Macedonian ruling party leader and former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has pledged to ‘cleanse’ Macedonia’s long-embattled civil society sector. In a public statement circulated in early February, he warned civil society organizations (CSOs) in the former Yugoslav republic to get ready for a ‘final showdown.’ In another recent statement, Gruevski spoke of a need for the “de-Sorosization” of Macedonian civil society ... Gruevski also has alleged that 90-95% of CSOs in Macedonia are financed by liberal billionaire and foundation chair George Soros, or by foreign governments under Soros’ control. ... Coinciding with these claims has been the appearance of a “Stop Operation Soros” campaign, now known informally as “SOS”, which promotes a message seemingly in line with Gruevski's party position on the issue.Polistra and friends give a hearty salute to courageous Macedonia, for diagnosing and solving the BIG problem correctly. And here's the Macedonian anthem. Nice classical piece. = = = = = Linguistic sidenote: I'd never paid attention to Macedonian, figuring it was pretty much the same as Serbo-Croat. Hearing the anthem made me wonder if that was a good assumption. It's not. The sound system is unmistakably Slavic but without the peculiarities of palatalization. The grammar is also Slavic in origin but again simplified, probably under influence of Romanian late Latin. Noun cases are entirely deleted and verb forms are simplified. None of the strange dual universe of imperfective vs perfective verbs; just orthogonal tense forms. Unlike most Slavic languages the definite article is retained, and placed on the end of the noun as in Romanian. Macedonian is unquestionably the simplest and most 'accessible' of all Slavic languages. Esperantski. The anthem lists several names: Gotse Delchev, Pitu Guli, Dame Gruev and Sandanski; and refers to Macedonia as the Krushevski Republic. Seemed like an odd inclusion, so I looked them up. These were the leaders of a 1903 rebellion against the Ottoman Empire, involving both Bulgaria and Macedonia. The victorious battle of the rebellion was at the town of Krushevo, but the resulting "nation" only lasted 10 days until the Ottomans put it down.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.