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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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The Balkans Appropriation of Mother Teresa

Albania News
    Competing Macedonian and Albanian Claims

    Almost immediately after Mother Teresa
    Mother Teresa
    was “discovered” by the BBC’s Malcolm Muggeridge in 1968, various Balkan parties tried to “appropriate” her. But when the Albanian Catholic nun was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, the competition between several Balkan countries to claim her as their own “daughter” began in earnest. From that moment she was seen by many parties in the Balkans as a god-send, especially by Macedonian Slavs and her fellow Albanians, most of whom previously were blissfully unaware of her.

    In the summer of 2003 an unholy war broke out between Macedonian Slavs and Albanians over Mother Teresa’s ethnic identity. It was then that the government of the Republic of Macedonia offered Rome a monument dedicated to her, which was to be a copy of sculptor Tome Serafimovski’s bronze statue of Mother Teresa, already erected in the Macedonian capital of Skopje . The proposal incensed Albanians.

    The Macedonian government’s decision to dispatch the statue to Rome was the latest link in the long chain of honors Macedonia had been bestowing upon “its” Mother Teresa for several decades. On 26 June 1980, only six months after she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the government of Macedonia made Mother Teresa an honorary citizen of Skopje .

    Albanians have always been uncomfortable with what they consider as Macedonian Slavs’ excessive veneration for Mother Teresa, but the monument was apparently the last straw. What upset the Albanians most was not the monument itself (after all, Macedonian Slavs had already dedicated a statue to Mother Teresa in Skopje shortly after her death in 1997), but the Cyrillic inscription which was allegedly intended to accompany the monument in Rome: “Macedonia honors her daughter Gonxhe Bojaxhiu – Mother Teresa, Skopje 1910 – Calcutta 1997.”

Posted by classiclady on Friday, September 19 @ 14:23:17 PDT (840 reads)
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Albanian ViP:

Who’s who: People to watch in business

I Am Albanian
    Read Inside:
  • Your letter to NYT - By Gary Q Kokalari

    Edmond Leka, Chairman, Union Bank
    An engineer who started his career with KeSH, the state electricity utility, Mr Leka joined the public
    Western Union
    administration in the mid-1990s.

    He oversaw the public investment budget during the Democratic party’s first term in office, working closely with donor organisations and international financial institutions.

    By Kerin Hope - Financial Times

    He moved to the private sector in 1997 to help his brother expand the Western Union franchise in Albania, after the collapse of a series of fraudulent pyramid investment schemes brought down the government.

    The Western Union network has grown steadily, as remittances from migrant workers increased, and has added courier and travel services. Two years ago, Mr Leka founded Union Bank, a commercial lender that has opened 25 branches around the country and has gathered assets of more than €70m ($109m).

Posted by classiclady on Thursday, April 03 @ 12:30:32 PDT (2949 reads)
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Albanian ViP:

Bamir Topi - The president of Albania

Albanian VIP
    Bamir Myrteza Topi (born April 24, 1957 in Tirana is the President of the Republic of Albania, a post he took on July 24, 2007.

    Bamir Topi
    He graduated in biological studies and earned a PHD degree in the same field. He was the head of the Institute for Veterinary Studies in Tirana.

    He was elected to three mandates in the Assembly of Albania as a candidate of Democratic Party of Albania; he was first elected in 1996.

    In two terms Bamir Topi led the Parliamentary Group of Democratic Party in the Assembly. He has been elected vice-chairman of the Democratic Party of Albania, which is led by Sali Berisha. Topi served as Minister of Agriculture and Food from 1996 to 1997. He also holds the title of Honorary President of KF Tirana.
Posted by acl on Thursday, November 29 @ 19:32:56 PST (981 reads)
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Arshi Pipa - one of the most distinguished personalities

Albanian VIP
    Arshi Pipa, was and remains one of the most distinguished personalities of our cultural and citizen life at home and abroad

    Writer and scholar, Arshi Pipa (1920-1997) was born in Shkodra where he attended school until
    Arshi Pipa
    1938. His first poetry, composed in the late 1930s in Shkodra, was collected in the volume Lundërtarë, Tirana 1944 (Sailors).

    Pipa studied philosophy at the University of Florence, where he received the degree of "dottore in filosofia" in 1942 with a dissertation on Henri Bergson (1859-1941). He thereafter worked as a teacher in Shkodra and Tirana. In 1944, he was editor of the short-lived Tirana literary monthly Kritika (Criticism).

    Unwilling to conform after the radical transition of power at the end of the war, he was arrested in April 1946 and imprisoned for ten years. After his release in 1956, he escaped to Yugoslavia and emigrated to the United States two years later.

Posted by classiclady on Saturday, March 31 @ 09:16:42 PDT (1100 reads)
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Konstantina Lukes - Mayor of Worcester

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    Konstantina B. Lukes , known as Konnie Lukes, is currently serving as the Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts.
    Childhood and Education
    The daughter of Albanian immigrants, Konstantina
    Honorable Konstantina Lukes
    (Bequary) was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut. She worked in her parent's restaurant while attending public school.

    She worked her way through college and law school, graduating from Simmons College and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

    Professional Career
    Konnie Lukes is an attorney who has been practicing law for over 30 years and has her own law office in Worcester, Massachusetts specializing in Family law, Divorce, Probate and Real Estate law.

    Public Service
    Mrs. Lukes has served as a public official in Worcester for decades, initially as the first Chair of the Worcester City Manager's Commission on the Status of Women. She also formerly served as a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis.

    Konstantina Lukes was first elected to the Worcester School Committee in 1980, eventually serving for four terms and holding the position of Vice Chairman of the School Committee. She was elected to the Worcester City Council as a Councilor at Large in 1990, eventually being elected to the position of Vice Chairman of the Worcester City Council from 2004-2006.

Posted by classiclady on Friday, March 23 @ 14:07:51 PDT (1110 reads)
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Albanian ViP:

Mother Teresa: Saint or Celebrity?

Albania News
    The late Mother Teresa is a lady who by any standards would rank among the most striking
    Mother Teresa
    personalities the world has ever known. As David Marsh points out, in this superbly researched work

    Reviewed by Cyril Veliath -
    Professor of Indian Philosophy,
    Institute of Asian Cultures, Sophia University ,
    Tokyo , Japan

    of Gëzim Alpion, an Albanian playwright and essayist, her name on entering a Google Search produces well over four million hits. In this book, Alpion attempts what I see as a wholly unbiased approach, dealing equally with both her critics and enthusiasts.

    He ignores neither the vitriolic broadsides launched against her by well known critics such as Christopher Hitchens, Aroup Chatterjee or Germaine Greer, nor the petty faultfinding of ‘insiders’ such as former nun Susan Shields.

    Nevertheless, he insists that Mother Teresa and her work attracted the eye of the public largely due to the media, for her ascent to fame was meticulously contrived and tracked by public relations experts and spokespersons both in the East and in the West.

Posted by classiclady on Wednesday, March 14 @ 13:25:57 PDT (901 reads)
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Zog's Kingdom that Never Was

Albanian VIP
    The Village of Muttontown is waiting to hear if Nassau County is interested in assisting in the
    King Ahmet bey Zogu
    renovation of King Zog’s Gates, which stand as a last tangible reminder of Long Island’s link to one of twentieth-century Europe’s more bizarre figures.

    According to Village Clerk Vivian Van Wagner, the idea of restoring the gates was put forward by the village’s beautification chair at a recent trustee meeting. The village has tapped the county about a feasibility study.

    “I have called in to the County Dept of Parks and we’re waiting for their response at the moment,” Ms. Van Wagner said.

    The gates stand on Muttontown Road and once marked the entrance to the sprawling Knollwood estate, site of an ornate mansion built in the early 1900’s by tycoon Charles Hudson.

    Knollwood’s most famous owner, however, was King Zog I of Albania (1895-1961), who owned it for a few years in the 1950’s, albeit without ever taking up residence.

Posted by classiclady on Friday, February 23 @ 08:31:39 PST (1095 reads)
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Muzafer Korkuti - a famous archaeologist

Albanian VIP
    An interview by Richard Hodge

    Muzafer Korkuti, Director of the Institute of Archaeology in Albania since 1998, is a thoughtful scholar who modestly conceals a fascinating education of the kind none of us are
    Prof.dr.Muzafer Korkuti
    likely to have again. Interviewed over lunch, he was at first shy to describe how he became an archaeologist and how his career unfolded, and only after an hour, did he become more strident and confident as, I think, he began to appreciate the patterns emerging in the story he was telling.
    On the other hand, I was not in the least surprised by him because he is the rarest of archaeologists - a product of Stalinism and a student in Leningrad, who spent ten months in China during the cultural revolution, studying and on excavations, and has more recently co-directed two major projects with senior American archaeologists.

    We talked over lunch in one of Tirana's fashionable Italian restaurants following a book launch in the Academy of Sciences. MK, as he is often known, was ebullient. Fourteen books on Albanian archaeology were published in 2004, mostly by members of his Institute. The launch in the Academy of Sciences had been an occasion for this normally reserved man to effusively blow his trumpet. The following day, what is more, the government would designate nine new archaeological parks. Archaeology is thriving in Albania, he ventures. His sense of pride and amazement is palpable.

Posted by classiclady on Wednesday, September 20 @ 16:05:00 PDT (1302 reads)
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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
big investments
prosperity and new government
new laws for ex - landlords
punishment of communist elite
strong and powerful Albania
war against corruption
war against neo-communists
no hopes at all
I don't know


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