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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 Cities:

Pogradeci - ancient Illyrian City

Albanian Cities
    On the top of the hill overlooking Pogradec there is an ancient Illyrian fortress believed to have been
    Pogradec City
    known as Enkeleana. In the Middle Ages this fortress was reconstructed and the place was renamed by the Bulgarians, who invaded Southeastern Albania at this time. ( Pogradec, Pod Grad - the place beneath the fortress ).

    During the Eighteenth century under Turkish occupation, the town became an administrative centre, but was largely destroyed ruing the World War I, again during the Italian-Greek War of 1940-1941 and twice during the National Liberation War (1941-1944); however a number of characteristic houses have been preserved as cultural monuments. Pogradec has a population of 15,000 inhabitants.
Posted by classiclady on Thursday, August 07 @ 08:57:38 PDT (3092 reads)
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Albanian Cities:

OSCE Presence supports opening of Aarhus Centre in Vlora

Albanian Cities
    An Aarhus Centre, which will provide the public with information and legal expertise on Vlore - Uji i Ftohte environmental matters, opened in the southern city of Vlora today.

    The Centre is supported by the OSCE Presence in Albania and the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration.

    "Vlora is one of the regions experiencing sensitive environmental issues and we hope that this centre will help the public and local authorities to find solutions for the community," said Robert Mangham, an OSCE Presence adviser on environmental issues.

    The Vlora Aarhus Centre will be the third facility of its kind in Albania after the centres in Tirana and Shkodra.

    The OSCE Presence has organized training courses for public officials, civil society groups and local businesses on rights and obligations under the Aarhus Convention. An Albanian Aarhus Convention website was also recently launched.

Posted by classiclady on Thursday, January 03 @ 10:45:00 PST (1325 reads)
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Albanian Cities:

Tirana - Choking on Growth

Albania News
    Albania’s capital becomes a victim of its own phenomenal growth, as the city’s environmental problems multiply.
    Tirana "Skanderbeg Square"


    By Ergys Gjencaj - journalist of the daily newspaper Korrieri. Balkan Insight is the online publication of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. This article was made possible through the support of the National Endowment for Democracy

    “All this dust is killing us,” complains Merita a Tirana resident in her thirties as she walks her dog.

    “Taking a stroll along the street is not the same thing any more, it’s hard to breathe amidst all this pollution,” she adds. With a population that has more than tripled in the last 15 years to nearly 800,000, fuelled by internal migration and a construction boom unprecedented in its history, Tirana is a city that faces an increasing menace to public health as respiratory diseases multiply and cancer rates reach alarming rates.

    Studies have shown that 56,000 tonnes of dust is generated in Albania’s capital every year, 70 kg for each of its residents. Most of this dust is produced by small particles, known as particulate matter, or PM10, which have been found to be a major cause of cancer.

    According to the Ministry of Health more than 1,400 cancer cases are directly linked to increased levels of environmental pollution in Albania, the majority of them in the capital. A study published in October by the World Health of Organization found that air pollution alone was responsible for more than 200 deaths every year.
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Albanian Cities:

Our lady's Legend

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    The first beginning of an ancient city. Mother Rozafa Everything begins as a legend, everything continues like in a legend. Rozafa was there, before Christ was born, she is there right now.

    For those who know the legend of Rozafa, the fortress of Shkodra, it's probably clear that on its walls there is the "live-body" of a mother. The woman 'Rozafa' begs for letting her breast out, to feed with milk her little son. With her body, Rozafa gave birth to a child, and with her sincerity and her self-sacrifice, she gave birth to a town. Upon her body were build a fortress, and the three brothers of the legend found afterwards the good will over immuring this woman. As always happen, something must be sacrificed to give life to something much bigger.

    And this way, Shkodra could live over this legendary sacrifice. The human history in its self, in its in-conscious turbulence, has proven the paradoxical unreason: Something sacred must be given - something sacred will be gained. Life is sacred. And the coming generations are able to use what was gained over the loss. Rozafa, this naive woman, could have died like any other woman - forgotten, but she died, without knowing it, to live as a legend.

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Albanian Cities:

In Albania, a Capital Full of Contradictions

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    New York Times


    "Albania kaput!" announced the lunatic on the streets of Tirana. I looked at my new friends, a pair of Serbian filmmakers and a Dutch backpacker I'd met in a cafe, and we tried to walk away. But his insanity was unavoidable, and soon we were a captive audience to his crackpot ramblings about Bill Clinton, Sept. 11 and the future of Albania. I'd been in Tirana less than four hours and, already, moments like these had ceased to faze me.

    By MATT GROSS - New York Times

    I had arrived in Albania hoping to discover an untrammeled paradise hidden in the Balkans. What I found instead was a deeply weird place: a majority-Muslim country where the mosques are mute but the miniskirts are loud, where horse carts share highways with Hummers, and where people shake their heads to mean yes — except that sometimes they shake their heads to mean no.

    Yes, Albania can make you shake your own head in confusion, but what can you expect after almost 50 postwar years of hermetic Communism and, more recently, a mania for pyramid schemes that plunged Europe's poorest nation into near-anarchy? In this stumbling nation, I was hoping that my Frugal Traveler budget might afford me more luxury than it had elsewhere.

    People in neighboring Montenegro, Croatia and Italy, however, warned against such romantic notions. Albanians, they kept informing me, were criminals, corrupt and untrustworthy. But Tirana, it turns out, is quite lovable.
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Albanian Cities:

Himara - the gorgeous seashore and hardworking people

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    Upon somebody's death, people who had known the deceased compose mourning songs or ballads (called vaie). These vaie are always recited in the Albanian language throughout the region of Himarë, and closely resemble the vaie of the greater region of Laberia.

    Himara (Albanian: Himarë or Himara, IPA ; Greek: Χειμάρρα, /çi'maɾa/) is the name of a town
    The beautiful seashore of Himara
    and a region on the Ionian Sea coast of Albania, in the extreme south-west of the country.

    Himara is located directly opposite the north coast of Corfu. The surrounding district, which includes the eponymous town of Himarë, also includes seven other villages – (Dhermi, Palase, Vuno, Pilur, Qeparo, Shen Vasil, Kudhes, Ilias). It is part of a larger region known as Laberia.

    Geography
    The whole region is characterized by high mountains falling steeply to meet a crystal clear sea. There are long white sandy beaches and the few hills close to the sea are generally terraced and planted with olive, orange and citrus trees. The Himarë region as a whole is quite small, about 50 km (31 miles) long by 10 km (6 miles) wide.

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Albanian Cities:

Saranda - the most beautiful tourist city

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    The beautiful city of Saranda, offers a unique atmosphere and style that steels the heart of all its visitors. The sea panorama, the variety of flora, favored by
    Saranda
    the soft climate, make Saranda the preferred center for rest and recreation and an important tourist town.

    Most Albanian couples come to spend their honey-moon in Saranda. That's why it is known in Albania as the town of the honey-mooners.

    Saranda is situated in an open sea gulf, opposite the island of Corfu (Greece). Saranda is an animated town between the mountains and the Ionian Sea,61km south-west of Gjirokastra.

    There are today, daily ferry services to and from Corfu. Saranda is rapidly developing into the southern gateway for tourism into Albania.

    In year 2000 Saranda was visited by 50thousand foreign tourists and many more Albanian tourists.

    Near Saranda stood the ancient Illyrian city of Onchesmos, mentioned as a port in the 1st century B.C. In the 4th century A.C.. the town was fortified with walls.
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Albanian Cities:

Elbasani - advanced education provision

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    Elbasan was - until the beginning of the Second World War - one of the most pleasant and unspoilt Ottoman cities in Albania, with a mixture of eastern
    Elbasani
    and medieval buildings, narrow cobbled streets and a large bazaar where Turkish could still be heard. There was a clearly defined Christian settlement within the castle walls, a Vlach district on the outskirts of the city and several fine mosques and Islamic buildings. At the time the population was about 15,000 people.

    The distinguished English journalist J.D. Bourchier, then the Balkan correspondent of The Times, records that on a visit in 1911 he saw :

    the population celebrating Bairam in central space : wonderful primitive merry-go round with gypsy minstrels (flute and drum), pushed round by the men with poles; also a cartwheel poised on a tree top; pekhilvans(clowns) wrestling, mostly refugees from Dibra, thus gaining a precarious livelihood.

Posted by classiclady on Saturday, October 29 @ 09:22:32 PDT (3012 reads)
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