A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Lifeline Humanitarian Organization

YOUR HELP WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

Dear Friends of Lifeline,

Serbia continues to face humanitarian crises and your help is urgently needed. Serbia's aged medical infrastructure and poorly equipped healthcare system is unable to meet the demands of the nation, where cancer mortality rates are the highest in Europe - including the highest mortality rate from breast cancer - and are rising at 2.5 per year.

In addition to these shocking realities, Serbia is on the front lines of the regional migrant crisis as hundreds of thousands of migrants seek safety, passing through Serbian borders, needing shelter and emergency aid.

Your contribution will enable Lifeline to help address these urgent needs. In 2015 Lifeline, together with The HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation in Belgrade, accomplished many important goals, including: providing lifesaving equipment to the Clinical Centers of Gynecology and Obstetrics where several thousand examinations are conducted per month; supporting hospitals by providing the expertise and equipment to conduct breast cancer screening, testing made possible thanks to a grant from the Niarchos Foundation; and supporting educational efforts by sending doctors to Memorial Sloan Kettering and the MD Anderson Cancer Center for additional training. Lifeline also supports the annual Serbian Medical Diaspora Conference in Belgrade, attended by more than 400 doctors from throughout Serbia.

An area of personal priority to HRH Crown Princess Katherine is providing social services to children and families. This year The HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its founding of the "SOS Children's line in Serbia", a national toll free help line that has received over half a million calls from children throughout the country.

We have great hopes to do even more in 2016 and we can only do it with your help and support. Hospitals lack the basic equipment to save lives; addressing the needs of all children, especially those with special needs, remains a priority; answering the migrant crises and addressing the cancer issue - the list of needs goes on.

HELP US TO HELP THOSE IN NEED

Your generous support will enable us to continue the work so many children and families count on. Please give as generously as you can.

Warmly,

David Hryck
President, Board of Trustees


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Mladen Mrdalj

Mladen Mrdalj is a PhD candidate who focuses on research and teaching in Comparative Politics, International Relations and Research Methods. His dissertation investigates significance of external factors in the dynamics of domestic political violence in the Yugoslav civil wars. Mladen’s thesis will analyze inter-connected case studies chosen from the context of the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. The central focus of Mladen’s dissertation is how perceptions of the international system influenced domestic elites’ strategic use of violence. The dissertation will also attempt to deal with more theoretical questions, such as: how domestic actors differentiate between the official and actual positions of international actors, how are they trying to manipulate international actors, and what can we learn about conflict management by answering these questions.

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Christ - The Alpha and Omega

The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America is pleased to announce the publication of an outstanding book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologian Archimandrite Justin Popovich. Bishop Athanasius' thought combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant faith and a profound experience of Christ in the Church.

Christ - The Alpha and Omega is the first of a planned collection of works of contemporary Serbian theologians. It is an anthology of Bishop Athanasius' articles which have appeared in Serbian, Greek, French, English and Russian. Focusing on themes central to Christian patristic Triadology, Ecclesiology and Anthropology, the book reveals the ultimate purpose of man and the universe, and speaks of how each of us can realize this purpose within the divine-human community of the Orthodox Church. Bishop Athanasius reminds us that the God-man Jesus Christ is the Beginning and the End of all things, and that we must seek our own end, goal, and fulfillment in Him.

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