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Interview with Author of The Contest for Macedonian
SBS Radio has interviewed Nick Anastasovski, the author
of the prize winning book The Contest for Macedonian
Identity 1870-1912. The interview was on the occasion
of the publication of the Macedonian translation of
the book. Nick discusses how the book came about, the
political and social life of the Macedonians of the
period, some of the people he interviewed for the book,
and the state of Macedonian writing and literature.
The interview is Here.
Interview with Tanas Mechkarov
A part of Pollitecon's extensive interview with Macedonian-Australian
businessman Tanas Mechkarov has been translated into
Greek and published in the Nova Zora newspaper in Greece.
Mr Mechkarov is from the village of Neret. The Greek
translation is Here.
The full English interview is Here.
The Greek Anti-Macedonian Struggle
The Australian-Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC)
has published an English language translation of the
book The Greek Anti-Macedonian Struggle Part 1 by Dimitris
Lithoxou. The book was originally published in Greek
and then Macedonian. The English translation is by Dr
Chris Popov, David Vitkov and George Vlahov of the AMHRC.
The book very powerfully pulls apart Greek nationalist
myths about the takeover of Aegean Macedonia and the
supposedly heroic role of Greek liberators. It documents
the activities of Greek terrorist gangs and massacres
including at the village of Zagorichani where 80 people
were killed. The book can be purchased Here.
The Macedonian Orthodox Christians in Greece
The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) has published a
report on the religious oppression of the Macedonian
Christians in Greece. Greece does not have a separation
of Church and State, and the report, Greece: Religious
Freedom Abuses - The Case of the Macedonian Orthodox
Christian Minority, outlines the lack of religious freedom
and the culture of religious abuse in the legal system.
It discusses the grievances of recent immigrants, the
Turkish minority in Thrace, and the Macedonian Orthodox
Christian community. The report is Here.
Dinner With Foreign Minister
The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) has organized a
Gala Dinner in Sydney with the Australian Foreign Minister,
Senator Bob Carr. Other confirmed speakers are the Co-Chairs
of the Australia Macedonia Parliamentary Friendship
Group: Mr Stephen Jones MP and Mr Luke Simpkins MP.
The Foreign Minister will deliver a keynote speech on
Advancing Australia Macedonia Relations in collaboration
with the Macedonian community and other key stakeholders.
The dinner is on 5 July. Tickets can be purchased Here.
Nova Zora Anniversary
The monthly Macedonian newspaper in Greece, Nova Zora,
has completed and celebrated its third year of publication.
In that time it has distributed hundreds of thousands
of newspapers in Aegean Macedonia and maintained a web
site of its stories. The newspaper is funded by MHRMI
and AMHRC, and edited in Greece by Dimitri Ioannou (Jovanov).
The newspaper is Here.
Videos of the celebration are Here
Walking on a Wire
Macedonian-Australian teacher and poet Zaklina Mihajlova
has published her first book of poetry. Walking on a
Wire has 33 poems and three major themes: Life, Macedonia,
and Australia. The poems are in both English and Macedonian.
The book was co-launched by Victor Bivell, and his speech,
titled An Enjoyable Book of Poems, is Here.
The book was published by the Australian Macedonian
Literary Association Grigor Prlichev, and can be purchased
from Dushan Ristevski by clicking Here
or phoning 0425 231 335.
The Girl from the Tower: A Journey of Lies
The Girl from the Tower: A Journey of Lies by Joanna
Gangarella is a book by one of the so called Queen
Frederica's children' who were taken from their families
by the Greek authorities in the 1950s. Little is known
about this notorious period and practice, except that
many of these children were Macedonian. Although this
book does not appear to have a Macedonian connection,
it brings some much needed attention to this issue.
A video of the book's launch is Here.
The book can be bought Here.
Macedonia's Peaceful Independence
The book Conflict in Macedonia: Exploring a Paradox
in the Former Yugoslavia, by Sasho Ripiloski looks at
the questions of how Macedonia attained its status as
the only Yugoslav republic to achieve a nonviolent transition
to independence, and why the initial peace failed to
endure. It looks at Macedonia's state-building efforts,
and assesses the implications of Macedonia's experience.
The book was published by FirstForumPress, and is available
Translating the Balkans
The founder of the Canadian Macedonian Historical Society,
Virginia Evans, has written a review of Translating
the Balkans, a lecture by author, translator and linguist,
Professor Christina Kramer. Professor Kramer spoke about
the processes and challenges of moving literary works
into English and translating a work of art into a new
language. The occasion also saw the launch of three
books: My Father's Books and also The Time of the Goats
by Luan Starova, and Freud's Sister by Goce Smilevski.
The review is Here.
The Macedonians In Albania
Makedonium is a new web site about the Macedonians in
Albania. It is a large site with news and articles in
three languages - Macedonian, Albanian and English.
The site was launched because Albania recognizes only
the ethnic Macedonians in Mala Prespa and Vrbnik village,
but not the Macedonians in Golo Brdo, Gora regions,
and other cities. The site has articles on the life,
work and status of Macedonians in Albania. See Here.
The Macedonian Communities Around the World page on
the Pollitecon website has been reorganized with links
to community organizations grouped onto a separate page
for each country.
There are two new links on the page for Greece. One
is the village P'pli (Lefkon) in the Lerin region, with
a link to an extensive Wikipedia entry on the village.
The other is a 1924 photograph of the Manolevi family
from the Armensko village in the Lerin region. Both
can be accessed from the page on Greece Here.
There are also two new links on the page for France:
the Association Franco-Macedonienne, and La Communaute
Culturelle Orthodoxe Saints Cyrille Et Methode. See
The page on Macedonia has a link to the village Gorenci,
as Kiril Arsov has authored a brochure titled "The
Kingdom of Lyncus". Lyncus was the capital of the
Kingdom of Lyncus and is near the present village of
Gorenci near Trebenishte. Eurydike, the mother of King
Philip II, was born in Lyncus. The page on Macedonia
The Links page on the Pollitecon web site has been updated
with links to: Ancient Macedonia; The House of Immigrants
of Macedonia; the Macedonian Film Festival in Toronto;
Scattered Heritage By Nove Cvetanoski (About the whereabouts
of Macedonia's medieval manuscripts); and Macedonia
2025. The Links page is Here.
European Union Foreign Affairs Journal Blog on Macedonia
The Chief Editor of the European Union Foreign Affairs
Journal, Hans-Juergen Zahorka, has written a blog that
is critical of Bulgaria and Greece and the hold up to
Macedonia's entry to the EU. The blog, Macedonia vs.
Greece, and now also Bulgaria, is Here.
Macedonian Talking-Book on Diabetes
Macedonian-Australian Jaklina Michael has released a
Macedonian Diabetes Talking-Book. Jaklina is the Manager
of Diversity with the Royal District Nursing Service
(RDNS) which provides nursing and healthcare services
across Australia and New Zealand. The book is also available
in written form in both English and Macedonian. The
free book is Here.
Community Leader Stands for Parliament
A candidate at the recent 2013 Western Australian state
election was former chairman of the Macedonian Community
of WA, Jim Bivoltsis. Jim was chairman for two years
to 2009 and he was also a member of the Liberal Party
for 30 years. However, when the Liberal Party parachuted
in an outside candidate, Jim resigned and stood for
the seat of Churchlands as an independent. Read
35th Anniversary for Macedonian Literary Association
Congratulations to the Macedonian Literary Association
of Australia on the 35th anniversary of its formation
in Sydney in 1978. In that time the Association has
published well over 60 books of poetry, drama, and politics.
A catalog of the Association's books is Here.
Discount for Complete Set of Books
A reminder that a complete set of Macedonian books published
by Pollitecon can be purchased at a discount of free
postage in Australia and reduced airmail postage overseas.
See Here then click
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