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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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Fanfare for Simaku

Albania News
    Read inside : Leading a Dark Mission to Albania’s Fields of Bones - by New York Times

    Review from Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2008

    "Thomas Simaku (b. 1958) is an Albanian-born
    Thomas Simaku
    British composer. He graduated from Tirana Conservatory, held a Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood, and received a doctorate in composition from the University of York.

    James H. North

    Even more than this international background, his music shows influences of his years studying Balkan folk music in southern Albania. Although his techniques go far beyond those of Bartók, Simaku's music has the same strong folk character—while never resorting to folk melodies. More direct influences (these are my impressions, not his résumé) may be the elegance of Ligeti and the gritty intensity of Kurtág, a fascinating combination. I find the sounds eminently listenable, right from first hearing, and the music deeply satisfying. More conservative listeners are warned of Simaku's aggressive harmonic palette, which occasionally slides into micro-tonality.

    Written from 1998 (Soliloquy I) to 2004 (Voci celesti), each of these single-movement but multi-faceted works lasts from 10 to 13 minutes. Simaku employs a wide dynamic range, often pared down to mere overtones and very occasionally screaming with everything strings can produce. His instrumental resources are conventional: strings are bowed or plucked; never is the box rapped or banged. In the Soliloquies he displays an uncanny ability to produce color and variety with a single instrument, yet it is never 'hear what a viola can do' but rather 'this is what I have to say, what I must express.' Multiplying that by four creates lustrous passages reminiscent of Bartók's quartets. I am most moved by the Third Quartet and by Due sotto-voci for violin solo, which fully explores the contradictions of its title.

    "The Kreutzer Quartet (filled out by second violinist Mihailo Trandafilovski) has extensive experience with new music; the booklet makes the unlikely claim that 'They are the dedicatees of well over two hundred works for string quartet.' It has recorded many contemporary works (although a Kreutzer Quartet that recorded Rochberg's Quartet No, 3 for Naxos features four other players).

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Albanian media magnate dies in car crash

Albania News
    TIRANA (Reuters) - Albanian media entrepreneur Dritan Hoxha, whose channels became an irritant to the government with
    Dritan Hoxha
    their independent news reports and investigations, died in Friday in a car crash in Tirana.

    Initially a coffee trader, the 39-year-old invested more than anyone else in radio and later television, drawing huge audiences with a modern and independent approach to news, entertainment and music shows and corruption-busting programmes.

    Two years ago, Hoxha launched a pay-television platform that became a commercial success with sales to Albanians at home and abroad. It has six high definition channels, more than any similar platform in Europe.

    "Dritan Hoxha will be remembered as the founder of a media empire that changed the tastes of Albanians and made a great contribution to the opening of Albanian society," Hoxha's Top Media group said in a statement.

Posted by classiclady on Saturday, May 24 @ 08:58:53 PDT (850 reads)
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ALBANIA: Civil Society Far from Local Needs

Albanian People
    TIRANA, Aug 29 (IPS) - Achieving environmentally sustainable tourism in Albania will also be up to the efforts of communities and civil society organisations, but as in much of the post-socialist world, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their donors will have to clean up their act first.

    Civil Society Abused
    By Zoltán Dujisin - IPS

    The dependence on foreign donors and philanthropists is still causing Albanian civic organizations to respond more to donor requests than to the local needs they supposedly represent.

    Organisations fostering civil society development are powerful actors in Albania, and have been central in promoting democratisation in the formerly communist country.

    Donors are often accused by local civic organisations of being inflexible, withholding vital information on common projects and of putting forward abstract guidelines which are not based on any study of local conditions and needs.

    "Morally civic organizations should represent those who they claim to represent, but legally they are obliged towards the donors, so I think donors should be more responsible," Auron Tare, director of the Albanian National Trust told IPS.
Posted by acl on Friday, August 31 @ 09:13:35 PDT (827 reads)
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Fatmir Terziu - writer , journalist, filmmaker

Albanian Letters
    I am journalist, committed to providing informative and well-written articles on tight
    Fatmir Terziu
    deadlines. My areas of expertise include: technology, health, business, and social justice.

    My work has been featured in numerous publications in the past ten years. I am also a writer and filmmaker, with a career in TV industry and filmmaking. Some of my films and documentaries can be watched online : here . I have been writing since before I could read.

    My mother told me that at the age of four, I would come to her and say, "Write this down. I have a poem." While I was growing up, I wanted to write the kinds of books I loved to read: stories that made me laugh or cry, and mysteries — especially mysteries. When I was grown and became a published author of books for young people, my dream came true. Writing fiction is my idea of the most wonderful job in the world, and I love it.I was first published when I was ten. A poem I wrote appeared in a children's magazine.

Posted by classiclady on Saturday, January 20 @ 08:47:11 PST (1116 reads)
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Albania News

    “I am proud to say that I am an albanian Ph.D and show to everybody that small countries and "unknown universities" can fairly compete in the scientific world.

    Mathematics has been my long life passion”, said a young Albanian mathematician Fioralba Cakoni (Department of Mathematical Sciences, University
    Fioralba Cakoni
    of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19716)

    Of course she won twice the National Olympiad of Mathematics when she was in the high school (Albania).

    By Fatmir Terziu

    In her high school education, she was lucky to have an exceptional math teacher, Zoja Bozgo who always encouraged and supported in her path to mathematics.

    She graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana in 1987 completing 5-years special studies as mathematician.

    Right after she started to teach in the Department of Mathematics and at the same time continue postgraduate studies in differential equations. The undergraduate mathematical education that she received there was very rigorous.

Posted by classiclady on Friday, January 19 @ 14:01:19 PST (910 reads)
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Tony Dovolani - Dancing with the stars

I Am Albanian

    Tony Dovolani is a famous dancer.He is a coreographer, charming partner, dressed on black and red with an eagle necklace.He is a succesful, talented dancer.

    Born in Kosovo, Tony began folk dancing at age three. When he was 15, his entire family moved to
    Tony Dovolani
    the United States and Tony got the opportunity to attend a Fred Astaire Dance Academy. From that moment on, he knew he had found his passion.

    Since that time, Tony has traveled the world and won many championships. Tony also had a featured role in the hit film Shall We Dance and spent time coaching Jennifer Lopez.


    2005 World Rhythm Champion
    2006 PBS American Ballroom Challenge Rhythm

    2006 Emerald Ball Open Professional American Rhythm Champion
    2005 Ohio Star Ball American Rhythm Champion Current world and undefeated United States Open champion.

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Facing Tomorrow’s Global Challenges

Albanian People
    Plenary address at the first Annual Conference of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology “Sociology for What? Building our World” (San Hose, California, October 26-28, 2006).

    What Role for Social Science?

    Fatos Tarifa, PhD

    In 1995, in her presidential address to the thirteen Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied
    Sociology, held in San Diego, Joyce M. Iutcovich presented her vision for the future of Sociology in the twenty-first century. She asked the participants in that meeting:

    close your eyes, think about sociology as a discipline, envision where we have been and what we can become. It is the year 2095. A hundred years from now. What do you see? (Iutcovitch, 1997).

    Reading her words eleven years later, when a collection of some of the SAS presidential addresses—edited and published by Joyce Iutcovich herself and Stephen Steele—became available to me at Eastern Michigan University, my first instantaneous reaction to Iutcovich’s question was: “We see nothing if we keep our eyes closed. We should open them wide to see the world in which we live today, to see the major events leading to the world of tomorrow, and also to understand how we ourselves, as social scientists, fit in the large picture of today’s and tomorrow’s world.

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, October 31 @ 13:57:42 PST (931 reads)
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Albanian People:

Auron Tare - journalist and historian

Albanian People
    Auron Tare (b. 1968) is an Albanian journalist and historian.
    He is currently the Head of the Management Office
    for the World Heritage Site of Gjirokastra City, an historic site in South Albania as well as the head of the Albanian National Trust Foundation.

    Auron Tare is one of the founders of Butrint National Park, a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. He has worked for many years in mobilizing interest and support among many international organizations and institutions like UNESCO, World Bank, RAMSAR Convention,Butrint Foundation, Oak Foundation, Mifflin Trust, World Mate to protect and preserved this unique historical site. His efforts where rewarded when in 2000 the Albanian Government created The Butrint National Park and UNESCO declared the Park a World Heritage Site. For almost 6 years he was the Head of Butrint National Park and transformed the Park from almost an abandon place to one of the most important cultural centers in Albania.

    Auron Tare brought a new vision to the field of Management of Cultural Heritage in Albania and created a unique Project in Butrint where Cultural Heritage is used for the economic development of the Region.
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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
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