Erol Avdovic - Journalist and writer

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Thank you. Erol Avdović, renowned journalist and author, born in 1958. in Skopje (Macedonia). Until 1992. He lived in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and since 1993, is a resident of New York City. Since 1992, a correspondent from the United Nations for the most popular media in the countries of former Yugoslavia. From 1991 to 2011 he published interviews with most of the presidents and heads of government or diplomacy in the Western Balkans. He had exclusive interviews with UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan (whose parts quoted The New York Times) and Ban Ki-moon, and with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Avdović is an expert for the Western Balkans. Author of books "Dayton Submarine" (KAJ edition, Zagreb, 1996 - on the negotiations that led to peace in Bosnia 1995), and "Diary of imitation" (Grafos edition, Belgrade, 1988). He was named journalist of the year (1999) by NRTV "Studio 99 " from Sarajevo. Twice he was President of UNCA's (United Nations Correspondents Association, 1999 and 2000) - associations of journalists accredited to the UN, from about 60 countries. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

Unfortunately,  looks like 2020 has been cancelled when it comes to the sports.
08/11/2020
Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

Unfortunately, looks like 2020 has been cancelled when it comes to the sports.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 called off their fall football seasons on Tuesday because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football's five power conferences out of a crumbling...

08/06/2020

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home. Concentrate on the Essence, concentrate on the light. Rumi

08/04/2020

What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle. Silence will give you an answer. Rumi

Fighting for civil rights continues as we honor late Congressman John Lewis
07/31/2020
Martin Luther King III and daughter Yolanda share what they want America to learn from John Lewis

Fighting for civil rights continues as we honor late Congressman John Lewis

Reporter Nicole Ellis interviews Martin Luther King Jr.'s son and his only grandchild about their experiences visiting the Edmund Pettus Bridge with the late Rep. John Lewis(D-Ga.) and the influential role his annual pilgrimage across the bridge played in his ability to gain bipartisan support for t...

Here we are. But the US Constitution does not support that. Majority of American citizens either. I guess. So it is a ba...
07/30/2020
Trump floats delaying 2020 election

Here we are. But the US Constitution does not support that. Majority of American citizens either. I guess. So it is a ballon flying by until disappears up in the sky.

The president’s extraordinary proposal represents what appears to be his first attempt at floating a suspension of the election.

You see, the modern U.S. right is committed to the proposition that greed is good, that we’re all better off when indivi...
07/28/2020
Opinion | The Cult of Selfishness Is Killing America

You see, the modern U.S. right is committed to the proposition that greed is good, that we’re all better off when individuals engage in the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest. In their vision, unrestricted profit maximization by businesses and unregulated consumer choice is the recipe for a good society.

The right has made irresponsible behavior a key principle.

07/26/2020
Fareed Zakaria

Who will come out as a winner out of Covid crisis:

Covid-19 is wrecking national economies, but Morgan Stanley Head of Emerging Markets and Chief Global Strategist Ruchir Sharma predicts Germany will emerge as the global winner (and rates a few others).

From today's show:

No comment indeed for this reminder of how dangerous is some times (most of the times) the concept of real-politics.
07/26/2020
Bill Clinton pushed 'appeasement' of Serbs after Srebrenica massacre

No comment indeed for this reminder of how dangerous is some times (most of the times) the concept of real-politics.

The US president, with one eye on re-election, urged Bosnia’s Muslim-led government to make territorial concessions in 1995, declassified documents reveal

Temporary basic income payments could stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic by allowing the world’s poorest people...
07/23/2020
A Temporary Basic Income Could Curb Coronavirus in Poor Nations, U.N. Says

Temporary basic income payments could stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic by allowing the world’s poorest people to stay at home, according to a new report from the United Nations Development Programme.

A six-month guaranteed handout for 2.7 billion living below or just above the poverty line in 132 developing countries would cost around $199 billion per month. Russia, for example, could lift 48 million people to the country’s “vulnerability threshold” for $5.3 billion per month — roughly 0.12% of GDP. India would need $18.4 billion to do the same for 658 million people.

A six-month guaranteed handout for 2.7 billion living below or just above the poverty line in 132 developing countries would cost around $199 billion per month

In a Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore, President Trump said (rightly so): “We want free and open debate, not spee...
07/22/2020
Americans tune in to ‘cancel culture’ — and don't like what they see

In a Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore, President Trump said (rightly so): “We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture. We embrace tolerance, not prejudice.” Speaking of the left, he added that “one of their political weapons is ‘cancel culture’ — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.” (Although, many commentators are pointing out that Trump has long been one of the most enthusiastic practitioners of cancel culture. (Politico)

As Donald Trump seizes on it and elite journalists obsess over it, a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows significant concern about the practice.

Privileged are advancing other has to believe that we are all equal in this pandemic.
07/21/2020
Russian Elite Given Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine Since April

Privileged are advancing other has to believe that we are all equal in this pandemic.

Scores of Russia’s business and political elite have been given early access to an experimental vaccine against Covid-19, according to people familiar with the effort, as the country races to be among the first to develop an inoculation.

Missing Turkey, missing Istanbul. My Istanbul ...
07/19/2020
22 unique experiences in Turkey, from petting stray cats to oil wrestling

Missing Turkey, missing Istanbul. My Istanbul ...

If you come to Turkey, you should not leave without experiencing at least some of its uniqueness. See, hear, feel, eat, travel, have fun and love in Turkish style. Click through our list of unique experiences that you can only have in Turkey...

One beautiful summer morning 2020 in New York City with my son Mr. Mirza Avdovic at my side. Thank you Mirza for taking ...
07/17/2020

One beautiful summer morning 2020 in New York City with my son Mr. Mirza Avdovic at my side. Thank you Mirza for taking such a good care of me. Love, baba.

One beautiful summer morning 2020 in New York City with my son Mr. Mirza Avdovic at my side. Thank you Mirza for taking such a good care of me. Love, baba.

07/16/2020

Na kraju Srebrenice: O ljudi, nemoguće je dosegnuti muževnost Majki u suzama!

I was in Srebrenica on July 1, 2017. Every Bosnian, every man from the Balkans should visit Srebrenica once - peacefully...
07/13/2020

I was in Srebrenica on July 1, 2017. Every Bosnian, every man from the Balkans should visit Srebrenica once - peacefully, quietly and with reverence for the victims. Here is what I wrote then in Bosnian: (Published in Avaz, Revija Fokus and other BiH media).

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Bio sam u Srebrenici 1. jula 2017. Svaki Bosanac, svaki čovjek sa Balkana bi trebao jednom obići Srebrenici - mirno, tiho i s pijetetom prema žrtvama. Evo šta sam tada napisao: (Objavljeno u Avazu, Reviji Fokus i drugim bh. medijima)

Autor: Erol Avdović

GRAVITACIJA SREBRENICA

Bio sam u Srebrenici, 11 dana prije ovogodišnje kolektivne komemoracije žrtvama genocida u Bosni i Hercegovini. Bolje je tako - individualno. Za Bosanca u sebi to bi trebao biti hadž prije hadžiluka. A za Amerikanca u meni to je, kako to davno reče Eli Vizel (Elie Wiesel) - “zbog živih i mrtvih, kojima moramo biti svjedoci”.

PRAVDA I ISTINA

U bijelom sam bosanskom mezarju svim zdravim čulima saslušao tu, evo i meni namijenjenu dozu tišine. Neoskrnavljena mikrofonima, političkim parolama i raznolikim neukusom neproduhovljenih ljudi, okružena mirisom nepresušne tuge, ali i dostojanstvom postojanja - u toj sam tišini našao smiraj.

Čini mi se da sad razumijem i zašto žrtve minulog rata protiv Bosne ne priželjkuju onu biblijsku osvetu “zub za zub”, već to žele pretvoriti u univerzalnu pravdu.

“Sva fizika je samo metafizika, tamo iza čulnog svijeta”, podsjeća me kasnije u Sarajevu jedan znani društveni pregalac, bosanski pjesnik, uistinu i historijska ličnost, dok s njim dijelim svoje impresije iz Srebrenice. “Nije slučajno Nikola Tesla svoja otkrića o bežičnom prijenosu energije crpio iz metafizičke Geteove (Goethe) poezije, jer ona se naslanjala na pravi Izvor”.

U Potočarima shvatimo te postulate kvantne fizike - diskretnih atomskih dimenzija. Još 1900. godine, na početku najkrvavijeg stoljeća, krenula je ta nova - kvantna grana, kada je postalo jasno da je ona, klasična fizika, već dosegla svoje granice. Došli su tako atomi i dostignuća namijenjena dobrobiti ljudi, sve do putovanja zrakom i svemirom, ali su ljudi previše toga okrenuli protiv sebe - bez ikakve moralne zadrške. Kao u Srebrenici.

U Potočarima još doživite i univerzalnu ljudsku diskretnost, skoro idealnu dobrotu - bez obzira koje ste vjere i nacije. U tom sam bosanskom polju punom maslačaka i plavih leptira čuo ne samo muslimanska imena kako se između sebe tiho dozivaju dok škljocaju svojim bučnim fotospravama. Kao pomirenje iskonskog filozofskog dualizma - o postojanju dvije stvarnosti i kao ispomoć posrnulim balkanskim dušama.

Zato je opasno sve to banalizirati na mitinzima onih bosanskih političkih partija koje predugo žive od tog jada, reducirajući sve na dželata i žrtvu. Bosna i njen komšiluk, posebno Srbija, iz tih se kandži moraju iščupati samo istinom i pravdom i nakon Haškog tribunala. Može to potrajati cijelu jednu preplašenu, zbunjenu i zloupotrijebljenu generaciju. Ali, tom se izbavljenju mora težiti.

DENAFIKACIJA STRADANJA

U srebreničkoj samoći, u tom savršenom redu hiljada bijelih nišana, u Potočarima doživite nultu gravitaciju. To je ovozemaljsko bestežinsko stanje, a da niste ispaljeni u svemir. Ali kao da jeste! Opseg gravitacije je beskonačan, ali ta sila, koja vas drži ili obrušava na zemlju – u bestežinskom stanju je skoro jednaka nuli. U Srebrenici ste prizemljeni! Pa se još upitate - kakvim sam ja to božanskim padobranom mekano spušten u Potočare? Čak i nakon višesatnog putovanja teškim bosanskim klisurama, uz sve te proplanke i doline do tog mjesta - sve do potpune izjednačenosti neba i zemlje.

Dokazano je da na zemlji i u njenoj atmosferi postoje ta mjesta nulte gravitacije. Doista, Potočari su vakuum bola iako se sjećamo patnje i ne možemo je zaboraviti, jer bol se memorizira. Ali, tu se drugačije ljudski plovi - iznad kolektivnih nacionalnih žalopojki, koje neuki i bezobzirni uvijek iznova besramno troše.

Patnja je ovdje individualna, ali je razum univerzalni. I jeste bolje da srebrenička gravitacija bude blizu ništice, a ne da postane crna rupa regiona, pretvori se u politiku koja se ovom tragedijom hrani. Uostalom, crne rupe su dijelovi veoma “neuniformnih gravitacionih polja”.

U blizini svakog tijela, a možda i duše, ova tamna polja proizvode snagu privlačenja ili - silu plime. Kao u istoimenoj, deliričnoj, ali istinitoj pjesmi “Indexa” iz moje generacije; sve smo mi to u nekom maglovenju vidjeli ili čuli, ali te znakove - pored puta nismo znali pročitati. Nakon svega mora se drugačije.

Ako narednih dana neko prekine tu svetu tišinu u Srebrenici, od političara do onih dijelova Islamske zajednice (čast reisu Kavazoviću i onima uz njega što se protiv toga bore), koji svečanost ukopa pronađenih žrtava ili podsjećanja na stare - reduciraju samo na vjersku manifestaciju, bit će to skrnavljenje ne samo teške bosanske prošlosti već i nove bosanske budućnosti.

Srebrenica je doista i metafizika i ta duhovnost nije više za običnu upotrebu. U konačnici, Srebrenica kao hodočašće izbavljenja pripada svim Bosancima.

07/12/2020
Maher Zain - Srebrenica | Official Video

Awakening music

Watch Maher Zain’s new song “Srebrenica”, released on the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. Starting on the 11th of July 1995, the Srebrenica mass...

07/09/2020
Fareed Zakaria

Tragic history in few formative sentences backed by real arguments.

Fareed's Last Look, from today's GPS: Why do black Americans face such difficulty getting ahead in this country? Martin Luther King, Jr. summed it up well in a 1967 TV interview.

06/26/2020

All writers and journalists write is mostly an autobiography looking for causes and justifications. And
the truth is never simple.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres:I am sorry that I will not be in Srebrenica on 11 July to commemorate 25th Anniver...
06/25/2020
Prvi čovjek UN-a: Žao mi je što neću biti u Srebrenici, obilježit ćemo godišnjicu genocida

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres:I am sorry that I will not be in Srebrenica on 11 July to commemorate 25th Anniversary of genocide.

Odgovarajući putem videolinka na pitanje novinara Erola Avdovića , šta planira u vezi obilježavanja 25. godišnjice genocida u Srebrenici, generalni sekretar UN-a Antonio Guterres rekao je da mu je veoma žao što zbog pandemije neće moći biti u Potočarima...

06/25/2020
UN Web TV

A very good virtual press conference with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres; featuring also chief UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric:

Tune in LIVE for the press conference by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the launch of the UN comprehensive response to COVID-19.

Will Europe impose visas to Americans? Here we are, as our (US) handling of the coronavirus situation was judged as a po...
06/23/2020
E.U. May Bar American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus

Will Europe impose visas to Americans? Here we are, as our (US) handling of the coronavirus situation was judged as a poor - at the Third World World's level countries:

European Union officials are racing to agree on who can visit the bloc as of July 1 based on how countries of origin are faring with new coronavirus cases. Americans, so far, are excluded, according to draft lists seen by The New York Times.

It is well recognized that a substantial amount of health care in America is wasteful, accounting for hundreds of billio...
06/22/2020
Opinion | People Have Stopped Going to the Doctor. Most Seem Just Fine.

It is well recognized that a substantial amount of health care in America is wasteful, accounting for hundreds of billions of dollars of the total health care budget. Wasteful care is driven by many forces: “defensive” medicine by doctors trying to avoid lawsuits; a reluctance on the part of doctors and patients to accept diagnostic uncertainty (which leads to more tests); the exorbitant prices that American doctors and hospitals charge, at least compared to what is charged in other countries; a lack of consensus about which treatments are effective; and the pervasive belief that newer, more expensive technology is always better.

Do Americans really need the amount of treatment that our health care system is used to providing?

06/20/2020

And now to the reading: Think before you speak. Read before you think. Will talk about writing separately. It may take time.

"While it may seem as if the federal government is throwing money at everyone, there’s a key difference between the supp...
06/18/2020
Opinion | How to Avoid a ‘Rich Man’s Recovery’

"While it may seem as if the federal government is throwing money at everyone, there’s a key difference between the support given to large businesses and the support given to small businesses and individuals." Also "since January, Amazon’s stock price has gone up from about $1,850 to about $2,600. The S.&P. 500 — comprising large corporate stocks dominated by technology companies — has recovered most of its recently lost value. And most highly paid professionals and managers have kept their jobs and experienced minimal changes in wealth." --- Some are getig richer and someone poorer. All together we are losers on the long range. :-(

The economic legacy of the pandemic threatens to be an extraordinary new concentration of wealth.

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Happy birthday and many more to come in good health and happiness
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Saša Hemon - odličan, jasan i artikuliran kao i uvjek. Toplo preporučam - saslušati pažljivo.
Koja Daytonska zavrzlama Erole? Dayton je moja igra. Da se zaustavi rat i da se zarvši pravni proces SFRJ koji je zdrmao Svijet. Zar nisi u materiji? Zar je Drnovšeku, Anti Markoviću, Stipi Šuvaru, Franji Tuđmanu, Saveznom sekretaru na Narodnu obranu SFRJ generalu Veljku Kadijevići, pa Blagoju Adžiću, pa Slobodanu Miloševiću, pa Aliji Izetbegoviću, pa Nijazu Durakoviću, trebala sva ta zajebancija, da stanu na put pravosudnom procesu koji je mjenjao Svijet, i pri tom jasno izgube glave. Pa šta je tebi sve ovo trebalo da iz jebenog New Yorka, sa verande, bazdiš jadnicima na Brdovitom Balkanu, ili što je trebalo Goranu Miliuću 1990.: "Ne bi ti mogao napraviti "TO" što si napravio u Jugoslaviji, da Mihael Gorbačov nije napravio "ONO" u SSSR-u. De, opameti se Erole Avdoviću. Krajnje je vrijeme!
Hi Erole Avdoviću! Ovo je zaista fantastična informacija. Ja šaljem u Svijet, do sada, recimo "1001. pismo iz Velike Kraduše", objašnjavam kako sam Ja 'kreator Daytonskog mira', šaljem dopis Amerikancima, direktno, preko Ambasade u Zagrebu, u kom tražim da mi isplate onih 5 miliona $ nagrade, jer sam Miloševića smjestio u Haag, pa sam 2008. preko Visokog predstavnika Miroslava Lajčeka tražio da mi Ameri isplate 5 miliona $ za Karadžića (za pola godine Lajčak je podnio ostavku i otišao kući), ... i sad ti promoviraš knjigu u kojoj se tvrdi da su Ameri glavni! Daj matereti, vidi s tim američkim izdavačem da objavi i moju knjigu u kojoj ću Ja "reći sve kako je bilo i kako sam ja Glavni Frajer"! Fala ti unaprijed! ___________ Avdović: Nad nama tamni politički oblaci Erol Avdović: - Utorak, 20. februar Utorak navečer, također je bio predviđen za diplomatiju.U jednom zatvorenom krugu, nadomak zgrade UN-a, bio sam promotor knjige američkog ambasadora Jamesa Pardewa – "Mirovnjaci: Američko liderstvo i zaustavljanje genocida na Balkanu", (Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans). Ovaj bivši pukovnik američke obavještajne službe, ekspert koga je Richard Holbrooke među prvima regrutovao u svoj tim za izravne pregovore sa Slobodanom Miloševićem – napisao je memoare u kojima detaljno opisuje šta se događalo iza scene, uoči postizanja bosanskog mira u Daytonu 1995. A potom, nekoliko godina kasnije, i kako je došlo do odluke da NATO (1999) bombarduje Miloševićevu Srbiju.
Hi Erole, Drugi put!
Prvi put - Hi Erole! Baš i ja napisah moj post. Tvoj post "S ove strane Drine" nekako ide kontra mog posta, pa dozvoli da i tebi dam ovu ponudu: Koliko ćeš mi platiti da ti dozvolim da pišeš po 'MOJIM ŽIVOTNIM DJELIMA' - ili da zajedno laprdamo!? Sad su pali svi dokazi koji se više ne mogu skrivati, pa možemo sve reći! Za rat u Jugoslaviji i sva uništenja, prvo su krivi Muslimani Bosne, pa Jugoslavije, jer se nisu suprostavili, ovim redom; Muhamedu Filipoviću Tunji, Nijazu Durakoviću, Aliji Izetbegoviću, Muhamedu Ćengiću, Fahrudinu Radončiću,..., pa i Fikretu Abdiću, ... da ih vode u katastrofu. A kako je danas oružje automatizirano, svi stradaju. Zato je danas u Svijetu glupo igrati se tim igračkama. Sve se lakse riješava umom. Te jadnike Muslimane, kao i one jadnike Hrvate, ja i moja obitelj smo spasili. Kako? Tako što sam upregao 'Cijeli Svijet', i vodio ga tom cilju. A ti bijednici; Muslimani i Hrvati, mučili su moju obitelj, i ubili moju suprugu pred očima tog i takvog 'Jadnog Cijelog Svijeta', i ni prstom pomakli nisu. A šta je trebalo učiniti da se ne desi katastrofa u Jugoslaviji, Europi, Americi, kod Arapa? Trebalo je samo postupiti po mom legitimnom zahtjevu: Nastaviti sutski proces u Bihaću, "Afera Agrokomerc", nastaviti suđenje Hakiji Pozdercu, Fikretu Abdiću i družini. I sve bi bilo OK! Išlo bi se u stvarne reforome u svim državama Jugoslavije. Ali tada ne bi postojao Alija Izetbegović, Bakir Izetbegović, Haris Silajdžić, Fahrudin Radončić, Stjepan Kljujić, .. Franjo Tuđman, Stjepan Mesić, Vladimir Šeks, kako se ono zove onaj srednjoškolac iz Hercegovine - ustaša; a da Gojko Šušak - Tuđmanov najbolji ministar, Ivica Račan, Ivo Sanader, Zoran Milanović, ...
Sretan rodjendan Erole, sve najbolje! 🥂🎉🍰
Erol, ti cestitam Kurban Bajram tebe i na tvoeto semejstvo! Pozdrav od Makedonija.
Happy father's day to the best, strongest, and most loving father in the world. Ljubim :))