Jasmina Tešanović: Christmas in Serbia

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  1. pmhparis says:

    Since boingboing seems to enjoy editing my post to remove all vowels & thus make it unintelligible, let me repost it again:

    Hypocrites. The Serbs are again playing their favorite game: “pretending” to be victims while at the same time oppressing their smaller neighbors. Stop protecting your genocidal murderers like Mladic, the butcher of Sebrenica. Surrender him to the UN war crimes tribunal & let Kosovo vote freely for their independence. Maybe then the civilized nations of Europe will judge that you are worthy of joining us.

  2. Roryparle says:

    Schengen is not the same as the EU. Schengen includes countries not in the EU and, though all EU countries have signed the Schengen agreement, not all have implemented it. You still need a passport to go from Ireland or the UK to another EU country.

  3. jjasper says:

    For the life of me, I can’t grasp a central point to this. It’s a very artsy essay, but rambly, and with no clear message.

    Outside of wanting us to hand her a stapler so she can staple her hand to her forehead in horrible tortured angst, what was the point of this?

  4. Anonymous says:

    2 IMIPAK:

    The problem which you apparently do not catch is not that a national of one European country needs a passport to travel to another European country. Schengen wall around Serbia and, as in my case, Ukraine, is constructed by the requirement of visas, which are expensive and hard to get for normal citizen. It is very psychologically uncomfortable to have to travel 600 km eastwards from Lviv to Kyiv, bring lots of dumb documents, answer even more dumb interview questions and only then be “kindly allowed” to travel the same distance westwards.

  5. pmhparis says:

    Hypcrts. Srbs r gn plyng thr fvrt gm: “prtndng” t b vctms whl t th sm tm prssng thr smllr nghbrs. Stp prtctng yr gncdl mrdrrs lk Mldc, th btchr f Sbrnc. Srrndr hm t th N wr crms trbnl & lt Ksv vt frly fr thr ndpndnc. Myb thn th cvlsd ntns wll jdg tht y r wrthy f jnng s.

  6. Invigilator says:

    Just like many Christians in the United States — they are always the victims in their own eyes while they dominate the polity and insist that everyone honor their God and their awful strictures on medical progress, “morality,” etc.

    (This doesn’t refer to all Christians, but is emblematic of the religious right.)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Some of the links for the previous articles are not working.

    Also, I can’t seem to understand what the author’s view on this matters are. Does she, for example, think that Kosovo should remain in Serbia ?

  8. Pelle says:

    While I do understand that an argument may be made that agreements and mutual understandings between a group of countries may be seen to erect higher walls between those countries and neighbouring countries that are not invited to participate, nevertheless Serb citizens, although required to obtain a Schengen area visa, may visit more countries on a single visa (a visa issued by, say, the Austrian embassy in Belgrade is usually valid for the whole of the Schengen area, unless there are special reasons to limit the validity of the visa), than before the expansion of the Schengen area. Schengen unification also means that a Serb that desires to visit several West European countries does not have to go down the whole block of embassies in order to apply for national visas at each embassy.

    Furthermore, a Serb citizen with a residential visa in one of the Schengen countries, for example a work permit in Germany, may visit all the Schengen countries without a visa, as long as he or she brings a valid passport with a Schengen area residence sticker.

  9. seanmacncheese says:

    That picture is neither a photoshop, or even in Europe.

    I’m stationed in South Korea, and that is a tank out in front of the 1/72nd Armor Battalion (First Tank!) of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, South Korea. I just passed it yesterday, it’s all tarted up with Christmas lights. Nothing ‘shopped about it.

  10. Jeff says:

    Very pretty, in a weird, altered reality sorta way. I guess little lights make almost everything look better.

  11. domi says:

    t lst sh gt n thng rght. (Hr ml ddrss.)

  12. imipak says:

    “This wall is called Schengen, imposed against the Others in the region who will not comply with the standards emanating from Brussels. Every state around Serbia has come to make its peace, more or less, with the huge fact of European soft-power. Serbs do not comply.”

    A quibble, but as JT says in the paragraph before this:

    “Nine countries have joined – bringing to 24 the number of nations to have abolished internal passport controls.”

    Rewind to say 1960. You needed a passport to travel from pretty much any European country to any other one. Schengen agreement allows travel without passports between signatories. So the borders between those EU/Schengen countries are disappearing; it’s nothing new that you need a passport to travel to/from Serbia to, well, anywhere else as far as I know. So it’s not a wall around Serbia (though of course it has changed a lot in the last decades.)

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