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Stories about Macedonia

29 February 2016

Macedonian Court Rejects Appeal by Activist Sentenced for Defaming Pro-Government TV Host

Five years after the case first began, Macedonia's judiciary has finally rejected an appeal by an activist convicted defaming a pro-government television show host.

Youth NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe Tackle Corruption With a New Documentary Series

In the former Yugoslavia and former USSR, "from kindergarten to university, generations of children and students grow up learning about corruption from their own experiences."

24 February 2016

When Elections Are a Joke, the People Tell Election Jokes

Election fraud and other misdeeds have been a widespread problem in the Balkans. As the saying goes, 'If I didn't laugh, I'd cry.'

23 February 2016

Unexpected Border Closure Leaves Thousands of Afghan Refugees Stranded in Greece

In Idomeni, a small village next to the Greek-Macedonian border, the only hope seems to be a passport.

20 February 2016

Online Documentary Preserves Oral History Surrounding 1950s Yugoslav Anti-Veil Law

The law was adopted "... to achieve the goal of removing the century-old sign of subjugation and backwardness of of Muslim women..."

18 February 2016

A Blogger Exposes Personal Data Protection Flaw on Macedonia's Election Commission Website

Global Voices Advocacy

"The mishap is at a very amateurish level from the perspective of professional principles of working with personal data on the open Web."

15 February 2016

Abandoned Shoes Protest Calls Attention to Macedonia's Massive Emigration Problem

"The scene was sad. We only have short time to make things better, to keep our youth here. To make everybody understand: We deserve better."

10 February 2016

Macedonia's Former Prime Minister Threatens Revenge in Troubling Speech

"There are no hidden messages in Gruevski’s speech. He presented all of his views in the manner of a fierce populist, who will not hesitate in his quest for power"

4 February 2016

Twitter-Based Doodling Community Inspires Creativity Across Eastern and Central Europe

Dozens of artists and amateurs take part in a Twitter-based drawing initiative every week with the aim of bringing more fun and art to the Internet.

29 January 2016

Grandma March Day, the Balkan Tradition of Exchanging Handmade Amulets

Balkan countries have joined forces to preserve the custom and push for its inclusion on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage.

Facebook Finally Suspends ‘Pegida Macedonia’ Anti-Muslim Page

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite numerous user report of Islamophobic hate speech, Facebook stated several times that the page did not violate its Community Standards.

25 January 2016

Old Postcards Reveal Forgotten World War I Memories in Macedonia

Made between 1914 and 1918, these photos not only document military aspects of World War I, but also provide views of places and people caught within its maelstrom.

‘Homophobes Are People Too’ Campaign Challenges Macedonia's Hostility Toward LGBT People

The human rights reality for LGBT people in Macedonia is poor, with systemic impunity for hate crimes against sexual and gender minorities in the country.

22 January 2016

The Air Pollution in Macedonia Is Bringing People Into the Streets, And There’s an App for That

The open data app "My Air" has helped spark massive protests, making Macedonian citizens aware of the results of air-pollution monitoring. Then came the DDoS attacks and government pressure.

12 January 2016

Macedonia's Highest Court Confirms Fine for Journalists Who Quoted Statements Alleging Corruption

Fokus magazine had quoted Macedonia's former ambassador to the Czech Republic, who accused ex-head of the secret service Sasho Mijalkov of corruption. Mijalkov sued for defamation and won.

10 January 2016

The Macedonian Nude Twitter Calendar Is Back

After a break for 2015 Macedonian Twitter users have recommenced the tradition of making a nude calendar for charity.

29 December 2015

Activists Seek to Dispel Abortion Stigma Fueled by the Macedonian Government's Policies

"Because it's about me, the decision whether to abort or not must remain my and only my right."

12 December 2015

Meet the Man Chronicling Macedonia's Twitter Community

He has interviewed about two-hundred and fifty Macedonian Twitter users.

6 November 2015

Why Did the Giant Ears Cross the Road? To Protest State Surveillance in Macedonia

Global Voices Advocacy

The wiretap "bombshells" released by opposition party leaders almost one year ago revealed that the communications of more than 20,000 individuals in Macedonia had been secretly recorded.

10 October 2015

Say Goodbye to the Biodiversity at Europe's Oldest Lake?

New construction plans in Macedonia's Galichica National Park threaten the existence of more than a hundred rare and endemic species, jeopardizing the ecosystem of Europe's oldest lake.

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