Whither Bosnia? Elsewhere in emerging Europe

Jessica Wong

Our weekly digest of articles about emerging Europe published elsewhere this week, all of which caught our eye and all of which are well worth your time. Listing them here, however, does not necessarily mean that we agree with every word, nor do they necessarily reflect Emerging Europe’s editorial policy.

Whither Bosnia?

The future of Bosnia and Herzegovina remains the subject of intense debate. To mark the 25th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement, members of the Wilson Center’s Working Group on the Western Balkans issued a report with recommendations entitled Fixing Dayton. In the spirit of debate, Robert M.

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Tennessee bill targeting news organizations has been introduced elsewhere, too

Jessica Wong

This 2014 booking photo released by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department shows Mark “Chris” Sevier after his arrest for harassment threats against country singer John Rich. (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department via AP)

NASHVILLE — Two Tennessee lawmakers have introduced legislation that seeks to force news outlets reporting about criminal charges or civil lawsuit claims to follow up on case outcomes if subjects of the articles demand it.

If they refuse, newspaper, television, radio and web-based news outlets would risk being subjected to court-ordered damages of $10,000, attorney fees and “other forms of equitable and injunctive relief” under the legislation.


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Damian Lillard on Retiring with Blazers: ‘I Just Don’t Want to Go Elsewhere’ | Bleacher Report

Jessica Wong

Craig Mitchelldyer/Associated Press

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard said Friday he shares similar feelings with the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal about wanting to stay with one franchise.

Lillard told Fred Katz and Jason Quick of The Athletic he often catches up with Beal, a popular target ahead of the March 25 NBA trade deadline, and they usually discuss their desires to find success with their current teams rather than move around to chase a championship.

“I know how he feels because I get that all the time: ‘You should go here; you should go there …’ from all

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Crying ‘racism’ at Smith College and elsewhere | Opinion

Jessica Wong

Had I not once spent a semester living adjacent to the Smith College campus in Massachusetts years ago, I’d probably never have read Michael Powell’s extraordinary New York Times account of a tragi-comic racial debacle there.

Ho-hum. Isn’t this what they do at these fancy private colleges anymore: turn themselves inside out in furious arguments about race and sexuality?

Back then, I was teaching at a nearby state university.

Our home in the woods had burned down, and a colleague on sabbatical generously offered his Northampton house rent-free.

I don’t believe I ever set foot on the Smith campus,

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Despite slight uptick in new COVID cases last week, Massachusetts sees continued decreases elsewhere

Jessica Wong

State health officials confirmed another 1,677 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, which is based on 106,263 new molecular tests, according to the Department of Public Health.

Officials also announced another 25 COVID-related fatalities, bringing the death toll from the pandemic to 15,992.

As of Friday, there are roughly 27,382 active infections statewide. Since the pandemic began, officials have confirmed 556,307 total COVID-19 cases across the state. COVID hospitalizations continue declining, with 716 being reported as of Friday, including 108 patients in intensive care.

But last week, there was a slight uptick in new infections, which comes after six consecutive weeks

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