Advocacy

Macedonia’s NATO Membership: No Time for Complacency

Macedonia’s NATO Membership: No Time for Complacency

Now is the most important time for NATO to grant Macedonia membership status. The Balkans region has become increasingly unstable, and it’s imperative that American and European cooperation accompanies a strong, direct push for unity. During a hearing on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Senate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation addressed a number of threatening issues pertaining to…

The Deca Begalci Live and Fight On: Greece’s Continued Refusal of Accepting its Displaced Citizens

The Deca Begalci Live and Fight On: Greece’s Continued Refusal of Accepting its Displaced Citizens

The end of the Second World War—marking a decisive conclusion to the defining conflict of the 20th century—did not bring about global peace and the end of tragedy; moreover, the Greek Civil War. The civil war spanned from 1944-1948 and carried a wave of Macedonian child refugees out of Northern Greece (Aegean Macedonia). In 1947, those who fought against the…

MALC2017’s Memorable Moments; Detroit to host MALC2018

MALC2017’s Memorable Moments; Detroit to host MALC2018

The Annual Macedonian-American Leadership Conference, abbreviated as MALC, celebrates the strong alliance between the Republic of Macedonia and the United States of America. This year, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and its young leaders program, Generation M, hosted the fourth MALC —a three-day event from June 8th-11th—that worked fervently to emphasize and reaffirm the cooperative relationship between the two countries…

UMD: Macedonia’s Leaders Have an Obligatory Constitutional Duty to Preserve Our Name and Identity

UMD: Macedonia’s Leaders Have an Obligatory Constitutional Duty to Preserve Our Name and Identity

The United Macedonian Diaspora’s continued support for the inclusion of the Republic of Macedonia into both the EU and NATO does not in any way concede a name change. Greece has been a decades’ long adversary in Macedonia’s quest for greater regional stability and security. Time and time again Macedonia has been willing to address Greece’s stated concerns – most…

UMD Statement on Formation of Macedonia’s New Government

UMD Statement on Formation of Macedonia’s New Government

As a leading non-governmental, non-political organization, founded in 2004, working to promote Macedonia and the Macedonian diaspora outside of our homeland, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) welcomes the peaceful transition of power that occurred today in Macedonia and wishes the new government much success in performing their duties. UMD will work with this government, as it has worked with previous…

Agenda: 4th Macedonian-American Leadership Conference and Days on the Hill

Agenda: 4th Macedonian-American Leadership Conference and Days on the Hill

Agenda: 4th Macedonian-American Leadership Conference and Days on the Hill Thursday, June 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – MALC2017 Registration at UMD Office – Please come to UMD office at 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Meetings in Congress 6:00 p.m. – Macedonian-American Heritage Congressional Reception in honor of June Immigrant Heritage Month featuring performance by…

UMD: Macedonia Caucus Vital to Bolstering U.S.-Macedonia Ties

UMD: Macedonia Caucus Vital to Bolstering U.S.-Macedonia Ties

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) applauds the efforts of the Congressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans (hereinafter referred to as “Macedonia Caucus”), which is critical to the U.S.-Macedonia strategic bilateral relationship. Over 30 members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are part of the Macedonia Caucus. UMD looks forward to members of the Macedonia Caucus visiting Macedonia in the near…

UMD Leaders Discuss Macedonia with Congressman Lowenthal

UMD Leaders Discuss Macedonia with Congressman Lowenthal

Yesterday, United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) leaders met with Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47th Congressional District) in his Long Beach, California office to discuss U.S.-Macedonia relations and issues concerning the Macedonian-American community in his district and throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Pictured left to right: UMD Board Member & U.S. Director Trajko Papuckoski, Congressman Lowenthal, UMD Los Angeles Regional Representative Marija…

UMD: Albanian Prime Minister Continues Stirring the Pot in the Balkans

UMD: Albanian Prime Minister Continues Stirring the Pot in the Balkans

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) strongly denounces Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s continued use of disinformation and falsehoods relating to the Republic of Macedonia and Albania’s increasing entanglement in the Republic’s internal affairs. In a recent interview for France 24, Rama questioned the “minority” status of ethnic Albanians in Macedonia, stating that their numbers constituted “around 35% of the Macedonian…

UMD Tackles Macedonia Political Crisis on Al-Jazeera

UMD Tackles Macedonia Political Crisis on Al-Jazeera

On March 23, 2017, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) participated in a discussion on The Stream broadcasted by Al-Jazeera. This debate centered on the mass protests taking place in Macedonia as a result of the ethnic Albanian political platform, also known as the Tirana Platform, negotiated in Tirana, Albania under the auspices of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. Femi Oke…

UMD Open Letter to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini Prior to Macedonia Visit

UMD Open Letter to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini Prior to Macedonia Visit

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) sent the following letter to the European Union’s HRVP Federica Mogherini prior to her scheduled visit to Macedonia sometime between March 1-4, 2017.   February 26, 2017 Her Excellency Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy Vice-President of the European Commission   Dear Madame Mogherini, Macedonia was the first…