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Excerpt: Who Is To Blame for Bosnian War? [09 Apr 2008|03:22am]
I have permission from Amacom Books to distribute an excerpt from the new book, "NOT MY TURN TO DIE: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia," by Savo Heleta. The author was 13 years old when the siege of his home town of Gorazde, Bosnia, began in 1992.

Ethnically Serbs, the Heleta family was in the difficult position of living in a Muslim city under constant attack by Serbian forces. The book is a nonstop chronicle of terror as the family is locked in a detention center, starved out, burned out, and facing the risk of death on an almost daily basis.

The excerpt I am distributing is called, "Muslims or Serbs: Who Is To Blame?" The excerpt shows how difficult it is to attach blame, as Muslim families come to the aid of the Heleta family and Serb forces threaten their lives. Savo Heleta pins the blame for atrocities in Gorazde, not on the Muslim army, but on the local police chief and mayor who make no attempt to hide their desire to murder every Serb in Gorazde.

The excerpt from NOT MY TURN TO DIE is available at the following URL:

If you prefer, I can send it to you as a text file or PDF -- send mailto:stevokeefe@bellsouth.net with the subject line, "Send Heleta" and I'll reply with the attachment.

Thanks for considering this difficult material.

For Amacom Books
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Upper Macedonia [06 Mar 2008|02:31pm]

FYROM’s efforts to usurp the historical legacy of the ancient Macedonians may have irked Greeks, but the main issue at hand is the geopolitical one. The modern-day region of Macedonia is multiethnic. It is not the homeland of just one nation and the ethnic groups that reside within it have the right to use the term Macedonia in an ethno-geographical sense (Greek Macedonians, Slav Macedonians, Bulgaro-Macedonians, and so on).

But Skopje is presenting Macedonia as the homeland of a non-existent “Macedonian nation” and, by extension, “Aegean Macedonia” as being under Greek occupation. The name is their only way to legitimize what they purport to be a “partitioned Macedonian nation.”

The issue at hand, therefore, is not to settle for any composite name but to impose a composite name that reflects reality. A name such as Slavo-Macedonia would be wrong because of the Albanian minority in the country, whereas a geographically descriptive name such as Upper Macedonia, is more acceptable.

North Macedonia is not necessarily wrong, but it has the problem of being associated with divided nations such as Korea and Vietnam. Then there’s New Macedonia, a proposal intended to distinguish FYROM from ancient Macedonia. But “New” connotes a tie with rather than a contradistinction with ancient Macedonia.

The opposition (except for the LAOS party) sees Upper Macedonia as a solid basis for negotiations. So far, the Karamanlis government has made the right moves and the results are already visible on an international level. If Skopje sees that Athens will not waver from its course, it will be obliged to choose between the fantasy of a “greater Macedonia” on the one hand, and the very tangible benefits of NATO membership soon and EU membership in the future.

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Abraham Kaaran. Abraham Kaaran. History of the Russian North: Russia-Norway relations [31 Jul 2007|02:54pm]

read all, but in Russian:
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950th jubilee celebration of the world - famous Ostromir Gospel [14 Jul 2007|05:54pm]

On May, 12th, 2007 950 years from that day when the scribe deacon Gregory has written on parchment aprakos Gospel Book for the city governor (posadnik) of Novgorod, Ostromir (hence the name of the book), were executed exactly. In the Institute of the Russian language named after V.V. Vinogradov (Russian Academy of Sciences) took place Cyrillo-Methodianum Readings, dedicated to the anniversary of the the earliest dated East Slavic book.
Addressing to opening of ceremonial session of the Academic Council of the Institute of the Russian language, corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences A.M. Moldovan has noted, that the anniversary forum reflects that interest which the Ostromir Gospel represents for historians, philologists, art critics and representatives of other areas of scientific knowledge. In the reports presented on Readings the new data about this unique manuscript have been reflected.
E.M. Vereschagin's report (Institute of the Russian language) has been devoted to the value of the Ostromir Gospel for a modern condition of Russian literary language. According to the lecturer, this earliest surviving dated Russian handwritten book remains a tuning fork of Russian literary language.
In E.S. Smirnova's report (The State Institute of art-critique) "The niniatures of the Ostromir Gospel: features of a composition" have been offered the art criticism analysis with the attraction of the Carolingian’s analogies, allowed to draw a conclusion about the West-European sources of the unique miniatures of this monument.
O.G. Uliyanov (St. Andrey Rublev’s Central Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art) in the report placed for doubt the existing opinion on the primary acceptance in the Russian Church of the worship rules of Constantinople origins. Based on the example of the Menologium of the Ostromir Gospel the lecturer has cited the new data, which attest to the fact that Russian divine service in the end of X - the middle of XI centuries has tested essential influence of the Jerusalem Holy Sepulchre Typicon. The source of  the liturgical tradition of the Russian Church, by O.G.Ulyanov's opinion, became the Patriarchate of Antioch.
In a finishing part of the forum it has noted been, that though the Ostromir Gospel is located in the field of the sight of scientists already more than 200 years, it is far from studied; therefore the future promises to us still numerous scientific discoveries.
Based on materials of the Press-service of Institute of the Russian language (Russian Academy of Sciences)
"The Church Bulletin", June, 12th (361) 2007
© "The Church Bulletin", 2002-2006
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The site "Christianity in Icons, Murals and Mosaics…" [27 Mar 2007|05:54pm]

The site "Christianity in Icons, Murals and Mosaics…" 

04.06.2006New tracings and transfers of the icons of the Virgin are added to the Gallery. [ more... ]
21.05.2006The resolution of tracings and transfers increased 4 times for the following sections: «The Holy Trinity», «The Hospitality of Abraham», «Paternitas», «Christ Pantocrator», «The Holy Face (The Mandylion)», «Christ Emmanuel».
13.04.2006The "Library" section is updated with the article «The Passion of the Christ» by Dr. Oleg G. Uliyanov.
09.03.2006The Gallery is updated with the icons of Deesis, Church Feasts and Prophets ranges of the iconostasis of Tver Transfiguration Cathedral.
19.02.2006The Gallery is updated with the new icons. [ more... ]
10.02.2006The Gallery is updated with the Tver Deesis tier (15th century) from the collection of A. Anisimov.
06.02.2006The "Library" section is updated with the article «“The Deesis painted by Andrey Rublev” from the Annunciation Church of the Moscow Kremlin» by Dr. Oleg G. Uliyanov.
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New community [08 Oct 2006|12:58pm]

Hi, I studied Czech language and culture and I have just created a new community on Czech culture: czech_culture
Please feel free to join, post, comment ...

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The Pomor sea routes and the folklore transformation of the local toponyms [06 Oct 2006|01:25am]

This is my article. If You'd please to read and to comment both on the translation and on content it would be of great importance of me:

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[11 Nov 2005|03:38pm]

Hi everyone,

Long time, first time as the saying goes. I am working on my undergraduate thesis and just want to get some multiple perspectives. I am studying the impact Prussian observers to the American Civil War had on the military structure of pre-World War One Germany. It is coming along quite well, but as you may guess the amount of prior research in this topic is quite limited in both English and German history circles. Anyway, has anybody read anything that might help me out? The premier secondary source for this is Jay Luvaas,, but I was wondering if anybody as read any German secondary sources on the topic. Any ideas or comments/suggestions would be most welcome. Thanks.

x-posted all over the place
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EUROPE AND THE PHILIPPINES? [04 Oct 2005|10:51pm]

[ mood | distressed ]

I have a series of questions I need some people in Europe to respond to. Please???

I know this is a Europe Only community but my target base are Europeans, so...I truly apologize to those who may not like this post and to the moderators.

Please forgive me.


1.) When you hear about "Filipino" or "Filipina" or a person from the Philippines, what first comes to mind?

2.) What are the bad experiences you had with a Filipino or a Filipina?

3.) What are the GOOD experiences you had with a Filipino or a Filipina?

4.) What do your elders/parents think of people from the Philippines?

5.) What is the first thing you think about when you imagine living or visiting the Philippines?

6.) Are people in the Philippines an immigration problem in your area? If so, why and how?

7.) Do you see any cultural similarity between people from the Philippines living in your area and your own culture or mannerisms or attitudes?

8.) Do you think people from the Philippines living in your area stay to themselves or interact with your own people at a personal level (not just in the work place and such)?

9.) What do you think people from the Philippines need to do to be more accepted by your peers, by your country OR what do you think they need to improve on?

10.) Lastly, will you have a sexual or romantic or close or marriage-wise relationship from somebody from the Philippines and if so, what will be the reaction of your family and friends?

Please include your city, country and your age or profession.

Thanks in advance.


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[04 Oct 2005|01:03am]

Hey, everybody. I don't know if there's somebody here that was born in a socialist country that doesn't exist anymore (USSR, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia)... if so, I would like to ask how life has changed since then. I've heard so many times that life under the socialist regime was much better than the current one... do you think so?
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[30 Jun 2005|02:41pm]

Hey everyone!

I'm doing research on the Cult of St. Michael for a research project. My professor described his research in this manner, "All my research is centered in some fashion on the changes in the tenth and eleventh centuries that resulted in the rise of the West, especially our aggressiveness which resulted in Western expansion. At the center are the agricultural revolution and the concomitant reversal of polarity in Christian spirituality."

I was wondering if anyone here knew of any good books or resources about this topic, or about some of the points that my professor brought up.

Any help is appreciated, and once again, I'm sorry if this shouldn't be posted in this community.

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[01 Jun 2005|11:51am]

Hello everybody, my name is Evelyn.
During the 70's and 80's, Chile (the country where I live) passed through the most terrible time of its history: Augusto Pinochet began a dictatorship that killed more than 25 thousand people. Nowadays, after 15 years since the return of democracy, the chilean society is still divided and there are still families and friendships broken because of political matters.

Maybe this is s silly question, but I wonder if the same happens in Europe, I wonder if Tito, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, etc, still have some sort of influence over the societies they belonged to, after all the years that have happened since they all died...
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Zeppelintribune Swastika Blown Up [19 May 2005|12:09pm]


Does anyone know where we could find the video (or have it on their computer and could send it to us) of the US Army blowing up this swastika on the top of the Zeppelintribüne? We've looked for it for two days on google, and aren't really sure what to call it/what to search for, and haven't turned up any results that help.
So, if you could please help or know anyone who could, it would be much appreciated ^_^
Blowing up the SwastikaCollapse )

Any help would be appreciated ^_^ Thanks in advance!
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[21 Apr 2005|02:59pm]
Could anyone recommend a book or other resource (web site?) detailing the events in the former Soviet Union, Russia, and the other former Soviet Republics from the time of Gorbachev, glasnost and perestroika through to the events of 1991 which led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union? Also, could anyone recommend the same for the time since the dissolution of the Soviet Union up to the approximately the present day?

[cross-posted to several communities]
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Free Mojtaba and Arash Day [22 Feb 2005|03:40pm]

[ mood | peaceful ]

Free Mojaba and Arash Day Info 



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Punic Wars [01 Feb 2005|10:29am]

Does anyone know of any "good" primary sources relating to the FIRST and THIRD Punic wars? I need them for a paper I will be writing later in the semester.

Thank you!

X-posted to roma_antiqua
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[07 Jan 2005|10:52pm]

can you help me? I need the french title for "Agony and Ecstasy" of I.Stone? Is it edited in French?
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Yushchenko Victory [28 Dec 2004|04:16pm]


What is your opinion on recent events in the Ukraine?  Personally, I am pleased at the results as I was in favor of Yushchenko all along.  I distrusted Yanukovych as it would seem that he was guilty of ballot rigging and I also wonder why Putin was so eager for him to win.  What do you all think?

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[29 Oct 2004|06:44pm]

Thought this site might interest everyone here. It's a political timeline map, from 0AD, to 2000AD (just keep clicking next)

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The Children of Elizabeth Tudor? [25 Oct 2004|06:54pm]

[ mood | grumpy ]

I am planning on showing my AP European History class the film Elizabeth tomorrow evening.  I was doing some research on how historians view the film and came across this article.  In the piece, the author mentions rumors from the period that state that Elizabeth might have had as many as 5 illegitimate children. Has anyone ever heard of these rumors before or have any further information on this? Thanks. :)



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