In the past few days, a certain non-paper was the cause of somewhat of an uproar in Slovenija and in the Balkans. Slovenian and Bosnian media reported that the government of Janez Janša sent a non-paper to Brussels, in which a change of borders was considered for countries of Western Balkans.

There are a few things to consider here. The truth is, Bosnia and Herzegovina suffers from severe governance problems and some reforms are needed. It is also in a bad place economically. On top of it, there is the fact that there are still some that want a change…


When I was a kid we had 6 TV programs, of which 2 were from Austria. I learned German very soon and it was a window into the world. I also listened to Austrian radio that had more music from the West. But all in all, it was a very closed media space. There was news you could watch, and depend on foreign correspondents to tell you the ‘truth’ about the world. That was it.

When the war against Yugoslavia came in 1999 there already was the internet, but the media coverage was very one-sided. No matter what you think…


What to say about US President Trump, now that he has left the White House? His political career seems to be over, but he has transformed the Republican party and the support that he still enjoys among them is very high. Most believe the elections were stolen and repeat his talking points about communism and China. The result of his divisiveness was plainly seen on the 6th of January when a mob stormed the Capitol.

Trump has shown himself not to be very smart. He was boastful and arrogant. He talked too much and obviously didn’t think things through, as…


One must be very naive to believe it is coincidence health troubles of the so-called leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny started at the time when protests erupted in Belarus, and when Germany and Russia moved to a close their joint gas pipeline project, the North stream 2. Those sober enough can see a clear connection and predict the imposing of additional sanctions against Russia.

Even if he is portrayed as the leader of the Russian opposition, Navalny is no such man. The absence of large protests in Russia after his alleged poisoning should put that thought aside. It…


After years of Russia bashing it’s now Chinas turn. It is more logical, as China is the real competitor for the US on the global stage. It has the economy roughly the same size in nominal terms and a bigger one if one looks at purchasing power. It is the factory of the world, and there is no denying it when the whole world is importing medical equipment from them in the heat of the Covid-19 crisis. China doesn’t yet have the military power to balance Americans but is slowly moving to that point. …


After the US attack on general Soleimani near Baghdad at the beginning of the year, I thought my comment from last year, when I wrote that a war with Iran didn’t seem likely, wouldn’t age that well. Iranians were put in a situation when they had to respond in some way, even if they didn’t want war.

For a few days, the Middle East was on the brink of a larger war. Iranians then sent a message to the Americans, that they could, if they wanted, inflict serious damage to their forces. Their missile attack on two bases in Iraq…


It occurred to me that the political situation in the US is a bit like in Slovenia. Large parts of the Democratic party have taken the conspiracy theory, that Russians somehow affected their presidential elections in 2016 and continue to meddle in their internal affairs, seriously. Putin is everywhere. …


Washington is sending additional 1000 troops to the Middle East in
response to an Iranian attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, off the
Iranian coast. I find it hard to believe Iran would commit
such an act, as it is in their interest to keep the peace and it is
the United States, who is beating the drum of war. Why not manufacture
a casus belli, right?

But maybe we are all mistaken. There could be others with an interest
to start a war: The Houthis, Saudi Arabia, Israel, maybe even someone…


If you live in a stable country with strong institutions, without the threat of war, with peaceful transition of power after each elections, you may be tempted to think civil wars, political violence and wild populism are something, that cannot happen to you. You are wrong, if you do.

I listened to an old speech by Turkish writter Elif Shafak in which she described the rise of populist politics, embodied in the current president Erdogan and his AKP party. Populism is nothing new neither in Europe, nor in Turkey and the ascent of US president Trump is something, that can…


TToday is the day most Europeans head to the polls to elect members of the European Parliament. Yes, I voted. I voted, because I always do because I think it my duty as a citizen to participate. And yet, I understand, why so many in my country just don’t. European Union is for most, something far away and not that important. It is the national level, most people care about and even then, the percentage of people showing up at the polls is not that high.

It is the fault of the media, on one side. They simply don’t cover…

Sašo Ornik

Blogger. Trying to improve my English. What better way to do that, than to translate comments from my Slovenian blog or write new ones.

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