Policy and Education

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,…

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 Lazaro Date: Nov 16, 2005 10:59 AM To…

Senate Passes NATO Freedom Consolidation Act

Source: Senator Lugar’s website U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar announced unanimous Senate passage last night of S. 4014, the NATO Freedom Consolidation Act of 2006. The goal of this bill is to reaffirm U.S. support for continued enlargement of NATO to democracies that are able and willing to meet the responsibilities of membership. Specifically, the legislation calls…

New Jersey Issues Joint Legislative Resolution on Macedonian Independence

Release No. 06-09/08 GARFIELD, NEW JERSEY – On September 8, 2006, the Macedonian-American community of New Jersey celebrated the signing of a ceremonial Joint Legislative Resolution from the State of New Jersey Senate and the General Assembly håonoring and saluting the Republic of Macedonia upon the auspicious 15th anniversary of its independence.  Members of the organization United Macedonian Diaspora who reside in the State…

Bulgarian Media Sets New Low for Publicly Sanctioned Racism Against Macedonians

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International http://www.mhrmi.org/press/06/focus2.html The Bulgarian media, namely, the Focus News Agency, has set a new low in the country’s publicly sanctioned racism, xenophobia and intolerance toward its Macedonian minority.  On September 12, 2006, Focus referred to OMO Ilinden PIRIN as “separatists“, and claimed that the party paid individuals to sign up to become members.  In order for…

Australian Macedonian Refused Entry at the Greek Border

Source: Macedonian daily Dnevnik Translated by UMDiaspora Staff Discrimination against the Children Refugees: Greece Still Uses the Black Book “The Greek customs authorities rejected my entrance into the country because my passport said that I was born in the village of Statica, and not in Melas, which is the current Greek name”, stated Done Dimov, an Australian citizen. Greece continues…

UMDiaspora Representatives Meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia

Washington, D.C. – United Macedonian Diaspora representatives, Metodija A. Koloski, Denis Manevski, and Marina Veljanovska, met yesterday with United States Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia, Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic to discuss U.S.-Macedonian relations. UMDiaspora expressed gratitude over the U.S. Government’s continued policy in referring to Macedonia by its constitutional name, noting its dissatisfaction over the Greek Foreign Minister’s warning yesterday…

FEATURE ARTICLE: Character Education as a Key to European Integration

By Carol Dimovski, M.Ed. The reform vision for the Republic of Macedonia, appropriately titled “Rebirth in 100 Steps”, released by VMRO-DPMNE and future Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, is the most impressive document that has come from any political party in the country’s young history. The ex-Finance Minister and his ruling party have set ambitious goals that are supported with detailed…

Macedonians Take Active Role in Australian Census

Release No. 06-08/06   Washington, D.C. — The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) calls upon all Macedonians across Australia to actively participate in the Australian census on 8 August 2006 and acknowledge their Macedonian ancestry. In past censuses, Australian Macedonians have been underrepresented due to the lack of questions regarding ancestry and language barriers among first-generation Australian Macedonians. In the 2006…

Macedonian Prime Minister Will Seek Justice for expelled Macedonians from Greece

Source: Macedonian daily Dnevnik Translated by UMDiaspora Staff It is about time somebody raised this issue, initiating a dialogue with Greece on the problems of the expelled Macedonians, incoming Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said. During a pan-Macedonian gathering in the Pelister village of Trnovo yesterday, Prime Minister-designate Nikola Gruevski promised the expelled Macedonians that he would initiate a dialogue with…