Testimonies of Macedonian Army Special Unit “Scorpions”: “Lepeza” is a big deception – I neither got a license, nor a job!

author: Stojanka Mitreska   Zoran Karadakovski, former army Scorpion claims to have been played in Lepeza, program of the Macedonian Ministry of Defense, supported by the Kingdom of Norway, and that he has not received the deserved security guarding license, although he attended lectures at the barracks in Stip, where one of the three centers of Macedonian – Norwegian project for retraining military personnel is located.   Karadakovski, before the end of his military career in the Army, says that like many of his colleagues was on training under the program “Lepeza” to get a security guarding license. For the document (license) issued by the Chamber of the Republic of Macedonia which Karadakovski now has, he claims he paid from his own pocket, instead, as it was explained, the cost to be covered by the Norwegian donation. The former...

Macedonia is getting empty, people run away from poverty

author: Arta Tahiri   People emigrate looking for solutions. They go where they can find jobs and provide a more dignified life for themselves and their families, say experts in Skopje. Citizens of the countries of the Western Balkans, including Macedonia, migrate to the European Union (EU) countries. This phenomenon has gripped not only Macedonia, but Kosovo also. In recent days, the most common on Kosovo TV are “rivers” of people going to Europe, deeply disappointed by the government, but hoping that the West will bring a better life in the future. Kushtrim Sadiku, journalist in the television Klan Kosova, for Inbox 7 says that the government and other institutions of Kosovo have not given a precise number of Kosovars who seek their fortune in the European Union as refugees or asylum seekers. However, according to him, what is...

Carcinogenic asbestos ending in fields instead of dumps

Author: Ivanka Spirovska-Zivosovska   Two children are playing and in their hands holding small gray broken pieces of roof recently replaced of the block of flats where they live. With their hands they broke the pieces of the roof thrown in the trash pile, where the locals over time got used to dispose other waste, in which you can see everything. Seemingly naive children’s game ignores the fact that what they hold in their hands is not a toy, but carcinogenic pieces of asbestos sheets that in Europe were banned long ago. Schools, kindergartens, municipal buildings, even entire neighborhoods in the country are covered with harmful asbestos sheets that no one wants to be responsible for. No state institution knows exactly how much area is covered with asbestos or where the material is embedded. Rare are companies that should deal...

Half a million Euros citizens’ money for the bottom of the First Football League table

Author: Violeta Kozinkova Originally published on TV Iris     “Municipality of Stip is facing serious financial problems. Municipal debt exceeds the sum of two million Euros”, was Ilco Zahariev’s first statement when he became the mayor of Stip. A year and a half after this statement, regarding financial situation of the municipality, he still says that it is worrying, but recently they have signed rebalancing of municipal budget, where with prior approved funds, around 280,000 Euros will go to the Company for sports activities “Bregalnica 2008”, joint stock company managed by the football club “Bregalnica”. After the autumn season this football club is fighting for survival, penultimate in the table. But what is motivating the local government to continue to invest in a “bottomless bag”?   The move by this local government is no different from any previous....

A foundry from Virgin Islands in Probistip

Originally published on TV Iris   A company from Virgin Islands wants to build a foundry in Probistip and it will melt scrap metal and steel. The foundry will be built just two kilometers from the open tailings of lead and zinc mine Zletovo, where 11 million cubic meters of toxic cadmium, molybdenum, copper and gold are deposited. This has upset the residents of the town, who through the social networking site Facebook formed a group “No for steelworks in Probishtip” and started to collect signatures for a petition against construction of the foundry. They say that Probistip will not be the new Veles. -As conscientious citizens we wonder how at a time when the region and the people of our country are fighting for the right to breathe clean air, drink potable water and have unpolluted soil, our...

From building expansion to usurpation of others’ homes

author: Biljana Stavrova   For four years some of the residents of the so-called Railway Colony settlement, located in the center of Skopje (behind Universal Hall), have been facing strong pressure from contractors who want to build residential – commercial buildings there. They say they cannot accept their unfavorable offer for sale of the property and to put signature on contracts that do not protect their rights. We have been blackmailed by our property developers, they offer extremely unfavorable prices, do not give adequate replacement, any remuneration, citizens explain. “We would all like this situation to be resolved, we have been living here for more than 60 years and do not want to be moved out this way. We are prisoners of our own property, still we would like this to be resolved with an agreement and peacefully. We...

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