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Below are some of the numerous additions to the Pollitecon website over the past few months.

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There are 14 new books in Pollitecon's Free Ebooks Library.

Macedonians in the World
With Macedonians living in many countries around the world, it is a big job to write about all of them but well-known author Slave Katin has done this with his latest book Macedonians in the World. The 432 page book discusses Macedonian communities and their many church, media and other organizations in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. It also discusses the Macedonians in the neighbouring countries of Greece, Bulgaria, Albania and Serbia. With so many organizations in the book, there is unlikely to be a better or more comprehensive record than this of Macedonian diaspora church and media organizations in the world. Born in Dolna Prespa, Mr Katin and is the author of 56 books, over a hundred papers and over 3,000 journalistic and other articles. Macedonians in the World is Here.

New Book by Stojan Kochov
Bez Vina Vinovni is a new book by well known Macedonian author Stojan Kochov. Like much of his work, Bez Vina Vinovni is about the Greek Civil War and the tragedies and genocidal acts that were committed against the Macedonian people. Mr Kochov says that after the division of Macedonia and Macedonians in 1913 it was not possible to stay and survive spiritually united as one nation. Macedonian history has not yet learned the lessons from the Civil War and how the Macedonian house was dismantled and the Macedonian family disfigured as part of the eradication of Macedonians under Greece. This brought catastrophic changes to the entire ethnic community, but Macedonian history has pushed it and marginalized it into a sectoral "History of Aegean Macedonia". Mr Kochov says the Communist Party of Greece managed to put the Macedonians into the uniform of DAG and sacrificed them. Those who remained after the liquidation of DAG left with a ticket in one direction. The Macedonian child refugees were torn from the parents and left to grow up and ask: Who am I, Where I am, Do I have parents: mother, father? Do I have grandparents, brothers, relatives, what is happening to me? Who brought me here, and where am I going? The 1,827 page book has considerable information and analysis of the war and the players. The Macedonians under Greece were subjected to a foreign force. They lost their strength and were not able to hear their own voice of reason. The book is Here.

Inhabited Places in Aegean Macedonia
Inhabited Places in Aegean Macedonia by Todor Hristov Simovski deals with the Macedonian exodus from Aegean Macedonia that was instigated by Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria. The editor, Risto Stefov, says Todor Simovski describes not only the Macedonian forced exodus since 1912, but also the trials, tribulation and suffering the exiled Macedonian people underwent on their way out and in their new settlements, especially in Bulgaria. "Simovski spares no detail in explaining the legal hoops the Greek state underwent not only to evict these people from their native lands, but to also Hellenize Macedonia and the Macedonians who remained at home," he says. The book is Here.
http://www.pollitecon.com/html/ebooks/Inhabited-Places-in-Aegean-Macedonia.pdf The Macedonian version is Here.

The Public Death of the Name
Hronika na Najavenata Smrt na Imeto or The Chronicle of the Most Public Death of the Name is a collection of 90 articles by Macedonian writer Aldo Kliman about the death of the name Republic of Macedonia. The articles were published in a number of well-known online Macedonian media between 2017 and 2019. They discuss numerous angles on how the Zaev Government together with the EU and US changed Macedonia's constitutional name, the Republic of Macedonia, against the will of the Macedonian people. The book has many old maps about Macedonia and other interesting illustrations, some published for the first time. The book is Here.

The Situation of the Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria
Although it has been 11 years since Bulgaria became a member of the European Union and 29 years since it became a democracy, Bulgaria continues to practise its policy of denial, assimilation and discrimination of the Macedonian minority. The 2018 Annual Report on the Human Rights Situation of the Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria discusses the denial of the existence of the macedonian minority. It looks at the nation and identity, the violation of the right of association, hate speech, organized harassment and the refusal of the Bulgarian authorities to engage in dialog with the Macedonians. The report is by the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights "Tolerantnost" with support from OMO "Ilinden"-PIRIN, the Association of Repressed Macedonians, Victims of Communist Terror and the newspaper "Narodna Volya". The Report is Here.

Macedonians in Albania
The Macedonian Association 'Ilinden' has produced a booklet titled Macedonians in the Republic of Albania and the Macedonian Association ‘Ilinden'. The booklet is in Macedonian, Albanian and English. It lists the many villages and towns where they live, and some of their migration movements to and from Albania and around Albania. However, "Only the ethnic Macedonians in Prespa are legally permitted to declare themselves as such when censuses are conducted. The rest outside Prespa are treated as Albanians, although they themselves say that they have Macedonian roots and are ethnic Macedonians." The Macedonians in Albania have formed the Macedonian Assocation "Ilinden" - Tirana, and a Branch at Golo Brdo. In 2011 they established the Macedonian newspaper "Ilinden". The booklet is Here.

From Macedonia to Australia
From Macedonia to Australia - the Journey of Louie and Tina Mitsopoulos is the family story of two Macedonians from Aegean Macedonia. Louie was from the Mircheff family in the village of Nivitsi and Tina was from the Tsallis family in Dumbeni. The book was written by their son, Norm Mitsopoulos, who interviewed and recorded his parents when they were in their mid to late 70s. The stories start with their many childhood memories of family and village life and move through the Second World War, the Greek Civil War and how they and many of their extended family members were able to move to Perth in Western Australia. The couple met at a wedding in Perth in 1950. They continued their romance at Macedonian dances and soon married. The book has many photographs of their extended families with some in the old villages. The book is Here.

Love Stories
Love Stories by Slave Katin is a collection of 20 Macedonian emigrant love stories that are based on the author's travels through the many Macedonian diaspora communities in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe and his interviews and discussions with Macedonian migrants. The author calls the stories confessions, as they are intimate accounts of how the migrants found or tried to find love and establish families. The migrants saw marriage as ‘holy' and ‘worthy of making great sacrifices', and that "blood is thicker than water", so they found that choosing ‘the other half' was ‘neither easy nor uncomplicated'. The author says the stories have many different and exciting events that are unusual, piquant, and tragicomic. And of course there were exceptions to the rules. The book is Here.

Banitsa in the Gales of War
Banitsa Lerinsko Vo Viorot Na Vojnite (Banitsa in the Gales of War) by Atanas Katinovski-Gotche is a history of the village of Banitsa in Aegean Macedonia from its early days to 1949. Banitsa was one of the biggest villages in the Lerinsko region and before the Second World War had over 4,500 residents. For a time is was political, cultural, trade and economic centre. The author looks at Banitsa under the Turks, the Ilinden period and VMRO activity, the Balkan and First World Wars, the period between the World Wars, the Greek-Italian War, the Second World War and the Greek Civil War. It names many Banitsa residents, including many who were killed and many others who fled to neighbouring and eastern European countries. There are many photographs of Banitsa's residents, partisans and refugees and migrants. The 241 page book is in Macedonian. The book is Here.

Banitsa in the Gales of War has been made available by the family of the author, Atanas Katinovski-Gotche. Rebeka Risteski, the grand-daughter of the author, runs a charity called "Dajiti Ni Krilja"/ Give Us Wings to support children in Macedonia who have rare diseases. The website is http://www.dajtenikrilja.mk/home.nspx and it has an English version. Please feel free to donate.

George Atanasovski
The book Giorgia - George Atanasovski is a biography of the US-based Macedonian entrepreneur, philanthropist, spiritual devotee and proud Macedonian. Originally from Prilep, Mr Atanasovski is a successful American businessman and is believed to be one of the most successful Macedonian businesspeople in the world. Among his activities, with his brother Josif he established and owns the company Microflex Inc that supplies quality metal parts to Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, General Electric, NASA, and other companies. He has built hotels, and was able to turnaround a large business. He is also active in the community. He was a candidate for President of Macedonia in 1994 and 1999, is President of the political party Macedonian Alliance, was an initiator and owner of "The Macedonian Sun" and the TV station "Sun", and was president of the World Macedonian Congress of North America and vice president of the World Macedonian Congress. The book, by Slave Katin, is in both English and Macedonian. It is Here.

Biography of Svetozar-Steve Stamevski
Svetozar-Steve Stamevski is a biography of the American-Macedonian businessman, philanthropist, humanist and patriot of both countries. With family roots in the village of Odri near Tetovo and a long time resident of Detroit, Michigan, Mr Stemevski is a successful businessman and long time member of the Republican Party. His American story begins in 1919-20 with the migration of his grandfather to America and his grandfather's and father's slow rise through factory jobs and hard work. His father established the family business by buying into a restaurant, and the family expanded into real estate and now owns a number of shopping malls. Mr Stamevski has maintained his strong ties to his village and Macedonia. Among his community work, he was one of the founders of the American-Macedonian Association in Detroit, and is president of St. Mary Church board in Detroit. The book, by Slave Katin, is in both English and Macedonian. It is Here.

Atanas Bliznakov
Macedonian-American businessman Atanas Bliznakov was from one of the oldest families of D'mbeni near Kostur, a village destroyed by the Greek Government during the Greek Civil War, says his biography, Atanas Bliznakov, by Slave Katin. Mr Bliznakov was born in 1901 and left the village in 1920 to avoid being drafted into the Greek-Turkish War in Turkey. In America he worked hard but lost everything in the Great Depression and had to start again. Although an unskilled worker, he was able to save and became successful at buying, selling and developing real estate. A resident of Gary, Indiana, Mr Bliznakov used his success and wealth to help the Macedonian community in America and the Republic of Macedonia. He was active in the Macedonian-American National Alliance which fought to eradicate fascism, and helped with the National Liberation War and the reconstruction of Macedonia. He was president of the Hospital Committee in Gary which collected funds to build the Clinical Centre in Skopje, which is now part of the National Hospital there. He was active in the mutual-aid society "Alexander the Great" and the D'mbeni association "Lazar Pop Trajkov". He was one of the founders of the first Macedonian Orthodox church in America, the church of Sts Peter and Paul. Bliznakov retired in 1968 and he and his wife settled in Skopje. In 1977 he established the Atanas Bliznakoff Foundation in the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, and this has helped over 200 students to completed their education. The book is in English and Macedonian. It is Here.

Steve Pliakes
Canadian-Macedonian businessman and political and human rights activist, Steve Pliakes or Stevo Plakov, is from the village of Zeleniche near Lerin in the Aegean part of Macedonia. His biography, by Slave Katin, says he moved to Canada in 1952 when he was 12. His success in automotive and then real estate business enabled him to help Macedonia and Macedonians through his sponsorship of news media and portals, organizations, churches and associations. Among other activities, Mr Pliakes was chairman of the "United Macedonians" in Toronto, one of the oldest Macedonian organizations in North America, and during this time the gatherings of the expelled Macedonians from the Aegean part of Macedonia were held. He was president of the Macedonian Orthodox Church "St. Clement of Ohrid" in Toronto, and president and creator of the Canadian-Macedonian Olympic Committee for the Games in Canada, which sponsored Canadian-Macedonian athletes to complete with the Macedonian Olympians at the Olympic Games in 2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing. He carried the Macedonian flag in front of the Macedonian athletes at both Olympics. In 1995 with professor Michael Dimitri he visited the Kaleshi people in Pakistan who consider themselves descendants of the army of Alexander the Great. The book is in English and Macedonian. The book is Here.

Ancient Macedonian Towns
Eight beautiful ebrochures on ancient Macedonian towns have been produced by Kiril Arsov. The towns are: Alexandropolis in Maedica, Arhiljevica, Armonia, Devol, Garescus and Zappara, Perseida, Philippoupolis in Parorbelia, and The Kingdom of Lyncus. The full colour brochures include maps, photos, and brief introductions to some of the major historical events in the towns. For example, Eurydike, the mother of King Philip, was born in the village of Gorenci in the Kingdom of Lyncus. The brochures are Here.
Alexandropolis in Maedica
Garescus and Zappara
Philippoupolis in Parorbelia
The Kingdom of Lyncus

Macedonia and the Great Powers
Macedonia and the Great Powers by Greek academic Vlasis Vlasidis gives a very good overview of the power plays and interference in Macedonia by the Great Powers from the early 1800s to the 1960s. If you want to know why Macedonia is a mess, start with France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Russia and Italy. A key flaw in this study is the omission of the perspective of the Macedonian people, who barely get a mention and only with the typical Greek discriminatory euphemisms and inverted commas. The Greeks, Bulgarians, Serbians and Turks did not consider important the views of the native Macedonians in Macedonia, and neither did the so call Great Powers, who may have been great militarily but ethically were mediocre. The history reinforces the view that only Macedonians can win their own freedom to be Macedonians. The study is Here.

Stay Airbnb Home in Neret/ Polipotamos

Visiting Neret/ Polipotamos and the Lerinkso region is now easier as there is an Airbnb house in Neret available to rent. The property was developed by Perth businessman Jim Bivoltsis, who was born in the village. The original stone house has been fully renovated with modern bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. It is one of the first houses as you enter the village and is only a minute or two's walk to the centre of the village, the main church and the two tavernas. It is on the side of the hill with the river below and great forest views across to the other side of the valley. There is wi-fi and offstreet parking for two cars. There is more information Here.

Books by Other Publishers

The Macedonia Deception
The Macedonia Deception is a new political thriller by Macedonia based author and journalist, Chris Deliso. The book is based around a CIA/MI6 plot to change the government in Macedonia. But this "blows up when Macedonian patriots restore a century-old secret revolutionary organization," says the publisher. "Military veteran Aleksandar Karastefanov grows disillusioned when Western allies force-install a quisling communist regime. But aided by a Jewish WWII survivor and an IRA fugitive with a personal vendetta, Aleksandar and fellow patriots launch a covert campaign to destroy foreign intelligence networks and topple the communist regime. Using everything from social media satire and psychological warfare to sabotage and assassinations, their enigmatic organization, known by its acronym, BOOM, quickly acquires cult status. Yet as Macedonia steadily dissolves into anarchy, Aleksandar is shocked to discover that the endless foreign obsession with his country is stranger, and darker than mere geopolitics." The book is available in a Kindle edition from Amazon for only US $7.27. There is also a sample reading. See Here.

The Last Macedonian
Australian-Macedonian playwright Dushan Ristevski has published the play, Posledniot Makedonets/ The Last Macedonian. The drama is about a Macedonian who is trying to preserve his family and identity. The play was staged in Sydney and Wollongong in 2018 by the Australian Macedonian Theatre. Dushan is president of the Macedonian Literary Association of Australia "Grigor Prlichev" in Sydney, which since 1978 has published many Macedonian books of poetry, drama and history. There is a review of the play Here. Copies of the play can be purchased by email from Dushan Ristevski Here.


Macedonia Needs Macedonians

Please remember that Macedonia Needs Macedonians. The Facebook page for the Macedonia Needs Macedonians group is Here.

Two major tourism portals are Travel2Macedonia which is Here, and Macedonia - Timeless which is Here.

Canadian Macedonian Books
A reminder that Canadian Macedonian Books has a great selection of Macedonian books in English from around the world. These include non-fiction, fiction, children's and cook books. Canadian Macedonian Books is run by Virginia Evans, a former co-president of the Canadian Macedonian Historical Society and founder of the Macedonian Film Festival in Toronto. Canadian Macedonian Books is Here.

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