It's a New Kind of Reality Competition -
Human rights abuses must be condemned no matter the perpetrator. But that is not the American way. The American way is to condemn abuses unless they’re committed by the United States or a U.S.-backed proxy.
Continuing the “American way” theme, I’ve found a new way of exposing U.S. foreign policy hypocrisy – a reality TV competition! Let’s play The Masked Human Rights Abuser:
The forced name change is a direct cause of the vast human rights violations being committed against Macedonians and, as such, MHRMI and Karakamisheva-Jovanovska seek to overturn it and reinstate Macedonia's name based on, and by invoking, the following Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, all of which the regime continuously violates:
Through daily, mass protests, the Macedonian people gave the regime a resounding NO to the EU-backed, French-sponsored Bulgarian demands to completely abandon Macedonians' identity, language, culture and history, yet it still pushed through passing of the "French Proposal" (as it is known), all for a chance at negotiating potential EU membership*.
Following the European Union’s shocking support of Greece’s campaign to change the Republic of Macedonia’s name and eradicate Macedonians’ ethnic identity and history (a key point outlined in the “Prespa Agreement”), Bulgaria ramped up its own demands on Macedonians, also garnering EU support. The most notable, and brazen, form came with the “French Proposal”, named after Emmanuel Macron fully endorsed Bulgaria’s demands to eradicate Macedonians’ ethnic identity and history.
Faisant preuve d’un mépris total de sa propre charte, l’UE a adopté la proposition de la France qui soutient pleinement la politique anti-macédonienne de la Bulgarie. Selon celle-ci, la Macédoine doit se conformer aux demandes de la Bulgarie pour adhérer à l’UE.*
The European Union is compelled to condemn Bulgaria for blatantly violating the EU charter and the rights of Macedonians (which the European Court of Human Rights has on 14 occasions), and to take action to reprimand Bulgaria. Instead, it chose to follow its anti-Macedonian precedent, which was set with its endorsement of Greece's policy to change Macedonia's name to the highly offensive "North Macedonia" (designed to negate Macedonians' ethnic identity and hand the term "Macedonia" to Greece) and to deny the existence of the Macedonian minority in Greece, as well as the Macedonian nation, language, culture and history in its entirety.
Article by MHRMI President Bill Nicholov published in US anti-imperialism media outlet Covert Action Magazine (CAM), dedicated to exposing US covert action.
[Note from the Editors of Covert Action Magazine: CAM uses the name “Macedonia”—rather than the imposed “North Macedonia”—as we respect the Macedonian people’s right to self-determination and their own name, identity and history.]
The situation of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria worsened due to the aggravation in relations with the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgarian attempts to force Skopje to renounce the existence of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria and the media campaign conducted in Bulgaria in that regard. A climate of intolerance reigns in society against Macedonians and they are the object of hate speech, which is often given wide exposure through the media without being sanctioned by the institutions of the state and without encountering any condemnation by the wider society.
Watch. Share. TAKE ACTION. This is MHRMI's television commercial, aired on a major Canadian network, updated and released online. If Macedonians don't help ourselves, who will? Our donation page is: https://mhrmi.org/donations. Every contribution goes directly to helping crucial human rights projects in defence of our name, identity, language, culture and history. For example:
No. We hate US foreign policy because it's destroying our countries. Who are "we"? Macedonia and every country that the United States has ever meddled in.
But US politicians turn everything into an "us (U.S.) vs them" scenario and always blame "the other". But take this scenario instead: You find out that someone hates or is mad at you for something that you're doing. What's the first thing you do? You don't yell and scream "You hate me because of my freedom!" You consider whether what you're doing is right and, if it's not, here's a novel idea (for US politicians): you stop doing it.