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Dinner With The Foreign Minister
Long time Macedonian-Australian activist Mick Veloskey
will receive a UMD Lifetime Achievement Award at the
United Macedonian Diaspora's Gala Dinner in Sydney on
5 July. The dinner is in honour of special guest, the
Australian Foreign Minister, Senator Bob Carr. Other
confirmed speakers are the Co-Chairs of the Australia
Macedonia Parliamentary Friendship Group: Stephen Jones
MP and Luke Simpkins MP. Senator Carr will deliver a
keynote speech on Advancing Australia Macedonia Relations
in collaboration with the Macedonian community and other
key stakeholders. Tickets can be purchased by calling
Ordan Andreevski on 0438 385 466 or Robert Pasquale
on 0417 932 388, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org,
or online by clicking Here.
Interview on Ending the Name Negotiations
SBS Radio interviewed Pollitecon Publications editor
Victor Bivell on the latest movement in Macedonia to
end the name negotiations with Greece. The interview
discusses the positives and negatives of the negotiations
and why he believes they should end. The interview is
in both English and Macedonian language versions and
can be found
Macedonian Community Pages for Germany, Sweden &
The Macedonia Communities section of the Pollitecon
web site has been updated with pages for Germany, Sweden
and the UK, and updates on the pages for Macedonia,
Greece, Switzerland and Slovenia.
The page for Germany has new links to the United Macedonians
of Germany and Europe, and Ilinden 1903 Makedonija.
The page is Here.
The page for the UK has links to Macedonians in UK and
the Macedonian Cultural and Artistic Association "Sonce".
The page is Here.
The page for Sweden links to the Macedonian Association
Goce Delchev - Goteborg, Sweden and the Dame Gruev Macedonian
Association. See Here.
The page for Greece has been updated with a link for
the village Buf and a youtube video of an old woman
of Buf singing a Macedonian song - Razbudise Makedonsite.
The page is Here.
The page for Macedonia has a link to Macedonia In English
with political, business and other news in English,
to the Foundation Open Society Macedonia, and to Macedonian
Cities which has links to the 30 major cities in Macedonia.
The page is Here.
The page for Slovenia has a link to the Makedonsko Kulturno
Drushtvo Biljana Maribor Slovenia. See Here.
The page for Switzerland has a new link to the Macedonian
Association Saints Kiril & Metodi. See Here.
Ivan Trposki Book
Well-known Macedonian Australian poet Ivan Trposki's
latest book is a bilingual collection of 70 poems in
Macedonian with English translations. The 173 page book
covers the themes of emigrants, love poems, and patriotic
poems. There is also a critique of his work and biography
by professor Naume Radicheski. The Sunrise In My Dream
is Mr Trposki 11thbook of poetry and he has also authored
four other books. He is the most published poet in the
global Macedonian diaspora and has won many awards.
For further information contact Dushan Ristevski at
the Macedonian Literary Association "Grigor Prlichev"
by clicking Here
or Mr Trposki by clicking Here.
Young Brides Old Treasures
The lavish book Young Brides - Old Treasures has almost
sold out with only 17 books remaining, said Pavlina
Proevska from the Macedonian Arts Council in New York
which is co-publisher of the book with the Museum of
International Folk Art in Santa Fe. This large format,
hard cover, full color book has 170 pages including
100 pages of information on Macedonian costumes, weaving
and embroidery, and many many beautiful photographs
of Macedonian costumes. Pollitecon Publications has
imported two more copies of the book, and these are
available for $80 each - which includes postage to anywhere
within Australia. You can order the book by clicking
or by calling Pollitecon on 02 9705 0578.
Macedonia and its Relations with Democracy
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Center for Research
and Policy Making have published a report by Elmina
Kulasic on Transitional Justice in Macedonia and its
Relations with Democracy. The article looks at the Ohrid
Framework Agreement (OFA), saying its main goal was
to end the violence and so it sidelined the need for
tolerance and peace for all in the country. It accentuated
peace over justice. "As a result, OFA focus on
political representation and ethnic power-sharing has
neglected past grievances and atrocities which are of
utmost importance in order for a society to move forward
with its democratic consolidation." The paper argues
a long-term approach of transitional justice is imperative
for democratic consolidation and stable inter-ethnic
relations in Macedonia. The report is Here.
The Macedonian Question: 20 Years of Political Struggle
into European Integration Structures
The book The Macedonian Question: 20 Years of Political
Struggle into European Integration Structures is a collection
of essays on policy-making in Macedonia and Europe and
how it has affected the building of the Macedonian state
including its economy, national branding, inter- ethnic
relations, judicial co-operation, Balkan conflicts and
other national issues. It looks at the influence of
the UN, OSCE, EU and other international and European
organizations. Contributors include Biljana Vankovska,
Aleksandar Mitreski, Nedzad Mehmedovic, Didem Ekinci,
Dragan Tevdovski, and Christopher K. Lamont. The book
is edited by Zhidas Daskalovski and Marija Risteska,
and is published by LIBERTAS Verlag in Germany and the
Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) in Macedonia.
Further information is Here.
The book can be ordered Here.
Russia and the Balkans After the Cold War
The book Russia and the Balkans After the Cold War looks
at the evolution of Russia's Balkan policies after the
Cold War. It says "Russia's overall Balkan policy
was marked by emphasis on its great power status, emphasis
on the centrality of the UN in international relations,
opposition to NATO expansion and stressing the importance
of multipolarity." It expects the continuation
of the Russian-Serbian alliance, that Kosovo will continue
to the most critical problem dividing the region and
Russia and the West. It says "Russia is likely
to employ every means possible to exert its influence
in the field of energy in the region." There is
also a section on Macedonia. Overall, "Russia's
Balkan policy is likely to remain as it is, unless changing
circumstances emerge in the Balkans." The author,
Didem Ekinci, was born in Turkey and teachers Politics
in the Balkans and the Caucasus, and Greek Politics
and Foreign Policy. The book is published by LIBERTAS
- Europäisches Institut and can be ordered Here.
Heroes of Prilep
The "Heroes of Prilep" project is the publication
of 12 pocket edition books about people and events from
the Pelagonya, Mariovo and Prekurid regions of Macedonia.
These are Vojojdite Spiro Tsrne and Giorgia Lazho, Vojvojdata
Dime Chakre, Vojvojdite Kone Pavlev and Mirche Artsev,
Jordan Gavazot, The Brothers Shemkovi, Vojvojdata Hristo
Oklev Popeto, Vojvojdata Tole Pashov, Nikola Karanjilov,
Vojvojdata Ante Dunski, Margara, Some Prilepski Vojvodi
and Junatsi, and The Battle to Free the Village Vitolishte.
The organizer, Trencho Dimitrioski, says the project
is offering financial participation to assist with publication.
The price is 1700 denars or 35 Australian dollars per
set of 12 books. Each book will contain a summary in
English. Mr Dimitrioski can be contacted Here.
Reprint for The Greek Anti-Macedonian Struggle
The Australian-Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC)
is reprinting the English edition of Dimitris Lithoxou's
The Greek Anti-Macedonian Struggle, Part 1: From St.
Ilija's Day to Zagorichani (1903-1905). The book was
launched earlier this year. The book was translated
by executive members of the AMHRC, which said it has
been accepted into the collections of numerous libraries
around Australia and will be offered to leading universities
in North America and the UK. The book details a number
of attacks and massacres in by Greek terrorist groups
in Aegean Macedonia between 1903 and 1905. The book
can be purchased Here.
Macedonia Global Investment Summit 2013
The second Macedonia Global Investment Summit 2013 will
be held from October 8 to 10 in Ohrid, Macedonia. The
Summit aims to promote Macedonia as a destination for
foreign direct investments, strengthen the export potentials
of Macedonian companies, and encourage cooperation with
the Macedonian Diaspora and international business professionals.
Among other topics the Summit will look at the competitiveness
of the Macedonian economy and discuss its enhancement
through innovation, entrepreneurship and the transfer
of know-how. The program is Here.
UMD Conference in Macedonia
The Prime Minister of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, will
attend the 4th UMD Global Conference and headline the
closing Gala Ball on 27 July in Skopje. The program
and speakers for the Conference are now available and
include a host of Macedonian and international academics
who will speak on the theme: Macedonia 2013 - 100 Years
After the Treaty of Bucharest, and look at the progress
Macedonia has made since then. The conference runs from
July 24 to 27 and the Cultural program and tours from
July 28 to August 3. The program is Here.
Online registration is Here.
AMHRC International Conference In Melbourne
The Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC)
has organized an international scholarly conference
to mark 100 years since the Partition of Macedonia.
The conference is in Melbourne from 4 to 7 September
2013 and related events will be held during the conference
week. Among the speakers are many well-known international
academics on Macedonian issues including Professor Victor
Friedman, Professor Katerina Kolozova, Professor Keith
Brown, Professor Peter Hill, Professor Loring Danforth,
Professor Grace E Fielder, Professor Christina Kramer,
and Professor Andrew Rossos. More information and registration
Institute of National History Conference in Skopje
The Institute of National History - Skopje is commemorating
the 100th Anniversary of the Balkan Wars with an International
scientific conference "The Balkans: people, wars,
and peace" to be held in Skopje on 4 and 5 November
2013. The aim is to stimulate more research on war and
peace in the Balkans and especially in Macedonia. Among
the topics it has proposed are:
The Balkan Wars and Macedonia
The civil wars in the Balkans
Religion between war and peace
Peace efforts and movements in the Balkans
The consequences of wars and peace treaties
Migrations and ethnic changes in the Balkans
The idea of home and forced migrations
The Macedonian movement for national liberation in
The World Wars and the Balkans
The conference languages are Macedonian and English.
More information is Here.
Macedonian Language Beginners Classes for Adults
The Macedonian School Council of NSW has begun adult Macedonian language
classes. The courses starts will Macedonian Beginners for non-native
speakers and offers basic Macedonian reading, writing and conversational
skills. The course is mainly conversational and takes a topic-based
approach to give students the grammatical understanding and vocabulary
essential for using Macedonian in everyday situations. The venue is
the Macedonian Cultural-Education Centre Ilinden in Rockdale, Sydney.
Further information from Zaklina Mihajlova on 0412456225.
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 on the drop-down menu.
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