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Returning the river to its riverbed, followed by a protest – the struggle for rivers in Serbia has only begun

A few days after locals from the villages in Stara Planina (the Balkan Mountains) and activists belonging to an informal organization called Let’s defend the rivers of Stara Planina returned the Rudinjskariver back to its natural riverbed, they began the preparations for a protest gathering against the construction of mini hydropower plants (MHP), scheduled to take place on the second of September, at the Red square in the city of Pirot.

BusPlus ticketing system in public transport: a profit-making tool

Private-public partnerships in public services sector represent just another instrument for private businesses to get their hands on public funds. BusPlus is a typical example of such business model in Serbia whose downsides have been obvious for years now.

Refugees under siege – piece as war by legal means

The Serbian state undertook action to evict refugees from their homes in Ustanička street and the Bristol hotel in Belgrade. In the first case the results of an open call for residency in the apartments used by the Commissariat for Refugees are used as justification for the evictions. In the second it is the whim of private investors.

After Erdoğan’s Narrow Victory

Erdoğan and AKP have won another election in Turkey. The electoral process and the rhetoric of the ruling party, as well as the notable economic crisis, show that the Turkish state will tighten its repressive nationalist policies.

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