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Deralla, CIVIL: CIVIL has been for quite some time observing the referendum process related to the issue with Greece, that is, NATO and EU accession. We have been especially intensively observing the terrain throughout Macedonia during the summer and from the beginning of September, and have put a special focus...

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“Only in Europe all Macedonians from Aegean, Pirin and Vardar Macedonia will be in one state, and when they meet in Rome, Berlin and Paris, they will freely say that they are from Macedonia!”, wrote a citizen at CIVIL’s info-stand in the Municipality of Aerodrom, which is part of...

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Deralla, CIVIL: It is a sad and tragic event in which we saw a brutal murder committed by a member of the police. However, here there are other elements that the public has to take into consideration. The standards according to which police officers were selected in the past period...

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“After so many years, we managed to achieve an agreement with Greece, but, unfortunately, we did not manage to make an agreement among ourselves. I reflect on the fact that VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM did not succeed to agree on a referendum question, let alone something more. It is sad...

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“For us as an organization, it was really important that the citizens really know the difference between patriotism and nationalism. They know very well what it means to love one’s own country, as well as what the consequences of hating certain communities under the excuse of love towards the...

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Deralla, CIVIL: The period before the referendum until September 30, I think has surfaced many ugly situations in society. Ugly situations of what is called insufficiently developed civic consciousness. This period is truly a big challenge in our work, as people who deal with human rights and freedoms. To gather...

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“I titled my column on this topic “The glimpse effect”, while my inspiration was a documentary film on astronauts who see as their home a tiny glowing blue ball. And actually the question that arose was- how much time will we need to figure out that nationalism is destroying...

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NATIONALISM - PATRIOTSM Smailovik: I am Mersiha from Macedonia

“I simply realized that definitions do not exist, you either love your country or you don’t. You either feel it as your own country or you don’t…I think that in this country the most important thing is to be a citizen, to contribute, to educate yourself, and I was...

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“As a woman who deals with intellectual work, for me the highest patriotic act of a government is a healthy environment, to use the resources, because I think that healthy citizens are the base of good and prosperous development”, stressed journalist Milka Smilevska at today’s panel discussion “Patriotism –...

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