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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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Kosova Economy:

Serbia reclaims stretch of rail line in Kosovo

KOSOVA
    Countries that have recognized or Announced the recognition of Republic of Kosova

    Read inside:
  • Ethnic Albanians chart Kosovo path
  • Kosovo needs $2 billion in near-term aid, US says
  • The Netherlands recognises Kosovo
  • Sweden to recognize independent Kosovo

    MITROVICA, Kosovo: Serbia reclaimed control of a 50-kilometer stretch of rail line in northern Kosovo
    Kosova Flag
    on Monday, a senior official said, in defiance of the government in Pristina.

    The official, Branislav Ristivojevic, chairman of Serbia's state-owned railroad company and a senior adviser to Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, said that Serbia was restoring control over the 30-mile line "after a period of nine years."

    Earlier, a few dozen Serbian railroad workers blocked passage of a freight train on the line, saying they would not work for Kosovo's rail company and demanding to be transferred to Serbia's state-owned railroad.

    The surprise move is likely to increase tensions between the Serbs and Kosovo's authorities and NATO peacekeepers. It is in line with the Belgrade government's instructions to the Serbian minority to shun any contact with Kosovo's government after it declared independence two weeks ago, and to work directly with Serbia instead.

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, March 04 @ 14:07:35 PST (863 reads)
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Kosova Economy:

Economic Viability of an Independent Kosovo

Kosova Economy

    By Henry H. Perritt, Jr.
    The Allegation

    An independent Kosovo would be economically isolated from Serbia and would not have any
    Kosova Map
    chance of surviving economically, so it would soon turn into a place of social riots and blood feuds among Albanians themselves. (Serbia and Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Drasković interviewed by Beta News Agency).

    That state could live only from smuggling drugs, people and weapons. (President Boris Tadić in an interview to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty). Doubts over the capacity of Kosova to survive economically are often voiced in the most negative terms, building on the real difficulties that the local post-socialist and post-war economy faces. The argument is that Kosova would never be able to survive because of isolation and cultural backwardness.

    The Answer

    I was in Kosovo the first time in December, 1968, when the Serbs were still in charge, and back just after the Serbs had left and about twenty times since then. When the Serbs were in charge, all of Kosovo was a depressing trash heap. No one had washed a window in Pristina in years, garbage and stray dogs were all over the place, I could not send a fax or get money changed.

Posted by classiclady on Monday, October 23 @ 16:56:53 PDT (800 reads)
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Kosova Economy:

Kosovo: Trade Booms Between Old Enemies

Kosova Economy
    Albanians may have thrown off Belgrade rule but they are still part of the Serbian economy.

    By Tanja Matic is IWPR Kosovo project coordinator and Altin Ahmeti is an economics journalist with Koha Ditore
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    Every week, ethnic Albanians from Pristina head into the city’s supermarket and fill their shopping baskets with goods from Serbia - a republic that most of Kosovo’s majority think of as enemy Number One.

    Four years after the armed uprising that resulted in Kosovo throwing off Serbian political control, the region remains reliant on its powerful northern neighbour for many of its most basic needs.

    Stores in the international protectorate are lined with Serbian goods, ranging from foodstuffs to shopping powder and even bricks and mortar – all evidence of the fact that while political dialogue between Serbs and Albanians remains stalled, trade between the two is booming.

    The goods pour in from every part of Serbia. Favourites from the sweet section include “Medeno Srce” (honey heart) and “Plazma” biscuits, from the northern town of Subotica and from Slobodan Milosevic’s home town of Pozarevac respectively. Over in the dairy section is “Imlek” milk from Belgrade, while the hardware shelves stock “Tesla” light bulbs from Pancevo in Vojvodina and Merix soap powder from Krusevac.
Posted by acl on Wednesday, August 30 @ 06:13:48 PDT (1000 reads)
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Kosova Economy:

Albania to help build tourism industry in Kosovo

Kosova Economy
    Tourism in Kosovo -- seen as vital to the province's economic development -- could receive a boost from neighbouring Albania, under a deal signed earlier this month in Tirana.

    By Erlis Selimaj for Southeast European Times in Tirana -- 18/05/06
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    A new agreement signed by the Albanian government and the provisional authorities in Kosovo aims to boost co-operation in the area of tourism. Albania is already a favoured holiday destination for visitors from Kosovo, while the neighbouring province -- currently in the process of resolving its final status -- hopes to build its own tourism industry over the coming years.

    Tourism "is very important for the overall economic development of Kosovo, and I think Kosovo has great potential in this field," said UNMIK representative Joachim Ruecker at the signing ceremony. "I am thinking especially of the ski resort in Brezovica and I am very much looking forward to seeing the outcome of this agreement," he added. The document was signed by Kosovo Trade and Industry Minister Bujar Dugolli and Albanian Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Bujar Leskaj. It calls for facilitating visits to Kosovo by citizens of Albania, and to Albania by Kosovars -- especially during the peak season, from 25 May to 15 September.
Posted by acl on Thursday, May 18 @ 16:39:39 PDT (733 reads)
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Kosova Economy:

Airport Corruption Row Inflames Kosovo

Kosova Economy
    UNMIK accused of turning blind eye to an explosive probe that lifts lid on fraud and bribery at Pristina Airport.

    By Mr. Krenar Gashi - a contributor to Balkan Insight. Balkan Insight is BIRN's online publication
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    Opposition parties and civil society groups here have accused the head of the entity's UN authority and the Kosovo government of downplaying a damning report on Pristina Airport, which alleges that corruption has flourished in the public company.

    A government statement on April 14 supported the stance of Soren Jessen-Petersen, head of the UN authority, known as UNMIK, in saying the report's explosive claims were out of date and referred "to a period of time when the actual head of UN mission was not present in Kosovo".

    Petersen has been accused of dismissing the significance of the report, released early in April by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, OIOS. The opposition claims any tolerance of corruption will inflict severe damage on Kosovo's drive for independence and on its attempt to build up transparent institutional frameworks. The OIOS investigation said that "fraud and mismanagement were rife" and that "there was systematic corruption" at the airport.
Posted by acl on Monday, April 24 @ 14:08:09 PDT (817 reads)
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Kosova Economy:

Kosovo: Top List of the Corrupted

KOSOVA
    Prishtinë, Apr 13, 2006 (Express) - (ECIKS)

    The Airport of Pristina - this Company spilled over the cup with the accusations and suspicions for corruption in public enterprises. An investigation made by the UN Internal Control (OIOS) marked the last black spot for this enterprise, and also for all other international and local institutions.
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    This Office has accused UNMIK Chief, Soren Jessen Petersen, of turning a blind eye to all corruption, general mismanagement, and all other misuses in the Airport since 2004.

    The managers of one of the most profitable enterprises have been accused even earlier of misuses and corruption. One of the most recent cases is the one of the Financial Manager of the AP, Haki Latifaj, who has resigned, at the same time accusing the AP Board for having caused many problems. One of the problems, according to Latifaj, was the disregard of the Airport Financial Department towards increasing the staff in human resources (for 50 %) and ignore the budget limits.

    To investigate many suspicions, from which many were published in the media as well, a commission was established two months ago by UNMIK.
Posted by acl on Wednesday, April 12 @ 16:47:07 PDT (870 reads)
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Kosova Economy:

Ekrem Luka - powerful bussinesman in Kosova

Albanian People

    Mobikos is a cell phone company in the southern Serbian province of Kosovo. It is headquartered in the Kosovan town Pec, 120 km south of capital Pristina. The province, populated by ethnic Albanians, has been administered jointly by the United Nations (UN) and a local government since 1999, but Serbia still claims the area as its own.

    Ekrem Luka, an ethnic Albanian businessman from Pec, has often been accused by nationalist Serb authorities of financing leaders backing independence of the province from Serbia.

    But few accept the arguments of financial loss or a security threat. The takeover of Mobtel had been expected for other reasons.

    Belgrade, Jan 3, 2006 – Serbian Minister of Interior Dragan Jocic said that citizens in Serbia need to
    Cellphone
    know why the mobile telephone operator Mobtel has not been paying out dividends to the state for more than a decade, or whether any attempt at illegal money making has been hidden behind it.

    Jocic said that the Ministry of Interior has been receiving information on possible unlawful dealings in Mobtel for some time now, specifying that the information refer to different means of misuse and imply that Mobtel has caused considerable damage to the state.

    According to Jocic, the initial indication that Mobtel has issued licence for performing telecommunication activities in Kosovo-Metohija to the company Mobikos without the Serbian government's consent, enabling Mobikos owner Ekrem Luka to use state resources, turned out to be a grounded truth.
Posted by classiclady on Saturday, January 14 @ 08:55:29 PST (2458 reads)
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Kosova Economy:

Behgjet Pacolli - the richest albanian bussinesman

Kosova Economy

    I am happy because I can wake up in the morning and thank god that I am able to do something for others and this makes me very happy. Of course I am also very happy that I am Kosovar; if you make a friend there you will always remain in their heart.

    Mr. Pacolli , perhaps for our readers, could you introduce yourself?

    I finished my military obligations in 1973 and in 1974 I started to work as an Area Sales Manager for an Austrian company that
    Mr.Behgjet Pacolli
    specialised in producing textile machines. At the time the company was very successful in Holland and in the Soviet Union and I met a Manager from one of our competitors that was working Lugano in Switzerland. He was very interested that I leave Austria and go with him to Switzerland, so eventually I did and in 1976 I started working for a company called Interplastika. I worked there for 13 years until 1990 when I decided to establish my own company. The reason behind this being that my previous employer married my secretary and although we remained friends there was nothing more between us. I established Mabetex in 1990, in 1991 I closed business with a turnover of 60 million dollars, in 1992 our second year of operating with 300 million and in 1993 we closed business with over 600 million, by 1994 our turnover was over one billion US dollars. It was very hard work and we continued from 1994 until 1999 at about the same rate of development. We restructured in 2000 and we have headquarters not only in Lugano, Switzerland but also in Moscow and in Kazakhstan so we divide the
    business equally between these offices. We also have another group called the Diamond Group, which incorporates travel agencies bars, restaurants, Hotel and airline companies.
Posted by classiclady on Wednesday, December 28 @ 08:37:09 PST (5720 reads)
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