Of course Yugoslavia wasn't perfect. We all know that. But it was a fantastic example of how a multi-ethnic state built on shared values could bring peace and prosperity to its citizens. So yes, long live Yugoslavia (the real one obviously, not the fake, genocidal, Milošević one)
Of course Yugoslavia was far from being democratic, of course. But we are talking about decades when many other states in Europe weren't democratic either. And comparatively speaking, political life in Yugoslavia was at least much more participatory and less rigid than elsewhere
And of course there were internal tensions in Yugoslavia, of course - mostly related to the selfishness of some. Let's recall the times when Sarajevo citizens had to personally & directly fund the Olympics budget because other republics like Slovenia were unwilling to contribute.
And you know what? Yugoslavia also had standards - and this I've learnt from proud Yugoslavs. It had fairly good living standards, but also standards in terms of how (good) public services had to be, and in terms of how (good) the average politician had to be. Now that's decency.
Of course Yugoslavia had a thousand negative things. But Yugoslavia also meant something so good that it's unquantifiable: PEACE & PROSPERITY. The way to amend Yugoslavia's mistakes was not to kill it, but to reform it. And by doing so, so many lives would've been saved as well.
Let me clarify: No one has disregarded the suffering of people in Kosovo. If anything, their suffering is key to critical discussions about Yugoslavia. & rightly so. On the other hand, yes: Yugoslavia brought prosperity until nationalism killed it. Both aren't mutually exclusive.

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13 May 18
Today I’m bringing stories from the RS. Unfortunately, they’re horrifyingly sad & despicable↓
1) #Kalinovik residents are using this Sunday morning to paint a mural honouring the Kalinovik-born genocide perpetrator & war criminal Ratko Mladić. The painting reads Town of the Hero
Meanwhile, #Kalinovik ‘Caffe Royal’ is crowded with middle-aged men wearing nationalist t-shirts. Between sip and sip, they take care of their kids, who are playing war games with toy guns —in a very ‘professional’ way, running, taking shelter and shooting at imagined enemies.
Lest we forget that the ‘accomplishments’ of ‘The Town Hero’ amount to a whole catalogue of war crimes ranging from forced displacement to rapes & mass killings —not to mention genocide. #Kalinovik figures speak for themselves: out of 1.314 Muslim residents in 1991 only 57 remain
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