BEAUTIFUL BELGRADE: A CITY ON TWO MIGHTY RIVERS SPARKLES AT NIGHT FROM KALEMEGDAN FORTRESS

It has been years since I walked along the walls of the Kalemegdan fortress. This Turkish structure built on the walls of the Roman city (Singidunum) has always symbolized the indestructibility and resilience of the Serbian nation. After a 500-year darkness under the Turkish sultans and pashas, the Serbs threw off the Ottoman yoke in early 19th century and created their own kingdom. Kalemegdan became a symbol of Serbian victories over three mighty empires – the Ottoman, the Austrian and the German. In 1928, on the 10th anniversary of that victory, a huge monument was unveiled. Dubbed the Victor, the Serbian warrior is holding a hawk in his left hand, symbolizing vigilance and watchful eye pointed toward the former Austrian empire, and a sword in the right hand, ready to defend again his country if necessary.

UTTER DISREGARD FOR BICYCLE RIDERS AND CIVILIANS

UTTER DISREGARD FOR BIKE RIDERS AND PEDESTRIANS Let's sum it up. In Belgrade, bike riders and pedestrians are like dirt. Free game for builders and drivers. The communist mindset which puts machines ahead of the individuals and nature is still present. Twenty years ago, a Serbian politician (Djindjic) tried to be different. His government built this beautiful bike path and opened the river to the citizens of Belgrade. Alas, it was all for naught. Because the current authorities are again allowing the construction companies to put machine ahead of man. And they are still allowing reckless drivers to get away with endangering the riders on bike paths. There are never any police in sight there while plenty of them are seen handing out parking tickets or wasting time on other petty offenses. Bottom line: BIKERS BEWARE! Belgrade does not want you.

RIO TINTO “DEPORTED” FROM SERBIA

RARE VICTORY OF PEOPLE OVER GOVERNMENT? BUT BEWARE OF THE DEVIL YOU DON’T KNOW Every once in a while there is some good news that warms the cockles of one's heart. It is very rare these days anywhere in the world to see that democracy actually words in fact and nor just in word. But this morning's headline news was an apparent victory of the Serbian people over their government. In short, the Serbian people must be mindful of that old saw - "the devil you know is better than the devil you don't." By forging a tight relationship with China, Serbia may once again find itself in a crossfire of an economic, if not a shooting, war between the West and China.

SERBIA: GETTING IN BED WITH A DEVIL FOR A SONG

Rio Tinto has been waging war on nature for a century and a half If one were to describe succinctly what kind of business Rio Tinto is in, it would be DESTRUCTION OF NATURE. War on people, war on animals, war on trees and shrubs. Why? So Rio Tinto would turn a profit off the minerals they dig up – copper, silver, gold, diamonds, uranium… and now the almighty LITHIUM. Nature be damned. And now, Serbia is offering its Jadar region as the next rape victim.

AN AMERICAN FROM SERBIA: “THOSE WHO DO NOT LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT”

AN AMERICAN FROM SERBIA: "THOSE WHO DO NOT LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT" WILL NOTHING EVER CHANGE IN SERBIA? (for the better) So the Serbian cauldron is boiling again. People are in the streets protesting against the regime, and the police and government goons are beating them again. Just as happened in 1968 when the Belgrade students rose up against the communist dictator #1 (Tito). And again in 1996 when the Belgrade students and others marched against the communist dictator #2 (Milosevic). Only this time, the young and the old are united in their protests against the Vučić regime and his Serbian Progressive Party.

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