There is a typical Macedonian problem that is inadvertently aiding in our downfall – and that is the belligerent reluctance of wealthy or high-profile Macedonians to act in the face of adversity. Our country's name and identity have been forcibly changed and handed to our oppressors, our history is being rewritten, everything that our ancestors fought for is being wiped out, everything that we’re currently fighting for is being wiped out - yet they won't act.
By Stojko Stojkov, Co-President of OMO Ilinden PIRIN: As a Macedonian from Pirin Macedonia, and an activist in the Macedonian movement in Bulgaria, I'm often bothered by the following issue: why is it that all countries in the Balkans care about their minorities living outside of their borders, all except Macedonia! Is this some kind of a unique feature of our state? Where does this absolute lack of desire - to care for and to at least verbally support your compatriots across the border - come from? Is the lack of compassion and solidarity a unique Macedonian character trait?
If someone told you that a name used to describe their ethnic group is deeply offensive, would you continue to use that name and even try to convince them that it is not offensive?
NO. So stop calling me a “North Macedonian” from “North Macedonia”. I am Macedonian from Macedonia. Any other term is designed to negate my ethnic identity. Maybe you didn't know that before, but you do now...
One of my kids' friends was talking about how his ethnic group doesn't get along with another ethnic group because of long-standing tensions between the two. He discussed how his parents taught him how “bad” the other group was. He then asked, "So who do you hate?“ Our answer - ”Nobody." But how do I tell my kids that a lot of people hate us? We're Macedonian...
Nancy April, a teenager in Newfoundland enjoyed all the pleasures of the Canadian north. Its landscape, wildlife and bountiful supply of fish by the sea. Most importantly, she reveled in the time spent with her family and tribe’s people and the centuries of traditions that defined them. Eventually though, another group of people encroached on her tribe’s land and cut-off their access to the area’s food supply, slowly starving them to death. Her father died. Then her mother. Then her sister. Soon enough, Nancy was the only one left from her tribe. Then she died.
Published in iAffairs Canada / Canadian Foreign Policy Journal
The leader of a new Macedonian political party was texting me in the middle of the night recently, giving me updates on her spokeswoman's surgery to repair two broken legs, suffered at the hands of riot police earlier that night. Her crime? Attending a peaceful protest against changing Macedonia's name and identity.
Published in DARROW
The entire region of Macedonia was partitioned in 1913 (a fact admitted by all, oppressors included) among Serbia (now the independent Republic of Macedonia), Bulgaria, Greece and Albania. Macedonians have been fighting attempts at eradication ever since. Never did we think that it would also be against attacks by the UN.
In yet another protest against a change to Macedonia's name and identity, Macedonians converged, en masse, in front of Macedonian parliament on November 18, despite road blockages and intimidation, carried out by the US-installed illegitimate government of Zoran Zaev. Yes, Macedonia is on the brink of collapse due to interference from foreign elements.
Republicans Have Become Democrats - The Vicious Cycle of US Anti-Macedonian Policy I figured out why Republicans have become Democrats and are allowing the State Department to still be run by the Obama administration. To spite the Russians. For all the hate that each party has for each other, they hate the Russians more.