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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 History:

More Thrills than Skills - A Half-life in Journalism

    Read inside:
  • Albania's Do-Nothing Parliament

    The memoirs of Scottish war correspondent, Paul Harris."More Thrills than Skills: A Half-life in Journalism"

    It was 5.10am when I momentarily thought the world had come to an end. An enormous explosion
    Albania 1997
    woke me from my slumbers and drove the early morning songsters from the trees.

    When you heard an explosion in the middle of Tirana it was either bad news, or very bad news. Somebody had, at best, had their property destroyed.

    At worst, they'd gone up with it. Or, even worse, it might presage another bout of unrestrained anarchy like the beginning of '97.

    They reckoned that more than two million guns, grenades, mortars and rocket launchers had been 'liberated' from armouries abandoned by the military.

    These were now in private hands awaiting some suitable opportunity for future use. 'Tinderbox' was quite inadequate to describe the atmosphere in Albania.

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, August 12 @ 11:55:01 PDT (1044 reads)
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Albanian History:

Lucas Peter - The OSS in World War II Albania

Albanian History
    Read inside: Dr.Jack Dumoulin - Army doctor who tended SOE fighters and partisan guerrillas in wartime Albania

    The OSS in World War II Albania: Covert Operations and Collaboration with Communist Partisans.

    In 1999 we reviewed Albania at War, 1939-1945 by Bernd Fischer and rated it as one of the best books
    of the year. In 2006 we reviewed The OSS and Ho Chi Minh by Dixee Bartholomew-Feis and also rated it as one of the best books of the year. The OSS in World War II Albania seems in some ways the progeny of those two titles.

    In particular, in its coverage of Office of Strategic Services support for an indigenous communist insurgency against an Axis occupation force, it exhibits many parallels to the Bartholomew-Feis volume.

    It never quite rises to the same rarefied level of quality, but it does a good job telling the story of the OSS in Albania. What's more, Peter Lucas deserves extra praise for being the first author to disinter that forgotten history. (Even Fischer's excellent work makes no mention of the OSS.) As Lucas notes, Special Operations Executive officers in Albania were a literary-minded lot who wrote several books about the British role there.

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, January 08 @ 11:45:00 PST (1074 reads)
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Albanian History:

Rewriting Albania's history

Albanian History
    Sixteen years after the end of communism, Albanians are struggling to untangle historical truth from politics. But are old myths simply being replaced by new ones?

    Communist Propaganda on millions of Slogans on every streets of Albania claiming "The Victory of Socialism over Capitalism"
    By Klodjan Seferaj for Southeast European Times in Tirana

    Albania has been gripped recently by a heated public debate about the distortion of history, a legacy of the communist era. While many argue it is time for the truth to be untangled from politically-driven mythmaking, others warn that the current government simply wants to replace the old myths with new ones.

    "After 16 years of 'transition', during which they continued to say that white is in fact black, the prime minister of Albania decided that the real history of the country has to be rewritten," observes Agim. "I don't want to make any speculations about this initiative because the head of the government doesn't have any reason to take care of those things."

    "The thing that worries me is the way that they treat historic facts, the past of the country and the illustrious people. I continue to ask when the history and the people in it will be written without any exaggerations or deformation," Agim concludes.
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Albanian History:

Albania's Golgotha

Albanian History
    Leo Freundlich:
    Albania's Golgotha:
    Indictment of the Exterminators of the Albanian People

    'Albania's Golgotha', originally published in German, is a compilation of rare news reports which seeped out of Kosova at the time of the
    Dr. Robert Elsie
    Balkan wars. The Ottoman Empire, which had ruled Kosova for five centuries, was in disarray. Filling the vacuum, Serb troops invaded the territory to claim and occupy it for Serbia, and to cleanse it of its Albanian population.

    Translated from the German by Robert Elsie.Taken from Albaniens Golgotha: Anklageakten gegen die Vernichter des Albanervolkes. Gesammelt und herausgegeben von Leo Freundlich (Vienna 1913).

    The author of the moving document, Leo Freundlich (1875 - ca. 1950 ?), was a Jewish publicist living in Vienna. The following is known about him. Freundlich was born of a wealthy Jewish family in Bielitz-Biala in the then Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Bielsko-Biala in southern Poland) and was early to develop a passion for the ideals of socialism. He worked as an editor in Aussig (now Ústí nad Labem in the Czech Republic) where he met his wife, Emmy Kögler, daughter of the former mayor of the town. The couple were married in Gretna Green in Scotland in 1900 and later settled in Mährisch-Schönberg (now Šumperk) where, in 1907, Leo became a member of the Reichsrat. Now with two children, Hertha (1901-1979) and Gertrud (1902-1985), Emmy and Leo Freundlich were both politically active, participated in the founding of the cooperative Konsumverein, and gave public lectures in the cause of socialist advancement. Leo Freundlich also edited the left-wing newspaper 'Volkswacht', in which his attacks against the Catholic Church got him into trouble, at one point even three weeks in jail.

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Albanian History:

Albania, from anarchy to Balkan identity

Albanian Heroes
    Albania, from anarchy to Balkan identity offers, for the first time in any language, a comprehensive, detailed and reliable survey of
    historical, political, economic and cultural developments in Albania from the collapse of the Communist dictatorship ca. 1990 to early 1997.

    By Robert Elsie

    Its two British authors, both with excellent credentials in contemporary Albanian studies, have combined their talents to create a unique and highly recommended volume.

    Miranda Vickers, author of perhaps the best history of Albania ever written in English, The Albanians, a short history (London 1995), is a historian of the Balkans and a regular contributor to newpapers and periodicals on Albanian affairs. James Pettifer, author of The Greeks, land and people since the war (London 1993) and Blue guide Albania (London 1994, 2nd edit. 1996), still the best guide book of Albania to date, is Visiting Professor at the Institute of Balkan Studies in Thessalonika and a Senior Associate member of St Anthony’s College in Oxford, and has written much on political affairs in the southern Balkans.

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, April 03 @ 08:05:39 PDT (860 reads)
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Albanian History:

Albania & the Albanian Question After the World War I

Albanian History
    The monograph Albania and the Albanian Question After the World War I (November 1, 1918-
    November 9, 1921,- International status, borders and state building) constitutes an effort to examine the political history of Albania covering a stretch of

    By Romeo Gurakuqi - a Research Fellow at the LSE

    time from the end of World War I until the 9th of November 1921, a date when the final international status and the borders of this state were determined. In addition to the political history, the monograph meticulously treats the diplomatic management of the post World War I Albanian question in the Peace Conference in Paris and in the subsequent Conference of the Ambassadors until the status and the borders were ultimately settled in principle, on the 9th of November 1921.

    In the course of his study, the author made use of lot of information accessible in the Public Record Office (National Archives in United Kingdom), the stock of books of the Foreign Office, manuscripts preserved in the library of London School of Economics and Political Science, the published documents of the Main Archive of the State of the Republic of Albania, as well as a lot of published archive Italian, British, and American sources.

    Thus, this book exposes the international, political, cultural and to a lesser extent, social cultural history of Albania and the Albanian question in a period of three years.
Posted by classiclady on Friday, March 30 @ 15:59:59 PDT (920 reads)
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Albanian History:

An American in the Court of the Pascha of Tepelena

Albanian Heroes
    European Journeys of Harvard Professor GEORGE TICKNOR and his interest to meet Ali Pascha of Tepelena

    When Lord Byron and his traveling companion Hobhouse,
    Ali Pasha Tepelena
    bid farewell to the Albanian guards back in the spring of 1810, little did they know that their journey

    Exclusively for ACLIS - By AURON TARE

    through Albania and Greece would exert an influence on a considerable number of European personalities of the 19th Century who were to follow in their footsteps?

    It is true that Albanian lands were visited in those times by several Europeans, like William Martin Leake, an agent of the British Secret Service, or the Consul of France Dr. Francois Pouqueville, but, until that time, no one had ever written with such truthfulness and majesty about these harsh mountainous regions.

    Lord Byron and his companion Hobhouse not only traveled rough and rugged roads and dirt tracks, frequently waylaid by bands of brigands who stripped the travelers of their belongings, but they managed to cross wild mountainous terrain and penetrate deep into Albanian lands to meet the famous Pascha of Tepelena.

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Albanian History:

The Germans - Request for list of Jews

Albanian History
    In late 1943, the Germans requested that the Jewish leaders provide a list of Jews living in Albania. This seemingly innocent ACLIS NEWS request was later known to be the first step in transporting Jews to concentration camps. The Jews did not supply the list in 1943, but there was fear, in 1944, that the Regency would comply with the German request.

    In the spring of 1944, the Nazis officially asked the Regency for a list of all Jews, and that they be gathering in one place.

    Joseph Jakoel's father, Rafael Jakoel, and his uncle Mateo Matalia, became aware of the German intentions to arrest the Jews in Albania. As leaders of the Jewish community they appealed to one of the regents, Mehdi Frasheri. He recommended they contact the Minister of Interior, Xhafer Deva, who was reputed to be anti-Semite.

Posted by classiclady on Friday, January 26 @ 13:10:27 PST (974 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
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no hopes at all
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