The Others

By Jose Ignacio Torreblanca I have just come back from Albania where I found the people wonderful, but also rather unfortunate. If you ever want to check this for yourself, all you have to do is stand in the centre

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Climate Change – a terrifying Prospect for this Country

By Frank Ledwidge There are some very disturbing developments in science these days.. Theories and ideas that, just a few years ago would have been dismissed as belonging in the world of science fiction, are now commonplace. The driver for

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What does "Europe" mean to Albania?

By Tom Hashimoto Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday, Albania joins the European Union (EU). For Greece, for example, it is natural to have a "European" neighbor on her land path to the rest of Europe. On the

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An Evolution of the Political and Security Situation in the Western Balkans

Controversial developments The evolution of the political and security situation in the Western Balkans has been marked by contradictory developments. It has been true in 2008, and it could be so also in the current year. However, some progress were

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Albania's NATO membership our common contribution

By Valentina Leskaj This year holds a particular significance for Albania and for NATO too. Albania expects to become a member of NATO with fully fledged rights in April while the Alliance is experiencing its sixth enlargement on the eve

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The elections in Macedonia seen from the demographic point of view

The presidential and the mayors' elections held in Macedonia Sunday, 21 March, offer an interesting though partial and to some degree refutable view of the composition of the Macedonian electorate as compared to the overall Macedonian population. Referring to the

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Kosovo – The Guerrillas have got to go

It was the first anniversary of Kosovo independence last week. Aside from a few page seven columns it got little notice in Britain or the US. Nor did the poll commissioned by a Kosovo thinktank that only 6% of convicted

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40 Years Dream…

By Warren Anderson 40 years ago, in 1968, America was at war in the quagmires of Vietnam. She was at war with herself at home over culture, politics, poverty, generational differences and race. She was in a Cold War with

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Is the Albanian economy heading towards recession?

By Rexhep Meidani These days I have carefully kept track of the data processed at a global level on the "Universal Currency Converter." Parallel with the recuperation of the dollar against the Euro, what has made the biggest impression on

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United States-Albanian Relations in Transition

There is much to celebrate about United States-Albanian relations which have generally been strong, particularly in the period since 1991, but historically these relations have of course experienced many important changes and are likely to do so again with the

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