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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 Politics:

Albania’s election heads for deadlock

Albanian Politics Financial Times

    By Kerin Hope in Tirana

    Albania’s general election appeared headed for deadlock on Wednesday, with both the governing right-of-centre Democratic party and the opposition Socialists unable to win an outright majority in the 140-seat parliament.

    Albanian Election 2009
    A long drawn-out counting process after Sunday’s vote went into its fourth day on Wednesday amid mounting tension over possible last-minute attempts at fraud.

    With more than 98 per cent of the vote counted, the Democrats had secured 68 seats to 65 for the Socialists under a regional proportional electoral system being used for the first time.

    Three seats could still change hands after the last 100 ballot boxes were counted, analysts said.

    “Otherwise, we’re looking at a 70-70 split in parliament taking into consideration the likely alliances,” said Bledar Meniku of ECA, an independent US-backed election monitoring system.

    A tied outcome could result in another general election being held later this year and the postponement of key policy decisions.

    Albania had been expected to follow the example of Serbia and Romania after the election and seek a stand-by loan from the International Monetary Fund.
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Albanian Politics:

Albania Opens Communist Files To Screen Officials

Albanian Politics
    Read inside:
    Europe, US Say Albania Communist File Law `Hasty`

    Under late Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha`s 40-year rule, 5,037 men and 450 women were executed and up to 34,135 people were jailed.

    Albania's parliament voted on Dec.23 to open secret communist-era files to screen candidates for office, but the opposition and judges saw it as a manoeuvre
    Civil Society Abused
    to sideline rivals rather than cleanse society of guilt.

    The law was approved only with votes of the Democratic Party of Prime Minister Sali Berisha and its allies after they ignored appeals from the United States, among others, to postpone the vote to allow time for broad consultation.

    "We consider this law a measure of respect for all those who went through the most savage calvary of class struggle, those that had their bones broken, were executed without trial and had their properties taken," Berisha said.

    Under late Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha's 40-year rule, 5,037 men and 450 women were executed and up to 34,135 people were jailed, including 1,000 who died and 308 who went mad.

    The law denies access to public office to ex-members of the bodies that ordered and used violence under the Stalinist regime and informed for the notorious Sigurimi secret service.

    A five-member commission will work until 2014 to screen candidates, confirming suitability after it checks documents.

    The main opposition Socialist Party saw the second such law since Albania toppled communism 18 years ago as an attempt by Berisha to sack prosecutors investigating corruption.

    Two dozen prosecutors and judges, including those investigating a blast at an army base that killed 26 people and possible government corruption in the building of a key road, would have to quit their jobs once the law takes effect.

    Opposition Socialist Party leader Edi Rama regretted that the law was not up to European standards.

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Albanian Politics:

Albanian witness in U.S. arms probe dies suddenly

Albania News
    Watch the video of the place where Kosta Trebicka was found dead.

    TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania's government said on Friday it was looking into the sudden death of an arms
    Gerdec village, 20 km from Capital Tirana turned to a war zone, due to some heavy blasts of a dismantled ammunition factory, operating secretly and illegally by Albanian government
    industry figure who was helping prosecutors investigate a weapons sale to the United States and an explosion that killed 26 people.

    Television pictures showed businessman Kosta Trebicka, his head covered in blood, sprawled on his back on a dirt road in a remote area of eastern Albania, where he had been hunting. His off-road car was nearby, and appeared to be damaged.

    By Benet Koleka

    "We have identified the corpse of citizen Kosta Trebicka," Interior Minister Bujar Nishani told a late evening news conference. "We shall make public the conclusions of experts as soon as they reach them," he added.

    Nishani was responding to opposition leaders who said the death looked suspicious.

    Trebicka was involved in repackaging ageing Chinese ammunition that was being sold from Albania to AEY Inc, a U.S. firm contracted by the Pentagon to supply the Afghan army.

    He turned whistleblower after the Albanian defense ministry removed him from the contract and appointed another company in his place.

    It was at this second company's plant in Gerdec, near Tirana, that 26 people were killed in an explosion of artillery shells in March. An Albanian official involved in the sale of ammunition to AEY Inc. and two businessmen are in jail pending trial for multiple murder over the blast.

Posted by classiclady on Friday, September 12 @ 18:21:15 PDT (940 reads)
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Albanian Politics:

Department of State - on ageing ammunition incidents

Albania News
    Department of State issues report on ageing ammunition incidents, Gerdec heads the list

    On March 15, 2008, a series of massive and deadly
    Gerdec village, 20 km from Capital Tirana turned to a war zone, due to some heavy blasts of a dismantled ammunition factory, operating secretly and illegally by Albanian government
    explosions ripped through an Albanian government munitions depot in the village of Gërdec near Tirana, resulting in 24 deaths, injuries to over 300 more people, and catastrophic damage to hundreds of homes and other civilian structures within a 2.5 kilometer (1 1/2 miles) radius.

    By Delina Bitraku

    On March 15, 2008, a series of massive and deadly explosions ripped through an Albanian government munitions depot in the village of Gërdec near Tirana, resulting in 24 deaths, injuries to over 300 more people, and catastrophic damage to hundreds of homes and other civilian structures within a 2.5 kilometre (1 1/2 miles) radius. So begins the report by former Director for Mine Cleaning in American Department of Defence Colonel George Zahaczewsky on humanitarian problems throughout the world due to aged ammunition depots.

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Albanian Politics:

Bamir Topi: Officials Hide Their Wealth

Albanian Politics
    Tirana _ Albania’s President Bamir Topi has accused unspecified public officials of criminal
    Mr. Bamir Topi
    activity by hiding their wealth in foreign bank accounts.

    The president’s statement came during a ceremony marking the fifth year of the creation of the High Inspectorate for the Inspection and Declaration of Assets.

    “We are concerned because we are learning the wealth of public officials in coffee discussions and scandals,” said Topi, adding that international organisations monitoring Albania’s democratic progress were concerned about such practices.

    “We have information that a part of the wealth is hidden outside the country,” Topi added.

    Last week Albanian prosecutors launched a fresh probe into the declared wealth of former Defence Minister Fatmir Mediu, following a Balkan Insight investigation.

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Albanian Politics:

US Voices Misgivings About Albanian Government's Activity

Albanian Politics
    Text of report by Albanian privately-owned right-wing pro-PD party newspaper Tema, on 31 July

    Albania risks not becoming a full-fledged NATO member this year due to the growing hesitation of certain Western chancelleries, and in particular the Albania in the region US Administration, over the distortions that are taking place in the life of Albania's democratic institutions.

    By Mero Baze - editorial to pro-PD party newspaper Tema

    A US diplomatic source told a Tema correspondent and those of some other Albanian media that, regardless of the excellent relations between the United States and Albania and the importance the United States attaches to these relations, in Washington there is growing concern about some steps back the Albanian Government has been taking ever since the spring of this year.

    In particular, the United States is concerned about the government's attempts to put the Prosecutor General's Office under its control by curtailing its powers through a hastily prepared bill or by publicly humiliating its representatives, or about Albania's image as a result of the conflict between the president and the government, or about the government's attempts to put the State Intelligence Service under its control, or about the Assembly's attempts to identify itself with those involved in and indicted for the Gerdec affair, or about the government's attempts to get rid of the OSCE Mission to Albania, or over the degradation of the image of the prime minister as was seen in a recent Assembly session.

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Albanian Politics:

Ina Rama 20 acusses to Mediu.What's next?

Albanian Politics
    Albanian Prosecutor-General accuses ex-Defense Minister in ammunition disposal case - The International Herald Tribune

    TIRANA, Albania: Albania's Prosecutor General asked parliament Saturday to lift the immunity of
    Fatmir Mediu - Ex Minister of Defence
    former defense minister Fatmir Mediu, accusing him of abuse of power related to a deadly ammunition depot explosion.

    Mediu resigned as defense minister two days after the March 15 disaster in which a series of explosions of some 700 tons of ammunition powder near the capital, Tirana, killed 26 people and injured 302.

    The explosion also destroyed or damaged some 5,500 houses at a total cost of about 2 billion leks (US$26 million; €16.6 million), according to the request prosecutor Ina Rama sent to lawmakers.

    Violation of the laws and procedures of security and ammunition storage and the mismanagement of the disposal process had "caused the spark of the fire followed by the massive explosions" that had threatened the life and security of the people employed at the dismantling factory and residents in surrounding areas, Rama said in her request.

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Albanian Politics:

Denouncing claims - Serb civilians were killed in Albania

Albania News
    Albania says claims Serbs were killed for organs are "inventions and absurdities"

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) - Albanian Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha on Wednesday denounced Albania in the region as «inventions and absurdities» claims that Serb civilians were killed in Albania and their organs sold after the 1999 war in Kosovo.

    In her recently published memoirs, former U.N. war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said she was told of such allegations. She did not claim to have verified them.

    «We are sorry that a former international chief prosecutor ... should write a book full of inventions and absurdities which are not only immoral but also libelous,» Basha said.

    New York-based Human Rights Watch has urged Kosovo to check the claims.

    The rights group said Del Ponte was told that Kosovo Albanians transported up to 300 people _ mostly Serb civilians _ to northern Albania in June 1999, as NATO and the U.N. were moving into Kosovo at the end of the war between separatist rebels and Serbian forces.

    They were then allegedly transported into facilities near the Albanian town of Burrel, about 55 miles north of the capital, Tirana, where «doctors extracted the captives' internal organs,» Human Rights Watch said.

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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
war against neo-communists
no hopes at all
I don't know


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Wednesday, April 23

Albania Approves Constitutional Reforms

Saturday, March 22

Gerdec death toll rises - Berisha ik!

Friday, March 21

Transcript of Diveroli - Trebicka Conversation

Tuesday, March 18

My March 9 letter to Prosecutor General Ina Rama

Tuesday, March 11

EU Urges Electoral Reforms In Albania

Tuesday, January 01

Lulzim Basha - faces charges of corruption

Friday, July 20

Albanian parliament elects Bamir Topi

Friday, April 27

Lulzim Basha becomes the new albanian foreign minister (0)

Monday, April 16

Nano to form new political party

Thursday, April 12

The Citizens’ Media: on Friday in “Skënderbej Square” (0)

Saturday, April 07

Mjaft: PM Sali Berisha - An Enemy of Freedom

Wednesday, March 14

Albania PM reshuffles ministers, bolsters coalition

Tuesday, March 13

Albania Warned Path to EU Runs Through Fair Polls

Friday, February 23

Opposition Gains in Albania Deal Blow to Berisha

Wednesday, February 21

GQ Kokalari - My Feb 20 letter to Berisha

Friday, January 26

Election fever grips Albania

Saturday, January 13

Deal clears way for local elections

Thursday, January 11

NATO tells Albania elections are key test

Tuesday, January 09

Albanian president fails to break deadlock

Friday, January 05

EU warns Albania over poll delay


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