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BORBA 2017


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In this newspaper you'll find news reporting occurences, facts and thoughts dealing with actuality.

About Vukovar

As the Vukovar Remembrance Day starts, HDZ Mayor Penava, some veteran’s representatives like Josić, but also many common people notice how there are as many people living in Vukovar as there were once workers. Penava reports this data: before the war there were 45,000 people and 28,000 workers, today there are 28,000 people, although the real data may be around 14,000 people and less than 10,000 workers.

[How to distill plum rakija] Have you ever thought about distilling your favourite alcoholic in your own home? A year ago I decided to begin my distilling journey with our beloved plum rakija, always recognizable in our houses in red bottles of cola with caps of orange juice. In order to produce šljivovica, a large quantity of prunes is necessary, in my case 30 kilos, but a distiller is what you need first,available in various forms and different materials. As for the quantity of plums, on average you can get about 1.2 litres of 10 kilos of prunes, while as for the distiller, unless you are a professional, you need to check necessarily that there is a thermometer installed! Alcohol distillation can be fatal or can cause permanent visual damage to drinkers if methanol has not been properly separated from prunes fermented during distillation. Everything else is easily obtainable or even constructible, in case you had a house in the country! Another great help could be, even if technically it is not a tool that will serve you during the distillation, but rather at the end of the process, the hydrometer with which you can measure the alcohol content of your rakija and summarily know if you have followed all the steps necessary for a good product.

[FK Mladost is now OFK Titograd again] The Podgorica football team, that has always been named FK Mladost until now, will play next season submitting itself with its old name OFK Titograd, used from 1961 to 1992, both in the Jugoslavija and Montenegro’s league. President Vladan Vujović explained this change of name remembering the great impact and energy that was given by it when it was changed for the first time: from the original Mladost to the new OFK Titograd! President Vladan Vujović explained this change of name remembering the great impact and energy that was given by it when it was changed for the first time: from the original Mladost to the new OFK Titograd!

[Srđan Aleksić and Refik Višća: war martyrs] Two highly similar stories about heroes who gave their lives for others, two stories about young brave men from the Balkans' 90s war who went against their own "companions" in order to save people's lives, even if not from their own side. Srđan was a 26 years old from Trebinje, member of the Army of the Republic of Srpska, who gave his life to save Alen Glavović, a young man who was being beaten by other soldier of the RS Army due to his nationality: Srđan distracted them, giving Alen the chance to run away while they started beating him to death. Refik was a 36 years old man from Zavidovići, member of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, killed with 22 bullets by Jasmin Viković, another soldier of the RBiH Army, for defending multiple times 12 serbian prisoners from his intentions.

[“Middle-Earth’s” Italian community] Did you know there are people speaking the Trentin dialect in Bosnia and Herzegovina? Well here is an article about that: the Italian communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We will specifically focus on the community of Štivor, a small town in the municipality of Prnjavor, a city where the population is almost entirely Italian from the Sugana Valley (Valsugana in Italian). The Italian community of Štivor is roughly 100 years old, formed after a mass migration from the Sugana Valley. The migration happened because in the late 1880s a flood of the River Brenta nearly destroyed the small towns in the valley, leaving most its inhabitants not only without a home but also without a job and considering that the economy thrived in that area, it dealt also a heavy toll on the morale.

[The man who won Stalin by shovel] Alija Sirotanović, born in 1914 in Orahovo near the town of Breza, was a Yugoslav miner whose popularity came to be right after his new first record in coal extracting on 24 July 1949. He digged 152 tons of coal in 8 hours of work, ~40 tonnes more than Soviet Union's most popular hard-worker whose record had been a strong mean of propaganda for decades. What could have been worse for Stalin's rift with Yugoslavia than a symbolic Yugoslav victory over his own promulgation? Thousands of tanks could not fight this defeat, not this time. Sirotanović became the new hero of the Southern Slavs and of the local workers. His record, just like Stahanov's one, convinced people to work harder, faster and better; competitions were held in the nearby mines in the following days and months, miners were doing their best to surpass Sirotanović, the next day he reached his record another mining crew led by Nikola Škobić surpassed the coal amount by 14 tons for a total of 166. Two records in two days? That's impressive, but that's not it yet.

[España Unida] In this article we are reporting yesterday’s press release from the Izquierda Unida (IU – United Left), translated from Spanish, in which they state their position against the violence perpetrated by the government and were they offer their solution to the crisis:
What is happening today in Catalonia is the resounding failure of Rajoy’s Government. The images and videos that we are receiving reflect the repression with which the Government is responding to a legitimate and peaceful demand from Catalan society. The brutality of state security forces and bodies is not only disproportionate, but also a serious political error that will mark the memory of Catalan society and negatively affect politics after 1-0.

[Boško & Admira: love before flags] "They didn't share the same origins, nor they had the same god, but they had one eachother and the dream of running away from there [...] is the sky the only place where we can be together?" writes the text from the song "Boško i Admira" by Zabranjeno Pušenje. Sarajevo's Romeo and Juliet, known as such to the whole world, were killed the 18th of May 1993 on Vrbanja bridge with sniper bullets, regardless the agreements concluded with both the armies for a free transition to the serbian side.

[Romanian Government falls] On 21st June 241 members of the romanian parliament voted to pass the no-confidence motion against the Government led by Sorin Grindeanu, Prime Minister, even more than the required 233. This is not the first fall of the romanian parliament, but it is the first time that the own Prime Minister's coalition asks for it. This coalition is made of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE); this motion has been passed saying that Grindeanu failed to apply the governing program against corruption in Romania.

[Stjepan Radić's death anniversary] On this day 1928, Puniša Račić deadly wounded Stjepan Radić, killed his brother Pavle Radić and his colleague Đuro Basariček and wounded Ivan Pernar and Ivan Granđ. Croatia on this day remembers the death of Stjepan Radić and all the other victims of this bloody June. Borba 2017 has decided to join Croatia's remembrance day especially for Stjepan Radić's fight for people's equality in a kingdom that wasn't equal.

[Attack in France] Armed driver killed in France after trying to attack a police van with his auto-bomb. French authorities describe this as a security incident, yet it's about a voluntary attack; witnesses confirm. Besides this general description we cannot assure the other details, mostly provided by witnesses' stories. One of them said he heard multiple sounds of explosions after some shots fired near a car surrounded with smoke.

[Page opening] Borba 2017 is a blog-newspaper founded through the cooperation of four students: Dejan, Andrea, Aleksandar and Petar. In the blog we will report news regarding events, facts and opinions that concern today society, comment and evaluate current world situations, express our subjective thoughts and analise everyday life.

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Borba (Fight) was a Yugoslav newspaper active from 1944 to 1991. Following Yugoslavia's collapse its activity stopped and its company got privatized. Borba 2017 continues their dream publishing news and thoughts translated in three languages both from Yugoslavia and the world.

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