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The most recent victims of “Fortress Europe”

Note from editors: This article has been translated from the Serbo­-Croatian web portal Bilten.Org. Late on Thursday night, near the city of Veles in Macedonia, at least 14 refugees were run over and killed by a train. News agencies have reported that they were fleeing war ­torn countries, such as Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria. The […]

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Spring has arrived in Macedonia: thousands of pupils and students protest against education policies. An interview with High School Plenum.

Thousands of pupils, students  and teachers marched today across the country, in a renewed challenge to governmental education policies. Organised by the High School Plenum,  the protest comes two months after the Student Plenum declared victory against reforms in Higher Education on the 24th of February, 3 months after the students’ first march on the […]

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Was the 8th of March cancelled in the Balkans this year?

Wrapped in a perfumed Valentine’s-meets-Mother’s-Day packaging, year after year International Women’s Day seems to become further stripped of its political flavour. What is worrying is that this occurs at a time when women face deteriorating conditions across the region, in their homes, at the work place and society at large. We asked activists, researchers and […]

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International Women’s Day in the Balkans: Antonio Mihajlov

Antonio Mihajlov is President of the Association for the critical approach to gender and sexuality – Subversive Front in Skopje and a Committee member of the National network against homophobia and transphobia.   “Women MPs in the Macedonian Parliament vote on misogynistic legislation changes imposed by men. Young girls glorify marriage as the only feasible […]

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The systematic decline of women’s rights in Macedonia in recent years

This publication has been made in cooperation with the Serbo-Croatian political web portal Bilten.Org. A version of this piece was also published on the author’s website, Amateuress. In recent years Macedonia has undergone a very subtle, yet dreadfully pervasive deterioration of the situation with womens’ rights. After an initial surge of promise with the introduction of […]

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Autonomy! Autonomy! Autonomy! – Students occupy in the Republic of Macedonia

by Nick Evans. Originally published at RS21. Students took over SS Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje yesterday (11 February), declaring it an ‘autonomous zone’ under ‘student control’. This is the latest phase in a growing student movement: there have been large protests since November of last year against a planned law that will make […]

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Fighting Fascism in Macedonia. An interview with Mariglen Demiri.

Note from the LeftEast editors: this is an interview by Mattia Gallo with Mariglen Demiri, a student of Philosophy at the University St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje and a member of “Solidarnost” (“Solidarity” in English). Solidarity was formed in 2012 with the aim of humanizing society, promoting anti-capitalism, and fighting against all nationalist and […]

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Reclaiming the True Meaning of ‘Student’ on the Streets of Skopje

On Monday, the 17th of November, around three thousand students demonstrated on the streets of Skopje. Size-wise, this may appear relatively insignificant. On the same day, 700 km southwards, over 20,000 demonstrators joined a rally in Athens to mark the 41st anniversary of a student uprising against the country’s former dictatorship. The news story on […]