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Stories about Macedonia

7 August 2017

Secular Voices in the Balkan States Oppose Religious Education in Public Schools

“Why do they call it ‘religious science’ when it’s not a science, but a subject about beliefs. So it needs to be called ‘religious beliefs’.”

27 July 2017

In Macedonia, Geeks Create Free Accommodation Platform In Reaction to Hotel Price Hike for Super Cup Fans

A bunch of geeks who call themselves 'WeTalkIT' offered Manchester United and Real Madrid fans the means to find a free place to stay during Skopje's UEFA Super Cup.

27 June 2017

A Win for Citizen Activism After UNESCO Asks Macedonia to Stop All Construction Projects on Lake Ohrid

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is the oldest lake in the European continent but the previous Macedonian government wanted the natural heritage area to be converted into a mega resort.

24 June 2017

How Balkan Egyptians Are Asserting Their Identity and Fighting Discrimination in Macedonia

"Our community is just a small part of the Balkan cultural mosaic, but nevertheless it provides important contribution to the overall European diversity."

23 June 2017

ISIS Attempts to Exploit Balkan War Wounds With Localized Propaganda

The region has a painful legacy of war that has divided people along ethnic and religious lines.

30 May 2017

Macedonian Students’ Photo Project Reveals Scenes From WWI, Then and Now

A photo exhibit combines street scenes in the southern Macedonian town of Bitola during World War I and their situation today.

25 May 2017

Cries of Impunity as Macedonia's ‘Bloody Thursday’ Parliament Attackers Get Suspended Sentences

According to members of the security forces who spoke anonymously to journalists, the attackers planned to execute people, but were deterred by the eyewitnesses filming the event on their phones.

16 May 2017

Three Decades and Several Films Later, a Creative Translation of ‘Alien’ Endures in the Balkans

"Then there's Alien or Osmi Putnik which literally translates to "The Eighth Passenger". What was the sequel translated as? More Passengers?"

25 April 2017

One Small Town's Referendum on Gold Mining Is a Big Victory for Citizen Participation in Macedonia

It was the first successful referendum since Macedonia gained independence 26 years ago.

25 March 2017

What's Old Is New: Are You Listening? Podcast

We take you to Jamaica, Indonesia, Syria, Macedonia and Ethiopia for tales of remembering, revival and resurgence in this podcast.

13 March 2017

Macedonians Mourn Folk Singer Vanja Lazarova, Whose Plight Inspired Facebook Activism

Vanja Lazarova became part of digital activism history in Macedonia after her tough circumstances late in life inspired the innovative use of Facebook as a tool to petition the government.

25 February 2017

Macedonia’s Ruling Party Is Draining Civil Society Groups’ Time—and Money

Global Voices Advocacy

Ruling partly leaders are calling for the "de-Sorosization" of Macedonian civil society, arguing that the country's civil sector should rely on the Macedonian government for financial support.

15 February 2017

Mystery Oil-Like Substance Pollutes Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

It's just one of a long list of threats to Europe's oldest lake that are putting its World Heritage designation in jeopardy.

7 February 2017

Crowdfunding Makes Macedonian Board Game an International Hit

How a group of young Macedonians fulfilled their dream of designing and manufacturing a fantasy board game that went on to international success.

4 February 2017

A Three-Minute Online Video Explains the Essence of Balkan Nationalisms

"Every country in the Balkans believes that it should be bigger than it is."

29 January 2017

Melania Trump Returns Gloriously to Her Homeland, Now as a Meme

During the U.S. presidential campaign, Slovenians didn't show much interest in Mrs. Trump. That changed, however, after Donald Trump's surprising victory in the Electoral College

10 January 2017

‘The Richest Political Party in Europe’ Gets Its Wealth From Corruption, According to Macedonian Journalists

A documentary states that the party owns pastures and apartments. Macedonian law prohibits real-estate ownership by political parties, with the exception of office space.

3 January 2017

Lenče Zdravkin, a Macedonian Woman Whom Refugees Call Their ‘Second Mother’

"A million refugees who left and their million stories all exist in me, and every one of them left a scar."

28 December 2016

Macedonia's Pollution Is So Bad That Activists Have Installed ‘Mountain Air Breathing Booths’ in Protest

Other unhappy citizens have resorted to parody. A piece of graffiti recently circulated on Twitter pokes fun a government inaction: "Recommendation: Don't die from cancer!"

26 December 2016

Ex-Yugoslavs Mourn Vesna Vulović, Flight Attendant Who Survived Highest Ever Fall Without a Parachute

"Vesna Vulović survived a fall from 10,000 meters, but could not survive the year of 2016. :("

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