only been invited
to give a lecture, and had not been given a full-time position.
Eric Gordy, a professor at University College London who specialises in southeast Europe, suggests this “revival of the zombies” from the Milosevic period could be part of a “balancing act” performed by Vucic to appease his rightwing supporters.

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The appointments of hardliners contrast with what appear to be more progressive moves by Vucic, such as the selection this year of Ana Brnabic, a technocrat with a business background to be Serbia’s first female — and gay — prime minister.

But Gordy also said the revival of Milosevic’s old guard could simply be “a sign of just how unproductive the field of political power is.”

“The constant return to old ideas and figures, no matter how discredited or, in some cases, convicted, indicates how few new ideas and people have been produced in Serbian politics in this century.”

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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