Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

Sonja Stojadinovic

Sonja Stojadinovic is an MA student in Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. She holds bachelor and master degrees in political science and international relations, both obtained on the Faculty of Law, Skopje, University of St. Cyril and Methodius, Republic of North Macedonia. The master thesis that she defended in 2012 analyzed nonviolent struggle in politics and factors for success and failure. Among her topics of research and work are the European Union integration process, international relations, labor law, workers’ rights, and social equality. She is a well-known columnist for Macedonian daily newspapers and regional political web sites and is a leftist activist.

Writings from Sonja Stojadinovic

Articles

Interviews & People

Brazil’s Struggles for Indigenous Land Protection and LGBTQI Rights (Interview)

“I met Mariah Rafaela Silva in December 2019, at an EU Parliament conference on the trade agreements negotiated and signed between the EU and Mercosur. Mariah spoke passionately about the nonviolent struggles of indigenous and LGBTQI people to protect their human rights in her native Brazil. The stakes are high: the Bolsonaro administration itself verbally attacks and has adopted discriminatory policies against these communities, and indigenous land has been destroyed by fire or stolen by the government and its oligarchic allies. […]”

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Movement Commentary

Macedonians against Deadly Mines: The Struggle for a Clean and Safe Future

For almost a decade, Macedonians have engaged in a nonviolent struggle to protect their land and air from mass pollution as a result of foreign direct investments in copper, gold, and silver mining in the Balkan state. Actions have intensified since 2017 with citizen initiatives like SOS Valandovo, Zdrava Kotlina (“Healthy Valley”), and Youth Against Stuka-Ilovica Mine of Death organizing protests and road blockades to prevent the opening of mines. They count a number of successful closures so far, but the struggle isn’t over […]

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Movement Commentary

Corruption in the Balkans: An Out-Spin of the Rise of Authoritarianism?

Corruption is spreading through the Balkans as countries like Bulgaria, Serbia, and Macedonia are impacted by the government-backed construction sector. Monuments, renovations, demolitions, and kitsch construction projects are being commissioned by state governments—not to create something that will last for future generations, but instead to launder money for government officials and private businesses. […]

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Movement Commentary

North Macedonia’s Colorful Revolution is Over. What’s Next?

On the Minds of the Movement blog, Sonja Stojadinovic comments on the 2015-2016 nonviolent movements for freedom from corrupt government that have set the people and politics of North Macedonia on a new historical path.

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