Janet Rabin

Janet Rabin (Women in Black from Serbia): Janet’s love of Slavic and Balkan culture was sparked by a summer school Russian class that she took in elementary school. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations and French at Mount Holyoke College. As a student she spent a month studying at the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan studies in Sarnath, India. After living and working for a year in Edmonton, Canada, Janet returned to her hometown of Tucson, AZ to work as Community Outreach Coordinator at the International Rescue Committee. Here she worked with refugees from Bosnia, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, Liberia, and Iraq. At the time of her fellowship, Janet was a Master's student at Georgetown University concentrating in International Development. After her fellowship, Janet wrote: "This was my first time being part of an activist movement, and it was an invaluable opportunity to gain perspective on the nature and interaction of concepts I usually deal with in a much more abstract fashion.”



Operation Storm

04 Aug

Today is the anniversary of Operation Storm (Operation Oluja in Serbo-Croatian), a Croatian offensive in 1995 in which Serbian civilians were killed and forced from their homes. It is another one of the events of the Bosnian War that used to be a comfortably fuzzy sketch in my mind… It feels so wrong that there are so many things that were completely life-altering to my friends here, that I used to know nothing about…

Below are links to two articles about Operation Oluja and its aftermath:

13th Anniversary of Operation Storm – from B-92

From Balkan Insight.com

Ante Gotovina, commander of Croatian forces during Oluja has been indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for crimes against humanity committed during the campaign.

Posted By Janet Rabin

Posted Aug 4th, 2008

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