I was watching PBS last week because a travel program in the guide caught my interest and when I put the channel on, the program was featuring Mostar in Bosnia. It looked BEAUTIFUL. I’d love to visit there someday. So I decided to feature the country in my weekly world news post.
From Thomson Reuters Zawya:
The Bosnian Embassy in Riyadh announced on June 29th that Saudi nationals will be allowed to travel to Bosnia on a Schengen visa. The Schengen visa is required for nationals from certain countries and is what allows for free travel through Europe’s Schengen area, which is comprised of both EU member and non-member states. Bosnia is not a member of the EU and now Saudi nationals no longer need to obtain a different visa to enter.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a popular tourist destination for people from the Gulf states because it is a Muslim friendly country, inexpensive, and has beautiful landscapes.
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Bosnian officials say that it does not have to go an extra mile to make tourists from Gulf, Arab and Muslim countries comfortable in the Muslim-friendly country. According to them a large number of mosques and availability of halal food also make Bosnia an attractive destination for tourists from the Arab and Muslim countries. Visits to historic Islamic sites are included in heritage tours offered to tourists.
SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – NOVEMBER 23: Mosque in the Bascarsija bazaar on November 23, 2015 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
Bosnian filmmaker Alen Drljević spoke to Variety about his feature film debut “Men Don’t Cry”, which was influenced by the Yugoslav wars and their aftermath. The film will be screened at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
The wars in former Yugoslavia took place when I was a young man and it changed my life completely. I never could have imagined that something so horrible could happen in my country. And of course, we live our lives with the legacy of that period. There are still so many questions to be answered. Unfortunately, the world has transformed radically in the last 20 years, so these questions have become more and more actual and universal.
The story is set in a remote mountain hotel in Bosnia. A group of war-scarred veterans from different sides in the Yugoslavian conflict, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, are brought together by a peace organization. Emotions are highly charged as old enmities and hostilities emerge.
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SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – JUNE 28 : Melisa Suljevic, who is a rider, stands next to a horse during the celebrations of the 507th Ajvatovica in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 28, 2017. Ajvatovica is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Islamic traditional, religious and cultural event named after Ajvaz Dede who was a devout Muslim working to illuminate the population and achieve progress in the area. (Photo by Mustafa Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
From The Telegraph:
On this day on June 28th of 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo.
As a royal and military representative of Austria-Hungary, Franz Ferdinand was seen as a valid target by Serbian nationalists, and the day was symbolic: the anniversary of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, in which Ottoman forces had annihilated the Serbs.
Franz Ferdinand was traveling through Sarajevo by car with his wife Sophie. They were warned that the trip could be dangerous. He was dressed in a blue and gold uniform, his wife in a white silk dress with red and white fabric roses. While they were on their way to city hall, the first two terrorists from the Young Bosnians didn’t succeed in their plans.
One of the conspirators, the 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip, was then on his way home, believing the day’s plans to have failed. By a fateful coincidence, he was on Franz Josef street outside Schiller’s café when the royal car stopped directly in front of him.
Seizing his moment, he pulled out his handgun and fired twice. The first round passed through the car door and hit Sophie in the abdomen. The second struck Franz Ferdinand in the jugular vein. “Sophie, Sophie,” Franz Ferdinand implored, “don’t die. Stay alive for our children.” They were both taken to the Konak Palace and were dead shortly after 11.00 a.m. It was their 14th wedding anniversary.
Finally, a video of what started it all! Four and a half minutes about Mostar. This isn’t the same program that I had seen on PBS, but it’s a good video and gives a good tour of the city.