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Who is Ljupco Palevski - the prime suspect in the double murder

Ljupco Palevski is a controversial businessman and politician whose life path and career go through several different phases and completely opposite roles. Together with famous architects and officials, he is considered one of the creators of the so-called "urban mafia" because his name is first heard on the public stage when the urban plans for Skopje's Debar Maalo are changed and buildings start to sprout from small family houses in the heart of Skopje. And the building on st. "N.N. Borche" in front of which Vanja Gjorchevska was kidnapped was built by Palevski.

A symbol of that "construction" period is the construction of the "Tiffany" building. With it, the boulevard "Partizanski Ordeji" becomes a dead end for a long period of time because it lies on its route from which, according to the plans, it should sink and exit before the so-called Complex Banks. The erection of this building also marks the end of his engagement in this area, for which his strength is given by his familiarity with structures in the SDSM, which at that time was led by Crvenkovski, which later came to light with the fact that he became the first man of the city organization of the party. The new government sees in him an excellent example to execute the pre-election announced justice, but in a strange way the fight ends with the demolition of the attic and studio of one of the built buildings (on "Pirinska" street) thanks to the closeness that was born between him and the then portfolio ministers from Georgievski's cabinet, but also with his childhood acquaintance, Sasho Mijalkov. Those connections last and are useful even in the period when VMRO-DPMNE is at its most powerful, in the time when the party and later the Government were headed by Nikola Gruevski.

Palevski makes several attempts, some more successful and some less successful, to become a media magnate. First of all, after the defeat of SDSM in the 1998 elections, the weekly "Start" was opened with his support, through which a multitude of journalists, "victims" of the revolutionary purge in NIP "Nova Macedonia" passed. The newspaper lasts for a few years, but it goes out of business. He resisted the political pressures from the government at the time, but not the internal irreconcilable differences in the editorial policy, which was effected by the departure of the chief editor Mirka Velinovska and most of the journalistic team in the newly opened weekly newspaper "Zum". Due to the conflict in 2001, his attempt to publish "Global", the first bilingual daily newspaper (in Macedonian and Albanian), failed because the printing press from which several issues were published is located in the center of the conflicts, in Mala Recica. It should be mentioned that after the exponents of the VMRO-DPMNE government openly speak against Blaže Koneski, in order to preserve his image and work, at the suggestion of several academics, to protect it from destruction, he buys the family house of Konevci and forms "Nebregovo" Foundation.

After SDSM came to power again in 2002, Palevski entered the television business by taking over TV Alfa - Skopje, for which the Greek owners (Condominas) failed to obtain a national concession. From it, he creates the first sports television, Channel 4. But it is also short-lived. During that period, he came into conflict with the SDSM government and became its fierce critic.

Palevski, who is an agricultural engineer by profession, a little later, after the arrival of Nikola Gruevski to the top position in the state, he ventured into a completely different business. He moves and lives in Zadar, where he starts producing pellet stoves. But there is also a stain from that business venture because in 2019, due to unpaid accounts, he was arrested in Belgrade on a warrant issued by the official Zagreb and later transferred to Croatia, where he was tried for crimes of a property-legal nature.

In the same period, at the beginning of Gruevski's rule, he was not much in public life. It appears only after he solves the key, personal urban problem and legalizes the Tiffany building. Probably because of the successfully completed work, he became an exponent of the policy of defaming the then opposition led by Zaev. He was used and presented as a public figure with a social democratic background who opposed the policies of the then leadership, especially the support for the "Colored Revolution". He is a frequent guest on shows of the then pro-government media and gives interviews and speaks against the methods of his former party.

After the fall of Gruevski, he uses his extremely close relations with structures from the so-called deep state and through the impeccable contacts he has with top characters from the intelligence and security structures provides access and reconciliation with the angry Zaev. It is not entirely clear whether Palevski provides access to part of the so-called through the same structures or in another way. "bombs" which later, after their delivery to the SJO, continue to be published on social networks. It was assumed that he was hiding under the pseudonym Nikola Tesla, under which numerous "bombshells" were published. At the same time, he is in very close relations with the owner of a portal, recently convicted of blackmail and threats due to material gain.

Around that period, Palevski began to get seriously involved politically and socially. Horrified by the "betrayals" of Macedonia, he enters into cooperation with radical political structures from the right and with high church dignitaries and organizes and leads numerous protests and demonstrations. He is a staunch opponent of the Euro-Atlantic integration of the country and in his public appearances he openly advocates entry into BRICS and closer relations between Macedonia and Russia. He also participated in the last protest in front of the Russian embassy in support of their "special military operation" against Ukraine. After the MOC-OA receives recognition of its autocephaly from the SOC, he, with the blessing of several bishops, begins an "action to save the name of the MOC-OA" and, with the support of his newly founded party, collects signatures for the preservation of the MOC-OA in front of the temples in the country and abroad. OA opposing the next step, obtaining the tomos of autocephaly from the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Three years ago, in September 2020, for unclear reasons, he was physically attacked with metal bars by unknown persons. The attack was preceded by public announcements of wiretapped telephone conversations for which his home was searched by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and after a few months, in March 2021, Palevski was charged with divulging an official secret.

Palevski is the founder of the political party Desna and, according to his publicly expressed views on his podcast, he planned to participate in the next elections.

Линк: https://360stepeni.mk/koj-e-lupcho-palevski-prvoosomnichen-za-dvojnoto-ubistvo/

 

 

 

My perception: Roma politics and chess

Honestly, I am not an expert on chess and its philosophy, but according to my "modest" knowledge of this ancient game, Roma politics reminds me exactly of this game - chess.

It's fair game. One side is black, the other white. In politics it is a little different. There you are already entering the "gray" zone. Chess is not politics, but that does not mean that its strategy cannot or should not be considered in politics.

When a professional plays chess, he or she mainly focuses on what the opponent is thinking. They do it because of one simple fact. Any move, at a given moment, can determine advantages or disadvantages at a later stage. However you take it, chess is played with morality, and in politics, as you know, nothing is moral or immoral.

But what is very immoral, impermissible and unjustifiable in politics is playing for personal gain and not in the interest of the people.

Such a chess party is mostly used by the Roma political bloc. Only in the interest of his immediate surroundings and nothing further. That's why the results are miserable. The Roma political block in the political chess game will mostly serve as cannon fodder - or a pawn.

Most often sacrificed for other people's interests, so that the king and queen remain - untouchable.

Meanwhile, while the world is constantly changing, it is slowly becoming clear to us that we, the Roma, need to change as well. Let's say stop to this status quo, and be ready to imagine the future. We need to know where we are going. We need much more than a useful strategy to decide what we need.

In chess, the elements of a good strategy are making bold moves, taking chances, but also being flexible in playing your role. This is not, perhaps, a surefire formula for success, but these are some basic ideas that are easily overlooked.

Only such a calculation will lead us forward. Because, you know, nobody ever won a game of chess by giving up. Chess is, in fact, also a battle against mistakes.

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Exclusive interview with Fatima Osmanovska - President of the newly formed "Roma Union": "The party was formed precisely because of the political impotence we currently have as a Roma community."

Roma Times: What is the main motive to form the "Roma Union"?

Fatima Osmanovska: As the very name of the party suggests, the political party Union of Roma will act as a political body that brings together, in this particular case it will bring together the ideology of every Romani/Roma woman which is in the direction of the full enjoyment of the rights of the Roma community. and additionally the acquisition of new rights that will affect a better quality of life, in all spheres.

In order to realize this ideology, which is shared by a large number of Roma, regardless of the political background or non-political action of each of us individually, the need for organized, political action was imposed, which actually resulted in the initiative to form the party.

Personally, I am sure that we are ripe as a community to be united in one "union" that will finally bring the changes that we all individually and collectively expect, and we are also aware that we have to bring the expected changes ourselves.

RT: You are the first Roma woman - President of a Roma political party in the Republic of Macedonia. What is the main motive?

FO: I believe and am a supporter of what I believe is a confirmed thesis that an individual's gender is not a factor that will determine success in any profession or occupation, but experience, knowledge, motivation, social and leadership skills. Being the first female Roma president of a political party will not make the party more successful or less successful. My vision, the vision of my team, my abilities to unify, negotiate, advocate and speak publicly on behalf of my supporters will be decisive for the success of the community first and foremost, the party and my personal success.

That's where I find my motivation for the leadership of the Roma Union. I believe in myself, I believe in the trust I have from the community and I believe in the positive results that I can bring and contribute not only to my community, but to the entire Macedonian society.

RT: Does the Roma Union plan to have its own branches and from which cities (regions)?

FO: Of course we will. Branches in every city will provide an opportunity for every RSM citizen to be involved in the party's ideological activities, from every city, village, settlement, and that is why I believe that branches are an essential part of the political activity of the Union of Roma.

How, for example, would you represent the interests of citizens from any municipality sitting in an office in Skopje? Certainly through the action of the branches that will be our link with the community, and at the same time they will be representatives of the political party at the local level, because we are aware of the power of changes that can be made at the local level, independent of the action at the national level.

RT: Who is your party planning to form a coalition with?

F.O.: The mere establishment of a political party does not necessarily mean that it should and will form a coalition with another party. I don't believe in the thesis of small and big parties and that the small ones should automatically "stick" to the big ones in order to get a piece of the "political cake". But at the same time, I believe in a partnership based on the recognition of mutual cooperation that will bring changes on both sides, and in this direction we will still analyze and determine with whom we would potentially form a coalition according to the ideological determinations of our party and other parties.

RT: How do you evaluate the current political power of the Roma community?

FO: The party was formed precisely because of the political powerlessness that we currently have as a Roma community, as opposed to the political potential that we have as individuals and as a team.

RT: Who will be the focus of action of the Roma Union?

F.O.: The focus will still be refined together with the citizens. I announced that no issue will be represented if it is not derived from conversations and analyzes with the citizens.

But the general goal of the Union of Roma will be advocacy of the principle of equality, fairness, bringing legal legislation that will be in line with the interests of the Roma community, bringing local policies that will be inclusive for the Roma community and the entry of the Roma community from RSM in the European Union as an equal community in terms of economic and social status, enjoying all the same rights as the majority community.

Three years since the death of Amdi Bajram, the only Roma MP with the longest parliamentary term from 1994 to 2020

Today, October 24, marks 3 years since the death of Amdi Bajram, who as a Roma MP in the Parliament of Macedonia had exactly 11 mandates from 1994 to 2020.

He was born in Skopje in 1956. Amdi Bajram became a member of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia in 1994 as a member of the Party for the Complete Emancipation of the Roma (PCER), but until the end of the mandate he worked as an independent member of parliament. In 1996, he founded SRM and was appointed its president. Except for the first term, in the following terms (1998 - 2002) (2002 - 2006) (2006 - 2008) (2008 - 2011) (2011 - 2014) (2014 - 2016) and (2016 - 2020) he was a deputy from the ranks of Soyuzit. The Roma from Macedonia, where he was president until his death. He died at the age of 64 as a result of heart problems. Gabriel Bayram has been appointed as his successor as President of SRM

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