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Thomas Simaku with a CD Release on Naxos
A CD comprising 6 works performed by the Kreutzer Quartet has just been released in the UK on Naxos records,and also in USA and Canada.
Thomas Simaku is an Albanian Composer among 21st Century Classics.For more information about individual tracks, please go to Naxos website.
A new CD release of Thomas Simaku

Monument to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa - Canada
Communist Sign the petition to support the building of a Monument to the Victims of Communism, in Ottawa, Canada

To: Parliament of Canada
While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China's dictators have slaughtered an estimated 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined ? Just as we must grasp Communism's brutality, we must understand the true cause of this era's most significant event: the fall of the Soviet Union. While we believe that Vaclav Havel was right when he saw the fall of the Communist empire as an event on the same scale as the fall of the Roman Empire, it was not the end of Communism. Sign and Join this petition

Who recognised KOSOVA as an Independent State?
Countries that have recognized or Announced the recognition of Republic of Kosova
We are honored and humbled that it is our generation that lives to see that day and we are aware and ready to take up the path that begins from here. Our future is with Europe.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for standing by us in the worst times. In memory of those who gave and lost their lives, and loved ones. May peace and light prevail. Countries who recognized Kosova

Boycott of Greek products in Albania
Boycott of Greek products in Albania!

Albanian nationalists, who accuse Greece of turning the country into a non-conventional colony of Greece, are using the protest to halt the rising power of Greece in the country. In 2006 Greek Imports reached EUR 406mn, while Greek investments are estimated at over EUR 400mn. Greek companies and businesses own substantial shares in the telecommunication, petroleum and financial markets in the country. Strong protests were organized by the "Cham" population, ethnic Albanians that used to live in the territory of current Greece till the end of World War II. Afterwards, they forcedly expelled from their properties. Therefore we call on you to Boycott greek products in Albania

Donation for an Albanian Bridge in Shkoder City.
Has started a project to raise funds to build a bridge in the village of "Ure e Shtrenjte", near Shkoder. In need for donation to complete this project. More ..

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Media Watchdogs Pan Albania Government

Posted on Tuesday, January 13 @ 13:11:30 PST by classiclady

Albania News
    13 January 2009 Reporters Without Borders has criticized Albania's government over allegations that is trying to close down a Tirana daily
    newspaper because of its critical coverage of corruption and scandals.

    The daily Tema newspaper has focused on investigative reporting, many of its stories attacking officials for alleged graft and corruption. Last Friday, police evicted it from its offices in a government building, despite a court order blocking the eviction.

    “We urge Interior Minister Bujar Nishani to comply with judicial decisions and to allow Tema’s journalists into their offices” the watchdog said in a press release, “We also urge the government to stop using the state apparatus to harass the press,” the statement adds.

    Albania’s Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, has rejected all allegations of corruption and accused Tema's publisher of being a puppet of the opposition Socialist leader Edi Rama.

    The row escalated on December 16, when the Ministry of Economy canceled without notice a 20-year contract that the daily held for its premises inside a state-owned building, leading the newspaper to file a lawsuit.

    The government said it was evicting the newspaper from its premises for national security reasons, not giving an explanation of its reasoning. Earlier last week, the court ordered the ministry to stop the eviction process, but on Friday, police surrounded the Tema offices and forcefully stopped journalists from entering the premises.

    “The unexpected police siege and the Prime Minister’s arrogance in trying to silence us, as it seems, knows no bounds,” the publisher of Tema, Mero Baze, said in a press statement following the police action.

    Baze’s luxury BMW went up in flames on New Year’s Eve in what Baze said was an attack, but which police described as self-combustion due to a short circuit.

    The Ministry of Economy denied there was any political motive behind the eviction and through a statement on Sunday claimed it had never received the court order, while the cancellation of the contract was “necessary for public requirements”.

    The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has also reacted to the government seizure of Tema’s offices.

    Police should immediately allow Tema journalists to enter their offices and do their job," CPJ's Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said in a press statement on Friday.

    "Instead of harassing the reporters, authorities should investigate the recent explosion of publisher Mero Baze's car. Such methods of intimidation of a critical news outlet are incompatible with the democratic path Albania has chosen."

    (Reporting by Besar Likmeta)

    Global Crisis has arrived in Albania

    Leading bankers in Albania warned authorities about “negative effects from Global Financial Crisis”, and urged for lower basic interest rates, according to Top Channel TV.

    “We have seen reduction in industrial production, job looses and lower remittances”, Oliver Whittle, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank said. “I would welcome a reduction on interest rates”, he added.

    “Seeing low inflation rate in Albania, we can say that rate reduction is possible”, Elvin Meka, head of Albanian Association of Banks said.

    In December, the Central Bank of Albania kept the base rate unchanged at 6.25 per cent. Albania’s current account deficit was the main reason against the lowering interest rates. Meanwhile, its monetary policy has remained neutral since November 2007.

    Albania and Kosovo Introduce Their Plan for "Balkan Schengen"

    Nearly one year ago, Kosovo was just beginning
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    it's treacherous advance into the world of independent nations. Now, they are forging an alliance with Albania that will eliminate the needs for passports to travel between the two countries. These two states are also extending the possibility of free-movement to Montenegro and Macedonia.

    While travel between Kosovo and Albania has been, up until now, hardly regarded as difficult, this agreement will eliminate a lot of bureaucratic red-tape. It could also serve as a large stepping stone to EU membership for any of the countries that agree to it. If there is already a zone of free trade and open borders in the Balkans, this will make those states more attractive to the EU. At least that's the idea. There are probably unforeseen pitfalls, but for the moment, it's being heralded as a success.

    This comes as Albania plans to apply for EU membership during the Czech presidency. As long as the Albanians continue on the road toward reforms and clean elections, their application should be viewed very positively. The Czech presidency is an opportunity for many Balkan states to apply for membership. And they know it. Serbia plans to apply for candidacy in April. Macedonia is also attempting to gain entry despite the wishes of Greece and the expected applications of several other Balkan states.

    However, the ability of Balkan states to maintain a level of governance acceptable to the EU has to survive the Gazprom-Ukraine crisis. It's hard to enact social reforms when you're in a state of emergency. It's difficult to focus on topics other than keeping your people alive and warm. They also have to weather the current global economic crisis. And for a region that depends a lot on foreign investment, the outlook there is less than shiny.

Published by ACLIS Jan 13, 2009

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