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Genocide researcher & expert | Head of Communications & Community Director | Lecturer | Writer | Author of "Letters from Diaspora" Child of war and genocide.
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May 16 10 tweets 3 min read
Oh my god, this is unbelievably offensive historical revisionism. This is on par of Holocaust denialism. The Ustashe were Nazi collaborators responsible for horrific crimes against Jews, Serbs, Roma, Bosniaks, & Croatian dissidents. To call Bleiburg a "genocide" is disgusting. The Ustashe were responsible for one of the most horrific concentration camps during WWII...Jasenovac where 77,000-100,000 people were estimated to be brutally massacred. They were fascists through and through. Their ideology continues to thrive in the Balkans even today.
May 15 7 tweets 2 min read
While we in Europe were celebrating Eurovision, in the United States a white supremacist went into a predominantly Black neighbourhood to commit a horrific act of terrorism...killing 10 people. It's also important to mention that the Buffalo racist terrorist was inspired by another racist terrorist: Brent Tarrant who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand and was inspired by the Serbian far right and the genocide against Bosniaks. Everything is always connected.
May 14 53 tweets 6 min read
Ajsa's response to Eurovision is that she can do breakdancing better and Bosnia kicks everyone's ass...Sweden is okay because they have good meatballs and everyone else is getting booed. Also: Bosnia is not in Eurovision because Republika Srpska has failed to provide the BHRT with its allocation of fees collected in the region and as a result triggered a funding shortfall of over 34 mil which resulted in Bosnia being denied access to Eurovision due to debts. 🙃
May 6 4 tweets 1 min read
No, they're just religious countries who, just like other religious countries, utilise religion to control women's bodies. Women and their bodies are not chattel for anti-imperialism or anything else for that matter. I despise the argument that we shouldn't "judge" countries resisting imperialism for how they treat their native populations. Human rights violations are human rights violations no matter who does them.
May 6 5 tweets 1 min read
You know how often conservatives talk about how liberals and leftists live in an echo-chamber and don't have any conservative friends? I find that fascinating because I've not known a lot of conservatives to be besties with liberals and certainly not leftists. I have a fairly diverse group of friends who do have varying opinions, diverse life experiences and widely different political stances when it comes to certain aspects of socio-economic issues but all of those people agree on the bare minimum of human rights.
May 4 12 tweets 3 min read
I am seeing a lot of misinformation about abortion rights and access within the UK and throughout Europe. Let's clear some nonsense up:

1. abortion became legal only 2 years ago in NI

2. Most abortions in the UK are only allowed to be carried out within the first 24 weeks. Throughout Europe, politicians have been attempting to tighten access to abortion. Malta, for example, has a full abortion ban. Poland has made abortion illegal except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to a mother's life and only if there's a deep investigation confirming it.
May 4 12 tweets 3 min read
I know there are a lot of abortion stories out there right now and I don't actually have one. I've never had an abortion and I will never need an abortion because I'm sterile but when I got pregnant, I considered it and it was a real option for me. I wholeheartedly believe that the fact that I had the ability to fully decide on my own that I wanted my child is what allowed me to be a great mother and to have a beautiful bond with my daughter. I chose it, after carefully considering all of my options - and abortion was one.
Apr 28 4 tweets 1 min read
I got head-hunted for a role with company that is based in Norway and decided to take the call and see what's it about. It was the most efficient interview of my entire life. No time wasted on going over my CV as they had it before hand, direct questions only. Fully explained the role to me and what they needed. Every question was different and specifically relevant to the role and my skills and how/if they mesh. The best part? They asked me a question nobody has ever asked me before

"How do you switch off from work?" I was shocked.
Apr 28 4 tweets 1 min read
Why do people want so badly for others to suffer just because they did?

The mark of an empathetic human being is to work actively to ensure that other people, whether strangers or your loved ones, do not have to endure the strife you did. After all, what do you gain from it? "I struggled so others should do too" is by far the lowest form of basic inhumanity. Everything I do and discuss is to ensure others, whoever they are, do not go through what I did. Whether that's war or genocide or student loans or poverty or domestic abuse or even cancer.
Apr 27 6 tweets 2 min read
I think any boss/ceo/senior leader who is preaching about how "money doesn't buy happiness" in the midst of one of the worst economic crisis in recent history, inflation and rising costs of living that are leaving so many people desolate should be sent to jail. Straight to jail. Linkedin is currently a cesspit of these types of posts and even in good times those posts are in bad taste, let alone now when people cannot afford to buy food b/c they have to pay to put gas in their cars to get to work. It just boggled the mind at the insensitivity of it all.
Apr 26 5 tweets 1 min read
Amazing news coming out of Bosnia today: the very FIRST judgement has been decreed for discrimination against the LGQTIA community in Bosnia.

The Municipal Court in Sarajevo confirmed that a representative had "violated the right to equal treatment of the LGBTIQ community". The Municipal Court stated that the former govt representative:

"violated the right to equal treatment of members of the LGBTIQ community on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender characteristics ”.
Apr 26 11 tweets 2 min read
Ukrainian women who have been victims of war time rape and managed to flee and find refuge in Poland are not able to get abortion access due to Poland's restrictive abortion laws. There's even been cases of psychologists trying to persuade victims that the pregnancy is a blessing In the 21st century there are still far too many places in which women do not have access to reproductive freedom and healthcare. This current issue is just further highlighting the horror of restrictive abortion laws. Victims of rape have every right to chose for themselves.
Apr 24 6 tweets 2 min read
Because they're being bombed en masse, Michael. & if the choice is being bombed or being will choose safety. It's actually quite ridiculous at this point at the amount of Westerners who question people who are being killed and bombed's actions while those same Westerners have never been under the threat of war, genocide, bombings, or any sort of strife at all. It's appalling, really.
Apr 5 10 tweets 3 min read
All the grief and trauma aside. Today I want to highlight the perseverance and humour of Sarajevo.

Sometime during the Siege somebody graffitied "This is Serbia" on the post office building. The next day, another person crossed it out and said "This is the post office, you fool" During the Siege the citizens were cut off from food. The Intl. Community sent food as humanitarian aid. Sadly, the food they sent was from the '60s, expired, pork, and just disgusting.

So, Sarajevans built this monument as a sarcastic thanks to the International Community.
Apr 5 5 tweets 2 min read
"If there was no siege of Sarajevo, there would be no genocide in Srebrenica. Then French president said that Bosnia did not belong to Europe and that 'not every village' could be a part of it. If we had disappeared, no one would have noticed. That is why this is our triumph." "Had we disappeared nobody would've noticed" is by far the truest words spoken. We cannot ever forget that political leadership in the West was perfectly fine with Bosnian-Muslims being killed off en masse. They stood by and watched.
Apr 5 7 tweets 2 min read
In being grateful for surviving the Siege of Sarajevo and the Bosnian Genocide, I reflect on the joy of my family returning to their homeland after being forced out and yet still I mourn those that were taken from us.

"Sarajevo will be, everything else will pass." Today I mourn the childhood taken from me, my beautiful kuma who was herself a child when she was killed in the Siege, my grandmother whose home was bombed and killed, my uncles who were taken to concentration camps never to return, my grandpa whose remains we found in 2001.
Apr 4 6 tweets 1 min read
Proving intent in genocide (legally) is by far one of the most difficult things to accomplish. Whether or not what is happening in Ukraine is genocide or not, actually remains to be seen. Additionally, leaders know full well how difficult it is to prove intent of genocide. Putin and his generals will ensure that any demands or orders that even insinuate at genocide are not delivered in written form. But again, and I keep reiterating this...what is happening in Ukraine does not have to constitute genocide for it to be bad.
Apr 3 5 tweets 1 min read
I understand the need for us to link current atrocities to past atrocities, comparing the Bosnian genocide to the Holocaust or comparing the current Ukrainian crimes against humanity to the Bosnian genocide, but I think these comparisons do not get us very far. We have to contextualise the current atrocities within the circumstances that are happening. There are vast differences between the Holocaust and other genocides, there are vast differences between the Bosnian genocide and Ukraine.
Mar 22 4 tweets 1 min read
Did I not call this? They're going to absolutely advocate for and attempt to implement a Dayton type of an agreement. Ukraine should unequivocally stand against it.

Dayton in Bosnia rewarded the Serb leadership for doing genocide with their own entity. Image The 1995 Dayton Agreement continues to be lauded as a diplomatic win and success story for the West. It is a disaster. It is explicitly anti-democratic, it is explicitly rewarding genocide and ethnic expulsions, it is explicitly anti-human rights.
Mar 21 4 tweets 2 min read
In the early 90's US & Euro leaders had evidence of a genocide of Bosnian Muslims but chose not to help them via weapons or intervention b/c an "independent Muslim country would not be natural in Europe" and "painful but realistic restoration of Christian Europe" was necessary. Evidence:
Mar 21 5 tweets 2 min read
War of Aggression is precisely the right word to call it. The other definitions really do not fit in here. Wars do not and are really rarely if ever fought by equally levelled opposing sides, but they are wars nonetheless. War crimes are also defined specifically for a reason! Thinking that war is like two armies pointing at one another is just an outdated concept. That is not how war has functioned since we made weapons. In fact, it's never really functioned like that. War has always claimed civilian victims and collateral damage.