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November 2013

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Issues Affecting Macedonians From Greece
An early speech by Victor Bivell on the 1994 attempted renaming of the Macedonians in Australia and the range of issues affecting Macedonians from Greece is now available on the Pollitecon website. Titled Issues Affecting Macedonians from Greece, it was delivered at the Macedonian Conference on Women, Aged and Youth held in Sydney and discusses problems that affect Macedonians in Australia including life in Greece, Macedonian population numbers in Australia and the census, fear, education and literacy, pride, alienation of youth, war trauma and mental health services, the child refugees and the attempted renaming of the community. The speech is Here.

Contested Identity: Macedonians in Contemporary Australia
A link to Ico Najdovski's book, Contested Identity: Macedonians in Contemporary Australia is now on Pollitecon's Links page. The 1997 Master's thesis was the basis for a published book that has sold out. The thesis argues that Macedonian identity is not fixed, but is the product of lived experience and engagement with the issues that confront Macedonians in the modern world. The Macedonian-Australian identity is viewed as representing the dynamic processes of 'negotiation' between various trajectories constructed in response to changing social and cultural circumstances. It describes these processes, including the contestation of the Macedonian identity that was part of what became known as 'the Greek-Macedonian debate' and the attempted renaming of the Macedonians. The Links page is Here. The book can also be downloaded Here.

Digitizing Ottoman-Era Manuscripts in Macedonia
Macedonia and Turkey have complete the first phase of a joint project to digitally record a significant collection of Ottoman-era manuscripts, says a report in SETimes.com. Macedonia has some of the richest Ottoman archives outside Turkey, and the Turkish International Co-operation and Development Agency (TIKA) is supplying the equipment to digitize 5,000 Ottoman-era manuscripts, totaling 900,000 pages, held at Macedonia's national library St. Kliment Ohridski in Skopje. Works being digitized include law, poetry, literature and religion from the 12th to the 20th centuries and that are written in Persian, Arabic and medieval Turkish. The project is part of a larger conservation project in Balkan countries. See Here.

1150 Year Anniversary of the Arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Moravia
2013 is the 1,150 anniversary of the arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Moravia, and a large number of cultural events have been organized to commemorate the jubilee. In the Czech Republic, these include historical, literary and artistic exhibitions, conferences, religious celebrations, concerts, film festivals, and others. The commemoration was organized by European Regional Development Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Municipality and cultural home Cyril and Methodius in Velehrad, the Macedonian Orthodox Church-Ohrid Archbishopric, the Macedonian community in the Czech Republic and others. There was also a Blessing from His Holiness, Pope Francis. The commemorative web site with extensive information is Here.

An exhibition of Macedonian manuscripts titled Manuscripta Glagolitica was organized in the city of Velehrad by Macedonian author Goce Durtanovski. It included a calligraphic representation of glagolichni and Cyrillic writings of religious literature, and reproductions of valuable manuscripts in the collections of the National Library St. Kliment Ohridski in Skopje and other libraries around the world. The exhibition had over 8,000 visitors and numerous dignitaries. Some photos from the exhibition are Here.

Investors' Guide to Macedonia
A series of information for investors looking at Macedonia has been made available by the organizers of the Global Investment Summit 2013 held in Ohrid last month. The seven PDF pamphlets and booklets cover:
- Invest in Macedonia: Investor's Quick Guide"
- Invest in Macedonia: Technological Industrial Development Zones: Investment Opportunity
- PWC Guide to Doing Business and Investing in Macedonia
- World Bank & IFC: Doing Business 2013, Economy Profile: Macedonia
- Doing Business In Macedonia: A Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies
- Doing Business in South East Europe 2011
- The European Times: Macedonia

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The PWC Guide to Doing Business and Investing in Macedonia is a substantial 52 page booklet with a synopsis of the important issues when planning to do business in Macedonia such as taxation law, legislative proposals and current practice. The booklets are Here.

Macedonian Community Language Courses
The Macedonian Community of Western Australia recognises the importance of language learning and is again proud to offer its popular Macedonian language classes in 2014. The Community's language school provides classes for people of all ages and ability from school age children through to adults with little or no background in the Macedonian language. All are welcome and a background in the Macedonian language is not essential. For further information see Here or email Here.

Community Language Teacher - Macedonian
The Macedonian Community of Western Australia (Inc.) is seeking a part-time community language teacher to deliver Macedonian language classes after hours on weekdays and Saturday. The position is expected to entail up to four hours per week.

Teacher qualifications and registration with the Western Australian College of Teachers is preferred but not essential. Applicants must be professional, flexible and willing to support extra curricular activities. Eligibility is subject to obtaining or holding evidence of eligibility to work in Australia; criminal clearance; and working with children check.

A CV and contact details for two teaching related referees should be sent to the Director, Macedonian Community Language School, Macedonian Community of Western Australia (Inc.), PO Box 12, North Perth, Western Australia, 6906 or via email Here. For further information please telephone (08) 9328 7852.

Bitove Macedonian Scholarship
The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is calling for undergraduate and graduate students of Macedonian heritage to apply for the 2013 UMD John L. N. Bitove, C.M. Macedonian Heritage Scholarship. UMD will award up to four scholarships, two of US$2,000 each and two of US$1,500 each for full-time undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited American, Australian, Canadian, or European college or university. UMD has already given out nearly US$30,000 in scholarships so far. The deadline for applications is 1 December. More information Here.

Wrestling the Bear in English
The play Wrestling the Bear by Dushan Ristevski will have an English language premier performance in Sydney on Friday 22 November and a second show Macedonian language performance on Saturday 23 November. The play utilizes comedy and drama to tell the stories of two Macedonian men dealing with cancer. It is performed by the Australian-Macedonian Theatre Company of Sydney and directed by Stefo Nantsou. The performances are at 7 pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre. Tickets can be bought at the door or ordered on 0425 231 335.

Balkan Bookshop
The Balkan Bookshop in the Sydney suburb of Kogarah has 67 books from Macedonia available in its selection of books from Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Macedonia. Titles include Macedonian fiction, translations of mainstream European and American popular and literary fiction, and some biography. Authors include Sylvia Plath, Italo Calvino, Bob Dylan, Vincent van Gogh, Irving Stone, Sidney Sheldon and Danielle Steel. The bookshop is open by appointment or books can be ordered online. Further information on 0403 199 988 and 0424 775 203. The web site is Here.

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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. Could be handy for Christmas. See Here then click on the drop-down menu at the bottom.

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