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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 Friends:

How Jews escaped Holocaust in Albania

Albania News
    Israeli historians gather in Albania to study how country's Jews escaped Holocaust

    Israeli and European historians gathered in Albania Tuesday to study how the country rescued its tiny Jewish population from the Holocaust.

    "The heroic rescue of Jews in Albania is very exceptional," said Mordechai Arbell, of the World Jewish Congress.

    "Jews have been saved in Albania for almost 2,000 years. The special harmonious life of the religious communities in this country must be an example to the world."

    Some 1,200 Jewish residents and refugees from other Balkan countries were hidden by Albanian families during World War II, according to official records.

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Albanian Friends:

Albania marks the Holocaust

Albania News
    Throughout much of the Muslim world, Holocaust denial and distortion is becoming a bedrock article of faith. Through the Arabic translations of Holocaust revisionist literature and classic anti-Semitic screeds,

    By Warren L. Miller - Washington Post

    some Arab and Muslim leaders have sought to make Holocaust denial a tool against Israel and the West.

    But in at least a few corners of Islam, there is an honest accounting of the past — and in particular, an understanding of what befell European Jewry more than six decades ago.

    In January, I addressed the parliament of the European nation of Albania — which is predominantly Muslim — as it commemorated for the first time Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Albanian Friends:

Homage to a great friend of truth and of Kosovo

USA VIP
    The news of the Hon. Tom Lantos passing away has
    Tom Lantos
    distressed me. May his memory be eternal.

    By Dr.Sami Repishti

    I knew Congressman Lantos since 1987, when as a human rights activist, I pleaded with him to defend the Albanian Kosovar victims from the Serbian persecution organized by the butcher of the Balkans, Slobodan Milosevic. His personal experience under Nazi oppression had made him very receptive to people's suffering, and attentive to my factual presentations. He accepted the role of the defender of Kosovo both reflectively and emotionally.

    He was moved and promised to help. And help he did. Tall, with a patriarchal look, but soft spoken, he forcefully denounced Milosevic's criminal regime in successive Hearings at the US House of Representatives, as well as in the many symposia we organized for that purpose.

Posted by classiclady on Wednesday, February 13 @ 13:31:51 PST (772 reads)
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Albanian Friends:

Muslim Family Who Hid 26 Jews in Albania

ALBANIA
    Muslim Family Who Hid 26 Jews in Albania from the Nazis Honored by ADL

    New York, NY, January 18, 2007… A Muslim family
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    who saved 26 Jews from the Nazis and led them to safety in the mountains of Central Albania was honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) with its Courage to Care Award.

    The award was presented posthumously to Mefail and Njazi Biçaku on International Rescuer's Day, January 17, in New York City.

    Accepting the award on their behalf were family members Muhamet Biçaku, Elida Hazbiu and Qemal Biçaku, two of whom came from Albania.

    Michael Salberg, ADL Director of International Affairs, who presented the award said; "Mefail, his son Njazi and their entire family had the courage to care. Through their compassion and valor without regard for religious or ethnic differences they upheld the honor of the human race and the conscience of the world. In the moral void that engulfed the world in those nightmare days when the cruelty of the Nazis ran rampant, the Biçaku family was among those few shining stars."
Posted by classiclady on Thursday, January 18 @ 15:35:27 PST (924 reads)
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Albanian Friends:

Lord Byron - albanians friend

Albanian Heritage

    Byron wrote that the Albanians "struck me forcibly by their resemblance of the Highlanders of Scotland, in dress, figure and manner of living. Their very mountains seemed Caledonian, with a kinder climate. The kilt, though white; the spare, active form; their dialect, Celtic in its sound..."

    There is a precious costume on display in Bowood
    Lord Byron in Albanian Costume
    House near Calne. It is that magnificent costume

    By Prof.Afrim Karagjozi, National Library of Albania

    which Byron bought in Albania in 1809 and in which Thomas Phillips, the painter, portrayed him so memorably. Not only Phillips but several other British and European painters too were inspired by Byron's various descriptions of Albania's splendid costumes, fierce fighters, pretty women, strange castles and houses.

    It may seems rather strange that, in 1809, Byron should have started his journey to the Ottoman Empire from Albania, that small country within sight of Italy which "is less known than the interior of America", as Gibbon wrote. It happened that at that time a very famous Albanian Pasha, Ali Tepelena, ruled the southern part of the country. He had attracted the attention of the most distinguished personalities of the day, so that Byron and his companion, John Cam Hobhouse, were curious to meet him. The first morning Byron saw the mountains of Albania in the distance, he wrote those moving lines:

    Land of Albania! Let me bend mine eyes
    On thee, thou rugged Nurse of savage men


    On his way to the fortress of Tepelena, he met Albanian soldiers and peasants and subsequently wrote: "I love the Albanians much". He was accompanied by one of them, Vasil by name.

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Albanian Friends:

Edith Durham - Queen of the Highlanders

Albanian Heritage
    Edith Durham, it should be said, was a difficult woman. The first entry for her in the British Foreign Office files, from 1908, reads "Durham,
    Edith Durham
    Miss M. E., Inadvisability of Corresponding With".

    Rebecca West, R. W, Seton-Watson, Henry Wickham Steed, and most other important writers on East European affairs between the two world wars thought her a woman to be avoided. An advocate of the national aspirations of the Albanians, she was vilified by her critics in Britain, who generally looked more favourably on the cause of Yugoslav unity than she did. Her polemics on Balkan politics and the retrograde culture of what she called the "Serb vermin" alienated her contemporaries. Many thought her at best wildly eccentric and at worst completely mad. Travelling and living among the clansmen of upland Albania, they said, had taken its toll on her judgment and sense of decorum. "The fact is that while always denouncing Balkan mentality", wrote Professor Seton-Watson in 1929, "she is herself exactly what she means by the word."

    Durham was, however, the twentieth century's indispensable interpreter of Albania, and arguably the most important writer on that culture since J. C. Hobhouse journeyed through the Albanian lands with Byron. She was adored among the Albanians themselves, who knew her as "Kralica e Malësorevet" - the Queen of the Highlanders. "She gave us her heart and she won the ear of our mountaineers", the exiled Albanian king, Zog, wrote to The Times on her death in 1944 (even though she was not on good terms with him, either). The only other Briton to have been so lionised was, improbably, Norman Wisdom, whom the Communist dictator Enver Hoxha found uproariously entertaining.

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