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DECLARATION by the students, occupying the Rectorate of Sofia University

DECLARATION by the students, occupying the Rectorate of Sofia University

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DECLARATION

by the students, occupying the Rectorate of Sofia University
„St. Clement of Ohrid“ the 25th of October 2013

Dear Mr. Rector dear ladies and gentlemen, professors and administrators at Alma Mater, dear colleagues – PhD-candidates and students, fellow citizens!

With full appreciation of our historical responsibility before the society of Bulgaria, fearing only fear itself, with the desire to re-establish democracy and rule of law in the Republic, foreseeing the inevitable negative effects of the continuing mandate of the XLII National Assembly of the Bulgarian Parliament, enraged by the systematic undermining of the constitutional order in the country, convinced, that the adherence to principles and transparency in the governing process is a conditio sine qua non for the existence of true order in our society, standing firmly on the side of equality before the law and versus the chaos of the partocracy and the cartels, having the paramount aim to transform Bulgaria’s governance style from one of personal gain to one of moral values, entirely convinced, that as students and citizens we have the sovereign right of legal and inspired by the democratic tradition protest action, and with the belief that the University is no less a place of values, as it is a place of study, delighted by the declared support of leading and well respected University professors and the citizens, who have been protesting now for four months, against a government in moral collapse; and believing in the righteous will for change in the civil society in Bulgaria,

we, the Students of Sofia University, establish a regimen of permanent and effective OCCUPATION of the Rectorate of this truly superior University with the following INTENT:

1. immediate dismissal of the XLII National Assembly;
2. scheduling of new parliamentary elections as soon as possible;
3. intolerance by the civil society toward the widespread criminal lawlessness in the highest levels of government;
4. transforming Bulgaria into a civilized country with a rule-of-law;
5. affirmation of justice and knowledge as high values for the society.

OCCUPATION of the Rectorate of our University is established under these CONDITIONS:

1. maintaining of complete control by the students on the building of the Rectorate;
2. discontinuation of all regular educational and most of the administrative activities in the Rectorate;
3. maintaining internal control of the order in the Rectorate with strict adherence to the principle of University autonomy, prohibiting all external interference;
4. continuation of the rules, accepted in the Declaration for the partial occupation of Auditorium 272 from October 23-25th 2013;
5. protection of the property of the University and due respect to the Rector and the University Administration; – 6. establishment of strict access control over the entrances and exits of the Rectorate building;
7. admission, under advisement by the University Administration, of a limited number of university personnel in order to maintain the limited number of activities, that would otherwise cause significant financial or scientific losses to the University, if discontinued.

This is our final vote of non-confidence to the entirely delegitimized practices in the governing of Bulgaria.

We, the students Auditorium 272, Rectorate of Sofia University, Sofia, 25th of October 2013

Read more about the occupation in Bulgarian here.

Environment minister sacks all regional unit directors

Environment minister sacks all regional unit directors

Media: Capital Daily Date: Aug 02 2013 10:58

Purge affects 23 heads of inspectorates, national parks and river basin directorates

EU Chaos: EULEX, Kosovo police work to disrupt trafficking cases

EULEX, Kosovo police work to disrupt trafficking cases
03/12/2013

The authorities are showing results in fighting organised crime groups that smuggle Kosovo citizens abroad.

By Linda Karadaku for Southeast European Times in Pristina — 03/12/13

photoKosovo police and EULEX have identified 23 cases of organised people smuggling from Kosovo in the first half of this year. [Laura Hasani/SETimes]

EULEX and Kosovo police are intensifying efforts to dismantle organised crime groups that smuggle Kosovo citizens to the EU and North America, officials said.

„EULEX and Kosovo police are contributing to disrupt criminal networks operating beyond Kosovo territory and [are] stopping the export of organised crime and other serious crimes,“ Blerim Krasniqi, a EULEX spokesperson, told SETimes.

Authorities recently concluded a three-year operation against a major organised crime network in Kosovo that smuggled people to the US.

Alleged ringleader Deme Nikqi was arrested in Albania in October and extradited to the US, while further investigation helped police identify five of Nikqi’s alleged accomplices in Kosovo following his arrest.

The criminal group is accused of charging immigrants up to 13,000 euros to pass the US border via a route through Montenegro, Germany, Ecuador and Mexico. Kosovo police said it identified 19 organised crime groups involved in smuggling last year and reported 23 cases of organised smuggling in the first half of 2013.

In several police operations during the summer, police arrested members of three organised crime groups, two of which smuggled Kosovo citizens to EU member states via Serbia and Hungary.

Authorities said they are investigating eight cases of smuggling and human trafficking.

As Kosovo is one of the poorest countries in Europe, with unemployment exceeding 40 percent, analysts said it is a prime target for criminal groups involved in illegal emigration.

„This situation combined with the fact that Kosovo is the last regional country with a visa regime, creates naturally a potential for illegal emigration,“ Avni Zogiani, executive director of Cohu (Stand Up) Movement, told SETimes.

People’s willingness to pay huge sums of money to cross borders in search of a better life creates significant profit for organised criminal groups, said Mentor Vrajolli, a researcher for the Kosovo Centre for Security Studies.

„[But] that makes it impossible for them, in case the destination country does not offer what they expect, to be able to return freely and immediately in their countries,“ Vrajolli told SETimes.

Analysts also said disrupting illegal immigration is important because smuggling has helped organised crime strengthen and regroup…………..

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Ivica Dacic a parnter of the serb Mafia: Mafia style killing

 

NUMBER OF CRIMES COMMITTED BY POLICE STAFF RISING

Dacic, for how long is your Gendarmerie staff is going to kill?

Vuk Z. Cvijic | 29. 11. 2013. – 02:00h | Foto: K. Kamenov | Comments 0

When shall police eliminate murderers among their own staff? This question becomes inevitable after murder in Nis committed by Aleksandar Racic of the Gendarmerie staff. The number of murderers among the police staff is rising dramatically.

Mafia style killings committed by police staff set inevitably the question of responsibility of Ivica Dacic, the Police Minister. Whom, for example Prime Minister Dacic might recall? The investigation over the Gendarmerie staff of the Nis District involved in business dealings of criminal groups from Nis, has not ended with expected and announced arrests.

 

 

The investigation called ‘Action’ was led by the Criminal Police Administration (UKP) while the Internal Control Sector (SUK) also led its own investigation and forwarded the covering report to the prosecution in Nis seven months ago. The arrests were planned to take place at the beginning of April but at the order from Dacic’s Cabinet the action was aborted.
Experts are pointing to undisputable responsibility of Dacic for the actual situation in the police.
– I do not believe that the Prime Minister who is engaged in Brussels in matters that are very important for Serbia has direct control over all in the police. He should resign from the post of the Police Minister, while the Police Director should intensify counter-intelligence activity at the Gendarmerie’, Boza Prelevic, former police co-minister says.

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http://english.blic.rs/In-Focus/10060/Dacic-for-how-long-is-your-Gendarmerie-staff-is-going-to-kill

the criminal police group: Dragan Dikic,
Veselin Miličkovic, potpukovnik
Srđan Kocic, major
Ivan Petkovic
Dejan Milenkovic
Nenad Maksimovic
Ljubiša Puzovic
Miloš Mitic
Danilo Paunovic
Srba Ilic
Aleksandar Ilic
Dejan Nikolic
Nikica Ristic
Miloš Savic
Miroslav Rajic
Milan Jovanovic
Bojan Cvetkovic

Police planning to stop counterfeit degrees – Aracinovo Mafia gefakte dokumente

21.11.2013 | 12:15

Large police operation in Macedonia for a scandal with forged documents
Big police action is currently taking place in Macedonia and Germany, writes portal “Press24”. According to their information, the action is to break the so-called “Hamburg mafia”, which dealt with making any kind of false documents: ID cards, passports, driving licenses.

As the portal stated, key role in the action had company from Skopje, named FBI, registered to trade and tourism, created mainly by people who live in Aracinovo.

Together with its partners in Germany, they usually were making fake documents of the EU countries, usually Bulgaria, Greece, and Italy.

Some of those arrested were detained in Skopje and part of them in Hamburg.

The police did not say any official details, but announced more information later in the day.

Source / Press 24

http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/Balkan_study.pdf

Mörderischer Norden – Mafia-Banden regieren den Kiez in Hamburg
vom 15. Mai 2012

In den 90er Jahren ist die Hamburger Unterwelt fest in den Händen der Mafia. Unter den Kriminellen allerdings tobt ein blutiger Krieg. Denn das Geschäft mit der Liebe bringt Millionen.
vergrößern

Das große Geschäft: Allein die rund 6000 bis 8000 Prostituierten in der Hansestadt sollen einen jährlichen Umsatz von etwa einer halben Milliarde D-Mark machen.
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Hamburg | Anfang der 1990er Jahre liefern sich Albaner und Türken (vor allem kurdischer Abstammung) einen regelrechten Krieg um die Vorherrschaft in der Hamburger Rotlichtszene und auf dem Drogenmarkt. Am Ende sollen die Albaner siegen. Es geht bei den Auseinandersetzungen um Millionen. Allein auf einem Strich in dem unwirtlichen Hamburger Industriegebiet an der Süderstraße erwirtschaftet eine Clique um „Albaner-Willi“ mindestens 20 Millionen Mark im Jahr.
Familienclans aus dem Kosovo und Albanien haben nach dem Krieg auf dem Balkan über weite Teile Europas kriminelle Netzwerke gespannt. Gewalttätigkeit und Verschwiegenheit sind der Schlüssel ihres Erfolges. Die kriminellen Clans strukturieren sich nach ihren familiären Bindungen und Beziehungen, die über die Staatsgrenzen auf dem Balkan hinweg reichen…………………….
Das 10 Tausende von gefälschten Diplomen in Tetova ausgestellt werden, wusste man vor über 10 Jahren, man wusste die Personen und machte Nichts. Also sind die derzeitigen Ausführungen des Rektors in Tetova auch genauso wertlos, wie alle Ausführungen in den anderen Ländern im Balkan. Kroatien, Serbien, der Kosovo, Rumänien wo der der PM Ponto ebenso gefakten Diplome hat, sind Standard verseucht mit dieser Methode und wo Professoren Idioten sind, vor allem in Mazedonien, Albanien, Kosovo

Police planning to stop counterfeit degrees

28/11/2013

University professors from the region are asking for countries to exercise stronger control over university diplomas in order to eliminate counterfeit degrees.

By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Skopje — 28/11/13
photoVulnet Ameti, rector of the State University in Tetovo, called counterfeiting a „hideous act.“ [State University in Tetovo]

A counterfeiting case in Macedonia in which a Selce resident was accused of running a home laboratory to manufacture fake medical school diplomas is rippling throughout Europe.
Mafia Uni Tetova
Police this month arrested a 30-year-old man who lives in Macedonia’s Tetovo municipality, and accused him of selling counterfeit diplomas from State University of Tetovo to customers in Italy for 25,000 euros. The man’s identity was not made public, but university officials said he is not affiliated with the institution.
„We express our deep regret that an irresponsible person has taken such a hideous act for personal gain without taking into consideration the fact that State University of Tetovo was founded in blood and has been operating under extremely severe conditions,“ Vulnet Ameti, rector of the State University in Tetovo, said in a statement.
„Moreover, this is the only institution of higher education in Albanian language in the Republic of Macedonia and in two decades a whole population had sacrificed a lot for its existence.“
Macedonian authorities are now expanding their probe to see if other universities in the state have been victimised, and are also seeking assistance from Italian authorities as they broaden the scope of the investigation.
„I think that detention for the forger of diplomas will push back the people who have ideas about crime in higher education. The educational inspectorate has regular and additional controls in the colleges. If someone tries to experiment and play with the law this is the best way to see that, in that situation will be accused of crime. It is a big problem to any education system, if someone tries to counterfeit diplomas,“ Spiro Ristovski, the minister of education, told SETimes.
Counterfeit diplomas are a growing problem in the region. In addition to allowing the recipients to practice in fields such as medicine, in which they are not qualified, the fraud can be harmful to a university’s reputation.
Eighteen counterfeit university diplomas and 49 fake high school diplomas have been found in Macedonia from 2008 to 2012, police said.
Last year in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), police arrested six people in a counterfeiting ring that supplied more than 80 fake college and high school diplomas to customers in several countries, including Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia. Authorities say members of the counterfeiting ring also created fake driver’s licenses and other official documents, earning as much as 50,000 euros a year.
Officials in BiH are continuing inspections this year.
„For the first nine months of this year, inspectors made checks of 176 school certificates. In 18 cases the diplomas were falsified,“ Dusanka Makivic, spokesperson of the state’s Inspectorate of RS, told SETimes.
„Last year, 23 applications were submitted to the police because of forged diplomas. I must mention that the inspectorate is not required to exercise control of a diploma issued outside BiH but only to forward the data on suspicious diplomas in the country from which the diploma came,“ Makivic said.
Police in Serbia were also called upon last year after the state’s electric company of Montenegro sought to verify 2,000 diplomas of employees who purportedly earned their degrees in Serbia. Authorities discovered that 200 of the diplomas were falsified.
„Forged diplomas are a common occurrence in recent years,“ Bojan Vlaski, professor at the Faculty of Law in Banja Luka, told SETimes. „Unfortunately, this phenomenon has a negative impact on the educational system, which is already low quality. The authorities should do more to tackle this issue and that means more control, more transparent exams.“ …………………….. http://setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2013/11/28/feature-01
Albanien: Belle Air ist pleite

Tetova und Albaner Mafia ist eine Einheit

Eine billige Betrügerin, welche viele Jahre höchste Gehälter kassierte, al 2 höchste Polizei Direktorin des Kosovo, obwohl man nur einfacher Dolmetscher war!

Mit gefälschten Diplomen zur 2. höchsten Polizistin —–> Präsidentin des Kosovo aufsteigen: Atifete Jahjaga

President of Kosovo:

Serbia: Police confirm they are investigating ex-minister

November 22, 2013 | 14:40

Police confirm they are investigating ex-minister
Source: B92, Beta, BlicBELGRADE — The Serbian police have confirmed for B92 that they are conducting „a financial investigation“ against former cabinet minister Mlađan Dinkić.

(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

This investigation was launched on the request of the Organized Crime Prosecution and also includes his close associates, the police sources said.

The case concerns the Nacionalna Štedionica (National Savings Bank) affair.

Dinkić confirmed that an investigation against him was under way, and added that, in his native town of Vlasotince, policemen were going through documentation on the property owned by his father.

„This has been done for several months now, and it makes me exceptionally glad. The only thing I ask for is that, in the end, the public learns about the results of this probe, down to the smallest details, because it seems that would be the only way for the speculation and fairy tales about the non-existing riches of my family to go away,“ Dinkić told the Belgrade-based daily Blic.

The former minister, who is the leader of the URS party, added that he hoped the police would also „deal“ with investigating the property owned by other party leaders and state officials.

A source close to the investigation told the newspaper the police were looking into the origin of Dinkić’s property, and that of his close associate Vladimir Ilić, and „whether any of their property is connected to the Nacionalna Štedionica case.“

Ilić commented on the news to say that he was unaware that an investigation had been launched against him.

Both Dinkić and Ilić were questioned as citizens in early October in the Nacionalna Štedionica case.

Die Albanische Justiz – Schutzherr der Politik Mafia: Der Öl Gangster Harji Elezaj, bekommt praktisch einen Freispruch

6 Monate Gefängniss, auf Bewährung natürlich und die Millionen an Steuer und Zoll Betrug, durch 100 % Export von Öl, mit gefakten Rechnungen und korrupten Zöllner, sagen erneut Alles über die Albanische Justiz! Deshalb gibt es 1.000 Tankstellen im Kosovo und in Albanien teilweise 10 Stück auf 1 km, und immer illegal gebaut. Man Export Treibstoff, der in Wirklichkeit bei diesen Tankstellen oft auch noch gepantscht verkauft wird.

Ex-Minister Dritan Prifti, erklärt diese 100 % Export Modell, für 100 % Zoll Betrug, weil es in den Hunderten illegaler Tankstellen oft mit Polizei Direktoren Hilfe landete inklusive der enormen Profite.

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http://gazeta-shqip.com/lajme/2013/11/17

Nun wurde Hajri Elezaj, zu 6 Monaten verurteilt, wegen leichter Urkunden Fälschung, der Steuer Betrug, Qualitäts Betrug, fiel vollkommen unter den Tisch. Er wurde entschuldigt vor Gericht, weil er angeblich im Krankenhaus liegt. Die gestohlenen Gelder, darf man auch hier behalten und die Profite. Die Mit Angeklagten, wurden frei gesprochen, oder erhielten 3 Monate Haft. Das läuft dann natürlich Alles auch noch auf Bewährung. Noch ein akueller Justiz Skandal., um die Entsorgung von 5 Tonnen Gift Müll, mit praktisch einem Freispruch ebenso.

 

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2 höchster Polizei Direktor: Agron Kulicaj  und der flüchtige Hajri Hajredin Elezaj

 
18 Nov 13
Albanian Oil Fraudster Gets Lenient Sentence

A businessman at the centre of the biggest oil contraband case in Albania’s history has been given the minumum sentence of six months in prison.

Besar Likmeta
BIRN

Tirana

Albanian businessman Harji Elezaj, accused of perpetrating the largest financial crime ever uncovered in Albania, was jailed for six months on October 31, although the sentence only became public at the weekend.

Elezaj was accused, together with another businessman and with the complicity of tax and customs officials, of faking exports of diesel residue known as virgin naphtha, which was later illegally traded on the Albanian market from 2007 to 2009.

The prosecutor at Tirana’s district court, Daniela Sulaj, had sought a 13-year prison sentence for Elezaj, for aggravated fraud, money laundering, falsifying documents and breaching house arrest.

But the judicial panel headed by judge Martin Deda found Elezaj guilty only of falsifying documents and sentenced him to just six months in prison.

Unusually, the judicial panel did not offer any argument to support its verdict. The court also lifted the sequestration of Elezaj’s companies, Euroil Sh.a and Lajthiza Sh.a.

Elezaj was detained in March 2011, together with 12 other suspects, but quit house arrest a month later, only to reappear in court a year after that.

Of those suspects, the court also acquitted former tax official Dashamir Kasaj, who was accused of abuse of office, and Euroil Sh.a director Blerdar Rama, accused of aggravated fraud.

The ten other suspects, who were tried in a separate case after not contesting the charges, were also given lenient sentences ranging from three months’ to 16 months’ imprisonment.

The oil distillate virgin naphtha, which is produced by Albania’s refiner ARMO, has a poor octane quality and is not allowed to be sold inside in the country.

However, according to prosecutors, two oil trading companies using false documents and, helped by tax and customs officials, faked the export of the naphtha, selling it at filling stations as vehicle fuel.

As a result of the scam, the two companies, Euroil Sh.a and Fisheku Sh.a, pocketed an estimated 40 million euro in unpaid excise duties and value-added tax by selling the extremely poor quality fuel.

A spokesperson for the general prosecutor’s office, Albi Serani, told Balkan Insight that the verdict has been appealed.

….http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/albania-oil-contraband-verdict-raises-eyebrows

Sofia University: Anti-government protests turn violent in Sofia

Anti-government protests turn violent in Sofia
14/11/2013

Students denounce violence but keep protesting in downtown Sofia, surrounded by about 10,000 riot police and gendarmerie with shields, helmets, batons, and armoured vehicles.

By Tzvetina Borisova for Southeast European Times in Sofia — 14/11/13

photoRiot police and gendarmerie are guarding the parliament building in downtown Sofia. [Tzvetina Borisova/SETimes]

Sofia remained on lockdown Wednesday (November 13th) after clashes between protesters and riot police. Demonstrations escalated this week, as students stepped up their involvement in the action by occupying Bulgaria’s Sofia University and moving against parliament.

„I do not support violence because it can lead to human casualties and even victims… There are provocateurs among us. We try not to let them join us but they often come to the protests,“ Nevena Ivanova from the University of Plovdiv, who came to Sofia to support the protests, told SETimes.

At least one person was injured and a dozen were arrested in an outburst of violence more than five months after the start of anti-government rallies in Bulgaria.

„I have fellow students who were beaten hard, including girls,“ Ivan Polyakov, a student at Sofia’s Medical University, told SETimes.

The scuffles happened after protesters tried to break into the heavily guarded parliament building by pushing trash containers they had piled from nearby streets at the metal fence that police erected to cordon off the area.

„There were some police officers who demonstrated aggression, but not all. I believe these people should be revealed and punished,“ Yavor Nikiforov, a Sofia University graduate, told SETimes.

The protests, which had lost some momentum during the summer months, got a fresh boost as students occupied Sofia University.

The election of Delyan Peevski as head of the State Agency for National Security ignited the protests. The 32-year-old controversial media baron and a Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) lawmaker was nominated as security chief by Prime Minister Plamen O…. setimes

Macedonia’s Idiot Nr. 1 – ALI AHMETI TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT

Warum es in Mazedonien, keinerlei Fortschritte mehr gibt in der Politischen und Wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung, kann man mit den Albaner Banden erklären, welche keinerlei Bildung haben und Ali Ahmeti, ist nur eine dieser Figuren.

Null Bildung, der kleine Wurzel Zwerg, aber Nr. 1 Idiot aus Mazedonien und eng mit Internationalen Terroristen als Partner was gut dokumentiert ist. Bildung heisst dann bei Ali Ahmeti, der schon eine Schizo Rente in der Schweiz bezog, weil er zu dumm fürs Arbeiten war und für jede Schule: Im TV: Aleksander der Grosse ist Albaner, sagt der Idiot doch. Woher er diese Weisheit hat, mit einer einzigen Wissenschaftlichen Quelle, will er nie verraten.
Ali Ahmeti claiming Aleksandar Makedonski is a Shiptar

AHMETI’S TOUR GOES TO GRUEVSKI’S POLITICAL CREDIT

 

Despite the apparently high diplomatic level of official meetings during Ahmeti’s tour, the political public in Macedonia remains uncertain as to the motive of his hasty diplomatic activities. Macedonia’s largest political parties have mostly tried to act neutrally, stressing the “private”, i.e. informal character of the visits (VMRO-DPMNE) despite the fact that in Washington, Athens and Sofia Ahmeti was joined by Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Musa Xhaferi, while in Paris, Brussels and The Hague he was escorted by Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Fatmir Besimi. Macedonian opposition (SDSM) have stuck to its position that “any initiative that contributes to the integration process is welcome”, while analysts believe it would be illusory to expect Ahmeti to resolve the name dispute with Greece or disagreements with Bulgaria.

Ahmeti’s initiatives have only contributed to strengthening Prime Minister Gruevski’s political position and deepening the mistrust of Macedonians towards ethnic Albanians. Only a few months ago Ahmeti was directly informed of the real situation regarding the name issue by the UN negotiator for the Macedonian name dispute Mathew Nimitz, so he was well aware of the outcome of his tour before he even started it. However, his voters are not aware of those facts.

The Albanian opposition Democratic Party (PDSh-DPA) has remained loyal to its unusual policy of using “silence as a form of criticism”, while Albanian political commentators share the view that Ahmeti’s visits simply represent a part of his pre-election campaign for the presidential election scheduled for next year that will quite probably be held together with early parliamentary election.

Athens and Sofia have openly coordinated their position that the European Commission should postpone the initiation of negotiations with Skopje, which further explains why Ahmeti’s mission in the neighbouring countries ended in a fiasco. Moreover, Brussels’ decision to share NATO’s official view that resolving the name dispute is a precondition for further integration processes as well as their enhanced criticism of media freedom, corruption, party-biased judicial system and public administration show that Ahmeti failed in its mission to persuade his European interlocutors to open Macedonia’s road to Brussels.

The question is whether it was necessary for one of Albanian leaders to go on a US and EU tour to realise what was obvious to every connoisseur of Macedonia’s foreign affairs? The silence from official Washington, pre-election messages from German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the necessary pause in taking new members to the EU, obvious avoidance of European politicians and EU officials to mention Macedonia in relation to future integration processes – all these should be sufficiently clear signs for every politician to realise in which direction the winds are blowing. The situation is even clearer in Macedonia where Prime Minister Gruevski insists on his firm policy towards Greece and introduces increasing pro-eastern tendencies accompanied with intensified national(istic) and patriotic language, rude treatment of the opposition and repression against the opposition media.

A FOREIGN-POLITICAL INITIATIVE THAT SERVES DOMESTIC PURPOSES

 

These developments in Macedonia and abroad support the thesis that the main aim of Ahmeti’s diplomatic tour was to impress his Albanian electorate. Albanian voters are increasingly louder in their demands, expecting Ahmeti to fulfil his pre-election promises and to improve the situation of Albanians in Macedonia, especially as regards their economic rights, rather than to resolve the dispute with Greece and the national identity of their Macedonian fellow citizens. Ahmeti should focus his attention to the most socially disadvantaged members of his electorate, especially in the Skopje and Kumanovo regions which are traditional crisis areas of interethnic tensions and therefore mark the highest emigration rate among the Albanian population, notably among young and educated people.

Certain leaders of DUI share the view that Ahmeti’s foreign-political initiative was motivated by domestic purposes, among other due to DUI’s decreasing popularity among the Albanian population. Ahmeti has not realised his promises despite the fact that his political party has been in the government for nine years (2002-2006 and 2008-2013) and has held power in most municipalities with predominantly ethnic Albanian population.

During the insurgency in 2001 Albanians expressed three fully justified demands:

-official use of the Albanian language,

-appropriate representation in state administration and institutions, and

-application of the consensus democracy model that would prevent ethnic majorisation.

Ahmeti has only partly fulfilled those three demands. However, he failed to stop the emigration of Albanians, to attract investments and to open new work places, his party is involved in crime and corruption at all levels and the quality of his staff is below expectations. Moreover, DUI has become a synonym of violence and crime, especially during the pre-election campaign and the elections. To a certain degree they have become even more negative than Menduh Thaçi’s DPA, although they have managed to hide that thanks to their dominance over the media, especially through their newspaper, the MRTV2 national television house and the Alsat-M private television house which is the Albanian equivalent of the Macedonian government propaganda machine.

AHMETI TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT, THAÇI TO ENTER THE GOVERNMENT?

– See more at: http://www.ifimes.org/en/researches/macedonia-between-self-isolation-and-euro-atlantic-integration-2013-11-08/#sthash.vv1WFG1Y.dpuf

UTRINSKI VESNIK

At least 47 valuable golden artifacts have disappeared from the depot at the Museum of Macedonia in Skopje, a checkup has revealed. The valuables that have been discovered in recent archeological digs are believed to have been stolen. The daily says that most of them were golden earrings dating back from the age of Hellenism.