Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Team Uzunov blog exclusive - Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs responds to concerns over “foreign interference” in the Australian Macedonian community over Greece’s name dispute with Macedonia....
Media spokesperson for Australia’s Federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton (Minister Dutton is second from the left in photo; next to him in civilian suit is Minister for Law Enforcement Angus Taylor) issued this statement to Team Uzunov blog:
"Foreign individuals, groups and governments are free to influence debate in Australia on issues of importance to them. Their contributions can make a positive contribution to public debate. We require this to be transparent and to take place within our legal framework.
"When they are not conducted in a transparent manner and/or are coercive, clandestine or deceptive, they constitute foreign interference.
"Left unchecked foreign interference activities could erode our sovereignty and undermine our values and interests of Australians and Australia. The Government’s counter-foreign interference efforts will target such activities.”
The Home Affairs Department runs the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) - which is domestic counter intelligence - and Australian Border Force (ABF).
TEAM UZUNOV blog questions to Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber security Angus Taylor:
- Is the Home Affairs Department aware that there are some concerns within the Australian Macedonian community over the current political upheavals in the Republic of Macedonia and the impact felt here in Australia?
- Concerns have been raised that the current Macedonian government, which has taken on a controversial course of political action - name change negotiations with Greece - is at odds with the vast majority of Australian Macedonians and has allegedly set up front organisations...to intimidate the Australian Macedonian community. There are deep concern over collusion between the governments of Macedonia and Greece to intimidate Australian-Macedonians.
- Are Home Affairs, ASIO and the AFP aware...? And as well as claims over Greek government interference? Has Home Affairs or ASIO or the AFP received any complaints about [########] and the Greek government? Has any investigation been opened or will be opened...?
- Ministers, there are also concerns that the Macedonian and Greek governments have (respectively) allegedly infiltrated “agent provocateurs” within the Australian Macedonian Community.
- Are Home Affairs, ASIO and the AFP aware of these persons and their activities? Has Home Affairs or ASIO or the AFP received any complaints about such persons? Has any investigation been opened or will be opened into these persons?
Monday, May 21, 2018
Meet the logistical mastermind behind Macedonia’s “Colour Revolution” - so called Serb “anti nationalist activist” Srdja Popovic, founder of Otpor/Canvas. In one of history’s incredible twists of irony the man who brought down the Milosevic regime in Serbia in 2000 completed in Macedonia what Milosevic had tried and failed - overturning a government and destabilising Macedonia and placing it on the path to national suicide - but this time around for the strategic needs of the West and its Greek, Bulgar and Albanian allies.
SCOTTISH UNIVERSITY DEFENDS CONTROVERSIAL SRDJA POPOVIC APPOINTMENT
by Sasha Uzunov
St Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university, the place where future British King William met his bride, has defended its choice of controversial Serb activist Srdja Popovic as Rector. The student body which elected him has remained silent as yet, leaving it to management to respond.
The position of Rector as outlined by the University’s website to "preside at meetings of the University Court — the highest governing body of the University. The Court exists to oversee the management of the University...” and is elected by the Student Body.
Mr Niall Scott, a spokesman for St Andrews, issued the following statement to TEAM UZUNOV blog:
"Thank you for your media inquiry about the Rector of the University of St Andrews, Mr Srjda Popovic.
"As you know, the Rector is appointed by students to represent them. The Rector is chosen by students in a democratic vote carried out to the highest standards of electoral practice.
"The University itself plays no part in the election of the Rector, and that is as it should be, to preserve the independence of the role.
"As such, the University can make no comment on your allegations. I can only observe that Mr Popovic appears to be a very popular choice with students, is hard working, highly capable and involving himself with issues which are important to our student body.
Our students themselves may however wish to debate your specific points with you...”
The President of the Students’ Association Mr Lewis Wood has not as yet responded.
TEAM UZUNOV has tried to contact Mr Popovic at his private email address and the Canvas office in Belgrade, Serbia but has never received a response from the elusive activist.
The questions posed to St Andrew were as follows:
St Andrew's University students voted to appoint the controversial Serb activist Srdja Popovic, the founder of NGO Canvas, as the Rector.
1. Is the University aware, that despite Mr Popovic's public image of anti nationalist and democracy advocate, he holds ultra Serb nationalist views?
- Mr Popovic was found to have lobbied secretly to reverse the Maldives recognition of Kosovo's independence.
- Mr Popovic sent Serb activists from Canvas into Macedonia who took part in vandalising Macedonian monuments under the pretext of “anti nationalism” and "anti corruption" but interestingly the Serb Embassy in Macedonia was not touched. Some Macedonians saw this behaviour as thinly disguised Serb racism against Macedonians who were the victims of Serb colonial rule from 1912 to 1941.
Mr Popovic and his activists have never held any protests against Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic who holds openly racist views towards Macedonians. Link:
2. Therefore, is it appropriate for Mr Popovic to be the Rector of St Andrews University considering his Serb nationalist views and actions?
WHO IS SRDJA POPOVIC AND WHAT IS CANVAS?
- Genuine anti-nationalist or political opportunist? The company you keep tells a lot about you?
Popovic founded OTPOR (Resistance) - now known as Canvas:
A Serbian “Internationalist” group, NGO, which in 2000 brought down the Slobodan Milosevic regime in Serbia. Milosevic pushed for a Greater Serbia, a concept that was anti Macedonian, Croat, Albanian, Bosnian.
According to this hagiography of Popovic run in The Guardian newspaper: "Popovic and his friends started, and the group that by 1998 it grew into, Otpor! (translation: Resistance!) inspired a mass, non-violent movement. They finally saw off the repression and horror of Milosevic, who at the end could not even make it to the final round of the elections he called in September 2000.
"Since then, Popovic and his friends have been in some demand. The Centre for Applied Non-violent Action and Strategies or Canvas, an independent, five-man, Belgrade-based NGO he founded with a handful of other Otpor! members in 2003, has now advised and trained pro-democracy activists in more than 50 countries, including India, Iran, Zimbabwe, Burma, Ukraine, Georgia, Palestine, Belarus, Tunisia and Egypt
"The journey, he acknowledges, has not always been straightforward. The second son of a fearless 70s TV reporter father and a glamorous TV presenter mother, he says there was “nothing in my childhood to suggest I was any kind of rebel. I wanted to make animal documentaries. David Attenborough … Thirty years after I first saw him, I can still hear his voice.”
"But when you grew up in liberal, free-thinking, even pretty damn cool Tito-era Yugoslavia, in “a certain system of values, and they are just stamped on … Not just the ugly bully-boys running around everywhere in really uncool uniforms, but the worst kind of nationalist folk culture all over TV, the insane hate speech … Croats were our brothers, you know? And suddenly we were being told to kill them; it’s like you being told it’s your patriotic duty to shoot Scots. Well, you change.””
ALARM BELLS - Yugoslavia was a one party state with a very bad human rights record-
You’ll notice in Popovic’s hagiography his nostalgia and whitewash of “better times” in Yugoslavia.
1988-89: HELSINKI Watch Committee and Amnesty International Reports:
The 4 countries in Europe known to have significant numbers of political prisoners:
- German Democratic Republic (East Germany).
Yugoslavia & Turkey have the greatest known number of political prisoners in Europe. see Link:
Here is an Australian Foreign Affairs report from 1989 - link - page 22.
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS- Romantic nationalists, revolutionaries and religious reactionaries:
Self-proclaimed “Romantic ultra Serb nationalist” Vojislav Kostunica linked up with OTPOR and the Serbian Orthodox Church (which doesn’t recognise the Macedonian Church) to take down Milosevic. see link here
Popovic was a close confidante of Serb Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, assassinated in 2003 as payback for his role in bringing down Milosevic.
Djindjic, a political opportunist, went from Serb internationalist to nationalist, cynically became a one time supporter of Bosnian Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic, and then back to being a non nationalist. Djindjic has been turned into pro West martyr though the truth might be that he was a cynical political chameleon. see link here
PARADOX? ENIGMA? Popovic has been banned from entering Russia and accused of being a “puppet” of the West. see link here
But his views and actions remain contradictory. On the one hand presenting himself as an anti nationalist activist but caught secretly lobbying on behalf of Serbia to have international recognition of Kosovo revoked; and sending in “advisors” into Macedonia to kick start the Colour Revolution and its vandalising of monuments.
Popovic: “If bringing up facts in favour of the country you love is called lobbying, then I admit that I have lobbied.” “A former student leader and former official in Serbia’s government, has confirmed that he spoke to Maldives authorities regarding Kosovo’s recognition.” link here
He has largely remained silent over Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic’s racist views towards Macedonians, including defending Serbia’s brutal colonial rule in Macedonia (1911-41). see links here and here and here
BERTRAND RUSSELL’S ADAGE - activist fatigue? Is Popovic a political opportunist posing as an “anti nationalist” and democracy activist?
“Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.” - Bertrand Russell, Nobel Prize winning British philosopher.
Russell’s view has struck a chord with many becoming sceptical of self appointed activists. A kind of activist fatigue has come about. Burmese /Myanmar ruler Aung San Suu Kyi managed to fool the West into believing she was a democracy activist who campaigned against the authoritarian military junta which has ruled her country for decades. But she been uncovered as a chauvinist who hates the Rohingya people. see link here
The Colour Revolution in Macedonia:
STRANGE ANTI-CORRUPTION / ANTI NATIONALIST ACTIVISM?
But it was an odd movement to begin with - World War II Albanian Nazi collaborator statues built in recent times by the Albanian political bloc were not touched; the Serb Embassy in Macedonia was not touched. But only Macedonian monuments were targeted. Corruption involving ethnic Albanian politicians connected to Gruevski were not touched nor were Serb politicians.
Petir’s real “crime” was she was a Croat and a critic of Greece. see link here and here
Canvas’s website has a map listing its campaigns- and Macedonia is listed, confirming that it had a large footprint in the vandalising of Macedonian monuments.
The Colour Revolution brought “regime change” to Macedonia - with Gruevski gone and Zoran Zaev of SDSM, the Macedonian Social Democrats, coming to power at the end of 2016 and in 2017 the controversial election of a new Parliamentary Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, in a rushed and some would say illegal manner. Prime Minister Zaev has been willing to go along with name change of Macedonia - a key Greek demand - under the pretext that Macedonia needs to get into NATO and the EU to ward off “Russian interference”- and to do so it has to accept Greek and Bulgarian nationalist demands - in effect extortion. see links here and here - And in doing so both Athens and Sofia would lift their opposition to Macedonia joining both organisations. To put it bluntly, Macedonia commenting national suicide ! - more on Macedonia, Greece, name change and US foreign policy at this link here
REGIME CHANGE OR NAME CHANGE - END GAME?
here and here
If the motivation was “anti corruption” then why no protests about ethnic Albanian leader, and ex terrorist Ali Ahmeti’s (pictured left) cosy relationship with Nikola Gruevski? Ahmeti who led the Kosovo Liberation Army’s local offshoot in Macedonia, the National Liberation Army (NLA or UCK) started a war in Macedonia in 2001 with the US deliberately turning a blind eye - see link here. Ahmeti’s political party DUI (or BDI) is now a coalition partner in the Zaev government.
Or for that matter why were there no protests against the long standing criminal underworld created in the early 1990s during UN sanctions busting and smuggling in Macedonia for the then Slobodan Milosevic regime until the cessation of hostilities in 1994-95 with the Dayton Agreement? Not one protest has ever been held outside the Serb Embassy in Macedonia over Serbian nationalism by Macedonian and local Serb “anti nationalists” not even when the US Embassy was attacked in 1999 by Serb extremists linked to the Milosevic regime.
FURTHER CLUES - Popovic’s Canvas provided the “logistical support ” and training for Macedonia’s Colour Revolution as well as sending “advisors” across the border to “assist.” That’s something that Slobodan Milosevic had tried and failed to do, to foment instability in Macedonia.
The failed 1995 assassination attempt on Macedonia’s President Kiro Gligorov was said to be the result of Serb-Greek collusion. see link - But Milosevic’s motivation, if behind Gligorov’s attempted demise, was due to Serb nationalism. But we have to ask this time around who cynically used Serbian cultural hegemony in Macedonia to bring regime change? The evidence points to the West.
LETTING THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG?
Bogoevski’s admission of not protesting against Alexander Vucic - see link
One of the leading figures in the Colour Revolution in Macedonia, and becoming the poster boy, was Pavle Bogoevski, a local Serb and an “anti nationalist” activist in Macedonia. Serbia’s bombastic Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic, who has a penchant for making racist insults about Macedonians, Papua New Guineans, Montenegrins, Croats as well after dinner singer, I kid you not, falsely accused Bogoevski of taking part in protests in Belgrade against Serb President elect Alexander Vucic, a close intimate of Nikola Gruevski.
Bogoevski’s surprising reaction was to admit that he did not take part in the protests and emphasised his Serbian background. His statement struck many Macedonians as highly contradictory for here was a man who shouted from the rooftops as he vandalised Macedonian monuments that he was an ‘anti nationalist.” The revelation left many Macedonians feeling that Bogoevski’s motivation was more to do with racism and political opportunism in attacking Macedonian statues - and conveniently and cynically supported by the West.
Bogoevski also doubles up as an LGBT activist in Macedonia but in 2014 the Head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch Irinej (pictured above), made a totally bizarre claim - blaming the “sins” of gay people for causing the massive floods that hit the Balkans region, including Serbia. see link here
“Patriarch Irinej, who leads the church in Serbia, reportedly said the floods were “divine punishment for [LGBT people’s] vices” and that “God is thus washing Serbia of its sins.” - link here
Bogoevski and other any Macedonian LGBT activist did not hold any protest outside the office of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s controversial Macedonian “representative’ the Bishop John (Jovan) aka Zoran Vraniskovski.
The hollowness of the Colour Revolution and Canvas?
SANCTIONS AGAINST IVANOV BUT NOT VUCIC, “GRUEVSKI’S EVIL TWIN?’
link to story here
Ivana Jordanovska, Macedonian “anti nationalist” giving Alexander Vucic a free pass but not George Ivanov?
TEAM UZUNOV: You wrote an article calling for sanctions against Macedonia’s President George Ivanov, I wanted to know do you now call for sanctions against Serbia’s newly elected President Alexander Vucic who was caught interfering in Macedonia’s political system with his diplomat / intelligence officer caught in the parliamentary violence on April 27?
Vucic is one of the most corrupt and authoritarian politicians in Eastern Europe. A protege of Slobodan Milosevic and who in 1995 infamously shouted that for every Serb killed in Bosnia, 100 Muslim Bosnians must be killed. I don't recall any Macedonian politician ever saying anything similar or starting a war in 1991.
But there have been no calls for sanctions against Vucic. Do you find this odd? And to reiterate will you be calling for sanctions against him?
Ivana Jordanovska: My personal opinion is that, according to EU regulations and precedents, there is no basis for calling for EU sanctions against President Vučić.
TEAM UZUNOV: Why not? He is far worse than any Macedonian politician?
Ivana Jordanovska: The EU has defined cases and procedures for introducing sanctions, and this is simply not the case with Vučić right now.
If you want the EU to impose sanctions, I believe you have to follow what the EU says...
TEAM UZUNOV: But as an individual you don’t believe Serb nationalism and interference in Macedonia is worthy of condemnation or even a protest?
People protest against all sorts of things, they don't wait on a directive from Brussels?
Ivana Jordanovska: You asked me if I will write to advocate for sanctions against Vučić, the way I did for Ivanov. And that is my answer.
I support the right to freedom of assembly, and if anyone thinks they should protest because of Vučić, that is their right.
Foreign Policy - March 9, 2018 - How Aleksander Vucic became Europe’s favourite autocrat:
"A recent report from the British House of Lords laments that the European Union has chosen “stability over democratic values” in the Western Balkans and expresses “serious concern that gains made towards good governance and the rule of law are in danger of being lost as countries in the region turn to authoritarian leadership.” As ironic as it may be for an unelected institution like the House of Lords to fret over democratic values, the authors of the report have a point: most post-Yugoslav governments have become “stabilitocracies” rather than democracies — and nowhere is this dynamic more evident than in Serbia.” link here
Meta - Macedonian news website - 7 December 2017:
Quote: “Last week, [ex Serb Foreign Minister] Jeremić stated that the Czech company “Czechoslovak Group” last year in October, through a Belgrade-based firm, SCMG, bought the headquarters of the firm in Krusevac for four million euros, with a direct contract and without public advertisement. He said that under Serbian law, direct purchase agreements are allowed, but only in “special cases”, and “specifically in this case, this year in Macedonia, the dictatorial and deeply corrupt regime of Nikola Gruevski was brought down, the political twin brother of Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučić”. link here
END GAME? NAME CHANGE FOR MACEDONIA? PARTITION?
Some have even gone so far as calling for a “federation” of Bulgaria and Macedonia... (see link here) the soft partition then the hard partition of Macedonia- some thing of a similar nature “mentioned in passing” by US “expert” Professor Daniel Serwer... in his testimony to the US Congress last year. see link here
US strategic needs at the expense of a unitary Macedonian state? After the fall of the Milosevic regime in Serbia in 2000 and the 2001 Albanian war in Macedonia which permanently implanted the KLA ie DUI and Ali Ahmeti, the US no longer needs a unitary Macedonian state as a buffer against Milosevic, only the territory it occupies. see link here and here
This explains why US Ambassador Jess Baily (pictured above) has overturned previous key cultural planks in US foreign policy towards Macedonia. - Washington’s strong opposition to bi-lingualism elevating Albanian to the same level of Macedonian; and not letting loose Serbian cultural hegemony (ie leading figures such as Borjan Jovanovski, Radmila Sekerinska, Pavle Bogoevski, Miroslav Grcev, Branko Geroski , Canvas etc etc) hiding behind “anti nationalism” to attack Macedonian identity. see link here - Now contrast that with a previous and popular US Ambassador Christopher Hill - see link here
BLUNT SELF INTEREST - doing the strategic maths?
Furthermore, with four US bases on Bulgarian soil and Greece being a charter member of NATO, it’s simply easier for the US to lean on Macedonia and to partition it between Kosovo and Bulgaria.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Macedonia Burning - American Macedonian Civil Rights Leader George Atanasoski speaks out against the attacks on native ethnic Macedonians. no holds barred interview -(English and Macedonian version)... on Team Uzunov blog...
George Atanasoski is a successful businessman in the United States, running a hi tech company Microflex which lists NASA, the US space program governing body, amongst many as of its high profile clients. Atanasoski also owns a Macedonian television station and magazine called Makedonsko Since (Macedonian Sun) as well as being the leader of the Macedonian Alliance. He has been a tireless worker in strengthening US-Macedonian relations. In 1994 he made an unsuccessful tilt at the Macedonian Presidency against popular incumbent Kiro Gligorov (1991-99).
Question 1: You’ve come out strongly opposed to name “negotiations” with Greece. Why is that?
George Atanasoski: This standpoint of mine isn’t new. Since the beginning of the 1990s, I have publicly called for the termination of negotiations with Greece. The passing of time has not change my view, but confirmed my point of view. What did Macedonia gain from the negotiations? Nothing but enormous humiliation. A past generation of politicians changed the Constitution, the flag, removed the Kutlesh sun, accepted the embarrassing reference FYROM, and signed an Interim Accord [in 1995]. Greece, headed by [Prime Minister] Karamanlis and [Foreign Minister] Bakoyannis, going against the USA’s interests, vetoed the invite for our membership into the NATO Alliance at the Bucharest Summit in 2008. Now, 10 years later, the Macedonian government is trying to appease [Greek Prime Minister] Tsipras and [Foreign Minister] Kotzias with a servile foreign policy.
[Macedonian Prime Minister] Zaev and [Foreign Minister] Dimitrov (pictured above with Kotzias) renamed the highway and the airport, publicly accepted a geographic qualifier to be part of the name, distanced themselves from modern Macedonians’ ancient roots. The Greek radicals will not budge an inch from their positions. Look at the public sentiment in Greece. The results are devastating. A huge number of Greeks, about 70 percent, are opposing the option of the term Macedonia even being part of the name solution. The opposition party New Democracy headed by Bakoyannis’ brother, Mitsotakis, who has a highly radical attitude towards Macedonia, is leading Syriza in all polls and is an almost certain winner in the forthcoming elections. Especially that almost all State representatives and political officials in Greece are unanimous in the blackmail towards the Macedonian people, either you will accept a new name and a new identity as a Constitutional solution or no EU and NATO--humiliation for nothing.
Therefore, instead of falling for the tricks of Athens, now we need shock diplomacy. Until the implementation of the verdict of the Hague Tribunal that condemned Greece for violation of the Interim Accord is secured, through which Macedonia would immediately receive an invitation to join NATO, we should not have any further negotiations. Negotiations are pointless. No politician in Greece has any legitimacy to propose a new bilateral international treaty when they fail to comply with the valid Interim Accord. International justice must apply equally to all. And Macedonian politicians must understand that none of them, not any party or government coalition, is above the Macedonian people. The only sovereign ruler of the name and identity is the Macedonian people who will never forgive high treason or selling out national interests. We are not after something that is not ours, we are only protecting our universal democratic right of self-determination. We were, are and will remain Macedonia, because generations of Macedonians have given their lives for this country.
Question 2: Are you alarmed by the inroads that Bulgaria has made into Macedonia in undermining its distinct identity? Who do you blame for this?
George Atanasoski: I do not overlook the fact that Bulgaria recognised Macedonia under the Constitutional name and therefore I have always advocated good neighbourly relations, but on a reciprocal basis. Macedonia and the Macedonian people must not be humiliated or be the victims of a one man’s dreams for San Stefano Bulgaria. The government of [Bulgarian Prime Minister] Boyko Borissov felt the moment of weakness of incumbent Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who does not hide and is publicly showing fondness for Bulgaria, even openly nourishing the Bulgarian thesis that “we are one people in two countries.”
In addition to this is the request of some of the Macedonian Orthodox Church leaders, namely the Strumica Bishop Naum--who has close relations with the Zaev family--that the Bulgarian Orthodox Church should become a “mother-church” of the Macedonian Orthodox Church. This is absurd because our Ohrid Archbishopric is one of the oldest Orthodox churches and we do not need such an approach. But this is clear indication that some of the so-called Bulgarophile structures in Macedonia have awoken. It is not by chance that a new party led by and consisting of Macedonians with Bulgarian passports has been formed and is publicly supported by Bulgarian MEPs [Members of the European Parliament] who are the biggest deniers of Macedonian identity. The Bulgarian Government, headed by Boyko Borisov and Krassimir Karakachanov (pictured below), insisted on signing the Treaty of Good Neighbourly Relations, imposing it as a condition for our Euro-Atlantic integration. Moreover, Bulgarian authorities have never had a frank approach in trying to close the open issues that have burdened our bilateral relations for decades.
Otherwise they would have explicitly recognized the Macedonian national identity and accepted the obligation to implement the verdicts of the European Court of Human Rights and to register OMO Ilinden-Pirin [ethnic Macedonian political party in Bulgaria]. But they continue to consciously deny that in the Pirin part, unjustly taken away with the 1913 Treaty of Bucharest, there are Macedonians who speak Macedonian.
Unfortunately, the current Government in Macedonia, by signing and ratifying such an agreement on good neighbourly relations with Bulgaria, conceded disproportionately and took on obligations with which it shot itself directly in the foot, causing great damage to the Macedonian identity. The obligation to re-write and revise history textbooks in Macedonia is a disaster.
We cannot fabricate history and lie that Bulgaria was not on the right side of the anti-fascist struggle during the Second World War. Just as we could never accept that Goce Delchev and Dame Gruev are Bulgarians, and that Ilinden is a Bulgarian holiday, as claimed by Bulgarian nationalists and radicals. Due to some of the unfortunately accepted provisions in the Agreement, in the future when we react to someone in Skopje trying to make a memorial service for Mara Buneva [controversial historical figure claimed to be Bulgarian], the Bulgarian Government will consider the Good Neighborly Agreement violated.
What is further worrying is that the provocations from the Bulgarian side have been going on non-stop. Their great nationalistic and assimilationist policy of denying the Macedonian national identity resulted in the Bulgarian MEPs Andrey Kovachev and Angel Djambazki pressuring the European Parliament, which made a cowardly resolution of acknowledging that in the Albanian regions of Prespa, Golo Brdo and Gora, where only Macedonians are live, also live non-existent Bulgarians. This is like claiming that the planet Mars has a Bulgarian colony. My position is clear, the Macedonian Alliance will fight with all political means for Macedonia to unilaterally terminate the Agreement, referring to its Article 13, item 3. - more on the Bulgarian-Macedonian Agreement at this link here
- Statue of Xhem Hasa, a leader of the Nazi Albanian quisling militia known as the Balli Kombetar during World War II. Location: Simnica, near the town of Gostivar, Macedonia.
Question 3: Albanian neo facism in Macedonia is on the rise. A number of World War II Albanian Nazi collaborator statues of the Balli Kombetar (Albanian Nazi quisling militia involved in ethnic cleansing of Macedonians and the the Holocaust) have been built by the Albanian political bloc, including DUI party led by Ali Ahmeti, in Macedonia. In Germany the birthplace of Nazism there are no Nazi statues. Will you be raising the issue of Albanian Nazi statues in Macedonia with US foreign policy makers as well as US politicians?
Ordinary Albanian citizens are increasingly waking up. They are becoming aware that the same political structure of Albanians that has been in power for 15 years and is a partner of both SDSM and VMRO DPMNE [ethnic Macedonian parties] abuses them to make money off of them. What both the Albanians and the Macedonians value most is economic prosperity, living standards and safe future for their children. Look at just how many Albanians are emigrating and pursuing happiness in European countries or in the United States. They simply disagree with the nationalism and blackmail of their politicians in Macedonia.
The monuments that DUI [Albanian nationalist party formed by ex KLA terrorists] insisted on, unfortunately, are part of the political bargaining that Macedonian politicians often do with Ali Ahmeti [DUI leader] only for the purpose of retaining their government powers and privileges. So it was with the embarrassing amnesty of the Hague cases, due to which instead of being held accountable for his participation in the UCK[KLA] and the massacre of the Macedonian soldiers in Vejce in 2001 [ethnic Albanian uprising / war in Macedonia], 17 years later, Talat Xhaferi is illegitimately performing the function of Speaker of the Macedonian Parliament. Such is the situation now, where in order to attain that damned power, an unconstitutional law for implementing bilingualism in Macedonia has been voted, which completely negates the spirit of the Ohrid Framework Agreement. I am using my contacts in the US Administration to lobby for the Macedonian national interests. I insist, in the shortest possible time, to conduct a census in the country, which will be conducted by the State Census Commission, headed by a person proposed by the Macedonian Diaspora and one that had not taken part in the previous shameful bargaining to the detriment of the Macedonian people and their future. We must once again be counted. Until then all requests of Albanian political radicals should be placed under a moratorium. - more on Albanian Nazi statues in Macedonia at this link here
-Martin Luther King
Question 4: The United States during the 1950s and 1960s bravely confronted racial discrimination through the civil rights movements led by the late Dr Martin Luther King. As a proud and patriotic American citizen of native ethnic Macedonian ancestry and the recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor are you aghast, horrified at observing the extremist behaviour of some prominent Serbs in Macedonia including the country’s Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska, “activist” turned MP Pavle Bogoevski, leading media pundit Borjan Jovanovski, Skopje city suburban Mayor Sasa Bogdanovic-Srpce and some others who paradoxically refuse to protest against Serb nationalism but deliberately pick on and ferociously attack native ethnic Macedonians, Macedonian statues and Macedonian identity?
As for the specific politicians in Macedonia that you have mentioned, I do not want to comment in this regard, because I do not have any confirmed information that they represent Serbian interests. However, with regard to the fact that they have entered a very dangerous scenario of removing monuments from Macedonian history, renouncing our civilisational right to historically refer to the Ancient past - this current ruling structure will carry the cross of trying to obliterate the identity of the Macedonian people. - more on this theme at this link here
Question 5: As a man of science who runs a successful hi-tech company in the United States, would you put a strong emphasis on science and technology, innovation, research and development in the Macedonian education system?
1. Излеговте со силно спротивставен став за "преговорите" со Грција. Зошто?
Овој мој став не е нов. Јас уште од почетокот на 90-те години јавно повикував да се прекинат преговорите со Грција. Времето не само што не ме демантираше, туку го потврди моето стојалиште. Што доби Македонија од преговорите? Ништо, освен огромни понижувања. Една мината генерација политичари смени Устав, знаме, го отстрани сонцето од Кутлеш, ја прифати срамната референца ПЈРМ, потпиша Времена Спогодба, а Грција на чело со Караманлис и Бакојани, спротивно на интересите на САД стави вето за поканата за нашето членство во НАТО Алијансата на Самитот во Букурешт во 2008. Сега 10 години подоцна повторно со сервилна надворешна политика актуелната Влада се обидува да ги одоброволи Ципрас и Коsијас. Заев и Димитров го преименуваа аеродромот и автопатот, јавно прифатија географска одредница да стане дел од името, се оградија од античките корени на современите Македонци, а Грчките радикали не ги менуваат позициите ни за милиметар. Погледнете го јавното расположение во Грција. Резултатите се поразителни. Огромен процент на Грците, околу 70 проценти се противат на опцијата терминот Македонија воопшто да биде дел од решението за името. Опозициската Нова Демократија на чело со братот на Бакојани, Мицотакис, кој има крајно радикален став кон Македонија, е во водство пред Сириза на сите анкети и речиси е сигурен победник на следните избори. Особено што речиси сите Државни претставници и политички функционери во Грција се едногласни во уцената кон Македонскиот народ, или ќе прифатите ново име и нов идентитет како Уставно решение или нема ЕУ и НАТО. Бадијала понижувања. Затоа, наместо да наседнуваме на триковите на официјална Атина, сега нам ни е потребна шок – дипломатија. Додека не се обезбеди спроведување на пресудата на Хашкиот Суд со кој е осудена Грција за прекршување на Времената Спогодба, а преку тоа Македонија веднаш да добие покана за членство во НАТО, ние нема што понатаму да преговараме. Преговорите се беспредметни. Ниту еден политичар во Грција нема легитимитет да предлага нов билатерален меѓународен договор кога не ја почитуваат важечката Времена Спогодба. Меѓународната правда мора да важи за сите подеднакво. А Македонските политичари мора да се разберат дека ниту еден од нив, ниту една партија или владина коалиција не е над Македонскиот народ. Единствен суверен владетел на името и идентитетот е Македонскиот народ кој никогаш нема да прости велепредавство и продажба на националните интереси.Ние ништо туѓо не сакаме, само си го штитиме нашето универзално демократско право на самоопределување. Сме биле, сме и ќе останеме Македонија, бидејќи за неа генерации Македонци ги положија своите животи.
2. Дали сте вознемирени од ударите што ги направи Бугарија во Македонија за да го поткопа посебниот Македонски идентитет? Кого обвинувате за ова?
Јас не го занемарувам фактот дека Бугарија ја призна Македонија под Уставно име и затоа секогаш сум се залагал за добрососедски односи, но на реципрочна основа. Македонија и Македонскиот народ не можат да бидат понижувани и жртви на нечии соништа за Сан-стефанска Бугарија. Владата на Бојко Борисов го почуствува моментот на слабост на актуелниот Премиер Зоран Заев, кој не се крие и јавно покажува симпатии кон Бугарија, дури и отворено потхранувајќи ја Бугарската теза дека „ние сме ист народ во две држави“. Во прилог на тоа оди и барањето на дел од Македонските владици, кој ги предводи струмичкиот Владика Наум кој е во блиски релации со семејството Заев, кои побараа Бугарската Православна Црква да стане црква-мајка на Македонската Православна Црква. Ова е апсурдно бидејќи нашата Охридска Архиепископија е една од најстарите православни цркви и ваков пристап не ни е потребен. Но, ова е доказ дека дел од таканаречените Бугарашки структури во Македонија се разбудија. Не случајно се формираше и нова партија која ја предводат и членуваат Македонци со Бугарски пасоши и која јавно е поддржана од Бугарски Европратеници кои се најголеми негатори на Македонскиот идентитет. Бугарската Влада на чело со Бојко Борисов и Красимир Каракачанов упорно инсистираше на потпишување на Договор за добрососедски односи, наметнувајќи го како услов за нашите Евроатлански интеграции. Притоа, Бугарските власти никогаш немале искрен пристап во обидот да се затворат отворените прашања што ги оптеретуваат нашите билатерални односи со децении.
Во спротивно, со Договорот експлицитно ќе го признеа Македонскиот национален идентитет и ќе прифатеа обврска да ги спроведат пресудите на Европскиот Суд за човекови права и да го регистрираат ОМО Илинден-Пирин.Но тие не продолжуваат свесно да не признаваат дека во Пиринскиот дел кој е неправедно одземен со Букурешкиот Договор од 1913, живеат Македонци кои говорат Македонски јазик. За жал, актуелната Влада во Македонија со вака потпишан и ратификуван договор за добрососедство со Бугарија попушти несразмерно многу и прифати обврски со кои си пука директно во нога нанесувајќи огромна штета на Македонскиот идентитет. Обврската за пречитување и ревизија на учебниците по историја од кои се учи во Македонија е катастрофа. Ние не можеме да ја фалсификуваме историјата и да лажеме дека Бугарија не беше на вистинската страна во антифашистичката борба за време на Втората Светска војна. Како што никогаш не можеме да прифатиме дека Гоце Делчев и Даме Груев се Бугари, а Илинден Бугарски празник, како што тврдат Бугарските националисти и радикали. Особено што заради одредени несреќно прифатени одредби во Договорот, утре кога ќе реагираме кога некој во Скопје ќе се обиде да прави панихида за Мара Бунева, Бугарската Влада ќе смета дека е прекршен Договорот за добрососедски односи. Она што дополнително загрижува што провокациите од Бугарска страна не прекинуваат. Нивната големо националистичка и асимилаторска политика за негирање на Македонскиот национален идентитет резултираше со притисок на Бугарските Европратеници Андреј ковачев и Ангел Џамбаски, Европскиот Парламент со кукавичка резолуција да признае дека во Албанија во регионите на Преспа, Голо Брдо и Гора, каде Македонците се единствено доминантни, непостоечки живеат Бугари. Тоа е исто како да се тврди дека на планетата Марс има Бугарска колонија. Мојот став е јасен, Македонската Алијанса со со сите политички средства ќе се бори Македонија еднострано да го раскине Договорот, повикувајќи се на членот 13, точка 3.
3. Албанскиот нео-фашизам во Македонија е во пораст. Албанскиот политички блок, вклучувајќи ја и партијата ДУИ, предводена од Али Ахмети, во Македонија, изгради голем број на статуи н на албанската нацистичка Бали Комбетар (албанска нацистичка квислиншка милиција вклучена во етничкото чистење на Македонците и Холокаустот). Во Германија родното место на нацизмот нема нацистички статуи. Дали ќе го подигнете прашањето за албанските нацистички статуи во Македонија со американските креатори на надворешната политика, како и со американските политичари?
Обичните наши сограѓани Албанци се повеќе се освестуваат. Стануваат свесни дека една иста политичка структура на Албанците која владее цели 15 години и е партнер и на СДСМ и на ВМРО ДПМНЕ ги злоупотребува за да се богати преку нивниот грб. И на Албанците, како и на Македонците им е најважен економскиот просперитет, животниот стандард и сигурната иднина за нивните деца. Погледнете само колку Албанци се иселуваат и си ја бараат среќата во Европските земји или САД. Едноставно не се согласуваат со национализмот и уцените на нивните политичари во Македонија.
Спомениците на кои инсистираше ДУИ, за жал, се дел од политичкиот пазар кои Македонските политичари често ги прават со Али Ахмети само заради задржување на нивните фотељи и привилегии од власта. Така беше со срамната амнестија на Хашките случаи заради која сега Талат Џафери наместо да одговара за учеството во УЧК и масакрот на Македонските војници во Вејце во 2001, после 16 години ја обавува целосно нелегитимно функцијата Претседател на Македонското Слобрание. Така е сега кога за пуста власт се изгласа против уставен закон за воведување двојазичност во Македонија со што целосно се негира духот на Охридскиот Рамковен Договор. Јас моите контакти во Американската администрација ги користам за лобирање за Македонските национални интереси. Инсистирам, во најкус можен рок да се спроведе попис во Татковината, кој ќе го спроведува Државна пописна комисија на чие чело ќе застане човек кој ќе го предложи Македонската Дијаспора и кој не бил дел од претходните срамни пазари на штета на Македонскиот народ и неговата иднина. Ние мора еднаш реално да се преброиме. Се до тогаш сите барања на Албанските политички радикали треба да бидат ставени под мораториум.
4. САД во текот на 1950-тите и 1960-тите храбро се соочија со расната дискриминација преку движењата за граѓански права предводени од починатиот д-р Мартин Лутер Кинг. Како горд американски државјанин и македонец патриот, добитник на престижниот медал на честа „Елис Ајленд“, дали сте вознемирени од eкcтpeмнoтo однесување на некои истакнати Срби во Македонија, вклучувајќи ја и министерката за одбрана, Радмила Шеќеринска, НВО активистот кој стана пратеник Павле Богоевски, новинарот Борјан Јовановски, градоначалникот на скопската Општина Центар Саша Богдановиќ-Српче и некои други кои парадоксално одбиваат да протестираат против српскиот национализам, но жестоко го загрозуваат македонскиот идентитет остранувајќи ги македонските статуи?
Македонија од секогаш во историја била цел на разни радикални структури од соседството кои се обидувале да го негираат постоењето на Македонскиот народ и Држава. Не смееме да заборавиме дека Српската Православна Црква упорно го негира правото на автокефалност на Македонската Православна Црква и тоа се провлекува со децении. Не случајно имаше обид расколничката црква на ПОА на Јован Вранишковски да ги заблуди Македонските верници. Но тој обид се изјалови поради мудроста на Македонскиот народ. Во Србија, особено некои од припадниците на поранешните нивни безбедносни служби, како рецидиви на минати времиња се обидуваат на разни начини да ја контролираат Македонската политика сметајќи дека тоа природно им е наследено од времето на поранешна Југославија. Дека постојат Српски инсталации во Македонија, тоа е факт. Таквите имаат личен интерес да ја дестабилизираат земјата директно одработувајќи за поголема сила која се бори за остварување на стратешки и геополитички цели на Балканот. За конкретните политичари во Македонија кои Вие ги споменувате не сакам да коментирам во оваа насока, бидејќи не располагам со потврдени информации дека застапуваат Српски интереси. Сепак, што се однесува на фактот дека влегоа во едно многу опасно сценарио за отстранување на споменици од Македонската историја, откажувајќи се од цивилизациското право историски да реферираме на Античкото минато, оваа актуелна владејачка гарнитура ќе си го носи крстот дека се обиделе да одработат обезличување на сопствениот Македонски народ.
5. Како човек од науката кој води успешна „hi – tech“ компанија во САД, дали би ставиле силен акцент на науката и технологијата, иновациите, истражувањето и развојот во македонскиот образовен систем?
Македонскиот народ е мудар, паметен и исклучително вешт. Воопшто не се малку примерите на Македонци кои во Европа или САД, Канада и Австралија водат успешни бизниси или се професори на престижни светски универзитети.
Јас никогаш не ја заборавив Татковината и родниот Прилеп. Сериозно инвестирам во Македонија и во медиумскиот бизнис, како и во прехранбената индустрија и хотелиерството. На моите синови им ја пренесов љубовта за родната грутка. Тие често се во Македонија и во одредени периоди и живеат во земјата на своите предци одлично познавајќи ја Македонската традиција. Најмалиот дури и дооформи дел од своето образование во Македонија, одлично зборува Македонски без разлика што е роден во Флорида. Пред извесно време со мојот брат Јосиф сакавме да отвориме погон на „Microflex“ во слободната економска зона во Прилеп, но заради рак раната на Македонското општество – корупцијата, тој проект не го реализиравме. Моето животно и професионално мото е постојаниот нарпредок и размена на знаење. Во програмата на Македонската Алијанса се предвидени низа мерки, чекори и политики за унапредување на Македонскиот образовен систем и зголемување на квалитетот и конкурентноста на нашата работна сила. Длабоко сум уверен дека Македонија има капацитет да биде најуспешна земја во регионот. Само треба вистинските луѓе да дојдат на вистинските места.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Macedonia’s Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska, who is of Serb background, is not in breach of a United Nations convention on racial discrimination for her attacks on indigenous ethnic Macedonian identity, according to a leading Balkan jurist.
Professor Igor Janev, a leading Macedonian academic who teaches at the Institute of Political Studies in Belgrade, Serbia, was asked whether Sekerinska had contravened the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), a UN convention introduced in 1965 and which Macedonia is a signatory to.
“I don’t believe the above mentioned Convention is being directly violated, however there are indisputable articles contained in it,” he said.
“...any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life."
Serbia imposed brutal colonial rule in what is now the Republic of Macedonia between 1912-41, forcibly trying to Serbianise Macedonians. Serbian cultural hegemony still remains a touchy subject in Macedonia, even more taboo than gay, lesbian and transgender issues. Some Macedonians still confuse Serbian cultural hegemony with “anti nationalism” not realising that attacking indigenous ethnic Macedonian identity is a form of racism, and a relic of Serbian colonial rule.
Professor Janev, who is a well known opponent of Macedonia being forced to change its name due to Greek demands, has instead fired a broadside at Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zaev and his government’s willingness to give into Greek pressure:
“Zaev and representatives of his government have directly violated the Constitution of Macedonia and are manipulating the will of the people. They are especially exposing the country to international shame and ridicule by not respecting the dignity of the Republic of Macedonia.With their behaviour they are assisting another country to flagrantly interfere in the internal affairs of Macedonia. In doing so they call into question the sovereignty and statehood of the Republic of Macedonia.”
A leading legal expert, who asked not be named, based in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, says he holds a different view to Professor Janev over Sekerinska.
“Someone of Serb background who attacks Macedonian identity or a Macedonian statue or wants to change Macedonia’s name is being chauvinistic and contravenes CERD,” he said. “but bringing a charge under a UN convention is a bit wishy washy. It’s neither here nor there. The best recourse for the average citizen (gragjanin) is to make a complaint via Macedonia’s existing laws on ethnic hatred and seeking an indictment (krivicna prijava) from Macedonia’s Interior Ministry which controls the police and justice system.”
He said this was unlikely because of political pressure; Sekerinska being a key player in the present Macedonian government and heavily backed by the US.
In over 20 years of political life she has never held a protest against Serbian nationalism outside the Serbian Embassy in Skopje, not even when the US Embassy in Macedonia was set a light in 1999 by Serb extremists linked to the Milosevic regime.
In protests dubbed the Colour Revolution two years ago, Sekerinska was photographed hurling an object at a Macedonian statue in the capital.
Other prominent Serbs who have been active in attacking so called Macedonian nationalism are pundit Borjan Jovanovski and Colour Revolution leader Pavle Bogoevski. Both have also refused to protest against Serb nationalism leaving them open to charges of bias, racism against native ethnic Macedonians. Even the US Embassy in Macedonia has not denied the charges levelled against them. - see link here
Pavle Bogoevski’s interesting admission - he doesn’t protest against Serb nationalism
In South Africa a white politician Helen Zille was accused of racism for making disparaging remarks about native black Africans. see link here
Burmese / Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi managed to fool the West for decades over her human rights activism even winning a Nobel Peace Prize in the process before being unmasked as a chauvinist against the Rohingya people.
TEAM UZUNOV has contacted Ms Sekerinska for comment on numerous occasions but has not received any response likewise Pavle Bogeoevski.
Borjan Jovanovski has told TEAM UZUNOV that he refuses to protest against Serb nationalism outside the Serb Embassy in Macedonia. see link here and here and here
Thursday, March 29, 2018
CIA CAN’T CONFIRM OR DENY FILE ON YUGOSLAVIST WRITER - cites US Presidential Obama Executive Order
by Sasha Uzunov
The United States’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has blocked a Freedom of Information request for any file it might hold on a prominent Yugoslavist writer and founder of Macedonia’s Helsinki Watch Committee, the late Meto Jovanovski.
Team Uzunov Blog was involved in a legal tussle - lasting almost a year tear - with the CIA over a Freedom of Information request and 1 lost an appeal in May 2017 to gain access to any files, should they exist.
The CIA cited an Executive Order numbered 13526 signed by US President Barak Obama as one of the legal justifications in neither confirming nor denying the existence of any files on the late Yugoslavist writer from Macedonia, Meto Jovanovski, who passed away in December 2016.
TEAM UZUNOV blog lodged an appeal against the CIA rejection of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
- MORE TO FOLLOW ON THIS STORY -
Monday, March 12, 2018
journalist in Macedonia has called for a controversial monument to a hard core 1930s Serb colonial Mayor/architect Josif Mihailovic of Skopje, now the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, to be built in the centre of that city in the place of Alexander the Great.
Mr Goce Trpkovski, who writes for a number of publications including Balkan Insight, has posted on social media a call for a monument to Mihailovic. (related story at this link )
Mihailovic was an architect and loyal monarchist handpicked by the then Serb King Alexander I in 1929 to become Mayor and Chief Architect of Skopje, the major city of Macedonia then under brutal Serbian colonial rule (lasting from 1912 to 1941).
The Macedonian language and identity were banned under Serbian colonial rule and a policy of forced Serbianisation was in place.
A 1941 British Foreign Office report on “colonialism” in what it's now the Republic of Macedonia -
His Majesty's British Minister to Belgrade, R.I. Campbell writing to Lord Halifax, Her Majesty's British Foreign Secretary, in 1941:
"Since the occupation by Serbia in 1913 of the Macedonian districts, the Government has carried out in this area, with greater or lesser severity, a policy of suppression and assimilation. In the years following the Great War land was taken away from the inhabitants and given to Serbian colonists. Macedonians were compelled to change their names and the Government did little or nothing to assist the economic development of the country…"
Citation: British Foreign Office document - FO371/29785, Campbell (Belgrade) to Halifax, 6 January 1941.
The purpose of building up Skopje in the 1930s would have been to attract Serb colonialists to Macedonia and to turn Skopje, referred to as Skoplje in Serbian, into a Serbian city.
Mihailovic was Mayor of Skopje (1929-36 and 1939-41) during a brutal crackdown on Macedonians seeking independence from Serbian rule. He was immensely loyal to King Alexander I, later assassinated in France in 1934. (pictured below).
Mihailovic does have a street named after him in present day Skopje despite his past controversial role in a colonial regime which brutally repressed Macedonians.
A 1926 British Foreign Office report on Macedonia -
British Diplomat RA Gallop:
"The most striking thing to one familiar with North Serbia [Serbia proper], who has been accustomed to hear Macedonia described as Southern Serbia and its inhabitants as Serbs, was the complete difference of atmosphere which was noticeable almost as soon as we had crossed the pre-1913 frontier some miles south of Vranje. One felt as though one had entered a foreign country. Officials and officers from North Serbia seemed to feel this too, and I noticed especially in the cafes and hotels of Skopje that they formed groups by themselves and mixed little with the Macedo-Slavs. Those of the latter that I met were equally insistent on calling themselves neither Serbs nor Bulgars, but Macedonians.... There seemed to be no love lost for the Bulgars in most places. Their brutality during the war had lost them the affection even of those who before the Balkan War had been their friends."
Citation: FO371/11405, Kennard (Belgrade) to A. Chamberlain, 21 April 1926, Enclosure, R.A. Gallop, “Conditions in Macedonia,” 19 April 1926. - link
-This 1930 newspaper article reports on the harshness of Serbian rule towards Macedonians and Croats. link here
Macedonia had been one territory under Ottoman Turkish Imperial rule for close to 500 years when it was partitioned by Serbia, Greece and Bulgaria in 1912-13 during the Balkan Wars which saw the Turks expelled from Macedonia. The new occupiers of Macedonia began their own brutal colonisation.
The part under Serbian rule was occupied by fascist Bulgaria in 1941 until 1944 during World War II. A native Macedonian partisan resistance movement sprung up consisting of an unofficial alliance of Macedonian communists aligned with Marshal Tito and Macedonian non-communists led by Metodija Andonov Cento. Macedonia was elevated to republican status in Tito’s Yugoslavia but a ruthless clampdown on former non communist wartime allies followed in 1946 with the imprisonment of Cento on trumped up charges during an infamous show trial.
1933 article in the American press - Mihailovich’s loyalty to his Serbian King Alexander. He had been dissuaded from leaving his post - leaving not so much over the concerns for the welfare and human rights of the local native ethnic Macedonian population but more out of fatigue at the amount of work he put in into turning Skopje into a Serbian colonial outpost.
- see link here
CIA Archives - US Presidential memorandum
1944-45:- Macedonians don’t want return of Serbian King nor colonialism.
US Presidential memorandum - World War II - Stalin urges Macedonia receive representation in post war Yugoslavia:
"You have not the territory of Russia nor the people of Russia. You are a small country of small landowners in the heart of Europe. You will have to build your state upon democratic principles with equal representation for all the national groups of Yugoslavia. You will have to seek economic assistance from America the way we here in Russia are planning to do after the war is over.' Stalin, according to Subasic, spoke in ‘very warm terms about the United States.
“Discussing the monarchy, Stalin wanted to know from Subasic what the people’s feelings are about [Serb] King Peter, II. [ex Yugoslav royalist politican Ivan] Subasic confided in me for the first time that the King is not popular in Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia but that he has some following, of course, in Serbia, and that he told this to Stalin...” link here
In September 1991 Macedonia declared independence from Yugoslavia but has had Greece as a constant thorn in its side; Greece and Bulgaria refuses to recognise the existence of Macedonians.
Macedonians in Greece and Bulgaria have fared worse than their ethnic kin in the Republic of Macedonia, which now faces an existential threat to its very existence over its name and identity - which are being used as blackmail by Greece and Bulgaria in order for Macedonia to join the European Union and NATO, of which Greece and Bulgaria are both members of.
Trump and Macedonia - part 1 - “The Draskovic Double Act.”
see link here