The Balkanroute in 2019: Camps, Cops, and Corruption
We have been alerted, we have been warned: three significant outbursts of indignation and information from an overlooked flashpoint in Fortress Europe’s worsening border crisis: the Bosnian-Croatian border. Continue reading
The Balkanroute, Three Years On
Traversing the Balkanroute is much more daunting now: double layered electrified fences, vigilante guards, virtually no state support for migrants. The biggest winners from the militarization of borders appear to be smugglers and corrupt government officials. Continue reading
Politics and Praxis on the Balkanroute
“It’s really clear that the states and the big NGOs are failing, so there have been lots of people who have decided to do something–and often very strong, direct actions.” Continue reading
No Peace in Patriarchy
Joey is from Lebanon; Aida is from Bosnia. They found opportunity to make many interesting comparisons between Lebanon and Bosnia looking at the ongoing impacts of the Taif Agreement and the Dayton Accords through a feminist lens. Continue reading
Refugees Seeking Freedom Get the Opposite
The plan of the Serbian government to evict the squats and move people to remote areas is happening in line with overall EU practices pushing people out of sight and detaining them in isolation with no possibility to organize. Continue reading
This Is Our Life Together
Long read: Observations from years of improvised refugee solidarity on the Greek frontier island of Samos Continue reading
Winter Is Coming Again, and Everything Is Still Fucked
Each day rolls into the next, and SNAFU remains the reality. We must all pull together. Continue reading
Cinema Utopia: Exile 2.0
A year after Aylan Kurdi made the EU border crisis famous, a film to remind us of the intense times that followed (and, though mutilated, continue). Continue reading
We need to stop saying “Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse…” Who seriously thinks it can’t get any worse? Still, there are things we can do–or rather, not do. Continue reading
Squat the Earth! We Will All Live Together!
Without foregoing for a moment our basic demand for open borders, we feel the need to gather our forces toward the creation of decent living conditions for refugees in our neighborhoods. Continue reading
Oh Balkan-Pioniere: Die Anatomie einer Fluchtroute
Freiwilligenarbeit entlang der Balkanroute wird immer aussichtslos bleiben, so lange die Nationalstaaten sich wie Nationalstaaten verhalten. Dazu ergibt es auch keinen Sinn, die Balkanroute als einen flachen Pfad mit einem Anfang und einem Ende zu sehen. Continue reading
O Balkan Pioneers: Anatomy of an Escape Route
The Balkanroute is not a route, it is an ecosystem. It is an organism. It is a “constellation of vital phenomena.” Continue reading
You Can’t Have One Without the Other
In every helping hand there is a middle finger. Continue reading
The Balkan Route: Winter Is Upon Us
Self-organized solidarity and mutual aid initiatives have for months been the only thing preventing complete breakdown and disaster along refugee routes through the Balkans. Now with winter coming, officials in many countries are making it harder for refugees to find relief, or it to find them. Continue reading
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