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‘On bended knee’, Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic has apologised for the Srebrenica massacre committed by Serbian forces in 1995.
The admission comes just two days after Bosnian Muslim leader Bakir Izetbegovic visited Belgrade. He had recently urged Nikolic to recognise Srebrenica as genocide.
In extracts posted online of an interview for Bosnian TV, the Serbian leader said he was kneeling for forgiveness but stopped short of uttering the word genocide.
A former member of the ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party, Nikolic provoked fury in Bosnia for declaring that there was no genocide in Srebrenica during an interview just after his inauguration last June.
Relatives of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslims killed during the massacre are not convinced of Nikolic’s sincerity.
Munira Subasic, president of the Mothers of Srebrenica Association, has said that kneeling is not enough, he must define the crime, as international courts do, as genocide.
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Against the backdrop of the Boston Marathon tragedy, it feels unspeakably sad that even compromise gun control legislation looks to be doomed in the Senate. Bombs, not guns, were used in the Boston attack – trauma surgeons say they’ve pulled pellets and nails out of the bombing victims; some had between 10 and 40 pieces of shrapnel inside them. The Associated Press is reporting that the explosives may have been made with pressure cookers along with metal and ball bearings.But on a day when the forces of violence have clearly achieved a temporary victory – the forces of good always win in the end, as Patton Oswalt beautifully notes — our failure to combat the most common source of violence in our culture, the proliferation and easy availability of guns, seems particularly tragic. The fact that today is also the sixth anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre adds just another layer of poignance to the news. While xenophobes obsess about a possible Muslim or al Qaeda role in the bombing, we ignore the most obvious ways to keep ourselves safer: by cracking down on automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and the loopholes that let evil people kill so easily.Continue Reading… …
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The late Polish president’s twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski is set to attend a memorial event at the military cemetery in Povonzkah where a monument to the victims of the tragedy has been erected.Last year a Polish delegation of the crash victims’ relatives and officials took part in the commemoration service at the site of the tragedy, near Smolensk. A minute of silence was held at 8:41 am local time, marking the moment of the crash.On April 10, 2010, a high-profile Polish delegation was flying to western Russia to pay tribute to the victims of the 1940 Katyn forest massacre in which thousands of Polish officers were murdered and executed by Stalin’s secret police around 14 kilometers west of the city of Smolensk.The plane never reached its destination. The tragedy soured already strained relations between Russia and Poland.Separate investigations were carried out by the two countries. Bad weather and dubious decisions by the crew were blamed by both expert commissions. It turned out that the personnel were warned of heavy fog and low visibility and asked to reroute to a different airport, but decided to land regardless of the poor weather conditions.Warsaw’s official position has coincided with that of Moscow. Thorough investigation has confirmed that the crew committed a number of appreciable errors performing the landing in Smolensk.On top of this, it’s believed psychological pressure was exerted on the pilots by some of the high-ranking officials on board also contributed to the crew’s fatal decision to land.Transcripts from the plane’s “black box” revealed that the pilots were in a hurry to land, on the insistence of an unknown person on-board who said he would “go crazy” if they chose not to. The recording also showed that a certain influential official had entered the cockpit numerous times throughout the flight, while Poland’s Chief of the Air Force was present in the cockpit at the time of the crash.The investigation was set back due to the suicide of a key witness just before testimony.In October, flight engineer Remigiusz Muś, 42, set to deliver critical testimony in the Polish parliamentary investigation into the plane crash, as one of two key witnesses in the case, was found dead in his house in Warsaw after committing suicide. His testimony contradicted the official version, which said that the traffic controller only allowed the airplane to descend to 100 meters. The engineer claimed he overheard a Russian air traffic control officer allowing descent to a ‘landing decision’ height of 50 meters. His suicide became the second incident connected to the investigation of the plane crash as earlier a Polish prosecutor involved in the investigation shot himself during a media briefing in January 2012. Last year, in March, Poland’s Supreme Chamber of Control released its final report on the accident, according to which Kaczynski’s plane was not even authorized to carry out the flight. Smolensk airport was not listed as an active facility for the presidential flight. The head of the chamber Yatsek Yazersky pointed out that landing there should have been done only after a test flight, which never took place. While hundreds of thousands of Poles were deeply shaken by the tragedy, some tried to use it to advance their political ambitions. Despite the hard evidence and eyewitness accounts supporting the investigation, some political forces in Poland have pointed the finger at Russia. Polish right-wing parties made an attempt to use the Smolensk crash to score points in their presidential and parliamentary campaigns. Their failure to win votes with anti-Russian rhetoric later proved their line had nonetheless failed to reflect the general mood of the Polish people. Meanwhile, Nationalist Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has repeatedly claimed that the tragic death of his brother might not have been an accident, accusing Moscow of killing his brother.“If there were explosions [on-board the plane], if this catastrophe looks increasingly like an assassination, then this means there is a new quality to international politics,” Kaczynski was quoted as saying.On the eve of the second anniversary of the presidential plane crash, Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s supporters rallied in front of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw and set fire to an effigy of Vladimir Putin, also claiming the tragedy was an assassination. On Wednesday, in Smolensk memorial services are to start at 9:00am to commemorate the death of the Polish President and a swath of the Polish military and political elite. Several Polish officials, including the head of the Prime Minister’s office, Interior Minister and Defense Minister, are expected to visit the memorial ceremony at the site of the crash in Smolensk. The two countries have long been discussing the details of construction of the monument in Smolensk. Russia had provided Poland the topographic and geological information about the crash site and its surroundings needed for a monument to be designed. This week Poland has announced that the Smolensk memorial area will occupy 1,219 square meters. According to the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage plan, the monument will be in a form of a 115-meter-long and 2.2-meter-high red granite wall with the names of the victims on it.“We hope our cooperation will intensify, and allow us to do everything possible to build a memorial to mark the site of this terrible tragedy, that could become a symbol of solidarity between our two nations,” Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said last year. “This is our common goal.” …
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took Leatherface and his chainsaw to chase tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins out of the top spot at the box office.Lionsgate’s horror sequel “Texas Chainsaw 3-D” debuted at No. 1 with $23 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The movie picks up where 1974′s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” left off, with masked killer Leatherface on the loose again.Quentin Tarantino’s revenge saga “Django Unchained” held on at No. 2 for a second-straight weekend with $20.1 million. The Weinstein Co. release raised its domestic total to $106.4 million.After three weekends at No. 1, part one of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy slipped to third with $17.5 million. That lifts the domestic haul to $263.8 million for “The Hobbit,” the Warner Bros. blockbuster that also has topped $500 million overseas to raise its worldwide total to about $800 million.Also passing the $100 million mark over the weekend was Universal’s musical “Les Miserables,” which finished at No. 4 with $16.1 million, pushing its domestic total to $103.6 million.Like other horror franchises, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” has had several other remakes or sequels, but the idea always seems ripe for a new wave of fright-flick fans. Nearly two-thirds of the audience was under 25, too young – or not even born – when earlier “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movies came out.Continue Reading… …