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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.
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Kosova History:

WITHOUT APOLOGY

Albanian Lands
    "Albanians, DON'T FORGET SERBIAN CRIMES" - the message from the book "Without Apology"

    SERBIAN CRIMES IN KOSOVA
    WITHOUT APOLOGY
    FACTS AGAINST DEFAMATIONS


    Translated from Albanian by:
    Ramize Ferati


    Even though the population of Kosova leaded by the Kosova Liberation Army made a war for protection,
    Kosova Map
    a war for freedom, nevertheless the Albanians are paying an expensive price for the crimes, carried out by the Serbian forces in Kosova. The Serbian black propaganda,

    By Fetnete Ramosaj

    even though completely on the basis of defamations and lies, has given and is giving results.

    Every single crime, which was carried out by the Serbian forces in Kosova, Serbia made sure to address it in time to the KLA, while in other cases it made sure to broadcast that the crime or the crimes were made in any case, because of the KLA.

    Even though the truth regarding this murder is world wide known, such fabrications and defamations were enough to become a procedure for the criminalization of the Kosova Liberation Army’s war.
Posted by classiclady on Saturday, March 17 @ 13:31:22 PDT (808 reads)
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Kosova History:

Kosovo Economy & Society After 1945

Kosova History
    Some Observations

    By James Pettifer - The views expressed are those of the Author and not necessarily those of the UK Ministry of Defence [ISBN 1-903584-57-4]
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    This paper argues that many of the dilemmas the international community is facing in Kosovo have their origins in the immediate post-1945 period, and that lack of understanding of the nature of Kosovo society under communism and the Kosovo economy under Titoism is hampering the international community in governing Kosovo today.

    In the current major political and military conflict in Kosovo which culminated in the NATO bombing campaign, refugee exodus and subsequent withdrawal of Yugoslav troops and police from Kosovo in June 1999, the recent history of Kosovo has tended to be discussed from the period of the accession to power of Slobodan Milosevic in the late 1980s, and in more or less exclusively political terms. The 1974 Constitution, with its democratisation proposals, is usually about the limit of most non-Kosovars’ historical perspective. Yet in a recent British television interview the US Balkan negotiator Richard Holbrooke made the interesting revelation that in the latter stages of the Febuary 1999 negotiations before the NATO campaign began, it was events in Kosovo in 1946 that were at the forefront of Slobodan Milosevic’s mind.
Posted by acl on Monday, September 25 @ 06:05:03 PDT (1156 reads)
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Kosova History:

Kosovo: Mission Accomplished ?

Kosova Politics
    Condi shakes hands with yet another unsavory ally

    By Ken Silverstein and Sebastian Sosman - Harpers Magazine
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    Any visitor to the Balkans knows that to sit down for coffee or throat-rasping raki with a person from any ethnicity in the region is to risk a not so quick, uninterruptible, vitriolic five-hundred-year history lesson so skewed that it doesn’t deserve the name of history . . . real history just about ceased to exist within Albanian and Serbian discourse. It has largely been replaced by monologues of myth and prejudice. It is now a weapon of survival.

    So wrote Matthew McAllester in Beyond the Mountains of the Damned, a recounting of the late-1990s bloodshed in Kosovo. While Balkan history has lately lost its vogue in Washington, this is a good time for some brushing up. And since the conventional wisdom is so relentlessly romantic about the valiant Kosovars struggling against Serb oppression, I'll present here a side of the story that is rarely heard.

    Seven years ago, an American-led NATO campaign drove Serbia out of Kosovo, which has since enjoyed semi-autonomy. Now the United Nations wants to broker an agreement over Kosovo's status. Independence for the majority-Albanian province seems to be the preferred position of most European governments and of the Bush Administration, though U.S. officials insist that no decision has been made.
Posted by acl on Sunday, September 17 @ 06:39:46 PDT (825 reads)
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Kosova History:

Progress on Kosovo Stalled by Ethnic Divide

KOSOVA
    New York Times

    VIENNA, July 24 — Serbian and ethnic Albanian leaders met here today to discuss the future of the province of Kosovo, but following six months of apparently fruitless negotiations by lesser officials, they offered little sign of even the smallest compromise.
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    By Nicholas Wood - The New York Times

    The Serb province has been administered by the United Nations ever since NATO’s 78-day bombing campaign in 1999 wrested it from Serb control. The talks being held in Vienna are meant to return the area to local politicians, resolving one of the regions most deeply rooted conflicts. But the divide is enormous: the ethnic Albanians who are the majority in Kosovo want it to become an independent state, the Serbs want the region reintegrated into Serbia. The organizers of the talks are determined to impose a solution if necessary. Speaking at a news conference after the one-day talks ended, the United Nations mediator in charge of the process, former Finnish president, Martti Ahtisaari, said there had no been no progress: “I would be lying if I said so.” But he stressed that the main purpose of the meeting was to explain their positions before future negotiations. So far this year the teams from both sides have sought to find common ground on how to govern Kosovo. The critical issue of sovereignty has been left to one side. Today’s meeting brought the Serbian president, Boris Tadic, and prime minister, Vojislav Kostunica, face to face for the first time in an official setting with their Kosovo Albanian counterparts, Fatmir Sejdiu and Agim Ceku.
Posted by acl on Monday, July 24 @ 13:05:51 PDT (669 reads)
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Kosova History:

Another Nation-State ?

KOSOVA
    The fashionable notion that the nation-state is dead makes it easy to forget that some places and people -- quite a few, in fact -- still aspire to achieve that quaint condition. The liberal internationalism prevailing (at least notionally) among Europe's elites adds to Western bafflement at attempts by "peoples" -- all an invention of 19th-century nationalists, you see -- to be independent.
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    We are collectively not so far from Woodrow Wilson's attitude towards the Irish question: "His view," reports Margaret MacMillan in her admirable account on the 1919 Paris peace conference, "was that the Irish lived in a democratic country and they could sort it out through democratic means."

    By T.K. Vogel - The author is a South-East Europe editor with Transitions Online (www.tol.org), a newsweekly covering the post-Communist world. He has written for the Wall Street Journal Europe, the International Herald Tribune, and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

    Indeed, the emergence of new states has over the course of the 20th century become an increasingly rare event. A first wave of state creation took place after the collapse of the Romanov, Habsburg, and Ottoman empires at the end of World War 1. A second wave brought the decolonization of what came to be known as the third world. And the third wave might run its course this year.
Posted by acl on Thursday, May 18 @ 17:59:14 PDT (642 reads)
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Kosova History:

Old problems may dog new Kosovo

KOSOVA
    BBC News

    As the EU halts membership talks with Serbia over war crime suspect Ratko Mladic, John Simpson has been back to Kosovo for Newsnight to look at the landlocked province's push for independence.
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    Mr. John Simpson - BBC World Affairs Editor

    Seven years ago, virtually the whole of Nato was engaged in an air war against Serbia to protect the ethnic Albanians of Kosovo. Nato troops finally invaded Kosovo, and the UN took it over.

    Ever since, it has slowly been brought towards independence. But there are big problems: in particular the bitter tensions between the ethnic Albanians and the much smaller number of ethnic Serbs who live in Kosovo.

    Now Kosovo has a government of its own, with an Albanian president and prime minister. Independence is close. Yet all the problems remain. Pristina is 30 years behind the times. There are power-cuts every day. (One occurred while Newsnight was interviewing the prime minister, Agim Ceku.) Unemployment is nearing 55%.
Posted by acl on Thursday, May 04 @ 07:44:19 PDT (723 reads)
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Kosova History:

Both sides dragging their feet over Kosovo

Kosova Politics
    PRISTINA, Kosovo - Two months after talks began in Vienna on this province's future, both sides appear to be maneuvering to change the facts on the ground to help determine whether Kosovo will become an independent state or remain a province within Serbia.
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    By Mr. Nicholas Wood - International Herald Tribune

    The issue has been regarded as the most intractable in the Balkans since NATO bombers forced Yugoslav security forces to withdraw in 1999, halting what international war crimes prosecutors say was a brutal campaign to force ethnic Albanians to flee.

    Ethnic Albanians make up over 90 percent of Kosovo's population and want total independence. Serbs, within Kosovo and without, want a return to rule from Belgrade. With little progress in the initial phase of talks, the likelihood of an eventual imposed solution in the Albanians' favor grows ever stronger.

    The United Nations has been administering Kosovo since the Yugoslav withdrawal, but in recent weeks, Serbia, which finances many services in Serbian enclaves across the province, ordered all Serbian government employees in Kosovo to resign from any responsibilities with the United Nations or lose their Serbian paychecks.
Posted by acl on Monday, April 17 @ 18:14:45 PDT (713 reads)
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Kosova History:

Fixing the Balkans, Europe's Tinderbox

Kosova History
    Associated Press(AP)

    2006 has been billed as a “decisive year” for the states of the former Yugoslav federation that broke up in a series of brutal ethnic wars during the 1990s. The issues concern boundaries and matters of statehood in a region, which is still struggling to overcome a divisive legacy.

    By Mrs. Jela De Franceschi - Turkish Weekly & VOA
    Kosovo Liberation Army

    According to Charles Kupchan, Director of Europe Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, “The question for the diplomats today is what can be done to make sure that the Balkans have witnessed their last round of bloodshed?

    What can be done to create a stable equilibrium between states that still harbor suspicions and animosities toward each other, to buy time for the magic of political and economic integration to work?” Most observers agree that the thorniest issue is resolving the status of Kosovo, a subject of bitter dispute between its ethnic-Albanian majority and Serb minority.

    Since NATO's 1999 air strikes, which drove Serb forces from the region, Kosovo has been an international protectorate, but is technically still a province of Serbia.  Most Albanians want independence, while most Serbs want to remain a part of Serbia.
Posted by acl on Monday, April 03 @ 15:02:02 PDT (793 reads)
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