DAILY BRIEF November 28: Respect for famous drama writer, protest of VMRO-DPMNE, on Albanian Flag Day –local authorities of DUI don’t care about the law, pollution…

One of the most famous drama writers, academician Goran Stefanovski (1952) passed away yesterday after a short illness in Canterburry, England, where he lived.

Stefanosvki is the author of the dramas “Jane Zadrogaz”, “Wild Flesh”, “Flying in Place”, “Hi-Fi”, “The False Bottom”, “Tattooed Souls”, “Black Hole” …, as well of the legendary TV series “Bushava Azbuka”. He graduated English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje, and received a Master’s Degree in Dramaturgy in Belgrade. He was a Professor of Dramaturgy at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, member of the Macedonian Writers’ Association and of the Macedonian PEN Center, and from 2004 also of the Macedonian Academy Sciences and Arts.

The news of his death was shared by thousands of expressions of condolences and of deep respect, both from dramatic artists – authors, directors and actors, and from the citizens of Macedonia, who flooded the social networks with their messages.

A protest march of VMRO-DPMNE this afternoon

“For a year and a half, the government doesn’t have one capital project with which it can be proud of, but that’s why it has criminal tenders, corruption, suspicions of serious frauds and betrayed expectations”, said the General Secretary of VMRO-DPMNE, Igor Janusev, announcing that today’s protest is a “protest march against the blackness of SDSM and Zaev’s government, against the destroying of the Macedonian state and Macedonian people”.

The opposition is protesting because of the changing of the name and the “disgraceful Prespa Agreement and because of the identity they are degrading and endangering, because of the political persecution that the government is carrying out, the political arrests and arranged cases as well as because of the unexplained murders”.

The initiative “Macedonia – Blocks”, which supports all kinds of protests against the antinational government, through a statement announced its participation at today’s protest. According to the party Unified Macedonia “at this moment, the narrow party interests must be set aside and all national and patriotic forces need to be properly deployed, which means in the first place, nationalism and state interest, in the second place – party interest, and somewhere in third place – personal interest…We need uniting of the Macedonian people now, because this is not a fight for individuals, leaders or for power, but a fight for survival of people, this is a fight for Macedonia and Macedonians.

The Parliament congratulates Albania on the of the Albanian Flag and Independence, DUI provokes

The MPs and the President of the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi, sent a message of congratulations on the occasion of November 28 – Albanian Flag Day and Independence Day of Republic of Albania.

“This important holiday is deeply rooted in the collective national historic memory and in the hearts of all members of the Albanian people, and the Albanians as an important and integrated part of Republic of Macedonia are a uniting cell and valuable contributor in the progress and development of the country and the region”, is said in the letter from the Macedonian Parliament.

However, the local government of DUI in the cities in Western Macedonia, in which the majority of ethnic Albanians live, this time again “forgot” the state flag of the Republic of Macedonia. VMRO-DPMNE reminded the Mayor of Struga, Ramiz Merko, “that Struga is a multi-ethnic city, in which there should be coexistence, regardless of religion and nation … Do you know that what you are doing is against the law? You put up only Albanian flags, without putting the flag of the Republic of Macedonia, the state in which you live and are the mayor of a city in that state. What do you want to achieve with this move?

According to the media in Macedonian language, the situation is similar in Tetovo, Debar, Kichevo, and partly in the Skopje municipalities. Even though according to the Law on the Use of Flags of the Communities in the Republic of Macedonia from 2005 and 2011, the local self-government, in addition to the flag of the community which is the majority in the municipality, is obliged to put up the flag of the Republic of Macedonia with a one-third larger dimension than that of the other flags.

For three years, Ivanov has pardoned 271 convicts

When he is not on a trip to Turkey, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov found the time, and in the past three years has pardoned a total of 271 prisoners. According to the data of the Directorate for Execution of Sanctions, in 2016, 2017 and 2018, which have been published by, 268 prisoners were partially pardoned and three entirely. Most of the pardoned persons had been convicted for thefts – 45, for serious theft – 38, for illegal possession of weapons – 35. Ivanov also freed 27 murderers and 18 convicted persons for financing terrorism.

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, with the pardoning gives release from prosecution, or full or partial exemption from execution of the sentence, replaces the pronounced sentence with a milder punishment or with alternative measures, or determines deletion of the conviction, or terminates it, that is, determines a shorter duration of a certain legal consequence of conviction or punishment. Pardoning cannot be granted to persons convicted of crimes acts against elections and voting, crimes against sexual freedom and sexual morality, crimes committed against children and minors, criminal acts against human health, criminal act unauthorized production or selling of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors pertaining to Article 215, and a criminal act allowing the use of narcotic drugs pertaining to Article 216 and for crimes against humanity and international law.

Maliqi – Honorary Consul of Mexico

After it adopted the information for the opening of the Honorary Consulate of Mexico in Macedonia, located in Skopje, the Government gave its consent to Mexico’s proposal for appointing Deputy Mayor of Skopje, Enver Maliqi as Honorary Consul of Mexico in Macedonia.

The owner of the company “Gemak Trade” was an adviser to the Council of the City of Skopje from the lines of DUI, and since last year, Mayor Petre Shilegov also appointed Maliqi as Deputy Mayor of Skopje.

UNEP: Skopje is the most polluted capital in Europe

According to the UN Environment Program (UNEP), Skopje, “a city with more than half a million inhabitants, was put on the list of the World Health Organization (WHO) among the cities in Europe with the highest concentration of harmful PM2.5 particles in the air. In terms of the medium concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 particles, the database for ambient air pollution of the WHO for 2018 – ranked Skopje as the most polluted capital in Europe!

PM 2.5 particles include nitrates, sulphates, organic chemicals, metals, dust and black carbon, which penetrate into the lungs and are possible causes of heart and lung disease and other diseases.

Shilegov played on his cell phone because Gjorcev had been boring, and Makraduli was not sleeping – but reading!

Following the fierce reactions from the public to the recording from the public session dedicated to the pollution, where the Mayor of Skopje, Petre Shilegov, is playing on his cell phone, while VMRO-DPMNE MP Vlatko Gjorchev is speaking from the podium, Shilegov today tried to defend himself with “wittiness”: “Vlatko Gjorcev was speaking in the Parliament. When he speaks, with his inaccurate speeches, you have to spend time on your cell phones. The city is continuously taking measures and is working on this problem, which is not something from yesterday”, was Shilegov’s argument.

Whereas the Deputy Minister of Environment, Jani Makraduli, whose photo in which he is supposedly sleeping was published during the same session, today denied and claimed that – he had been reading, and that the photo has been intervened, and that all of this will not make him stop in the fight for clean air!

“You can see from the footage that I am reading, that the photo has been intervened, and also (blurred eyes) that every comment is evil … I was listening the entire time from 11 to 15:45 and I spoke in the end where I answered all the questions, which means I listened to everyone and took notes”, stated Makraduli for “Focus”.

Municipalities are spending for elaborates, while the Japanese will be foresting Vodno, Veles and Radovis

While according to, which is stating the research within the framework of the project “Green Base”, the greatest part of the funds from the environmental budgets of the municipalities in the past years are spent on preparation of elaborates, studies, research, projects and plans. Fortunately for Macedonia, with funds in the amount of two million euros and with a professional team from the Agency for International Support of Japan, Vodno, Radovis and Veles will be forested, in order to reduce risks of floods during heavy rains and landslides.

The carrier of the project is the Crisis Management Center, where for a year now, a dozen civil engineers from Japan have been working on mapping the terrain and on the preparation of a plan for afforestation and prevention of natural catastrophes.

K. S.


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