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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 13 new books, reports and papers in Pollitecon's Free Ebooks Library.

On The Macedonian Identity
The paper Triptych On The Macedonian Identity by Professor Nade Proeva is sub-titled Views on Macedonian Self-Awareness from the Middle to the Modern Age. The paper looks at the denial of the Macedonian Identity, and includes numerous historical documents from 1690 through to the modern era that refer to Macedonia and Macedonians. The author refutes Bulgarian propaganda that Macedonians are Bulgarians. An example "is the so called Kresna Uprising of 1878, which Bulgarian historians named after the locality (centre of the uprising), in aim to avoid the name Macedonia... However, the lead seal that survived, clearly bears the inscription "makedonsko vostanie 1878" (Macedonian uprising 1878) and the rules set by the Macedonian Uprising Committee constantly use the terms ‘Macedonian uprising,' ‘Macedonian army', and the ‘Liberation of the Macedonians', clearly indicating that the uprising, as well as other subsequent "Bulgarian" uprisings, were organized by Macedonians and not by Bulgarians!" The paper also discusses modern national myths in Europe, particularly those of the Greeks, Bulgarians, Albanians and Serbians. The paper is Here.

Lack of Media Pluralism in Greece
The Greek Government's media policy lacks measures for community media and access to media for minorities, and recommends that policy-makers give attention to the access by minority populations to media platforms and content, says a EU funded report by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom. The Media Pluralism Monitor 2016 - Monitoring Risks for Media Pluralism in the EU and Beyond: Country Report: Greece makes four conclusions about the Greek media in Greece. There is a clear need to facilitate and strengthen media ownership scrutiny and transparency to ensure that the Greek public knows who effectively owns the media. Public disclosure of the ultimate owners of traditional and online media should be required. Mechanisms are needed that protect and promote editorial independence from political and commercial influence and owner interference. State owed media should be insulated from Government interference. And minority population should have access to media platforms and content. The report, written by Anna Kandyla and Evangelia Psychogiopoulou, is Here. A Greek language version is Here.

Report on the Human Rights Situation of the Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria
The latest report on the situation of the Macedonians in Bulgaria says "None of the rights stipulated in the Framework Convention on National Minority Rights have been granted to the Macedonian minority. In schools children do not learn anything about the Macedonian minority and nation; on the contrary they are provided with information which not just omits any mention of the Macedonian nation and minority, but also make its bare existence look impossible. The Macedonian literary language continues to not be taught. On television and in the media there is a continuous and varied presentation of the view that there is no Macedonian nation and that everything Macedonian is Bulgarian. The Macedonian point of view is not included in lectures and discussions about history. Macedonian consciousness itself ("Macedonianism" as it is labelled in Bulgaria) is looked upon as an artificial anti-Bulgarian ideology." The Annual Report on the Human Rights Situation of the Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria and the Rights of Bulgarian Citizens with a Macedonian Consciousness 2019 is by the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights "Tolerantnost". The Report is Here.

Four Human Rights Reports by Greek Helsinki Monitor
The Free Ebooks Library has added four reports on the lack of human rights for Macedonians in Greece published by Greek Helsinki Monitor/ Minority Rights Group - Greece. These are:
- Greece: Non-recognition of Macedonian & Turkish minorities despite ECtHR rulings
- Fulfillment by Greece of its human rights obligations and commitments
- Parallel Report on Greece's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- Parallel Report on Greece's compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The reports were co-authored with the Humanist Union of Greece (HUG), and Coordinated Organizations and Communities for Roma Human Rights in Greece (SOKADRE). The non-recognition report says "Greece, in defiance of all international treaties, as well as several ECtHR judgments and UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures' and Council of Europe institutions' recommendations, refuses to even acknowledge any minority other than what it calls "Muslim minority in Thrace." Ethnic Turks and ethnic Macedonians cannot enjoy their rights when their associations are banned. Such impediments on the contrary do not exist for ethnic Roma, ethnic Pomaks (and migrants)."

Guilty Without Guilt
The book Guilty Without Guilt is the English version of the book Bez Vina Vinovni by Stojan Kochov. It is also a shortened version of 283 pages as the original is over 1,800 pages. The book is about the huge role played by Macedonians in the Greek Civil War, how these Macedonians were controlled and manipulated by the Greek Communist Party and Western Powers, and the tragedy of the child refugees. Mr Kochov was a fighter in the war. He says "That is one reason why I have dedicated my entire life to earnestly document all possible events that took place during the Greek Civil War and tell our side of the story and the genocide perpetrated against the Macedonian people in Greek occupied Macedonia." He says the Macedonian people have endured, to a point of genocide, in silence for over seventy years with no one to speak for them. The book has a contribution by author Spiro Mavrovski. The book was translated and edited by Risto Stefov. The English version is Here. The short Macedonian version is Here.

The Invention of the "Slavic" Fairytale
In his paper The Invention of the "Slavic" Fairytale, Macedonian academic Basil Chulev heavily criticizes and ridicules the idea that slavic tribes migrated to the Balkans and overtook the existing populations. "This migration fairytale pertains that: "a tribe," which was unrecorded before the 6th century, "appeared from behind the Carpathian Mountains" to become the largest ethno-linguistic group in Europe "replacing all the previous recorded populations." He says the "Slavic ethnic" identity and its terminology were heavily politicized as they were used to support outdated 19th century territorial ambitions. Among his numerous and interesting evidence, he give examples of similarities between the Macedonian, Thracian and Phrygian languages. Chulev says that from the time when they were created, "Slavs" became subject to humiliation, discrimination and persecutions by most of the regimes in Europe. He argues that migration was from the south to north and not north to south. The paper is Here.

In My Father's Village & Other Freedom Stories
In My Father's Village & Other Freedom Stories is a collection of 12 short stories by Australian-Macedonian writer, Tamara Lazaroff. Her stories and personal essays have been published in well known literary journals and magazines in Australia, New Zealand and UK, and have won and been short-listed in a number of writing competitions. The stories are about hidden histories, being Macedonian, the migrant experience, queer and feminist themes, oral storytelling traditions, and belonging and social connectedness. The stories are well-written, easy to read, entertaining and thoughtful. The book is Here.

Prespa Postcard - Book on the Prespa Region
Prespanka Razglednitsa by Slave Katin is a major 442 page book about the Lake Prespa region that covers Macedonia, Greece and Albania. The author is a native of Prespa and the book is a collection of about 70 essays and articles about his visits and experiences, the region's history, geography, towns and villages, churches and monasteries, cultural events and famous people. The discussions include the lakes and the upper and lower Prespa regions, the development of Christianity in the area, the Ilinden Uprising, and the child refugees and the exodus of many Macedonians. There are many beautiful photographs. The book is in Macedonian. It can be downloaded Here.

Otsiron's Disappearance
Canadian-Macedonian author Risto Stefov has published a novel. The book is titled The Alien that Changed the World: Otsiron's Disappearance. Mr Stefov says that while it is a fictional story it has a Macedonian twist. He hopes it will attract a general non-Macedonian audience who are interested in the story and who will indirectly learn about the Macedonian experience. The main character is a Macedonian who shares his pain with others in similar situations. His family had come to Canada from Greece so they could escape the Greek imposed torment and poverty and get ahead in life. Otsiron's Disappearance also has a neat summary of Macedonian oppression by Greece. "Well, besides my country being occupied by foreign countries, the part of Macedonia I come from underwent a lot of changes which were catastrophic for the Macedonian people. The occupiers first changed our identity and declared that Macedonians didn't exist. After that the occupiers changed our names and gave us new names similar to their own. Then they changed the names of our cities, towns, villages, lakes, rivers, mountains, etc., so that they too sounded like their own. After that they forced us to learn the occupier's language and forbade us from speaking Macedonian. And if that wasn't enough they excluded us from progress. We couldn't attend higher education, we couldn't rise up in the military or become members of professional organizations. We weren't even allowed to build industries. In other words, there was no bright future for the Macedonians in their own homeland. Our occupiers wanted us to leave and that is exactly what most of us did." The book is Here. Part 2 of the novel - Otsiron's Return to Earth is Here.

Books by Other Publishers

The Macedonian Diaspora - Key to the Development of the Republic of Macedonia
The book The Macedonian Diaspora - Key to the Development of the Republic of Macedonia by Dr Zlatko Nikoloski is printed in both English and Macedonian in the one edition. Published in 2013, it is the first book to discuss the importance and the potential of the Macedonian diaspora for the development of the Republic of Macedonia. The book discusses the historical aspects and the geographical distribution of the Macedonian people around the world, the Macedonian diaspora and its role in strengthening the relationship with Macedonia. It also examines the experiences of other countries as examples of cooperation between diasporas and their country of origin and how these can assist the relationship between the Macedonian diaspora and the Republic of Macedonia. The 450 page book can be purchased 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.

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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