WAR CAN BE LED BY A PEN - BORBA 2017
N. 1 23-02-2019
What Alija Sirotanović and Nikola Škobić accomplished was just the start of a series of new first records achieved from different local miners in just two months. Ibrahim Trako, from Zenica, digged 270 tons; Risto Mijatović, Džemal Ramović and Edhem Škorić, all from the mine of Kakanj, digged 354, 442 and 396 tons of coal. And finally, Abdurahman Babajić, on 10 September 1949 digged an extraordinary amount of 1010 tons. Those men were the new heroes of the Yugoslav working class, yet the most eulogized one was Sirotanović, the man who initially broke the Soviet record that led the list for so many years and made possible this glorious series of accomplishments, he even got his face printed on the new 20 thousands banknote from the 80s. The legend says that when president Tito offered him whatever he asked he just answered "A car and a bigger shovel!". He in fact kept his old lifestyle and died in 1990, still being a modest and unpretentious man. Ironically, his death came right before the start of Yugoslavia's collapse, as if he had been graced from seeing how his glorious past and his beloved country went to ashes.
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.