Stories about North Macedonia from August, 2017
Macedonian ‘Moby-Dick’ Translator Ognen Čemerski, 42, Was a Meticulous Linguist and Engaged Educator
Čemerski passed away on August 25 of cancer. Beyond literature, he was remembered as someone who made thoughtful commentary about the tense state of affairs in Macedonia.
A Macedonian court ordered a person to pay 400 euros for writing "ironical statements and insulted a leader of a foreign country."
As diplomatic tensions between Serbia and Macedonia defuse, citizens reaffirm their common goal to live normal lives without threats of war.
"All over the world fans insult and badmouth club presidents, yet no president has left a club because of that."
While Serbian politicians and pro-government media step up war-mongering rhetoric against Macedonia, the common citizens on both sides of the border refuse to get drawn into the fray.
“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’.”
After spending around 3 years in jails in Serbia and Macedonia, the journalist Zoran Božinovski was released from detention on July 15.