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A dream comes true - Sarajevo cable car runs again after 26 years
6 April 2018 - Edmond Offermann's dream turned to reality after 20 years on Friday when the landmark Sarajevo cable car, destroyed early in Bosnia's 1990s war, resumed services up Mount Trebevic above the capital. The brand new gondola brought joy to young and old alike and not least to Offermann, a wealthy Dutch-born American businessman and philanthropist who was a driving force behind the restoration project. The cable car first went into operation nearly 60 years ago, ranking Sarajevo among the few cities where one could reach pine forests in just 10 minutes from an urban city center. (more)

Bosnian town's woodcarvers maintain slice of world heritage
29 January 2018 - UNESCO's decision in December 2017 to recognize the unique woodwork of Konjic as part of the world's heritage will give an extra boost to a business that was already enjoying success. It looks so simple, watching the woodcarvers of Konjic in central Bosnia. They cut the patterns into the wood so fast that the naked eye can hardly follow. For generations, they have been carving their flower and leaf patterns on every piece of furniture that the town's famous shops produce. In December last year, Konjic's woodcarving was added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. (more)

Turkey's Galata Lokum to invest 2 mln euro in organic farming in Bosnia's Federation
25 April 2017 - Turkish company Galata Lokum plans to invest 4 million marka ($2.2 million/2 million euro) in an organic farming project in Bosnia's Federation, where it will employ 150 people, the entity's government has said. The project, named Galata Garden, will be focused on greenhouse organic production of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and strawberries, which will be exported to the region and the EU. 'Organic production is a very promising sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has comparative advantages such as fertile land and water wealth,' the Federation's agriculture minister Semsudin Dedic explained. 'There will always be a demand for these products on the EU market.' (more)

US: Marcus Lemonis - There's hope for every struggling company
10 June 2015 - According to Marcus Lemonis every struggling company can be saved. As star the CNBC program 'The Profit,' Lemonis invests in troubled businesses and works with his new co-owners to fix every aspect of the companies. He's invested $23 million in 15 companies on 'The Profit,' and has turned around more than 100 companies over the past decade. He spoke with The Associated Press recently about turning companies around. Here are excerpts: (more)

Dubai firm to build luxury resort in Bosnia
4 February 2015 - A Dubai-based construction company plans to build a luxury resort worth 2.3 billion euro ($2.6 billion) on a mountain near Sarajevo -- a ski resort where three decades ago the Winter Olympics were held. The project would be the biggest foreign investment of this type in Bosnia. The country has hardly any industry and is eager to develop tourism. (more)

Bosnia marks end of Europe's violent century, future of peace
28 June 2014 - Artists and diplomats declared a new century of peace and unity in Europe on Saturday in the city where the first two shots of World War I were fired exactly 100 years ago. The continent's violent century started in Sarajevo and ended in Sarajevo with the 1992-95 war. The splurge of centennial concerts, speeches, lectures, and exhibition on Saturday were mostly focused on creating lasting peace and promoting unity in a country that is still struggling with similar divisions as it did 100 years ago. (more)

Bosnia opens library to house ancient manuscripts
15 January 2014 - During Bosnia's 1992-95 war and the siege of Sarajevo, residents moved a collection of ancient books and manuscripts to eight different locations to save them from destruction. On Wednesday, thanks to a $9 million donation from Qatar, Bosnia's President and a Qatar minister opened a new library in the heart of the Ottoman-era Old Town section of Sarajevo to house those books and more than 100,000 manuscripts. The oldest is a handwritten Islamic encyclopedia that was written in Arabic in 1105. (more)

Bosnian musician to help poor Roma study music
10 December 2013 - Bosnia's most popular musician -- a man whose international career has been built on music inspired by Balkan and Gypsy tunes -- is searching for talented Roma children to help them get an education in music. Goran Bregovic's new foundation will provide scholarships to Roma kids who wish to study music but can't afford to. 'Roma are very talented in music but most have no education,' Bregovic said. He added that many European composers -- from Beethoven to Liszt -- had been influenced by Gypsy music. He urged others to also help Roma walk a path to a better life. (more)

Bosnia finally gets new government after 16 months
11 February 2012 - It took 16 months of wrangling, but Bosnia finally has a new government -- a leadership that promised to immediately tackle the country's economic problems, including its pressing lack of a budget. In December, the parties that had won the top six places during a national election in October 2010 agreed on how to divide the prime minister's position and the Cabinet posts. Parliament approved that Cabinet on Friday in a vote of 26-7, with one abstention. (more)

Bosnia passes laws key to EU bid
4 February 2012 - Bosnia passed laws on Friday seen as crucial to reviving its European Union accession bid, with Serb, Croat, and Muslim leaders agreeing to the first census since 1991 and to a single state-level body to coordinate EU aid programmes. The new census will be conducted in April 2013. (more)

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: David Lynch documentary premieres in packed theatre and on Bosnian National Television
3 November 2012 - 'Two weeks ago we witnessed a tremendously successful premiere of the documentary ''Meditation, Creativity, Peace'' by David Lynch,' said Haris Bilalovic, a renowned TV and radio host at Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the only member of the European Broadcasting Union in the country. The documentary, which was released earlier this year, was shown to a packed house in downtown Sarajevo and was later broadcast on national television in a popular time slot. (more)

Documentary screening in Sarajevo has live 'Q and A' with David Lynch
3 November 2012 - After the recent screening of David Lynch's new documentary, 'Meditation, Creativity, Peace' in Sarajevo, the audience was expecting to have a 'Q and A' (question and answer) session with Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation. 'But what we kept as a big surprise,' said local organizer Haris Bilalovic, 'was that David Lynch agreed to join us for a Skype Q and A. There was this momentum--on the big screen we saw Skype calling David Lynch' and a few seconds afterward he appeared on the screen. 'That resulted in a major standing ovation that really made David happy and ready to talk to the audience'. (more)

Very full theatre in Sarajevo welcomes debut of new David Lynch documentary
3 November 2012 - The first premiere of David Lynch's new documentary, 'Meditation, Creativity, Peace' in the Balkan region of Europe debuted to a packed theatre in downtown Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina recently. According to Haris Bilalovic, a renowned TV and radio host at the Bosnian Public Broadcasting Company, the theatre, which normally seats 100, was completely full. Inspired by the film, a group of young people in Sarajevo contacted the Transcendental Meditation centre and requested to learn the technique. (more)

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Students to enjoy Consciousness-Based Education
13 January 2011 - When she learned of the wide-ranging benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in the field of education, the leader of a school in Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to offer the programme to the teachers and students at her school. (more)

Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Denmark reaping benefits of Maharishi's programmes
7 August 2010 - Recent reports from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Russia, and Denmark show increasing progress in bringing the benefits of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes in education, health, architecture, and many other areas to the people of these nations. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education expanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia
14 June 2010 - Consciousness-Based Education programmes are expanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Macedonia, in both secondary schools and universities, thanks to the dedication of educators and leaders of the Global Country of World Peace. (more)

Bosnia and Herzegovina: School director introduces Consciousness-Based Education
11 April 2010 - In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the young founder and director of a private school has sponsored the teachers in her school to learn Transcendental Meditation. She also arranged a recent presentation on Consciousness-Based Education to 140 educators and parents, many of whom expressed great interest in learning Transcendental Meditation themselves. (more)

School in Bosnia and Herzegovina pursues interest in Consciousness-Based Education
24 January 2010 - A Consciousness-Based Education programme is on the horizon for a school in Bosnia and Herzegovina, among other new developments for the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the country. (more)

Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark find rising interest in Transcendental Meditation, Consciousness-Based Education
22 January 2010 - Interest in Consciousness-Based Education and the Transcendental Meditation Programme is rising rapidly among the people of many countries, including Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Denmark. (more)

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Balkan floods may have undone years of landmine detection
20 May 2014 - Authorities are warning that many of the more than 100,000 remaining landmines dotted across Bosnia have been dislodged by heavy rain, floodwaters, and hundreds of landslides, shifting beyond the markers. Mine removal experts estimate that more than 120,000 landmines remain planted across Bosnia, the legacy of a war that killed 100,000 people and displaced more than a million. Bosnia's Mine Action Centre (MAC) has appealed for international help in getting more equipment and satellite screening to track the movement of mines after the heaviest rainfall in the Balkans since records began 120 years ago. MAC says that more than 600 people have been killed and more than 1,700 more have been wounded in landmine accidents since the war ended in 1995. MAC head Sasa Obradovic said four people had been killed and 12 wounded this year alone. He put the cost of ridding the country completely of landmines at 300 million euros ($412 million) by 2019. (more)

Bosnia rocked by spreading anti-government unrest
7 February 2014 - Protesters across Bosnia set fire to government buildings and fought with riot police on Friday as long-simmering anger over lack of jobs and political inertia fuelled a third day of the worst civil unrest in Bosnia since a 1992-95 war. Protests remained largely contained to the Croat-Muslim Bosniak half of Bosnia but were gaining in intensity. Hours earlier, police in Sarajevo fired rubber bullets at several thousand protesters who set fire to the headquarters of the cantonal government and to a section of the country's presidency building. The cantonal building was still smouldering in the evening. 'This is so sad,' said a woman, who would give only her first name, Vildana, watching the government building still in flames. 'It took four years of war to destroy it and vandals now burned it in one day. This is just as in 1992.' (more)

Protesting schoolchildren face expulsion in Bosnian language row
29 November 2013 - Several hundred children from the Serb-controlled part of Bosnia faced expulsion from school on Friday after camping out in Sarajevo for three months in protest at being denied lessons in their native Bosnian language. The protest has revived debate over Bosnia's highly devolved education system, split along ethnic lines between Serbs, Croats and Muslim Bosniaks since the end of the country's 1992-95 war. Muslim Bosniaks in two towns in Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic withdrew their children from school in early September, demanding they be taught language, history, and geography classes in their own tongue. Bosniaks are a minority within the Serb Republic, one of two autonomous regions created under a 1995 peace deal that split power in Bosnia along ethnic lines. As such, they study according to the Serb curriculum but are entitled to Bosnian lessons in schools where they make up a certain proportion of the class. The protesting Bosniaks say this is unfair on their children, who do not qualify for the Bosnian classes because their numbers fall below the threshold. (more)

Bosnia still divided, 20 years since war began
6 April 2012 - With lines of empty red chairs, one for each of the 11,541 victims of the siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia on Friday remembered when war broke out 20 years ago and the West dithered in the face of the worst atrocities in Europe since World War Two. The anniversary finds the Balkan country deeply divided, power shared uneasily between Serbs, Croats, and Muslims in an unwieldy state ruled by ethnic quotas, and languishing behind its ex-Yugoslav neighbours on the long road to the European Union. Underscoring the disunity, Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic ignored Friday's solemn remembrance of the day shots fired on peace protesters in downtown Sarajevo marked the start of the 1992-95 war. Less than half of the 2 million driven from their homes have returned to the towns and villages they left. Once a vibrant blend of Orthodox Serbs, Catholic Croats, and Muslim Bosniaks, Sarajevo is now overwhelmingly Bosniak. (more)

Mostar - one family, three armies, a divided city
2 April 2012 - Twenty years since the start of the war, ethnicity is still a deep dividing line -- no more so than in Mostar, where Croats hold the west bank, Muslim Bosniaks the east, in an uncomfortable co-existence that has resisted foreign efforts to promote reintegration. A town of 72,000 people, it has two electricity companies, two phone networks, two postal services, two utility services and two universities. Croat and Bosniak children go to separate classes, learning from different textbooks. Mirroring the rest of the country, Mostar's budget is creaking under the strain of duplicate institutions and ethnic politicking that has paralysed the city more than once. Ethnic divisions feed two systems of political patronage. Unite the two sides, and someone is out of a job. (more)

Bosnian farmers to lose lifeline to political paralysis
22 December 2011 - Bosnia's farmers -- the mainstay of its economy -- face becoming the latest victims of the political paralysis that has gripped the country since an election in October 2010. Currently, sixteen per cent of Bosnia's total food exports and more than half of its milk and dairy exports go to its ex-Yugoslav neighbour, bringing in 200 million Bosnian marka ($133 million) in return. But a year from now, six months before it joins the EU on July 1, 2013, Croatia will start implementing EU market regulations, and imports of Bosnian animal products will stop. There's nothing wrong with their products, but Bosnia has no one to certify that to the satisfaction of the EU. (more)

Unusual drought triggers alarm across Balkans
2 December 2011 - A lack of rain has triggered the worst drought in decades for this time of year, dropping water levels in the Danube to record lows and sounding an alarm in parts of central and eastern Europe. The waters of the mighty river are so low that dozens of cargo ships are stuck, stranded in ghostly fog or wedged into sand banks on what is normally one of eastern Europe's busiest transport routes. About 80 big cargo ships are stranded at the Serbia-Hungary border on the Danube, Europe's second largest river, which winds 2,860-kilometer (1,777-mile) from Germany, passing through eight countries before flowing into the Black Sea. Electricity supplies are also running low in Bosnia and Serbia because hydropower plants cannot produce enough power due to the low river water levels. If there is no rain in the next couple of days, hydroelectric plants will be shut down, said Bosnian Serb Energy Minister Zeljko Kovacevic. Environmentalists are also worried. A World Wildlife Fund report noted a sharp drop in bird populations along the lower stretch of the Danube because of the persistent drought. (more)

Echoes of Mladic's cruelty felt in wounded Bosnia
26 May 2011 - The shadow Ratko Mladic cast over Bosnia persists nearly 20 years after he led Serb military forces in Europe's bloodiest conflict since World War II. Bosnia's Serbs revere him for his devotion to their failed cause, its Muslims are repulsed by his cruelty, and the soul of the capital they once shared peacefully has been scorched forever. Sarajevo and all of Bosnia are a sadder place -- dysfunctional, rent by hatreds sown during the war that will last for generations. Mladic, who was arrested Thursday after 16 years as a fugitive, has loomed large from the first artillery barrage his forces directed at Sarajevo's citizens from the hills above the city, on a sunny day in April 1992. Sarajevo's civilians huddled in basements to escape Mladic's artillery as he reveled in his power. 'Burn their brains,' he bellowed as his men targeted the nearly defenseless city from the hills above. At war's end three years later, Sarajevo was a burned-out shell. (more)

Police battle protesting Bosnian veterans
21 April 2010 - Police fired tear gas and water cannon on Wednesday in a clash with thousands of veterans of Bosnia's 1992-95 war protesting at benefit cuts in the most violent protest in years in the troubled Balkan country. Former soldiers and their families converged from across Bosnia's Muslim-Croat federation to vent anger at a government decision to cut veterans' benefits as an austerity measure under an International Monetary Fund stand-by loan deal. Under the deal, the government of Bosnia's two regions, the Muslim-Croat federation and the Serb Republic, have to cut public spending, and especially the generous benefits granted to veterans as a pre-election sweetener in 2006. (more)

Bosnian Serb Prime Minister resigns
18 December 2004 - On Friday, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Prime Minister of the Bosnian Serb-run half of the country resigned, a day after the US government and Bosnia's top international administrator sanctioned Bosnian Serbs for failing to arrest and hand over war crimes suspects to the UN tribunal. (more)


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