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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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Albanian Antic:

Police block newspaper staff from entering offices

Albania News
    CPJ: Albanian police block TEMA

    New York, January 9, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed that the Albanian
    Police block newspaper Tema
    authorities today blocked the offices of the daily Tema, which recently published stories alleging official corruption.

    Police in the capital, Tirana, surrounded the premises, barring journalists from entering the building, the daily's publisher, Mero Baze, said in a statement posted on Tema's Web site. Baze said he called Tirana's police chief, who told him the order to bar the staff from the building was issued by Albania's Ministry of Interior.

    On December 16, Albania's economic ministry severed the paper's lease on offices in a state-owned building without notice; Tema had held the offices for 20 years, said Balkan Insight, the news Web site of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. In his statement today on Tema's Web site, Baze said the daily won a lawsuit to regain their lease on January 6. Despite the court's ruling, Tirana police barred journalists today.

    On December 31, Baze's car caught fire and exploded, the Tirana-based Albanian Media Institute reported. Police said the explosion was an accident, caused by a short circuit, while Baze claimed it was retaliation for Tema's critical journalism, the Balkan Insight reported.

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

Posted by classiclady on Saturday, January 10 @ 13:06:38 PST (1132 reads)
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Albanian Antic:

Ancient City of Byllis

Albanian Heritage
    The History of Byllis

    Byllis is one of most important archeological sites of Albania for its monumental values. It was the
    largest city in Southern Illyria and it has a dominant position over the hills of Mallakastra and over the valley of Vjosa. Its name came to attention relatively late from the annals of the time. The first mention of its name, in the form Bulis, appears in the event of the years 49-48 BC., when the city surrendered to Julius Caesar and became a base for supplying his army. The earliest source for Byllis is the Greek geographer Pseudo-Scylax, 380 BC.. He wrote that “ the people of Oricum live in the region of Amantia; the Amantini, who extend up to here; are Bylline Illyrians “, living it to be understood that the relationship between the Amantini and the Bylliones was that of political community, a koinon.

    The community of Bylliones was a part of the large Illyrian region of Antintania, which included the whole lower and middle valley of Vjosa. The ancient city of Byllis was run in some stages from its found since its decline. Stephen of Byzantium writes that Byllis was founded by Neoptolemus, the son of Achilles, because and its neiboring Amantini claimed their provenance from the Abantes of Euboea, who settled there after the Trojan War.

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, May 27 @ 15:11:05 PDT (1204 reads)
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Albanian Antic:

Auron Tare - The Force Behind Progress in Albania

Albanian People
    Read inside:
  • Environment Threats to Butrint National Park

    Auron Tare is a force! This basketball player turned journalist turned activist and preservationist is a
    Auron Tare
    prime example of how preservation can be a powerful tool for change.

    Auron is a leading force behind much of the progress being made in Albania, working with local residents and international groups to save Albania’s heritage and environment while building the economy.

    In the last ten years, he has been credited with the establishment of a national park around the town of Butrint and its centuries old ruins, saving both the architectural heritage and environmental features, while creating jobs for many of the local residents.

    He has also set up summer camps to unite youth from the Balkan countries (at war with each other over the years), to enable them to discover how much they have in common. One such camp explores underwater archaeology in Albania’s costal waters, which is an exciting way of involving youth in safeguarding these treasures.

Posted by classiclady on Monday, May 19 @ 13:41:10 PDT (2060 reads)
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Albanian Antic:

Ancient Greek Jar Found on Albania Coast

Albanian Heritage
    SARANDA, Albania (AP) — Encrusted with tiny shells and smelling strongly of the sea, a 2,400-year-old Greek jar lies in a saltwater bath in Durres Museum, on Albania's Adriatic coast.

    Illyrian Empire
    By Llazar Selimi

    Part of a sunken shipment of up to 60 ceramic vessels, the 26-inch storage jar, or amphora, was the top find from what organizers say is the first archaeological survey of this small Balkan nation's seabed, conducted by U.S. and Albanian experts.

    "Touch it, touch it. It's luck," said mission leader George Robb of the Key West, Florida-based RPM Nautical Foundation. "You're touching something that was made before Plato was born."

    Launched in July, the month-long survey was the first step in compiling an underwater cultural heritage map that could eventually plot the position of sunken fleets from ancient and mediaeval times believed to lie along Albania's 220-mile coastline.
Posted by acl on Friday, September 14 @ 12:23:55 PDT (926 reads)
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Albanian Antic:

Albania's long-lost Roman city

Albanian Heritage
    BBC News

    Malcolm Billings visits Butrint on Albania's southern coast opposite the Greek island of Corfu - one of the best-kept secrets of the ancient Roman world until it was designated a national park with foreign help.

    Tirana - Albania "Skanderbeg Square"
    by Malcolm Billings BBC News, Albania

    Enver Hoxha, the Stalinist communist dictator of Albania until 1985, was proud of Butrint.

    At the height of the Cold War in the 1960s he showed Nikita Khrushchev around. But only after the sites in the forest were sprayed with DDT and purged of snakes, wild animals and insects.

    Khrushchev was more interested in establishing a secret submarine base in the lake of Butrint - an idea that Hoxha did not follow up.

    Forest on the march
    After the fall of communism, the site was plundered and the ruins reclaimed by the dense forest. Then, there were no planning or building regulations and a rash of half-finished houses and apartment buildings were creeping towards the archaeological site.
Posted by acl on Sunday, July 08 @ 09:16:47 PDT (1057 reads)
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Albanian Antic:

UNESCO mission to Albania

    Read inside: Review of Mother Teresa Book in Malta

    Ray Bondin said he has been on an evaluation
    The city of Berat
    mission to the city of Berat in Albania, which is being nominated for recognition as a World Heritage site, at the request of the Venice Office of UNESCO.

    The city of Berat is one of the most historic cities in Albania, with three distinct but closely related historical areas. The uppermost area is what is known as the Castle, which is the fortified part of the town. Dr Bondin’s report was requested to clarify certain points relating to the authenticity and importance of the historical aspects of the city.

    During his visit, he met with various national and local government officials and was accompanied by two officials from the national and local office that deals with heritage. Berat is over two hours away by car from the capital and has very strong cultural influences from both the Orthodox Church and the Muslim period.

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, March 27 @ 11:10:00 PDT (1488 reads)
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Albanian Antic:

Agreement for the restoration of the historical centre

Albanian Cities
    The Director-General signs a self-benefiting funds-in-trust agreement for the restoration of the historical centre of Gjirokastra in Albania

    On 15 December 2006, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Ambassador
    The city of Gjirokastra
    Tatjana Gjonaj, Permanent Delegate of Albania to UNESCO, signed an agreement establishing a self-benefiting Funds-in-Trust in favour of the restoration of the historical centre of Gjirokastra inscribed on the World Heritage List since 2005. Mrs Blegina Agalli, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sport of Albania, attended the ceremony.

    The Fund being set up with the initial contribution of US1,2 million from the office of the Prime Minister of Albania aims at assisting the authorities in their efforts to safeguard the historic centre of Gjirokastra through the preparation and improvement of management plans, the restoration of historic monuments and capacity-building activities in the field of heritage preservation and management.

    The Director-General said he was pleased at the prospect of further increasing UNESCO’s cooperation with Albania through a project that would benefit this Southern Albanian city, which he had visited on the occasion of his first official visit to the country in 2001.

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, December 26 @ 14:09:53 PST (902 reads)
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Albanian Antic:

Avar treasure - found in Eastern Albania

    New York: The Metropolitan Museum
    Avar Treasure
    Belt Fittings, 700s
    Avar Treasure
    Avar; Found in Vrap, eastern Albania
    Gold; Max. L. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1673-1701) Vessels, 700s
    Avar or Byzantine; Found in Vrap, eastern Albania
    Silver and gold; Max. H. 6 3/4 in. (17 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1704, 1705; 1708-1712)
    Bucket, 600s
    Byzantine; Found in Vrap, eastern Albania
    Silver; H. 17 1/4 in. (18.5 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1707)

    This ensemble of objects, all found together in Vrap, in modern-day Albania, attests to the wealth of the Avars, a nomadic tribe of mounted warriors from the Eurasian steppe. The Avars maintained a complex relationship with the Byzantine empire from the sixth to the eighth century, at times protecting the empire's borders, at times raiding the very lands they had agreed to defend. Tribute payments from the Byzantine empire and war booty provided the Avars with enormous amounts of gold and silver. Avar goldsmiths created works of exceptionally high quality and were counted among the ruling class.

Posted by classiclady on Sunday, November 19 @ 05:50:43 PST (1220 reads)
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2011 is bringing....

NO hopes for a albanian democratic society
big changes in politics, ousting of Sali Berisha
an albanian economic crisis
big investments
prosperity and new government
new laws for ex - landlords
punishment of communist elite
strong and powerful Albania
war against corruption
war against neo-communists
no hopes at all
I don't know


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