Letting Go of Our Preconceptions: A Lesson From Bosnia

Elephant Journal

I'll admit that when my husband suggested Bosnia as part of our three month honeymoon adventure, I hesitated. I googled 'landmines in Bosnia' and immediately wished that I hadn't. Adventure Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) Europe Inspiring (Wow) Travel Bosnia Bosnian War bridge Civil War europe Herzegovina honeymoon safetyMy initial thoughts flew to abandoned buildings, water dripping on to rusting corrugated iron, and walls riddled with bullet holes.

Paralyzed Dog From Bosnia Finds New Home in Canada


She was hit Read More The post Paralyzed Dog From Bosnia Finds New Home in Canada appeared first on Ecorazzi. A paralyzed Collie who was left to die in Sarajevo has found a new home and life in Stoney Creek, Ontario. The Collie’s name is, fittingly, Hope. Animals News Top News


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Birding Sarajevo or the sentimental journey home

10,000 Birds

Yet, Bosnia and Herzegovina was the very heartland of former Yugoslavia, with Sarajevo in its geographical centre. My friend is an ornithologist at the National Museum, Bosnia’s biggest and best-endowed museum of ancient and, especially, natural history. Trips Balkans Bosnia and Herzegovina SarajevoGonna take a sentimental journey. Gonna set my heart at ease …. Gotta take that sentimental journey. Sentimental journey home.

2018 164

This is what Happens when we Can’t Look Genocide in the Eye.

Elephant Journal

Editor's Picks Enlightened Society Equal Rights Bosnia congo genocide global politics holocause denial Holocaust media politics Rohingya Rwanda Syria YemenJust as we failed to face up to what was happening in the Holocaust, we have continued to bury our heads in the sand.

2018 64

Bosnian Walks 3,600 Miles to Mekkah

Green Prophet

Senad Hadzic walked for 314 days and crossed six countries from his village in Bosnia to get to Mekkah in time for Hajj. A 47-year old man from Bosnia has walked all the way from his village to the holy city of Mekkah. Hadzic spent 314 days walking across Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria and Jordan to get to Mekkah. Religion Bosnia Hajj Islam and environment Muslims walking

2012 77

5 Inspiring Green Prophet Stories and People Of 2012

Green Prophet

Lifestyle & Culture Barefoot College Bosnia Environment and Islam Green Muslims Muslims Solar Energy surfing UK waterFor Green Prophet, I often write about (let’s face it) depressing issues such as climate refugees and environmental conflicts in which everyone pays the price but I do sometimes get to write about some fun stuff too. That’s basically what is going into my top 5 Green Prophet blog stories of the year.

2012 65

More Birds Than Bullets: a book review

10,000 Birds

McMullan had some sort of spiritual awakening in Bosnia when he saw a woman weeping outside her destroyed home. A cheeky lad, Geoffrey McMullan was regularly subjected to brutal discipline at his English boarding school.

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How to find the Ural Owl in Serbia

10,000 Birds

The Ural Owl inhabits old and undisturbed boreal forests, in an unbroken belt from Sweden and Finland across Russia to Japan, and is rarely seen to the south, only here and there, in the Carpathians (Slovakia/Ukraine/Romania/eastern Serbia) and Dinaric Alps (Croatia/Bosnia/western Serbia).

2020 208

The state of Yugoslavia stood in the way of the strategic plan of the USA

Green (Living) Review

Those even included the arming of certain groups – mostly the Muslim fighters, such as in Bosnia, many of which were actually foreign operators from other Muslim countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh. In the case of Kosovo, as well as, to some extent, in Bosnia Herzegovina, a main aim of ethnic cleansing was targeted at the Romani (Gypsy) population, a fact very often ignored.

2018 119

Angelina Jolie Honored At Festival for Acting and Charity Work


Yesterday, Angelina Jolie attended the 17 th Sarajevo Film Festival in Bosnia, but not just to strut her stuff along the red carpet. Last year, the actress also visited Bosnia several times as a goodwill ambassador for the UN’s refugee agency. Her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey , takes place in Bosnia and is set during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. .

Western Serbia, or Griffons in the raspberries

10,000 Birds

Our destination lies further west, along the Drina River, which marks the border between Serbia and Bosnia. Morning at the slopes of Mt. Povlen, a quick stop filled with a song that sounds familiar, but I haven’t heard it since last year. Checking it on my phone – yes, it is an Ortolan Bunting ! We are heading to the 6 km / 4 mi long and 500 m / 1600 ft deep Tresnjica River Gorge, on a small tributary of the Drina originating on the slopes of Povlen – and a Griffon Vulture Sanctuary.

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How I Become a Birder

10,000 Birds

Somewhere between the latest TV footage from Bosnia, I saw a pair of ornithologists, one a biology student, the other one the Natural History Museum director, birding the nearby mountain. I think I was 19 when I made my first bucket list of things I’d like to do, from horse-back riding to sailing, rafting, caving, climbing… all sort of things Willie Garvin was good at (minus the knife throwing). Somewhere at the very back of the list was birdwatching. Why at the back?

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We need a new way

Green (Living) Review

Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, etc., by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Governments excel at some things, mainly things we wish they weren't so adept at, namely at collecting taxes, which is, basically stealing property; in incarcerating (kidnapping) its citizens and locking them in cages and in the USA, under the NDAA legislation this can be done for an indefinite period and that totally without trial; killing human beings of different nationalities; and denying natural-born rights to its citizens.

2012 135

We need a new way

Green (Living) Review

Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, etc., by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Governments excel at some things, mainly things we wish they weren't so adept at, namely at collecting taxes, which is, basically stealing property; in incarcerating (kidnapping) its citizens and locking them in cages and in the USA, under the NDAA legislation this can be done for an indefinite period and that totally without trial; killing human beings of different nationalities; and denying natural-born rights to its citizens.

2012 123

UN Launches Climate Change Resilience Project In Western Balkans, Turkey

Green Prophet

In addition to Turkey, the countries set to benefit from the project are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, and Kosovo. The incidence and intensity of natural disasters, such as the flash floods last month that killed 12 people in Samsun, Turkey , are expected to increase as climate change intensifies.

Europe Maintains Commitment to Ambition and Action at Recent Marrakesh Climate Talks

Conservancy Talk

TNC in Europe: Renewables in the Balkans The Štrbački buk waterfalls and the the Una River form a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. 2016 is now set to be the warmest year on record [1]. In Europe, this observed climate change has already led to a wide range of impacts on the environment, economy and human health [2].

Our Kids Deserve Better Than ‘World School Milk Day’


Young minds from Bosnia, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Poland, across the US, and elsewhere are taught that milk is necessary, milk is good, and that milk should be celebrated. What happens when our education system decides to team up with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations? World School Milk Day , and the ludicrous hypocrisy of promoting dairy consumption despite also publishing countless studies to contradict what’s being forced on our children.

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When it comes to water cooperation, where is the Middle East?

Green Prophet

The latter is the first multilateral issue oriented agreement in South East Europe concluded after the Dayton Peace Agreement which stopped the war in Bosnia. United Nations-sponsored World Water Day was celebrated this week in a series of events around the world ranging from races to speeches to demonstrations of how individuals could conserve consumption of this most-critical of natural resources.

Kazakh Children Keep Ramadan Caroling Alive

Green Prophet

Children in Bosnia-Herzegovina collect money by shouting “Ramadan bank” as they move door to door. Children in Central Asia practice a tradition in the lead-up to iftar (the evening breaking of the Ramadan fast – read our green iftar guide here ) that has a decidedly Western resonance: they go Ramadan caroling. As with Christmas caroling, the children go door-to-door singing their neighbors holiday songs.

Protecting Medicinal Plants

Eco Friendly Daily

Bosnia-Herzegovina will be the European model site. Next time you are tempted to pick your own chamomile or echinacea, give a thought to sustainable plant populations. Many medicines and herbal remedies are based on traditional approaches. But as the human population continues to grow, demand for plant products intensifies. And that means a lot of pressure on sometimes fragile plants and ecosystems. .

Government council cuts are punishing the most vulnerable

Green (Living) Review

It also does not include Bosnia and such like. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Mass scale cuts to council budgets will lead to the death of local government and heap punishment on the most vulnerable, as ministers announce a further 2.9 per cent cut in funding for 2014/15, warns Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union. Many of the country’s most deprived councils will bear the brunt, with Liverpool city council facing a 62 per cent cut in funding between 2010 and 2017.

10 Green Prophets for 2012

Green Prophet

This Bosnian Muslim man fulfilled his Hajj duties this year by walking from Bosnia all the way to Mecca – that’s 3,540 miles! The year in retrospect has been a positive one. Despite civil unrest, dangerous regimes, and appalling environmental crimes and neglect, there are good green things afoot for the Middle East.

2012 87

Butterflies or business - Europe can have both!

Green (Living) Review

The six West Balkan countries are cooperating countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The European Environment Agency (EEA) on November 30, 2010 released its fourth Environment State and Outlook report — SOER 2010 — a comprehensive assessment of how and why Europe’s environment is changing, and what we are doing about it.

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Welcome to the Blue Heart of Europe

Conservancy Talk

While it happened to be the beautiful aqua-blue Soča River in Slovenia that they chose, it could just have easily been the Tara River in Montenegro, the upper Neretva River in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Vjosa in Albania, or any number of other rivers and streams in the region — they all share the quality of being dream-like, beautiful and largely a secret to most of the world.

New Field Guide: Central America

10,000 Birds

Or Bosnia and Herzegovina. Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama make up Central America. Notice that had I not used the Oxford Comma there, you’d be thinking “Costa Rica and Panama” was a country like Trinidad and Tobago. Or Antigua and Barbuda.

Weekend Reading 7/31/15

Sightline Daily

Finally, personally (and anecdotally), I just returned from a two-ish-week-long trip to Bosnia, where I met my younger sister’s husband’s wonderful family. If you want to understand what is happening right now in Seattle’s housing controversy—the HALA-baloo—read this article carefully.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

“Australia is committed to a greedy and inhumane course of climate exceptionalism, climate racism and climate injustice.&#. We all know that we have to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and eventually reach zero emissions.

Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).