Bosnia’s Top Cultural Institutions are Shutting Down (5 Jan 2012)

By Associated Press

As the Western powers who sponsored the disastrous, ethnically based Dayton peace accords look on with indifference, Republika Srpska – born of genocide – blocks the B-H state from fulfilling its fundamental responsibilities as a state.

Bosnia’s oldest and most prestigious cultural institutions have begun closing their doors one after another, thanks to long-standing disputes among politicians from its three ethnic groups and dwindling state funding.   In 2011, the seven institutions – among them the 125-year-old National Museum whose collection includes the famed 600-year-old Jewish manuscript known as the Sarajevo Haggadah – received virtually no funding from authorities in the Balkan nation and can no longer finance their work or even cover their utility bills.

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