“A story with Internationals” Alickaj’s latest novel

A novel that belongs to the grayness of offices, written with a great deal of spite and sarcasm. An ironical blasphemy towards the blackening of the image of the Albanians of Albania, where the boundaries of imagination and reality are

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45th Albanian Song Festival

Who are the VIP guests? Impossible to keep secret the names of the VIPs invited to put in a guest appearance at the 45th Albanian Radio Television Song Festival being organized in Tirana at the Palace of Congresses on 21

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Gala night ahead of national song festival

TIRANA, Dec. 13 – On Wednesday the Albanian national television TVSH held the “Gala night” ahead of the 45th edition of the national song festival. The show had old and new songs from the previous years performed from young artists.

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Medieval castle to become an archaeological center

VLORA, Dec. 11 – The Medieval castle discovered some months ago will soon turn into an archaeological center that may be visited by tourists in the southwestern port city of Vlora, local officials said. A new project for that is

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Old library in Shkodra celebrated

SHKODRA, Dec. 10 – Local authorities in the northern city of Shkodra celebrated Sunday the 75th birthday of the town’s library, though it is believed that is much older than that. It is believed that since 1760-1770 the city had

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Catalog with Anagnosti’s films promoted

TIRANA, Dec. 12 – The National Archive of Film promoted Tuesday a catalog with the best films from the producer Dhimit철Anagnosti on the occasion of his 70th birthday collecting his 40 years of career. A ceremony was also held for

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Tirana Film Festival continues

TIRANA, Dec. 13- ‘Tirana Film Festival’ continues to broadcast participating films in the competition at the Millennium 2 cinema, which is the only one in the capital. Some 20 films are seen every day. There are some 800 films competing

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Culture Minister from Albania, Serbia and Kosova meet in Tirana

TIRANA, Dec. 12 – Culture Minsiter from Albania, Kosova and Serbia met Tuesday in Tirana to discuss about the collaboration among their countries, the return of the ancient objects from Serbia to Kosova, rehabilitation of the cult objects in Kosova

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Meeting on judicial reform held in Tirana

TIRANA, Dec. 6 – President Alfred Moisiu organized on Wednesday in Tirana a consultative meeting titled “Reform in the courts, a joint challenge.” The meeting aimed at gathering ideas on how to improve the reforms in the judicial system and

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Second Prize for the Albanian woman poet

On 13 and 14 November at Regio, Calabria in Italy, the 19th edition was held of the International Award for Poetry “NOSSIDE”, which takes place every year in Italy and in Cuba. 526 poets competed from all over the world.

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                    [post_content] => A novel that belongs to the grayness of offices, written with a great deal of spite and sarcasm. An ironical blasphemy towards the blackening of the image of the Albanians of Albania, where the boundaries of imagination and reality are confronted. This is the latest novel by author Ylljet Alickaj, "A story with the Internationals," which just recently went on sale and has scored a record of sales so far.
The favorite subject of the author is the trauma of the Albanians from racism and discrimination. Confronted with an "elite" arrogance (often mixed with ignorance), many Albanians with or without positions, within or outside of the country, adapt to their circumstances by self subjugation. Using the blackest of humors, the author creates a closed circuit, where, in growing proportions, he presents doses of discrimination and nihilism towards the Albanians, the more they accept subjugation.
As you read this book, the questions naturally arise whether or not the current interest of the West in Albania emanates from emergencies or fortune, or interests of partnerships, cooperation or common alibis. The author simply explains the clich고and impressions and the image-blackening schemes which circulate and are generated at intimate tables of a certain stratum of Internationals (inside and outside of the country) which are quite often institutionalized later on at forums or decision making instances. The novel talks with irony about the foreign experts or journalists who pass through Albania and who have "amazing qualities" to understand, analyze and profoundly grasp this people, producing ready made conclusions for consumption by a public elsewhere, always ready to swallow this blackened reality with glee.
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                    [post_content] => Who are the VIP guests?
Impossible to keep secret the names of the VIPs invited to put in a guest appearance at the 45th Albanian Radio Television Song Festival being organized in Tirana at the Palace of Congresses on 21 and 23 November. It has been the custom over the years for the names of the invited VIPs to be kept secret. But the word is out. The VIPs invited are the well known Albanian singer Aurela Gace, the Italian Michelle Zarillo and Don Backy, the idol of Italian song in the sixties.
The Italian singer Michele Zarillo, known to the Albanian public through one of his most well known hits, "Una Rose Blu," was one of the special guests who sung on the first night of the festival. Another guest performer of the festival of second night of the festival was Don Backy. While from among the Albanian VIPs, Aurela Gace was the special guest singer. She came from the United States for this guest appearance on the final night of the festival.
During the nights of the festival, the Orchestra of the Academy of Arts also performed. The Festival was presented by Adi Krasta, the Kosovo singer Vesa Luma and the Actress Ermela Teli.
32 songs competed in this edition of the festival, from amongst which 2 were selected from the Nights of the Youth which were held at the Venue Club on the 4th and 5th of December.
Only two days before it began the names of the members of the panel of judges were made public, made up of specialists from the field of culture and art in the country.
The Song Festival this year was conceived as a special edition on the occasion of its 45th anniversary, in the context of which a Gala Festival was also organized.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Dec. 13 - On Wednesday the Albanian national television TVSH held the  "Gala night" ahead of the 45th edition of the national song festival. The show had old and new songs from the previous years performed from young artists. Some of the participants were Redon Makashi, Aleksand철Gjoka, Rovena Dilo, Eranda and Irma Libohova, Myfarete Laze, Manjola Nallbani, Kozma Dushi, Mira Kon詬 Fran観k Radi, Evis Mula, etc. 
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                    [post_content] => VLORA, Dec. 11 - The Medieval castle discovered some months ago will soon turn into an archaeological center that may be visited by tourists in the southwestern port city of Vlora, local officials said. A new project for that is already being prepared. Foundations of the castle were discovered at the main boulevard Vlora-Skele near the sports hall. That is one of the three castles already found in the city. That is believed to belong to Medieval times. Local experts also say that government authorities should immediately include it among the protected areas and objects so that no new construction is made in that area. A new building was stopped in June this year.
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                    [post_content] => SHKODRA, Dec. 10 - Local authorities in the northern city of Shkodra celebrated Sunday the 75th birthday of the town's library, though it is believed that is much older than that. It is believed that since 1760-1770 the city had a cultural educative center made up of a medrese and library. A number of documents with the stamp of Kara Mahmut Pasha testify its existence since the 15th century. Nevertheless it is officially accepted it was created in 1917 but received the full credits in 1921. then ten years later the Marin Barleti library was created and that serves for any ceremony. Shkodra has been a well known place with as many as 28 libraries until the end of World War II. The library has now some 20,000 books and 71,000 titles considered to be one of the richest in the country.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Dec. 12 - The National Archive of Film promoted Tuesday a catalog with the best films from the producer Dhimit철Anagnosti on the occasion of his 70th birthday collecting his 40 years of career. A ceremony was also held for that occasion. Anagnosti started his career as a cameraman, then a scenario writer and then a producer. He has made several well-known films or their scenarios like The Man Who Never Dies, Debatik, Our Land, Gjirokastra, Commissar of Light, Silent Duel, Red Flowers on Walls, Tale from the Past, Return of the Dead Army, Old Wounds, Mountains covered by Green, Mountains' Girl, When Masks are Taken Off, Stones of My House, Brothers and Friends, the Monument. And many others. His last film Gjoleka, Abaz's Son received the Meditarranean prize at the MedFilm festival in Menzione Speciale in Rome, Italy competing among 200 participants from 40 countries. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Dec. 13- 'Tirana Film Festival' continues to broadcast participating films in the competition at the Millennium 2 cinema, which is the only one in the capital. Some 20 films are seen every day. There are some 800 films competing in the festival but only 101 took part. Sixty-two competed in fiction, 13 in experimental ones, 11 documentaries and 15 cartoons. There are 24 Albanian films in different genres. They will compete for the following prizes _ The Public Award; The Best Albanian Short; The Best Experimental; The Best Documentary; The Best Fiction, The Best Film of TIFF. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Dec. 12 - Culture Minsiter from Albania, Kosova and Serbia met Tuesday in Tirana to discuss about the collaboration among their countries, the return of the ancient objects from Serbia to Kosova, rehabilitation of the cult objects in Kosova after their destruction in 1999 and other topics.  They agreed to start the return of the lost objects next year.  Albania's Bujar Leskaj, Kosova's Astrit Haracija and Serbia's Dragan Kojadinovic were joined with experts of UNMIK and their countries. They stressed that without a deep cultural integration among the countries in the region there would be no integration into the European Union. "Culture should be the first to join us and then there comes the geographic nearness," said Leskaj. "Albania, Kosova and Serbia has common traditions and a rich artistic inheritance." Serb minister said that politics should not hamper experts for cultural cooperation. He added that man taboos of the three countries have already been broken. He also said that Belgrade had set a special part of the budget for the reconstruction of objects of culture in Kosova. More collaboration was agreed in the spheres of libraries, galleries and music activities between Albania and Kosova.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Dec. 6 - President Alfred Moisiu organized on Wednesday in Tirana a consultative meeting titled "Reform in the courts, a joint challenge." The meeting aimed at gathering ideas on how to improve the reforms in the judicial system and how to exchange opinions on its different elements. Personalities from the judiciary system took part in the meeting.
Moisiu said that the judiciary had become a concerning problem for the people, which was noted by many international institutions while assisting the country in its integration efforts into the European Union and NATO. The president said that improvements in the judiciary should be effected in three main pillars: legal improvements, organizational ones and increasing professional capacities. The president criticized efforts by the politicians in the country who have tried to consider the judiciary a "secondary power" governed by them. "The inappropriate influence of any form of politics Šhas an immediate negative effect to its independence, professionalism, impartiality, integrity and public trust," he said. The judiciary had a lot to do to approximate itself with the legislation and organization of the European Union in which the country aims at getting integrated, he said. "The judiciary power should be not only independent but also trustful to the public," he said. (Tirana Times Staff)
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                    [post_content] => On 13 and 14 November at Regio, Calabria in Italy, the 19th edition was held of the International Award for Poetry "NOSSIDE", which takes place every year in Italy and in Cuba. 526 poets competed from all over the world.
Miranda Haxhia, Albanian author of several volumes of poetry, novels, short stories and literature for children has won second place.
"I was so excited when I was awarded the prize. The evaluation of my work and the interest in it, intrigued and moved me deeply," says the poet. The Mayor of Regiio, Calabria did thye honours.
"The Emigrant,"  is the title of the poetry with which the author competed and won.
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            [post_content] => A novel that belongs to the grayness of offices, written with a great deal of spite and sarcasm. An ironical blasphemy towards the blackening of the image of the Albanians of Albania, where the boundaries of imagination and reality are confronted. This is the latest novel by author Ylljet Alickaj, "A story with the Internationals," which just recently went on sale and has scored a record of sales so far.
The favorite subject of the author is the trauma of the Albanians from racism and discrimination. Confronted with an "elite" arrogance (often mixed with ignorance), many Albanians with or without positions, within or outside of the country, adapt to their circumstances by self subjugation. Using the blackest of humors, the author creates a closed circuit, where, in growing proportions, he presents doses of discrimination and nihilism towards the Albanians, the more they accept subjugation.
As you read this book, the questions naturally arise whether or not the current interest of the West in Albania emanates from emergencies or fortune, or interests of partnerships, cooperation or common alibis. The author simply explains the clich고and impressions and the image-blackening schemes which circulate and are generated at intimate tables of a certain stratum of Internationals (inside and outside of the country) which are quite often institutionalized later on at forums or decision making instances. The novel talks with irony about the foreign experts or journalists who pass through Albania and who have "amazing qualities" to understand, analyze and profoundly grasp this people, producing ready made conclusions for consumption by a public elsewhere, always ready to swallow this blackened reality with glee.
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