„Open Society“ Mafia: Gruevski admits: It was a Mistake to let Soros this much Control in Macedonia

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Serb Interior Minister Nebojša Stefanović’s PhD is heavily plagiarized

By Dr Uglješa Grušić (lecturer, University of Nottingham), Dr Branislav Radeljić (senior lecturer, University of East London) and Slobodan Tomić (PhD candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science)

DISCLAIMER: The procurement of dubious academic degrees, especially those obtained through nepotistic and corrupt activities, is a serious problem in the Serbian system of higher education. Acquisition of said degrees has produced a whole host of concerns for the country, including negative selection, brain drain, the degradation of values, an uncreative and non-competitive economy, and so on. Needless to say, the state and the civil society must try to address this issue. To begin with, those who fail to respect academic standards and legal norms must be held accountable. Since the relevant institutions have failed to react, it is up to us, as citizens, to take the initiative and confront the problem.

The purpose of this article is to encourage accountability rather than personal disqualification or political harm. In preparing this article, we contacted a number of academics in order to verify our findings. We are not interested in the political context. As a matter of fact, we plan to continue to examine suspicious doctoral and masters dissertations belonging to other public figures in Serbia, regardless of their political affiliation.  

In Serbia, many have obtained degrees of higher education through bribery or other connections. Such degrees are particularly popular amongst politicians and party officials. Therefore, as citizens as well as academics, the three of us have decided to conduct a detailed analysis of some possibly problematic degrees earned by some of Serbia’s top public figures. We’ll start with the most glaring and recent example – Dr Nebojša Stefanović, former President of the National Assembly of Serbia and now Minister of Internal Affairs. The Ministry’s website clearly states that he was awarded an MA in Economics from Megatrend University in 2011, and then, only two years later, earned a PhD from the same university. The title of his doctoral dissertation was “The New Role of Strategic Management in Local Self-Government: The Case of the City of Belgrade.”

Doctoral studies with dissertation usually last three to five years. They require commitment and hard work. Every PhD student is expected to read hundreds of books and journal articles, in order to become familiar with existing arguments and to identify the most suitable research methodology and methods for his own original research. In addition, a good PhD student is expected to regularly provide his supervisor with written parts of his dissertation and consider any comments and suggested revisions, to attend and present his work at conferences, to publish various sections of his prospective doctoral dissertation, and to take an active part in the research community. Therefore, the question is: How did Stefanović manage to complete and defend his dissertation in such a short period of time, while at the same time perform his duties as President of the National Assembly?

By invoking the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance, Anđela Milivojević, a journalist at the Centre for Investigative Reporting in Serbia, visited Megatrend University and looked at Nebojša Stefanović’s PhD, after which we also received a copy. A detailed analysis of the dissertation reveals that Stefanović’s work is heavily plagiarized and for this and other reasons it fails to meet the criteria for a successful PhD.

Plagiarism is the act of copying the work or ideas of others, without crediting the original source. In other words, plagiarism is academic theft. For example, the Regulations on the Academic Offence of Plagiarism of the London School of Economics and Political Science insist that every piece of written work must be the student’s own work: “Quotations must be placed properly within quotation marks or indented and must be cited fully. All paraphrased material must be acknowledged. Infringing this requirement, whether deliberately or not, or passing off the work of others as the work of the student, whether deliberately or not, is plagiarism.” Plagiarism in a PhD dissertation is the gravest of all academic offences; most often, the sanction for plagiarism is that the doctoral title is not granted or is revoked, without any right to appeal. In its Guide to Using Sources, Harvard University distinguishes between two types of plagiarism – verbatim and mosaic. While the former implies copying the original text without any modifications, the latter suggests that some changes exist, so that the act of plagiarism is less obvious. Needless to say, both types represent serious offences. Finally, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade and former president of the Council of the University of Belgrade, Professor Sima Avramović, also talks about two types of plagiarism – one referring to the copying of ideas and the other to stealing sections from other texts, without naming any of the original sources (15 January 2012, Novosti). He states that both types are unacceptable and subject to sanctions, and emphasizes that the humanities and social sciences are particularly prone to plagiarism.

Nebojša Stefanović’s PhD is heavily plagiarized. While some sections of his dissertation are copied from other people’s work without referencing them, others are more mosaic in nature. Some of the examples are as follows:….http://balkanist.net/getting-a-phd-in-serbia-

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017
In an extended interview with weekly Republika, VMRO-DPMNE President Nikola Gruevski speaks in detail about the comments he made about the George Soros funded Foundation Open Society Institute. Gruevski says that this wide-reaching group of alleged non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) will be allowed to continue working in Macedonia, but will no longer be allowed to monopolize the civil society network and abuse it for their political purposes. Gruevski spoke about a process of de-Sorosoization of the Macedonian civil society sector in the proclamation which VMRO-DPMNE issued shortly after the early general elections.

„This was a difficult year in which we faced a hard opponent. And here I don’t mean the SDSM party. They were merely a smoke-screen, an instrument. It wouldn’t have been this difficult if there weren’t for the millions poured into Macedonia by George Soros, with his network of NGO groups, media, politicians who he funds both inside the country and outside of Macedonia. Just look at the electronic messages from Soros published on Wikileaks and it all becomes clearer. The man is giving clear instructions on what is to be done, and they are accepted without debate or checks and balances. The messages show that he can go visit top leading American officials whenever he wants to, arranges meetings day in day out and has significant influence. His foundation, judging by its fnancial and personal potential, is the strongest politically oriented foundation in the world. He has decided to use his wealth toward ideological goals – the creation of these so-called open societies, and for financial gain, where he speculates on pre-determined political outcomes in certain countries which brings him profits in the stock exchanges. This influence extends to entire institutions, ministries, Governments infected with his ideology and points of view. It makes no sense to even talk about SDSM or Zaev here, they are small fish in this story“, Gruevski says in the interview published on Tuesday.

Asked about what wider interests could Soros have for his influence in Macedonia, Gruevski responds that it has been a permanent feature, since Macedonia became independent in 1991 and Soros had his first and only visit to the country, to maintain a line of financial support to left wing groups and the main left wing party – SDSM. „Whenever VMRO-DPMNE is in office, his institutions are very active against us. Whenever SDSM is in office, they are again active against us, even though we are in the opposition. VMRO-DPMNE has been the right of center, conservative for 25 years. In those years, not a single thing we’ve done was ever praised by a media outlet or a civic group funded by the Foundation Open Society. And, at the same time, they have never been critical of a single thing SDSM has done. A man who sat on the SDSM Central Committee headed the Foundation Open Society Institute in Macedonia for 5 years, and recently he placed one of his acolytes to officially run the Foundation, and to maintain the same political line“, Gruevski said, speaking about long time Soros foundation head in Macedonia Vladimir Milcin, for whom he adds that he even attends SDSM rallies as a speaker, blurring any distinction between the NGO sector and the main social-democratic party.

Gruevski says that through funding, scholarships, research grants, book advances and other means, this organization controls a large number of journalists and media outlets in the country, professors and opinion makers, „professional protesters“ such as those from the recent colored revolution, but also administrative officials in high places including judges, prosecutors, doctors, environmentalists. „Everywhere they believe they may have some interest, they have people, directing both money and indoctrination“, Gruevski tells Republika, adding that 95 percent of the NGO or civil society sector in Macedonia is now managed through Soros or through Governments where the Soros group is influential.

Asked about his pledge to initiate a process of de-Sorosoization, Gruevski says that it was a mistake to allow things to go this far, and to give so much influence to an external player and to outside Governments. The process, according to Gruevski, would allow the Soros foundation to continue operating in Macedonia, but would no longer be the sole controller of the NGO sector.

„Every Government gives out a certain amount of money to support the civil sector and here we have failed. We must find the funds to support a truly independent civil society sector in Macedonia. We can’t allow it to remain fully in the hands of George Soros or foreign Governments. Soros can stay and invest in Macedonia but there must be other, alternative sources of funding for quality projects, which will be evaluated by experts who are not politically dependent by the Government, or by foreign Governments and individuals“, Gruevski adds.

The conservative party leader compares the network of NGOs ran by the Soros Foundation to an army that shapes and distorts the truth about the country. „If they want, they will turn you into a criminal, a traitor, an incompetent, a monster, they will come up with a myriad of alleged scandals to your name… Look what they did with the VMRO-DPMNE Proclamation from December 17th. We clearly stated that we continue our normal communication with Ambassadors, but the Soros owned media did not say that. They blamed us that we have declared war to the Ambassadors and have gone into self-isolation. We said that some Ambassadors have gone too far with their meddling in internal affairs, which must stop, and their media are saying that we are against the United States and the West, against NATO and the European Union, even though in the same Proclamation we say that we remain oriented toward the West, toward NATO and EU“, Gruevski says, adding that there is a clear bias in the actions of this network against conservative Governments, not just in Macedonia, but in the Balkans, across Eastern Europe, and now, most recently, in the United States.

In another pointed answer in his interview, Gruevski says that he took a few days off to the Mavrovo ski resort, where he was also reading Donald Trump’s book „Great Again: How to fix our crippled America“. During the several days long protests in front of the State Electoral Commission, VMRO-DPMNE supporters were holding banners aimed against current US Ambassador Jess Baily, but also had banners praising Donald Trump.

Judging by the interview, Greuvski still hasn’t learned a single lesson. Only expelling diplomats and „NGOs“ who meddle in the country will bring some sort of trust in the Government.

Interior minister Nebojsa Stefanovic. Photo: Media Centre Belgrade

The Higher Court in Belgrade has found the weekly newspaper NIN guilty of defaming Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and has ordered it to pay him 300,000 dinars [2,437 euros] in compensation, media reported on Wednesday.

Editor-in-chief Milan Culibrk confirmed to N1 TV that the magazine will appeal against the sentence.

If necessary, Culibrk said, the paper would appeal to Serbia’s Constitutional Court or even to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg……The demolitions were seen as a move by the authorities to clear the ground quickly for the Belgrade Waterfront project, which civic groups oppose.