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  • Highway opens up Albania for Kosovars

    06/26/2009 5:26:21 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 20 replies · 1,307+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | June 25, 2009 | Kerin Hope in Tirana and Neil MacDonald in Belgrade
    A spectacular 61km section of highway through mountainous northern Albania opens on Thursday, creating a strategic link with fellow ethnic Albanians in landlocked Kosovo. For Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia last year, the modern four-lane route is a vital commercial link through a friendly country. At more than €600m (£510m, $840m) the new stretch of road will cut the eight-hour journey between Tirana and Pristina by at least two hours, according to Ernest Noka, Albania’s deputy transport minister. It was the toughest construction challenge on a corridor linking Albania’s Adriatic port of Durres with the Balkan interior and pan-European...
  • Russia concerned by rising pressure against Serbs in Kosovo

    04/29/2009 10:31:44 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 2 replies · 358+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 29/ 04/ 2009
    MOSCOW, April 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is concerned over the rising tensions between the Serb and Albanian population in Kosovo, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. "The use of international police and activities against Serbs is unacceptable," spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said. Nesterenko said that there is a growth in the destabilization of northern Kosovo that could lead to an escalation of tensions throughout the region, adding that "balanced actions in the interests of all parties are needed." Kosovo's minority Serb population, which is dominant in the north of the territory, began to protest last week in Brdjani, an Albanian...
  • Albania set to apply for EU candidate status

    04/25/2009 8:35:52 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 253+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 25/ 04/ 2009
    WARSAW, April 25 (RIA Novosti) - The Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha is due to visit Prague on April 28, where he is expected to submit an application on EU candidate status, Czech media said on Saturday. Albania along with Croatia became NATO members in April. The Czech government's press service has made no official comments on the reports, but said that during the Albanian premier's visit to Prague "journalists were indeed in for a surprise." Berisha has said EU membership is a key aim for the once-isolated country in the run up to parliamentary elections in June. EU enlargement...
  • National Guard Program Contributes to NATO’s Expansion

    04/09/2009 4:45:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 200+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2009 – For NATO’s two newest members, a National Guard program contributed to their April 1 accession into the alliance. Albania and Croatia have been members of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program for more than a decade. Along with other initiatives such as NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, the National Guard’s State Partnership Program helped the countries prepare for NATO membership, National Guard Bureau officials said. Established in 1949 as a defense pact against the former Soviet Union and now 28 members strong, NATO celebrated its 60th anniversary April 4. A dozen countries founded NATO...
  • The Looming Threat of a Greater Albania

    03/29/2009 11:04:46 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 12 replies · 602+ views
    My Greek Odyssey ^ | February 17, 2008 | Stavros
    Note from Ravnagora: The following was written back on February 17, 2008, the day Kosovo was handed its "independence". It gives a terrific overview of the "Albanian" issue. The author was born in Istanbul. The Greeks understand well... American and European foreign policy in the Balkans, suffering from a terminal form of historical amnesia, is bankrupt. The results of those bankrupt policies are visibly on display today as Kosovor Albanians declare themselves independent and a second Muslim state is now established on the European continent. The stage is now set for the a regime led by elements of the Kosovo...
  • A double standard for Kosovo (Serbia - Albania)

    03/18/2009 4:42:16 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 399+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | March 17, 2009 | Australian Macedonian Advisory Council
    It is a year since Kosovo, with NATO backing, made a unilateral declaration of independence, breaking away from Serbia. Fifty countries, most of which have little knowledge of the political intricacies of the Balkans and even less about the complicated historical interplay between the various ethnic and religious groups living in the area supported the move. As a state it is doubtful whether Kosovo can survive. It has virtually no industry, no service sector, tourism is non existent and agricultural exports minimal. The economy has been propped up artificially by the presence of NATO KFOR troops and foreign aid. Its...
  • Muslims who save Jews: Exhibition honors Albanians who risked lives during Holocaust

    02/23/2009 8:12:20 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 3 replies · 413+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 22, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    A largely Muslim nation this month is hosting an exhibition highlighting a chapter of world history that has received little public exposure until now: how some Muslims risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. It is well known that Islamic leaders, including the grand mufti of Jerusalem, collaborated with the Nazis in divining anti-Semitic propaganda and recruiting Arab officials to support Adolph Hitler's war against Jews. Many of today's Mideast leaders, such as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are notorious for their outspoken denial of the Holocaust. Often overlooked, however, are scores of Albanian...
  • Thousands of Serbs protest Kosovo security force

    02/10/2009 7:37:55 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 4 replies · 664+ views
    The Hindu News ^ | February 10, 2009 | AP
    MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP): Several thousand Serbs are protesting in Kosovo's north against the formation of an ethnic Albanian security force. The protesters claim the new Kosovo Security Force is designed to harass the Serb minority, and say they will not allow the NATO-trained force to deploy in the Serb-dominated north. They are urging Serbia's government to hold a Feb. 17 session in Kosovo as the former Serbian province marks its first anniversary of independence. Serbia rejects Kosovo's statehood. Kosovo's security force is dominated by ethnic-Albanians and commanded by a former rebel leader that fought Serbia during the 1998-99 war. It...
  • World Bank Spent More Than a Year Covering Up Destruction of Albanian Village

    02/10/2009 6:30:07 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 335+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2009 | Richard Behar
    Managers at the World Bank provided false information to the agency's board of directors about a $39 million, politically-connected European "coastal cleanup" project that led to the destruction and destitution of a powerless village in Albania in 2007 — and then spent nearly two years trying to cover it up, FOX News has learned. Bank insiders also misled and stonewalled a panel of independent investigators commissioned by the board to investigate the scandal, according to the investigators themselves. World Bank sources tell FOX News that the panel's report, submitted to the 24-member board in late November, is one of the...
  • World Bank Spent More Than a Year Covering Up Destruction of Albanian Village (Sick)

    02/10/2009 5:28:52 AM PST · by khnyny · 10 replies · 1,109+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2009 | Richard Behar
    Managers at the World Bank provided false information to the agency's board of directors about a $39 million, politically-connected European "coastal cleanup" project that led to the destruction and destitution of a powerless village in Albania in 2007 — and then spent nearly two years trying to cover it up, FOX News has learned. Bank insiders also misled and stonewalled a panel of independent investigators commissioned by the board to investigate the scandal, according to the investigators themselves. World Bank sources tell FOX News that the panel's report, submitted to the 24-member board in late November, is one of the...
  • Jutarnji List: Barack Obama to visit Croatia, Albania in April?

    02/04/2009 10:53:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1,942+ views
    Focus Information Agency ^ | 4 February 2009
    Zagreb. U.S. President Barack Obama might visit Croatia and Albania in April, the Croatian Jutarnji List writes on its Internet site. According to anonymous White House sources Obama will most probably visit Zagreb and Tirana immediately after the NATO summit in Strasbourg. If Obama does not visit the two countries on organizational grounds, the prime ministers of the two NATO newcomers will visit the White House, the Jutarnji List says.
  • Albanian town bids sorrowful farewell to Bush

    01/20/2009 4:21:23 AM PST · by nuconvert · 39 replies · 1,295+ views
    FUSHE-KRUJE, Albania (Reuters) - At the "George W. Bush" cafe in this little Albanian town, owner Festim Cela gives a solemn reply when asked if it will change its name when the U.S. President leaves office Tuesday. Many beyond U.S. shores may welcome the end of Bush's presidency, but in zealously pro-American Albania, he is feted as a hero. "As long as this building stands, its name will be George W. Bush," Cela said as he watched television pictures of Bush's farewell speech the week before Barack Obama succeeds him. Below the TV is a table where Bush sat to...
  • (Muslim) ‘Mini-Schengen’ Zone between Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro under Consideration

    01/17/2009 5:01:06 PM PST · by Bokababe · 16 replies · 682+ views
    Balkan Travelers ^ | January 12, 2009 | Staff
    12 January 2009 | An idea to create a zone allowing the free movement across the borders of Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro is being considered in the region. Kosovo and Albania have said they will sign an agreement for the creation of such a zone between themselves within two months. Currently, one can cross the border between the two countries by presenting a passport or driver’s licence. “The agreement will enable citizens to move freely and ease the administrative procedures,” Albanian President Bamir Topi was quoted as saying by regional media, and he also dismissed the possibility of a...
  • Grateful Muslims Who Love The US

    12/26/2008 10:06:17 AM PST · by foutsc · 17 replies · 736+ views
    Nietzche is Dead ^ | 26 Dec 08 | foutsc
    Kosovo Names Street For President Bush (AFP) Kosovo decided Wednesday to name a central street of its capital Pristina after outgoing US President George W. Bush for his support of the territory's split from Serbia. Backed unanimously by Kosovo's cabinet, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said the move was "a sign of the huge state and national respect and appreciation" for the United States' contribution to independence, declared earlier this year. Located in Pristina's downtown area, Bush Street is to be linked to the main thoroughfare named after Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel Peace Laureate of Albanian origin. Fans of Michael...
  • European countries consider taking Gitmo detainees

    12/23/2008 8:32:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 676+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 23, 2008 | PAISLEY DODDS
    LONDON – When the U.S. government asked years ago that countries take in detainees freed from the Guantanamo military prison, only tiny Albania answered the call.
  • Daily Attacks in Iraq Drop Nearly 95 Percent

    12/22/2008 3:10:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 737+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2008 – The number of daily attacks in Iraq has dropped nearly 95 percent since last year, a U.S. military official said yesterday. Iraq suffered an average of 180 attacks per day this time last year. But over the past week, the average number was 10, Army Brig. Gen. David G. Perkins, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said. “This is a dramatic improvement of safety throughout the country,” Perkins told reporters during a wide-ranging news conference in Baghdad yesterday. He added that the country’s murder rates have dropped below levels that existed before the start of American...
  • Muslim Youths Attack Greek Police With Laser Pointers (Islamists trying to overthrow Greece)

    12/14/2008 9:47:15 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 39 replies · 6,093+ views
    How low will they go?? As low as laser blinding Greek Police: "A riot policeman is aimed at with a laser light pointer during riots outside the Athens Polytechnic. Small bands of Greek rioters hurling firebombs attacked an environment ministry building, shops and banks in Athens on Saturday during an eighth day of protests following the killing of a teenager by police." And that's not all: "A warning from Serb intelligence about the mobilization of an extremist Islamic organization in Greece has put the Greek authorities on high alert. Several days ago, Serb intelligence briefed a Serb parliamentary Committee that...
  • New Jersey Guard Celebrates Alliance With Albania

    12/05/2008 3:28:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 432+ views
    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., Dec. 5, 2008 – The New Jersey National Guard is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its alliance with the republic of Albania through the State Partnership Program. The State Partnership Program, launched by the National Guard Bureau and the U.S. State Department in the 1990s, was started to foster alliances between U.S. states and former Soviet countries, officials said. Soldiers and airmen with the New Jersey National Guard have worked with their counterparts in Albania since 1993 to modernize the former communist nation’s defense forces and prepare it for membership in NATO. Albania is scheduled to join...
  • Iran's influence? You can hear it on Iraqi streets

    09/30/2008 5:44:29 PM PDT · by Flavius · 257+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 9/30/08 | reutuers
    NAJAF, Iraq, Sept 30 (Reuters) - In the holy Iraqi Shi'ite city of Najaf, Iranian tourists throng the streets, speak to shopkeepers in Farsi and pay in Iranian money. Farsi chants blare from speakers at a nearby shrine. The scene would probably horrify both the United States and Iraq's Sunni Arab neighbours, who suspect Shi'ite non-Arab Iran of nefarious and subversive influence in Arab lands. Even some of Najaf's citizens are wary of Iranian leverage. But the city, a centre of religious and political power in Shi'ite-majority Iraq, benefits from Iranian tourism and aid. The uniforms of rubbish men sport...
  • Kosovan - and Catholic

    09/29/2008 5:46:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies · 423+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday May 21 2008 | Anna Di Lellio
    The youngest state in Europe, Kosovo, is known for its majority Muslim population that is only episodically observant, likes very much beer and the local grappa called raki, and is extravagantly fond of the US. Commentators like to call this particular brand of religion "Islam-lite," and favourably compare the "good Muslims" that it breeds with other Muslims who fall for fundamentalism. How long this state of affairs will last is debatable nowadays. The reason is not that the jihadists are taking over, as a vicious and unrelenting propaganda spearheaded by Serb nationalists intimates. On the contrary, it looks like Islam...