Skopje Dnevnik 24 Sep 09 p 11
Commentary by Nikola Popovski: “Yeast”
[…]There is a core of academicians and their collaborators from the Skopje state university within MANU, who have a very inaccurate perception of [FYR]Macedonia and its future. […] Some MANU members needed the yeast that then VMRO-DPMNE Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski put into the dough in order to ensure the prompt fermentation of their dark ideas. With little changes, incumbent VMRO-DPMNE Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski actively pursues the same policy today. MANU’s dough was left to rest until 2009, when conditions were again right for it to start rising. Gruevski played the role of yeast this time round.
He himself, along with his politics, the mad ideas about the country’s antiquization, and the open hostility toward everybody who is not loyal to his ideology and reign acted as the yeast triggering fermentation inside our society. […] We have yet to see many surprises of this kind for as long as the VMRO-DPMNE men with strong backbones are in power, served by those without backbones.
The problems concerning the encyclopedia whose publication [FYR]Macedonia awaited for decades are evident in the several entries that rightly enraged the Albanians living in the country. I believe that a careful reading of the entire contents will reveal “a thousand and one” other problematic entries. [….]
The role of the “brave” prime minister, who is constantly running around the place in order to make it to every new tap being put into operation, should not be underestimated. […] Nikola Gruevski, who allegedly claims to be a new politician (as opposed to all the others, except him, who took part in managing [FYR]Macedonia’s transition politics), received the biggest coverage. He is small in real terms for independent [FYR]Macedonia, but big in the encyclopedia.
Precisely he, that is, the incumbent prime minister’s new political image, is the direct instigator (or yeast if you want) for what is being said in the encyclopedia. It is no coincidence that the authors have given him so much space and praises in return. They hope that with him as their leader, they will have a lot of room to continue working on works like this.
What exactly is happening with parts of MANU? Is there a single serious test that MANU passed over the past 15 years? There is not enough evidence to support this. After the last major omission, everybody has distanced themselves from the amateurism (or implicit intentions) of the [FYR]Macedonian encyclopedia. At least this has been the case at the time of writing this article. […]
What matters is that after two days of deliberation, the VMRO-DPMNE has nevertheless decided to defend the MANU authors. […] The work on the encyclopedia is apparently a mere continuation of this government’s political doctrine anyway. Nothing in the encyclopedia is there by coincidence. This is a note in case somebody is fooled into thinking that the MANU allegedly promoted something on its own, with the government falling hostage to these ideas. The opposite is the case. What is happening within MANU is a classic example of falling hostage to a destructive philosophy of political thinking and reign in this country. Unfortunately, [FYR]Macedonia is rushing toward becoming a provincial society and distancing itself from the modern world.
(The term [FYR] is used solely by the Blog and not by the original article)
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