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Greece is not the only country in the world that vigorously protects it's native indigenous place-names and people-names - others do it too, they even enshrine that protection in their statute books...see here:
http://voices.yahoo.com/talula-does-hula-hawa ... The news in this link provides a new dynamic to long running name dispute between FYRoM and Greece. Whilst it was known that these traditions exist in some countries, it was not made common-knowledge, more serious - it was not known that these ethnic indigenous names, native to the lands and the peoples that originated them were protected in law.
Ethnicity is a very difficult subject to discuss, modern-ethnicity and it's application in todays modern and complicated world is even harder to discuss because it brings to the fore, modern concepts about the subject. If the measure of ethnicity was calculated on the factors of "language" and of "feelings" then on that basis, FYRoM's ex-Yugoslavs can defend their want to self-Identify and to self-determine the way they feel and the way they see fit, as Macedonians...but it must be stressed here that these concepts are modern ones and cannot be linked on an erroneous basis to historical Identities that existed before biblical times.
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story ... Ethnic names that are native and Indigenous to the places and the peoples that originated them have right to protect them...example is provided in the link.
FYRoM's ex-Yugoslavs calling themselves "ethnic-Macedonians" is a modern-phenomenon which is not not rooted in historical verity, there is no historical basis for such ethnicity to exist, it is purely a recent-concept post 1944, the year during WWII, when Communist-Slavists decided to invent a new South-Slavic language they called "Macedonian-language " for politically inspired, Ideological expansionist reasons. It must be stressed here that this new South-Slavic language cannot be traced back to the Macedonians of lore - the famous Macedonians from antiquity.
There was no ethnicity called Macedonian pre 1944, it is purely a recent-invention, a modern-phenomenon measured on the basis of "feelings" and of "language" - these are ofcourse, modern-concepts of Identity...factors which are, in FYRoM's case, bolstered by the twin pillars of revisionism and pseudo-history.
It was known in the old-Yugoslavian Communist school of propaganda, that language-name generates ethnicity and that country-name generates nationality...Belorussia was born this way - Slavists knew that they could create a NoN-Greek Macedonian Nation peopled by South-Slavs that would speak Macedonian and live in a country called Peoples Republic of Macedonia. It must be stressed here that ethnic-Identity in the modern-age is based on feelings and language-name, if you get these two factors configured, you are half-way there to creating a new ethnos. The other two factors are country-name and nationality-name, we have learned from Slavists, you only need the first-one to generate the second-one.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific ... Names are important to Europeans - more important if they are native and indigenous to the places and the peoples who generated them and originated them in the first place...example is provided above.
http://community.babycenter.com/post/a3893700 ... Greece was right all along when it defended the use of one of it's own unique native indigenous peoples-name and place-name. The Macedonian name originated under Hellenic skies from Greek speaking Hellenic peoples - Nobody but the Greeks have right to it's useage.
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