Marko Bulat, Oj Kosovo, Kosovo, Pionir hall, Belgrade, November 24, 2013:
Belgrade is ranked seventh on the backpacker index of the cheapest cities in Europe before Budapest, Warsaw and Zagreb. Not bad at all.
For more information about Belgrade, visit the website of the Tourist Organization of Belgrade
James George Jatras, a government and media relations specialist in Washington who formerly served as a foreign policy adviser to the U.S. Senate Republican leadership and as a U.S. diplomat, wrote an interesting article over at the American Council for Kosovo. Here’s a short excerpt but it’s worth reading the whole article:
In applying “Rule Two” in the Balkans, the U.S. has been explicit in its subjective intention to help Muslim communities and movements because they are Muslim. For example, as stated by then-House Foreign Affairs Chairman, the late Tom Lantos (D-CA), at a 2007 hearing on Kosovo:
Here [Kosovo] is yet another example [i.e. “yet another” after Bosnia] that the United States leads the way for the creation of a predominantly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe. This should be noted by both responsible leaders of Islamic governments, such as Indonesia, and also for jihadists of all color and hue. The United States’ principles are universal, and in this instance, the United States stands foursquare for the creation of an overwhelmingly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe.
Kragujevac was the first capital of modern Serbia (1818–1839), and the first constitution in the Balkans was proclaimed in Kragujevac in 1835. Further on, the first full- fledged university in the newly independent Serbia was founded in 1838, preceded by the first grammar school (Gimnazija), Printworks (both in 1833), professional National theatre (1835) and the Military academy (1837). Also, Kragujevac has been an important industrial and trading centre in Serbia for over two centuries.
Well, watch this very well done video presentation of the city of Kragujevac: