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The great counterfeiting of history: Myth of a "Macedonian" nation

Viewpoint: More than ever before, it is the duty of Hellenes worldwide to refute the lies and falsehoods upon which the “Macedonian” nation is based.

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Myth of a “Macedonian” nation
Most of humanity is generally unaware of the fact that the so-called “Macedonian” nation has been a reinterpretation of Balkan history, counterfeiting of historical myths, and artificial nationality and language by the “Sclavineaes.”
Further, most are unaware that the Macedonians were part of the ancient Greek world. This is proven by the archaeological findings in the region, in conjunction with linguistic analysis and the discovery of large numbers of Greek inscriptions with a vast range of Greek names. These discoveries prove that was never any cultural, language or history break in the unity of the Macedonians with the rest of Greeks. Indeed, the dissemination of the Greek language and Greek culture throughout the known world by Alexander the Great provides the most irrefutable confirmation of this. The unity of Macedonians and the rest of the Greeks is proved once more with the findings brought to light at the major archaeological sites of Vergina, Pella, Sindos and Dion, and also in Thessaloniki, Florina, Chalkidiki, Edessa, and many other areas.
Humanity is also generally unaware of the historical evidence and the archaeological findings which point to the existence of Greek-speaking inhabitants of the North Pindus mountains in the period 2200-2100 B.C. The Greek antiquities dating back to the 4th century B.C., especially the ivory portrait of Philip and Alexander from the Vergina tomb demonstrate the artistry achieved in Macedonia at the time of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic era.
Macedonia, even under Roman domination, continued to be a Greek land under the successors of Alexander the Great and for some two centuries was the core of larger state units ruled by Macedonian kings.
Until the Byzantine period, the Greek population of Macedonia remained unchanged. This remained the case until the 7th century A.D., when various Slavic races, the Drogovites, Strumonites, Sagoudates, and others, began to settle in the Macedonia region. With the permission of the Byzantine authorities, these tribes formed the small Slavic enclaves known as “Sclavineae.”
In the 14th century, the Serbian empire of Stefan Dusan spread into Macedonia. However, this short-lived empire had no effective impact on the ethnological nature of Macedonia. It is important to mention here that even under Ottoman rule in Macedonia, there was not any regional part named “Macedonia”.
The designs of the Slavs involve a geopolitical calculation and the search for an outlet to the Aegean. As was planned during the Second World War and in the post-war decades, Tito constructed an artificial nationality, the “Macedonian” nationality. The task was difficult because the new nationality did not have the characteristics which are essential for its establishment as such. It followed that these components had to be “discovered” or invented.
Another feature of the nationality was its language. It was generally accepted that the language spoken by the Slavs of Macedonia is a dialect of Bulgarian. In order to sever the substantive linguistic bond between the Macedonian Slaves and the Bulgarians, a separate “Macedonian” written language had to be invented. This was done by exploiting local peculiarities and by borrowing from Serbian and other Slavic languages. However, despite the painstaking efforts of forty years, the new language remains an offshoot of Bulgarian.
Here they reinterpreted the history of the Balkans, going back to the most ancient times. In this way, it would be possible to explain into existence the myth of a “Macedonian nation.”
These countless examples should suffice to make clear the extent of this campaign of counterfeiting, historical mythology, distortion and historical misinterpretation. These falsehoods have been accepted by people with an absolute ignorance of history, which goes hand-in-hand with absolute toleration.
I should add that we, as Greeks, must not lose our sense of history, of whence we came, of who we are, and of what we are becoming.
Is it possible today in the United States, where we constitute an affluent, politically powerful, and highly educated Hellenic diaspora, that we know so little about something so simple and yet so fatefully significant as the myth of a “Macedonian” nation?
It is a matter of great national importance for the modern history of Greece and Hellenism, and indeed our national duty, to restore the historical truth that specific aspirations and interests continue to reproach and distort. Our duty is to maintain permanent vigilance to preserve our national integrity and ensure peace.
Opinions expressed are those of the author alone and may not reflect the opinions and viewpoints of Hellenic Insider, its publisher, its editors, or its staff, writers, and contributors.

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Archons of Greek Orthodox Church issue toothless letter about abortion law

The good news is the Archons did say some good things in reaction to the New York abortion law. But there was no consequence.

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In relation to our previously published piece about Governor Andrew Cuomo signing abortion into the New York State Constitution, we noted that at the time of the article’s writing, no entities within the Orthodox Church in any jurisdiction issued any kind of statement condemning this law. Of all fourteen universally acknowledged Local Churches, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church was particularly of note, since their Archons awarded a humanitarian award known as the Athenogoras Award to extremely liberal, pro-abortion politicians, Andrew Cuomo being one of these.

Well, the Archons did issue a statement yesterday:

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Condemns New York’s New Abortion Law

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, strongly condemns the State of New York’s new Reproductive Health Act that was passed on January 22, 2019. This new law allows abortions up to the moment of birth and gives people who are not doctors the right to perform abortions.

The Order also deplores the celebratory atmosphere surrounding the new law, as One World Trade Center was lit pink to commemorate the passage of the law, as if it represented a great advance for the rights of women. The rights of no human being are ever advanced at the expense of another. The State of New York will not truly have respect for the rights of women until it once again restores legal protections for every human being, from his or her first moment of existence until natural death.

Hailed as progress, New York’s Reproductive Health Act is not actually an advance, but a regression, a return to a time of barbarism when the weak were at the mercy of the strong and had no protection from legal structures or governing authorities.

The Order implores New York’s legislators to reconsider this dangerous new law and reinstitute protections for all human life, no matter how weak and vulnerable. Only when such protections exist can any society truly prosper.

Rev. Alexander Karloutsos
Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Spiritual Advisor of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle

Is this enough?

It does not seem to be so. Governor Cuomo and his award, along with pro-abortion Roman Catholic Vice President Joe Biden, also received this award at the same time Governor Cuomo did.

What did not happen in this letter was that neither politician was named, nor were the four (out of five) Greek Orthodox politicians in the New York State Assembly that voted FOR this law.

Neither did the Archons move to rescind the Athenagoras Awards they gave to Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Biden. This move appears to be still far too politically calculated, and keeping with the tragic, curious and distressing behavior of the leadership within the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Monomachos.com is a popular blog site whose editor, George Michalopulos, is undoubtedly one of the giants among those Greek Orthodox who seriously uphold at the notion that the Church ought never compromise herself. Yet, he was very happy with the letter that is shown above because for him it represented a “180-degree turnabout” in terms of the history of the Archons’ behavior, which he noted elsewhere as smacking of “the feeling that their primary job is to raise money for Istanbul.”

He neglected to mention the lack of mention of the Awards, but perhaps understandably, his surprise at any sort of traditional statement by this group was leading to exuberance where perhaps it is not deserved.

The Greek Orthodox Church seems to have an overall alignment with very liberal figures, and it is unclear as to why. But this tendency of people that are considered good and faithful Greek Orthodox churchgoers to align with liberal politics in the United States is very different than the sharply conservative tendencies of Russian Orthodox churchgoers, or Greeks or Romanians in the US.

The other rather liberal church is the US is the Orthodox Church in America, but this group does tend to involve itself in social causes in the US – especially abortion – in a very conservative, if rather feeble, manner. They do make their presence known at the annual March for Life and this is of great value.

We wish to name all the Greek Orthodox elected New York assembly members here, with their votes regarding the state abortion measure:

Michael Gianaris             (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.
Andrew Gounardes         (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.
Nicole Malliotakis           (R)                            – No. (and she is a woman!!)
Aravella Simotas             (D)                            – Yes.
James Skoufis                  (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.

This measure enshrined abortion at any point in a woman’s pregnancy as a constitutional right. The law stipulates several following procedures are now “rights:”

  • The law allows non-physicians to perform abortions.
  • The law allows abortion through the third trimester.
  • and the law repeals protections for babies that survive abortions (this means that if the baby gets delivered alive, it will still be killed.)

This is a barbaric law, and a resounding victory for people aligned with some very dark ideas about life and death. It is a tragedy, and while the Archons’ letter condemning it is at least a token statement, it really wants a full-throated response from the Christian world.

In fact, even Muslims and religious Jewish people ought to be outraged as well. All the Abrahamic religions understand that only God is the author of life. In this viewpoint, people do not themselves create life. We only cooperate with God to bring it into existence, by his blessing.

But we can cause death, and this power is influenced by forces that are not interested in God, traditional values, family, children or anything of the sort.

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Greek MPs pass Prespes deal with 153 votes in 300-seat House

Opinion polls indicate that most Greeks oppose the settlement, a fact which may not bode well for Tsipras in an election year.

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Greece’s parliament on Friday ratified a landmark accord that changes the name of neighbouring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), ending a decades-old dispute and opening the way for the ex-Yugoslav republic to join the European Union and NATO.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who hammered out the deal with his FYROM counterpart last year, secured the parliamentary majority needed to get the accord approved with support from independent and opposition lawmakers.

“Today we are writing a new page for the Balkans. The hatred of nationalism and conflict is giving way to friendship, peace, and cooperation,” Tsipras wrote on his social media account.

FYROM has already ratified the deal, brokered last year, and its prime minister promptly sent a tweet hailing the Greek parliament’s vote.

The settlement seeks to end a 28-year old row between Athens and Skopje over the use of the term “Macedonia” by renaming the tiny Balkan state “Republic of North Macedonia” to differentiate it from Greece’s northern province of Macedonia.

Greece’s European Union allies welcomed the ratification.

“They had imagination, they took the risk, they were ready to sacrifice their own interests for the greater good,” European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted. “Mission impossible accomplished.”

Opinion polls indicate that most Greeks oppose the settlement, a fact which may not bode well for Tsipras in an election year. A general election is due by October, and his party is trailing the opposition New Democracy by up to 12 points.

The debate in the Greek parliament was heated, with voting almost interrupted on Friday when an MP for the right-wing Golden Dawn Party, asked to cast his vote, responded: “No to treason!”

Several MPs in favour of of the accord reported attempts to intimidate them.

Many Greeks fear the agreement could lead to territorial claims against Greece and say it constitutes an appropriation of their country’s ancient cultural heritage. Macedonia was the birthplace of Alexander the Great.

Protests against the deal have at times turned violent this week, and on Thursday evening police fired teargas to disperse crowds outside parliament. Smaller groups of people braved heavy rain on Friday to demonstrate outside the parliament.

New Democracy slammed the agreement.

“This deal should never have been signed or brought to parliament for ratification,” party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told parliament. “It is a national defeat … a national blunder that is an affont to the truth and history of our country.”

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