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Foreign Press Centers This page administered by the U.S. Department of State. ABOUT THE FPC's

The United States Department of State maintains Foreign Press Centers in Washington, D.C.
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and New York City to provide foreign-based journalists with a variety of services to help them report on American society, politics and culture. The primary goals of these centers are:

- To explain U.S. foreign policy through briefings and interviews with high-level U.S. government officials

- To explain U.S. society via reporting tours on topics of interest, including the themes of national security issues, U.S. government, economic prosperity, and American values.

- To assist foreign journalists as they integrate into working life in America. This includes credentialing and other facilitative assistance. The centers also work with U.S. Embassy Public Affairs offices overseas to assist foreign correspondents visiting the United States on assignment or participating in U.S. government-sponsored professional reporting tours.

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Starting Now! At 11AM ET. Kelly McBride, Chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter, and Tom...
04/28/2021
Foreign Press Centers - United States Department of State

Starting Now! At 11AM ET. Kelly McBride, Chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter, and Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director of the American Press Institute, discuss new ethical challenges journalists face in the United States' evolving media landscape.

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Starting Soon! At 12 PM ET Dr. Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity & Democracy and ...
04/23/2021
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Starting Soon! At 12 PM ET Dr. Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity & Democracy and Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University discusses with foreign media what the recent verdict in the Chauvin trial means for racial equity in the United States, and how current racial justice movements, like Black Lives Matter, fit within the broader history of the U.S. civil rights movement.

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Starting Now! At 11 AM ET Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, Director of the  National Institute on Minority Health and Health ...
04/09/2021
Foreign Press Centers - United States Department of State

Starting Now! At 11 AM ET Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities discusses how minority communities are grappling with #vaccine misinformation, the value of fact-based communication, and how health officials counter disinformation.

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04/08/2021

"HBCUs have never said no to any race, any country, anyone that have an interest in pursuing a higher education degree." - Dr. Harry Williams at an FPC briefing on the history and impact of US historically black colleges and universities.

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Starting Soon! At 3PM ET CDC Director Rochelle Walensky briefs foreign media on renewing U.S. global health leadership a...
04/02/2021
Foreign Press Centers - United States Department of State

Starting Soon! At 3PM ET CDC Director Rochelle Walensky briefs foreign media on renewing U.S. global health leadership and the steps we're taking to respond to the #COVID19 pandemic.

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http://go.usa.gov/xsSM4

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Starting Soon! At 1PM ET Jennifer Klein, Co-Chair and Executive Director of The White House Gender Policy Council, brief...
04/01/2021
Foreign Press Centers - United States Department of State

Starting Soon! At 1PM ET Jennifer Klein, Co-Chair and Executive Director of The White House Gender Policy Council, briefs foreign media on the Council and the top #GenderEquity challenges currently facing the United States.

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At 10 am EDT U.S. Department of State Principal Deputy Spokesperson Jalina Porter joins Dr. Harry Williams, President of...
03/31/2021
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At 10 am EDT U.S. Department of State Principal Deputy Spokesperson Jalina Porter joins Dr. Harry Williams, President of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, for a discussion on the role of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in U.S. higher education

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At 3PM ET, following Secretary Blinken's virtual visit to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, he and Ambassador Lind...
03/29/2021
Foreign Press Centers - United States Department of State

At 3PM ET, following Secretary Blinken's virtual visit to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, he and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will participate in a briefing with foreign media hosted by the NYFPC.

Watch live at our website https://go.usa.gov/xsSM4

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Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recently travelled to Japan and the Republic of Korea to reaffirm U.S. commitment to ...
03/25/2021

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recently travelled to Japan and the Republic of Korea to reaffirm U.S. commitment to peace, security, and prosperity.

Check out our recent briefing that discusses the trip’s main highlights: http://ow.ly/QE3a50E7BYW

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Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recently travelled to Japan and the Republic of Korea to reaffirm U.S. commitment to peace, security, and prosperity.

Check out our recent briefing that discusses the trip’s main highlights: http://ow.ly/QE3a50E7BYW

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#ICYMI: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan Marc Knapper briefed FPC journalists on Secretary Blinken’s histo...
03/24/2021

#ICYMI: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan Marc Knapper briefed FPC journalists on Secretary Blinken’s historic trip to Tokyo and Seoul. Check out the video and transcript here: http://ow.ly/aFNd50E7BEr

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#ICYMI: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan Marc Knapper briefed FPC journalists on Secretary Blinken’s historic trip to Tokyo and Seoul. Check out the video and transcript here: http://ow.ly/aFNd50E7BEr

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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services Julie Stufft discussed the ongoing effects of #COVID19 on the issuan...
03/23/2021

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services Julie Stufft discussed the ongoing effects of #COVID19 on the issuance of visas in the U.S.

Video and transcript up now: http://ow.ly/nUwo50E2vmR

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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services Julie Stufft discussed the ongoing effects of #COVID19 on the issuance of visas in the U.S.

Video and transcript up now: http://ow.ly/nUwo50E2vmR

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Dr. Daina Ramey Berry of The University of Texas at Austin the author of a Black Women’s History Guide and numerous othe...
03/22/2021

Dr. Daina Ramey Berry of The University of Texas at Austin the author of a Black Women’s History Guide and numerous other books, joined us to discuss the leadership of Black Women from a historical lens.

Learn more about The Year of the Black Woman here: http://ow.ly/yqGK50E2vbC

Dr. Daina Ramey Berry of The University of Texas at Austin the author of a Black Women’s History Guide and numerous other books, joined us to discuss the leadership of Black Women from a historical lens.

Learn more about The Year of the Black Woman here: http://ow.ly/yqGK50E2vbC

Are you interested in documentaries and filmmaking? Check out our latest briefing with Stanley Nelson, Award-winning doc...
03/21/2021

Are you interested in documentaries and filmmaking?

Check out our latest briefing with Stanley Nelson, Award-winning documentary filmmaker and director, as he explores his own art and the meaning behind the processes. http://ow.ly/U0sD50E2v3k

Are you interested in documentaries and filmmaking?

Check out our latest briefing with Stanley Nelson, Award-winning documentary filmmaker and director, as he explores his own art and the meaning behind the processes. http://ow.ly/U0sD50E2v3k

How has the new administration dealt with U.S. immigrant visa processing amid the ongoing pandemic? Check out our recent...
03/20/2021

How has the new administration dealt with U.S. immigrant visa processing amid the ongoing pandemic?

Check out our recent briefing with the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services to learn more: http://ow.ly/jZP350E2uWC

#COVID19 #FPCinAction

How has the new administration dealt with U.S. immigrant visa processing amid the ongoing pandemic?

Check out our recent briefing with the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services to learn more: http://ow.ly/jZP350E2uWC

#COVID19 #FPCinAction

#ICYMI: Dr. Jean Boivin, Head of BlackRock Investment Institute briefed FPC journalists on what to expect from the U.S. ...
03/19/2021

#ICYMI: Dr. Jean Boivin, Head of BlackRock Investment Institute briefed FPC journalists on what to expect from the U.S. economy in 2021 as part of our #WallStreet series.

Click here to watch or read now: http://ow.ly/VmBB50E2uM8

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#ICYMI: Dr. Jean Boivin, Head of BlackRock Investment Institute briefed FPC journalists on what to expect from the U.S. economy in 2021 as part of our #WallStreet series.

Click here to watch or read now: http://ow.ly/VmBB50E2uM8

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Starting Soon! At 5:30PM ET Marc Knapper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Korea and Japan, U.S. Department of State: Burea...
03/18/2021
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Starting Soon! At 5:30PM ET Marc Knapper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Korea and Japan, U.S. Department of State: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, discusses the highlights and outcomes from Secretary Blinken’s visit to Japan and South Korea.

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Black women have played important roles in activism throughout U.S. history. Check out our briefing with Dr. Daina Ramey...
03/18/2021

Black women have played important roles in activism throughout U.S. history.

Check out our briefing with Dr. Daina Ramey Berry of The University of Texas at Austin to learn more: http://ow.ly/EfrE50E2uxX

#InternationalWomensMonth #FPCinAction

Black women have played important roles in activism throughout U.S. history.

Check out our briefing with Dr. Daina Ramey Berry of The University of Texas at Austin to learn more: http://ow.ly/EfrE50E2uxX

#InternationalWomensMonth #FPCinAction

Who is NASA’s Senior Climate Advisor, a new position created by the Biden Administration?Check out ShareAmerica's articl...
03/14/2021

Who is NASA’s Senior Climate Advisor, a new position created by the Biden Administration?

Check out ShareAmerica's article about Gavin Schmidt’s plans for fighting climate change in space:
http://ow.ly/Uc9V50DUlSF

Who is NASA’s Senior Climate Advisor, a new position created by the Biden Administration?

Check out ShareAmerica's article about Gavin Schmidt’s plans for fighting climate change in space:
http://ow.ly/Uc9V50DUlSF

Starting Soon! At 11 AM ET Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, Chair of the History Department at The University of Texas at Austin b...
03/11/2021
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Starting Soon! At 11 AM ET Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, Chair of the History Department at The University of Texas at Austin briefs foreign journalists on the role African American women play today at the forefront of the movement to expand voting rights.

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#ICYMI: As a part of #womenshistorymonth, Fatima Goss Graves presented on the impacts of the pandemic on women and spoke...
03/09/2021

#ICYMI: As a part of #womenshistorymonth, Fatima Goss Graves presented on the impacts of the pandemic on women and spoke about her work at the National Women's Law Center.

Read the briefing here:
http://ow.ly/N96850DUlYO

#ICYMI: As a part of #womenshistorymonth, Fatima Goss Graves presented on the impacts of the pandemic on women and spoke about her work at the National Women's Law Center.

Read the briefing here:
http://ow.ly/N96850DUlYO

Starting Soon! Consular Affairs Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services Julie M. Stufft provides foreign med...
03/09/2021
Foreign Press Centers - United States Department of State

Starting Soon! Consular Affairs Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services Julie M. Stufft provides foreign media an "Update on U.S. Immigrant Visa Processing at Embassies and Consulates"

Watch live at 11 AM ET on state.gov/fpc

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" YES VIRGINIA THERE ARE IRRESPONSIBLE CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS!!!! ======================================== "Dear Ignorant Climate Change Denier, I am not trying to phase out the use of fossil fuels altogether now, if anything it is a blessing in disguise because of Renewable Energy, So when more Renewable Energy is being used, that means more stored fuel for the cold winter months, And a less reliance on the purchase of foreign fuel for the taxpayers, the ratepayers and the consumers. And in the process Renewable Energy will help improve the overall quality that is what "Our atmosphere and the environment needs, And help us reach our global goals and objectives of meeting you the appropriate temperature to prevent global warming from intensifying and helps the international community meet it's goals and objectives way ahead of schedule to lower our carbon footprint on the environment! In other words a true win, win situation for everybody! So what's wrong with this common sense solution where is the flaw here?
| == Additional info to the forwarded message == | Below is added a third part to the additional info As I mentioned and promised in my letter (which is below) I start with publishing of 100 possible and probable agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA, who directly or indirectly made a career (and most of them still make a career) not only on our family and, concerning the fact that our lustration (vetting) process moved aimless and nowhere so more than 90% of agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA were not published by the Macedonian Commission for verification of the fact and practically these former communistic agents, who were responsible for many types of crimes during the communistic period of Macedonia, were cover up. Like it’s not enough that Macedonia was the last country in South-Eastern Europe that started the lustration (vetting) process (with the delay of cca. 20 years) so when the all other post-communist countries had finished this process far ago, Macedonia started with this process. According to some estimates, in Macedonia are min. 3.000 agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA and by other analysis and estimation in Macedonia are around 100.000 agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA, so the published number of 199 agents is only a small fraction of all the agents of the former communistic secret service UDBA. From that reason I decided to subsequently publish the names of these people (not only Macedonians but also Serbs, Bosnians and Montenegrins) and during the several months I will publish additional 90 probable & possible agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA who were (or are) on high level positions in the political parties, State Administration etc. (the “innovation” of the former UDBA agents is that now they put their children in high positions in the major political parties/State Administration/governmental institutions). I would like to demand from the relevant EU & US Institutions to establish independent commission, which will consists of representatives of Delegation of EU to Macedonia, US representatives (from the US Embassy in Skopje) and Macedonians who weren’t connected with the UDBA structures (one possibility for finding suitable persons represents searching between the victims of UDBA structures). The goal of this independent commission should be publishing of the FULL LIST of the agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA (at least 3.000 agents, as was mentioned by some made estimates), because only on this way Macedonia could break with the past and get new start without UDBA criminals who are in the high positions (in politics, business level, judiciary system etc.) now. It’s interesting to see that e.g. Mr. Ivica Bocevski, who was one of the creators of the Law for the vetting process (lustration) and Prof. Zvonimir Jankulovski, who was also one of the creators of the Law for the vetting process (lustration), received very promptly the diplomatic positions (during the previous government – when VMRO-DPMNE ruled the Government) - Ambassadors of the Republic of Macedonia (one in Brazil, the other in Holy See (Vatican)). By some sources, both of them had probably and possibly approach to the files of UDBA agents and they probably know the names of powerful agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA, who are still not published and who are still on high positions on different institutional (and other) levels in the Macedonian Society – top level in the State Administration, top business level, top diplomatic level etc. It’s not unusual that the keepers of dirty secrets of UDBA obtain high-ranking positions in the State Administration and Diplomacy. Now the First part (1-10) of the list of 100 possible and probable agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA 1. Trifun Kostovski 2. Ljiljana Kimova 3. Tito Beličanec 4. Jordan Mijalkov (deceased) 5. Milka Mijalkova (deceased) 6. Hajrudin Gušmirović (if not directly member of UDBA, than probable member of the successor of UDBA in Bosnia & Herzegovina - Ševe or OSA BiH) 7. General Sparavalo, relative of Vojislav and Dejan Sparavalo 8. Tito Petkovski 9. Petre Mitev (former high-ranking official in the Macedonian MoFA) 10. Ljuben Stojčeski (deceased) | == Additional info to the forwarded message == | Second Addition The former Macedonian Government (when VMRO-DPMNE ruled the Government) decided to create a possible and probable “smoke screen” with the publishing of a very small number of UDBA-files before elections. It should look like some “democratization” of the state, but the main problems in this field remain unsolved and they are following: A. Till now everything published regarding the UDBA structure represents small fraction of UDBA files, UDBA members and their activities during the communistic period so the majority of the leading and powerful UDBA members are not published and they continue to use the UDBA network (created in the period of the communistic regime) for their criminal activities, narco-trafficking etc. B. As I mentioned previously, according to some estimates, in Macedonia are min. 3.000 agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA and by other analysis and estimation in Macedonia are around 100.000 agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA, so the published number of 199 agents is only a small fraction of all the agents of the former communistic secret service UDBA. The real solution of the lustration (vetting) process must be publishing at least 3.000 of the former UDBA agents, because otherwise this structure of people will continue with creating of political and economic problems in Macedonia and they will continue with all their illegal activities in different fields. C. Even from the very small fragment of the published UDBA documents you can see that a lot of information is censored so nobody knows how many names of UDBA agents are hidden and how many of the important information regarding the UDBA structure is not published. D. Main conclusion is that the Macedonian politicians needed around 24 years (from the independence of Macedonia in September 1991 till 2015) to arrange publishing of 199 agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA and I hope that the Macedonian Government will not need additional 24 years to publish the rest of the 2.801 agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA. During the part of the 80’s and 90’s of the XXth century, the great part of the Macedonian UDBA structure was probably and possibly under significant influence from the Serbian UDBA structure, especially during the period of the ruling of the Serbian dictator (and who was on trial for war crimes), Slobodan Milosevic. Because of that I hope that the US Government, EU Commission and the rest of the western world will not allow the UDBA agents and criminals to stay hidden and unpublished. Third addition Mr. Zoran Vasilevski is probably and possibly the new person, who is probably engaged by the former Chief of the Macedonian Secret Service, Mr. Saso Mijalkov, for continuing the process of possible money laundering in the Czech Republic. Concerning that a large number of operatives, who probably work for the Macedonian political mafia, are already widely known to the public, it is not surprising that the former Chief of the Macedonian Secret Service, Mr. Saso Mijalkov will bring new players into the probably and possibly well-designed money laundering scheme in the Czech Republic. With small changes, the money laundering system, that was probably created by the former Chief of the Macedonian Secret Service, Mr. Saso Mijalkov and his cousin, the former Prime Minister of Macedonia, Mr. Nikola Gruevski, probably continues to function in the Czech Republic and this time I hope all relevant international factors (including the Czech police) will begin seriously to investigate these probable Macedonian criminal matters, which spread their activities on an international level. The father of Mr. Zoran Vasilevski was probably and possibly high-level officer of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA - his name was Zhivko Vasilevski, who besides other high-level positions during the Communistic Regime, was also a President of the Macedonian Emigrant (Heritage) Foundation with probable and possible tasks to espionage Macedonian Emigrants worldwide. Zoran Vasilevski, as a son of the probable high-level officer of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA, represents a reliable and trusted staff for the possible criminal activities of the former Chief of the Macedonian Secret Service, Mr. Saso Mijalkov. Forwarded message (which was sent to President Trump and to Senator Hillary Clinton): Dear President Trump and dear Senator Hillary Clinton, I would like to turn to you with request for support from your side concerning my long-term problem with the structures of the former communistic Yugoslav secret service UDBA which are still powerful in most of the countries of former Yugoslavia and especially in Macedonia where they firmly control the most aspects of the society (political, economic and social part of the society). I would like shortly to present myself – I have Master’s degree in Economics (Department International Trade – French Postgraduate Studies “International Trade and Foreign Languages: EU”, University Rennes 2, Bretagne) and I am one of the few Macedonians who received written recommendation from the first President of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Kiro Gligorov, who was one of the most well-known and respected politicians from the Balkan Region and who beside other things, had excellent relation with the Sovereign Order of Malta (this letter of recommendation is on my page), and also I received the written recommendation from the legendary Czech politician & dissident, Mr. Jiri Dienstbier Sr., who as a Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic had established the diplomatic relation with the Sovereign Order of Malta (after pause of 42 years) on the 8th June 1990. This letter of recommendation from Mr. Jiri Dienstbier Sr. was sent to then (now former) Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Antonio Miloshoski. By me, Mr. Jiri Dienstbier Sr. was one the greatest Czech politicians of the XXth century (together with his close friend, Mr. Václav Havel), I was inspired from him & by his example, I follow the fight against any type of injustice. I have great respect of the family Dienstbier starting from Ms. Jirina Dienstbierova till Mr. Jiri Dienstbier Jr. (who was a Minister in the Czech Government) who continues the fight against corruption, against injustice and for the improvement of the democratic processes in the Czech Republic. By the positive examples of the family Dienstbier I was motivated to try to stop the great number of possible criminal activities of the Macedonian political structure which in cooperation with several Czech politicians, members of the Czech Secret Service and others used the territory of the Czech Republic for possible many illegal activities starting from possible money laundering, corruption, narco-trafficking etc. Below I send you also some info about our family background - I originate from old Macedonian family from Prilep, where with generations fought for the independence of Macedonia. My great-grandfather, Jordan Nochev, was one of the organizers of the Ilinden uprising in Prilep and between our relatives was also the Macedonian Duke Pere Toshev who was well-known Macedonian Revolutionary Commander and Macedonian National Hero. My grandfather, Ing. Metodija Nochev, was a leader of Macedonian students in Belgrade between the Two World Wars and President of the Macedonian Patriotic Society “Vardar” (for example President Gligorov was a member of the Patriotic Society “Vardar” as well as a lot of other well-known Macedonian politicians, businessmen and intellectuals - also he had good friendship relation with the Tsar Dynasty Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha). Also from the side of my mother, Ms. Elke Nocheva, her father, Mr. Kostadin Jankov, was a Honorary Citizen of Berlin in the 60’s of the XXth century, internationally well-known scientist in the medical field and who was a Director of the Bulgarian Scientific Institute with excellent cooperation with similar Scientific Institutes in Germany. It is important to point out that my granduncle was Krste Crvenkovski, former political leader of Macedonia in the period from 1963 till 1969. In the 60’s of the XXth century Krste Crvenkovski was one of the first Yugoslavian politicians who received a grant for specialization on a prestige American University and in 1972 in the American newspapers (the New York Times) were published that my granduncle is one of the best solutions for replacement of the Leader of Yugoslavia (at that time), Marshall Josip Broz Tito. The economic reforms that Krste Crvenkovski undertook from 1965 till 1969, contributed significantly for boosting of the economy not only of Macedonia but also of Yugoslavia and these positive, pro-liberal reforms were known worldwide. After 1969, Krste Crvenkovski was removed from the politics by the pro-Soviet orientated group of politicians in Belgrade and for the next 20 years Mr. Crvenkovski was kept out of the politics as a political dissident. I have contacted several Czech and Croatian politicians, but for this matter to be solved successfully (because several influential and powerful Macedonian and Czech politicians, businessmen and high-level members of the Secret Services are involved in probable money laundering, illegal business activities, narco-trafficking etc.) it will be necessary strong political support from the USA. For example, the successful outcome of the fought of the well-known Italian judges Giovanni Falcone & Paolo Borsellino against mafia (Cosa Nostra) was a result of the open support of these judges from the US Government. I am aware of the power of the Macedonian and Czech Political Mafiosi, who are clever, well-positioned in the both societies, with immense financial power (the former Macedonian opposition (now ruling political party SDSM) provide information that the possible personal wealth of the Macedonian Prime Minister, Mr. Nikola Gruevski and his cousin, now former Chief of the Macedonian Secret Service, Mr. Saso Mijalkov, have probably reached the amount of 1 billion euro) who disposed with immense resources of the state (police, secret police, National TV etc.) which they most probably sometimes used for their private matters. It’s horrible, absolutely immoral and disgusting few Macedonian politicians to make the probable wealth of USD 1 billion through probable and possible corruption, narco-trafficking, money laundering and so on, from 2 million poor Macedonians (that’s the whole population of Macedonia). In the attachments (Czech case with English versions of the texts and other attachments on Macedonian language ) I send you several texts from the well-known journalists like Ms. Pavla Holcova and Ms. Saska Cvetkovska (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project), Ms. Zuzana Piptova-Vrabchev (journalist in the well-known Czech newspaper “Lidové noviny – Lidovky”), Ms. Ivana Jordanovska, then published text in the well-known French newspaper “Le Monde” and from other journalists concerning the possible (probable) money laundering by the Macedonian politicians in the Czech Republic and possible (probable) murdering of the well-known Macedonian journalist and owner of the magazine 'Fokus'', Mr. Nikola Mladenov. I'd like to please you, as a prominent American politicians, to personally take the initiative and engagement in order to US federal agencies start the investigation regarding the activities and possessions of properties of the Macedonian politicians in the Czech Republic, then companies that have connection with the following Balkan (and from the other countries) businessmen - Hajrudin Gusmirovic, Goran Gacov, Vojislav Sparavalo, Dejan Sparavalo, Branko Dolecek, Kristijan Smilevski, Sandor Mezö, Radivoje Macuzic and other names I will tell to you and to US federal authorities personally (the name of Kristijan Smilevski was already mentioned a few years ago in some media regarding his possible and probable involvement in misappropriation of state money and in the subsequent money laundering through Czech companies relating to contracts in the field of publishing and issuing encyclopedic books - it was a contract worth around euro 9.5 million at which time it was quite a big scandal that was hushed up quickly and there was no proper investigation (which is logical considering the fact that certain influential Macedonian politicians are probably quite corrupt and involved in money laundering. Also, some of the other mentioned entrepreneurs like Hajrudin Gusmirovic, Goran Gacov or Vojislav Sparavalo had been quite frequently mentioned in the Macedonian media in connection with various scandals concerning their possible criminal activities and they are already well-known among the Macedonian public). I understand that some Macedonian politicians are worried that some of the information that I have about their activities will be announced in the public because unlike the journalists, I dispose with much more detailed information regarding the activities of the Macedonian politicians in the Czech Republic whereas the Macedonian politicians are worried about tens of millions of euro which they have in various properties in the Czech Republic (also according to the information I've obtained from the famous Macedonian Professor of Economics, Mr. Tihomir Jovanovski, who among other things was an expert in the area of banking and financial transactions, it is possible and likely that some Macedonian politicians through their reliable people and certain companies realize money laundering (that probably originate from corruption, narco-trafficking, extortion and other illegal activities) in Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Switzerland and maybe even in other states (including the USA). This data I received just as basic info from the Professor and it is necessary to investigate it additionally). I would like to demand and to insist to be started the investigation of the all activities of Mr. Marijan Kostrenčić (well-known Croatian lobbyist) and Mr. Damir Lončarić (the former Croatian secret service chief) during their managing and working in the Macedonian construction companies ADG Mavrovo and Mavrovo inzenjering. Especially you should focus on the probable and possible illegal transfers of the company money (especially from ADG Mavrovo) through invoices for possible fictive services and products to other companies. Secondly, you should focus on the probable and possible bribing of one highly positioned Macedonian politician before taking over of the Macedonian construction company ADG Mavrovo, which was probably and possibly made by some Croatian managers and businessmen from Ingra – Zagreb. In light of the intense arrests of politicians that are realized by the Police structures and Home Departments (Ministries of Interiors) in the various Balkan countries, it is logical that some political structures in Macedonia have serious concern for how some things will evolve in the future, whereas some of the Macedonian politicians are probably less or more unstable in their behavior. As an example, in the Macedonian weekly journal “Fokus”, in which journal were published medical documents which were signed by the well-known Macedonian neuropsychiatrist Prim. Dr. Pande Vidinovski and which show the mental and psychological problems of the (now former) Director of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence (UBK) of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Alexandar (Saso) Mijalkov (who is a cousin of the former Prime Minister of Macedonia, Mr. Nikola Gruevski). Weekly journal “Fokus” published these documents relating to the mental health problems of Mr. Saso Mijalkov even in 2012 (more precisely - the 6th April 2012). Also, one of the well-kept secrets of the family Mijalkov is the fact that the mother of the (now former) Chief of the Macedonian Secret Service, Mr. Saso Mijalkov, Ms. Milka Mijalkova, was probably sent (from the police structures) into early pension (retirement) because of the probable and possible serious mental illness (I stated probable and possible because of the formal standpoint, our family has no doubts regarding this fact because we obtained this information from the best source i.e. from Ms. Milka Mijalkova who personally said this information to our family during her life) so probably in the genetics of the family Mijalkov are probably and possibly present the mental diseases and I don't understand who allowed to this probably degenerated family to rule politically and economically with Macedonia in cooperation with their cousin - the former Prime Minister, Mr. Nikola Gruevski. Another problem is that till today were posted only 199 agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA (on the official website of the Commission for verification of the fact - http://www.kvf.org.mk/index.php/en/register;http://www.kvf.org.mk/index.php/en/2012-11-26-23-40-28) whereas one third of the agents are released with censoring of their names?! - According to some estimates, in Macedonia are min. 3.000 agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA and by other analysis and estimation in Macedonia are around 100.000 agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA, so the published number of 199 agents is only a small fraction of all the agents of the former communistic secret service UDBA. Also I would like to point out that our family know about 100 agents of the former communistic secret service UDBA, who directly or indirectly made a career (and most of them still makes a career) on our family and, concerning the fact that our lustration (vetting) process moves in direction that looks more as joke than serious matter, I decided to subsequently publish the names of these people. As first, I would like to mention the probable and possible high-ranking agent of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA, Mr. Klime Popovski (I stated probable and possible because of the formal standpoint, our family has no doubts regarding him). I request and insist Interpol, the Czech police structures, the US Federal investigation departments to start investigation of his activities during the period of his managing and working as a director of the Macedonian construction company "Beton" whereas these institutions should focus on the possible and probable “tunneling” (stealing of the company’s money) and their transfer to different private companies in different countries (including the offshore destinations). Especially the investigation should be focused on possible transfer of money (for money laundering) from the representation of the Macedonian company "Beton" in Prague to three (3) private Czech companies, where one of the owners was also Mr. Klime Popovski (these companies are listed below, i.e. Mak-Beton GmbH, Interjova Ltd. and Makstav Ltd.) and then other possible transfers of these money from these three listed companies to various offshore destinations or offshore accounts (our family will provide you with detailed info whereas according to our info, it should be a sum of over one million (then) German (Deutsche) Marks). With the company Makstav Ltd. had close links also the company Biser Ltd., which should be also checked in detail. This person made most damage to our family in many ways, and I insist that Interpol, the Czech police structures, the US Federal investigation departments to start the requested investigation on an international level whereas I will insist on his public vetting as an agent of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA (according to our info he is probably one of the high ranking functionaries of the former communist secret service UDBA). Mr. Klime POPOVSKI Companies Mak-Beton GmbH Bauunternehmung Hamsíkova Street 23/244, Prague 5 (branch) Interjova Ltd. (in liquidation) Hamsíkova Street 23/244, Prague 5 Makstav Ltd. (in liquidation) Hamsíkova Street 23/244, Prague 5 Biser Ltd. Libčice nad Vltavou V Pražce Street 321, PSČ 252 66 If necessary, in the case that the vetting process will develop in this unserious slow pace, I'll present the names of cca. 100 agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA on CNN, BBC, TV 5 Monde, ARD Das Erste, RAI 1, Bulgarian national TV – BNT (and other), who terrorized my mother and our family and they made career on our family so I will request that the US State Department, the European Commission, Bulgaria's Prosecutor's Office start the prosecution of these former UDBA agents considering that mother at that time was (and now is still) a citizen with Bulgarian passport so by the International law the Bulgarian branch office of Interpol should issue the international arrest warrants for the extradition of these former UDBA agents to Bulgaria, where they will be judged for their crimes during the communistic period. Much more important are the probable and possible business activities of the present Macedonian politicians in the Czech Republic, where they have tens of millions of euro (in the text below, I stated only several offshore companies (as example), the complete details I will explain you personally). Below I indicate only 11 offshore companies (just as an example, personally I will state you dozens of companies and offshore companies that are connected to the Macedonian politicians) which are used for probable and possible money laundering of “dirty money” of the Macedonian politicians and I urgently require that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Federal Departments and Agencies, Interpol and so on to examine all the financial transfers (past and present) of these offshore companies, the origin of their money and the final destination of the transfers of these money, what is their interconnectedness with other firms and individuals whereas I'm sure that you will find out very interesting facts during the investigation (personally I have studied new scientific publications concerning methods of money laundering so I could, if I have an access to the accounting books and bank accounts of these companies, to recognize and detect the possible money laundering). 1. Garnet Holdings Limited, Reg. No. 91499 Headquarter: Suites 41/42, Victoria House 26 Main Street Gibraltar 2. Akont Holding Corporation Nr. 2 Commercial Centre Square, postbox 71, Alofi, island Niue 3. Getaway Investments Inc., Reg. No. 2003-00458272 Headquarter: 1821 Logan Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001, USA 4. Sufinvest Limited, Reg. No. C 48344 Headquarter: 168, St. Christopher Street, Valleta, Malta, VLT 1467 5. WPB Holding & Finance N.V., reg. No. 342 89 264 Headquarter: Amsteldijk 166, 1079 Amsterdam The Netherlands 6. Natland Limited, HE 155549 Headquarter: Pikioni Street 4, 3075 Limassol Cyprus 7. Kafka & Partners Inc. 10901 Brighton Bay Boulevard NE 10309 St. Petersburg, Florida 333716-3460 USA 8. DH Holding Luxembourg Sarl Rue Principale Nr. 64 125 067 Schuttrange Luxembourg 9. Ziptrex Limited 18 Lomond Way, Stevenage Hertfordshire SG1 6AJ United Kingdom 10. Westmore Consulting Ltd. Suite 13, First Floor, Oliaji Trade Centre Francis Rachel Street, Victoria, Mahe Seychelles 11. US Property Management, LLC Thomes Ave 2710, 82001 Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA In 2012, when Ms. Jiřina Dienstbierová (widow of the famous Czech dissident and politician, Mr. Jiří Dienstbier, who was the closest friend of the legendary Czech politician Václav Havel) was in Macedonia, I mentioned her about a specific audio tape on which is probably recorded the conversation between the (then) President of the Czech Republic, Mr. Václav Klaus and the (then) Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, which probably had been procured during the official visit of Macedonia by the Czech President in 2010 (about the details of this conversation I informed personally Ms. Dienstbierová in Skopje). This information and the details I obtained from Prof. Tihomir Jovanovski, who was among the best professors at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje. He was a close friend of the first President of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Kiro Gligorov and also he was a member of the significant organization – The Scientific Society of Economists - Serbia and even though I haven‘t heard the audio tape and I can’t confirm that it really exists, with respect to the international reputation of Prof. T. Jovanovski (he was the only Macedonian, who became Vice Governor of the National Bank of Yugoslavia) I believe that this audio tape most likely exist. Concerning that his son, Mr. Zoran Jovanovski, was a Vice President of the biggest (then) opposition political party SDSM, increases the likelihood that the information was a precise and probably certain group of people possessed (or still have) the audio tape. I have detailed information regarding the probable and possible business connections of the family Mijalkov and his cousin, the former Prime Minister of Macedonia, Mr. Nikola Gruevski, with their possible and probable business partners in the Czech Republic - Mr. Václav Klaus (former Prime Minister and former President of the Czech Republic) and his former Head of the President’s office (Chancellor), Mr. Jiří Weigl, who, as a confidential man of Mr. Klaus, probably and possibly was the main person through whom probably and possibly were arranged (in the long term) many types of corruption, supporting money laundering and other illegal activities (probably they didn’t arrange and support the illegal activities only for the Macedonian political structures (most probably other politicians and businessmen from the Czech Republic and abroad used this „channel“ for arranging their businesses), but I have information for the Macedonian part. There have been rumours and speculations for possible and probable corruption concerning the tender for freight and passenger wagons, which was realized in Macedonia during 2014-2015. It’s only a speculation for corruption, but the Slovakian police, the Macedonian police and the Interpol should check the whole procedure (if everything concerning the tender procedure was realized legally) and about the possible and probable involvement of the then Ambassador of Slovakia in Macedonia, Dr. Robert Kirnag and the then Macedonian Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr. Mile Janakieski in this matter. Otherwise, I'm not a member of any political party and I don’t have any political preference. Another thing, that should be checked and investigated, represent the fact about how well-known Austrian company "Alpine Bau" (now in liquidation) gained tenders in Macedonia – nobody was surprised that the company obtained the majority of the governmental contracts in Macedonia (our family can provide valuable information regarding the used practices during the Macedonian public tenders for large construction orders (especially regarding the system of corruption in the construction business) – the former Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Finance, Mr. Zoran Stavreski, is possible and likely the main person in the case of "Alpine Bau" and possibly in other great deals in the construction business from which he probably and possibly made an excellent financial benefits thanks to the possible and probable corruption). Even in the field of the Macedonian diplomacy happens strange things - either the majority of diplomats are agents of the Secret Service (or children of the agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA, as an example, like the possible and probable agent of the Secret Service, Mr. Goce Karajanov (in this case the info is received from the best source i.e. Mr. Karajanov himself told me in one private conversation that we had in Prague - I expect that officially he will not repeat it, but I think it is enough to investigate the possibilities for connectedness of family Karajanov with the structures of the Macedonian police and Secret services, also I recommend and request that the US federal institutions, EULEX, the Kosovo police and Interpol to investigate in detail all the activities of his father, Mr. Stojan Karajanov, who served as Ambassador of Macedonia in Kosovo). Also it is likely and possible that Mr. Stojan Karajanov was probably agent of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA during the period of the communism and his son Goce Karajanov was the Consul General of the Republic of Macedonia in New York before several years – concerning his possible "specialization" that presumably he developed, in addition to other activities, also possible and probable espionage activities on the US territory (or maybe creating of some „network“) and now Mr. Goce Karajanov is an ambassador in the opposite side of the world i.e. in the Russian Federation (oh, what a surprise...) – it is known that some diplomats from the Eastern Bloc, were used (during the Communist era), except for the performance of their official tasks also to meet the various semi-legal and illegal activities, whereas it is logical to assume that after the fall of the Iron Curtain the agents of the former Communistic Secret Services continue with the similar practices - especially in Macedonia, where over 90% of the agents of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA weren’t disclosed yet and most of them are probably still active (or on their places are taken their descendants, who "continue to follow in their footsteps"). Exist speculations that some Macedonian diplomats, who are also agents of the Secret Service, were (or still are) used for various ambiguous activities (published scandals in the Macedonian media are only the tip of the iceberg), or the Government send diplomats like Mr. Pero Stojanovski, who as an ambassador of Macedonia in Australia was indirectly accused for some sort of pe******ia (over the daughter of his girlfriend L. Dumbaloska who found perverted pictures of her daughter in his laptop), accused for fraud and so on which was one of the biggest diplomatic scandals in Australia within the last decade, another Macedonian Ambassador (who was appointed in Hungary) have seen "ghosts" in the embassy (according to the information published in the weekly journal Fokus) or the international scandal around the former Macedonian Ambassador in Prague, Mr. Igor Ilievski (his son was allegedly abducted, also the Ambassador allegedly obtained threats for possible bomb attack on the Macedonian Embassy in Prague, etc. – widely published reports in Macedonian media). Everything, what is stated above, is only an abbreviated presentation of various important matters that should be investigated whereas I am glad to see that the former administration of President Barack Obama was very active in the field of fight against all types of criminal, illegal and mafia structures not only in the USA, but they supported this fight all around the world. President Obama, by my opinion, made an excellent job in many ways, his administration and his government was among the best in the American history and I believe that also the new administration of President Donald Trump will be even more active in the fight against the Drug Lords, corrupted politicians and all other types of criminal structures worldwide. In conclusion of this text, I would like to recommend to Macedonian politicians to read one report published by the Croatian online publication of the weekly journal „Nacional“ -http://arhiva.nacional.hr/clanak/13738/800-najmocnijih-hrvata, where is given the list of 800 most powerful Croats. In this 2004 edition was put on the first place the then Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader whereas about him were written statements like "the man with a large working energy, who tightly control the government, his political party and the Parliament", but after 10 years it turned out, that even the most powerful Croat, "who has everything under control," ended up in prison – whereas he received additional criminal charges for which he is judged and if somebody decides to make a new list then probably Mr. Sanader will be on the other end of this list (presently exist some changes regarding this case – interestingly, according to some comments of Croats, Mr. Sanader was probably and possibly agent of the former infamous Yugoslavian communistic secret service UDBA with probable and possible task for activities on the territory of Austria (it should be additionally investigated in detail) so probably and possibly the former communistic structures of UDBA were probably organized like some kind of state Cosa Nostra during the communistic period and probably for long period of time they will make problems through all parts of former Yugoslavia). I hope for your support and cooperation (in advance thank you very much), looking forward to hearing from you soon and with best regards, M. Sci. Metodij Nochev Macedonia