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One needs to invest in new, strong mechanisms of content distribution.
Stones were flying through the streets of Skopje, people were molested and beaten to bits because they are what they are, a wave of destruction was left behind by hooligans. It must be election time again in Macedonia.
A disturbing poster sheds light on the thinking of the far right in Serbia.
Without reform aimed at easing the current strong outside pressures on the media, the press can never become a force for societal change.
What a disappointment! A debate I was hoping to take part in was cancelled. Finally there was something I felt passionate about: St Sava, my favourite saint.
I love Kosovo’s street life – the fact that things happen in the cities’ shared public spaces here.
The organisers of a festival in Skopje destroyed a work of art already on display, claiming that it hurt religious feelings.
The Macedonian government is into massive campaigns. Sometimes it is to advertise how hard it is working, which we all know it does 24/7, but mostly it is to tell its humble citizens the difference between right and wrong, and most importantly educate Macedonians how to behave, as they don’t seem to fit the high standards of the government.
Unlike most capital cities in Europe, Pristina is home to the odd wandering cow, grazing on the meagre roadside pasture.
It’s a stale (and wrong) cliché that the Balkans produce more history than they can consume (quote from Churchill). More recently, it seems like the Balkans are producing more universities than anybody could (or should) consume.
Placing the statue of Alexander the Great in the centre of Skopje is an unintentional allegory for the end of transition in Macedonia.
The project "Skopje 2014" has become a source of frustration among Macedonian intellectuals, particularly those born in Skopje. If you mention the issue the conversation will immediately become disturbing.
A friend and fellow expat living in Sarajevo told me he might transfer to a different city next year. “I like Sarajevo but there is hardly any cultural life,” he said, and complained about the lack of concerts and weak alternative music scene.
The first mistake is to assume that you can find it. This happens to me time and time again, despite my abundance of foreknowledge and experience.
On the same day, almost two months ago, when the uproar started about the shooting of Angeline Jolie’s film in Sarajevo, I attended a controversial exhibition in Berlin.
The band from Bitola describe their approach to music as an irrational process of creating a ‘private folklore’ out of their impressions and dreams, and their latest album as a tonic for apathy and depression.