Soniah Kamal

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Justice at Last for Bosnia?

A lot of people, not just Bosnians and Croats, have been waiting for the day Serbian Commander Ratko Mladic was held accountable for his crimes. Yes. I said crimes. Though the official verdict is not yet in. Though there is another narrative told by some who will have you think that this is an honorable man being tried for just doing his duty, i.e. 'for nothing at all.' Here the nothing at all = genocide. Genocide of Bosnians and Croats. 100, 000 of them. Mass graves. Rapes. More mass graves. Survivors who make you wonder what 'survival' really means. All this just because they are not Serbs i.e. not born into a certain ethnicity.That Mladic has been able to hide for so long is despicable in itself. But are people so blind, so nationalistic, so removed from reality that they do not think that, by sheer dint of birth, they could have been one of the murdered? 

In a demonstration of Bosnia's continuing ethnic divide, Mladic's entrance in court was applauded by people who gathered in the Serb stronghold of Pale to watch the trial on TV.
"Mladic is our hero. It's sad that we see him there," said Milan Ivanovic, a 20-year-old law student.
Groome told the three-judge panel that Mladic was hand-picked by Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic because of his skills as a military commander, but also "because Karadzic believed he was willing to commit the crimes needed to achieve the strategic goals of the Bosnian Serb leadership." read rest here.

Rick Francona's book 'Chasing Demons' is a fast paced account of doing exactly that. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

When Do We Write?

My dear friend and writer Anjali Enjeti has started a new series on her blog She Started It in which she's going to ask writers when they write? You know like when they're bored, angry, sad, when they have time, don't have time. Please check it out. Yours truly is her debut writer!

 When do I write? A more fitting question might be when don’t I write! I’m writing even when I’m not actually sitting at the keyboard typing. I write, in my mind, while putting the kids to bed, before I sleep and when I wake up, as I brush my teeth and hit the shower, and make breakfast and finally take my first sip of tea and so on and so forth. In this fashion I’m writing all day long and my moods–happy, sad, angry, irritated—often act as necessary spices to season the particular piece I’m working on. read rest here.