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

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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?
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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

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Albania News:

EU urges Albania to tackle property title mayhem


Posted on Friday, February 06 @ 13:35:35 PST by classiclady

Albania News
    TIRANA, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Albania must solve the huge problem of unclear and disputed property titles in order to attract foreign investors and meet Qendra_Tajvan - Tirana,Albania European Union criteria for eventual membership, an EU envoy said on Friday.

    By Benet Koleka

    Helmuth Lohan, the EU's ambassador to Tirana, said economic progress in Albania had suffered because of fuzzy ownership titles affecting almost all families and eroding citizens' confidence in democracy and the courts.

    "Clear property titles and legal security are essential prerequisites for the prosperous development of the country, the attraction of foreign direct investment, social peace as well as for the country's European integration process," Lohan said.

    Successive conservative and leftist governments since Albania toppled Communism have tried with little success to return property to rightful owners who were expropriated after World War Two by the late Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha.

    Rural land has been distributed to those living on it while real estate in cities has been returned to pre-war owners, but the process has been marred by red tape and corruption, resulting in multiple registration of property titles.

    Prime Minister Sali Berisha has played down the problem, saying it has not prevented foreign investors from buying up cheap land.

    TOURISM SUFFERS

    Lohan said tourism along Albania's Adriatic and Ionian Sea coasts, one of the country's main sectors for economic development, was a victim of the uncertainty.

    A planned Club Mediterranee resort has been delayed for five years because of unresolved property and access issues, forcing Club Med to put the project on standby.



    "Many interested investors have visited the Albanian coast after identifying its potential long ago. However, actual investments in tourism remain highly fragmented and minimal, precisely because of unresolved property issues," Lohan said. He added that disputes over ownership had not only caused violence and even deaths, but also led to courts becoming tied up with property cases that take many years to be resolved. Disheartened by their own courts, many Albanians have complained to the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg, which has ruled in their favour, asking Albania for compensation.

    Edlir Vokopola, head of the Urban Research Institute, said numerous changes to the laws governing arable land and real estate had made the restitution process and the clarification of rightful ownership even more difficult.

    "This is the last time the train can stop at this station and we need to catch it, otherwise it will be much more difficult," said Vokopola, a former head of the state property registration office.

    He said the Albanian state itself had failed to register as its own asset 50,000 hectares (124,000 acres) of land it owned at the end of World War Two, with the result that it owns much less today.

    Deputy Economy Minister Eno Bozdo said Albania acknowledges the problem. "Unfortunately, it cannot be solved in the next few years," Bozdo added. (Editing by Adam Tanner and Mark Trevelyan)

Published by ACLIS Feb.6, 2009

 
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