A recently the Greek daily news paper “To Vima” announced that the USA considers that the only way out of the deadlock in the negotiations between Macedonia and Greece is for the EU to use the reference former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and for the Nimitz’s mediation to continue.
“This way Athens will claim that by the threat of a veto has bullied its way to FYROM, and Skopje in the bilateral relations will use its constitutional name in the future”, “To Vima” writes, quoting American diplomats as sources. The newspaper adds that Washington is giving the prevention of interethnic clashes in Skopje a priority, as well as the strengthening the states in the region, in order for them not to turn in to a zone under the influence of organize crime. There is still no response by us on this latest provocation!

The president of the Government of Macedonia, Vlado Buckovski, stayed in a several-day official visit to the USA, during which he had a meeting with the American state leaders.
The focal point in the Prime Minister’s agenda was the meeting with the President of the United States, George Bush in the White House on 27th of October. Bush and Buckovski , according to sources, discussed about the bilateral cooperation, about Macedonia’s aspirations for membership in NATO and EU, about the situation in Kosovo and the Balkans, but also for other regional and international issues.
In the press release from the White House, in which the meeting was announced, is stated that the President of USA and the Prime Minister of Macedonia discussed on several issues including the joint efforts to promote freedom and democracy in SEE. According to the agenda, the Macedonian Prime Minister is supposed to meet with the Secretary of Sate Condolisa Rise, with the Secretary of Defense Donald Ramsfeld and other high representatives of the US administration. Besides the US capital, Buckovski visited New York and Detroit. In New York he participated in a business meeting of Macedonian and American businessmen and on the Donor Conference for Macedonia which is organized by UNDP. The Prime Minister rounded up his visit to the USA with a series of meetings with the representatives of several Macedonian emigrants’ organizations in Detroit.

The country doesn’t have a strategy in relation to emigration nor, does it has a data base and precise information on how many emigrants are there in foreign countries.
This, among other, was stated on the international science meeting titled “Emigration in Europe”, which is organized by the Agency for emigration and was held in Struga.
“The authorities carry the emigrants as a burden on their conches”, is the opinion of Professor Tanas Vrazinovski. According to him, practically there is no communication between state and emigrants, and the only contact is made only trough occasional visits of state officials.
On the meeting, on which thirty scientist from the country and abroad participated, among others the conclusion was made that the country must create migration policies and to create the necessary conditions so that emigrants can invest in Macedonia, because the economy can no longer play on the card of patriotism.

The warnings from EU and the evaluations by the Helsinki Committee are part of the pressure on MOC. The Head of the MOC Mr. Mr. Stefan thinks that the demands from the EU for change in the Article in the criminal code, on which Vraniskovski received two and a half years prison sentence, are false.
According to him, somebody wants to impose on us that the EU is concerned for us.
“I don’t know what the EU is thinking about this problem, but I think that it doesn’t deal with this sort of issues”, Mr. Mr. Stefan stated.
In the last evaluation of the Helsinki Committee is stated that the leadership of the MOC and authorities are not sufficiently separated in this secular state.
Although the Council of MOC frequently demanded support from the Government and the President bout the Vraniskocski case, for the Head of MOC the evaluation of the Helsinki Committee is bias.
“As far as the Helsinki Committee is concerned, I would refer to the commentaries of 2001 and you will see why they are the way they are toady” Mr. Mr. Stefan said.
Reactions about the re-examinations of the Vraniskovski case came from Cosmic Patriarch Vartolmoej and from the Russian Head Alexei the Second.


Dojcin Cvetnovski is reelected for president of the Union of employees in education, science and culture (SONK) on the Congress of this Union, which is recently working outside of the Union’s federation of Macedonia.
On the 4th congress Cvetanovski got all the votes from 779 delegates that were present. For this office three other candidates were nominated by their union organizations.
On the start of the session of the congress in his address Cvetanovski stated that the leadership of this union is firmly set on, according to the economic opportunities of the country, returning the status of the employees in education, science and culture in the middle of the scale of society, as is it is in all civilized states in Europe and the world.
He pointed out that SONK wants to achieve that trough a constructive dialog with state officials, by the power of the arguments and with a maximal awareness for the economic capabilities of the country, but also for the equal disperse of budgetary funds.


In an attempt to relax the interest rate policy the National Bank will limit and pressure the banks to decrease the amount of money that they are using for buying profitable treasure bookings, instead of crediting the economy.
NBM has changed the model on which it is selling its bookings - from now on banks will buy them on closed tenders, on a limited amount. The key change is in the interest rate. It’ll no longer be fixed at 10% , but will be formed by the banks themselves, trough closed offers in a competitive battle. The bank that offers the lowest rate will get the bookings from the NBM. In this way because of the drop in interests which will be paid to them by the NBM, the banks will be less motivated to invest in the safe treasury bookings that until now brought them big profit without risk.
This was exactly the reason why the bookings were bought in mass. According to banks’ officials, up on till now the treasury bookings used up 122 million euros - money that could have been used in the economy. These amounts, instead of financing business, lay deposited in the central bank. There is an interpretation that the decision on limiting the bookings isn’t accidental. NBM is following its agreements with the International monetary fund, that the treasury bookings should not use up more than 130 million euros - an amount which is almost achieved. According to banks’ officials the new model for selling the bookings isn’t in there best interest, but they acknowledged that they are expecting an increase in loans for the economy but with a lower interest rate.

The renowned Macedonian pianist Simon Trpcevski in the Lincoln Centre had his first performance in front of the New York audience, accompanied by the New York Symphony with Janandrea Nosera as a conductor.
The music critic of the distinguished “New York Times”, Jeremy Ajsler, writing about the début, points out that Trpcevski in the performance of this “punishingly” difficult work showed a rich technique, but not sensitivity in the same measure.
“His sound was rich and full of ease, which astounded most of the audience”, Ajsler says and adds that more variations and feelings are needed in order to capture the grandness this musical masterpiece, for which Rahmaninov says that it’s also important as the notes.
The cooperation with the conductor Nosera was in the most part online, said the critic , and especially point out the touch of the Russian soul in the performance of the New York Symphony. On the program of the concert on which Trpcevski preformed was in the second part works by Bartok and Britn.

The city of Skopje organized the event “White Night”, with which the 60th anniversary of the forming of the UN was marked, but also the takeover of eight cultural institutions by decentralization. Those are: the Museum of Skopje, the Cultural Information Centre, the Youth Cultural Centre, the Home of Culture “Koco Racin”, the Children’s Cultural Centre “Karpos”, the library “Braka Miladinovci”, the Universal Hall and the ZOO.
The city’s authorities plan this event to grow in to a traditional one. On the event there were awards given for journalism and photography on the topic of “Poverty” by UN.





Third edition of international festival Balkan Dance Platform (BDP) will be held for the first time in Macedonia on November 3-6, organised by Lokomotiva-Center for New Initiatives in Art and Culture, in cooperation with local and international partners.
Festival organizers said that BDP was a regional, biennial event on contemporary dance, intended for the development and promotion of cultural dialogue in the region and beyond, through opening of space for presentation and promotion of latest and most innovative modern dance productions by authors from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia/Montenegro, Romania and Turkey.
Macedonian participants are Kire Mladenovski with a solo performance, Marjana Savovska with performance "2010", and Iskra Sukarova with "Ouch-Couch."
Furthermore, Children's Theatre Center within the Skopje Old Bazaar will host a Balkan express meeting, including discussions, debates and lectures focusing on contemporary dance, its development, management etc.
Festival events will be held at the big and small stages of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet, Cifte Amam - Gallery 2, and Museum of Contemporary Arts.
The first BDP was held in Sofia in 2001, while second in Bucharest in 2003.
The festival is supported by the Swiss Culture Program in Macedonia, Ministry of Culture and other partners.