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Stories about Macedonia

30 June 2016

Here's What Macedonia's Colorful Revolutionaries, Armed With Paint, Have Achieved So Far

The Macedonian ruling political party canceled its plan to hold an election that only they were going to participate in, fulfilling one of the eight demands of the Colorful Revolution.

27 June 2016

Macedonian Youth Speak Out About Freedom of Expression Through Mini-Videos

"The important thing for the youth to understand is that you do not let them mute you, no matter what."

25 June 2016

Balkan Right-Wing Populists Gloat Over #Brexit

While the official reactions by most Balkan governments included expressions of guarded concern for the EU after the Brexit, Europhobic representatives of right-wing parties expressed joy via social networks.

4 June 2016

Threats of Criminal Charges Do Not Deter Macedonia's ‘Colorful Revolutionaries’

According to experts, the charges are illegal from several points of view.

3 June 2016

Macedonia's Ruling Party Has Resuscitated Socialist Realism Without the Socialism

Macedonia's ruling party placed an order for more than 50 paintings, depicting key moments in its history, in the manner of the former Communist party.

13 May 2016

Macedonia’s Government Is Subsidizing Bad Patriotic Rock Music and People Aren’t Happy

The selection of music involves categories such as "compositions that affirm the history of Macedonia" and "compositions that affirm family values and families with multiple children."

10 May 2016

Anti-Impunity Activists Say Skopje Marathon Scuffle Is Example of Government’s Violence

"There hasn't been a major incident, but it's obvious that the regime considers even the use of force as a potential weapon."

4 May 2016

Why One Macedonian Man Is Breaking His Vow to Never Protest Again

Tome Stankovski was brutally arrested during protests last year and says he still suffers from the trauma of that experience. But he has now joined the Colorful Revolution.

29 April 2016

Fighting Fear and Hopelessness From House Arrest in Macedonia

A 19-year-old law student placed under house arrest in Macedonia explains why thousands of protesters like him are fed up with the nation's leaders.

27 April 2016

Anatomy of a Macedonian ‘Colorful Revolution’

"Why do I protest, and what is the Colorful Revolution? This is a struggle against the authoritarian and corrupt regime, personified by ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski."

Macedonian Protesters ‘Congratulate’ Pardoned Ex-Interior Minister at Her PhD Graduation

Protesters crashed a public ceremony where Gordana Jankuloska was formally receiving her doctoral degree and unfurled a banner reading "Congratulations on your pardon!"

Arrests Add Fuel to Anti-Impunity Protesters’ Fire in Macedonia

"We have shaken the regime! But we must not yield or surrender! The fight is not over! We must go to protests in mass numbers."

25 April 2016

Journalist Zoran Božinovski's Supporters Fear Extradition to Macedonia Puts Him at Risk of Torture

"The Serbian government will bear responsibility if Božinovski is exposed to inhuman treatment in Macedonian prisons."

24 April 2016

Macedonian Crisis Deepens as Protests Increase in Number and Intensity

Protests are piling up in Macedonia, and a government that had enjoyed the fruits of impunity for so long is reaping what it sowed.

22 April 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Priorities, Anyone?

This week we take you to China, Mexico, Jamaica, Macedonia and Uganda, where we speak to Prudence Nyamishana who tells us why Ugandans are peeved at their government's priorities.

Protests in Macedonia Against the President's Pardon Get a Dose of Color

The movement took on a new name for themselves -- the "Colorful Revolution", a reference to protesters throwing balloons filled with paint.

19 April 2016

Protests in Macedonia Gain Momentum as New Round of Political Negotiations Is Announced

Tens of thousands of Macedonians have gathered in the streets since the president announced his decision to pardon government officials accused of corruption and abuses of power from prosecution.

15 April 2016

‘Without Justice, There's No Peace!': Macedonians March Against President's Pardon for Politicians Under Investigation

Several people were injured and a dozen arrested in protests against President Ivanov's amnesty for top politicians allegedly involved in corruption and misuse of power.

5 April 2016

In Bosnia, Defiance as Homophobia and Student Politics Collide

In most Balkan countries, homophobia is used as a political tool by right-wing populists to "divide and conquer". This often goes together with impunity for homophobic hate crimes.

Macedonia's Academy of Arts and Sciences Pulls Its Public Debt Clock Following Political Pressure

The issue of public debt in Macedonia, one of Europe's poorest countries, is a touchy one.

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