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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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Albania PM Sued Over Deadly Munitions Blast

Albania News
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  • The prime minister Sali Berisha is taking a political revenge on free medias

    The families of the victims of a deadly ammunition
    blast in the village of Gerdec, ten kilometers outside Tirana, filed a civil law suit for compensatory damages on Thursday against Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha.

    By Besar Likmeta

    The victims’ families say Berisha has breached the constitution by not ensuring that laws and procedures for dismantling military equipment approved by the Council of Ministers were put in place ahead of the 15 March, 2008 blast.

    Together with Berisha co-defendant in the case is also former defense Minister Fatmir Mediu.

    The blast at the depot in the village of Gerdec, killed 26 people, injured more than 300 and left over 3,000 homeless. According to the emergency services, 400 houses were totally destroyed, 188 were severely damaged, 200 sustained major damage and 1,600 others were slightly damaged.

    The families are seeking 20 million lek (€153,000) for each of the victims of the blast.

    General Prosecutor Ina Rama last week filed a case to the Supreme Court over the deadly blast, indicting 29 people, among them former high officials of the ministry of defense, accusing them with charges ranging from abuse of power to murder over their action related to the explosion.

    The indicted include the former defense minister Fatmir Mediu who was charged with abuse of power and breaking tendering rules.

Posted by classiclady on Friday, March 20 @ 13:54:24 PDT (1569 reads)
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US envoy to Albania cleared in Chinese arms probe

Albania News
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States said Wednesday that its ambassador to Albania and five
    John L. Withers, II - Ambassador, Albania - Term of Appointment: 07/25/2007 to present
    staff have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the alleged trafficking of Chinese weapons that surfaced in a newspaper report.

    In a letter last year to then-secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, Congressman Henry Waxman said Ambassador John Withers had helped hide illegal Chinese origins of ammunition that a Pentagon contractor bought to supply Afghan security forces.

    "At the time, the matter was submitted to our inspector general for review," State Department spokesman Robert Wood said Wednesday, reading a statement.

    "The inspector general has reviewed all evidence made available and found nothing to substantiate criminal or any other allegations concerning Department of State employees," he said.

    "The Department of Justice has informed the Office of the Inspector General that these six Department of State employees at Embassy Tirana are not targets or subjects of investigation," Wood added.

    "The department welcomes the statements by the Department of Justice and the inspector general and considers this matter closed," Wood said.

    The spokesman said "Withers and his team performed exactly as we would have expected them to do," adding that the State Department is "proud and grateful for their service."

    In June last year, Withers denied any involvement in the trafficking of Chinese weapons after allegations of US congressional investigators emerged in a New York Times report.

Posted by classiclady on Friday, March 20 @ 13:46:08 PDT (1565 reads)
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Albania ponders opening its secret police files

Albania News
    TIRANA (Reuters) - In the early 1970s, Spartak Ngjela spoke out against the Stalinist government of
    Communist Propaganda on millions of Slogans on every streets of Albania claiming "The Victory of Socialism over Capitalism"
    Albania. He spent 14 years in prison for taking such liberties.

    By Adam Tanner

    Today a member of parliament, he is fighting to open up the files of the Sigurimi secret police, 18 years after Europe's most hardline communist regime under Enver Hoxha collapsed.

    "I want to open all the files of these agents, these spies, everyone who is involved in the state terror," he said passionately in the Albanian capital Tirana. "Without the Sigurimi, Enver Hoxha was nothing. The secret service at that moment was his right hand."

    Years after other ex-communist states in Eastern Europe dealt with their secret police files, Albania is grappling anew with the records of the Sigurimi.

    The Balkan country has certainly made tremendous advances since communism. Tirana's roads have steady traffic where private cars were once banned, and a construction boom across Albania is giving a new face to the country. Still, the past casts a shadow as the ex-communist maverick moves towards NATO membership and dreams of joining the European Union.

    "This is a never-ending soap opera since the first day of the falling of communism," Edi Rama, mayor of Tirana and the Socialist opposition leader, said in an interview. "Communism in Albania was like an atomic bomb on the mindset of the people. The explosion has ended but the radiation still hurts."
Posted by classiclady on Saturday, September 13 @ 12:13:53 PDT (929 reads)
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Albania on track for a bright future

Albania News
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  • Albania comes alive
  • Weightlifter Romela Begaj ranks 6-th in first appearance
  • A fusion of Islamic and Christian influences

    Despite reluctance among some property investors
    to risk looking at emerging economies Albania has a bright future with sustainable growth, according to property experts.

    The former Communist state may not immediately appeal but it is working hard to make itself an attractive destination for overseas property investors. Benefits include infrastructure improvements, membership approval of NATO and the EU, no restrictions for foreign buyers and a flat tax rate of 10%.

    'We have been operating here for many years. We are very confident that Albania has a bright future and can look forward to sustainable growth. The country is at an early stage of real estate development and will become an attractive market in three to five years,' said Philip Bay, Regional Director of Colliers International Southeast Europe.

    Albania achieved 6% economic growth during 2007 and has some of the cheapest property prices in Europe, with annual price growth of around 30% year-on-year in the capital, Tirana, and coastal regions.

Posted by classiclady on Sunday, August 10 @ 14:16:27 PDT (1302 reads)
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A perfect place to bunk off

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    Security & defense briefing -Albania

    No sooner have I mused that perhaps this is the new Greece than things take a confusing turn. I've
    Gjirokaster: The Ottoman ‘town of 1,000 steps’
    just had a Greek salad, topped off with some of the best feta I have ever tasted, and I've finished it with one of those strong, sweet, black and thick-as-

    molasses Greek coffees when I'm introduced to a chap called, I kid you not, Zorba. 'Ah, Zorba the' 'Albanian,' comes his swift interruption. 'Zorba the Albanian. As a nation, we do have somewhat an identity problem.'

    He's not kidding. Albania may be only a stone's throw from Greece and Italy but for decades it may as well have been light years away, thanks to the austere, isolationist regime of former dictator Enver Hoxha and his successor Ramiz Alia. Today, like the rest of former eastern Europe, the country is trying to play catch up with the rest of the continent.

Posted by classiclady on Saturday, August 02 @ 11:29:47 PDT (1543 reads)
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Firing blanks in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON - The saga of United States military contractor AEY and its supply of substandard ammunition to Afghanistan keeps getting curiouser and curiouser, as Alice in Wonderland phrased it, after descending the rabbit hole. Or put another way, it is the news story that keeps on giving.
    Efraim Diveroli 22 years old, President of company AEY who bought weapons in Albania, cooperating closely with family of prime minister Sali Berisha

    David Isenberg is an analyst in national and international security affairs, He is also a member of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy, an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute, contributor to the Straus Military Reform Project, a research fellow at the Independent Institute, and a US Navy veteran. The views expressed are his own.

    Since the New York Times first reported March 27 on the contract awarded on January 26, 2007, to Miami Beach, Florida-based AEY Inc, headed by then 21-year old president Efraim E Diveroli, with the US Army to provide US$298 million in various types of ammunition to the Afghan army and police forces, and the rabbit hole just keep getting deeper. The contract required AEY to certify that it was providing "serviceable and safe ammunition". The army contract also banned supplying ammunition acquired "directly or indirectly from a communist Chinese military company". But according to the Times the company provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging. Much of the ammunition came from old communist bloc aging stockpiles, including those that the US State Department and North Atlantic Treaty Organization had determined to be unreliable and obsolete, and had spent millions of dollars to have destroyed. The ammunition had not been tested for reliability under well-established military standards.
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Pope Notes John Paul II's Role in Albania

Albania News
    Says Polish Pontiff Helped Recovery From Communism

    VATICAN CITY, MAY 23, 2008 ( Benedict XVI says his Polish predecessor was able
    Pope Benedict XVI
    to help the Church in Albania recover from the "dark night of communist dictatorship."

    The Pope affirmed this today when he received in audience prelates from the Albanian bishops' conference, have just completed their five-yearly visit.

    The Holy Father recalled how "following the dark night of the communist dictatorship," the Church in Albania "was providentially able to recover, thanks also to the apostolic strength" of Servant of God John Paul II who visited the country in 1993, "reconstituting the Catholic hierarchy for the good of believers and of the Albanian people."

    Benedict XVI encouraged the bishops "to promote in your actions and initiatives that unity which must express the basic and life-giving mystery of the one Body of Christ, in communion with Peter's Successor.

    The shared responsibility of bishops" is essential "in order to face the problems and difficulties of the Church in Albania," he said
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The beaches that time forgot

    The unspoilt Albanian Riviera is a snapshot of the Mediterranean as it used to be - idyllic beaches, glorious sunshine and an unhurried pace of life, says Nick Easen

    The state of the road heading in is the main reason Vlore the Albanian Riviera has escaped large-scale tourist development. That and land ownership.

    The road's upgrade, with help from the World Bank, is the first major overhaul since the Italian Army built it in the 1940s.

    It is seen as a local vote winner for a population that is close enough to Corfu to know what tourism can bring.

    The cliché that this 130km stretch of coastline is one of the last untarnished parts of the Mediterranean with deserted beaches is not lost on the deputy mayor of the sleepy seaside town of Himara. "Nature is the most important thing here, as well as the connection between the mountains and the sea," Stefo Mato says, referring to the high karst mountains that kick their feet in the sandy shoreline.
Posted by classiclady on Thursday, May 22 @ 13:58:38 PDT (5175 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
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new laws for ex - landlords
punishment of communist elite
strong and powerful Albania
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