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Australian Tribunal Dismisses Greek Lobby’s Frivolous Legal Action Against Macedonian Newspaper

September 4, 2011 – Melbourne, Australia – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates the Australian Macedonian Weekly for successfully defending the right to a free press in Australia.  On August 30, 2011, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Senior Member Ms. Noreeen Megay dismissed the complaint brought against the Macedonian newspaper by the Greek political lobby group AMAC, ending a two-year legal dispute.…

Andrew D. Peykoff, Sr. Appointed Macedonian Honorary Consul General in California

Andrew D. Peykoff, Sr. Appointed Macedonian Honorary Consul General in California

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) warmly congratulates our dear friend Andrew D. Peykoff, Sr. on being appointed the first Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Macedonia to the State of California, based out of Ontario, California.  Peykoff is the Founder and Chairman of Niagara Bottling, LLC – the largest private label bottled water company in the Western Hemisphere.  “I’m…

European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Bulgaria…Again

European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Bulgaria…Again

October 27, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – On October 18th, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) again found the Bulgarian state to have violated the human rights of the Macedonian minority, including freedom of assembly. While encouraged by the decision, the United Macedonian Diaspora (“UMD”) calls on the Republic of Bulgaria to finally recognize its Macedonian minority in…

Macedonian Lawyer Chris Paliare Named One of 50th Most Influential People in Toronto

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates long-time UMD friend, supporter, and Macedonian Companions member Chris Paliare, O.Ont., LSM, LL.B., LL.M. on being named one of the 50th most influential people in Toronto in the December 2012 Issue of Toronto Life Magazine.   Toronto Life Magazine describes Paliare, aged 68, as someone who “has a stellar record handling multi-million-dollar commercial suits and…

ACTION ALERT: Support Macedonia’s Struggle Against Greece’s Intransigence

ACTION ALERT: Support Macedonia’s Struggle Against Greece’s Intransigence

November 8, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) announced a special media campaign to support Macedonia’s struggle against Greece’s intransigence.  Through this campaign, UMD hopes to draw the attention of newspaper/magazine editors throughout the United States about Greece’s high-dollar propaganda war against Macedonia during the last twenty years.  This year, Macedonia celebrated its 20th Anniversary…

UMD Awards Five Bitove Scholarships in 2012

UMD Awards Five Bitove Scholarships in 2012

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is proud to announce five recipients of this year’s UMD John L. N. Bitove, C.M. Macedonian Heritage Scholarship Awards (UMD Bitove Scholarship): Dragan Gjorgiev, Helen Jankovski, Stefan Nicoloff, Filip Petkovski, and Aleksandra Vuchkovska.  Since the UMD Bitove Scholarship’s inception in June 2010, UMD has given out approximately $20,000 to Macedonian students in the Diaspora.  …

2012 UMD Canada Gala: a Night to Remember

On October 27th, UMD Canada held its annual Gala at St. Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in Toronto. More than 250 guests enjoyed an evening of engaging speakers, great music by Rumba Band, and dancing, and a chance for the Canadian Macedonian community to honor those who have made a difference for the Macedonian Cause, and those who continue…

UMD Calls for Closer Ties Between Macedonia and New Zealand

UMD Calls for Closer Ties Between Macedonia and New Zealand

The United Macedonian Diaspora calls for closer ties between Macedonia and New Zealand, based on shared democratic and multicultural values, as well as cultural and economic cooperation.   According to UMD’s Director of Australia, Ordan Andreevski: “Closer ties can be achieved with a permanent Macedonian diplomat in New Zealand, such as a Consul General.  Such a diplomat can nurture ties…

James Saunders to Receive UMD Lifetime Achievement Award

James Saunders to Receive UMD Lifetime Achievement Award

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is proud to announce James Saunders will receive the prestigious UMD Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition for his significant role in furthering the Macedonian Cause. The Award will be presented at our annual Gala at St. Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, in Toronto, Canada, on October 27, 2012.    “Mr. Saunders is truly a…

UMD Observes 100th Anniversary of First Balkan War

UMD Observes 100th Anniversary of First Balkan War

Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and all Macedonians worldwide are commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First Balkan War, on October 8th, which was the start of a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Macedonian people, particularly by the governments of Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia.     The Balkan Wars led to the unjust division…

Macedonians Mark 109th Anniversary of Ilinden Uprising

On August 2, 1903, the St. Ilija’s Day Uprising — also known as Ilinden — was one of the most important revolts against the late Ottoman Empire.  Today, we celebrate the first realization of a Macedonian Republic, and we remember the brave men of Ilinden, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  The Ottoman Empire ruled Macedonia for nearly…

UMD Commemorated Ilinden with a Panel Discussion and a Reception in Washington, D.C.

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commemorated the 109th Anniversary of the Ilinden Uprising by organizing a panel discussion on Macedonia’s future entitled “Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic Prospects from Journalists’ Points of View” followed by a reception featuring Macedonian specialties and wine.  The panel consisted of three renowned Macedonian journalists, Vedran Andonovski, Cvetin Chilimanov, and Irina Gelevska.  The first panelist Vedran Andonovski currently…