The Struggle for an Independent and Free Macedonia

Hits: 209

Introduction

Macedonia is a small republic,a country in Southeast Europe. It gained independence in 1991, after the fall of the former republic of Yugoslavia. Its capital is a unique city, where East meets West. Skopje has a population of around 595.000 people. Its borders are: Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south and Albania to the west. The population is estimated around 2.6 million. The majority of the population consists of ethnic Macedonians, who are a Slavic people, related to Bulgarians. The minority are Albanians, Turks, Serbs and Roma people. Albanians make up the largest minority. They claim to be around 25%, however this is disputed by the ethnic Macedonians. A census will be held this year, for the first time in twenty years.

The Aftermath Of The Yugoslavia War

The so-called Socialist Republic of Macedonia, before 1991, never took part in or sided with anyone in the Yugoslav conflicts. Some soldiers who died were conscripts of the Yugoslav Socialist People‘s army and lost their lives mainly in Croatia. Like most of the other federal states, Macedonia became independent. However, a new conflict arose, which is still looming today, the conflict with ethnic Albanians. This is not so much with the Albanians who are living inside Albania, but the minority of Albanians of Macedonia and Kosovo.

While the other former federal states soon joined the European Union (EU) and NATO, Macedonia did not. Recently, during the COVID-19 crisis, March 2020, when a lock down was in place, Macedonia secretly and hastily became part of NATO. The year before, there was a lot of unrest hitting the country, with many demonstrations against the name change. Anti-NATO and anti-globalist activists took to the streets of Macedonia demanding to stop it. Unfortunately, until now, sitting President Zaev and his government agreed with NATO, EU and Greece to go ahead with the name change against the will of the majority of the Macedonian people. I spoke to a member of an opposition party called Rodina Macedonia, who confirmed that there was a lot of unrest and opposition (a separate article will follow).

Another problem is hitting the country, the radicalisation of some Albanian Muslims who are still influenced by the war in Kosovo where the radical UCK received air support from NATO from 24 March 1999 and ground support from the Albanian army. In the West, they were considered as ‘freedom‘ fighters. A similarity can be seen with the so-called ‘White Helmets‘ of Syria. Also, there are allegations, like in Syria, of organ trafficking through the notorious ‘yellow house‘ in Kosovo (another article will follow about this subject).

Some of the minority Albanians in Macedonia are radicalised. They were influenced since 1999 by Western countries (NATO) who considered them partners-in-crime by destroying and partitioning Yugoslavia. The Serbs were the enemy and ‘evil‘ people, according to them. Again, similarities can be seen with what has happened in Syria and also Iraq. The danger facing the ethnic Macedonians today is that various ex-members of the UCK are high-ranking parliament members and even ministers. Their ‘secret‘ aspirations are a ‘Greater Albania‘ based of the principles of Islam. Also, some Albanians are influenced by the Wahhabi indoctrination like in Syria and Iraq where DAESH (ISIS) took power as we all know by now with the help of the US (ISIS was created in Camp Bucca – Iraq with help of Senator John McCain+ and invented Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi). Also, a remarkable and imminent fact is that Qatar has very good relations with many high-ranking government members and has a large embassy compound in Macedonia. Qatar, together with Saudi Arabia, were the main sponsors of the Syrian war and Saudi Arabia especially is the Kingdom of the Wahhabi indoctrination, which even kill its own prominent journalists like Jamal Khashoggi. To take this all in consideration, ethnic Macedonians are afraid of a new war, which isn’t an unfounded fear, but based on facts and therefore a distinct possibility.

If you walk through the Turkish (bazar) or Albanian part of Skopje, you find that the majority follow Bektashiyyah Islam. The Turkish Bektaşi order of Sufi mystics was founded by Ḥājjī Bektāsh Walī of Khorāsān. It acquired a definitive form in the 16th century in Anatolia (Turkey) and spread through the Ottomans to the Balkans, particularly in Albania and parts of Macedonia. The Bektaşi are related to the Alevi in Turkey and the Alawites in Syria, a ‘human‘ and ‘ spiritual‘ form of Islam combined with Christianity. But you can also find some radical elements of Wahhabi indoctrination as seen through the dress code of the people. They are a real threat to freedom and prosperity as we know from the results in Syria. Unfortunately, Western countries always sponsored this kind of Wahhabism due to the geopolitical relations with Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar and Israel, who has a good relationship with the KSA. They want to break the Axis of Resistance consisting of Iran-Syria-Hezbollah and Kai‘tab Hezbollah (Iraq). The Muslim Brotherhood should also be mentioned, which later emerged with Al-Qaeda and DAESH to inflitrate European politics.

Conclusion

Ethnic Macedonians have all the arguments and facts to be afraid of looming war in Macedonia and the aspirations of a ‘Greater Albania‘, which is the aim of some high-ranking Albanian-Macedonian government members. They are the geopolitical ‘playground‘ of the West. It‘s about time Russia takes a stance in the Balkans. The Balkans can be the turning point for the Western Atlantic alliance. In the Balkans, you find the real ‘fighter‘ mentality, similar to the Syrians.

As Andrew Korybko wrote in his last article about Macedonia:

“Patriotic Macedonian activists should therefore consider contacting the Russian Embassy and the Kremlin via its website to make their concerns known. They must seek to receive an official statement from Moscow about how it would view the possible “federalization” of their country or other such means that would institutionalize Macedonia’s gradual internal partition of recent years. The most passionate among them should also launch a social media guerrilla campaign by commenting about this in Russian under media posts by Moscow’s major outlets“.


Originally published on 2021-03-31

About the author: Sonja van den Ende

Source: OneWorld

Origins of images: Facebook, Twitter, Wikimedia, Wikipedia, Flickr, Google, Imageinjection, Public Domain & Pinterest.

Read our Disclaimer/Legal Statement!

Donate to Support Us

We would like to ask you to consider a small donation to help our team keep working. We accept no advertising and rely only on you, our readers, to keep us digging the truth on history, global politics, and international relations.

READ MORE!
The Wholesale Failure of American Foreign Policy
One has to wonder just how much longer the American people will silently permit the categorical failure of American foreign policy, both in theory and in practice. The evidence confirming the totality of our failure is breathtaking in scope and severity. Changes are needed to preserve U.S. national security and economic prosperity.Recent headlines have captured the character of this failure. Fifteen years after the invasion of Afghanistan, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released findings that “corruption substantially undermined the U.S. mission in Afghanistan from the very beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. … We conclude that failure to ...
READ MORE
The Waffen SS Against the Serbian Chetniks: Heinrich Himmler’s Inspection Tour in Kraljevo, Serbia (October 1942)
Reichsfuehrer SS Heinrich Himmler arrived in Kraljevo, German-occupied Serbia on Thursday, October 15, 1942 to inspect the 7th Waffen SS Mountain Division “Prinz Eugen”. Himmler spent four days in Serbia, leaving on Sunday, October 18. The first offensive or operation of the Prinz Eugen division, the anti-guerrilla military operation against the Kopaonik region of central Serbia, was to attack the Chetnik guerrillas under Draza Mihailovich in the Kopaonik, Goc and Jastrebac mountains of central Serbia. Prinz Eugen attacked Chetnik troops under Chetnik Major Dragutin Keserovic. Himmler was photographed arriving in an air field in a German Junkers Ju 52 transport plane. Te ...
READ MORE
Freedom Rider: Churchill, Columbus, and Leopold Fall Down
Millions of white people glorify mass murderers because their sense of identity and place in society is deeply tied to white supremacy.“It is important to name and shame the mass murderers.”The perpetrators of crimes against humanity are often elevated to positions of respect and admiration. It all depends on who did the killing, and who was killed. Now the murderers are being called to account. The new movement in the United States against police and other state violence has inspired this welcome change taking place all over the world. The criminals are being exposed decades and even centuries after their atrocities ...
READ MORE
‘Collateral Murder’ and the My Lai Massacre
To gauge the transformation in the response by the U.S. military, the mainstream media and the public to a U.S. war crime, one need only compare the reactions to two of the most heinous American crimes:  the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the gunning down of innocent Iraqis on a Baghdad street in 2007.The latter was captured on a cockpit video from attacking Apache helicopters and revealed in a video released by WikiLeaks ten years ago today. Wikileaks obtained the video from a conscientious U.S. Army intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning. The My Lai incident was revealed to the public ...
READ MORE
100 Years Ago US Troops Attacked Russia’s Pacific Coast and Committed Atrocities
Four men, accused of being partisans, are alleged to have been buried alive. The wife of a partisan is said to have been “pierced by bayonets and drowned in a garbage pit” [искололи тело штыками и утопили в помойной яме].The author (who is unnamed) states that his own elderly father was taken as a hostage by Allied forces from the town of Kharitonovka [Харитоновка]. He was returned home alive but in a bloodied condition. He is said to have died a few days later, after asking “Why did they torture me…”? [За что меня замучили]. The man is said to ...
READ MORE
Linguistic Nationalism in Belgium and the Walloon-Flemish Cleavage
PrefaceIn the area where the multilingual state of Belgium is located, the main political mark today is the general openness for the expression of different attitudes and policies. Therefore, there are almost unlimited options in drawing political boundaries. That is unlike, for example, as well as with multilingual Switzerland, where the mountains create natural areas for the four different language districts and many political-administrative cantons. The physical openness of the area also causes Belgium to be more open for influences from outside and therefore sensitive to changes in the European policies.One way to look at the situation in Belgium is ...
READ MORE
19 Years since the Start of the NATO Military Aggression on Serbia (FRY)
Adolf Heusinger was far from being the only Nazi war criminal who would later serve at a top position in NATOOnce again this March, the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals, the Club of Generals and Admirals of Serbia and other independent non-party associations in Serbia pay tribute to the victims of NATO’s 1999 aggression on Serbia (FRY).This aggression took lives of more than thousand defenders, military and the police and their officers, and also of thousands of civilians, including 87 children.Regrettably, the final list of the civilian casualties has not been determined as yet, although the number is ...
READ MORE
Yet Another President Commits the Ultimate War Crime of Launching a “War of Aggression”
President Donald Trump campaigned last year making the sensible argument that the US should no longer engage in a policy of regime change, and should attempt to have friendly relations with other countries like Russia and China. Yesterday he blew those ideas out of the water by launching 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase and by calling for the removal of Syria’s leader, Bashar al Assad. The pretext for the US cruise missile blitz, an alleged attack on a rebel-held town called Khan Shiekhun in Idlib province, where some 70 people, including children, were reported to have died from illegal ...
READ MORE
America and the Great Abdication: Don’t Mistake Donald Trump’s Withdrawal from the World for Isolationism
When great powers fade, as they inevitably must, it’s normally for one of two reasons. Some powers exhaust themselves through overreach abroad, underinvestment at home, or a mixture of the two. This was the case for the Soviet Union. Other powers lose their privileged position with the emergence of new, stronger powers. This describes what happened with France and Great Britain in the case of Germany’s emergence after World War I and, more benignly, with the European powers and the rise of the United States during and after World War II.To some extent America is facing a version of this—amid ...
READ MORE
Kosovo and Metohija – Return to UNSC Resolution 1244
We hear that Kosovo and Metohija’s frozen conflict is not conducive to Serbia’s interests, but nobody notes that Serbia stands to lose even more if negotiations under EU auspices continue under the same pattern and trend. Judging by the ongoing course wherein Serbia has been only delivering concessions and Prishtina’s clique only gaining control over the whole Province, Serbia may end up delivering irrevocably all her rights and interests and receiving nothing in return.Except promises of EU membership by 2027 as “indicative” year! Rarely is heard that such a EU/USA deal “territory (of Kosovo and Metohija) for EU membership” would ...
READ MORE
The Basic Guidelines Through the Kosovo Question
The Kosovo Question recently once again became an important issue of global politics and international relations for two reasons: 1) The Albanian “government” of the “Republic of Kosovo” announced to officially proclaim the existence of the Kosovo Army (that is a violation of the 1244 UN Resolution in 1999), and 2) The “president” of the “Republic of Kosovo”, a war criminal Hashim Tachi, participated on November 11th (2018) in Paris to the world leaders’ celebration of a centenary anniversary of the end of the WWI (the signed armistice with Germany) as the official representative of an “independent” Kosovo. He was ...
READ MORE
Why the U.S. is a Major Human Rights Violator
The U.S. State Department annually publishes an extremely biased report on human rights around the world. Conveniently, the report omits one of the most systemic violators of human rights on the planet. Under Donald Trump, the United States has graduated from systemic human rights violator to human rights pariah, as witnessed by recent murders and assaults by police of innocent people on the streets of America. Although the United States has historically been more than willing to criticize the human rights policies of other countries, including in the venue of the United Nations, it has bristled at attempts to have ...
READ MORE
The State-Name of “Macedonia”?
PrefaceThe “Macedonian Question” is today actual for several reasons of whom two are of the fundamental importance: 1. The Albanian secession in the FYROM; and 2. The Greek dispute with the FYROM authorities over several issues.[1] For the matter of illustration, for instance, Greece is so far blocking Macedonia’s joining NATO and the EU because of an on-going dispute between the FYROM and Greece. The main disputable issue is the title of “Macedonia” used in the country’s Constitution in the form of the official state-name as the Republic of Macedonia.[2] When the ex-Yugoslav Socialist Republic of Macedonia voted for independence ...
READ MORE
Russophobia and the Specter of War
Could global warming pose the greatest threat to the future of life on the planet? Quite possibly, if we believe the international (and scientific) consensus, despite a widening stratum of debunkers, deniers, and skeptics. What about the prospects of thermonuclear war between the United States and Russia, two countries armed to the max and seemingly moving toward the brink of military conflict? Where does that rate? If the question is asked of most any Beltway denizen, the response might be something along lines of “sounds frightening, but right now we have other priorities, and we can’t lose sight of the ...
READ MORE
Selective Amnesia: Croatia’s Holocaust Deniers
The mugshots show Ivo Goldstein, a Jewish librarian and book dealer, looking bright-eyed and calm — even after nine days of confinement in a Croatian police cell. One of the prints bears the number 28888 and a date: April 21, 1941. Seventy-six years after they were taken by a police photographer, the photos hang as a triptych on the bedroom wall of Goldstein’s son, Daniel, in a drab apartment block in Zagreb’s Zaprudje neighborhood. Daniel, 85, is a historian and human rights activist. He was nine when his childhood was shattered by his father’s arrest in the newly created Independent State of ...
READ MORE
Selective Solidarity with the Victims of Terrorism
Origins of images: Facebook, Twitter, Wikimedia, Wikipedia, Flickr, Google, Imageinjection, Public Domain & Pinterest.Read our Disclaimer/Legal Statement!Donate to Support UsWe would like to ask you to consider a small donation to help our team keep working. We accept no advertising and rely only on you, our readers, to keep us digging the truth on history, global politics and international relations.[wpedon id="4696" align="left"]Save
READ MORE
Crimes against Humanity: Why is Henry Kissinger Walking around Free?
Two months ago, hundreds of thousands of Chileans somberly marked the 40thanniversary of their nation’s September 11th terrorist event. It was on that date in 1973 that the Chilean military, armed with a generous supply of funds and weapons from the United States, and assisted by the CIA and other operatives, overthrew the democratically-elected government of the moderate socialist Salvador Allende. Sixteen years of repression, torture and death followed under the fascist Augusto Pinochet, while the flow of hefty profits to US multinationals – IT&T, Anaconda Copper and the like – resumed. Profits, along with concern that people in other ...
READ MORE
The Painful Truth: War is a Racket on Behalf of Wall Street and the Bankers
“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.” —Patrick Henry, Virginia Convention, 23 March, 1775 “The completeness of the victory is established by this fact: that of the six hundred Moros (Muslims living in the southern Philippines at the beginning of the 20th century) not one was left alive. The brilliancy of the victory is established by this other fact, to wit: that of our six hundred heroes only fifteen lost their ...
READ MORE
Another Dangerous Rush to Judgment in Syria
Exclusive: The U.S. government and the mainstream media rushed to judgment again, blaming the Syrian government for a new poison-gas attack and ignoring other possibilities, reports Robert Parry. With the latest hasty judgment about Tuesday’s poison-gas deaths in a rebel-held area of northern Syria, the mainstream U.S. news media once more reveals itself to be a threat to responsible journalism and to the future of humanity. Again, we see the troubling pattern of verdict first, investigation later, even when that behavior can lead to a dangerous war escalation and many more deaths. Before a careful evaluation of the evidence about Tuesday’s tragedy ...
READ MORE
Saudi Arab Islamist beheading Serbs in Bosnia in 1992
A Serb from Bosnia, General Mladic, protected Muslim civilians and gave them buses, food, and water to leave fighting zones. There was no genocide over the Muslim population in Srebrenica like mainstream media want you to believe – there was no genocide over Bosniaks because all Bosnian Muslims victims were jihad fighters who had been killed during fight (in war). Even the so-called „tribunal“ in The Hague for ex-Yugoslavia admitted that there was no genocide!The President of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s, Alija IzetbegovićIn Srebrenica, there was a massacre over Serbian civilians: the youngest victim was a 4 years old boy ...
READ MORE
The Wholesale Failure of American Foreign Policy
The Waffen SS Against the Serbian Chetniks: Heinrich Himmler’s Inspection Tour in Kraljevo, Serbia (October 1942)
Freedom Rider: Churchill, Columbus, and Leopold Fall Down
‘Collateral Murder’ and the My Lai Massacre
100 Years Ago US Troops Attacked Russia’s Pacific Coast and Committed Atrocities
Linguistic Nationalism in Belgium and the Walloon-Flemish Cleavage
19 Years since the Start of the NATO Military Aggression on Serbia (FRY)
Yet Another President Commits the Ultimate War Crime of Launching a “War of Aggression”
America and the Great Abdication: Don’t Mistake Donald Trump’s Withdrawal from the World for Isolationism
Kosovo and Metohija – Return to UNSC Resolution 1244
The Basic Guidelines Through the Kosovo Question
Why the U.S. is a Major Human Rights Violator
The State-Name of “Macedonia”?
Russophobia and the Specter of War
Selective Amnesia: Croatia’s Holocaust Deniers
Selective Solidarity with the Victims of Terrorism
Crimes against Humanity: Why is Henry Kissinger Walking around Free?
The Painful Truth: War is a Racket on Behalf of Wall Street and the Bankers
Another Dangerous Rush to Judgment in Syria
Bosnian Muslim Genocide against the Serbs in Srebrenica Municipality in 1992-1995 (Photo Album)
FOLLOW US ON OUR SOCIAL PLATFORMS
Share