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Marko Angelov

Observing the Balkans while finishing a political science thesis.

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Latest posts by Marko Angelov

18 June 2018

Balkan right-wing populists continue attempts to rehabilitate the legacies of World War II Nazi collaborators

Revision of the history of World War II is an important element of extremist right-wing indoctrination in Europe and recent examples from Serbia and Croatia indicate complacency of ruling elites.

10 May 2018

Montenegrins protest the latest armed attack on journalist, demand end to impunity

Advox

After an attack in which journalist Olivera Lakić was shot in the leg, several hundred Montenegrins protested in Podgorica, demanding end to impunity and life without fear.

3 April 2018

A Children's Costume Contest in Macedonia Sparks Outrage With ‘Portable Adolf’ Hitler Entry

"Everybody was appalled by the poor kid dressed as Hitler. Who, we all know, was racist...Even those who shouted..."For a clean Macedonia," which is exactly what Hitler was all about."

1 March 2018

Did the Macedonian Orthodox Church Really Start a ‘Crusade’ Against a UNESCO-Protected World-Heritage Custom?

An attempt to preach against UNESCO-protected wearing traditional white and red good luck charms by the Macedonian Orthodox Church seems to have backfired.

20 February 2018

Serbian Journalists Face Harassment for Investigating Spending by Defense Minister (and His ‘Aunt From Canada’)

Advox

In spite of threats, investigative journalists keep demanding accountability from Serbian Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin.

21 January 2018

Macedonia Has Its Own #MeToo Movement — #ISpeakUpNow — and It Is Gaining Momentum

Despite the backlash from trolls, the #ISpeakUpNow movement has mostly drawn support and applause for the survivors of sexual abuse who refuse to stay silent any longer.

28 December 2017

Macedonia's Former Government Tried to Cover Up Its Own Wiretapping Operation, With Help from a Foreign Company

Advox

New revelations show the depths of manipulation perpetrated by the populist propaganda machine of Macedonia's former government.

29 November 2017

Contrary to Social Media Claims, Serbia's President Has Not Named a Street After War Criminal Ratko Mladić

Social media users falsely blame Serbian President Vučić for renaming a street after the war criminal from the Bosnian War, using his footage from a 2007 radical party protest.

17 November 2017

In Macedonia and Serbia, Right-Wing Politicians Make Their Followers Swoon—Literally

Both Serbian President Vučić of Serbia and former Macedonian Prime Minister Gruevski have tried to spin incidents, in which attendees to their public appearances fainted, in their favor.

30 October 2017

A Son of Indian Billionaire ‘Resides’ in a Modest Post-Communist Building in Macedonia

Indian billionaire son's residence in Skopje -- and whether or not he actually resides there -- has brought up questions of corrupt ties to the former ruling party of Macedonia.

25 October 2017

Czech President ‘Jokingly’ Threatens Journalists With an Assault Rifle Replica

Advox

Last Friday, Czech president Miloš Zeman brandished a wooden replica of an assault rifle with the inscription 'for journalists' written on its side. Journalists, however, failed to appreciate the 'joke'.

19 October 2017

Balkan Pride Parades Highlight Growing Support for LGBT Rights (and Politicians Are Taking Notice)

Serbia's openly gay prime minister became the 'first head of government to attend a Balkan Pride event.' Cynics see her appointment, however, as a move to impress the European Union.

12 October 2017

Comical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan's State Visit to Serbia

The warm welcome of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during a state visit this week incited many satirical comments on nationalism and media freedoms.

‘The Eurovision Baby Has Arrived': Macedonian Contestant Jana Burceska Gives Birth to Daughter

The then-unmarried Burceska had revealed she was pregnant in her Eurovision introductory video. The move was controversial in her home country Macedonia, which has become quite conservative in recent decades.

24 August 2017

Diplomatic Row Between Serbia and Macedonia Thwarted, No War in Sight

As diplomatic tensions between Serbia and Macedonia defuse, citizens reaffirm their common goal to live normal lives without threats of war.

Blaming Social Media Comments, a Russian Tycoon Announces He's Done With Macedonian Sports

"All over the world fans insult and badmouth club presidents, yet no president has left a club because of that."

22 August 2017

Serbia and Macedonia at War? The Headlines Say So, But Citizens Disagree

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.

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’.”

3 August 2017

No More Jailed Journalists in Macedonia: Zoran Božinovski Free on Bail After 15-Month Detention

Advox

After spending around 3 years in jails in Serbia and Macedonia, the journalist Zoran Božinovski was released from detention on July 15.

28 June 2017

A Czech Nuclear Plant Held a Swimsuit Contest to Choose Its Next Female Intern

The move quickly faced accusations of sexism: "What a joke! Do we make men pose in swim suits to get hired as interns?"

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