Riada Asimovic Akyol
Riada Asimovic Akyol is is a contributing editor at New Lines. She is a Bosnian journalist based in Washington D.C., creator and host of audio and video podcast “Dignified Resilience.” Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Al-Jazeera, Al-Monitor, The Nation. Her work focuses on politics, religion and gender.
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With tensions within Bosnia escalating rapidly – encouraged by some European leaders – many have begun to wonder, how many times will the centuries-old “Eastern Question” reappear in today’s Europe?
A romantic song has captivated audiences across the Balkans, the Middle East and as far away as Japan. But despite its themes of love and longing, it has been hijacked by nationalists determined to make political mischief out of a search for its origins.
The footage of “the videographer of Srebrenica” has become the locus for online connections among Bosniaks. They remember the pain of the Bosnian genocide, but also love and solidarity.
Food nationalism started with the formation of nation states and the breakup of empires in recent centuries. Cuisine, like political borders, became an effective tool for marking new distinctions, used by chauvinists and genocidaires as a weapon.
Bosnians have lately turned to photographs, films, digitized recordings, and even social media to sacralize the genocide and foster international solidarity.