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A Macedonian Songcatcher Saves Ancient Traditions

Balkanalysis.com conducted an interview with a leading Macedonian ethnomusicologist where she discusses her interests in the field, the challenges one faces in coaxing songs out of reluctant villagers, and the importance of ritual music in Macedonian culture. “32 year-old Velika Stojkova Serafimovska, a professional ethnomusicologist at the Macedonian Institute for Folk Dance and Culture, thoroughly loves her job: exploring remote,…

UMDiaspora Met with UN Envoy Ambassador Matthew Nimitz

UMDiaspora met with United Nations envoy Ambassador Matthew Nimetz to discuss his recent proposal of “Republika Makedonija-Skopje” in hopes of solving the name dispute between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece. NEW YORK – Representative leaders from the Macedonian Diaspora in North America Gligor Tashkovich of New York City, Metodija A. Koloski of the United Macedonian Diaspora in Washington,…

UMDiaspora Condemns Burning of Macedonian Flags

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora expresses serious concern and apprehension following the burning of fifteen Macedonian flags by loathing members of the Greek minority in Albania hours before the visit of Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski in Tirana on November 11th, 2005. UMDiaspora condemns such racist and nationalistic acts of hate. The Albanian authorities must prevent or heavily regulate…

U.S. “Shadow Wolves” Train Macedonian Border Police

Source: US Embassy in Skopje Three officers from the United States Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement will visit Gevgelija May 7-11, 2007, to train Macedonian Border Police Officers in methods used to track persons suspected of smuggling and other illegal activities in border areas. The training is part of U.S. Embassy support for Macedonia’s efforts…

U.S. Department of State Press Briefing on Macedonia 02/01/2007

Source: U.S. Department of State MR. MCCORMACK: Yeah. Lambros. QUESTION: On FYROM. They are laughing of course. It’s a matter of laughing– yes. Anyway, FYROM. MR. MCCORMACK: FYROM. Oh, yes. FYROM, yes. QUESTION: We will listen carefully what you’re going to say. The Defense Minister of FYROM Lazar Elenovski after his meeting yesterday with the DOD, DOS, and White House…

Donate to help young Andrej

Four-year-old Andrej Zdravkovski, born on July 3rd, 2002, is suffering from a fast growing tumor on the brain stem glioma. Because of his prognosis, Andrej and his mother traveled urgently to the United States for consultations and intensive treatment at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas. A few days ago, Andrej was rushed back to Macedonia for a critical water-draining…

UMD Rejects Any Compromise Over Macedonia’s Name

Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) has been closely following the recent decision by the Macedonian government to rename its main airport in Skopje to ‘Alexander the Great International Airport.’ Negative remarks made by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis threatening to block Macedonia’s NATO and EU memberships, are nonconstructive and do little to…

OMO Ilinden PIRIN calls for end to discrimination of Macedonians in Bulgaria

Source: OMO Ilinden PIRIN OPEN LETTER To: The President of the Republic of Bulgaria The Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria The Leader of the Parliamentary Commission for fighting discrimination The Chief Prosecutor of the Republic of Bulgaria Dear Sirs, In the last couple of weeks on the territory of Republic of Bulgaria we witnessed unprecedented questioning and harassing of…