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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.
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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

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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 PM Sued Over Deadly Munitions Blast

Posted on Friday, March 20 @ 13:54:24 PDT by classiclady

Albania News
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  • The prime minister Sali Berisha is taking a political revenge on free medias

    The families of the victims of a deadly ammunition
    blast in the village of Gerdec, ten kilometers outside Tirana, filed a civil law suit for compensatory damages on Thursday against Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

    By Besar Likmeta

    The victims’ families say Berisha has breached the constitution by not ensuring that laws and procedures for dismantling military equipment approved by the Council of Ministers were put in place ahead of the 15 March, 2008 blast.

    Together with Berisha co-defendant in the case is also former defense Minister Fatmir Mediu.

    The blast at the depot in the village of Gerdec, killed 26 people, injured more than 300 and left over 3,000 homeless. According to the emergency services, 400 houses were totally destroyed, 188 were severely damaged, 200 sustained major damage and 1,600 others were slightly damaged.

    The families are seeking 20 million lek (€153,000) for each of the victims of the blast.

    General Prosecutor Ina Rama last week filed a case to the Supreme Court over the deadly blast, indicting 29 people, among them former high officials of the ministry of defense, accusing them with charges ranging from abuse of power to murder over their action related to the explosion.

    The indicted include the former defense minister Fatmir Mediu who was charged with abuse of power and breaking tendering rules.

    Apart from Mediu, the indicted also include former Chief-Staff Luan Hoxha, General Shpetim Spahiu, and General Zija Bahja. All have denied any wrongdoing. If convicted they face up to seven years in prison. Prosecutors have also filed murder charges against Mihal Delijorgji, the owner of the Alba-Demil company that managed the demolition work at the blast site, its administrator Dritan Minxholi, and Ylli Pinari, the former head of Albania’s arms export agency MEICO that was in charge of supervising the demolition work at the site. Sokol Ngjeci, a MEICO supervisor for the demolition site, was also charged with murder. If found guilty, the four face between 20 years to life in prison. Estimates published by the Albanian government say the explosion caused more than €15 million in damages to the surrounding area. The explosions began when workers were moving stocks of old Chinese and Soviet shells stored at the base, a central collection point for the arsenal amassed by the communist-era dictatorship of Enver Hoxha. Albania has been trying for years to dismantle the obsolete arsenal, which was one of the conditions for the country’s successful entry into NATO.

    The prime minister Sali Berisha is taking a political revenge on free medias

    Today, the prime minister Sali Berisha has prohibited the publishing of the albanian daily newspaper TemA. Two strengthened lines of policemen blocked the entrance of the building making the publishing of the newspaper impossible.The journalists waited for hours in front of the police lines but they were not permited to enter although they had a decision of the 6th January by the Court of Tirana which suspended every administrative decision made against the 20 year contract that this newspaper has with the Ministry of Economy. The police had taken a list of the employes that were allowed to enter in the building. The employes belonged to the other 3 companies making TemA the only company who wasnt allowed to proceed work.

    Many albanian journalists joined the efforts to convince the police to execute the law but they did not accept to comply the decision made by the Court of Tirana. In these conditions TemA could not be published anymore. The journalists have no longer any physical contact with the offices where the newspaper is made and with the bindery where its printed.

    The staff of TemA appeals to the Albanian justice institutes to place their authority in order by penalising those who brutally break the law for political revenge.

    The staff also appeals to the President of Albania, to encourage justice to do their job and send to the court those officials that obey political order not based on the law.

    TemA thanks all the albanian journalist and hundreds of thousand citizens for their support in these difficult times for us.

    The newspaper thanks the representatives of the diplomatic court in Tirana for their interest shown in this scandal and especially feels supported by the fast and principal response from the USA Embassy in Tirana.

    We will use all the legal ways to send to the court those who are trying through political orders to stop the newspaper from publishing. We know that the punishment that the prime minister Sali Berisha has ordered is because of the publishing from us of some criminal files linked with the Gerdec tragedy that directly infiltrates his son in this criminal cotract, the history of the serbo-bosniac broker of the Berisha family,Damir Fazllic, and also the history of abusings in the Rreshen - Morine segment of Durres - Kukes road.This is not the first blackmail the newspaper is facing lately.Other blackmails contained personal and familliar attacks leading to physical violence of the publishers private property. The newspaper could not be published today. Maybe the prime minister can prevent it from being published one day more or two but he cannot stop it. The newspaper will be still on the market as fast as it can and the political policemen of Sali Berisha and he himself will have problems with the Justice, the State and the public opinion.

    The declaration of TemA newspaper, supported by the Albanian Professional Journalists Society, the Albanian journalists League, The Albanian Journalist Union and the Albanian Free Media Forum.

Published by ACLIS March 20, 2009

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