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“Handmaiden’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood shuns Russian sanctions, ridicules travel ban

Canadian poet and writer Margaret Atwood was joined by Hollywood actor Jim Carrey in ridiculing the travel ban to Russia imposed on them alongside 98 other Canadians. On November 14, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation published a list with a hundred...

Defamation lawsuit against Serbian investigative media outlet KRIK sets a dangerous precedent

Just a few days before receiving the EU Award for Investigative Journalism in Serbia 2022 on November 16, the Serbian investigative media outlet KRIK was sentenced in a SLAPP defamation lawsuit by a Serbian court for publishing news about a criminal trial, quoting the defendant's claim...

Live online discussion on September 22: Techno-authoritarianism in India

In public and appearances and speeches, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared this present decade India’s “Techade”—a digital revolution at the grassroots level, touching all people and “refining” all aspects of politics, economy, and society. Yet even as the leader of the world’s largest democracy urges...

Live online discussion on September 15: Can citizens of democracies still trust the law?

The legislature — and the legislative process — is one of the three pillars of democracy, enshrined in the very heart of the political system. The legal system and the lawmaking process both exist to protect the citizens of a democracy. Yet, Global Voices...

Janjić: The Russian military intelligence service GRU is behind the litany against the EuroPride in Belgrade

Serbian political analyst Dušan Janjić said that since the members of the Night Wolves Motorcycle club have led the litany and protest in Belgrade against the EuroPride, it is evident to him that the Russian military intelligence service was its background organizer, informs the...

Litany in Belgrade with Night Wolves motorcade and posters of Putin against the EuroPride event in September

A "Litany for the salvation of Serbia" was held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, on Sunday, the 28th of August 2022, with the participants carrying church icons and photographs of Vladimir Putin. The walk was led by the motorcade of the Night Wolves...

The food banks in Portugal can feed up to 4% of the total population

Portugal has over 10 million citizens and even 21 food banks, which can feed up to 4% of this EU member country's total population. Their main goal is to fight against throwing all kinds of food as waste and to divert the secured surplus...

Ukraine thanked North Macedonia for the donated tanks: A friend is known in trouble

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, did not forget to express thanks via Twitter on Saturday for the donation of T-72 tanks from North Macedonia to Ukraine. Podolyak wrote the following on Twitter in Ukrainian and Macedonian: "A friend is known in...

Hungary: Media freedom groups welcome EU court referral over Klubrádió frequency

"This decision by the EU's executive body to take Hungary to court over the alleged breach in EU telecoms rules regarding Klubrádió's frequency licence is a belated but important signal that the Commission is increasingly willing to use the tools available to it to...

China encroaches North Macedonia’s railroad sector [infographics]

The saying "Slow but steady wins the race" maybe is the simplest explanation of China's slow entry into the North Macedonia's railroad sector in the past several years. From the takeover of the Piraeus Port in neighboring Greece, through the purchase of locomotives and...

The Montenegrin authorities are sending Simba, the lion cub that “hiked” around Budva, to the Netherlands

The Environmental Protection Agency of Montenegro informed that after a five-month stay in the country, the lion cub Simba is leaving first to the Netherlands, and when it grows stronger there, will depart for the huge sanctuary operated by Four Paws in Africa. The vehicle...

Truthmeter’s Editor-in-Chief Petreski: Western Balkans a target of foreign disinformation campaigns; we are working on revealing them

The malign influences which utilize disinformation spreads in the Western Balkans have a regional nature, and, as a result, one disinformation is crossing the border from one country to another and then it returns to the country of origin in a very degenerated form,...

The Western Balkans will need unity and cooperation across society to overcome press freedom challenges

In times of war and global polarization the Western Balkans region is divided along the lines of current polarizing forces. Disinformation campaigns, hate speech, physical attacks, threats, low income, poor economic status, divisions, self-censorship and job insecurity are the main challenges that the regional...

Portalb.mk: Five months after tragic bus accident in Bulgaria, no one in N.Macedonia was held responsible

More than 5 months have passed since the tragic bus accident in Bulgaria when 45 Macedonian nationals lost their lives. The Bulgarian prosecution finished the investigation about the causes behind the accident, but North Macedonia's Prosecution is still continuing its investigation, by controlling Besa...

Counterspin: Lavrov With Another Spin Justifies Russian Аggression Аgainst Ukraine

In an interview with four Serbian media outlets, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov used the well-known disinformation narrative about the military intervention in Ukraine, using the well-known phrase “special military operation” aimed at freeing the oppressed Russian population in Donbas and Luhansk. Lavrov reiterated that the entry of the...

Russian Duma with Draconian Sentences: 10-15 Years in Prison for Knowingly Spreading Fake News about the Russian Military

The Russian Duma has passed a law prescribing draconian sentences for “knowingly spreading fake news” about Russian military operations, categorized according to the severity and consequences of such actions, RIA Novosti reported. Under the new law, for the crime of “knowingly spreading fake information about...

Montenegrin teenagers publish an antiwar song for the children of Ukraine

Young Montenegrin singers Milica Radan and Komnen Vuković, together with the choir D-mol, published a video clip for their antiwar song devoted to the children of Ukraine "Vratite nam snove" ("Bring back our dreams") on March 17. The song is a message demanding an end...

Portalb: The war in Ukraine will cause economic instability in RNM

The military conflict in Ukraine is expected to have consequences for the economy of North Macedonia. The consequences, above all, are related to the obstacles in the trade exchange with Ukraine, which is a direct target of military attacks, but also with Russia, against...

Croatian citizens and businesses express support for Ukraine in various ways

Several dozens of citizens, mostly parents with children, held an antiwar protest on Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb on Saturday, March 18, expressing support for the Ukrainian fight for freedom under the motto #StandWithUkraine. At the protest, the organizers read an announcement condemning the war crimes...

Ai Weiwei’s exhibition “In Search of Humanity” at the Albertina Modern Museum in Vienna

Author: Bojan Blazhevski On the 16th of March, at the Albertina Modern Museum in Vienna, a comprehensive retrospective exhibition by the renowned Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei was opened. The exhibition named "In Search of Humanity" gathers in one place Weiwei's artworks coming from...