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•Sava Tatic on why bombing Yugoslavia makes no sense

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•Julia Alerdort gets married

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April 9: Paul McDonough, San Diego

Well, I don't particularly like the idea of following Sava's well written and meaty article with the usual old-classmates drivel, but what can I do really? Perhaps a little vignette at least ...

I recently finished a short term job working for a bank in Stockholm, and perhaps inevitably, I stumbled across Joachim Alpen. Quite literally, on a street corner. After I wrested the bottle from his hand, tearing the paper bag in the process, got a few cups of coffee in him and packed him off for a shave and shower, he 'fessed up that he's playing hooky from the Swedish Foreign Service and slumming it at some bank swapping East European currencies about. Rumors of his clientele including such august names as Yeltsin, Sachs, and Soros may or may not be true.

As for myself, I have forsaken the life of the wandering computer geek to become an entirely stationary computer geek. I now work for a little start-up company in San Diego, and spend most of my time sitting in the kitchen or out by the pool, pretending to work and hoping that they never get their act together enough to provide office space. Perhaps one day I can parlay this into something more socially relevant, but after rousting no interest from anyone other than "Alphabet Agencies" at the SAIS career center, I have my doubts.

To any ex-SAISers who happen along this way, drop me a line and I'll be happy to guide you through the wonders of Oceanside and greater San Diego County.

 
   
  April 1: Stefan Geens, New York

Thank you once again for the inordinate patience you have shown in anticipating the next installment of the Sighs alumni saga. A few points come to mind immediately: Yes, the server on which this site resides has been down too often and for too long, but the people responsible know they have to do better or they will contend with our considerable financial muscle as we maneuver to take the site elsewhere.

Also, this is the first update in nearly 4 weeks, despite some timely contributions... What can I say--I have a life, it was my birthday, it's springtime and I find myself playing scrabble in the dappled late afternoon New York sunshine, gin and tonic by my side and a newly acquired knowledge of the 95 two-letter words of the English language. Did you know aa is a type of Hawaiian lava? And an ai is a three-toed sloth, not unlike those that Eurof Uppington used to impersonate.

The Bolognesi among you should have received an information package for the 5-year reunion at the Bologna center May 7-9. While I have been certain for the past 5 years I would attend, I find myself bizzarely nixed from doing so by the conflation of a previous engagement and those financial straits only true New Yorkers get to experience: The temptations of the exotic restaurants can alas only be indulged at the expense of all savings.

Nevertheless, Sighs is amenable to the hosting of a virtual bulletin board tor those who want to advertise they are going and who wonder which other alumni might want to share a dinner at Da Fabio, organize a night out at Bambi bar, or want to resume where they left off the sexual peccadilloes that were so much in evidence a mere 5 years ago.

In any case, somebody must volunteer to take many pictures and send them here, so that the festivities can be enjoyed by all, if virtually--perhaps a scanner at the Bologna center, some 1-hour development, and an email account can bring some near-live enjoyment for the Bologna diaspora.

 
   

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•Sava Tatic on why bombing Yugoslavia makes no sense

•Stefan Geens has some explaining to do
•Julia Alerdort gets married

•Jon Sinclair has another unlikely adventure

 
 

April 7: Sava Tatic, Prague, Czech Republic

Paul McDonough suggested that you may be interested in posting this at sighs.com. This is something I wrote the other day and sent it around to friends. I've also pitched it to a couple of papers, but I'm still waiting for a response. Anyway, I hope people will have the patience to go through it. Here it is with the original intro. And please include my new e-mail address to the mail room.

Thanks in advance.

Sava

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[Intro]

The whole exercise comes partly because of my frustration with the NATO PR mill which seems to grind everything into a soppy stop-the-genocide mesh. And, unfortunately, the mesh has been successfully permeating the mainstream Western media. And I'm not talking CNN here, which appears to be in bed with the State Department in more ways than one. What has struck me so far is the scarcity of critical voices, of people who would pause to question the belligerent strategy of the trigger-happy doves, (i.e. all those peaceniks turned interventionists, from Bill to Tony to the Guardian) vis-a-vis a Balkan lunatic who is essentially looking for an opportunity to go out with a bang surrounded by vestiges of legitimacy. This is just covering a few fundamental issues of how the crisis has been mismanaged. More should be said about the conflict itself, the Serbian and the Albanian tragedies, and about what kind of outcome we should hope for. But that's for other articles (and I hope someone else will beat me to it).

SAVA'S ARTICLE

 
   
 

March 12: Julia Aledort, New York

Thanks to a note from Cigdem, I spent about three hours the other day going though all existing issues of virtual- SIGHS since its inception. I'm amazed at the great things taking place out there! And I feel like a recluse, not having written in before (I think I've tried to submit new in the past), or even visited the site since 1997 when I couldn't get enough of Jancsi and Sophia's wedding photos!

If Stefan posted the pictures I sent, then you can see evidence that Mario and I (after nearly 7 years together) decided to marry in December in Washington, DC (at the Women's National Democratic Club). It was pretty mellow, and I'm just so grateful that my time at SAIS produced friends without whom I could not imagine taking that step into married wonder. All I can say is so far, so good.

SEE JULIA'S WEDDING PHOTOS

 
   
 

March 15: Jon Sinclair, Varanasi, India

Holi is a holiday marking the end of winter and is the most exuberant festival in the Indian calendar where everyone goes around spraying each other with coloured water and paint and having great fun. Nowhere is this more exuberant than in Varanasi. Here the mayhem goes on for the whole morning until a moratorium is called at 1pm when everyone descends for the Ganges to clean off. The river runs with colours (not immediately clear from the photo I grant you), while people head home to put on smart, new, usually white, clothes. Then they parade around town greeting each other as old friends and everyone has a wonderful time. At least, that is the plan.

JON'S COLOURFUL TALE CONTINUES...

 
   
 

April 13:

Andrew Rechtman's new address is rechtman@primus.com.au

Rosa Emilia Moreno and Itay Livni got engaged!