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Winter events have long, festive pasts

By Christopher Deliso, Lonely Planet

Despite its partially Mediterranean climate, Macedonia in winter can be snowy and cold. No surprise then that the country’s hospitable inhabitants keep warm with copious amounts of food and grog, along with carnivals marked by costumed tomfoolery.

FACT SHEET: Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria

FACT SHEET:  5 Answers to issues raised by Bulgarian officials and press on the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria Bulgarian Government Claim: No Macedonian minority exists within Bulgaria’s borders. According to the 2001 Bulgarian census (www.nsi.bg/census/ethnos.htm), 5,071 citizens declared themselves as ethnic Macedonians. Regardless of this highly under representative figure, the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute contradicts the claims of the Bulgarian…

Helsinki Committees Denounce Anti-minority Rhetoric and Discrimination in Bulgaria

Helsinki Committees Denounce Anti-minority Rhetoric and Discrimination in Bulgaria

Source: International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights  Sofia/Vienna, 21 November 2006. Gathered for their annual General Assembly meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 16-19 November 2006, members of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) expressed concern about the rise in anti-minority rhetoric and discrimination in Bulgaria. The extremist nationalist party Ataka (“Attack”), which gained representation in the Bulgarian parliament by winning…

FACT SHEET: Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria

FACT SHEET: 5 Answers to issues raised by Bulgarian officials and press on the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria Bulgarian Government Claim: No Macedonian minority exists within Bulgaria’s borders. According to the 2001 Bulgarian census (www.nsi.bg/census/ethnos.htm), 5,071 citizens declared themselves as ethnic Macedonians. Regardless of this highly under representative figure, the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute contradicts the claims of the Bulgarian…

Helsinki Committees Denounce Anti-minority Rhetoric and Discrimination in Bulgaria

Source: International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights Sofia/Vienna, 21 November 2006. Gathered for their annual General Assembly meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 16-19 November 2006, members of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) expressed concern about the rise in anti-minority rhetoric and discrimination in Bulgaria.   The extremist nationalist party Ataka (“Attack”), which gained representation in the Bulgarian…

U.S. Congressional delegation visits Macedonia

Source: U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia A delegation from the United States House of Representatives Democracy Assistance Commission, led by Republican Chairman David Dreier (California) and Ranking Democratic Member David Price (North Carolina), arrived in Macedonia today for a three-day program with the National Assembly. The Commission’s mission is to strengthen democratic institutions by assisting parliaments in emerging democracies. Central…

U.S. Congressional delegation visits Macedonia

Source: U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia A delegation from the United States House of Representatives Democracy Assistance Commission, led by Republican Chairman David Dreier (California) and Ranking Democratic Member David Price (North Carolina), arrived in Macedonia today for a three-day program with the National Assembly. The Commission’s mission is to strengthen democratic institutions by assisting parliaments in emerging democracies. Central…

UMD Applauds Senate Passage of the NATO Freedom Consolidation Act of 2006

Washington, D.C. – On November 16th, 2006, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Senate Passes NATO Freedom Consolidation Act to “endorse further enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and to facilitate the timely admission of Albania, Croatia, Georgia, and Macedonia to NATO,” among other purposes. United Macedonian Diaspora applauds this, and in light of the upcoming Riga Summit,…

UMD Applauds Senate Passage of the NATO Freedom Consolidation Act of 2006

Washington, D.C. – On November 16th, 2006, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Senate Passes NATO Freedom Consolidation Act   to “endorse further enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and to facilitate the timely admission of Albania, Croatia, Georgia, and Macedonia to NATO,” among other purposes.  United Macedonian Diaspora applauds this, and in light of the upcoming Riga…

Greek Torture and Expulsion

Niki Lazaro, inspired by our press release UMDiaspora Sends Letter to Greek President, writes to us and describes first hand the hardship of the state sponsored discrimination he experienced under Greek torture. Niki even today can not visit his birthplace in a country that is part of the European Union. From: Niki LazaroDate: Nov 16, 2005 10:59 AM To Whom It May Concern,…