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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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Albania to hold parliamentary election in June

Posted on Thursday, January 15 @ 15:49:45 PST by classiclady

Albania News
    Albanian President Bamir Topi announced Wednesday that parliamentary elections in the
    President Bamir Topi
    Southeastern European country will be held on June 28.

    More than 2 million voters are eligible to elect a 140-member parliament following a new electoral code Albania adopted last month.

    A successful completion of the election is crucial to Albania's bid to join NATO and the European Union (EU) this year.

    The last parliamentary elections held in July 2005 were marred by irregularities and violence.

    Also Wednesday, the Czech Republic, which currently holds the EU presidency, pledged its support for Albania´s EU integration efforts. The Czech Republic's presidency of the European bloc will run up to June 30 this year.

    The Czech Ambassador to Tirana, Marketa Fialkova, gave the assurance when she met with Prime Minister Sali Berisha today.

    Berisha reportedly said his government intends to apply for EU candidate status during this term. He guaranteed to implement reforms and conduct free elections.

    Canada ratifies the Protocol of Albania’s Accession into NATO

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hails the decision of
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    Canada for the ratification of the Protocol of Albania’s Accession in NATO. Canada is the 18’th country that has ratified the Protocol of Albania’s Accession into NATO.

    This decision was announced on January 14, 2009, during a ceremony organized by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Mr. Lawrence Cannon. In his address, Canadian Foreign Minister pointed out that Canada is a strong supporter of Albania and Croatia ’s aspiration to join NATO and the ratification of these protocols is a clear expression of this support.

    NATO member countries have stated, in the Ministerial of the NATO Foreign Ministers held on December 2-3 2008 in Brussels, they will to conclude as soon as possible the protocols of the ratification of Albania and Croatia aiming their membership prior the Strasbourg- Kehl Summit, which is due to be held in April 2009. This will make possible the participation of Albania as a member with full rights.

    Albanian FM Mr. Lulzim BASHA, received the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Mr. Jean Asselborn

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Lulzim BASHA, received today in an official meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Mr. Jean Asselborn, who is in Albania upon the invitation of his Albanian counterpart.

    The progress of bilateral relations, NATO and EU integration, visas liberalization process as well as
    Lulzim Basha
    the latest developments in the region were the main topics of their discussion. The two counterparts assessed that the relations between the two countries are excellent and they expressed their readiness for their further intensification.

    Minister Basha made a broad description of the political and economic developments at home, the process of reforms, and the fulfillment of all the commitments towards NATO and EU integration. Likewise, Mr. Basha acquainted Mr. Asselborn with the attempts of the Albanian government to meet all the requirements needed for the full visas liberalization between Albania and EU.

    The Ministers shared the same view for the progress of Albania towards the implementation of reforms undertaken at home, for the strengthening and the consolidation of the democratic institutions and the progress made in the fight against corruption and organized crime.

    Minister Basha evaluated the contribution of Luxembourg for the continuous support provided to the democratic processes in Albania and its efforts for European and Euro-Atlantic integration. In this content, Minister Basha evaluated the support of Luxembourg for Kosovo as well.

    Mr. Basha, thanked Mr. Asselborn for the support that his country is providing for sooner NATO membership of Albania, in particular.

    On his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg praised the achievements of Albania towards the reforms that bring Albania closer to EU, and the constructive role of Albania in the region as well. Minister Asselborn assured his Albanian counterpart for the further support and assistance that his country will offer to Albania in its road to EU integration. Mr. Asselborn stated as well, that his country is a strong supporter of the free movement of the Albanian citizens in the Shengen zone.

    The two counterparts highlighted the necessity for the increase of cooperation between the two countries in other domains, particularly the economic one, and signed the Agreement of the exception of double taxation."

    Albania Club Med construction starts after protest

    By Benet Koleka

    TIRANA (Reuters) - Construction work has begun on Albania's first Club Med seaside resort village, but only after police cleared away a roadblock set
    up by protesting villagers and made several arrests, officials said on Thursday.

    Four years after the government gave the go-ahead, television pictures showed building equipment and heavy machines digging near the beach on the bay of Kakome, facing Greece's holiday island of Corfu.

    Angry villagers say the developers have not obtained the correct building permit and the authorities had no right to let work begin before the appeals court has ruled on who owns the land -- the government or 129 local families.

    The row highlights the confusion over title to property in post-communist Albania. Who owns what remains a key challenge to economic progress and returning property to pre-communist owners is mired in corruption and favoritism.

    "We have now begun work and everything is going normally. I thank the government and the police for their help," said Dritan Celaj, manager of the local Club Med partner Albanian Riviera.

    Villagers said work had started at dawn on January 9 after 400 policemen, equipped with two armored cars and sniper rifles, smashed through a roadblock of villagers' cars.

    The project's developers and the government hope the 30 million euro project will put Albania, which closed itself off from the world for nearly 40 years after World War Two under Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, on the mass tourism map.

    With French-owned Club Mediterranee as tour operator and partner, local firm Albanian Riviera won a license in 2004 from Socialist Prime Minister Fatos Nano to build 350 luxury villas with 700 beds in the center of the horseshoe-shaped bay.

    Club Med did not answer written requests for updated information on the project.


    Vladimir Kumi, the elected regional chairman, said the government had broken the law by allowing work to start before an Albanian appeals court had ruled on whether the government or 129 local families own the location.

    A lower court ruled against the villagers, arguing that they had bought the land from the Ottoman Empire in 1878, so their claim was not valid because the Ottomans were occupiers.

    The villagers say this is absurd because it means half Albania's landowners have no rightful claim to their land.

    "They (developers) also lack the right building permit. They need permission from the national zoning committee, not the regional one," said Kumi, who is one of the claimants to the land.

    Celaj said the developers had rented the land from the government for 99 years and should a court find other rightful owners, the developers' contract would be with them. The villagers say whoever builds should first negotiate with them.

    Kumi said the villagers had spent Christmas and New Year manning the roadblock after months of skirmishes with police.

    Four people, including the village chief and a local construction inspector, were jailed after low-key protests and appear in court on January 19. Fourteen others were held briefly on January 9, when police removed the villagers' roadblock, Kumi said.

    (Editing by Adam Tanner and Tim Pearce)

Published by ACLIS Jan 15, 2009

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