The Macedonian Tendency

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Evan Fuere ... The Meaning of Democracy vs Hypocrisy

 By David Edenden

Erwan Fouere
Erwan Fouéré wrote“Democracy has lost its meaning in Macedonia” (Balkan Insight April 30, 2014) which received a great deal of attention. I really wish Fouéré would write an article called 
“For the Ethnic Macedonians in Greece, democracy never had any meaning."
It will never happen.

Instead, six days ago, on April 30th, I sent  a very respectful letter (below) to Erwan Fouéré, former EU Ambassador to Macedonia and currently with The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) think tank.

I did not get an answer. 
I did not expect to get an answer.

Macedonians have spent “tooo” much time trying to meet EU standards without asking the question:
“What have you done for me lately”
We know what EU standards are all about. All Macedonians have to do is to look across the border to see the plight of Macedonians in Greece and Bulgaria … and its not pretty.

So when Fuere decides to tutor Macedonians on human rights, democracy or even eating with a knife and fork, my mind reels because he holds us to a mythical standard that we can never meet because the goal post will always be moved

Instead, he should compare Macedonia to Greece and Bulgaria, both EU members, to see where we  are lacking. He will never do so, because this would expose problems with the EU … hypocrisy ... something he does not want to do.

The Macedonian language is Greece is quickly becoming extinct. In my opinion, Erwan Fouéré, through his role as an EU diplomat has played a key role in making that happen.

To: Erwan Fouéré
From David Edenden
April 30, 2014

1.  I would appreciate if you could point me to a list of articles dealing with the relationship between the EU and the ethnic Macedonians in Greece. Including grants given to help with language rights, civil society etc. Published by the EU itself or established think tanks  and universities.

2. Any article where you wrote or you were mentioned in the context the Macedonians in Greece would be helpful, including refugees from WW2 and why they were not included in the amnesty of 1982. 
3 Have you gone to Greece to meet with representatives of Vinozito (Rainbow) before, during or after you were the EU representative to Macedonia.
Have you ever been interviewed by the Macedonian language radio station in Greece and  would you be willing to do so. 
4. Are you willing to go to Greece, meet with Vinozhito and advise them on how to apply for funding for civil society, language preservation and minority rights. 
5. Finally are you intending to attend the opening of the first Macedonian Orthodox Church in Greece?

Monday, April 14, 2014

What is the Character of the Macedonian People ... Captain Evans 1944

By David Edenden

Captain Evans report on Macedonians in Greece captures the culture and character of the Macedonians who tried to maintain their identity under Greek government pressure.

"An old man at KORIFI put this aspect of the Macedonian character very clearly to me. He was a slav, yet had been proedhros (mayor) of his own village Vapsori during Metaxas 's regime. In Consequence he was now out of favour with EAM and ELAS. He told me:  
  • 'You see, we have had so many different masters that now, whoever comes along, we say' (placing his hands together and smiling pleasantly and making a little bow), 'Kalos orisate!' (welcome)
It was most eloquent. It is this perfect duplicity of the Macedonians which makes them difficult to know. It is hard to find out what they are thinking.
This is illustrated by a story below that I heard  when i was young. However, it is low on facts.  If anyone has heard of this story, please share the details ... people ... time .... place.

Florina/Lerin Greek Civil War July 1948

During the Greek Civil War, Macedonian partisans were called to meeting, circa July 1948, with local Greek Communist leaders fighting the Greek royalist government ... to discuss tactics

When they arrived, their guns were taken, and they were given food to eat. One of the Macedonians surveyed the situation and realized that the Greek partisans still had their weapons and Macedonians, Albanians and Vlachs were segregated from the Greeks.

He whispered to his mates 'heads up" ... that something was wrong.

Finally the Greek leader spoke. Without an introduction or any explanation, he simply asked:

"Who do you support ... Tito or Stalin"?

One Macedonian immediately got up, and without missing a beat he said he supports the leadership of the Greek Communist Party because without the unity of Macedonians and Greeks ... all is lost.

Every Macedonian quickly agreed.

It was then explained to them that Tito and Stalin had fallen out and that the leadership had decided to follow Stalin.

I don't know if the Macedonians got their guns back,  what the level of trust was, or how well these people knew each other.

In the middle of the night, all the Macedonians silently left the camp and headed to Bitola in the newly founded Republic of Macedonia ... part of the newly federated Tito's Yugoslavia.

As we know, very little in Macedonia has a happy ending. To this day they are still refugees from Greece, while their Greek comrades were given amnesty in 1982. EU values at work!

What happened to those partisans?
What did the Greek leadership think of them?
Did the Albanians, Vlachs also leave with them?

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Pity the NSA analyst that has to read my tweets and email!

By David Edenden
My complicated relationship with the CIA
My "Salade Macedoine" Politics
In 2005, I predicted Crimea would be a problem if Kosovo was granted independence
My "Putinism" in 2007. Putin ... you really disappoint me!

  1. Comparing Kosovo + Crimea reminds me old the saying Under Capitalism, we have exploitation of man by man Under Socialism, its the opposite
  2. said we are condemned to choose chose oil, gas by opposing: EU, this is your bed, sleep in it
  3. "us or them" negotiations precipitated crisis stepped in to warn is a crutch EU is useless without own army
  4. It would be helpful if pundits stopped the mendacity about The truth is bad enough.
  5. Explaining, but endorsing. control of is similar to with nuclear weapons. simply will not accept it.
  6. My Prediction circa March 1, 2012 "The Ukraine better start to worry about the Crimea and western Ukraine."

  7. "Bringing Russia in" Amb. to Russia Rodric Braithwaite 1997
    The EU + US worked hard to keep Russia down + out
  8. "South-Eastern Europe's Natural Gas Pipeline Competition"
    Does not excuse Putin's stealing the Crimea, explains it.
  9. On Ukraine/Crimea David Klion ( Anatol Lieven (King's College London, New America Foundation)

  10. : more usually in the Balkans it's "cut off your face to spite your nose"! Not sure that applies to
  11. Prediction: CIA Disinformation The "1000 page report to kill protesters" is likely fake.
    Reuters + The Guardian
  12. We still don't know the full role of US (CIA, Army) in the 2001 conflict in Macedonia.
    US General Tata reveals all!
  13. Gold medal "Why EU/US is waging geo-political/economic war vs Russia"
  14. jails 89 year old Catholic Nun for 3 years for protesting at nuclear plant
    Oh ... sorry ... its was !
  15. Best Article. Why did EU drive a wedge with Russia? To start civil war=Evil
  16. Balkan Insight (CIA) ongoing campaign to subvert Macedonia
  17. Why the EU/Nato is kicking Russia's a**
    Not a question of Putin, but a clash of civilizations!
  18. Putin ... regulation slasher! Friend of Business! Soon to be Forbes "Man of the Year"

  19. It would be great if had a steadfast friend like in our corner rather than like

  20. "Five years later, reflecting on the Russia-Georgia war" Stratfor (Robert Kaplan?)
    Ukraine has dropped its' Nato bid
  21. Transition Online, CIA funded, promoting Bulgarian propaganda re: Kyustendil. No Macedonian response.
    Dare I say plot
  22. See how recruits its' spies: Scholarships for Balkan journalists!
    Get in the game!
  23. Glad you helped solve all of America's problems. Now you can turn your attention to Russia's problems!

  24. Putin: To stay in Russia, Snowden must stop "harming our American partners"
    I love Putin such agreat sense of humor!
  25. as "designated loser" Europe court award for rendition victim Khaled al-Masri
    CIA? Other EU guilty states?