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Tolmezzo (UD), CASA DELLE ESPOSIZIONI (Via Illegio, 33028): Art exhibition "Floriano: ponte d’arte e fede tra i popoli d'Europa": 100 rappresentazioni del Santo datate tra l’VIII e il XX secolo – tavole lignee dipinte, sculture lignee, tele, ori, codici - firmate tra gli altri da grandi maestri come Albrecht Altdorfer, Albrecht Dürer, Cesare Vecellio, Michael Parth, Michael Pacher.  orario: 10.00-19.00 (venerdě: 10.00-22.00). Lunedě chiuso. Visite guidate sempre. Visite per gruppi su prenotazione (possono variare, verificare sempre via telefono) biglietti: euro 6,00. Ridotto: euro 4,00. Studenti: euro 2,00 vernissage: 30 aprile 2004. ore 17 editore: SKIRA  curatori: Giuseppe Bergamini, Alessio Geretti autori: Albrecht Altdorfer, Albrecht Dürer, Michael Pacher, Michael Parth, Cesare Vecellio  telefono evento: +39 04332054 genere: arte antica, arte moderna e contemporanea, collettiva. 30 aprile 2004 ore 17.00: Illegio, Casa delle Esposizioni: Inaugurazione della mostra d’arte internazionale “Floriano: ponte d’arte e fede tra i popoli d’ Europa ” Intervengono il Presidente della Commissione europea On. Romano Prodi, il Ministro per i Beni e le Attivitŕ Culturali On. Prof. Giuliano Urbani, S.E. Card. Tomŕš Špidlik, il Presidente della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia Riccardo Illy e P. Marko Ivan Rupnik del Centro Aletti di Roma, l’arcivescovo di Udine, mons. Pietro Brollo. Notevole anche la serie di oltre trenta sculture lignee, dal Quattrocento al Settecento, provenienti da Germania, Austria, Slovenia, Alto Adige, Friuli: la magia del legno e delle dorature che ritraggono San Floriano donano, nel contempo, uno spaccato dei costumi, delle armature e della fisionomia dei popoli dell’epoca. http://www.exibart.com/profilo/eventiV2.asp/idelemento/11084  

 
Politics

In an interview with the German daily “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” on Tuesday, Czech president Vaclav Klaus rejected a gesture of goodwill towards members of the remaining German and Hungarian minority in the Czech Republic. Mr Klaus said that “this was not a topic of discussion in the Czech Republic today”. Former Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Petr Mares, proposed the humanitarian gesture for members of the German and Hungarian minority, especially women and children, who suffered in post-war Czechoslovak labour camps. When confronted with Mr Mares’ proposal Mr Klaus responded: “ I am almost against everything Mr Mares has ever suggested in his life.” Mr Klaus also rejected discussion on the Benes Decrees issue. He said that “abolishing the Decrees would be like changing history and nobody can do that”. Read more on Eurolang: http://www.eurolang.net/news.asp?id=4972 

Music MUSICA JUDAICA: LA PRODUZIONE MUSICALE NEI CAMPI DI CONCENTRAMENTO D'EUROPA, D'ASIA E NORDAFRICA Negli ultimi tempi si parla molto di problemi connes- si alla memoria storica, specialmente in relazione ai tragici fatti della Seconda Guerra Mondiale. A questi temi sono state dedicate numerose iniziative: mostre, conferenze, tavole rotonde, pubblicazioni, cd-rom. I- noltre sono usciti (anche in tempi piů remoti) dischi di musicisti banditi dalla dittatura nazionalsociali- sta. Nessuno, perň, aveva ancora pensato di realizza- re un'opera veramente completa sulle musiche nate nei campi di concentramento. A colmare questa lacuna ha provveduto Francesco Loto- ro, un giovane pianista nato a Barletta, che ha idea- to e curato MUSICA JUDAICA, la prima opera enciclope- dica dedicata alle musiche composte nei campi di con- centramento europei, asiatici e africani attivi negli anni della Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Nonostante il titolo, l'opera non prende in esame so- lamente le musiche di compositori israeliti, ma anche di tutti gli altri che vennero internati nei campi di concentramento. L'opera comprende 20 CD - tre dei quali giŕ pubblica- ti - e un utile dizionario della letteratura musicale concentrazionaria, che Francesco Lotoro sta scrivendo con la moglie Grazia Tiritiello. Un'opera unica. Per altre informazioni: Istituto Musica Judaica Via dell’Industria 93 Barletta (Bari) tel-fax 08-83538234 info@musicajudaica.it www.musicajudaica.it 
Books

New Books about Gypsys: A. Bancroft, Roma And Gypsy Travellers In Europe: Modernity, Race, Space And Exclusion, Ashgate, Aldershot 2005. K. Fings, Killing Fields: The Gypsies During Second World War, Volume 3, Hertfordshire Press, Hatfield 2005. M. Ravazzini, Le ha ma la ja. Prendi, mangia e non ti preoccupare, con foto di Monika Bulaj, Monti, Saronno (VA) 2005 [www.padremonti.it].

Event GENE FELLNER: THE GENOCIDE PAINTINGS ART AND SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS Dal 2 al 30 aprile 2004 la Olin Gallery (285 East Wheeling Street, Washington) ospiterŕ la mostra di Gene Fellner che ha per titolo "The Genocide Paintings: Art and Social Con- sciousness". Verranno esposti 50 dipinti che ritraggono gli effetti del genocidio in Bosnia, Cambogia, Guatemala e Ruanda. Il for- mato delle opere, lungo e stretto, si ispira a quello del- le pitture giapponesi del periodo Edo (1603-1867). L'attivitŕ di Fellner, pittore e scrittore statunitense, č sempre stata caratterizzata dall'attenzione per temi di ri- lievo sociale/politico. Nel 1987 l'artista č stato premiato per una serie di dipinti dedicati allo schiavismo. Alla ma- dre, che fuggě da Monaco nel 1939, ha dedicato un'altra se- rie, "A Train Full of Children". Le sue opere sono state e- sposte in gallerie e musei di vari paesi. Per altre informazioni: www.washjeff.edu  www.genefellnerart.com 
Books
New book about "Genocide, War Crimes and the West, History and Complicity", edited by Adam Jones. Genocide is the focus of growing scholarly attention and controversy. Genocide, War Crimes and the West expands the debate by exploring the involvement of the USA and other liberal 'Western' democracies in activities supposedly restricted to totalitarian Europe and certain authoritarian Third World regimes? In the first Part, important analytical issues are considered, including the question of where responsibility for genocide resides, the variety of domestic and international institutional responses, and the moral basis for accusing Western countries of complicity. In the second Part, a large number of original case studies make clear how broadly conceived the subject ought to be; the wide range of state behaviours that can be criticised as constituting genocide, war crimes, or comparable mass violations of human rights; and the remedies that ought to be available. At a moment in history when terrorism has become a near universal focus of public attention, this volume shows why the actions of the West, both in centuries past and the Cold War era, have excited such widespread resentment and hatred around the world. 'In the names of millions of forgotten victims, from Wounded Knee to My Lai, a brilliant tribunal of scholars assail the himalayan hypocrisy of 'Western humanitarianism.' - Mike Davis, author of Late Victorian Holocausts 
'This book documents one of the darkest chapters of recent history. It tells the story of what the 'First World', Western democracies, most prominently the United States, have committed mainly against countries and peoples in the South and in the former socialist world. It is the history of aggression, indiscriminate bombing, war crimes, and massacres since the 1970s, the story of Western complicity in genocide in the South and East, and worse, it is about genocide committed by democracies. This path-breaking book of 25 chapters finally fills a huge void; it carefully accounts for serious crimes others have shamefully avoided, omitted or denied.' - Christian P. Scherrer, Professor for Peace Studies at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, Japan; author of Genocide and Crisis Contents::Part 1: Overview::1. Introduction: Genocide, War::Crimes and the West - Adam Jones::2. Shades of Complicity: Towards a Typology of Transnational Crimes against Humanity - Peter Stoett::Part 2: Cases::3. Imperial Germany and the Herero of Southern Africa: Genocide and the Quest for Recompense - Jan-Bart Gewald::4. Genocide by Any Other Name: North American Indian Residential Schools in Context - Ward Churchill ::5. The Allies in World War Two: The Anglo-American Bombardment of German Cities - Eric Langenbacher::6. Torture and Other Violations of the Law by the French Army during the Algerian War - Raphaëlle Branche::7. Atrocity and Its Discontents: U.S. Double-Mindedness about Massacre, from the Plains Wars to Indonesia - Peter Dale Scott::8. Bob Kerrey's Atrocity, the Crime of Vietnam, and the Historic Pattern of U.S. Imperialism - S. Brian Willson::Document 1 ::(1) Inaugural Statement to the Russell Vietnam War Crimes Tribunal (1966) -- Jean-Paul Sartre::9. C! harles Horman et alia vs. Henry Kissinger: U.S. Intervention in 1970s Chile and the Case for Prosecutions - Mario I. Aguilar::10. The Wretched of the Nations: The West's Role in Human Rights Violations::in the Bangladesh War of Independence - Suhail Islam and Syed Hassan::11. Indicting Henry Kissinger: The Response of Raphael Lemkin - Steven L. Jacobs::12. Crimes of the West in Democratic Congo: Reflections on Belgian Acceptance of "Moral Responsibility" for the Death of Lumumba - Thomas Turner::13. In the Name of the Cold War: How the West Aided and Abetted the Barre Dictatorship of Somalia - Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi ::14. The Security Council: Behind the Scenes in the Rwanda Genocide - Linda R. Melvern::15. U.S. Policy and Iraq: A Case of Genocide? - Denis J. Halliday::Documents 2 & 3::(2) Criminal Complaint against the United States and Others for Crimes against the People of Iraq (1996) - Ramsey Clark::(3) Letter to the Security Council (2001) - Ramsey Clark::16. The Fire ! in 1999? The United States, Nato, and the Bombing of Yugoslavia - David Bruce Macdonald::17. Collateral Damage: The Human Cost of Structural Violence - Peter G. Prontzos::Part 3: Truth and Restitution::18. Institutional Responses to Genocide and Mass Atrocity - Ernesto Verdeja::19. International Citizens' Tribunals on Human Rights - Arthur Jay Klinghoffer::20. Coming to Terms with the Past: The Case for a Truth and Reparations Commission on Slavery, Segregation, and Colonialism - Francis Njubi Nesbitt::Document 4::4) The World Conference against Racism: Declarations on the Transatlantic Slave Trade::Part 4: Closing Observations::21. Afghanistan and Beyond - Adam Jones::22. Letter to America - Breyten Breytenbach::Index ; Notes References Index 400 pp BIC:/JPS/HB/JP International Relations | History | Political Science  / HbISBN 1 84277 190 6 Ł 49.95 $75.00 - PbISBN 1 84277 191 4 Ł 16.95 $25.00
Festival

31 marzo-2 aprile 2004 HUMAN RIGHTS NIGHTS FESTIVAL Festival del cinema dedicato ai diritti umani. Varie se- di, Bologna e Forlě. Contatto: www.humanrightsnights.org 

Conferences

New conferences abou Minority Issues in Central Europe: 16-17 April 2004 (Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge. Massachusetts/USA) INCORPORATING MINORITIES IN EUROPE: 19TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT (Contact: Lisa Eschenbach  lmeschen@fas.harvard.edu); May, 20-22, 2004 (University of Chernivtsi, Chernivtsi, Ukraine): ETHNOPOLITICS IN POSTSOCIALIST COUNTRIES OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE (contact: Oleh Kaptar, tel. 00380-50-9646073, eurostud@cv.ukrtel.net); May 20-23, 2004 (University of Rezekne, Lettonia): REGIONAL LANGUAGES IN THE NEW EUROPE (contact: Dr. Ilga Šuplinska, ilga13@inbox.lv); July, 18-21 luglio 2004 (Universiy of Warsaw, Polond): NATIONALITIES AND PLURALISM FROM OLD TO NEW WORLDS  (contact: www.nationalities.org

Web

There is a new web page about Mediterranean Europe: : http://www.a-sud.org. It´s very interesting.

News

One of the many walls built by states to devide peoples was finBeforeally destroyed by the locaAfterl authorites: the Wall of Gorizia/Gorica.     

Webs

Web pages about the Danube Delta: http://www.x3m.ro/delta/ (has facts about the Danube delta and some beautiful pictures); http://www.x3m.ro/Tulcea/galerie.html  (Pictures of Tulcea); http://www.ngo-center.ro/tulcea.html (Photos from the Danube Delta); http://www.ngo-center.ro/photo.html. If you are interested to travel, you can visit http://www.sincrondelta.ro and http://www.toursgalex.ro

Web

A new web is on the net to help people to enjoy Transylvania by Bike: http://Travel.transindex.ro

Web and event

17 February 2004 (Florence), University of Forence: conference about Ukrainian Holodomor (famine-genocide) of 1932-1933 (see www.holodomor.org) organized by the Italian Association of Ukrainian studies (see the web page where you can find - in Italian - information about Ukraine: http://www.aisu.it/). 

Books New Italian books about Minority languages: A. Carli (a cura di), IL BILINGUISMO TRA CONSERVAZIONE E MINACCIA: ESEMPI E PRESUPPOSTI PER INTERVENTI DI POLITI- CA LINGUISTICA E DI EDUCAZIONE BILINGUE, Franco Angeli, Milano 2004. V. Dell'Aquila e G. Iannaccaro, LA PIANIFICAZIONE LINGUI- STICA: LINGUE, SOCIETÁ, ISTITUTIONI, Carocci, Roma 2004.
Book

New book in Italian about Danubian Europe ("GUIDA AI PAESI DELL'EUROPA CENTRALE, ORIENTALE E BALCANICA"). Questo volume pubblicato dal Mulino č la nuova edizione del- l'annuario che l'IECOB (Istituto dell'Europa Centrale Orien- tale e Balcanica) pubblica ogni anno dal 1998. Il libro (pagg. 384, euro 23,50), curato da Stefano Bianchi- ni e Francesco Privitera, offre al lettore un ampio panorama di 22 paesi europei: Albania, Bielorusssia, Bosnia-Erzegovi- na, Bulgaria, Repubblica Ceca, Cipro, Croazia, Estonia, Gre- cia, Lettonia, Lituania, Macedonia, Moldavia, Polonia, Roma- nia, Russia, Serbia e Montenegro, Slovacchia, Slovenia, Tur- chia, Ucraina, Ungheria. Come si vede si tratta di paesi molto diversi: soltanto uno (la Grecia) fa giŕ parte dell'UE; altri 9 entreranno a far- ne parte il 1° maggio 2004, insieme a Malta; per i rimanenti l'adesione all'UE, per quanto meno imminente, rimane in ogni caso un obiettivo importante. Il libro fornisce un aggiornamemto storico sui paesi in que- stione. Seguono le schede politico-economiche dedicate ai 22 paesi. Un libro importante, un libro che ogni europeo dovrebbe ave- re nella propria biblioteca. Per altre informazioni: Istituto dell'Europa Centrale Orientale e Balcanica Corso della Repubblica, 88/a 47100 Forlě tel. 0543-23000 fax 0543-377088 www.eurobalk.net eurobalk@spbo.unibo.it

Book

New book about "Music and Cultures" published by Einaudi in Italian ("Einaudi ha pubblicato da poco il terzo volume della sua monumentale "Storia della musica", che si intitola "Mu- sica e culture". Il nuovo libro, curato da Jean-Jacques Nattiez (Universita' di Montreal) come i precedenti, ci propone un affascinante viaggio alla scoperta delle mu- siche tradizionali di tutto il mondo. Dai Caraibi all'Himalaya, dall'Africa alla Polinesia, i contributi degli studiosi piů qualificati ci permettono di entrare nei dettagli di una materia che viene spesso trattata superficialmente dai media. Il libro ha XXIV+1032 pagine e costa 83 euro. Per altre informazioni: www.einaudi.it ")

Review

The n. 6/2003 of the Italian review LIMES is dedicated to the Balcans, Central Europe and Middle East with the title "Il nostro Oriente": "Il nuovo numero di "Limes", la rivista di geopolitica diretta da Lucio Caracciolo, ha per tema centrale "Il nostro Oriente". Il fascicolo, che come di consueto č in vendita nelle edicole, si concentra su alcune zone di particolare interesse politico: i Balcani, l'Europa centro-orientale e il Medio Oriente. Spiccano diversi articoli sui problemi delle minoranze, come quello firmato da Pierluigi Sabatti (Italiani dell'Istria), Roberto Battelli (sullo stesso tema) e Alberto Castaldini (sui Cimbri). Di grande interes- se anche quelli dedicati a varie repubbliche balcani- che (Bosnia, Montenegro e Serbia)" (Source: Popoli mailing list Popoli@list.ines.org http://list.ines.org/mailman/listinfo/popoli).

Conference

30-31 gennaio 2004 MINORITY PROTECTION AND THE EU: THE WAY FORWARD Conference organized by Accademia Europea, Via Druso 1, Bolzano. Contact: Robert.Asanger@eurac.edu

Conference

26-28 January 2004 PREVENTING GENOCIDE: THREATS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. Conference organized by the Swedish Government. Info:  www.motfolkmord.com  

Music

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DES MUSIQUES NOMADES Dall'8 al 12 febbraio 2004 Nouakchott, capitale della Mauritania, ospiterŕ il primo festival internazionale dedicato alle musiche dei popoli nomadi. L'importante manifestazione culturale, unica nel suo genere, č or- ganizzata da Benoît Thiebergien, direttore del Festival des 38e Rugissants che si svolge a Grenoble. Alla nuova manifestazione parteciperanno i piů diver- si popoli nomadi, dai Tuareg ai Rom, dai popoli artici a quelli dell'Asia centrale. Il programma non pre- vede soltanto dei concerti, ma anche proiezioni, con- ferenze e altre iniziative parallele. Per altre informazioni:  www.musiquesnomades.com 

Books

Holodomor: remembering the Ucrainian Genocide. Bibliography: AA. VV., MORTALITÉ ET CAUSES DE DÉCES EN UKRAINE AU XXčme SIECLE (book + CD-ROM), Institut National d'Etudes Démo- graphiques, Paris 2003 [www.ined.fr]; A. Graziosi (edited by), LETTERE DA KHARKOV: LA CARESTIA IN UCRAINA E NEL CAUCASO DEL NORD NEI RAPPORTI DEI DIPLOMATICI ITALIANI, Einaudi, Torino 1991; C. Madden (edited by), HOLODOMOR: THE UKRAINIAN GENOCIDE 1932- 1933, Special issue of "Canadian American Slavic Studies", vol. 37, n. 3, Fall 2003; G. Sokoloff, 1933, L'ANNÉE NOIRE: TÉMOIGNAGES SUR LA FAMINE EN UKRAINE, Albin Michel, Paris 2000. Other books about Ucraine: G. De Rosa e F. Lomastro (edited by), L'ETA' DI KIEV E LA SUA EREDITA NELL'INCONTRO CON L'OCCIDENTE, Viella, Roma 2003 [www.viella.it, tel. 0039-06-8417758]; A. Miller, THE UKRAINIAN QUESTIONS: THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE AND NATIONALISM IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, Central European University Press, Budapest 2003; Useful address: Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Center 620 Spadina Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 2H4, Canada ucrdc@interlog.com; Source: Popoli mailing list Popoli@list.ines.org http://list.ines.org/mailman/listinfo/popoli

Books

New book by M. Robotin e L. Salat (edited by) on "A new balance: Democracy and post-communist Europe, issued by Local Government and Public Reform Initiative, Budapest, 2003. More info at the web: http://lgi.osi.hu/publications.

Books A new book was issued recently: Atlas des langues du Monde (80 pagg., euro 14,95) edited by Roland Breton, Joshua A. Fishman e Krystyna Mazoyer. For more information: www.autrement.com 
Music CD

DIAMANDA GALÁS about a forgotten genocyde. The Greek-AmericanDiamanda Galás singer Diamanda Galás has recently published a dubble CD called "Defixiones, Will and Testament" (Mute). The Cd is dedicated to the victims of the Christian minorites  (Armenians, Assirians and Greeks) killed by the authorites of the Ottman Empire and Turkish Republic between 1914 and 1923. In the CD we can find "The Dance," by the Armenian Poet Siamanto; "The Desert," by the Syrian Adonis; "Todesfuge," by  Paul Celan, a Jew from Rumania; "rembetika", a music style from Asia Minor (Smirne) still in use in Greece. More info: www.mute.com  and www.diamandagalas.com 

Internet New web page for the Hungarian Electronic Library: www.mek.oszk.hu. The old adress is stil active: www.mek.iif.hu
Books

New book about the peoples of the world from an Italian publishing house (White Star): "I popoli del mondo" (26x36, 320 pp., colour, € 50), edited by Mirella Ferrera. More info: White Star Via Candido Sassone 22/24 13100 Vercelli tel. 0161-294203 fax 0161-393993  whitestar@whitestar.it  www.whiestar.it ("L'opera in oggetto propone un affascinante viaggio attraverso i popoli e le culture del nostro piane- ta, dagli Inuit ai Rom, dall'Africa meridionale al Pacifico. L'apparato iconografico di grande quali- tŕ si coniuga in modo perfetto con i testi, scien- tificamente validi ma al tempo stesso molto acces- sibili. Il risultato č un panorama completo della diversi- tŕ culturale della Terra, complemento fondamentale di quella diversitŕ biologica che oggi č al centro di un ampio dibattito scientifico. Un'opera diversa, una strenna ideale per le festi- vitŕ imminenti", popoli-admin@list.ines.org).

News

In Bratislava (Slovacchia; Pozsony in Hungarian, Pressburg in German, PossonioMadách Imre Emlékmúzeum/Presburgo in Italian) opened in the last days, in the beautiful Renaissance Brammer palace, near the Castle, the Museum of the Hungarian Culture of Slovakia. This new museum is a very good occasion for the people interested in understanding the real history of the regions that today we now as Slovakia. The museum has to be the first moment of any good travel jorney in Slovakia. The director of the new museum is Gabriella Jarábik. The museum has a permanet exhibition and temporary exhibition (now there are exhibitions of Gyula Bartusz, Miklós Gulyás, Ilona Németh, Karol Pichler. Part of the Museum are the Castle of Alsósztregov (near Losonc, birthplace of the Hungarian writer Imre Madách) and the Palóc Folk museum of Szklabony (birthplace of the Hungarian writer Kálman Mikszáth). See: http://www.museum.hu/blind/search/event.asp?IDE=1921&ID=491 

Conference 16 December 2003, Bangi Selangor (Malesia): Conference on LANGUAGE AND NATIONHOOD: CONFRONTING NEW organized by School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Malaysia. More info at: http://www.fssk.ukm.my/solls/. Contact: solls@pkrisc.cc.ukm.my  
Movies ThTime of the Gypsies, by Emir Kusturica e America cinema review FRAMEWORK (44.2, FALL 2003) is dedicated to the Gipsy culture in the Cinema (CINEMATIC IMAGES OF ROMANIES). Articles written by Jasmine Dellal (Romani Images: A Film Director's Diary), Anikó Imre (Screen Gypsies), Anat Zanger (Desire Ltd: Romanies, Women, and Other Smug-glers in "Carmen") e Susan Tebbutt (Between Distance and Proximity: Film Images & After-Images of the Genocide of the Romanies). More info in www.frameworkonline.com  
Books New books about Armenian genocide: P. Balakian, THE BURNING TIGRIS: THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AND AMERICA'S RESPONSE, Harper Collins, Scranton (PA) 2003. V. Dadrian, WARRANT FOR GENOCIDE: KEY ELEMENTS OF TURKO-ARMENIAN CONFLICT, nuova edizione, Transaction Publishers, Somerset (NJ) 2003. A. Govciyan, 24 AVRIL, Cherche Midi, Toulouse 2003. (source: popoli-admin@list.ines.org)
Books New book about Chechens: Comitato Cecenia, CECENIA NELLA MORSA DEL LUPO, Guerini Asssociati, Milano 2003 and A. Jaimoukha, THE CHECHENS: A HANDBOOK, Routledge Curzon, London 2003. (source: popoli-admin@list.ines.org)
Conference 26-27 dicembre 2003, San Diego (California/Stati Uniti): Conference on Globalization, ethnicity, and violence. Contact: Nandita Ghosh, nan_dita@excite.com (source: popoli-admin@list.ines.org)
Conference

 13 - 15 November 2003 (Belgrade, Serbia) Program of the XIV Conference “Danube – River of CooperaionLogo of the International Scientific Forum “Danube – River of Cooperation”under the title:“Cross-border and regional cooperation on the Middle Danube”: 13. November, In the afternoon: Informal talks and presentations of the project «Danube «Excelsior» Propeller»; 14. November: 10,00-11,00,Official opening of the Conference, by Dr. Slobodan Milosavljevic, Minister for Institute of Commerce, Tourism, and Services of the Government of Serbia. Other International welcome addresses: Director of the Institute for International Politics and Politics and  Economics; Delegates of International Organizations Economics Introductory report on the concept of transboundary and regional cooperation in the Middle Danube Region (Dr. Edita Stojic-Karanovic); 11,30-13,00, Introductory reports: -Transport problems on the Danube (Daniel Nedialkov, Director General Secretariat of the Danube Commission); -Cross-border coopeSome of the 119 registered delegates packed into the IIPE assembly room during the opening session of the conference of Belgrade (foto Universitas Danubiana) ration in the Middle Danube as an opportunity to resolve political, economical and ecological problems (international inter-disciplinary experts from Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Romania and other countries); - Environmental law of the European Union (Prof. Dr. Michael Watson); - Importance of Education for Sustainable Development (UNESCO); 13,00-14,00, Discussion on the reports; 16,00-18,00 Setting up of Working Groups (WG) «Excelsior»; 1. WG “Nautical-tourist Region Middle Danube” – “Danube Propeller” (objective: international endorsement); 2. WG for various forms of cross-border cooperation, as the Euro-regions «Twining of the cities» etc...and other (objective: consideration of needs, existing constraints, and real potentialities; promotion of existing and encouragmenet of future initatives; proposal of action plans) Reports of WG chairpersons and proposals for the Final Document of the Conference. 19,00-21,00 Reception in the City Hall of Belgrade with multimedialDr Slobodan Miloslavljevic, Minister of Commerce, Tourism and Services of the Republic of Serbia, addresses delegates at the opening session, beside the conference chair Dr. Edita Stojic–Karanovic (Foto Universiatas Danubiana) presentations15. November 9,00: Departure by bus for the visit of settlements along the Danube 10,00-12,00 Talks with local authorities 15,00-17,00; Preparation of the Declaration18,30-19,00; Adoption of the Declaration of the 14th International Conference “Danube – River of Cooperation; Note: The Concept and Programme Outline were prepared by Dr. Edita Stojic-Karanovic, scientifc advisor of the Institute for International Politics and Economy (IMPP) and president of the International Scientific Forum “Danube – River of Cooperation”, on the basis of preliminary discussions with the Board of the Forum, consultations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Commerce, Tourism, and Services - Governement of Serbia-Montenegro, General Secretariat of the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the Danube Commission, mayors of the communities Grocka, Budafok and other communities in the Middle Danube, as well as with experts in the themaitc subjects. See http://members.tripod.com/~danubedita/conf.htm 

Conference

30 October 2003 (Cagliari, Italy - Hotel Mediterraneo) and 8 November 2003 (Pisa, Italy Corps of Italian "infoibati"- Sala UNUCI, Via Cesare Battisti 3): Conference about "The Exodus: the tragedy of the exiliated Giuliano-Dalmatians" ("L'ESODO: LA TRAGEDIA DEGLI ESULI GIULIANO-DALMATI") and presentation of the book "Infoibati". New initiatives about the Italians of Fiume, Istria and Dalmatia with Marisa Brugna, Roberto Menia, Vincenzo Maria De Luca, Fabio Meloni. More info:  lafiaccolacagliari@tiscali.it and adesrinterd@tin.it

 

Danubian Poetry 17-18 October 2003: International Poetry Meeting - Sarajevo 2003: Reading, conferences, proiections organized in memory of the Bosnian poet Izet Sarajlic (Sarajevo, BiH), organized by  Multimedia edizioni / Casa della poesia (Sergio Iagulli, Tel. 089 951621, Mobile: 347 6275911) in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Sarajevo. Are invited the following poets: Etel Adnan (Libano), Maria Victoria Atencia (Spain), Roberto Carifi (Italy), Tony Harrison (UK), Jochen Kelter (Switzerland), Predrag Lucic (Croatia), Josip Osti (Bosnia/Slovenia), Giancarlo Majorino (Italy), Luciano Morandini (Italy), Juan Vicente Piqueras (Spain), Janine Pommy Vega (USA), Carter Revard (USA), Ada Salas (Spain), Faruk Seich (Bosnia), Vojo Sindolic (Croatia), Giacomo Trinci (Italy), Marko Vesovic (Bosnia), Francisco José Viegas (Portugal), Ante Zemljar (Croatia), Ciril Zlobec (Slovenia).

 

Conference

 

17 and 18 October 2003 (Ancona, Italy): Conference on Partenariato interregionale nella politica di prossimitá : il Mediterraneo e i Balcani organized by Consiglio Regionale delle Marche (Gabinetto del Presidente, Via Gentile da Fabriano 9
Ancona; Tel.: ++39 071 8062349 - ++39 071 8062278; Fax: ++39 071 8062391; E-mail: silvia.paglione@regione.marche.it ), Provincia di Ancona, Comune di Ancona, Camera di Commercio di Ancona, Universitá  Politecnica delle Marche, Autoritá´ Portuale di Ancona, CeSPI. 

Newspaper Article

5 October 2003: artcle about a new translation in Italian of  Mircea A. Tamas´s «Agartha Transilvana» (Edizioni all'Insegna del Veltro; 110 pages, 9.50 euro; insegnadelveltro@libero.it; http://www.insegnadelveltro.it/): «AGARTTHA TRANSILVANA» Scoprire il «centro del mondo» nella regione dei vampiri (Alberto Lombardo): "AGARTTHA č un termine sanscrito, la lingua sacra dell'India antica: č a dir poco curioso vederlo associato alla Transilvania, la regione rumena nota, qui da noi, per lo piů per tenebrose storie di vampiri e legate alla figura storica e leggendaria del Conte Vlad l'impalatore, meglio conosciuto come Dracula. Ebbene, in sanscrito la parola Agarttha designa una remota e segreta regione «al centro del mondo», ove la tradizione primordiale si sarebbe ritirata e occultamente conservata, in un «oscurissimo Tibet», per citare l'espressione usata a questo proposito dallo scrittore tedesco Ernst Jünger. Si tratterebbe di una cittŕ nascosta, o meglio di un centro di mantenimento e irradiazione della tradizione, un po' come il perno intorno al quale gira la grande ruota del mondo. La ragione per cui uno studioso tradizionalista rumeno (Mircea Tamas), oggi pubblicato in italiano dalle Edizioni all'Insegna del Veltro, utilizza l'espressione «Agarttha transilvana» si spiega con un'appassionata e approfondita ricerca, che lo ha portato a identificare nei miti, nel folklore e nelle leggende di quella regione un'impressionante serie di riferimenti e richiami appunto, alla nozione di «centro del mondo». Quella regione si troverebbe per l'appunto nel territorio della Transilvania. Giŕ alcuni autori classici, come Pausania, avevano fatto riferimento a una misteriosa isola, di nome Leuke, situata alle foci del Danubio: in essa, secondo quanto riferiscono Pindaro, Plinio il Vecchio e Lucano «aironi bianchi hanno cura del tempio di Apollo». Si tratta di una raffigurazione, sotto altra forma, del mito di Thule, la nordica terra degli Iperborei cari ad Apollo, sede di luce e di immortalitŕ. Un suggestivo complesso di simboli testimonia del persistere di questa tradizione nel corso dei secoli. L'idea di «centro del mondo», d'altronde, si presenta in varie forme in quasi tutte le culture tradizionali. Anche il massimo studioso delle religioni del secolo scorso, Mircea Eliade (che, per inciso, era rumeno proprio come Tamas), sostenne nel suo celebre Trattato di storia delle religioni una simile idea: «la molteplicitŕ dei "centri del mondo" si spiega con la struttura dello spazio sacro, che ammette la coesistenza di un'infinitŕ di "luoghi" in uno stesso centro». Ancor'oggi, forse, la Transilvania cela segreti di un remoto passato." (http://www.iltempo.it/
Conference  25-28 September 2003 - CULTURE, RELIGION AND TRADITION OF THE PEOPLES - Conference on linguistic and religious minorities of Bulgaria - St. Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia (Bulgaria). Contact: iahpi_conference25.09.03@mail.bg
Event September 2003 - Danube: Europe is meeting. A trip along the Danube. From Vienna to Belgrade for a Europe Logo of the event "Danube: Europe is meeting" beyond the borders!. The Italian "Observatory on the Balkans" (tel. +39 0464 424230 - fax +39 0464 424299 - mob. (Serbia and Montenegro) +381 (0)63 7034546 segreteria@osservatoriobalcani.org ; http://www.osservatoriobalcani.org/ ) is the prpmoter of a very important event on the river Danube: "Following - is the organisation presenting the event - the spirit of Sarajevo meeting of April 2002, we are organizing in September 2003 a second meeting of Europe from below - Europe beyond the borders in Belgrade. Since 2001 - when we launched the Europe beyond the borders Appeal - many things have changed at international, European and Balkan level. The integration of South East Europe into European Union two years ago was more a suggestion than an immediate political objective. But if South East Europe needs European Union to smoother the contradictions that imprinted the most recent history, today European Union itself needs to unify the whole European space to play a relevant international role and to reopen a democratic dialectic on the international scene. Therefore the Belgrade’s meeting intends to make a step forward Sarajevo’s one, putting in the communitarian political agenda, the theme of South East Europe integration into European Union, also through concrete actions and shared affirmation of a common citizenship. The meeting will be organized linking symbolically a western European town, Vienna, with a South East one, Belgrade, along the Danube that has represented for centuries the bridge between the two sides of Europe. Significant moments will be thematic seminars in the cities of the cruise: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Vukovar, Novi Sad and, finally, a 2-day conference in Belgrade". 
Conference 4-13 September 2003 - ZUKUNFT IN TOLERANZ: ASPEKTE MULTIKULTURELLEN ZUSAMMENLEBEN IN ÖSTERREICH - Conference on the problems of minorities in Austria (not only Hungarians and Slovenians but also Immigrants) - Hotel Burg Schlain- ing, Klingergasse 2-4, Stadtschlaining (Austria). Contact: www.tiscover.at/hotel-burg-schlaining 
Conference 3-5 Septtember 2003 - Conference on LANGUAGE CONTACTS AND THE CREATION OF MINORITY LANGUAGES - Institut universitaire Kurt Bösch, Sion (Svizzzera). Contact: Raphaël Maître, raphael.maitre@unine.ch
Event 2-10 August 2003, Treiste (Italy) - The Italian Associazione per la Pace (Assopace) has organized aLogo of "Associazione per la Pace" peace travel in the Danubian Europe from Triest to Vukovar, Belgrade, Kragujevac, Srebrenica, Sarajevo, Mostar, Split/Spalato called "Carovana della Pace nel Nord dei Balcani". More information in the web page of the Associazione per la Pace at the following address: http://www.assopace.org/viaggi/carovananord.htm . Some information about the Assopace are avaleble also in English at this address: http://www.assopace.org/associazione/STATUTOen.htm 
Event

22 July 2003, Budapest (Hungary) - ‘Danube Day Celebration’. The Historic Hungarian Cultural Association "Országos ÓmagyA moment of the celebration of the "Danube Day" in Budapestar Kultúra  Baráti Társaság"  has organized for the anniversary of the Battle of Belgrád (Nándorfehérvár) in 1456, which was successfully fought by Europe’s all Christians. The programm will start with a meet at the Március 15 Square and the Eötvös Square to proceed to Vigadó Rakpart (on the Pest side of the Danube river) for a commemoration of the Danubian History of Hungary. The organizers are aspecting to have among the cuests Hilarion, the Orthodox Bishop of Vienna and Austria; Csaba Rázmány, Unitarian Bishop Chairman; Károly Hafenscher, Evangelical Right Reverend of Hungary; the ambassadors of the countries alongside the Danube (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Serbia-Montenegro, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova), as well as representatives of the other Danubian countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Italy and Turkey). We pay tribute to the participants of the battle by presenting the national flags of these countries. Connected to the event it will be a Ecumenical Service in the ‘Budapest Belvárosi Plébánia’ ChurLogo of the association organizer of the "Danube Day" in Budapestch (a monument full of relations to the Danubian history of Hungary: it features elements from the Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque time architecture. It also operates a special, original Islam prayer room with a Turkish insignia, remembering us that from here in 1541 the Turkish Sultan, Sulejmán proclaimed his rights over the city of Pest). Part of the program is planned to be the concert of the Kecskés Ensemble, which plays medieval music. For more information: "Országos Ómagyar Kultúra  Baráti Társaság" (1063 Munkácsy Mihály utca 21. Telefon/fax: 36-1 331-69-47 E-MAIL: konfer@KVIF.BGF.HU; see picture).

Books New books about the Albanians of Kosovo:  F. Bieber et alii (ed. by), UNDERSTANDING THE WAR IN KOSOVO, Frank Cass, London 2003. P. Kola, THE MYTH OF GREATER ALBANIA, New York University Press, 2003. P. J. Markovic, ETHNIC STEREOTYPES: UBIQUITOUS, LOCAL OR MIGRATING PHENOMENA? THE SERBIAN-ALBANIAN CASE, Southeast European Minorities Network, Bonn 2003 [www.see-minorities.org]. E. Vigna, KOSOVO "LIBERATO": LE MENZOGNE PER FARE LA GUERRA, LE RAGIONI PER FARE LA PACE, La cittŕ del sole, Napoli 2003. Ph. A. Zygojannis, DIE STAATSGEMEINSCHAFT UND DAS KOSOVO, Duncker & Humblot
Event Pilgrims in Csíksomlyo (Pentecost 2003)Pentecost Pilgrimage of Csiksomlyo: Also this year 100.00 pilgrims at Csiksomlyo from Szekelyland, Transylvania, Moldavia, Hungary, Carpatho-Ucraine, Slovakia, Slavonia, Vojvodina, and all Christianity to celebrate toghether Pentecost. The traditional pilgrimage, started 400 years ago, is one of most exhiting things to see in the Danubian Europe. For more information see http://www.ofm.ro/indexen.html or http://noborders.interfree.it/ - Source: "Erdely Ma" ("Transylvania today"; www.erdely.ma; office@erdely.ma)
Internet - Reviews The Newsletter of the Italian Association Italia-Moldavia is now on the Net, at the http://www.italia-moldavia.it/ 
Internet New web page for the Associatian Italia-Moldavia: The Association Italia-Moldavia has a new web page full of interesting news about Moldava and Rumanian and is at the following address: http://www.italia-moldavia.it/. The association has also a mailing list at Italia-Dacia@yahoogroups.com 

News

Rumania’s Muslims consist of two main ethnic origins, the Turks and the Tatars, though there is a sprinkling of Gypsies, and some Rumanian nationals, with most of the Muslims concentrated in the cities that overlook the Black Sea. This was the result of the Ottoman conquests made by Sultan Abdul Majid. There are at the moment about 70 mosques in Rumania, but the majority of them are closed. A large concentration of Rumania’s Muslims is to be found in the coastal city of Majidie, derived from the name of Sultan Abdul Majid. In this city alone there are not less than 7,000 Muslims, comprising Turkish, Tatar, Albanian ethnic groups, while the city’s suburbs are also home to many Muslims, in some of which are to be found some of the country’s most modern mosques. Rumania’s Muslims are facing with a number of problems, among them their poor knowledge of the articles of their own faith. This is the result of their coming under the Communist suzerainty for a long period of time, during which they were persecuted, executed, and imprisoned. Moreover, the majority of Rumania’s Muslims belong to the poor segment of the society, mainly small-scale farmers and laborers. But whatever their station in life, they are sectarian in outlook, and are inward looking, to the extent that even a newly converted Muslims whose is not of their ilk will hardly get the required assistance from the Imams and his fellow Muslims. Islam found its way to Rumania through the Ottoman conquests of 1262, led by Prince Ezzedin, followed by other Ottoman conquerors. The armies that made possible such conquests eventually left behind numerous landmarks, including fortresses and mosques. (Source: Bucharest, Dhul Quidah 3/Jan 28,2002 (IINA), http://www.islamicpopulation.com/articles/romania_muslim.html) 

Book

Did you know that hungary had a muslim Comites Palatinus (Nandor)? At the Gate of Christendom. Jews, Muslims and Pagans in Medieval Hungary: At the Gate of Christendom. Jews, Muslims and 'Pagans' in Medieval HThe cover of the bookungary, c. 1000 – c. 1300 ( 362 pages, 2 maps, ISBN: 0521651859, Ł50.00, May 2001) is one of the books that every Danubian should read to understand the real history of the region and of the peoples living there. Contents: Introduction; 1. Hungary: a frontier society; 2. Christians and non-Christians; 3. The legal position of Hungary’s non-Christian population; 4. Non-Christians in Hungarian economy and society; 5. Conflicts between the papacy and the kings; 6. Christian perceptions and attitudes; 7. Non-Christian communities: continuity, transformation, conversion and assimilation; Conclusion; Appendices. Reviews: "This fine book should be read by anyone interested in the study of frontier societies and minority groups in medieval Latin Europe." (History). "… her conclusions on the usefulness of the term ‘ethnicity’ should be taken further …" (Journal of Jewish Studies) For more information see: http://uk.cambridge.org/

Internet

 

Hungarians, Rumanians and Slovaks together a Danube Online webproject (Hungarian Team lead by  teachers from the Bolyai János Általános Iskola; Slovak Team lead by Prof. Lubica Podhorska; Romanian Team lead by Prof. Octavian Done from Palatul Copiilor si Elevilor Tulcea; technical support provided by Valentin Sapanu & Adi Pletosu, eXtrem computers Romania; Webdesigner & Webmaster: Bogdan Gavrila, Romania). Web page: http://www.x3m.ro/danube/hu/index.html 

Internet

The History of Navigation on the Danube at the following web page:  http://www.via-donau.org/english/pages/dan_03.html

News

Mine Spills Causing Environmental Catastrophe in Central Europe. On January 30, 2000, a cyanide One of the victims of the pollution of the Tisza riverspill from a Romanian mining operation inflicted environmental damage comparable only to the massive release of radiation that followed a fire and explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine. The cyanide and metal byproducts escaping from the Aurul gold mine in Romania found their way into a tributary of the Tisza, the second largest river of Hungary. The Tisza carried the toxic material into the Danube winding its way through Vojvodina in Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria into the Black Sea. The cyanide killed all life in the Tisza and caused untold environmental and economic damage in the lower Danube basin. See: http://www.cian.hu/ and  http://duna.org/cyanidespill/ 

News

24 March 1999 - 24 April 1999: NATO bombing on Danubian Europe. One of the many "Collaterar damages" of the NATO attack on Danubian EuropeA new tragedy agains the peoples of Danubian Europe. The last of a long (too long) sequence of wars made by the countries against the peoples (who have always to pay the price of the criminal politicians). See Documents on NATO crimes in Danubian Europe: http://www.sramota.com/nato/ 

 

(In the civil picture a train shooted by the NATO on a bridge on a river of Danubian Europe)

News

1997 (Hungary-Slovakia): Dragging on since 1993, the so called "Danube Law Suit," which is also the first international environmental lawsuit, has reached another important milestone, following the 1997 first Ruling in the case by the International Court of Justice in The Hague. See: http://duna.org/danube/ and  http://www.duna.org/