Sarajevo, September 9, 2009 – The launch of a new $8 million project by the U.S. Government to strengthen the Bosnia and Herzegovina judiciary will take place on Thursday, September 10 at the Holiday Inn hotel in Sarajevo, at 3 p.m. The ceremony will be attended by Mr. Allan Reed, USAID BiH Mission Director, as well as senior representatives of the BiH judiciary, executive and legislative branches. All media are invited to attend. The five-year project of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is a continuation of its recently completed Justice Sector Development Project (JSDP), which aimed to provide support to the rule of law in BiH through reforms of the judiciary sector and strengthening of its most essential institutions.

Admiral James G. Stavridis, Commander of the United States European Command, will be visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina on September 17, 2009. Admiral Stavridis will observe the Combined Endeavor 2009 exercise final day activities and take part in the closing ceremony of the exercise, which are being held in Banja Luka. Combined Endeavor 2009, which is run by the United States European Command and is being held for the first time in its history in a non-NATO country, is a demonstration of the close cooperation between the Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the United States and forty partner countries under the NATO Partnership for Peace program.
Sarajevo, October 13, 2009 – The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is pleased to announce that the U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Jonathan Moore, USAID Director Allan Reed, Swedish Ambassador Bosse Hedberg, and Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Director Anders Hedlund will officially launch two jointly funded $35 million projects, FIRMA and FARMA, on October 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the UNITIC Tower in Sarajevo. All media are invited to attend the event.

On Wednesday, October 14, 2009, Stephen J. Rapp, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, visited Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first time since assuming his position in September.

The United States Embassy in Sarajevo, United States European Command, the United States Department of Justice, and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are partnering with Bosnia and Herzegovina to support its state and entity law enforcement agencies. The U.S. and BiH have an excellent working relationship in the area of security and law enforcement.

Vienna, 10 March 2010 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), strongly condemns the manner in which French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner behaved towards Budimir Nicic, a Voice of America reporter, in the Kosovo town of Gracanica.

Vienna, 16 March 2010 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is pleased to announce the 2010 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe. Sponsored by Dr. Erhard Busek - Jean Monet Professor ad personam, President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), Former Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and President of the European Forum Alpbach - the EUR 3,000 award will be presented to a journalist, editor, media executive, media expert, writer or journalism trainer in South Eastern Europe, who has promoted better understanding amongst peoples in the region and worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethnic division, racism, xenophobia, or who has helped in any other form to foster understanding in South East Europe.

Editor Still Faces Combined Total of 525 Years, on 105 Counts VIENNA, 7 April 2010 - Vedat Kursun, former editor of the Kurdish daily, Azadiya Welat was on Wednesday sentenced by a Turkish court to three years in prison in connection with two articles deemed to have spread propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, PKK - which is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the European Union, the United States and many other countries.

On March 24, U.S. Embassy Human Rights Officer Patrick Hanish, accompanied by representatives of the Inter-Religious Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Emir Kovacevic and Olivera Jovanovic, met with Foca Mayor Zdravko Krsmanovic to discuss the recent attack by vandals on Foca’s Muslim cemetery and visit the site of the vandalism.

The Government of the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is pleased to announce that 30 BiH farmers will receive Certificates of Participation for attending a study tour to Poland for berry producers.

The US Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina is honored to announce the return visit of Mr. Martin Luther King, III, son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, from May 4-6, 2010. Mr. King, III is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The King Center in Atlanta.

Sarajevo, March 31, 2010 – The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), are pleased to announce the inauguration of a joint loan guarantee program for Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), co-funded between the two bilateral donor agencies.

The International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) in Ljubljana, Slovenia, regularly analyses events in the Middle East and the Balkans. IFIMES has analysed the current events in Serbia with a special emphasis on Serbia's accession to EU membership and the functioning of its judicial system after the crisis which has escalated due the non-reelection of numerous judges and prosecutors. The most interesting sections from the analysis entitled “Collapse of the judicial system in Serbia” are given below.

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