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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 Diaspora:

Kara DioGuardi - an amazing singer, songwriter, producer

Albanian People
    Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi (born December 9, 1970) is an American singer/songwriter, record producer,
    Kara Dio Guardi
    and TV personality who has contributed to a long list of internationally successful popular songs. She writes music in the light pop-rock and Dance genre.

    DioGuardi has worked with Celine Dion, David Archuleta, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Paula Abdul, American Idol's other female judge. She joined the eighth season of American Idol as a judge.

    DioGuardi grew up in the Wilmot Woods section of suburban New Rochelle, New York. She attended The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

    After completing a political science degree at Duke University, she worked in the publishing and marketing departments of Billboard Magazine.

    She is of Italian and Albanian (Arbëresh) descent. She is the daughter of Carol Asselta and former Republican Rep. Joseph J. DioGuardi. Her mother died in 1997 after a 7-year battle with ovarian cancer.

    Kara DioGuardi is a living legend in the music industry. Aside from a long list of accomplishments as a songwriter, Kara DioGuardi is the new and fourth American Idol judge.

    Although American Idol originally wanted to have four judges on the show, it took seven years before they found someone to join Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson guiding and criticizing the contestants on the FOX reality show.

    DioGuardi joined the judge’s table of the American Idol on the eight season of the hit singing contest, which aired on January 2009.

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Albanian Diaspora:

Laura Mersini - an albanian physicist-cosmologist in USA

Albanian People
    Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton is a theoretical physicist-cosmologist and professor at the
    Dr.Laura Mersini
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since January 2004.

    She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tirana in her native Albania, and she was awarded a PhD in 2000 by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    She has worked on a variety of topics on the particle physics-cosmology interface. She was particularly interested in the possibility of generating dark energy from transplanckian physics in string theory, gravity and quantum field theory in curved space, and higher-dimension braneworlds.

    She says that when it comes to what we know about the universe, current physics theory is lagging a little behind. For example, the Big Bang theory might not be enough to explain the origin of all the matter in the universe (everything from the universe's large-scale structure — galaxies and the like — to cosmic microwave background radiation, dark matter, and the rest).

    In 2007, Mersini claimed that the CMB cold spot was "the unmistakable imprint of another universe beyond the edge of our own".

Posted by classiclady on Thursday, January 22 @ 15:01:57 PST (3661 reads)
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Albanian Diaspora:

If Only the Dead Could Listen

Albanian Letters
    Announcing the publication of If Only the Dead Could Listen, By Gëzim Alpion

    How do Albanian asylum seekers live in the United Kingdom ? Some people in Britain would claim that
    asylum seekers and refugees live comfortably on the social services extended to them. If Only the Dead Could Listen, a shocking and politically incorrect new play by Dr Gëzim Alpion, disturbs that vision. The drama follows the saga of Leka, an asylum-seeker who finds himself entangled in the British legal system one day during a trip to Harrods.

    Alpion’s second play If Only the Dead Could Listen has already disturbed British audiences with its black humor and tragedy.

    The public finds itself succumbing to emotional twists and turns as the main character’s emotions metamorphose through states of anger, patriotism, bereavement, aggression and alienation.

    The play depicts experiences universally faced by refugees as they reluctantly uproot themselves from their homeland and find themselves taxed by personal and social trials in a foreign place.

Posted by classiclady on Saturday, August 02 @ 11:52:56 PDT (879 reads)
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Albanian Diaspora:

Albania to MIT: O’Bryant grad meets the challenge

I Am Albanian
    Born into a small farming family towards the end of the Communist era in Albania, 18-year-old Alban Colbi moved to the United States eight years ago and did so well, he was the valedictorian of the John D. O’ Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. Colbi is now getting ready to head to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.
    Alban Colbi

    By Lindsay Perna

    This West Roxbury resident struggled through elementary and middle school in speaking English. He realized how hard he would need to work to succeed in America.

    Adjusting to a new culture was not his only feat.

    With a 4.78 grade point average, Colbi dedicated his time to baseball and the National Honor Society. He tutored his peers twice a week, rising above his own courseload of Advanced Placement classes.

    “I think I really understood the value of education in high school, and that is when I really got into it and liked learning,” said the graduate.

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Albanian Diaspora:

Albanian writers in USA

Albanian Letters
    Agim Bacelli was born and raised in the city of Korcha, situated in the Southeast of Albania
    Agim Bacelli
    near to the border with Greece. 
    He started writing in verse at the age of 12 years old and even younger.

     His late father was a popular poet (bejtexhi).  He used to versify easily and recite to Agim. He was very sweet-tongued!  He taught his son how to make verse, in poetry, revealing to him its 'secrets'.

    Sometimes though, Agim failed in creating verse and remained a writer of proser; prosing and writing short stories.
      Later, poems and prose became his hobby and have remained so for the rest of his life.  Agim has published his articles in Albanian newspapers and mass-media. 
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Albanian Diaspora:

Albanian Composer among 21st Century Classics

Albanian Music
    A new CD is released in USA and Canada.

    Thomas Simaku is an Albanian composer based in England, and teaches at the University of York. It is
    Thomas Simaku
    not the first time that we have come across his achievements and successes which have marveled people in both sides of the Atlantic. As the official

    By Merita B. McCormack, Washington DC - sent exclusively to ACLIS

    York University Newsletter emphasizes, “his music has been reaching audiences all over Europe and the USA for over a decade and it has been awarded a host of accolades for its expressive qualities and its unique blend of drama, intensity and modernism”.

    Simaku’s 50th birthday in 2008 is being marked with the release of a portrait CD comprising six works performed by the London – based Kreutzer Quartet. Released on Naxos 21st Century Classics, the CD (8.570428) was launched at the Spring Festival of New Music in York on 8th May 2008 in a concert given by the Kreutzer Quartet. The disc features his compositions Radius – String Quartet No 2 and Voci Velesti – String Quartet No 3, which were recently given their British premieres by the Kreutzer Quartet.

Posted by classiclady on Wednesday, May 28 @ 12:42:26 PDT (885 reads)
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Albanian Diaspora:

Imam Vehbi Ismail -internationally known religious scholar

Albanian People
    Imam Vehbi Ismail, internationally known religious scholar, author and leader of the Albanian Muslims
    Albanian Islamic Center
    in North America, passed away from natural causes in his Harper Woods, Michigan (USA) home on Saturday, May 17, 2008.
    Born in Shkoder, Albania on November 25, 1919 to Haji Ismail Alkovaj, the Grand Mufti of the Muslim faith in Albania, Imam Ismail started his studies in theology at The Islamic Seminary in Albania’s capital, Tirana.

    In 1937, Imam Ismail left his native Albania to study Islam at the world famous Al-Azhar University in Alexandria, Egypt, founded in 989AD. Imam Ismail received the highest honors achievable at Al-Azhar.

    It was at Al-Azhar that he started his prolific writing about Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and interpreting the meaning of the Quran as well as the translating of hundreds of books from Albanian, Turkish, Persian and French to Arabic.
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Albanian Diaspora:

Imam Vehbi Ismail - R.I.P.

Albanian People
    Imam Vehbi Ismail was born on November 25, 1919 in Shkoder, Albania. He pursued his studies at
    Albanian Islamic Center
    the Islamic Seminary in Tirana, the capital of Albania and in 1937 moved to Egypt to further his studies at Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

    By that time Albania was taken over by the Communists and his father, who was a Mufti, advised him not to return.

    During his stay in Egypt he became a prolific writer on Islamic topics and translated many literary works from Albanian into Arabic.

    In 1949 Imam Vehbi came to United States to take his place as the religious leader of the Albanian Muslim Community in Detroit, Michigan.

    There he established the first Albanian Mosque and Islamic Center in the United States and became the editor of the two quarterly Islamic journals "The Albanian Muslim Life" and "The Muslim Life"; the latter being the organ of The Federation of Islamic Associations in the USA and Canada.

    During those years he wrote and translated more than twenty five books, which are printed in Albanian including "Muhammed: the Last Prophet".

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