|01-03-2017, 07:14 PM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Gruevski admits: It was a Mistake to let Soros this much Control in Macedonia
iceman: Mistake ? No shit Sherlock
What is it that Gruevski does not get ??? “ Gruevski says that this wide-reaching group of alleged non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) will be allowed to continue working in Macedonia” .. what the hell is wrong with you Gruevski… with all the political upheaval Macedonia and the Macedonians have seen you’re still letting them stay ??? … Kick them all out … ban them completely … get rid of all the Soros placed Ambassadors and have them replaced. By now you should have had communications with the future President of the USA Trump and receive full support for Macedonia and its people. You should by now have placed a plan in with the new USA administration to place a plan to have everything reversed that was implemented in 2001 the Ohrid “ agreement ” that gives more rights and control if the country to Albanian Terrorists. You should also have been reviewing the illegal status of all Albanian Shiptari in Macedonia. Trump is coming in , you should have already contacted him already about the issues that have been plaguing Macedonia.
Gruevski admits: It was a Mistake to let Soros this much Control in Macedonia
Tuesday, 03 January 2017
In an extended interview with weekly Republika, VMRO-DPMNE President Nikola Gruevski speaks in detail about the comments he made about the George Soros funded Foundation Open Society Institute. Gruevski says that this wide-reaching group of alleged non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) will be allowed to continue working in Macedonia, but will no longer be allowed to monopolize the civil society network and abuse it for their political purposes. Gruevski spoke about a process of de-Sorosoization of the Macedonian civil society sector in the proclamation which VMRO-DPMNE issued shortly after the early general elections.
"This was a difficult year in which we faced a hard opponent. And here I don't mean the SDSM party. They were merely a smoke-screen, an instrument. It wouldn't have been this difficult if there weren't for the millions poured into Macedonia by George Soros, with his network of NGO groups, media, politicians who he funds both inside the country and outside of Macedonia. Just look at the electronic messages from Soros published on Wikileaks and it all becomes clearer. The man is giving clear instructions on what is to be done, and they are accepted without debate or checks and balances. The messages show that he can go visit top leading American officials whenever he wants to, arranges meetings day in day out and has significant influence. His foundation, judging by its fnancial and personal potential, is the strongest politically oriented foundation in the world. He has decided to use his wealth toward ideological goals - the creation of these so-called open societies, and for financial gain, where he speculates on pre-determined political outcomes in certain countries which brings him profits in the stock exchanges. This influence extends to entire institutions, ministries, Governments infected with his ideology and points of view. It makes no sense to even talk about SDSM or Zaev here, they are small fish in this story", Gruevski says in the interview published on Tuesday.
Asked about what wider interests could Soros have for his influence in Macedonia, Gruevski responds that it has been a permanent feature, since Macedonia became independent in 1991 and Soros had his first and only visit to the country, to maintain a line of financial support to left wing groups and the main left wing party - SDSM. "Whenever VMRO-DPMNE is in office, his institutions are very active against us. Whenever SDSM is in office, they are again active against us, even though we are in the opposition. VMRO-DPMNE has been the right of center, conservative for 25 years. In those years, not a single thing we've done was ever praised by a media outlet or a civic group funded by the Foundation Open Society. And, at the same time, they have never been critical of a single thing SDSM has done. A man who sat on the SDSM Central Committee headed the Foundation Open Society Institute in Macedonia for 5 years, and recently he placed one of his acolytes to officially run the Foundation, and to maintain the same political line", Gruevski said, speaking about long time Soros foundation head in Macedonia Vladimir Milcin, for whom he adds that he even attends SDSM rallies as a speaker, blurring any distinction between the NGO sector and the main social-democratic party.
Gruevski says that through funding, scholarships, research grants, book advances and other means, this organization controls a large number of journalists and media outlets in the country, professors and opinion makers, "professional protesters" such as those from the recent colored revolution, but also administrative officials in high places including judges, prosecutors, doctors, environmentalists. "Everywhere they believe they may have some interest, they have people, directing both money and indoctrination", Gruevski tells Republika, adding that 95 percent of the NGO or civil society sector in Macedonia is now managed through Soros or through Governments where the Soros group is influential.
Asked about his pledge to initiate a process of de-Sorosoization, Gruevski says that it was a mistake to allow things to go this far, and to give so much influence to an external player and to outside Governments. The process, according to Gruevski, would allow the Soros foundation to continue operating in Macedonia, but would no longer be the sole controller of the NGO sector.
"Every Government gives out a certain amount of money to support the civil sector and here we have failed. We must find the funds to support a truly independent civil society sector in Macedonia. We can't allow it to remain fully in the hands of George Soros or foreign Governments. Soros can stay and invest in Macedonia but there must be other, alternative sources of funding for quality projects, which will be evaluated by experts who are not politically dependent by the Government, or by foreign Governments and individuals", Gruevski adds.
The conservative party leader compares the network of NGOs ran by the Soros Foundation to an army that shapes and distorts the truth about the country. "If they want, they will turn you into a criminal, a traitor, an incompetent, a monster, they will come up with a myriad of alleged scandals to your name... Look what they did with the VMRO-DPMNE Proclamation from December 17th. We clearly stated that we continue our normal communication with Ambassadors, but the Soros owned media did not say that. They blamed us that we have declared war to the Ambassadors and have gone into self-isolation. We said that some Ambassadors have gone too far with their meddling in internal affairs, which must stop, and their media are saying that we are against the United States and the West, against NATO and the European Union, even though in the same Proclamation we say that we remain oriented toward the West, toward NATO and EU", Gruevski says, adding that there is a clear bias in the actions of this network against conservative Governments, not just in Macedonia, but in the Balkans, across Eastern Europe, and now, most recently, in the United States.
In another pointed answer in his interview, Gruevski says that he took a few days off to the Mavrovo ski resort, where he was also reading Donald Trump's book "Great Again: How to fix our crippled America". During the several days long protests in front of the State Electoral Commission, VMRO-DPMNE supporters were holding banners aimed against current US Ambassador Jess Baily, but also had banners praising Donald Trump.
Judging by the interview, Greuvski still hasn't learned a single lesson. Only expelling diplomats and "NGOs" who meddle in the country will bring some sort of trust in the Government.
|01-09-2017, 06:46 AM||#2|
Join Date: May 2014
Macedonia's "Harangue" Against NGOs Suffers Selective Memory
In his verbal attacks on civil society groups in Macedonia, the leader of the ruling VMRO DPMNE party, Nikola Gruevski, has failed to mention that many of his closest associates and supporters were once affiliated to or senior members of the same NGOs, some media say.
Sinisa Jakov Marusic
VMRO DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski's latest Нew Year's "mega interview" for the news portal Republika in which he repeatedly accused the Foundation Open Society - Macedonia, FOOM, of plotting to topple his government in the name of "foreign interests", naming US Billionaire George Soros as the alleged mastermind behind this plot, has heated Macedonian media and social networks.
Citing data from FOOM, Deutsche Welle has reminded its readers that Gruevski's attacks on FOOM ignoring the fact that many of his most prominent associates and supporters were affiliated to this NGO in the past.
Close ally Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, VMRO DPMNE's presidential candidate in two elections, was on the NGO’s executive board from May 2002 to October 2004.
Ilija Dimovski, an MP and coordinator of the ruling party’s parliamentary group, was a member of the NGO’s subcommittee for awarding scholarships for studies abroad, DW reminds.
Former Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki and Toni Mihajlovski, a prominent actor and outspoken member of the pro-government movement GDOM, both used its scholarships.
Meanwhile, Macedonia's ambassador to London, Jovan Donev, another firm supporter of Gruevski's government, was president of FOOM's management board from 1996 to 2002.
He was later the executive director of the Skopje-based Evrobalkan institute of which FOOM was a founder.
Ratko Dimitrovski, Mayor of Kocani municipality and a former VMRO DPMNE MP, was the recipient of the single greatest grant that the NGO ever awarded since its formation.
In the mid-1990s, in the early years of Macedonian pluralism, FOOM gave over a million US dollars for printing equipment for Dimitrovski's printing house "Europe 92", which helped break the state-owned NIP Nova Makedonija's monopoly over printed media.
Gruevski's latest attacks on civil sector groups allegedly or actually linked to US billionaire George Soros came in a New Year interview for the Republika news site, in which he accused the opposition and the NGOs of working against Macedonia's interests.
In the interview, entitled "Civil Sector Must Not Remain in the Hands of Soros," Gruevski, who is hoping to form a new government after December's close election result, accused Soros of financing "a modern army" of corrupt NGOs in Macedonia that had plotted to topple him.
"That is the reality and unfortunately that is how Soros works. Then they do what they want. They squash you and slam you. They will make you a criminal, a crook and a traitor, an idiot, incompetent and a monster - whatever they want," he said.
During a speech made shortly after the December 11 election, he accused foreign ambassadors, NGOs and the opposition of plotting to steal his election victory and warned that he intended to "de-Soros-ise" the country, remarks that drew expressions of concern from Brussels.
Shortly after, in December, financial inspectors were sent to investigate some 20 NGOs in Macedonia, including FOOM and its affiliates.
In May 2016, afteer the recently formed Special Prosecution, SJO, started to investigate Gruevski and other party members, Gruevski accused critics within the NGO sector of performing “sect-like” rituals that involved group chanting and stamping on his party logo.
"The years-long tendency of Gruevski and the VMRO DPMNE leadership to create imaginary enemies and threaten their critics with purges is evident," FOOM's executive director Fani Karanfilova told Deutsche Welle last Wednesday.
She added that the recent verbal attacks - and financial inspections - showed that the "harangues" against NGOs were gaining momentum.
Macedonian news portal Meta.mk has meanwhile calculated that in the last so-called mega-interview, only in the first two out of four published daily sequels, Gruevski mentions Soros's name, staggering 53 times. This, Meta.mk says, plastically portrays the "enormous attention" that Gruevski is paying to "dueling with the US billionaire".
Gruevski's remarks heated twitter as well.
"Either he [Gruevski] will shut down the civil sector or the civil sector will close [incarcerate] him. The battle against Gruevski enters its final phase!" wrote seasoned journalist and columnist Branko Trickovski on twitter.
"Gruevski is allergic to different opinions and there is no anti-allergens for that", tweeted seasoned journalist Borjan Jovanovski.
Gruevski, whose party has held power since 2006, upped its attacks on NGOs and foreign ambassadors after the December 11 elections, when it became apparent that he would have a hard time convincing his long standing ethnic Albanian partner in government, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, to renew the coalition.
Both VMRO DPMNE and the opposition say they have launched unofficial talks with Albanian parties on forming a new government.
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