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Tirana: A city scarred by money laundering

Alice Taylor

28.01.22

Alice Taylor The march of the diggers, cranes, and cement mixers continues while Albanians find themselves driven out of the city. Those that remain, witness the destruction of historical monuments, playgrounds, and open areas and are powerless to prevent it.  ...

Trans people are second-order citizens, not powerful spreaders of “transgender ideology”

Elena Gagovska

27.12.21

Elena Gagovska Transgender people in Macedonia are effectively second-class citizens. The most important thing to remember is that those transphobic narratives in the country are completely wrong.   Inaccurate and transphobic narratives about transgender people...

The End of an Autocratic Era? Bulgaria’s New Regular Government

Radosveta Vassileva

22.12.21

Radosveta Vassileva 2021 marked the end of Boyko Borissov’s presence in Bulgaria’s executive as well as his dominance over the country’s parliament. However, did it dismantle Borissov’s autocracy? Far from it!   This year Bulgaria saw three parliamentary...

Murals are dredging up a war-torn past and widening divides in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mladen Obrenovic

06.12.21

Mladen Obrenović Since monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and there is but a mere handful of them dedicated to all victims regardless of nationality and/or religion, mark the territory and represent three viewpoints of the recent past – Bosniak, Croat and Serb...

We must come to terms with the past to better direct our future

Vladimir Djordjevic

24.11.21

Vladimir Djordjevic Nationalist agendas in the region need only a small spark to create a huge flame hard to control. Being recently at a conference in Tutzing (in the Munich area) that was dedicated to Memory Cultures since 1945: German-Southeast European Entangled...

The death of a great idea: The rise and fall of the free individual

Ridvan Peshkopia

19.11.21

Ridvan Peshkopia Security forces’ violence against Australian, British, Italian and other citizens throughout western societies only because they continue to believe in individual freedom shows that the very idea of individual freedom is dead now. Everyone was caught...

The passivity of the institutions towards the (resurrection of) the public rooms

Ivan Durgutov

08.11.21

Ivan Durgutov MA It looks like the Macedonian society as a whole has been turned into a large public room, into a voyeuristic chamber in which everyone caresses to peek into the intimacy of a stranger and to appropriate a part of the privacy of the other. This, coupled...

It is high time to allow science and evidence to steer politics

Mladen Obrenovic

05.11.21

Mladen Obrenović At the onset of the corona crisis, the ‘spotlight’ was directed at experts for a while, because answers were expected of them. The ‘gratitude towards the virus’ for once again shining the limelight on expertise and science, on individuals and...

What are the reasons for establishing AUKUS and how France was hung out to dry

01.11.21

Viktor Jakimovski A peak behind the curtain of possibly the largest geostrategic project in the first half of the 21st century. There’s been a lot of commotion in the past few weeks concerning the strategic partnership called “AUKUS“. AUKUS is a strategic...

Awaiting the magic wand that will end the pandemic

29.10.21

Ivor Fuka At the hospital, we meet 53-year-old patient Aleksandar. He openly told the camera that they discovered large clots in his lungs and that now the doctors are not letting him out of bed in the respiratory department. Prior to this, he says, he had no health...