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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 Blood Feud:

Gjin Marku - Interview for foreign journalists

Albanian Blood Feud
    Mr.Gjin Marku - Chairman of COMMITTEE OF NATIONWIDE RECONCILIATION - sent exclusively for ACLIS an interview given to the foreign journalists about the blood feud in Albania.
    Question: Do you know roughly how many families/people are affected by blood feuds, and how many children have no access to education as a result?
    Answer:
    Some dates on the general situation about the blood feud in Albania, taken from the resolution of the year 2007:
    In these 17 years, life of 6000 Albanians has been taken with self-justice. Over 20 000 families were
    The Kanun of Lek Dukagjini
    The Kanun of Lek Dukagjini
    involved in sharp conflicts causing most of them to confine themselves. These families' children have abandoned school and have been confined for years inside the house, without being able to meet their friends and the relatives even for a moment. State laws are not recognised and observed because the citizens do not consider these laws as their own property. Laws have been drafted to adapt to the electoral interests. They are prepared and adopted without citizens' participation and without community cooperation. Drafting of laws served the politicians to place party, clan or personal interests above society. An example of adopting laws to electoral interest, which brought grave consequences for the people, is law 7501 'On Land', adopted with the consensus of the two big parties at the beginning of transition. In most of Albania's territory this law has not been accepted, and implemented. In the areas where it has been implemented, it has brought about conflicts causing murderers even among families with blood relations. Due to the conflicts that this law has brought about there are 200 000 files with the conflicts between people. Only in Bushati Commune and some villages of Shkodra, 1600 families with tribe relations do not communicate with each other and do not exchange visits because of disagreements on land. This enmity is very serious and is about to cause blood feud among 25 000 families in a country scale.

    The law 7501 is totally against of the human right over their property. Most of the Albanian People have resolved this problem based on the inherited property, and without respecting this law.

Posted by classiclady on Thursday, January 24 @ 13:23:27 PST (10267 reads)
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Albania Blood Feud:

Blood feuds trap 1,200 Albanian youths at home

Albanian Blood Feud
    The ancient tradition of blood-feuds is trapping Albanian men inside their own homes, living women to fend for the family.

    IN THE bleak village of Mali i Jushit in northwest Albania, a teenager’s crowded family home has become his prison. Mojo Muriqi has been confined
    The Kanun of Lek Dukagjini
    The Kanun of Lek Dukagjini
    to his sparse living quarters for nearly four years. If he ventures into the potholed street beyond his front door, he could be killed.

    Mojo is despondent about his future. At 19, he should be socialising in the historic near-by city of Shkodra and planning for student life and a career. Instead he spends his time playing cards or indoor football, sometimes doing the “women’s work” of cleaning.

    Despite Albania’s macho culture, it is the women in this family who work the fields and pay the household bills. Mojo, who with 60 other male relatives is compelled to remain in a compound of family homes, is a victim of the ancient tradition of blood feuds.

    In 2003 Mojo’s uncle killed a young man from the Mirashe family, who live in a village two miles away. It was a senseless murder that took place when the two argued while tending their sheep.

    Although the perpetrator is in jail, members of his extended family face a death sentence. The blood-feud code requires that the victim’s family take revenge on any of the killer’s male relatives. The sole proviso is that the boundaries of family homes must not be breached.

Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, January 22 @ 10:10:00 PST (832 reads)
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Albania Blood Feud:

The Sacrifices of Albania's 'Sworn Virgins'

Albanian Blood Feud The Washington Post

    A Rockville Filmmaker Tells Of an Old Custom That Both Liberates and Limits Women

    The Kanun of Lek Dukagjini
    The Kanun of Lek Dukagjini
    By Joshua Zumbrun - Washington Post Staff Writer

    When the Albanian journalist and author Elvira Dones was traveling in the mountains of northern Albania, she asked for directions from someone she thought was a man walking his mule through a village, rifle on shoulder.

    After the exchange, her guide whispered, "That is one of them."

    Dones, who lives in Rockville, had just met an adherent of an ancient northern Albanian tradition in which women take an oath of lifelong virginity in exchange for the right to live as men. The process is not surgical -- in these mountains there is little knowledge that sex-change surgery is even possible.

    Rather, sworn virgins cut their hair and wear baggy men's clothes and take up manly livelihoods as shepherds or truck drivers or even political leaders. And those around them -- despite knowing the sworn virgins are women -- treat them as men.
Posted by acl on Thursday, August 16 @ 07:53:11 PDT (1099 reads)
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Albania Blood Feud:

Thousands fear as blood feuds sweep Albania

Albanian Blood Feud
    Stuck in their cottage outside the northern Albanian village of Mnela, 14-year-old Flori Bardoku and his younger sisters watch suspiciously whenever anybody makes the hour-long journey up the path to their home.
    The Kanun of Lek Dukagjini
    The Kanun of Lek Dukagjini


    By Bojan Pancevski and Nita Hoxha in Tirana, Sunday Telegraph

    The reason for their caution is understandable: while most of their trickle of visitors are villagers bearing food and gifts, they know that one day someone may come to kill them.

    The four siblings and their mother have lived in fear of their lives ever since their father, Martin, killed his cousin's wife in Mnela after discovering her in bed with another man. He is serving 10 years in jail for her death, but in conservative rural Albania, justice is seldom served by courts alone.

    In accordance with ancient clan tradition, the murdered woman's brothers have declared a "blood feud" against Bardoku's family - which means any of his nearest and dearest can be killed in exchange.
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Albania Blood Feud:

Kanuni Lek Dukagjinit - the most well known set of laws

Albanian Blood Feud

    Lekë Dukagjini (1410-1481) is an Albanian historical figure, contemporary of Gjergj Kastriot
    Code of Leke Dukagjini
    Skanderbeg, who fought against the Turks and is known for the code of law instituted in northern Albania and still applied today in some remote areas known as Kanuni.

    Leke is though to have been born in Ulpiana near modern Prizren, Kosovo in 1410. The County of Dukagjini had its center in Lezhë, and included Zadrima, the areas North and East-north Shkodra, and expanded far north up to the territories of what today constitutes Serbia, having as the second center the town of Ulpiana.
Posted by classiclady on Tuesday, August 23 @ 10:29:34 PDT (1977 reads)
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