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Ramadan Bayram in Skopje’s oldest Mosque

How does a Ramadan Bayram prayer look to someone from a Christian family? Probably similar to Easter, but without the women, for whom we know don’t pray in the mosque according to their religion. I...

Let me illustrate to you – (I)Legitimate government

When does a certain government begin to lose its legitimacy? It happens at the exact moment when the government itself does not abide by the rules of the system. When it starts to deceive and... Brainwashing, intimidation, stereotypes

“Free of charge” – by the state

When the state tells you that it provides something for free, it’s the same as if the fridge offers to buy you lunch. If nobody puts food in the fridge, nothing will come out of... The state never gives anything for free

100 Best Things to do in Greece

Greece needs its tourist industry now more than ever; anyone choosing Greece as a holiday destination is helping to support its economy. Though struggling, it has lost none of its attraction for visitors; the Parthenon... You will neither regret nor forget it

The 8 absurdities of the Balkan Greater State nationalism

1.Every country in the Balkans believes that it should be bigger than it is. We’d need at least one more Balkan peninsula to satisfy everybody. 2.But none of them considers that as taking something away... All countries have “historical arguments”

UNITED STATES OF BALKANS IS OUR DREAM

When you listen to an hour and a half of ska, reggae and rap spiced with familiar Balkan sound, Roma melodies and pop evergreens, when crowds dance to songs by Goran Bregovic and Manu Chao,... Borders don’t mean anything

BOZA AND SALEP: BEST DRINKS FOR COLD WINTER NIGHTS

Boza and salep are traditional drinks with specific, familiar flavors. They do not require expensive advertisements and advertising agencies. Their customers are regular, and can’t wait for wintertime to come, especially in the Balkan countries....

A journey around Christmas and two New Year’s Eves in 15 days

Macedonia is “the land of the holidays”. Citizens of this small Balkan country love to celebrate with friends and family in a lively atmosphere round full tables. With about twenty public and religious holidays it... Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas

Wintertime holiday season a la Greek

To some it is the need to escape for a while from the gloominess of winter and the increasing difficulties of everyday life. Others see it as a spiritual uplifting occasion and a return to... Peek over our wintertime festivities

THE EIGHT ABSURDS OF THE BALKAN BIG-STATE NATIONALISM

(Although there are millions of them, or the whole thing can be viewed as one great absurd, but still..) 1. Every country in the Balkans believes that it should be bigger than it is, to... We need at least one more Balkan peninsula to satisfy everybody