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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 Letters:

Interview: Ismail Kadare - the famous writer

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    Alice Fordham talks to the venerable Albanian author about his life under Communist rule - from The Times Online

    Ismail Kadare wrote for decades under Enver Hoxha's brutal communist regime in Albania, was suspected of spying and threatened with
    Ismail Kadare
    punishment for subversive writing. Despite all this, at 72 he is serene.

    Sitting on a cream sofa in his lovely Paris flat, his architectural face and booming, accented French give him his authoritative air. But his confidence is also born of widespread recognition. A winner of the International Man Booker Prize, he is adored in Albania and read across Europe, particularly in France. Now, at last, his work is seeping into the Anglophone consciousness.

    Last year, the collection Agamemnon's Daughter was published. The title story took the Greek theme of sacrifice and gave it chilling resonance within a totalitarian regime. Now The Siege, a novel, is published in English, thanks in part to the tireless work of the translator David Bellos.

    Written in 1970, it tells of a fictional siege against an Albanian fortress by the Ottoman Army. One - patriotic - interpretation is that Albania is as impregnable as the fortress in the story, but another (given that the Turks did eventually conquer Albania) is that it is only a matter of time before greater forces overpower a smaller one. What is striking, though, are the nuances of the way the Ottoman general controls the army - he sends subversive elements to dig a tunnel, much as Hoxha sent dissidents to mine chromium. And the book seemed a rallying cry to people besieged by the forces of tyranny; even as they are brutalised by the siege, they are hardened against it.
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Albanian Letters:

The Siege by Ismail Kadare

Albanian Letters
    Ismail Kadare is the grand old man of Albanian letters - though since 1990 he has lived in France - often tipped for the Nobel, and the first winner of the Man Booker International Prize.

    In the eyes of western Europeans, Albania has long
    Ismail Kadare - Writer
    had about it an aura of mystery and exoticism.

    Ismail Kadare (the country's leading novelist and winner of the Man Booker International prize in 2005) played a riff on this reputation in his 1980 novel The File on H - a charming tragicomedy set in the 1930s, in which two Irish-American classical scholars travel into the Albanian mountains with a tape recorder in order to unlock the secrets of how Homeric epic poetry is transmitted from generation to generation.

    Naturally, the local authorities assume that the foreigners are spies, and much of the humour arises from the disparity between the romantic quest and the banal realities of provincial Albanian life.

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Albanian Letters:

Albanian writers in Canada

I Am Albanian
    Andrea Hila is a journalist and writer from Shkodra, Albania, who emigrated to Canada in
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    2002. For a long time he was radio correspondent of International German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Part of his professional background are publications, broadcastings, scholarships issued by Foreign Office of the Catholic Academy in Bonn (Germany), and training programs organized by Deutche Welle. As a literary writer, Andrea Hila has published a collection of poetry and Friends Forever, a collection of short stories that, in 1997, was awarded the prize for best first book of prose by the Albanian Ministry of Culture. Since arriving in Canada, Hila has participated in a translation program at the Banff Centre and been published in the PEN anthology Speaking in Tongues. He is currently completing another collection of short stories.

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Albanian Letters:

The Albanian question - the problem of a divided people

Albanian Letters
    Rexhep Qosja (b. 1936) is an eminent figure in public life in Kosova and one of the most prolific literary critics in the Balkans. He is a member of the Kosova Academy of Sciences, former director of the Albanological Institute in Prishtina and author of literary works, anthologies and numerous scholarly monographs. Qosja was active as a writer and political figure in the struggle for freedom in Kosova. Among his many monographs on the national question is:"Ēėshtja shqiptare - historia dhe politika" (The Albanian Question - History and Politics), Prishtina 1994, from which the following synthesis is taken.

        The proposals which have been made up to now for a solution to the Albanian question and, within this framework, for an international solution to the Kosovo problem,
    Academic Rexhep Qosja

    show that not all the historical, political, social, economic, geopolitical and humanitarian factors involved have been understood, or at least not clearly and properly understood. The basic argument in support of this assertion is that it is essentially wrong to treat the Albanian question as the question of an ethnic minority.
        Although it is commonly used by political and government organizations, the term 'ethnic minority' is one of those terms whose meaning should depend on a specific definition and not simply on the vagaries of common usage. According to common usage, the term 'ethnic minority' has come to mean the members of an ethnic group living in an ethnically identical territory outside the country they belong to ethnically. As the word 'minority' is an integral part of the term 'ethnic minority', the ethnic group in question must consequently be a real minority, firstly in comparison with the nation it is related to, even though these people live in another country, and secondly, in comparison with the other people and peoples with whom it shares territory.

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Albanian Letters:

Famous by her own design

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    Mother Teresa: Saint or celebrity? - Gėzim Alpion

    Mother Teresa knew what she was about, Lavinia Byrne learns.

    GĖZIM ALPION is Lecturer in Sociology and Media Studies at the University of Birmingham ; so his
    Mother Teresa
    take on the story of Mother Teresa is an outsider’s. This engaging book raises as many questions as it answers.

    By Dr Lavinia Byrne - review of the Mother Teresa book in 'Church Times'

    His intention is to explore whether or not Mother Teresa engaged with the media and manipulated it, so as to become both the author of, and chief player in, the way her story was told.

    The famous Albanian nun’s life corresponded with a turbulent period in the history of her own country and in that of her adopted country, India . She first set up her Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in the late 1940s, just after the Partition. Yet her work for the poorest of the poor was pursued with apolitical determination.

    Alpion finds this intriguing, especially since he spends much of the book proving that Mother Teresa’s father, an Albanian patriot, was probably murdered for his activities when the young Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was nine. Her brother first served in the army of the ill-fated King Zog, and then joined Mussolini’s Fascist forces in Italy . But, if she came from a political family and heard political debate at home, Mother Teresa came to deal with it in her own way. Her strategy was to ignore it in the name of Christ, of the needy to whom she ministered, and the Roman Catholic Church to which she gave unswerving loyalty.

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Albanian Letters:

Lightning from the Depths

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    Lightning from the Depths: An Anthology of Albanian Poetry

    translated and edited by Robert Elsie and Janice Mathie-Heck
    Northwestern University Press, 2007

    An anthology purports to make selective
    Dr. Robert Elsie
    decisions on what to include. It presupposes a grand tradition of the medium. One would think then, that the hard-scrabble Albanians would

    Exclusively for ACLIS - Book Review by A. E. Liolin

    present a meagre offering for such a task.

    A people who until only a half-century ago had neither a national archive nor a university, they were deemed largely illiterate due to invasion, poverty, isolation and marginalization.

    Think again and otherwise.

    Elsie and Mathie-Heck provide a compendium of fifty poets spanning six centuries, with an unexpected range of styles that is as startling as the image of lightning chosen for the title of their book.

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Albanian Letters:

'Agamemnon's Daughter' by Ismail Kadare

Albanian Letters
    Los Angeles Times

    ISMAIL KADARE is customarily hailed as Albania's greatest writer. This is probably
    Ismail Kadare - Writer
    true, but since few other writers from that isolated nation are even known to the rest of the world, it's not all that much of a compliment.

    By Martin Rubin

    Perhaps it would be more apt to point out that Kadare won the 2005 Man Booker International Prize and that he is one of Europe's most consistently interesting and powerful contemporary novelists, a writer whose stark, memorable prose imprints itself on the reader's consciousness.

    But whose prose is it that we are reading? Since few readers and even fewer critics know Albanian, we know Kadare through his translators. And the word indeed has to be doubly plural here since David Bellos has translated into English the novella and two stories that make up "Agamemnon's Daughter" not from the original Albanian but from translations into French by two different hands. Translation is always a vexed topic — how literal should it be? Is fidelity to the original phraseology more important than belletristic style? — but double the translations, and the problems become redoubled. As the first translator alters the text from which he is working, so will the next. So, all you followers of the auteur theory, who gets the credit line here?

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Albanian Letters:

Fatos Lubonja - Human Rights Monitor

Albanian Letters
    Fatos Lubonja was born in 1951.

    In 1974, finished his studies for physics. In the same year was sentenced to seven years'
    Mr.Fatos Lubonja
    imprisonment for "agitation and propaganda" after police found his writings, which contained criticisms of the dictator Hoxha.

    In 1979, while still incarcerated, faced a second accusation, as a member of a "counterrevolutionary organisation" and was sentenced to a further 16 years.

    Following his release from prison in 1991, became involved in human rights, as General Secretary of Albanian Helsinki Committee.

    In 1994 has founded the quarterly review Pėrpjekja ("Endeavour"), - an endeavour to introduce the critical spirit in the Albanian culture.

    As a writer he has published:

    - "Ploja e Mbrame" (The Final Slaughter), a novel in dramatic form which reworks the Oedipus legend in an allegory of power, (published in Tirana in 1994).

    - "Nė Vitin e Shtatėmbėdhjetė" (In the Seventeenth Year) his diary of his seventeenth year in prison. (The book has been published in Tirana in 1994 and in Italy in 1994 under the title: Diario di un intellectuale in un gulag Albanese, Marco Editore, Lungro, 1994)

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NO hopes for a albanian democratic society
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