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Zvezdana Kovac: Encouraging, rather than toppling, one another

It would be great to hear the words ‘we were wrong’ without any irony; to open up a dialogue that isn’t falsified; to be united in values, while preserving different points of view. That is what we wish for in the New Year 2021, as well as, of course, good health and life without masks

2020-12-28T19:04:41+00:00December 28th, 2020|Columns|0 Comments

Lutfi Dervishi, Tirana: The hunt for small fish

There will come a day in Albania when high officials who are involved in corruption scandals will be investigated, tried and convicted. But, that day is not in the near future, as long as in the net of justice only small fish is being hunted. Lutfi Dervishi In the 125 pages of the annual report

2020-12-09T15:50:59+00:00December 8th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Branko Cecen, Belgrade: Measuring corruption

When a country fakes a battle against corruption, that virus tends to mutate very quickly and has a high death rate. Branko Cecen Last year’s Krusik Scandal was a regional one. The honest whistleblower revealed a massive-scale corruption network, from the late Branko Stefanovic, father of then-Minister of Internal Affairs, to those at the very

2020-12-08T23:28:18+00:00December 8th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Stevo Muk, Podgorica: A single brother and seven million

An efficient battle against corruption was not possible without changes in political structures, but what we still don't know is whether political changes are enough for great acts of anti-corruption. Stevo Muk When one says 'corruption', many things spring to mind for citizens of Montenegro. I would highlight the 'Limenka' case as it is the

2020-12-08T23:27:55+00:00December 8th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Eldin Karić, Sarajevo: The Dictionary of a Lost Year

When we look back, there are few things in the past 300 or so days which are worth the memory space. The bad took a turn for the worse. But, as there is always a silver lining, let’s try and be wiser, learn a thing or two. For a start, let us remember the five

2020-12-08T23:25:43+00:00December 8th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Belul Beqaj, Pristina: The political underground

How should we understand the appointment of the former head of the Anti-Corruption Task Force, that in the end it ends up in jail? How should we understand Hoti’s government’s tendency to disband the Task Force, at such times when corruption affairs and scandals are endless... Belul Beqaj As in many transitional places, the privatisation

2020-12-08T23:25:12+00:00December 8th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Lence Ristoska, Skopje: An octopus of high corruption

Given that the challenge of confronting high corruption involves facing powerful individuals who have a well-connected network of supporters and collaborators and who want to protect their own interests at all costs, it is more than necessary to act systematically and form a wider social front. Lence Ristoska High corruption is an international phenomenon that

2020-12-09T10:19:41+00:00December 8th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Ratko Orozovic: Life among poetry, satire, and film

Ratko Ozorovic is a renowned Bosnian director in film, TV, and theatre, as well as a literary figure. He has been creating art for over 50 years: five books, two films, hundreds of documentary films and TV shows. He discusses our times of censorship, the battle between satire and humour, aphorisms which came true, and

2020-12-01T23:25:48+00:00December 1st, 2020|video en|0 Comments

Ervin Goci: Cherishing old architecture

Ervin Goci is a lecturer at the Faculty of Communications and Journalism at the University of Tirana and an urban activist who supports many social goals in Albania initiated by NGOs, activists and local movements on issues such as environmental damage and gentrification of the city. In the video, he talks about the fight to

2020-12-01T23:24:52+00:00December 1st, 2020|video en|0 Comments
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