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We are coming... strong... unstoppable: A Global Balkans Interview with Belgrade Artist Milica Ružicić

Milica Ruzicic's painting "Jugoremedija Struggle, 2004" on the cover of the debut issue of Radical Criminology

The debut issue of Radical Criminology features the latest Global Balkans interview with Belgrade artist/activist Milica Ruzicic based on her series of paintings on police repression globally (also featured throughout the issue), along with her centrepiece painting of the Jugoremedija worker's strike on the cover. The interview features Milica, Ivan of Pokret za Slobodu, and Tamara from Global Balkans discussing art, politics, and resistance to injustice in the chaotic transition to capitalism in post-Yugoslav Serbia (along with its global resonances/repercussions).

Read the interview at:

The full series of Milica's paintings are here: http://journal.radicalcriminology.org/index.php/rc/article/view/7/html

and Ivan Zlatic on the context of the Jugoremedija struggle is here: http://journal.radicalcriminology.org/index.php/rc/article/view/12/html

Beyond Bureaucratized Trade-Unions: Struggles for Workers’ Rights Intensify in Montenegro


The following text is a translation of a recent article written by the head of the Steelworkers Union in Montenegro, Janko Vucinic. It reflects some of the lessons learned from the past two decades of transition, highlighting the pitfalls of nationalism and bureaucratized trade-union structures for workers' struggles. The Niksic Steelworks in Montenegro is now facing liquidation and the union representing its workers is mobilizing to prevent the company from going under.

New Rounds of Enclosure and Resistance: Fighting Notes from "Transitional" Serbia | Interview with Pokret za Slobodu (Freedom Fight Movement)

Zastava Elektro

AG: Let me begin by asking about the last round of privatization in Serbia. What used to be called in the state-socialist system of former Yugoslavia, "socially owned property," is being enclosed and privatized. How advanced is this process of "privatization through bankruptcy" at the moment? And at the risk of sounding legalistic, how legal is this process of accumulation by dispossession?

MONTENEGRO: Trade-Union Rights Under Attack!


MEDIA RELEASE (Podgorica, 28. April 2010) - Following the sudden dismissal of Sandra Obradovic, the head of one of the trade-union organizations in the Aluminum Plant - Podgorica (KAP), a number of NGOs are demanding of [Montenegrin] state institutions that they ensure that rights to trade-union organization and freedom of speech are protected.

The KAP management handed Sandra Obradovic dismissal papers because of her presence at a round-table discussion organized by MANS [a local anti-corruption NGO] about the privatization of Montenegrin companies. The company justified her dismissal by stating that her participation at the event was aimed at fulfilling a "private need" and that by doing so she had abused her trade-union function and demonstrated her lack of respect for the employer.

Roma settlement in Cukarica Demolished - Roma left without roofs over their heads [Belgrade, Serbia]


DEMOCRATIC ROMA ASSOCIATION (DUR) - On 20.04.2010, between 7-8 am in the morning, the Roma settlement on Lazar Kujundzic Street in the municipal district of Cukarica [in Belgrade] was demolished. 38 Roma families, or over 150 residents, lived in this settlement. According to the accounts of residents everything played itself out by surprise and with incredible speed, accompanied by the use of force on the part of those hired to undertake the clearing operation in an attempt to ensure that the residents would be chased from their homes.

As a result, the residents weren't able to save and protect the majority of their belongings from the demolition - including personal belongings and household appliances. Residents succeeded in saving only that which they were able to carry with them in their hands, since they were prevented from accessing their houses.

B92 report: Current Wave of Strikes Could "Spiral Out of Control"


The current socioeconomic situation in Serbia begins to become clear when even the neoliberal media quotes some of the less radical union leaders saying that the current wave of strikes may "spiral out of control."

Mass Protest of Steelworkers in Nikšić, Montenegro

steelworkers protest, montenegro 12/09

Global Balkans / EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article was written by Srdja Kekovic the Secretary General of the Union of Free Trade-Unions of Montenegro (UFTUM) following the mass protest of up to 1500 steelworkers from the Željezara AD plant in Nikšić who converged on the Montenegrin city of Nikšić last week to insist on government guarantees aimed at preserving jobs in the factory and ensuring that the terms of the privatization agreement are respected by the British/Dutch owner Montenegro Specialty Steels (MSS). The article includes a number of important points regarding the process of reform and privatization in the Balkans and for the trade-union movement in general on necessary steps during the economic crisis.

The Steelworkers
By: Srđa Keković

26 November 2009
FORUM, Vijesti

Support for Student Protests at the University of Belgrade (from Pokret za Slobodu & the CCWPS)

studenski protesti 11/2009

Support for Belgrade University students' protests
Statement by Pokret za Slobodu & the Coordinating Committee of Workers' Protests

Dear students and future colleagues,

For decades already we've been confronted with the irresponsible attitude of the government towards the economy in this country, resulting in increasing economic inequality and a drop in the standard of living for a large number of people. Economic decay, deindustrialization, and political corruption are conditioned by the specific circumstances of our history and political life but are also reflective of global currents expressed by the increasing subordination of all aspects of society to the exclusive needs of those individuals and corporations that have secured a monopoly not only over the market but also over political decision-making. The educational system is also experiencing its own commercialization and the decline of teaching standards stemming from systemic reforms, known as the Bologna process, as well as the introduction of increasingly higher tuition fees.

Global Balkans Launch

10/07/2009 19:00
Global Balkans Launch Poster

Global Balkans, PM Press, QPIRG McGill & QPIRG Concordia present:

                   The Montréal Launch of the
                  GLOBAL BALKANS NETWORK

A BENEFIT for Voice of Roma & the Coordinating Committee for Workers’ Protests in Serbia


Film Clips from the documentary film (in progress) "tranzicija / transition"

Balkan beats&grooves:

  • Lubo Alexandrov (Kaba Horo)
  • Sergiu Popa (special live performance)!!
  •  DJ Eliazar
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