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June-September Articles of 2009

  • President Obama Delivers Message on Ramadan-August 21, 2009
    President Obama Delivers Message on Ramadan-August 21, 2009

    President Obama: "I know...that Ramadan is a time of intense devotion and reflection – a time when Muslims fast during the day and perform tarawih prayers at night, reciting and listening to the entire Koran over the course of the month. These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings." Video »

  • U.S. Ambassador Philip Reeker Sends Greetings on the Occasion of the Start of the Holy Month of Ramadan-August 21, 2009
    U.S. Ambassador Philip Reeker Sends Greetings on the Occasion of the Start of the Holy Month of Ramadan-August 21, 2009

    On the occasion of the start of the holy month of Ramadan, I would like to send my greetings, on behalf of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, to Muslims observing Ramadan throughout Macedonia. Throughout Macedonia and around the world, Muslims will join together with their families and communities in fasting, prayer, and reflection during this holy month. May Ramadan remind us all of serving each other in charity and compassion, and of mutual respect for the free expression of religious values. Allow me, once again, to offer my wishes, on behalf of the whole U.S. Embassy team, for a blessed and meaningful observance of Ramadan. Philip Reeker's Biography »

  • Ambassador Reeker Gives Interview to Stit, Magazine of the Macedonian Ministry of Defense-August 20, 2009(PDF-640kb)
    Ambassador Reeker Gives Interview to Stit, Magazine of the Macedonian Ministry of Defense-August 20, 2009(PDF-640kb)

    The new magazine of the Macedonian Defense Ministry, Stit (Shield) features an interview with Ambassador Reeker. With the headline, “We are Looking Forward to Welcoming Macedonia as Full NATO Member,” Ambassador Reeker discusses developments in the process of Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration, the name issue, U.S. policy towards Macedonia, Macedonian Army participation in multi-national troops, and bilateral military cooperation. He also discusses his impressions of Macedonia over the last decade since his last tour in Skopje and how the arc of his career has brought him back to Macedonia. Large Photo »

  • Ednooki Studios host Ambassador Reeker-August 19, 2009
    Ednooki Studios host Ambassador Reeker-August 19, 2009

    Ambassador Reeker visited the studio and offices of the Ednooki team on Wednesday, August 19. The Ambassador met the entire staff including the computer graphics team, the voice-over actors and the creative minds behind the cartoons – Boris Damovski and Aleksandar Rusjakov. Mr. Damvoski and the Ambassador discussed the history of the Ednooki cartoons from their origins as well as the current business situation with television media in Macedonia. The Ambassador noted how much he enjoyed the political commentary in the Ednooki cartoons, how they are relevant and insightful and how important it is for even the targets of the satire to be able to laugh at the situations and laugh at themselves. Large Photo »

  • To see photos from his visit, please click here(PDF-692kb).

     

  • Ambassador Reeker visits Suto Orizari and Aracinovo-August 17, 2009
    Ambassador Reeker visits Suto Orizari and Aracinovo-August 17, 2009

    On August 17, 2009 Ambassador Philip Reeker visited the municipalities of Shuto Orizari and Aracinovo. He met with Mayor Elvis Bajram and Mayor Bastri Bajrami as well as with the former mayoral candidates of both Municipalities. Discussions focused on decentralization issues, community problems and the progress achieved since the Ambassador’s last visit during the parliamentary election campaign. In both municipalities, the Ambassador encouraged the Mayors to work with other leaders in the community – regardless of party affiliation – and to the benefit of the entire community. In Shuto Orizari, the Ambassador observed the USAID “Local Government Activity” project directed to assisting the Municipality meet management and reporting standards, while in Aracinovo the Ambassador toured the town and met with the local population. Large Photo »

  • Aracinovo remarks are here.

     To see photos from his visit, please click here.(PDF-897kb) »

  • USAID Plastic Recycling Project
    USAID Plastic Recycling Project

    A few years ago, illegal dump sites and scattered plastic bottles were regular scenery throughout Macedonia—in the capital, along main roads, and even at tourist locations. This desperate situation could only by changed through the commitment and engagement of local governments, public utility companies, NGOs and citizens. The American people, through USAID, invested $1.3 million toward the Plastic Recycling Project. Today, after only a few years, plastic waste collection has increased dramatically and an estimated 5000 people earn a living in the recycling industry. To see a short video about this USAID Plastic Recycling Project, please visit our Embassy YouTube video channel (English) »

  • To see a short video about this USAID Plastic Recycling Project, please visit our Embassy YouTube video channel (Macedonian).

     To see a short video about this USAID Plastic Recycling Project, please visit our Embassy YouTube video channel (Albanian).  »

  • 2009 Creative Writing Workshop: “The Art of Words” covered by A1 Television show Ranoden
    2009 Creative Writing Workshop: “The Art of Words” covered by A1 Television show Ranoden

    This summer’s Creative Writing Workshop, which held week long courses at the American Corners in Skopje, Tetovo and Bitola, was covered by Macedonian A1 television. The courses, which ran from July 20 to August 7, focused on activities, storytelling and dramatic presentations in an atmosphere of fun and learning. The two minute television clip ran on the morning show “Ranoden,” receiving nationwide exposure. The Workshop also received extensive newspaper coverage in each of the local markets in which it was held. More videos on the Embassy YouTube channel. »

  • About the cultural envoy: Merrilee Cunningham BIO/WITS Writer(PDF-855kb)

     

  • YES High School Exchange Students Depart for a Year of Study in the U.S.A.(PDF-450kb)
    YES High School Exchange Students Depart for a Year of Study in the U.S.A.(PDF-450kb)

    In a pioneering new exchange program, high school students from Macedonia will participate in the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ambassador Reeker welcomed fifteen YES program students and their parents to a barbecue in their honor. Initiated in 2003, the YES program seeks to build bridges of international understanding, especially between Americans and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. YES students live as a “son” or “daughter” in an American family, engage in school activities and volunteer in their communities. They learn about American society and values while helping to educate others about the customs and culture of their homelands. Large Photo »

  • Building Leadership Skills for Macedonian Youth-August 3-9, 2009(PDF-570kb)
    Building Leadership Skills for Macedonian Youth-August 3-9, 2009(PDF-570kb)

    The Red Cross of Skopje organized the 2009 National Leadership Camp for Boys in Krushevo, Macedonia August 3-9. The camp brought together dozens of high-school age boys from across the country to participate in a week-long program focused on the development of leadership skills, respect for the environment, knowledge about democracy and civil society, and the value of diversity and inter-ethnic understanding. The U.S. Embassy Skopje proudly contributes to this and similar projects through the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program. Large Photo »

  • Joint statement by the Head of the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje Ambassador Jose-Luis Herrero; EU Special Representative and Head of EC Delegation Erwan Fouéré and United States Ambassador Philip T. Reeker-Skopje, 13 August 2009
    Joint statement by the Head of the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje Ambassador Jose-Luis Herrero; EU Special Representative and Head of EC Delegation Erwan Fouéré and United States Ambassador Philip T. Reeker-Skopje, 13 August 2009

    The Skopje missions of the OSCE, the European Union and the U.S. Embassy issued the following statement today to mark the eighth anniversary of the signing of the Ohrid Framework Agreement. Ambassador Philip T. Reeker's Biography »

  • Ambassador Reeker encourages the work of local NGO, Youth Council of Ohrid-August 10, 2009(PDF-700kb)
    Ambassador Reeker encourages the work of local NGO, Youth Council of Ohrid-August 10, 2009(PDF-700kb)

    Ambassador Philip Reeker visited the USAID funded YCO (Youth Council of Ohrid), a local NGO that is working in youth outreach in the Ohrid and Struga region. The Ambassador visited one of the handcrafts stands of YCO in the streets of downtown Ohrid. Also in Ohrid, Ambassador Reeker visited the Hydrobiological Institute in Ohrid, the first scientific research institution in the city of Ohrid and the first research institute devoted to the environmental conditions and preservation of freshwater resources in the Balkans. Large Photo »

  • Ambassador Reeker Congratulates the K-15 Team on its 15th Anniversary-July 31, 2009(PDF-983kb)
    Ambassador Reeker Congratulates the K-15 Team on its 15th Anniversary-July 31, 2009(PDF-983kb)

    K-15 hosted Ambassador Reeker for a tour of their studio and the chance to talk about the role of political humor. The K-15 team told stories about the beginnings of their career and noted that a USAID grant for recording equipment had helped get them started fifteen years ago. The Ambassador agreed that political satire has an important role to play in a healthy democracy and a vibrant media. He went on to say that poking fun at public figures is an American tradition and that K-15 has been essential in giving satire deep roots in Macedonia. Large Photo »

  • Ambassador Reeker Visits Mayor of Bitola, Jewish Cemetery-July 23, 2009
    Ambassador Reeker Visits Mayor of Bitola, Jewish Cemetery-July 23, 2009

    On July 23, Ambassador Reeker met with Mayor Vladimir Taleski of Bitola and toured the historic “City of Consuls.” The Ambassador also visited the Bitola Jewish Cemetery that was founded in 1497 and was destroyed during the Second World War. The cemetery’s monumental entrance gate was recently renovated with funding from the Government of Macedonia and U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. A small exhibition inside the gate organized by the Bitola Museum sheds light on the history and culture of Bitola’s lost Jewish community. To see photos from his visit, please click here(PDF-332kb). »

  • Ambassador Reeker Tours IMB Dairy in Bitola-July 23, 2009(PDF-438kb)
    Ambassador Reeker Tours IMB Dairy in Bitola-July 23, 2009(PDF-438kb)

    On July 23, Ambassador Reeker was hosted by IMB Dairy’s President of the Managing Board, Predrag Cvetkovic, and General Manager, Roko Vodopija, at the company’s modern new facility in Bitola. IMB Dairy is the largest producer of milk, dairy products, and natural fruit juices in Macedonia, including their BiMilk and BiFruit product lines. The directors discussed with the Ambassador how they are expanding their export markets and have recently begun exporting their high-quality Pecorino cheese to the United States. Large Photo »

  • Kiril Lazarov, Macedonian Handball Great, Visits the New Embassy-July 21, 2009
    Kiril Lazarov, Macedonian Handball Great, Visits the New Embassy-July 21, 2009

    July 21—All-time top goal scorer and captain of the Macedonian national handball team, Kiril Lazarov, toured the new US Embassy in Skopje. On January 29, 2009, Lazarov became the world record-holder for the number of goals scored in one world championship. In nine games, he scored 92 goals for the Macedonian national team at the 2009 World Men's Handball Championship that took place in Croatia. He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Ambassador Reeker joined all of Macedonia in celebrating his success. Large Photo »

  • The Tradition Continues – 2009 Summer Creative Writing Workshop: The Art of Words  With Professor Merrilee Cunningham-July 20th – 24th, 2009
    The Tradition Continues – 2009 Summer Creative Writing Workshop: The Art of Words With Professor Merrilee Cunningham-July 20th – 24th, 2009

    The Tradition Continues! Inspired by the excellent feedback from last year, the U.S. Embassy in partnership with Writers in the Schools of Houston, Texas, this summer again organized the Creative Writing Workshop for children and teenagers and hosted Professor Merrilee Cunningham at the American Corner Bitola. Cunningham, an accomplished poet, university professor, and experienced creative writing teacher from Houston, Texas, was delighted to see some of her former students and to teach many new “young authors” in Bitola. During this free-of-charge five-day writing camp, 30 children, aged 7 to 14, engaged in writing stories, poetry, essays, and plays, as well as directing and acting their own plays. On the forth day of the workshop, the United States Ambassador to Macedonia Mr. Philip Reeker and Mrs. Solveig Reeker came, with the Mayor of Bitola, to give certificates to the children. Beside their great memories from this summer camp, the children went home with a stage performance of their plays, many awards and certificates and anthology CDs with pictures and all writings completed during the workshop. About the cultural envoy: Merrilee Cunningham BIO/WITS Writer(PDF-855kb). »

  • To see more photos from the event held at the AC Bitola, please view a video slide show on the Embassy YouTube channel on .

     More videos on the Embassy YouTube channel. »

  • Enjoy Today, Protect Tomorrow- July 20, 2009
    Enjoy Today, Protect Tomorrow- July 20, 2009

    Daily Newspapers Dnevnik and Koha published a column from Ambassador Reeker highlighting recent changes to US law to help preserve our natural resources and also calling for a joint effort to protect our planet. Ambassador Philip T. Reeker's Biography »

  • Ambassador Reeker Meets With Political and Religious Leaders in Tetov- July 20, 2009
    Ambassador Reeker Meets With Political and Religious Leaders in Tetov- July 20, 2009

    On July 20, Ambassador Reeker met with Tetovo Mayor Sadi Bexhati at the city’s recently-opened McDonald’s. They were joined for lunch by the representatives of a local organization for the disabled to discuss issues facing the handicapped, most notably street and building accessibility. The Ambassador was pleased to learn that McDonald’s is one of the most accessible facilities for wheelchairs in Tetovo. Ambassador Reeker also met with all the candidates from the recent mayoral campaign to congratulate them on a successful election. In his first visit to the Bektashi community of Tetovo, Ambassador Reeker met with community leader Baba Edmond Brahimaj. To see photos from his visit, please click here(PDF-764kb). »

  • 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Celebrated at American Corners-July 20, 2009
    40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Celebrated at American Corners-July 20, 2009

    In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, Consular Officer Charles Hornbostel recalled the feats of the U.S. space program. Hornbostel brought presentations to the American Corners in Tetovo on July 14 and Skopje on July 15. The program covered the scientific research and accomplishments of NASA, the technical history of rocketry and the biographies of the early astronauts. Hornbostel took questions from his audiences ranging from the risks and achievements of the lunar program to the race for the moon with the former Soviet Union as well as the heroism of Laika, the first dog in space. Large Photo »

Archive January - May 2009

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