December 12th, 2012

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The dead end of corruption on the Balkans

Greetings, all you Americentric navel-gazers curious folks who like hearing stuff about Other Countries That Don't Matter! I'ma talk about the problems of a remote corner of the planet that almost everyone has learned to ignore ever since the last NATO bomb was dropped into the backyard of some Serbian farmer, instantly grilling one of his sheep into crispy fillet, and crippling his rooster named Koko. A place widely known as Teh Balkunz. A place of wars and genocide, and crazy-ass blood-thirsty dictators, but also of great heroes with visions of Holy and Pure Republics, and ancient cultures spanning millennia and preceding Rome by many centuries. A place where nothing is so simple, and where people's memory easily goes hundreds, if not thousands of years back (but always somehow fails to teach them the lessons of history), and where nothing you consider "normal" ever works. Now that we've had more than a decade without massive mega-ultra-super-duper bloodsheds around here, you might be thinking: Problem solved, then?

Well, there's always a new problem to substitute the old one. And what's the biggest problem on the Balkan agenda right now? Corruption.

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