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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 prepared an analysis of current events in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the light of the launch of official election campaign for general election scheduled for 3 October 2010. The most relevant and interesting sections from the comprehensive analysis entitled “THE VICIOUS CIRCLE OF POLITICS, MAFIA AND CRIME” are given below.

Jonathan M. Moore, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States of America to Bosnia and Herzegovina, will preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a school in Fojnica that was renovated by the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22 at the primary school in Fojnica.

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Patrick S. Moon, United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), met with Brcko District Chief of Police Goran Lujic and officer Senada Đonlić to congratulate Ms. Đonlić on her nomination to represent BiH at the 48th International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Training Conference. The conference will take place September 26-30, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Vienna, 22 September 2010 - The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), strongly condemns the alleged mistreatment of a reporter and cameraman working for KohaVision in Decan/Decani in Kosovo, by Lieutenant Sejde Krasniqi.

Based on the binding judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of February 26, 2007 in the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Serbia and Montenegro, We, the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are decisively against any form of discrimination, committed to the rule of law and the justice for the victims of aggression and genocide, obeying the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, obeying the European Charter of Local Self-Government, obeying the Charter of the United Nations, have decided by means of this Declaration to implement the judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of February 26, 2007 in the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Serbia and Montenegro, on this 24th day of September, 2010, adopt

Vienna, 27 September 2010 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI) is alarmed at recent threats posed to journalists Sergej Trajkovic and Tomislav Kukec, who work for the Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List.

Irhad loved playing football every Friday night with his friends. He also loved playing drums and he was dreaming that his band would one day become famous. Recently all this changed as he has been diagnosed with nvCJD a variant of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD).

Vienna, 30 September 2010 - The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI) strongly condemns the second bomb attack at the house of Caslav Milisavljevic, editor-in-chief of Radio Kosovska Mitrovica, in the Kosovo municipality of Zvecan.

Vienna, 6 October 2010 - The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI) strongly condemns the physical assault on Blic newspaper correspondent Gvozden Zdravic in Aleksandrovac, Serbia.

Vienna, 28 September 2010 - The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South and East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), strongly condemns the alleged threats received by five staff members of the Vijesti Publishing Group in Montenegro.

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 current events in Serbia in the light of the tenth anniversary of the overthrowing of Slobodan Milošević and empowerment of the Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) on 5th October 2000. The most interesting section from the comprehensive analysis entitled ”Ten Years Later“ are given below.

Vienna, 7 October 2010 - The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI) is deeply concerned about, and strongly condemns, the recent telephone and Email threats to the Croatian weekly Novosti.

On September 15, 2010, the Armed Forces of BiH (AFBiH), in cooperation with the Maryland National Guard and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), commenced demilitarization of 30,061 M16A1 rifles. U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Patrick Moon, together with representatives of the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation and Defense Attaché Office, and NATO HQ Commander in BiH Brigadier General David Enyeart, observed the destruction of the excess weapons which took place in Visoko.

Vienna, 5 October 2010 - Turkish reporter Ismail Saymaz faces 79 years in prison due to the publication of critical articles for the Turkish daily newspaper Radikal, IPI's National Committee in Turkey reports.

Vienna, 8 October 2010 - The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South and East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), strongly condemns the ban imposed by a political party on Alternativna Televizija (Alternative TV - ATV) - which is now unable to access and report on the election locations of Aquana and Banski Dvor in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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