In this edition of the MHR Review:
Парламентарните избори кои се одржаа во Република Македонија во текот на декември минатата година за жал не успеаја да ја разрешат политичката криза која ја зафати земјата во последните 18 месеци. Имено, главните партии, ВМРО-ДПМНЕ и СДСМ, по изборите не успеаја да обезбедат мнозинство во Собранието и да формираат владејачка коалиција. Згора на тоа, таквиот неуспех е директно поврзан со интензивирањето и виртуелното претворање на она околу што беше концентрирана кризата на почетокот, односно наводната корупција, во исклучиво етнички прашања.
The national elections held in the Republic of Macedonia last December, have so far failed to solve the political crisis which has gripped the country for the last 18 months. The major parties, VMRO-DPMNE & SDSM have failed to establish a governing coalition. Moreover, that failure is directly connected to an intensification and virtual conversion of what was a crisis centred around corruption to one about ethnic issues.
*** Coming March 2017 to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne & Wollongong ***
Toronto and Melbourne (1st September 2016)
Macedonian Paralympians, like their Olympian counterparts, will be forced to enter the Rio Paralympics Opening Ceremony behind the letter “E” for “Ex”, putting a regional twist on the infamous “F” for “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. The Paralympic website, like the Olympic one, lists Macedonia under “T” for “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. Depending on the local language, Macedonian athletes have entered behind many letters, except M, of course, for the actual name of their country, Macedonia. Furthermore, Macedonian athletes are not permitted to use their own country name on their uniforms. See Macedonian sprinter, Riste Pandev, in the photo below racing against athletes from Indonesia, Afghanistan and Gabon. Pandev's uniform is blank. What an Olympic-sized slap in the face.
Toronto & Melbourne
August 12, 2016
The Olympic charter claims that "The practice of sport is a human right." As is using your own country’s name. Once again, Macedonian athletes were forced to walk in behind the letter "F" for "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (or its equivalent) at the Olympic opening ceremonies. In Rio, it was “E” for “Ex”, in Sochi, “B” for the Russian word for “former”, and it’s the standard “F” in English-speaking countries. Any letter except “M” for “Macedonia” has become a hallmark of the IOC. The sheer size of the sign that said “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” in the Parade of Nations shows the extent to which the IOC buckles when faced with Greek opposition to Macedonia’s name.