1. After reading all of these comments the only thing I can say is, "Huh????" ***scratching my head, looking side to side*** Which is how I feel when I read most of the comments on this site.
    (Catherine, 20 January 2011 14:55)

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  2. On the other hand, that the source of the name Ulysses is the Albanian root udh-(= travel), where the dh went to l by a well-known sound-law, obviously proves that the Albanians arrived in the Balkans prior to the Greeks and provided the source of Greek civilization. - Happy New Year everybody, this is your present: something to argue about!
    Amer"

    - Amer, now you're providing education which is seldom welcome on this forum.
    It seems that most posters around here are about making themselves feel better by trying to put other down.

    But, a very worthy post, nevertheless.
    Happy New Year!
    (merod, 2 January 2011 16:48)

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  3. >>>Anyway - I don't think you can claim pronunciation as proof of anything political.
    (Amer, 1 January 2011 21:01)

    Yes, the problem is - this is the ONLY difference between "Bosnian" and "Serbian" and "Croatian" and "Montenegrin". Now if we remove the last difference, really NOTHING remains.

    Because if we begin to claim the nationality based solely on faith - we go to the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

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    You said recently that nationalities are mostly in the head. I'd go along with that.
    (Amer, 1 January 2011 21:01)

    Yes, but either way we twist it, nothing will come out.

    a) You can try interpret the word "nationality" the way Russians do ( = "ETHINC BACKGROUND"). Here the only what you can grab is the faith + ekavian/ijekavian. For faith we have the "Saint Bartholomew" (so we can quickly dismiss it). Besides, one day some Novi Pazar resident wants to convert to Mormon faith. Than what? As for "ijekavian" versus "ekavian" - there the difference is way to small to make an other language out of it.

    Hence "nationality" the way Russians like to interpret is dismissed.

    b) You can try to interpret the word "nationality" the way Americans do (where you were born?). Novi Pazar is Serbia, so the way Americans like to interpret is also dismissed.

    c) You can try to interpret the word "nationality" as "citizenship" - they have Serbian citizenship. That, too, goes dismissed.

    Nothing else remains.

    And if going with the phantasy.., Next one we can make up ethnic background like "wood elves" or "nabathean" or "gungans".


    Here - by the way - the Russians are the most tolerant on the planet earth. There is a list of "ethnic background"-s allowed to chose and it's optional. The "elvian" is a VALID OPTION!!! No kidding.

    OK, admit: Serbian law of ethnicity is not as tolerant as Russian because Serbs do not allow someone declare straight, he is an or Elf or a Hobbit. Russian law does.
    (Je¿ elfów i krasnoludów, 2 January 2011 07:46)

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  4. (Je¿ iekawski - nie ekawski, 31 December 2010 14:35)

    Be sure to stay away from Czech speakers if you don't like the hard pronunciation - it sounds brutal (or like Americans trying to speak Russian), until you get used to it. They don't even distinguish between soft "i's." The entire question of Czech spelling comes down to remembering where to write i and where, y. They torture their kids with i/y spelling lists for years. (To a speaker of English this sounds hilarious, of course.) Soft r went to ø centuries ago - river is øeka, which even some Czechs can't pronounce. This is what happens when you let a bunch of German-speaking scholars resurrect a language.

    Anyway - I don't think you can claim pronunciation as proof of anything political. Didn't B92 have a story a while back about Croatians complaining that they were as Croatian as anybody else, even if their dialect sounded like Serbian? You said recently that nationalities are mostly in the head. I'd go along with that.

    On the other hand, that the source of the name Ulysses is the Albanian root udh-(= travel), where the dh went to l by a well-known sound-law, obviously proves that the Albanians arrived in the Balkans prior to the Greeks and provided the source of Greek civilization. - Happy New Year everybody, this is your present: something to argue about!
    (Amer, 1 January 2011 21:01)

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  5. There was no ethnic war in Sandzak, unlike in Bosnia. These people weren't gathered into grain silo concentration camps - as what the Bosnian Muslims did to Serbs in Bosnia at the get-go of that war.
    The mainstream media squelched news of the Bosnian Muslim and Croat concentration camps for Serbs which left the survivors with scars and often crippling disabilities. Those that show torture were the ethnic Serbs in the Bosnian Muslim concentration camps. The others tell stories but have no visible signs of torture.
    (ida, 1 January 2011 15:13)

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  6. Bosniaks in Sandzak should do what Serbs in Bosnia did.
    (ivan, 31 December 2010 16:47)

    Why do a lot of Croats accuse Serbs of being warmongering and in favour of conflict in the Balkans, when most of the ideas for conflict are supported by Croats themselves? Why, exactly, should they try and separate from Serbia?
    (Ari Gold, 1 January 2011 04:36)

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  7. They're residents of the Republic of Serbia, regardless of ethnicity, and as such, should be as loyal to Belgrade as Serbs, and other minorities in Serbia, such as Hungarians, Ukrainians, Slovaks, Roma etc.. They're certainly not, and never will be, residents of the "Republic of Sandzak" or should be considered as "Bosnian".
    (Ari Gold, 1 January 2011 04:34)

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  8. Bosniaks in Sandzak should do what Serbs in Bosnia did.
    (ivan, 31 December 2010 16:47) and what do you want them to do there is 140,000 bosniaks in serbia and decreasing they are a majority in 1 city and the rest of the entire sandzak region its 50-50 and the converted muslim Serbs are decreasing and in bosnia there is over 1,700,000 serbs and in the RS its 98% serbs which is 1,600,000 + so RS is gone already so maybe you albanians should think before you speak
    (gajo, 31 December 2010 20:10)

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  9. You should do a better job guarding your border with Bulgaria and Macedonia. stop blaming kosova for everything and anything. Clean your yard first befor you talk about your neighbors yard.
    (Agim Kelmendi, 31 December 2010 16:43)

    what about the border with bulgaria and macedonia lol are you talking about those 50 people protesting there lol you must be joking there is only about 15,000 bulgars in serbia and they dont say nothing and are happy besides some 50 dummies ranting and its done and sandzak is 50-50 in populace between Serbs and converted Muslim Serbs and the bosniaks are decreasing and you should worry about albania because you have a 35% none albanian population there and you should worry -- Council of Europe: Albania Is A Multiethnic State

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    Parts of Macedonia in Albania


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    so worry about your self and not serbia and by the way kosovo is still under the un and 1244


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    (tom, 31 December 2010 18:51)

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  10. big deal that they are a majority in 1 city in the sandzak region its 50-50 and Serbs are becoming majority in the area and in the montengrin side of sandzak the Serbs are a majority this bosniak should worry about the croats because they dont want to live with them and want to split from them and then what they will have nothing so they should worry about their own affairs because RS is gone from bosnia and next the croats will leave.


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  11. Bosniaks in Sandzak should do what Serbs in Bosnia did.
    (ivan, 31 December 2010 16:47)

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  12. Nobody, because Serbia has a strategial position on the drug transit route from Kosovo to Europe ;-)

    Happy new year everyone, everywhere!
    (Top, 31 December 2010 13:54)

    You should do a better job guarding your border with Bulgaria and Macedonia. stop blaming kosova for everything and anything. Clean your yard first befor you talk about your neighbors yard.
    (Agim Kelmendi, 31 December 2010 16:43)

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  13. That's right, you're living IN Serbia.
    (ZMAJ, 31 December 2010, 14:14)

    Yea, my ear noticed it. All they say "рэка" for the river, be them Muslims, Orthodox or what-not. As already said - that makes the case automatically closed and my last check on GPS confirmed it. Kiev or Novi Pazar is neither Zagreb nor Moscow.

    But who did learn about "minority rights", "NGO"-s blah-blah-blah from some American sources without knowing how to say "рэка" versus "река" can kiss my... oh, no, better not, we are again at the dangerous topic of alternative sexual lifestyle.
    (Je¿ homoseksualny, 31 December 2010 14:50)

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  14. "when you look at the percentage of Bosniaks in police and court structures or when you read the names of elementary schools, you can spot the inequality between them and their Serb fellow citizens."

    The faith does not make "Bosnian" out of "Serb".

    Hint. I just can't explain people in Novi Pazar regardless of their faith, the river is "rijijijijijijeka" and not that bloody "рэка" they say, I can't get that "рэ" out, no matter what.

    Conclusion: all they are bloody "эка" Serbs who can't get that beautiful "ека". The rest is B.S. coming straight out American political interests.

    Curious: our Balkan-expert from San Francisco does know the difference between "эка" and "ека"? Oh, wait, he can't differentiate between written "latinica" and Albanian. Tough luck.
    (Je¿ iekawski - nie ekawski, 31 December 2010 14:35)

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  15. "when you look at the percentage of Bosniaks in police and court structures or when you read the names of elementary schools, you can spot the inequality between them and their Serb fellow citizens." Bakir Izetbegoviæ B92

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    That's right, you're living IN Serbia.
    (ZMAJ, 31 December 2010 14:14)

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