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MLS Innovation enters into market of North Macedonia

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(Telecompaper) MLS Innovation announced its entry into the market of North Macedonia, the fifth largest foreign market it enters after Cyprus, Serbia, Bulgaria and Albania...
          

Integrating Seismic Risk Considerations into Energy Efficiency Investments

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The World Bank is collaborating with the four countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Kosovo to increase energy efficiency in public buildings. However, given the seismic risk in these countries, it is important to develop a fra

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Integrating Seismic Risk Considerations into Energy Efficiency Investments

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The World Bank is collaborating with the four countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Kosovo to increase energy efficiency in public buildings. However, given the seismic risk in these countries, it is important to develop a fra

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Integrating Seismic Risk Considerations into Energy Efficiency Investments

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The World Bank is collaborating with the four countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Kosovo to increase energy efficiency in public buildings. However, given the seismic risk in these countries, it is important to develop a fra

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Andersen Global Premieres in North Macedonia

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Andersen Global signed a Collaboration Agreement with legal firm, Law Office Pepeljugoski, marking the debut of Andersen Global in North Macedonia as the organization continues to strengthen its growing presence in the region. Owner and Managing Partner Valentin Pepeljugoski founded the firm in 1999 and expanded it to include Partner Aleksander Trajkovski and more than 15 legal professionals. With a presence in both North Macedonia and the Republic of Kosovo, Law Office Pepeljugoski is a mult...
          

Join the last day of Ajyal Film Festival celebrations this Saturday

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Experience magical performances and compelling feature films on the last day (23 November) of Ajyal Film Festival 2019, the annual cinema event hosted by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) at Katara Cultural Village.

As the festival curtains draws to a close, Ajyal’s Wonder & Under the Moonlight Cine-Concert will offer a unique musical show, presented by the Forum des Images, to delight young and old. A feast for all the senses, a thrilling selection of shorts about tales of the stars, sun and moon will be held at 11.30 AM at Katara Building 16 and is free to the public. Live musicians will accompany: Get the Moon by Jutta Schünemann, Sooner or Later by Jadwiga Kowalska, Lunette by Phoebe Warries, A Little Star by Svetlana Andrianova, and Little Wolf by An Vrombaut.

Ajyal Tunes got off to a rocking start yesterday with electrifying performances from Doha’s underground music scene, featuring talented youth artists Sana Zharandi, Amjad Essam, Savanna Rose, Varun, Omar Abdulaziz, Ayman Shukur, Jerin Jose, Jueun, Mothanna, and Omar Alyafai among others, curated by Qatari artist Dana Almeer. Qatar-based singer/songwriter and rapper Mvrs rounded off the show with a stirring rap performance. An exciting celebration of musical talents from every discipline, Ajyal Tunes is part of the festival’s growing artistic scope – showcasing and celebrating arts and culture from every discipline.

Don’t miss out on the last day of the Ajyal Creativity Hub and its bustling activities at Geekdom, Qatar’s largest pop-culture event presented in partnership with Qatar National Tourism Council, and ARC, Ajyal’s interactive multimedia exhibition featuring artworks by 19 of Qatar’s most promising artists and creative talents. Located in Katara Buildings 18 and 19, all performances and exhibits will remain open to the public until 10 PM.

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The Feel short film programme will explore the power of intuition in shaping our sense of the world with a curated selection of ten short films screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, at 12.30 PM, including Belles étoiles (France/2017) by Naïma Di Piero and Elhadj Sidib; Like an Elephant in a China Shop (France/2017) by Louise Chevrier, Luka Fischer, Rodolphe Groshens, Marie Guillon, Estelle Martinez, Benoit Paillard, Lisa Rasasombat; Hedgehog (France/2018) by Vaibhav Keswani, Jeanne Laureau, Colombine Majou, Morgane Mattard, Kaisa Pirttinen, and Jong-ha Yoon; Maha’mel (Ships) (Qatar/2018) by Dhabya AlMuhannadi; The Stained Club (France/2018) by Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Béatrice Viguier; Beit Byoot (Jordan, Qatar/2019) by Mayar Hamdan; The Unlucky Hamster (Qatar, Indonesia/2019) by Abdulaziz Mohammed Khashabi; Child of the Earth (Switzerland, USA/2018) by Claudio Fäh; The Kite (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland/2019) by Martin Smatana; and Nada Bedair’s Paper Kite (Qatar/2019).

The Overcome short film selection, screening at 3 PM at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, is a testament to the ability of people to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams. The programme includes: Layla (UK/2019) by Celine Cotran; Jolanta Bańkowska’s Story (Poland/2019); Youth (Egypt, USA/2019) by Farida Zahran; Thermostat 6 (France/2018) by Maya Av-ron, Mylène Cominotti, Marion Coudert,  Sixtine Dano; Maradona’s Legs (Germany, Palestine/2019) by Firas Khoury; Esperança (France/2019) by Cécile Rousset, Jeanne Paturle, Benjamin Serero; Fault Line (Iran/2018) by Soheil Amirsharifi; Baptiste Drapeau’s Half and Half (France/2018); The Helmet (Yemen/2019) by Osama Khaled; Memo (France/2017) by Julien Becquer, Éléna Dupressoir, Jules Durand, Viviane Guimarães, Ines Scheiber; Refuge (Qatar/2019) by Maha Essid; and Fragile (Qatar/2019) by Kholood Al-Ali.

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Today is your last opportunity to watch an exciting selection of feature films:

  • For Sama (Syria, UK/2019) by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 5.30 PM. Please note that the screening is rated PG-18.
  • Ailo’s Journey (France, Finland/2018) by Guillaume Maidatchevsky will screen at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl, at 5.30 PM.
  • DFI-supported feature Bombay Rose (India, France, UK, Qatar/2019) by Gitanjali Rao screeening at 8.30 PM at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. Please note that the screening is rated PG-18.
  • DFI-supported film You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar/2019) by Amjad Abu Alala will screen at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 8.30 PM and is rated PG-15.
  • Honeyland (North Macedonia/2019) by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska will screen at 6 PM at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City.

Tickets for the 7th Ajyal Film Festival are available for purchase at the Ajyal Main Box Office located in Katara Building 10; at the Ajyal Box Office at VOX Cinemas Doha Festival City for screenings taking place at VOX Cinemas; and from the Novo Cinemas Box Office for screenings at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. For ticket purchase and up-to-date information on the Ajyal Film Festival, please visit: https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/ticketinformation https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/films

2019 Ajyal Film Festival’s Official Partners include: Katara Cultural Village – Cultural Partner; Qatar National Tourism Council – Principal Partner; Novo Cinemas, Ooredoo – Strategic Partner, St. Regis Doha - Signature Partner.

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When Macedonian Orchestra meet Sankardeva’s Borgeet

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Talented Music composer Anurag Saikia released the first part of the Project Borgeet, a fusion between West and East, in YouTube as he attempted to bring together the600-year-old Borgeet with the Macedonian symphonic orchestra. It was a divine experience, said Anurag who had made a name in Mumbai with a string of success. He said in […]

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At a Glance - Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, November II 2019 - 29-11-2019

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The November II plenary session highlights included the vote on the new European Commission, agreement on the 2020 budget, and Parliament's declaration of a climate emergency. Parliament adopted positions on preparation for COP25, and on the Istanbul Convention, and also debated statements by the Vice-President of the European Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP) on Eastern Neighbourhood developments, on the situation in Israel and Palestine, and on the situation in the Middle East, including the crises in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. Debates took place, inter alia, on Commission and Council statements on: the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution; on the EU response to the impact of extreme weather events; on discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people; on the World Trade Organization Appellate Body; as well as on the protection of forest and environmental defenders in the EU. The 2019 Lux Prize, which tells the story of a young woman's feminist struggle in conservative North Macedonian society, was awarded to God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija, directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska.

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Europei 2020, l'Italia nel girone con Galles, Svizzera e Turchia. Mancini: "Non ci sentiamo favoriti"

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Il sorteggio dei gironi delle fasi finali degli Europei 2020 sorride all’Italia di Roberto Mancini. Gli Azzurri scenderanno in campo all’Olimpico di Roma contro la Turchia per poi sfidare anche la Svizzera e il Galles. “Le squadre sono tutte competitive. siamo comunque alla fase finale. Certo poteva capitare anche la Francia, ma il nostro è un gruppo equilibrato. Noi stiamo facendo le cose per bene ma c’è da lavorare tanto e migliorare molto da qui all’inizio del torneo, ha detto il ct. Quanto alle previsioni non si sbilancia: “Siamo favoriti? Le partite sono da giocare, e le squadre che affrontiamo sono tutte competitive. Ci aiuta il fatto di giocare in Italia”.

 Le 12 città che ospiteranno la manifestazione sono: Copenaghen, Bucarest, Amsterdam, Dublino, Bilbao, Budapest, Glasgow, Baku, Roma, Monaco di Baviera, San Pietroburgo e Londra. La competizione si concluderà allo stadio Wembley di Londra con le 2 semifinali (in programma 7-8 luglio) e la finalissima il 12 luglio.

Ecco l’elenco completo dei gironi:

- Gruppo A (città ospitanti, Roma e Baku): Italia, Svizzera, Turchia, Galles;


- Gruppo B (San Pietroburgo e Copenaghen), Belgio, Russia, Danimarca, Finlandia;


- Gruppo C (Amsterdam e Bucarest): Ucraina, Olanda, Austria e la vincente degli spareggi del percorso ‘A’ (solo se Romania) o ‘D’ (Georgia, Macedonia del Nord, Kosovo, Bielorussia);

- Gruppo D (Londra e Glasgow): Inghilterra, Croazia, Repubblica Ceca e una proveniente dagli spareggi di marzo (Scozia, Norvegia, Serbia, Israele);


- Gruppo E (Bilbao e Dublino): Spagna, Polonia, Svezia, e una proveniente dagli spareggi di marzo (Bosnia, Slovacchia, Irlanda, Irlanda del Nord);


- Gruppo F (Monaco e Budapest): Germania, Francia, Portogallo e la vincente degli spareggi del percorso ‘A’ (Islanda, Bulgaria, Ungheria) o ‘D’ (Georgia, Macedonia del Nord, Kosovo, Bielorussia).


          

Balkan dil birliği ve türkçe

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Balkan dil birliği ve türkçe Boyacıoğlu, Aycan 19. yüzyılda Ferdinand de Saussere’nin yazılarına dayanarak Avrupa’da yapısal dilbilim ortaya çıktı. 20.yy.da bu akım, çağdaş dilbilimin gelişiminde belirleyici bir rol oynayarak 20li ve 30lu yıllarda Prag dilbilim ekollü yapısal dilbilimin esas olarak alındığı “dil birliği” teorisini ortaya attı (Trubetskoy). Bu teori; çeşitli dil gruplarının veya ailelerinin tarih boyunca çok fazla temasta bulunmasıyla ilkel yapısının değişerek ortak yapısal benzerlikler oluşturabileceği görüşündeydi. Dil birlikleri de bu şekilde oluştu. Bu teorinin en önemli örneklerinden biri de Balkan Dil Birliği’dir. İçerdiği diller Bulgarca/Makedonca, Rumence, Arumence, Arnavutça ve Yunancadır. Bu diller yapısal bakımdan birçok benzerliği paylaşmaktadır. Bu tezde Balkan Dil Birliği’ni inceleyen Balkanolojinin bölgesel dilbilimin ayrı bir kolu olarak ortaya çıkmasını ve gelişimini inceleyeceğiz. Balkan coğrafyası içerisinde yer alan Türkiye’nin dili Türkçe Balkanoloji’den dışlanmıştır. Dışlanma sebepleri ise yapısal dilbilime göre zengin ekleşme ve oldukça gelişmiş hal sistemine sahip olan Türkçe, yapısı bakımından bükümlü ve analitik diller olduğundan Balkan dillerine taban tabana zıt bir dildir. Bu sebeple Balkan Dil Birliği ile uğraşan dilbilimciler Türkçeyi Balkan dili olarak görmemişler ve fiilen dilbilimsel Balkanoloji’den dışlamışlardır. Yani Türkçe yalnızca coğrafi açıdan Balkan dilleri arasında yerini alırken dilbilim açısından Balkan dili olarak kabul edilmemiştir. Türkçenin Balkan dilleri üzerine etkisi, yalnızca leksikoloji alanında sınırlanmıştır, oysa ki Türk dili yapısal dilbilimde de karşımıza çıkmaktadır.; In the 19th century, a structural linguistics emerged in Europe based on the writings of Ferdinand de Saussere. In the twentieth century, this movement played a decisive role in the development of contemporary linguistics and introduced the theory of ğı language unity bir (Trubetskoy), in which, in the 20s and 30s, Prague linguistics was based on structural linguistics. This theory; The fact that various language groups or their families had too much contact throughout history, could change their primitive structure and create common structural similarities. This is the way the language associations. One of the most important examples of this theory is the Balkan Language Association. The languages included are Bulgarian / Macedonian, Romanian, Arumence, Albanian and Greek. These languages share many similarities in structural terms. In this thesis, we will examine the emergence and development of Balkanology as a separate branch of regional linguistics. Located language of Turkey in the Balkans were excluded from the Turkish Balkanology. The reasons for exclusion are Turkish language, which is rich in terms of structural linguistics and has a highly developed state system, and is diametrically opposed to Balkan languages because it is twisted and analytical languages in terms of structure. For this reason, the linguists dealing with the Balkan Language Association did not consider Turkish as Balkan language and de facto excluded it from linguistic Balkanology. In other words, Turkish is not only accepted as a Balkan language in terms of linguistics while it is one of the Balkan languages. The influence of Turkish on Balkan languages is limited not only in lexicology but also in structural linguistics.
          

Çavuşoğlu: AB, Makedonya konusunda sözünde durmayı başaramadı

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Dışişleri Bakanı Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu yaptığı açıklamada Makedonya konusunda AB'yi eleştirdi 'NATO olarak biz sözümüzü tuttuk ve sizi davet ettik. Maalesef AB sözünde durmayı başaramadı' dedi.

Dışişleri Bakanı Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Kuzey Makedonya'nın NATO müttefiki olmak, müzakereleri başlatmak ve AB'ye kabul edilmek için ismini değiştirdiğini belirterek, "NATO olarak biz sözümüzü tuttuk ve sizi davet ettik. Maalesef AB sözünde durmayı başaramadı" dedi.

Bakan Çavuşoğlu, şunları söyledi:

"Makedonya Büyükelçisi, Yunan arkadaşlarımız kusura bakmasınlar, halen 'Makedonya' diyorum. Neden çünkü isminizi değiştirdiniz. Neden isminizi değiştirdiniz? Çünkü NATO müttefiki olmak için ve müzakereleri başlatmak ve AB'ye kabul edilmek için. NATO olarak biz sözümüzü tuttuk ve sizi davet ettik. Maalesef AB sözünde durmayı başaramadı. Kabul müzakerelerine davet edilmediniz, bu faydanıza değil. (Kuzey Makedonya Cumhuriyeti Ankara Büyükelçisi) Büyükelçi Zvonko Mucunski iş birliği yapıyor ve gerçekten yardımcı oluyor, teşekkür ederim."

 


          

Release GCompris 0.97

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Hi,
We are pleased to announce the release of GCompris version 0.97.

This new version contains 2 new activities:

  • A programming maze: to learn the basics of programming with a few instructions
  • Baby tangram: to learn the basics of tangram (this activity corresponds to the lowest levels of previous tangram activity)

And a lot of new features:

  • new sub-categories to organize activities
  • new background music feature and audio tracks
  • new volume settings for audio effects
  • new speed setting in several activities (gletters, algebra, readingh, note_names)
  • new feature in chess activities to display captured pieces
  • new option to go to next level manually in drawletters and drawnumbers
  • new voices for en_US
  • new images for colors activity
  • new images for advanced_colors activity
  • new images for target activity
  • improve settings layout
  • improve share activity layout
  • improve categorisation activity layout
  • resource files are now stored in KDE server (https://cdn.kde.org/)
  • add a tutorial to even/odd numbers
  • add intro to piano_composition
  • add malayalam dataset to gletters
  • add breton dataset to wordsgame
  • fix voices not playing in geography
  • fix sounds not playing in mining
  • fix portrait mode in binary_bulb
  • fix high cpu load in menu
  • fix hint image size in photo_hunter
  • fix layout in color_mix
  • and lots of other small fixes…

You can find packages of this new version for GNU/Linux, Windows and MacOS on the download page. This update will also be available soon in the Android Play store and the Windows store. For Raspberry Pi, we’ll provide an installer soon. The updated version for iOS is still not available. Note that the MacOS package is not yet notarized, we will look at doing this during next year.

On the voices side, we added a new voice “try again” which is used in several activities instead of “check answer”. You can check on this page if this voice is available in your language: https://gcompris.net/voicestats/ (in the “Misc” section). You can help us by providing a nice recording of your voice for all the missing entries in your native language.

On the translation side, we have 20 languages fully supported: Basque, Brazilian Portuguese, Breton, British English, Catalan, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, French, Galician, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Malayalam, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian.

We also have 15 languages partially supported: Belarusian (65%), Catalan (Valencian 95%), Chinese Simplified (66%), Estonian (93%), Finnish (86%), German (96%), Hindi (73%), Hungarian (95%), Indonesian (95%), Irish Gaelic (78%), Norwegian Nynorsk (93%), Russian (76%), Scottish Gaelic (67%), Slovenian (54%), Turkish (95%).

Usually we only ship translations that are at least 80% complete. However several translations dropped way below 80% (especially Slovenian, Belarusian and Scottish Gaelic ; but also Hindi, Russian and Irish Gaelic). We decided to keep those exceptionally for this release, and hope to see former or new translators complete those translations. If we get updates or new translations, we will make a release update.

So if your language is in the partially supported list, or is not yet supported at all, and you want to help, please contact us and we will give you instructions to get started translating.

Another way to help is to write some posts in your community about GCompris, and don’t hesitate to give us feedbacks.

Notes:

  • For the Malayalam language, we noticed some issues with the default font “Andika-R”. We recommend Malayalam users to select the font Noto-Sans-Malayalam or RaghuMalaylamSans from the application menu (if it is not available in the list you need to install this font on your system to be able to select it).

Thank you all,
Timothée & Johnny


          

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Paesaggi balcanici: Prizren, la «città d'arte» del Kosovo, un ponte che guarda al futuro

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Statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, following his meeting with his Dutch counterpart, Stef Blok (Athens, 28 November 2019)

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N. DENDIAS: Good morning. It is a great pleasure to welcome the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Stef Blok, to Athens today. As you know, Greece and the Netherlands have close relations, which was confirmed by the recent visit of Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Our bilateral relations are developing positively on the political and economic levels, but of course, as always, there is room for improvement. Greece’s economic recovery and the new institutional framework the Hellenic Parliament has passed have rendered Greece a major investment destination. So, we can achieve much more by capitalising on our comparative advantages and on Dutch good practices in the sector of economic diplomacy, on which we will continue to work together. At this point, allow me to make special mention of the Dutch initiative, the “Orange Grove” platform, which benefits Greek start-ups in particular. And I also warmly thank Mr. Blok for providing know-how on economic diplomacy, which is now fully based at our Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and on which we are following the Dutch example of good practices. Mr. Blok and I today discussed the European perspective of the Western Balkans. I had the opportunity to brief him on my trip to North Macedonia and my extraordinary visit to Albania, due to the disastrous earthquake. These are two countries waiting on the threshold of our common family, the European Union. Their European perspective, like the European perspective of the other countries in the region, must be encouraged. It is the only way to consolidate the security, stability and prosperity of our neighbourhood. I listened closely to my colleague’s views, exploring ways to shape the conditions within the European Union so that these two countries can move ahead to the next step, on the strict condition, of course, that they comply with the criteria regarding their progress with reforms. It is a lively debate that we will continue. We also talked about the developments in the Cyprus issue and in Greek-Turkish relations. The trilateral meeting in Berlin, which confirmed the commitment to a solution based on the resolutions of the UN Security Council, was certainly a positive step. We look forward to the continuation of the UN Secretary-General’s efforts. Of course, Turkey’s role is always crucial. I am referring to the illegal actions in the maritime zones of the Republic of Cyprus – actions that the European Union has condemned – and to Turkey’s broader stance on the efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue. I also highlighted Turkey’s violations of international legality in the Aegean. Moreover, I underscored to my colleague Turkey’s exploitation of the migration issue – in other words, its use of a humanitarian and pan-European challenge – to serve its own ends. Greece and the Netherlands recognise the need to support Turkey so that it can meet the great challenge of the migration crisis, but we want to see similar responsibility on the part of Turkey in implementing the agreements and in its conduct towards refugees and migrants. Today I had the opportunity to convey to my colleague what has been stressed by Mr. Mitsotakis to all of our interlocutors: just as Greece is exhausting its every capability to protect the European Union’s borders, our partners – allow me to underscore this, all of our partners – need to share this burden and meet their obligations. This is why Greece supports the revision of the common European asylum system in the direction of solidarity and fair burden-sharing. Concluding, I would like to express my warm thanks to Mr. Blok for visiting Athens today and for the constructive talks and his stance. Thank you very much. […] MFA SPOKESPERSON: We will take a limited number of questions. Please state the name of the media outlet you represent and your name. JOURNALIST: I’m from Greek Radio, ERT. My name is Katerina Fryssa. The question is for both Ministers. Whether you have agreed to cooperate more closely on the refugee/migration issue. N. DENDIAS: Thank you for the question. As you can understand, and I think this was obvious from Mr. Blok’s statement, it was an important part of our talks. We talked, first of all, about how we can improve our reception system – not just the Greek system, but the European system. We talked about what we can do to achieve fairer burden-sharing – and beyond that, how we can directly get the Turkish side to meet its responsibilities. Acknowledging, of course, that Turkey is carrying a burden, with which the European Union has assisted in the past and is willing to continue to assist, but at the same time making it clear to Turkey that it cannot violate the agreements or use the migration issue as leverage. In other words, it cannot use the flows of migrants to exert pressure on the European Union or Greece. I think this is the view of Greece, Holland and the European Union. Of course, with regard to Holland, the Minister himself will express his views. […] JOURNALIST: Giorgos Vlavianos, from STAR. A question for Mr. Dendias. Minister, I would like to ask if you are concerned about the Turkish letter to the UN. How we intend to respond and whether our sending a Greek ambassador to Tripoli is being moved forward due to the contents of this letter. Thank you. N. DENDIAS: First of all, the Turkish letter to the United Nations didn’t say anything that was new to us. These are claims Turkey has also made in the past. Of course, if you ask me whether I was pleased by the letter, the answer is no, I was not at all pleased. We believe Turkey made a mistake. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already issued a relevant statement. I think that, in the clearest and sternest language, it completely rejected the Turkish claims, which are totally groundless. If one can use the term “groundless” in reference to something that concerns the sea. But in any event, it is completely unacceptable. Greece will respond to these claims in the appropriate manner, in a detailed response that we will send to the United Nations, to all of the states of the General Assembly and to all the members of the Security Council. We believe, and I repeat, that Turkey needs to realise that it is in its own interest to have good neighbourly relations with Greece and to encourage the settlement of the Cyprus problem. Anything else it does is, I think, damaging to its own interests and the interests of Turkish society. With regard to the Libyan issues, I assume that behind this is the question that has to do with what I think was an ill-advised, not to say completely irrational, attempt to start a discussion – we assume, we don’t know for sure, even though the Libyan Foreign Minister, when I met with him in New York, did not deny there were Turkish proposals in this direction – on delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone between Turkey and Libya. I must say that an attempt such as this betrays an ignorance of geography, because it ignores something that I think everyone has observed: that between the two countries there is the large geographical mass of Crete. So I think an effort such as this, borders on the ridiculous, and I would like to say that Greece is prepared to send an Ambassador to Libya when the conditions allow for his or her residence there. MFA SPOKESPERSON: Thank you very much.
          

2019.11.40: Macedonia - Alexandria: Monumental Funerary Complexes of the late Classical and Hellenistic Age

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Review of Dorota Gorzelany, Macedonia - Alexandria: Monumental Funerary Complexes of the late Classical and Hellenistic Age. Oxford: 2019. Pp. iv, 236. £32.00. ISBN 9781789691368.
          

It’s No Longer Just Donald Trump Questioning What NATO Does

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It’s No Longer Just Donald Trump Questioning What NATO Does(Bloomberg) -- What was conceived as a celebration for one of the world’s most important military alliances risks becoming a show of disunity -- and this time it’s not because of anything Donald Trump has said or done.Meeting in London this week, leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have two other presidents to worry about: France’s Emmanuel Macron, who recently has openly questioned the collective defense clause at NATO’s heart, and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has troubled alliance members with his decisions to send troops into Syria and buy a Russian anti-missile system.To make matters worse, Macron and Erdogan are now trading insults in public.In fact, so much has changed since then-Prime Minister Theresa May offered to host the two-day commemoration of NATO’s 70th anniversary that her successor, Boris Johnson could be forgiven for wishing she hadn’t.“I will tell you again at NATO, first check your own brain death,” Erdogan said, addressing Macron in a speech from Istanbul on Friday. He was referring to an interview the French leader gave last month in which he not only criticized Turkey, but described the alliance as brain dead.With three significant member states bringing conflicting agendas to the table at a gathering that takes place in the closing stretch of a charged U.K. election campaign, the event risks fanning concern about NATO’s future, rather than celebrating what alliance officials and leaders routinely call the most successful military grouping in history.Why NATO, at 70, Is Facing New Doubt and CriticismOfficials from the U.S. and Britain were at pains last week to highlight NATO’s successes, including a renewed sense of purpose since Russia’s 2014 aggression in Ukraine. Defense spending is on the rise and NATO is expanding into counter-terrorism, cyber security, and now even space.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pushed back against Macron’s portrayal of the alliance as ailing. The two met in Paris last week.And the alliance does continue to attract. North Macedonia, set to join next year, will bring the leaders at the table this week to 30, up from 15 when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.Such accomplishments however are being drowned out by the increasingly public dispute over what NATO should focus on, and what it should stand for. In an apparent attempt to contain the debate, Germany has proposed forming an expert group to report on the future political shape of the alliance.Macron drove Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel to make a spirited defense of the alliance last week, telling lawmakers in Berlin that “Europe cannot currently defend itself alone.” Long part of the glue that has solidified NATO, Merkel’s position is now under threat at home, however, after her center-left coalition partner elected a new, more radical leadership.Erdogan May Seek EU Money Even as He Trades Insults With MacronA senior U.S. official said on Friday that Trump would prioritize enlisting NATO to push back against China’s growing influence. The official said Trump would also press allies to increase defense spending and to exclude Chinese companies from the construction of 5G mobile networks, something many have been unwilling to do.Instead of containing China, Macron wants NATO to prioritize the fight against terrorism. Thirteen French soldiers died in Mali last week and a lone terrorist on Friday killed two people in London. A French official said Macron also plans to press for greater “operational” burden-sharing as a way of complementing Trump’s push for Europe to carry more of the alliance’s financial burden.Erdogan, meanwhile, is demanding acceptance of Turkish goals in northern Syria, including classifying as a terrorist threat the Kurdish militias that have fought Islamic State alongside other NATO allies. He also rubbed salt into another open wound in Turkey’s ties with Western allies, by unpacking and testing the NATO non-compatible S-400 air defense system he recently bought from Russia.NATO Foresees More Europe Defense Outlays as It Braces for TrumpAnd that’s all before Trump makes his first tweet at the event. The U.S. president will arrive distracted by pressures at home, where he is the subject of impeachment proceedings.“It will be a great tribute to how much all the NATO allies value the institution if we manage to get through this leaders meeting without President Trump, President Macron or President Erdogan doing something damaging to the alliance,” said Kori Schake, a former National Security Council official in the George W. Bush administration who is now deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.The shortened time frame –- formal sessions will take only about four hours -- may limit the potential for damage. Long term NATO watchers also caution against exaggerating the dangers of intra-alliance tensions, which aren’t new to an organization that includes countries with differing geographies and security priorities.Macron’s questioning of the collective defense commitment at NATO’s heart is dangerous, but in many ways he is simply reverting to France’s traditionally semi-detached status. President Charles De Gaulle pulled out of the organization’s military command structure in 1966, and France rejoined only in 2009.Macron Says NATO Should Shift Its Focus Away From Russia“It’s not a fashionable view, I know,” said Sir Adam Thomson, the U.K.’s envoy to NATO from 2014-2016, but NATO “has been pursuing a new vision since the end of the Cold War and, to some extent, it’s already got a lot of the material.”He cited three new roles since the Cold War: Crisis management in places like Afghanistan, keeping a lid on potential disputes between members in eastern Europe, and building partnerships with dozens of non-member countries.As the site of NATO’s first headquarters, London was a natural choice for this week’s anniversary. It was also supposed to make a statement on the global stature of a new post-Brexit Britain.Johnson Plans Major Review of U.K.’s Defense, Foreign PolicyBrexit, however, has since been delayed. Johnson also called a snap election for Dec. 12. With anti-Trump protests planned, the opposition Labour Party hopes to capitalize on the U.S. president’s unpopularity and friendship with Johnson.Were Johnson to lose to Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, that would give NATO yet another individual to worry about at its next summit, due in 2021.Over his career the socialist firebrand has called NATO “a danger to world peace and a danger to world security”. He has more recently fallen into line with party policy, which is for the U.K. to stay in the alliance, but he’d likely prove another awkward partner.The last time Britain hosted NATO leaders, in 2014, he told an anti-NATO rally the end of the Cold War “should have been the time for NATO to shut up shop, give up, go home and go away.”\--With assistance from Onur Ant, Geraldine Amiel and Justin Sink.To contact the reporters on this story: Marc Champion in London at mchampion7@bloomberg.net;Jonathan Stearns in Brussels at jstearns2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rosalind Mathieson at rmathieson3@bloomberg.net, Flavia Krause-JacksonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



          

Jan 01, North Macedonia: New Year's Day

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Macedonia police officer struck by vehicle on Route 82

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MACEDONIA — A Macedonia police officer was struck by a vehicle while working at the scene of e vehicular accident on Route 82, between Chamberlin Road and Shepherd Road, according to a social media post by the city of Macedonia.According to a social media post from the Macedonia Police Department, the officer was being evaluated for a possible broken ankle.The officer was being transported, but his injuries were not believed to be critical, according to [...]
          

Andersen Global Premieres in North Macedonia

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Health Tourism: Largest IVF clinic in Southeastern Europe launched in Greece

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The largest fertility and IVF medical center in south-eastern Europe were inaugurated on Thursday in the city of Thessaloniki by Central Macedonia Regional Governor, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, greekcitytimes.com reports. iki was founded by the Athens Medical group and happens to be the only such facility in Greece
          

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“A competir con responsabilidad”

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El entrenador del Bidasoa Irun, Jacobo Cuétara, aseguró este jueves que el conjunto bidasotarra viajará este viernes a Macedonia del Norte “a competir al máximo, pero rotando y reservando gente. Si no, sería una irresponsabilidad por mi parte teniendo en cuenta que tenemos tres partidos muy importantes”. “Jugar un partido de la VELUX EHF Champions League, en Macedonia del Norte…
          

Boutari Grande Reserve Xinomavro 2013, Naoussa Greece

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Alc./Vol.: 12.5% Wine Review: Made from Xinomavro, a beautiful Greek grape variety that is not well known here in Canada and is hard to find in Ontario stores. This Red comes from Naoussa, in the Macedonia area of Greece which produces fantastic Xinomavro. Aged 2 years in oak barrels and then 2 years in the… Read More Boutari Grande Reserve Xinomavro 2013, Naoussa Greece
          

Climate Action Day: A Just Transition from Coal Where No One is Left Behind

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Republic Thermal Power Plant, Bulgaria © WWF-BulgariaEvery region and every community is different. As EU countries wake up to the climate emergency and the need for a swift transition to a sustainable and carbon-neutral society, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need regional and community-level transition strategies to ensure that no one is left behind. Indeed, the UN Paris Climate Agreement itself recognises this. The countries in the Danube Basin, Green Heart of Europe are no exception.

Phasing out fossil fuel-based electricity generation, especially coal, is a prerequisite for fulfilling the European Union's commitment to the Paris Agreement and the leadership role the EU strives to have in global climate policy. Not all regions will automatically benefit from the transition to net-zero emissions. However, with proactive and inclusive management, the transition can be a driver for sustainable economic development and social progress everywhere. Such a major change must be accompanied by a comprehensive Just Transition strategy aiming at minimising hardships for workers and their communities in the associated industries through active political and financial support, as well as shifting local economies towards sustainable economic activities.
 
A Just Transition from Coal in Eastern and Southern Europe Project
The goal of this project is to develop tailor-made transition strategies away from coal and towards sustainable economic activities to economically transform specific regions in Bulgaria (Southwest Bulgaria), Greece (Western Macedonia), and Poland (Silesia). The work is being supported by best practice examples from Germany. A key message is to make the stakeholders from Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, as well as Germany and Brussels recognise "just transition" as a fully legitimate part of climate change policy.
 
WWF's call for a just transition to a sustainable and carbon-neutral society by 2050 and a New Deal for Nature and People requires action and engagement from all stakeholders to develop and implement bespoke economic diversification and transition plans. To ensure public acceptance and transparency, the project includes capacity-building workshops in Bulgaria, Greece and Poland to engage local stakeholders, trade unions, journalists and civil society organisations, as well as relevant regional, national, and EU decision-makers. Study trips for relevant stakeholders are organised in each of the four countries to learn about the regional challenges and experiences with transition so far, and to meet local stakeholders. The study trips catalyse cross-fertilisation of ideas amongst the stakeholders from the different regions. Moreover, a range of advocacy activities are being conducted towards national and EU institutions with the objective of raising awareness on just transition among policy makers so as to make it an appropriately funded, integral component of national and European climate policy.
 
Signs of Change
On October 16 in Brussels, a group of 41 mayors from 10 coal regions in 9 European countries launched  a statement supporting a just transition to the post-coal era, including mayors from Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Two of the mayors presented this statement to the EU Commission's Deputy Director-General for Energy, Klaus-Dieter Borchardt at the meeting of the EU "Coal Regions in Transition Platform." The Platform aims to help regions overcome their dependence on coal by developing sustainable economic activities.
 
A recent study by WWF-Bulgaria in the southwest coal region in Bulgaria provides 3 scenarios for possible development of the region. The study will become the basis for an active public discussion that will catalyse solutions based on the region's advantages. They should overcome the gradual depopulation and depersonalization of the territory and should lead to the formation of prosperous and attractive areas for the development of sustainable economic activities. Decarbonisation policies and measures may in fact become the driving force for sustainable economic growth and social progress. This can be done with the active participation of the employees and workers who are most directly affected.

The analysis is an attempt to plan the future of coal regions in Bulgaria and to serve as a tool for policy planning and long-term strategic decision-making first in the districts of Pernik, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad and Sofia (without the city of Sofia); mainly in the municipalities of Bobov Dol (Bobovdol field) and Pernik (Pernik field), as well as the already non-operational Simitli (Pirin field) and Gotse Delchev (Kanina mine)
 
The Energy Situation
The total coal reserves in Southwest Bulgaria are estimated to be small, consisting predominantly of lignite. Struma Province contains 85% of the lignite deposits and reserves in Bulgaria. The area includes the Bobovdol field, Pernik field and Pirin field. There are two operational thermal power plants (TPPs) in the region. Closing down TPP Bobov Dol (Bobov Dol municipality and TPP Republika (Pernik municipality) will leave an annual 903,781 MWh energy gap that will need to be filled by alternative sustainable sources.
 
Economic Alternatives
There are over 150 protected areas of all types in Southwest Bulgaria, including two of the country's three national parks: Rila NationalPark (the largest in Bulgaria) and Pirin National Park (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). These conditions favour the development of various forms of tourism, organic farming, organic stock-breeding, sustainable forestry and fishing. Moving in this direction would also comply with the desire that economic activities should be compatible with the conservation of valuable species, habitats and nature in general. This fact should be a prerequisite for a sustainable future and be taken into account when deciding on alternative economic investments in the region.
 
Scenarios Outlined in the Study
  • Scenario 1: Maintaining the Status Quo is extremely insufficient to bring about changes in the socio-economic situation of the region, the demographic trends and the investment climate. It could ultimately lead to an unplanned closure of the energy and coal industry in its present form, a situation which does not meet the objectives of a just transition to a clean energy economy. Therefore Scenario 1 is not recommended.
  • Scenario 2: based on the Internal Opportunities and Advantages of the region provides for economic and territorial transformation. This transformation must overcome the extraction and burning of coal, but at the same time should preserve the regional economy. This comes close to the goals of just transition.
  • Scenario 3: A "Creative Upgrade" with the participation of foreign investors is the most favourable for the region. The scenario envisages complete economic and territorial transformation, overcoming the negative demographic trends and establishing a favourable investment climate  – factors that can lead to the achievement of a just transition.
The present analysis is not a panacea; it does not discuss all the possible solutions, nor does it propose all possible measures and actions that could be taken. Their number cannot be exhausted within a single document. Nevertheless, it is a necessary begin the process of transition to a clean energy economy in order to create new growth. Regardless of which route will be chosen, it will be long and will require the efforts not only of those directly employed in the coal mining and coal burning sector, but also of the state, business, trade unions, regions and the non-governmental sector.
 
Meanwhile, while not part of the WWF project, the CEE Bankwatch Network supported local residents in Slovakia to get a Just Transition plan for the Slovak Upper Nitra coal region approved in June, 2019. The local community had been working to prepare their inputs and scenarios for the transformation of the region since 2018. CEE Bankwatch says that while the plan rejects Hornonitrianske bane Prievidza's (HBP) scheme to open a new mine at the Novaky Coal Complex, and local input has resulted in a plan that aims for "developing economic activities in symbiosis with a clean environment," it fails to set a clear date for the phase-out of coal in Slovakia. If the Action Plan had contained clear commitments to put an end to coal, Slovakia could have become a true model of good practice for Central and Eastern Europe and show how other coal regions in neighbouring countries could transition away from coal in a participatory manner.  Without a coal phase-out, however, the plans for carbon neutrality are more difficult to implement. The organisation says that the Slovak Government should muster the courage to set a deadline for coal. This would be the definitive sign that the Action Plan is taken seriously and will be implemented. Even so, it is a true victory for local communities in the Upper Nitra.
 
Next Steps
In order to assist regional and national authorities develop strategies for, and implementing a just transition at the regional level, guidelines in the form of Seven Golden Rules were identified by the partners of the Europe Beyond Coal Network. The full implementation of these rules will ensure effective stakeholder participation in the process of selecting and implementing projects, without which the transition strategies will be much less effective, or could even be counterproductive. Applying these rules will be important to enable a speedy, socially-just regional transformation beyond coal in line with the EU's obligations under the UN Paris Climate Agreement. We call on the European Commission to adopt these guidelines to ensure a just and sustainable transition for all.
 
Just Transition in Eastern and Southern Europe contributes to local development in the target regions by having a positive in all the important aspects of the transition process – social, economic and environmental. The project is funded through the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
 
For more information:
Georgi Stefanov
Chief Climate and Energy Expert, WWF-Bulgaria
Tel: +359 889 517 976
Email: gstefanov@wwf.bg
www.wwf.bg / www.climatebg.org  
Skype: zoro_stefano
          

US Ratifies North Macedonia's Admission to NATO in Line With October Senate Vote - Pompeo

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States has officially greenlighted North Macedonia's admission to NATO bringing the Balkan nation a step closer to full-fledged membership in the alliance, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.
          

Turkey must respect international law, Commission spokesman says

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The European Union has repeatedly stressed to Turkey that it must respect international law and maintain good relations with neighboring countries, a European Commission spokesman said Monday, according to a report by state-run Athens-Macedonia new agency.


          

North Macedonia: North Macedonia Increases VAT Registration Threshold From 2020 - Eurofast

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The Ministry of Finance of North Macedonia has announced an increase of the VAT-registration taxable turnover threshold from MKD 1 million to MKD 2 million per year.
          

Germany detains Daesh German police detained three people in the western city of Offenbach Tuesday on suspicion of planning a bomb attack on behalf of the Daesh militant group, prosecutors said. AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): German police detained three people in the western city of Offenbach Tuesday on suspicion of planning a bomb attack on behalf of the Daesh militant group, prosecutors said. The three suspects wanted to kill as many people as possible in the planned attack in the Rhine-Main

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The post Germany detains Daesh German police detained three people in the western city of Offenbach Tuesday on suspicion of planning a bomb attack on behalf of the Daesh militant group, prosecutors said. AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): German police detained three people in the western city of Offenbach Tuesday on suspicion of planning a bomb attack on behalf of the Daesh militant group, prosecutors said. The three suspects wanted to kill as many people as possible in the planned attack in the Rhine-Main region, Frankfurt prosecutor Nadja Niesen said in a statement. No specific attack targets were yet known but evidence seized from raids of three homes in Offenbach should shed some light, she added. The main suspect is a 24-year-old German of Macedonian origin who wanted to manufacture explosives and had tried to buy a weapon online. His two accomplices are Turkish nationals aged 22 and 21. The three suspects are believed to have told people in the past that they identified themselves as Daesh supporters, Niesen said. Substances that could be used to make explosives and equipment were found at the main suspect’s home, she said. The authorities also secured written documents and electronic data. Niesen said a decision would be made on Wednesday on whether all three suspects or only one would be brought before the investigating judge at a court in Frankfurt. The judge will decide whether to issue an arrest warrant and order pre-trial detention. suspects over attack plan appeared first on Bismillah Electricals.


          

WIPO Sub-Regional Seminar on Patent Information and Databases

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Dec 3, 2019 (Skopje, North Macedonia)
          

Glaustai - Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, November II 2019 - 29-11-2019

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The November II plenary session highlights included the vote on the new European Commission, agreement on the 2020 budget, and Parliament's declaration of a climate emergency. Parliament adopted positions on preparation for COP25, and on the Istanbul Convention, and also debated statements by the Vice-President of the European Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP) on Eastern Neighbourhood developments, on the situation in Israel and Palestine, and on the situation in the Middle East, including the crises in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. Debates took place, inter alia, on Commission and Council statements on: the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution; on the EU response to the impact of extreme weather events; on discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people; on the World Trade Organization Appellate Body; as well as on the protection of forest and environmental defenders in the EU. The 2019 Lux Prize, which tells the story of a young woman's feminist struggle in conservative North Macedonian society, was awarded to God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija, directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska.

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Violence and peace

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By Lyndsey Medford

The wars

Last spring, my husband, Nate, and I traveled to Croatia for vacation. One afternoon during our trip we ventured to a family farm and spent the day tasting the fruits of the family’s labors. As our host, who was in his late twenties, drove us back into the city, Nate asked him about the country’s history. He replied that his earliest memories included watching the news of the war ravaging the country and “wondering where my father was.” He continued, “At the end of the war, he came back from the fighting; I was afraid of him because he had a beard and I didn’t recognize him. He returned to work on the farm and got his life back. Some of the other soldiers never have.”

It’s been 24 years since the official end of the Yugoslav wars that eventually led to the formation of the countries of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia. The wars were sparked by several rival ethnic groups who clashed over various nationalist independence movements after living as neighbors for centuries. These struggles were spurred on by more recent political resentments, religious differences and quests for vengeance over generations-old wrongs.

These ethnic differences had been suppressed under the Yugoslavian Communist regime, whose power and cohesion slowly began to erode after the death of Josip Broz Tito, the man who ruled as a dictator for more than 35 years until his death in 1980. Following his death, opportunistic politicians began to exaggerate nationalist sentiments as a strategy to grab power. With these rifts emerging, economic crises led to declarations of independence by both Croatia and Slovenia, who were then followed by other ethnic nationalist groups.

Soldiers from each ethnic group formed armies, but the Croats, Serbs and Bosnians were the largest and most powerful groups. In contrast, ethnic Albanians and Muslim Bosniaks were relatively small minorities and therefore constituted the bulk of the 2.3 million international refugees created by the wars that followed.

These wars were marked by immense civilian casualties, genocidal massacres, mass rape and other war crimes. Over 130,000 people died as a result of these conflicts. In fact, the term “ethnic cleansing” was invented by Serbs who attempted to kill, rape or deport all Croats and Muslim Bosniaks living in Bosnia. Unsurprisingly, these acts of violence further inflamed hatreds on all sides. In several of the conflicts, the United States, the United Nations, or NATO intervened with either diplomatic strategies or military might in order to force cease-fires and peace agreements.

As a result of the conflicts, millions of people were displaced from their homes, and the entire region suffered severe economic losses from the costs of the fighting, destruction of property, years of destabilization and ongoing trauma.

Exclusion & Embrace

In 2000, Christianity Today named Exclusion & Embrace by theologian Miroslav Volf one of the most influential books of the 20th century. Volf, a Croatian living in the United States, wrote the book only a few years after the end of the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Volf had presented a paper comparing God’s love to an “embrace,” but found himself caught when he asked the question, “But could you embrace a Chetnik (a Serbian fighter)?” His search for an answer in light of Christ’s life and death led him to write Exclusion & Embrace.

After witnessing massacres of his own people, Volf’s advocacy of nonviolence is profound. Yet at the same time, he reminds us:

Jesus’s mission certainly did not consist merely in passively receiving violence. . . . The pure negativity of nonviolence is barren. . . . At best, oppressors can safely disregard it; at worst, they can see themselves indirectly justified by it. To be significant, nonviolence must be part of a larger strategy of combating the system of terror.

(from Exclusion & Embrace, Revised and Updated, page 288)
 

In other words, the opposite of war is not nonviolence; the opposite of war is peacemaking. This includes pursuing both justice and restoration for the oppressed and repentance by oppressors. Beyond this, peacemaking means crafting a new way forward for everyone with the desire to live together in love. In the United States, our schools, our media, and even our politicians often present us with idealized philosophies of nonviolence, but without effective strategies for fighting injustice and the willingness to make immense sacrifices, nonviolence isn’t really a tool for change, only an endorsement of the status quo.

Those who lived through the suffering and hatred might still struggle to endorse a theology of nonviolence as completely as Volf does. International trials for the war crimes committed during the Yugoslav wars ended only two years ago. Young men who fought in the wars are now middle-aged. Both the Serbians and Croatians who fought against each other considered themselves Christians and believed God was on their side. Volf admits that following Jesus’ way is costly. For those who have endured atrocities, only the promise of God’s judgment can offer hope that true justice will be done and that true love of the enemy is possible. During Advent, we may be tempted to domesticate the idea of peace. Those of us who live fairly comfortable lives can forget that peace is often hard won by those who oppose injustice, those who stand in the gap in conflict, and those who forgive for the sake of the future. We can also forget that many people — even some in our own country — long for peace but do not currently experience it. For us, a commitment to peacemaking is a commitment to the hard work of justice and healing. 


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70 Años de la OTAN: historia de la cooperación transatlántica

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Bruselas, 2 dic (EFE).- El Tratado del Atlántico Norte, firmado en Washington hace 70 años, impulsó la OTAN, la organización política con brazo militar que ha servido de plataforma para la cooperación entre países de Europa y Norteamérica con la defensa colectiva frente a la Unión Soviética como piedra angular.

Para conmemorar el 70 aniversario de su fundación se celebrará este martes y miércoles una cumbre de sus líderes en Londres.

PRIMEROS AÑOS: REACCIÓN OCCIDENTAL AL COMUNISMO

1949: Estados Unidos, Canadá, el Reino Unido, Francia, Italia, Dinamarca, Islandia, Bélgica, Luxemburgo, Holanda, Portugal y Noruega firman el 6 de abril el Tratado de Washington y se convierten en los doce miembros fundacionales de la OTAN.

Ese mismo año se proclaman la República Popular de China y la República Democrática Alemana y, un año después, la guerra en Corea incrementa el temor internacional a la expansión comunista.

1951: Abre el cuartel general de la Alianza cerca de París.

1952: Grecia y Turquía se unen a la OTAN.

1955: La República Federal de Alemania entra en la OTAN.

Ese año la Unión Soviética, Albania, Bulgaria, Checoslovaquia, Hungría, Polonia, Rumanía y la República Democrática Alemana firman el Pacto de Varsovia, como se conoció al Tratado de Amistad, Colaboración y Asistencia Mutua del bloque del Este para contrarrestar a la OTAN.

DE LOS PRIMEROS DESENCUENTROS ENTRE ALIADOS A LA MÁXIMA TENSIÓN NUCLEAR

1956: La crisis a raíz de la nacionalización del canal de Suez enfrenta a dos aliados, Francia y el Reino Unido, que envían tropas a la zona contra la opinión de EEUU, lo que aboca a la OTAN a desarrollar más su papel como plataforma política.

1957-1958: Los aliados observan cómo la Unión Soviética pone en órbita el Sputnik, el primer satélite artificial, lo que a sus ojos demuestra su capacidad de desarrollar misiles balísticos intercontinentales.

También se firma el Tratado de Roma por el que se creó la Comunidad Económica Europea.

1961-1964: El mundo experimenta años convulsos con el levantamiento del muro de Berlín, la crisis de los misiles soviéticos en Cuba marca el punto de mayor tensión nuclear de la Guerra Fría, el presidente estadounidense John F. Kennedy es asesinado y EEUU inicia su intervención militar en Vietnam.

1966: La OTAN sufre un revés al decidir el presidente francés, Charles de Gaulle, retirar a su país del mando militar integrado de la organización para ganar autonomía, lo que conlleva el desmantelamiento de las bases estadounidenses en su territorio pero manteniendo el compromiso con la defensa colectiva.

1967: Como consecuencia de la salida de Francia del órgano de toma de decisiones de la OTAN, su cuartel general se traslada de París a Bruselas y, el cuartel general militar (SHAPE), se instala también en Bélgica, en Casteau (sur).

Además, la Alianza adopta una estrategia de 'respuesta flexible' que integra las armas atómicas en su estructura de fuerzas.

DESHIELO Y AVANCES EN TRATADOS DE DESARME

1970-1972: Los síntomas de la distensión entre Este y Oeste van cristalizando con la firma del Tratado de No Proliferación Nuclear, Estados Unidos inicia una política de deshielo con la URSS y China y se firman también los acuerdos entre EEUU y el bloque soviético sobre limitaciones de armas estratégicas (SALT I) y sistemas antimisiles balísticos.

1973: La OTAN y el Pacto de Varsovia negocian la reducción de fuerzas convencionales.

1974: La crisis del petróleo provoca una recesión mundial y la OTAN, por primera vez, incluye factores económicos en su concepto de seguridad.

Grecia abandona el brazo militar de la OTAN en protesta por la invasión turca de Chipre, para volver en 1980.

1979: Se firma el tratado SALT II pero no se ratifica por el despliegue de misiles balísticos Saber SS-20 y la invasión de Afganistán por parte de la URSS, mientras que la OTAN despliega misiles Pershing con capacidad nuclear y de crucero en Europa occidental al tiempo que continúa negociando con los soviéticos.

1981: EEUU y la URSS empiezan a negociar el tratado de reducción de misiles nucleares de corto y medio alcance (INF).

1982: España entra en la OTAN.

En los siguientes años EEUU y la URSS comienzan a negociar el tratado para la reducción de armas estratégicas (START) pero los soviéticos acaban abandonando todas las conversaciones sobre control armamentístico.

1985-1988: El presidente de la URSS, Mijaíl Gorbachov, inicia el proceso de reforma de la Unión Soviética. A continuación se firma el tratado INF, los países del Pacto de Varsovia anuncian grandes reducciones de fuerzas convencionales y las tropas soviéticas empiezan a retirarse de Afganistán.

1989: Cae el muro de Berlín.

1990: La OTAN adopta un plan para desarrollar la cooperación entre el Este y el Oeste, mientras Alemania es reunificada y la parte oriental del país entra en la Alianza.

1991: Se disuelve la Unión Soviética y también el Pacto de Varsovia, en tanto que la OTAN adapta su doctrina militar (concepto estratégico) y estructura de mando.

LA OTAN PASA A LA ACCIÓN EN LOS BALCANES

1992: La OTAN ofrece apoyo a la ONU en el conflicto de la antigua Yugoslavia mientras que la Unión Europea aprueba el Tratado de Maastricht, que contempla por primera vez una Política Común de Exteriores y Seguridad.

1994-1995: La OTAN bombardea a las fuerzas serbo-bosnias bajo mandato de la ONU y despliega fuerzas de mantenimiento de la paz en Bosnia-Herzegovina, donde los Acuerdos de Dayton ponen fin a la guerra tras cuatro años.

1996-1998: Países socios, entre ellos Rusia, empiezan a contribuir a las fuerzas de paz que lidera la OTAN en Bosnia-Herzegovina.

La Alianza firma un acuerdo especial con Rusia y firma la carta OTAN-Ucrania. Los talibanes inician su régimen en Afganistán.

1999: La República Checa, Hungría y Polonia entran en la OTAN, que lleva a cabo bombardeos para poner fin a la limpieza étnica en Kosovo, donde despliega y lidera una fuerza de mantenimiento de la paz (KFOR).

2000: Rusia ratifica el Tratado Integral de Prohibición de Pruebas y el SALT II.

EL 11S MOTIVA LA PRIMERA LLAMADA A LA DEFENSA COLECTIVA

2001: Estados Unidos invoca por primera vez en la historia de la OTAN el artículo 5 del Tratado de Washington, que indica que si un aliado es atacado todos los demás responderán en su defensa, tras los atentados yihadistas del 11 de septiembre, con unos 3.000 muertos.

Ello motiva el despliegue de aviones de vigilancia AWACS de la alianza en territorio estadounidense inmediatamente después del 11S y el inicio de la Operación Active Endeavour en el Mediterráneo.

La Alianza inicia operaciones antiterroristas en Afganistán y despliega fuerzas en la Antigua República Yugoslava de Macedonia (ARYM).

2002: La creación del Consejo OTAN-Rusia inaugura una nueva era de colaboración entre las dos partes. La Alianza también acuerda que operará cuando y donde sea necesario contra el terrorismo.

2003: La Alianza lidera la Fuerza Internacional de Asistencia a la Seguridad (ISAF) en Afganistán a instancias de la ONU contra los talibanes, mientras EEUU inicia una campaña militar contra el régimen de Sadam Husein en Irak.

La UE toma el relevo de la misión de la OTAN en ARYM.

2004: Madrid sufre los peores ataques terroristas en suelo europeo, mientras la OTAN se compromete a adiestrar a las fuerzas de seguridad iraquíes y a colaborar más con los países de Oriente Medio por medio de la Iniciativa de Cooperación de Estambul.

Bulgaria, Estonia, Letonia, Lituania, Eslovaquia, Eslovenia y Rumanía entran en la OTAN, que completa su misión en Bosnia-Herzegovina.

2005-2008: Londres también es escenario de atentados terroristas y Rusia ocupa Georgia.

2009: Francia regresa al mando integrado de la OTAN, en la que ingresan Albania y Croacia.

La Alianza comienza su operación Ocean Shield contra la piratería en el Cuerno de África y el golfo de Adén.

EL TERRORISMO MOTIVA EL REFUERZO DEL FLANCO SUR Y, LA ANEXIÓN RUSA DE CRIMEA, EL DEL ESTE

2011: Comienza la Primavera Árabe y la OTAN inicia y completa la operación Unified Protector bajo mandato de la ONU para imponer una zona de exención aérea en Libia, contra el régimen de Muamar el Gadafi.

La Alianza despliega baterías de misiles antiaéreos Patriot en Turquía ante la amenaza del conflicto en Siria.

2012: Concluye la misión de adiestramiento de la OTAN en Irak.

2014: Ante la anexión ilegal de la península ucraniana de Crimea por parte de Rusia, la OTAN decide suspender su cooperación práctica con Moscú.

Mientras, los terroristas del Estado Islámico aterrorizan a la población en Irak y Siria, donde empeora la crisis.

Este panorama impulsa nuevas medidas de seguridad de la Alianza para sus miembros y se firma en la cumbre de Gales un plan de acción de Preparación Aliada para actuar contra nuevas amenazas, además del compromiso de todos los aliados de invertir el 2 % de su PIB en Defensa para 2024.

2014-2015: La misión de combate ISAF da el relevo a la misión aliada Apoyo Decidido en Afganistán, centrada en la formación, asesoramiento y apoyo de las fuerzas de seguridad de ese país.

París, Copenhague, Bruselas y Ankara se ven sacudidas por brutales atentados terroristas perpetrados por el Estado Islámico, mientras que la crisis migratoria en Europa lleva a la OTAN a cooperar con la UE en el Mediterráneo.

2016: En la cumbre de Varsovia, la OTAN completa su 'mayor refuerzo desde la Guerra Fría' con la aprobación del envío de unos 4.000 efectivos en cuatro batallones en Polonia, Estonia, Letonia y Lituania, además de una brigada internacional en Rumanía. También acuerda medidas para estabilizar el flanco sur ante el auge de movimientos terroristas.

La Alianza también impulsa sus primeras medidas concretas de cooperación con la Unión Europea.

2017: Montenegro entra en la OTAN.

El presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump, escenifica su respaldo a la OTAN tras las críticas a la organización durante su campaña electoral en una cumbre en Bruselas, en la que hace ratificar a los aliados su compromiso con incrementar el gasto militar.

2019: Los aliados apoyan la decisión de EEUU de dejar el tratado INF tras constatar que Rusia llevaba un tiempo incumpliéndolo por el emplazamiento de nuevos misiles con capacidad nuclear en Europa.

Los aliados acuerdan que Macedonia del Norte se convierta en el trigésimo país de la OTAN.

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Unos 4.000 manifestantes marchan en Ciudad de México contra de López Obrador

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México, 1 dic (EFE).- Unas 4.000 personas, según autoridades de Protección Civil, se manifestaron este domingo en Ciudad de México contra la gestión del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador, coincidiendo con el primer aniversario de su toma de posesión.

La marcha fue convocada por la asociación civil Chalecos México y estuvo marcada por la presencia de la familia LeBarón, parte de la comunidad mormona de Sonora que fue víctima de una masacre el pasado 4 de noviembre en la que murieron nueve de sus integrantes, seis niños y tres mujeres.

'Nosotros estamos marchando para unir al país, no para dividir. Nos podemos caer mal, podemos odiarnos, pero debemos estar de acuerdo que la vida es más importante y debemos unirnos para detener el asesinato y la masacre en nuestro país', dijo Julián Lebarón antes del inicio de la protesta.

El activista mormón negó tener ninguna actualización por parte de las autoridades del avance de las investigaciones sobre el homicidio múltiple, pese al anuncio este domingo, a cargo de la Fiscalía General de la República, de la detención de varios individuos presuntamente involucrados.

Durante el recorrido de la marcha, desde El Ángel de la Independencia hasta el Monumento a la Revolución, se escucharon cánticos en contra de López Obrador y, sobre todo, de su política de seguridad, además de numerosos reproches a la concesión de asilo por parte de México al expresidente de Bolivia, Evo Morales.

'Vengo por la inconformidad con cómo está manejando el gobierno López Obrador. No hay crecimiento, la corrupción sigue; todo lo que supuestamente iban a solucionar, no lo han hecho. Estamos yendo para atrás', resumió en entrevista con Efe Pepe Curiel, uno de los manifestantes.

Curiel aseguró estar preocupado principalmente por la inseguridad porque 'está peor que nunca' y recordó los casos violentos más importantes de los últimos meses, como la fallida detención del hijo del narcotraficante 'Chapo' Guzmán en Culiacán o la masacre de Sonora.

Otra manifestante, Ana Rosa Macedonia, denunció a Efe el abandono que sufren los jóvenes y recordó que 'la educación y la sanidad están muy mal'.

'No tenemos seguridad. Nos están matando y a López Obrador no le importa. No le importa nada más que él. Estoy de acuerdo en que es un dictador', valoró Macedonia.

La protesta cerró con un mitin, bajo el Monumento a la Revolución, en el que tomaron la palabra tanto la líder de los Chalecos México, Alejandra Morán, como Julián y Adrián Lebarón.

Morán recordó el impacto de la protesta antigubernamental por todo el país, ya que, explicó, esas marchas se reprodujeron 'en 37 ciudades de toda la República' y denunció 'la obsesión por acumular poder' de López Obrador.

'Usted, señor presidente, no tiene derecho a destruir las instituciones con el pretexto de luchar contra el neoliberalismo', proclamó Morán, quien recordó las elecciones perdidas por el hoy presidente en 2006 y 2012, cuando 'desprestigió las instituciones al no reconocer la derrota'.

Adrián LeBarón concluyó el acto con un emotivo discurso en el que recordó la muerte de sus familiares y llamó a la unidad del pueblo mexicano para enfrentar la ola de violencia y el crimen organizado.

'Seguir viviendo nuestras vidas como si nada sucediera es un acto de cobardía infinita. Significa ser parte de un suicidio colectivo', enfatizó LeBarón antes de que sonara el himno nacional mexicano y se guardara un minuto de silencio en memoria de sus familiares. EFE


          

Lühitutvustus - Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, November II 2019 - 29-11-2019

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The November II plenary session highlights included the vote on the new European Commission, agreement on the 2020 budget, and Parliament's declaration of a climate emergency. Parliament adopted positions on preparation for COP25, and on the Istanbul Convention, and also debated statements by the Vice-President of the European Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP) on Eastern Neighbourhood developments, on the situation in Israel and Palestine, and on the situation in the Middle East, including the crises in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. Debates took place, inter alia, on Commission and Council statements on: the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution; on the EU response to the impact of extreme weather events; on discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people; on the World Trade Organization Appellate Body; as well as on the protection of forest and environmental defenders in the EU. The 2019 Lux Prize, which tells the story of a young woman's feminist struggle in conservative North Macedonian society, was awarded to God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija, directed by Teona Strugar Mitevska.

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