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THE MACEDONIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS AGENCY February 20, 2017, Issue 727
 
Interview 
US Congressman Franks Slams Baily: Still No Explanation on Funding Soros NGOs

The challenge that we’ve seen is some questionable funding that the US mission has made to organization associated to George Soros, which are really the antithesis to many of the things that America believes, said US Congressman and Arizona Republican Trent Franks, in an interview with the Macedonian National Television (MRTV). read

 
Culture 
Macedonian Violist to Perform at Houston Hall in Boston

Sofia Zlatanova, a viola master program student of Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, will give a concert in the Houston Hall in Boston late Saturday.read

 
Culture 
Berlinale Film Fest Wraps with Surprising Win

It’s a wrap at the Berlinale and Saturday night (February 18) was awards night at Berlin’s 67th International Film Festival, Euronews reported. read

 
 
TOP NEWS 

POLITICS 

TRUMP ATTACKS MEDIA AT FLORIDA RALLY

US President Donald Trump has launched another fierce attack on the media at a "campaign rally for America" event in the state of Florida, BBC reported.

He told the crowd in Melbourne the media did not want "to report the truth" and had their own agenda. He also defended the achievements of his presidency so far, insisting that a spirit of optimism was sweeping the US. read more


KOSOVO PRESIDENT: VISA LIBERALIZATION, DELAYED BY DEMARCATION

An agreement for demarcation of the border with Montenegro should be ratified for Kosovo citizens to travel without visa to EU countries, President Hashim Thaci says. Such request has been reiterated by EU commissioners in last meetings, Thaci wrote on Facebook.

"Commissioners Hahn and Avramopoulos reiterated that Brussels is waiting the ratification of the Demarcation agreement in order to lift the visa regime for Kosovo citizens. Now it is up to the MPs to decide when our citizens will be able to move visa free in the Schengen area," Thaci said. read more


SWEDEN ASKS US TO EXPLAIN TRUMP COMMENT ON SWEDEN

The Swedish embassy in Washington has asked the U.S. State Department for an explanation of a comment made by President Donald Trump that suggested there had been some sort of security incident in Sweden on Friday, Channel News Asia reported.

The U.S. President was speaking at a political rally in Florida on Saturday when, in connection with the mention of a need to keep the United States safe, he said: "You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. read more


DOMESTIC 

SASO MIJALKOV DENIES ALLEGATIONS BY SDSMS MP: MUHAMED ZEKIRI TO APOLOGIZE IMMEDIATELLY

Former chief of the Counterintelligence and Security Agency (UBK), Saso Mijalkov has denied that the SDSM MP Muhamed Zekiri was attacked by his security.

Mijalkov said in a press release that the statement of Muhamed Zekiri is a complete lie. read more


JAKIMOVSKI: NEW GOVERNMENT OR NEW ELECTIONS TO SOLVE POLITICAL CRISIS

Civil Option for Macedonia (GROM) president, Stevco Jakimovski, stated Sunday that the only way out of the political crisis is forming government or holding fresh election.

According to Jakimovski, currently the only stable institution in the country is the President. read more


CULTURE 

MACEDONIAN VIOLIST TO PERFORM AT HOUSTON HALL IN BOSTON

Sofia Zlatanova, a viola master program student of Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, will give a concert in the Houston Hall in Boston late Saturday. The concert will feature compositions by John Williams, Ernest Bloch, Bahar Royai and viola arrangements of Macedonian folk songs.

Zlatanova expressed satisfaction with the opportunity to affirm Macedonia and its music in the US. read more


BERLINALE FILM FEST WRAPS WITH SURPRISING WIN

It’s a wrap at the Berlinale and Saturday night (February 18) was awards night at Berlin’s 67th International Film Festival, Euronews reported.

Hungarian love story ‘On Body and Soul’ won the coveted Golden Bear for Best Film. read more


SPORTS 

KARPOS SOKOLI BEAT FENI INDUSTRY, WINS MACEDONIA BASKETBALL CUP

Karpos Sokoli has won the Macedonia Basketball Cup. The team beat Feni Industry after managing to break the resistance of the Kavadarci team.

Following the first 30 minutes of battle, Karpos Sokoli managed to triumph over Feni with 80:69, thus winning their first trophy. read more


CRIME 

CELEBRITY CLIENTS PART OF RAHIC'S NARCO-SCHEME IN SKOPJE

A street criminal gang was dismantled after a police raid on Friday, following the suspicions of selling drugs in Skopje and across Macedonia.

According to Net Press, several persons were a part of the networking of the suspect, Sead Rahic – Setko, one of the detained suspects for dealing narcotics, and former owner of nightclubs and bars, as well as brother of Esad Rahic – Esko, former MP of SDSM. read more


WORLD 

MASSIVE PRO-REFUGEE PROTESTS IN BARCELONA

Spain has only taken in eleven hundred refugees, despite promising to accept seventeen thousand as Syria’s vicious civil war and other violent conflicts rage on, Euronews reported.

On Saturday around 160,000 people took to the streets of Barcelona in protest. read more


KIM JONG-NAM KILLING: MALAYSIA RECALLS ENVOY FROM NORTH KOREA

Malaysia has stepped up diplomatic measures against North Korea in an escalating row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, the BBC reported.

Kim Jong-nam died in mysterious circumstances last week at an airport in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. read more


INTERVIEW 

US CONGRESSMAN FRANKS SLAMS BAILY: STILL NO EXPLANATION ON FUNDING SOROS NGOS

Click here to read the story:
www.independent.mk/articles/41537


INDEPENDENT INSIDER 
US Congressman Franks Slams Baily: Still No Explanation on Funding Soros NGOs

MORE TOP NEWS 
Saso Mijalkov Denies Allegations by SDSMs MP: Muhamed Zekiri to Apologize Immediatelly

Jakimovski: New Government or New Elections to Solve Political Crisis

Massive Pro-refugee Protests in Barcelona

Kim Jong-nam Killing: Malaysia Recalls Envoy from North Korea

Celebrity Clients Part of Rahic's Narco-scheme in Skopje

Karpos Sokoli Beat Feni Industry, Wins Macedonia Basketball Cup

Trump Attacks Media at Florida Rally

Kosovo President: Visa Liberalization, Delayed by Demarcation

Sweden Asks US to Explain Trump Comment on Sweden


UPS & DOWNS 
Involvement in Youth Activities and Informal Education Enables Mobility and Interaction

Citizens Аre Victims of Air Pollution
QUOTE OF THE DAY 

"No emancipation without that of society."

- Theodor W. Adorno was a German philosopher, sociologist, and composer known for his critical theory of society. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, whose work has come to be associated with thinkers such as Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse, for whom the work of Freud, Marx, and Hegel were essential to a critique of the modern society. He is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's foremost thinkers on aesthetics and philosophy and one of its preeminent essayists as well.

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