Former Tottenham flop Paolo Tramezzani blasted by his old boss and accused of poaching   
FORMER Tottenham flop Paolo Tramezzani has been branded a “bag of s***” by his old boss – and accused of poaching. Spurs signed the Italian defender from Piacenza for £1.5million in 1998, but he made just seven appearances in two years to rank among the club’s worst-ever buys. Tramezzani spent five years as Albania’s assistant manager, […]
          Greqi, dita e dytë e temperaturave rekord nga i nxehti   

Përgjatë të gjithë ditës së shtunë, një atmosferë mbytëse ka mbizotëruar në të gjithë vendin dhe sidomos në qendrat e mëdha, si Athina, Selaniku dhe Patra. Por temperaturat rekord të ditës janë regjistruar në zonën Mires, në Iraklio të Kretës, ku termometri shënoi 45,9 gradë Celsius, si dhe në Larisa me 45.5 gradë Celsius, kurse […]

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          Harrojeni Messin dhe Antonellan, shikoni si ishte veshur e dashura e Fabregasit në dasmë   

Argjentinasi në qytetin e lindjes së tij, organizoi ceremoninë e martesës. Fabregas në ceremoninë e martesës së Messit, ishte së bashku me të dashurën e tij, e cila mori vëmendjen me të kaluar në tapetin e kuq.  

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          Kandidatët që përfituan nga numri i njëjtë me partinë   

Driton Selmanaj, Teuta Haxhiu dhe Ali Lajçi janë “deputetët fatlumë” të këtyre zgjedhjeve. Këta tre kandidatë që garuan në lista të subjekteve të ndryshme e kishin numrin rendor në listën e subjektit apo koalicionit të tyre të njëjtë me numrin e subjektit të tyre në garë. Që të tre janë zgjedhur deputetë me një numër […]

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          Messi anulon muajin e mjaltit, kjo është arsyeja (FOTO)   

Futbollisti u martua me Antonela Roccuzo, nënën e bijve të tij, Thiagos dhe Mateu. Pas dasmës ishte paraparë që Messi të niste pushimet për muajin e mjaltit. Por, 30 vjeçari ka vendosur t’i shtyjë për disa ditë pushimet, për të udhëtuar në Barcelonë me aeroplan privat, i shoqëruar nga babai i tij dhe agjenti Jorge […]

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          Breshëri dëmtoi 80 për qind të prodhimeve në Sllatinë   

Sipërfaqet e mbjella në Komunën e Vitisë me drithëra të bardha këtë vit janë 5 mijë hektarë tokë. Breshëri që ra kohë më parë dëmtoi në fshatin Sllatinë mbi 80 për qind të prodhimeve bujqësore, kurse dëmet konsiderohen mbi 600 mijë Euro.

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          Hoti përgëzon Doganën për parandalimin e kontrabandës   

“Përgëzime oficerëve të Doganës së Kosovës për vendosmërinë e tyre në parandalimin e kontrabandës dhe tregtisë ilegale”. “Jeni shembull në regjion dhe më gjerë. Ka qenë nder për mua të punojë me ju gjate këtyre dy vite e gjysme”, ka shkruar Hoti në profilin e tij në Facebook. Kështu ka thënë Hoti, duke iu referuar […]

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          7 simptomat e mungesës së kaliumit   

Kaliumi është një elektrolit që zvogëlon efektet e natriumit dhe përmirëson qarkullimin e gjakut. Kaliumi është gjithashtu i rëndësishëm për ruajtjen e ekuilibrit të brendshëm të acidit alkalinik. Kur ulet niveli i kaliumit në trup shkakton një sërë problemesh shëndetësore, ja disa prej tyre: Rrahje të ngadalta të zemrës: kjo simptomë mund të shkaktohet nga […]

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          Do të befasohuni me emrat e yjeve që kanë mbetur pa skuadër këtë verë   

Mëngjesi i 1 korrikut, i ka gjetur ata të lirë, dhe me mundësinë për t’iu bashkuar cilësdo skuadër. Këtë verë nuk janë të paktë emrat e njohur që kanë mbetur pa skuadra. Mjafton të cekim Zlatan Ibrahimovicin, Pepen e Iker Casillas. Më poshtë i gjeni disa nga emrat e yjeve që janë të lirë që […]

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          Identifikohet kosovari që u mbyt sot në Lezhë   

Ndërkohë që pas mbërritjes së policisë dhe ambulancës shtetasi Sh.K 46 vjeç banues në Kosovë është nisur për në spital, por gjatë rrugës ka humbur jetën. Deklarata e policisë: Me datë 01.07.2017, rreth orës 17 : 21 është marrë njoftim se në plazhin e Tales , një shtetas ka rrezikuar të mbytet. Në vendngjarje kanë […]

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          Dëshironi ta përmirësoni kujtesën? Provoni të hani çokollatë   

Ekspertët thonë se një kemikat në çokollatë e quajtur flavanol mund të bashkëveprojë në efektin e gjumit dhe mundet t’ju ndihmojë atyre njerëzve që vuajnë nga pagjumësia. Studimi i tyre i fundit afatgjatë konfirmon se përfitimet për gjumin dhe kujtesën lidhen me çokollatën. Flavanolet janë përbërës natyralë që përmirësojnë trurin dhe funksionimin e tij përkrahë […]

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          Albania: Wyniki wybory parlamentarnych. Wzmocnienie centrolewicy   
25 czerwca rządząca w Albanii centrolewica odniosła kolejne zwycięstwo w wyborach parlamentarnych. Socjalistyczna Partia Albanii premiera Ediego Ramy wygrała z wynikiem 48,34 proc. głosów. Takie poparcie daje jej 74 mandaty, czyli 9 miejsc więcej niż w poprzednich wyborach i zapewnia samodzielną...
          ALBANIA, VIAGGIO ON THE ROAD NELLA TERRA DELLE AQUILE   
L’Albania è uno di quei luoghi da attraversare con gli occhi e il cuore ben aperti, per  farsi coinvolgere totalmente e vivere un’esperienza di viaggio di insospettabile fascino. Bella e remota, selvaggia e ancora sconosciuta a molti, l’Albania conquista al primo sguardo, prima di tutto perchè  ha  una storia antichissima che affonda le radici negli illiri, greci, romani e ottomani che hanno lasciato  testimonianze architettoniche e artistiche di inestimabile valore, e poi c’è l’aspetto paesaggistico che lascia il viaggiatore senza fiato, una terra ancestrale che nasconde angoli di superba bellezza autentici e incontaminati. Gli anni difficili della dittatura di Enver Hoxa, avevano  isolato per anni il paese dal resto dell’Europa lasciandolo in uno stato d’arretratezza e costringendolo a una corsa per mettersi alla pari con il resto dell’Europa, ma oggi l’Albania, ha superato gli anni bui ed è un piccolo gioiello, inserito tra le destinazioni emergenti del Mediterraneo. La Leggenda dell’Aquila L’Albania, in albanese Shqipëri  è conosciuta come la Terra delle Aquile, raffigurata anche sulla bandiera nazionale. Il nome è  legato ad un antico racconto popolare il quale narra che un giovane cacciando tra le montagne, vide un’Aquila maestosa volteggiare nell’aria serrando nel becco un serpente. Il rapace volò fin in in cima ad una rupe […]
          No alternative to Kosovo independence - US diplomat   
The U.S., British, German, French and Italian representatives of the Contact Group for Kosovo have voiced support to the Kosovo settlement plan of Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Kosovo Marti Ahtisaari.
Russia did not take part in the Contact Group meeting in Paris.
There is no alternative to the Ahtisaari plan, said U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns.
He said the Paris meeting was bound to confirm the European and U.S. support to the Ahtisaari plan. Europe and the United States should also be united in the drafting of a UN Security Council resolution, which will prepare the independence of Kosovo, and convince Russia that this is the only possible way, the diplomat said.
In the words of Burns, Serbia lost Kosovo in 1999, and there is no way back.
``We wholly support the Ahtisaari proposals,'' a representative of the French Foreign Ministry said after the meeting. ``Yet, it is important for us to make this decision at the UN Security Council. It is necessary to ensure international presence in Kosovo, and that must be affirmed by a UN Security Council resolution.''
``We wished to find a solution at the Security Council from the very start, as we think that will meet the interests of the sides,'' the source said.
``We want to maintain close contact with Russia [in that process],'' the official added.
Ahtisaari called for the immediate definition of the Kosovo status at the Italian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission in Rome.
Time is running out, and more intensive efforts should be taken to evaluate all the positions and opinions and present them to the UN Security Council, he said. There is no alternative to the recognized independence of the southern province of Serbia, he said.
At the same time, Ahtisaari said that the position of Kosovo Serbs, who firmly support the irreconcilable Belgrade, complicates the negotiations.
It is possible to reach consent only if Russia agrees not to use the veto right in Kosovo debates at the UN Security Council, the envoy said. The only way out is Russia telling Belgrade that the question is closed and the independence of Kosovo is inevitable, while all the rights of the Serbian minority in Kosovo will be preserved, he said.
Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema reaffirmed support to the Ahtisaari plan on Monday.
Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin told a press conference following the G-8 summit in Heiligendamm that the Russian attitude to the Kosovo problem is based on international law and earlier decisions of the UN Security Council. The international law affirms the territorial integrity of states, while no one has repealed resolution 1244 of the UN Security Council, which clearly says that Kosovo is an inseparable part of Serbia, Putin said.
``They are trying to persuade us that it is possible to resolve the problem without concord of the conflicting sides, the Serbs,'' he said. ``This is wrong, as this fails to meet moral and legal norms.''
``We should be patient and cooperate with Kosovo Albanians and Serbs. We should stick to international legal principles and abstain from thrusting our will on other countries and peoples or humiliating them,'' Putin said.
          History in Making - President Bush in Albania - Kosovo to BecomeIndependent   

History in Making - President Bush in Albania - Kosovo to Become Independent
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          Kosovo's prime minister hails Bush's independence remarks   
PRISTINA: Kosovo's prime minister hailed comments by U.S. President George W. Bush Sunday that the disputed Serbian province of Kosovo should gain independence.

A few hours after Bush spoke in neighboring Albania, Agim Ceku appealed to Kosovo's increasingly impatient ethnic Albanians to ensure the province remains peaceful while intensifying efforts for independence.

"President Bush said that Kosovo's people need to be calm," Ceku told reporters. "The only realistic, pragmatic and possible solution is independence for Kosovo and the time for such solution is now."

Bush said the discussions over Kosovo's independence cannot go on indefinitely.

"At some point in time — sooner rather than later — you've got to say 'Enough is enough. Kosovo is independent' and that's the position we've taken," Bush said during a news conference in Tirana.

Kosovo, a province of 2 million of which 90 percent are ethnic Albanians, has been run by the U.N. since mid-1999 when a NATO air war halted a crackdown by Serb forces on independence-seeking ethnic Albanian rebels.

"President Bush confirmed and gave full support to Kosovo's independence, and in one way he declared Kosovo independent," said Ceku.

The future of Kosovo has become another thorny issue in relations between U.S. and Russia.

Russia, an ally of Serbia, contends independence would set a dangerous precedent for the world's other breakaway regions. Serbia also opposes statehood for Kosovo, which it sees as the heart of its historic homeland.
          Why Albania embraces Bush - The Christian Science Monitor   
The largely Muslim country, one of Europe's poorest, sees the visit Sunday by President Bush as a reward for its support of the war on terror.

By Nicole Itano | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

TIRANA, Albania
Dogged by protest for much of his European tour, President Bush received a warmer welcome Sunday in Albania, a former communist country eager to show that it remains one of America's staunchest allies.

Tirana, the capital, was festooned with giant American flags and the president was greeted by Albanians in red-white-and-blue Uncle Sam top hats. Mr. Bush, the first sitting president to visit Albania, traveled down a boulevard renamed in his honor.

"We have come to give our hearts to America and to President Bush to say that we are with them in the war on terrorism and we appreciate what they have done for Kosovo and for Albanians," says Arjanit Iljazi, a nurse who waited for hours to catch a glimpse of Bush in a central square Sunday morning.

Albanians see this weekend's visit, the second-to-last stop on the president's Eastern European tour, as a reward for their country's staunch pro-American sentiment and its support of US antiterrorism efforts. It's sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, frozen the assets of suspected terrorist-financiers, and taken in eight former Guantánamo Bay detainees whom no other country would take in.

"There is a strong feeling of gratefulness that the Albanian people nourish towards the United States, whether it be their politicians or people," says Ferit Hoxha, secretary general of the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Roots of pro-American sentiment

The roots of Albanian pro-American sentiment, people here say, date to Woodrow Wilson's support of the country's independence after World War I and were cemented during the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo, a majority ethnic Albanian province of Serbia. Albanians also see the US as the strongest advocate for the independence of Kosovo, whose status is due to be reviewed by the UN Security Council this month.

Although Albania's contribution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are numerically small – 120 troops in Mosul, and 30 in Afghanistan with an additional 110 to come soon – they have a symbolic importance for the US. The US sees Albania as a model of moderate Islam and religious tolerance. Officially 70 percent Muslim, the country has a strong secular ethos after nearly a quarter of a century of state-enforced atheism under communism.

"I appreciated the fact that Albania is a model of religious tolerance," Bush said in a press conference with the Albanian prime minister. "And I appreciate the fact that Albania is a trusted friend and a strong ally."

Even in mosques, they love US

Pro-American sentiment is widespread here, even among Albania's Muslim faithful. At the historic Ottoman-era Ethem Bey mosque in central Tirana, the worshipers emerging from midday prayers last week said they welcomed President Bush.

Few of the men were bearded and many of the women's heads were uncovered; during prayers they borrowed scarves from a plastic bag near the entrance.

"We want better relations between the two countries," says the mosque's imam, Shaban Saliaj, who is also the mufti – the highest Sunni Muslim leader – of Tirana and looks very much like the professor of geophysics he once was. "Everyone is grateful for what the Americans did in Kosovo."

Mr. Saliaj does not support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – the Koran forbids killing, he says – but still supports the US.

On the streets, other Albanians expressed mixed opinions about the military campaigns there. But there is little public debate in Albania about their government's support of the wars, and it's difficult to find anyone in Tirana, politician or ordinary person, who has anything bad to say about America.

"I think the sentiment is pro-American rather than pro-Bush," says Endri Fuga, director of communications for Mjaft! Movement, one of Albania's largest activist organizations. For many Albanians who remember communism, he says, America still represents the ideal of freedom and democracy.

Poor country with high hopes

During the communist era, Albania was perhaps the most isolated and underdeveloped country in Europe. The country is still one of the poorest on the continent, but since the end of communism in 1992 it has allied itself closely with America and Western Europe.

The country hopes to gain NATO membership in 2008 and, eventually, to win a place in the European Union.

Bush reiterated the United States' support of Albania's NATO bid and emphasized that he is committed to Kosovo gaining its independence.

Seremb Gjergjaj, who drove more than six hours from Kosovo with friends in hopes of catching a glimpse of the president, says he came to thank Bush for America's support and that Kosovars would be patient.

"We have a saying in Kosovo that good things come slow."
          Bush urges independence for Kosovo   
By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago
TIRANA, Albania - President Bush, getting a hero's welcome as the first American president to visit this Balkan nation, said Sunday that there cannot be endless dialogue about achieving independence for neighboring Kosovo.


"Sooner rather than later you've got to say `Enough's enough. Kosovo's independent,'" Bush said during a news conference with the prime minister of this tiny, impoverished country.

Bush's press for statehood was aimed at Russia and others that object to Kosovo's independence. Standing alongside Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Bush said any extension of talks on Kosovo must have "certain independence" as the goal.

In response to Albania's push for NATO membership, Bush said additional political and military reforms were needed before that could be considered — something the country's leaders said they understood.

"We are determined to take any decision, pass any law and undertake any reform to make Albania appropriate to receive the invitation" to join the western military alliance, Berisha said.

When Bush arrived to begin his brief visit, the hills overlooking the capital boomed as military cannons fired a 21-gun salute, and thousands gathered in a downtown square on a brilliantly sunny day to see him and first lady Laura Bush.

Huge banners proclaimed "Proud to be Partners" and billboards said "President Bush in Albania Making History." Red-white-and-blue paper top hats with stars on top were passed out to well-wishers.

"It is a bright day today when in our land there came the greatest and most distinguished friend we have had in all our times, the president of the U.S.A., leader of the free world," Berisha said.

Albania also issued three postage stamps with Bush's picture and the Statue of Liberty, and renamed a street in front of parliament in his honor.

Bush said he was proud to be the first sitting American president to visit. "I love to come to countries that are working hard to establish institutions necessary for democracies to survive," he said.

The issue of independence for the Serbian province of Kosovo is another issue on which the U.S. and Russia disagree.

Russia, an ally of Serbia, contends independence for Kosovo would set a dangerous precedent for the world's other breakaway regions. Serbia also opposes statehood for Kosovo, which it sees as the heart of its historic homeland.

The U.S. and key European countries that support Kosovo independence are trying to narrow differences with Russia over the future of Kosovo, which has been administered by the U.N. since a 1999 war between Serb forces and ethnic Albanian rebels. The U.N. Security Council is divided over the issue.

Last month, the U.S. and European nations introduced a revised U.N. resolution supporting independence for Kosovo under international supervision, but it was immediately rejected by Russia — which hinted it would veto the measure.

The new draft addressed Russia's concern that Kosovo's multiethnic character is preserved, but left out Russia's main proposal for new negotiations between the province's majority ethnic Albanians, who demand independence, and its minority Serbs, who want to remain part of Serbia.

"I happen to believe it's important to push the process along," Bush said. "The time is now. ... Secretary (of State Condoleezza) Rice will be moving hard to see if we can't reach an agreement. If not, we're going to have to move. Independence is the goal."

Russia also opposes NATO's spread into eastern Europe, and is concerned about the prospect that its neighbors Ukraine and Georgia may be brought into the western military alliance.

Berisha said 93 percent of his country's people support NATO membership for Albania.

Bush said he commended Berisha on Albania's progress on reforming its defense forces and meeting performance-based standards required for membership. "I look forward to welcoming you sometime into NATO," he said.

But he said additional political and military reforms were needed, along with more progress in fighting organized crime and corruption. Berisha said he understood and is committed to making the changes.

"I said, 'We're committed to help you,'" Bush said.

In saluting Albania's democracy, Bush praised it as a country that has "cast off the shackles of a very oppressive society and is now showing the world what's possible."

During the visit, Bush met with Albanian President Alfred Moisiu and greeted troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Albania recently decided to triple its deployment in Afghanistan to 140 troops. It also has about 120 troops in Iraq — a presence that Moisiu says will not end as long as Americans are engaged there.

Bush also had lunch with the prime ministers of Albania, Macedonia and Croatia, which hope to join NATO next year.
          For One Visit, Bush Will Feel Pro-U.S. Glow - The New York Times   
By CRAIG S. SMITH
TIRANA, Albania, June 8 — The highlight of President Bush’s European tour may well be his visit on Sunday to this tiny country, one of the few places left where he can bask in unabashed pro-American sentiment without a protester in sight.

Americans here are greeted with a refreshing adoration that feels as though it comes from another time.

“Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world,” said Edi Rama, Tirana’s mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. “Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even in Michigan, he wouldn’t be as welcome.”

Thousands of young Albanians have been named Bill or Hillary thanks to the Clinton administration’s role in rescuing ethnic Albanians from the Kosovo war. After the visit on Sunday, some people expect to see a rash of babies named George.

So eager is the country to accommodate Mr. Bush that Parliament unanimously approved a bill last month allowing “American forces to engage in any kind of operation, including the use of force, in order to provide security for the president.” One newspaper, reporting on the effusive mood, published a headline that read, “Please Occupy Us!”

There are, to be sure, signs that the rest of Europe is tilting a bit more in America’s direction, narrowing the gap between “old” and “new” Europe that opened with disagreements over the Iraq war.

France’s new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, wants to forget the acrimony that marked his predecessor’s relations with the United States, even appointing a pro-American foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who supported the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

Shortly after taking office, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany did “not have as many values in common with Russia as it does with America.” She has since proposed a new trans-Atlantic economic partnership that would get rid of many non-tariff barriers to trade.

And Gordon Brown, who will succeed Tony Blair as Britain’s prime minister this month, has vacationed several times on Cape Cod and befriended a succession of Treasury officials. He is expected to maintain what Britons call the country’s “special relationship” with the United States, ahead of other American allies.

So “old Europe” has warmed toward the United States, although there has been no fundamental shift toward more American-friendly policies. But even in “new Europe,” as the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe have been called, Albania is special.

Much of Eastern Europe has grown more critical of Mr. Bush, worried that the antimissile defense shield he is pushing will antagonize Russia and lead to another cold war. Many Eastern Europeans, Czechs and Poles among them, are also angry that the United States has maintained cumbersome visa requirements even though their countries are now members of the European Union.

But here in Albania, which has not wavered in its unblinking support for American policies since the end of the cold war, Mr. Bush can do no wrong. While much of the world berates Mr. Bush for warmongering, unilateralism, trampling civil liberties and even turning a blind eye to torture, Albania still loves him without restraint.

Mr. Bush will be the first sitting American president to visit the country, and his arrival could not come on a more auspicious day: the eighth anniversary of the start of Serbian troop withdrawals from Kosovo and ratification by the United Nations Security Council of the American-brokered peace accord that ended the fighting. Mr. Bush is pushing the Security Council to approve a plan that would lead to qualified Kosovo independence.

Albanians are pouring into the capital from across the region. Hotel rooms are as scarce as anti-American feelings.

Albanians’ support for the war in Iraq is nearly unanimous, and any perceived failings of American foreign policy are studiously ignored. A two-day effort to find anyone of prominence who might offer some criticism of the United States turned up just one name, and that person was out of the country.

Every school child in Albania can tell you that President Woodrow Wilson saved Albania from being split up among its neighbors after World War I, and nearly every adult repeats the story when asked why Albanians are so infatuated with the United States.

James A. Baker III was mobbed when he visited the country as secretary of state in 1991. There was even a move to hold a referendum declaring the country America’s 51st state around that time.

“The excitement among Albanians over this visit is immeasurable, beyond words,” said Albania’s new foreign minister, Lulzim Basha, during an interview in his office, decorated with an elegant portrait of Faik Konica, who became the first Albanian ambassador to the United States in 1926. “We truly believe that this is a historic moment that people will look back on decades later and talk about what it meant for the country.”

Mr. Bush’s visit is a reward for Albania’s unflinching performance as an unquestioning ally. The country was among the first American allies to support Washington’s refusal to submit to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. It was one of the first countries to send troops to Afghanistan and one of the first to join the forces in Iraq. It has soldiers in both places.

“They will continue to be deployed as long as the Americans are there,” Albania’s president, Alfred Moisiu, said proudly in an interview.

Most recently, the country has quietly taken several former detainees from the base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, off the Bush administration’s hands when sending them to their home countries was out of the question. There are eight so far, and Mr. Moisiu said he is open to accepting more.

Mr. Rama, Tirana’s mayor, says he is offended when Albania’s pro-Americanism is cast as an expression of “provincial submission.”

“It’s not about being blind,” he said, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Great Seal of the United States. “The U.S. is something that is really crucial for the destiny of the world.”

The pro-American feeling has strayed into government-commercial relations. The Albanian government has hired former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as a consultant on a range of issues, including the implementation of a national identity card.

Many people questioned the procedures under which a joint venture led by Bechtel won Albania’s largest public spending project ever, a contract to build a highway linking Albania and Kosovo. President Moisiu said state prosecutors were now looking at the deal.

In preparation for Mr. Bush’s six-hour visit, Tirana has been draped in American flags and banners that proclaim, “Proud to be Partners.” A portrait of Mr. Bush hangs on the “Pyramid,” a cultural center in the middle of town that was built as a monument to Albania’s Communist strongman, Enver Hoxha. State television is repeatedly playing a slickly produced spot in which Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomes Mr. Bush in English.

What Mr. Bush will get in return from the visit is the sight of cheering crowds in a predominantly Muslim nation. When asked by an Albanian reporter before leaving Washington what came to mind when he thought of Albania, Mr. Bush replied, “Muslim people who can live at peace.”

Albania is about 70 percent Muslim, with large Orthodox and Catholic populations. To underscore the country’s history of tolerance, President Moisiu will present Mr. Bush with the reproduction of an 18th-century Orthodox icon depicting the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus flanked by two mosques.

“President Bush is safer in Albania than in America,” said Ermin Gjinishti, a Muslim leader in Albania.

Tim Golden contributed reporting from Tirana, and Alan Cowell from London.
          Opponents of new Kosovo must be stopped - Joseph Biden   
By Joseph Biden
Published: January 2 2007 19:12 | Last updated: January 2 2007 19:12
Years of hand-wringing and chest-thumping over the future status of Kosovo may finally be drawing to a close. In the next few months, adroit diplomacy to secure Kosovo’s independence could yield a victory for Muslim democracy, a better future for south-east Europe and validation for the judicious use of American power.

But along with the potential for triumph in Kosovo, there is a growing risk that Serbia and Russia will conspire to seize defeat from the jaws of victory. Extremists in Belgrade and Moscow are – for very different reasons – hoping to use Russia’s United Nations Security Council veto to quash Kosovo’s bid for independence. If they succeed, the Balkans will emerge as another source of bad news in a world already crowded with crises.


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During the seven years since Nato ended Slobodan Milosevic’s reign of terror in Kosovo, a UN-backed administration has largely succeeded in bringing stability to the province. However, Kosovo’s people are justifiably tired of a status quo marked by uncertainty and economic privation. These two intertwined problems will continue so long as the debate over the province’s future remains unresolved. Its ambiguous status is also leading to stagnation in Serbia.

Nationalist politicians in Belgrade have embraced the fight against Kosovo’s independence to divert public attention from their own failures and Serbia’s stalled bid for European Union membership. The actions of Vojislav Kostunica, Serbia’s prime minister, have been particularly disappointing. In addition to refusing international requests to call for the arrest of war crimes fugitives Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, Mr Kostunica has rejected every attempt at compromise on Kosovo. Serbia’s moral authority on the issue hit a new low in October when the 1.5m ethnic Albanian residents of the province were denied the right to vote in a deeply flawed constitutional referendum that declared Kosovo an integral part of Serbia.

To their great credit, the people of Serbia have proved more realistic about Kosovo than their elected leaders. Opinion polls show that many Serbs foresee that the province will gain independence. Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, meanwhile, overwhelmingly expect to sever ties with Serbia. With citizens on both sides of the issue ready to finish the debate and move on to more constructive challenges, leaders who block a solution will do so at their peril.

Historically, trouble in the Balkans is almost always the result of false expectations. On the whole, the citizens of south-east Europe are mentally prepared for an independent Kosovo.

If Belgrade postpones a settlement it will reopen the issue for many Serbs previously resigned to Kosovo’s independence and further inflame frustrations among the region’s ethnic Albanians. The result could be a return of the mob violence that shook Kosovo in March 2004.

A Russian effort to delay a deal on Kosovo would be in keeping with the Kremlin’s habit of fostering weak, subservient governments in formerly communist states. Moscow has apparently reached the conclusion that impoverished, unstable regimes are easier targets for manipulation than prosperous, independent countries. It has made extensive, public use of oil and gas diplomacy to undermine the budding democracies of eastern Europe. Less attention has focused on the Kremlin’s quiet efforts to exacerbate territorial conflicts in Georgia, Moldova and Azerbaijan. Serbia could become the latest victim of this strategy.

Kosovo is not ready for full sovereignty. Even after independence, Nato and the international community will need to provide security guarantees for Kosovo’s minorities and strengthen its economy and institutions. But it is time to grant the province independence. The longer the status debate continues, the further Kosovo and Serbia will fall behind other rapidly progressing former Yugoslav republics such as Croatia and Slovenia.

Success in Kosovo, if realised, will have implications far beyond the Balkans. A responsible Russian approach to the issue could demonstrate the Kremlin’s commitment to global order at a time when its credibility is in tatters. The people of Kosovo – already the most pro-American in the Islamic world – will provide a much-needed example of a successful US-Muslim partnership. Stability in south-east Europe would be a welcome bit of good news and offer hope in a season of tremendous foreign policy challenges.



The writer is the incoming Democratic chairman of the US Senate foreign relations committee

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2000
          VOA NEWS: NEW REPORT CALLS FOR CREATION OF DEFENSE FORCE FOR KOSOVO   
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- The Voice of America issued the following story:

By Barry Wood

As the disputed Serbian province of Kosovo heads for resolution of its uncertain status after seven years as a United Nations protectorate, a U.N. study says the territory should have a multi-ethnic defense force.

Retired British Brigadier General Tony Welch says that, assuming Kosovo becomes independent, it will need a small defense force. General Welch, with long experience in peacekeeping in the Balkans, says it would be a mistake to transform the 5,000 - strong national guard, a former guerrilla force called the Kosovo Protection Corps, into a national army. He says the size of a defense force should be limited.

"We are suggesting no more than 2,500 people in all [to be the national defense force], very small, to be recruited from across the population of Kosovo, with no bars ethnically to anyone, no bars to current members of the Kosovo Protection Corps applying for posts within the defense force, but no right to posts within the defense force," said General Welch.

General Welch says the Kosovo defense force should be trained and equipped by NATO, which is currently responsible for security in Kosovo. Upon creation of a national army, General Welch says, the almost exclusively ethnic-Albanian Kosovo Protection Corps should be disbanded.

The full report on Kosovo's security arrangements will be released in December. Its contents were previewed at a forum hosted by Washington's U.S. Institute of Peace.

Kosovo's former administrator, Soren Jessen-Petersen, a fellow at the institute, says stability in Kosovo and the wider Balkan region is contingent on an early determination of Kosovo's status.

The United Nations envoy in charge of status negotiations is expected to present his report, likely calling for conditional independence, in late January. Kosovo's 90 percent ethnic Albanian majority wants independence, an outcome rejected by Serbia.

Jessen-Petersen says economic recovery in the province requires clarity on status.

"There are many reasons why we need status [determination]," said Soren Jessen-Petersen. "We need it without any further delay. But, certainly when you look at what are the biggest security concerns - economy and unemployment - they require status. They require clarity. Let us get it done sooner rather than later."

Jessen-Petersen says delay is the greatest threat to regional security. Other participants said Kosovo will be secure only when minority Serbs are secure. A repeat of the anti-Serb riots of 2004, they said, would be disastrous.
          No More Delays for Kosovo - The New York Times   
For the past seven years, the tiny Balkan region of Kosovo has been in limbo. Administered by the United Nations, it is not an independent state. But it is no longer a province of Serbia. That ended after Serbia’s rulers tried to kill or drive out Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians — and NATO went to war to save them.

Limbos are not stable. And the U.N. mediator in talks on the region, Martti Ahtisaari, was expected to announce by the end of this year that it was time to start Kosovo on the path to closely monitored independence. Instead, he put off the decision until after Serbia’s parliamentary elections — scheduled for January — for fear of bolstering Serbian ultranationalists. This postponement, only the most recent of many, should be the last.

After the 1999 war there has never been a realistic possibility of rejoining Kosovo and Serbia. Kosovo was supposed to earn independence by proving its willingness to govern responsibly and to protect its ethnic Serb minority. A lot more needs to be done on both those fronts.

But the United Nations has limited patience to keep administering Kosovo, and without the stability of statehood there will be no foreign investment and the beleaguered economy will not improve. Lack of economic prospects is feeding Albanian nationalism, and until Kosovo’s status is settled, anger will remain close to the surface.

Even as it moves Kosovo toward statehood, the U.N. should keep a substantial military and advisory presence there, both to ensure the rights of the Serb minority and to encourage democratic development.

Belgrade will always object to Kosovo’s independence. The best chance of moderating its reaction is the promise of eventual membership in the European Union and a clear warning that Europe will be watching how it treats its new neighbor. The Kosovars should be clear that donors and everyone else will be watching just as closely to see how they treat their own Kosovar Serbs.
          Kosovo must not 'drag down' EU aspirant Serbia: Swedish FM   
The question of Kosovo's future status must not be allowed to harm Serbia in its bid to join the European Union, visiting Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Thursday."The issue of Kosovo should not be allowed to drag Serbia down, Serbia should move forward to join the rest of the European countries," Bildt said after talks with Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic.Bildt said the solution for the future status of the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo should be "sustainable" and "in the interest of the entire region".Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of its population, are calling for independence but Belgrade has only offered the southern province wide-ranging autonomy.Draskovic himself warned that the possible independence of Kosovo could destabilise Serbia as well as the whole Balkan region, and insisted that Belgrade and Pristina's rival stances were not irreconcilable."It is necessary to bridge Serbia's legitimate request not to breach its territorial integrity and fulfill justified and legitimate demands by (Kosovo) Albanians," Draskovic told reporters."But I will never consider legitimate a demand to create another Albanian state in the Balkans," said Draskovic.Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since 1999, when a NATO bombing campaign ended a crackdown by Belgrade forces on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians. It is still technically a part of Serbia.The UN's top Kosovo mediator, Martti Ahtisaari, said last week he would wait to reveal his plans for the future of the province until after Serbian general elections on January 21, delaying the previous end-of-year deadline.
          UN readies Kosovo exit stragegy   
The United Nations said Wednesday it has started planning its strategy to exit Kosovo as a decision nears on the future status of the ethnic-Albanian majority province.The UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said the measures it was planning would ensure "a smooth and orderly transition" of its responsibilities to international institutions and local authorities."The joint international and local planning work now under way is essential to prepare" for the transition to the future authorities in Kosovo, UNMIK spokesman Neeraj Singh told reporters."Prudent, responsible planning for the transition will now intensify through a series of working groups that will be formed in areas including civil administration, economy, property, governance, security, legal transition, budget and rule of law," he said.Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since mid-1999, after a NATO bombing campaign ousted Serbian forces from the province because of a brutal crackdown against ethnic Albanians.Still formally a part of Serbia, its future status had been due to be resolved by the end of the year but last week was delayed until after Serbian elections on January 21.The United Nations has come under strong criticism for its heavily bureaucratic administration in Kosovo, which is estimated to have cost around 1.3 billion dollars a year.A European Union-led team of diplomats told AFP earlier this month that it had already begun planning the future role for the international community in Kosovo.
          Poland backs 'free and independent' Kosovo: Albanian president   
Poland backs a "free and independent" Kosovo, Albanian President Albert Moisiu said Tuesday following a meeting with his Polish opposite number Lech Kaczynski."I was pleased to hear that President Kaczynski, Poland and the Polish nation are ready to support us in favour of stability in the Balkans, and for the freedom and independence of Kosovo," Moisiu told reporters during a joint press conference with Kaczynski.Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of the small Serbian province's population, are demanding independence while Serbia is only prepared to grant the UN-administered region autonomy.The province has been run by a UN mission since 1999, when a NATO bombing campaign ended a crackdown in Kosovo by Belgrade.On Monday, European Union policy chief Javier Solana had said that a decision on the status of Kosovo should be delayed until after Serbia held legislative elections in January, to take the wind out the sails of Serbian hardliners.The Serbian parliament last week passed a new constitution -- backed by voters in a referendum -- that defines the province as an "integral" part of Serbia, but a final UN proposal is expected to grant Kosovo sovereignty.Kaczynski said that Albania played a "stablising role" in the troubled Balkan region and seemed "close" to joining NATO."But the road to European Union membership seems more difficult," he said, although he reaffirmed Poland's support of an "open-door" policy for potential new members of the 25-nation European bloc.Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004, after more than a decade of preparations following the collapse of communist rule.
          Albania says postponing resolution of Kosovo's status threatens regional stability   
Postponing a resolution of Kosovo's future status could threaten regional stability, the Albanian prime minister said Tuesday, while urging Kosovo Albanians to support their negotiating team.The U.N.'s special enjoy for Kosovo said Friday he would delay issuing a report on the province's future until after Serbia held elections in January.Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that could cause trouble. "Further postponement of Kosovo's final status at this delicate moment complicates the situation, stability in Kosovo and the region," he said. Negotiators initially had hoped to resolve the issue by the end of this year.Albania has been the strongest supporter of independence for Kosovo, demanded by the province's ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of its population.Serbia wants to keep at least some control over the province, and last month approved adopting a new constitution declaring Kosovo an integral part of its territory.Albania has said Serbia's new constitutional claim over Kosovo was unacceptable, and Berisha dismissed the Serbian referendum again Tuesday, telling reporters that "independent, free and democratic Kosovo is the condition for peace and stability" in both the province and the region.Berisha also appealed to the six-nation Contact Group participating in status talks, as well as the European Union, to rule out any change to Kosovo's borders, which he said "would encourage adventurers and demons of all Balkan nationalisms to ... turn the Balkans back to its darkest times."Kosovo Albanians should support their political leadership, which he said had "decisively protected Kosovo citizens' European national interests."Since the end of the war between Serb military forces and separatists in the southern province in 1999, the predominantly ethnic Albanian territory has been run by a U.N. administration and patrolled by NATO peacekeepers.
          Decision on Kosovan independence to be postponed: Delay prompted by fears over Serbian nationalism Proposal to be announced after Belgrade elections   
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The international powers have put off deciding to impose independence on Kosovo in an attempt to forestall extreme nationalists coming to power in Serbia.Serbia yesterday announced early elections for January 21, with the extreme nationalist Radical party tipped to emerge as the strongest party. Simultaneously in Vienna, the UN envoy for Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari of Finland, and diplomats from the US, Europe and Russia went back on earlier pledges to resolve Kosovo's status this year. They said they would wait until after the Serbian ballot before making public their recommendations.Kosovo, which has an Albanian majority, is formally part of Serbia but won an independence war in 1999 when the Serbian authorities were driven out by Nato. Since then it has been under UN control.Mr Ahtisaari has been negotiating with the Serbs and Albanians since February in a vain attempt to find a settlement. Since there is no prospect of agreement, he is to propose to the UN security council that the international community impose his recommendations. "I have decided to present my proposal for the settlement of Kosovo's status to the parties without delay after parliamentary elections in Serbia," Mr Ahtisaari said in Vienna.Serbian officials have been trying to delay a decision on Kosovo and are waging a ferocious campaign warning of the risks to international stability of an independent Kosovo. Last month the prime minister, Vojislav Kostunica, rushed through a new constitution proclaiming Kosovo forever part of Serbia. The Kosovo issue will dominate the election campaign.In a study of the new constitution this week, the International Crisis Group thinktank said that Serbia was turning its back on mainstream liberal democracy in Europe and reverting to a role as a nationalist, authoritarian seat of instability in the Balkans.Mr Ahtisaari, strongly backed by the US and Britain, is certain to recommend that Serbia lose Kosovo, although the province's independence will be hedged with conditions that fall short of full sovereignty for some time to come. Tensions are rising as the deadline for a decision nears. Any longer postponement risks an explosion of frustration among Kosovo's two million Albanians.Ethnic Albanians in Pristina, Kosovo's capital. Kosovo has an Albanian majority
          Kosovo PM prepared to declare independence unilaterally   
Kosovo could unilaterally declare independence if talks with Belgrade fail to answer the demands of its ethnic Albanian majority, the prime minister of the Serbian province said Thursday."This is not a threat. We see this as a possibility. Kosovo will certainly be an independent country," prime minister Agim Ceku told reporters."Of course, we prefer this to happen through a resolution of the (UN) Security Council, which will have a wide support," Ceku added.The negotiations on the future status of the southern Serbian province, administered by the United Nations since June 1999, began in February under the auspices of the UN.Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, who make up around 90 percent of the province's two million population, are seeking independence from Serbia.But the government in Belgrade and Kosovo's Serb minority insist the province -- which they consider the cradle of Serbian culture and history -- should only be granted greater autonomy.Meanwhile, Ceku's deputy Lutfi Haziri, together with opposition leader Veton Surroi, visited the Serb-populated enclave of Gracanica near the capital Pristina, in a bid to convince Kosovo Serbs to accept the government's option for Kosovo's future status.Haziri presented the plan to form a new municipality that would group Gracanica and all villages around it, with some 18,000 inhabitants."Kosovo Serbs will have competencies in the departments of healthcare, education, public services, infrastructure, culture and sport," Haziri told a small audience of several dozen Serbs.Most of some 6,000 Serbs living in Gracanica, about eight kilometers (five miles) southeast of Pristina, have boycotted ethnic Albanian officials.Randjel Nojkic, a local Serb representative, said it was "too late" to hold such meetings between ethnic Albanian officials and the Serbs."Serbs do not have confidence in Kosovo institutions," he said.Serbs also protested over the government's move to shut down transmitters for two Serbian mobile phone providers, located in Gracanica and other Serb-populated enclaves, saying they were set up illegally."How can you believe their promises for our bright future in independent Kosovo, when they remove these antennas that are our only connection with Serbia," said revolted Nada Vojicic, 46-year-old housewife.Since 1999, some 200,000 Serbs have fled the province fearing attacks from ethnic Albanian hardliners. Those who have remained live in enclaves under heavy protection from NATO troops.On Thursday, a 53-year-old Serb was wounded in his house in the village of Letnica in eastern Kosovo.Police arrested three ethnic Albanian suspects. Two were released after questioning, but the third remains in detention.Belgrade lost control of Kosovo in 1999 after a 78-day NATO bombing campaign halted a crackdown by Serbian forces against independence-seeking ethnic Albanian guerrillas.
          EU urges Serbia to cooperate with U.N. effort to resolve status for Kosovo   
The European Union urged Serbia on Wednesday to "take a constructive approach" in negotiating the future of its breakaway Kosovo province and said it must cooperate with the U.N.'s war crimes tribunal if it wants closer ties with the EU.Serbia and its Balkan neighbors must also do more to tackle corruption and step up political and reforms needed to prepare them for eventual EU membership, according to the EU's annual progress reports on the prospects of would-be EU members."I trust that Serbian citizens as well as political leaders now focus less on the nationalist past and more on the European future, that's best for Serbia, that's best for the western Balkans," EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn told reporters after the release of the EU reports."On Kosovo, we expect Serbia to take a constructive approach," he added.The EU's report on Serbia reiterated that steps toward eventual membership were suspended until Serbia proves it is fully cooperating with the U.N. war crimes tribunal and hands over top war crimes suspect Gen. Ratko Mladic.The report said the EU was also concerned over Serbia's new constitution, warning it did not fully guarantee judges' independence. It also called on Belgrade to intensify its fight against corruption and ensure full civilian control over its armed forces.On Kosovo, the EU report acknowledged that the focus on the sensitive status negotiations led by the U.N. "has delayed significant reform efforts."It said the province's administration "remains weak, affecting the rule of law," adding that judicial bodies there have made "little progress" in civil and criminal justice.Separate reports were also released on Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.On Croatia already opened entry talks with the EU last year and hopes to join in 2009. However, the report said there was "considerable scope" for improving the nation's judicial system and its fight against corruption. It also called on Zagreb to ensure better protection of minorities and to solve its border dispute with EU member Slovenia.Croatia's President Stipe Mesic said the critical report on his country showed it had to follow through on reforms. "It is easy to pass the laws, but it is much harder to implement them," he said in Zagreb. "It all depends on us."The EU warned Macedonia over its problems with corruption. It said reforms must go faster, if wants to get a starting date for membership talks.
          Kosovo's future status must be made clear: EU commissioner   
DATELINE: BRUSSELS, Nov 8 2006

Kosovo's future status should be legally and politically clear so the separatist Serbian region can sign agreements with the European Union, EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said Wednesday."The precise contents and concept of the future status should be legally and politically a clear status so that Kosovo would have especially treaty-making powers, for instance, with the EU," Rehn said.Such an outcome would allow the EU and Kosovo to negotiate a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), the first step to EU membership, he told reporters after the publication of annual reports on EU membership hopefuls.It would also allow for EU-Kosovo negotiations on visa agreements.A status settlement "will give further impetus for the Kosovo authorities to progress on the reforms that are needed in the key areas of the rule of law, economy, and public administration," the Commission said in its report."Minority rights remain a vital issue, as is the participation of minorities in Kosovo's institutions," it added.Serbia has its own SAA agreement with the EU but it has been frozen until Belgrade improves its cooperation with the United Nations war crimes court.The UN's special envoy for Kosovo, former Finnish leader Martti Ahtisaari, has been in negotiations with Serb and Kosovo officials in a bid to define the status of the breakaway province, inhabited mainly by ethnic Albanians.Ahtisaari is expected, before the end of the year, to present the UN with recommendations on Kosovo's future, after eight months of talks faltered between the Serbian government and leaders of the province's ethnic-Albanian majority.Media reports have suggested that he will propose offering limited sovereignty.However UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in a newspaper interview over the weekend that the talks on the future of Kosovo could drag on into 2007."Ahtisaari must be careful that the issue of the final status of Kosovo is not used for electoral purposes," Annan said, referring to the Serbian government's plan to hold an early general election in December.And on Monday the United States indicated it would agree to pushing back the end-of-year deadline.The Serbian government opposed independence for Kosovo and recently called on Ahtisaari to stand down, accusing him of seeking to impose a predetermined solution before the end of negotiations.Kosovo has been managed by the UN since 1999, when a 78-day NATO bombing campaign halted a crackdown by Serbian forces against Kosovo's separatist Albanian rebels.
          UN Administrator Dismisses Fears Northern Kosovo Will Secede   
A NATO peacekeeper

The status of conflict-riven Kosovo, the UN-administered Serbian province that is 90 percent ethnic Albanian, is being considered by an international envoy who has spent nearly a year searching in vain for common ground between Serbs and Albanians. VOA's Barry Wood visited the northern city of Mitrovica, home to many of the remaining 120,000 Serbs who comprise a small minority of Kosovo's population.

Kosovo is quiet now but NATO-led peacekeepers are on guard against any recurrence of the kind of anti-Serb riots that erupted in 2004. Kosovo's status could be decided shortly. Ethnic Albanians demand independence, Serbs oppose it.

Nowhere is mistrust and ethnic separation deeper than in decaying Mitrovica, a once flourishing mining center now divided by the Ibar River into a Serbian north and an Albanian south.

Jeta Xharra is a journalist and filmmaker, part of a team that produced an acclaimed video ("Does Any Body Have a Plan?") on Kosovo's future.


Jeta Xharra
"The worst case scenario is that the north is so upset--whatever the solution. If Kosovo is declared independent, the north (could) declare itself independent. That's the worst case scenario."

About half of Kosovo's Serbs--and only a few Albanians--live in north Mitrovica and the wide strip of territory that leads up to the Serbian border. The UN rejects any partition and yet it is very much in the minds of the local population.

Gerard Gallucci, the UN administrator of Mitrovica, says partition won't happen. "I don't think there is any real prospect of that. I don't think anyone wants it. I don't think the Serb leadership wants it. I know the Kosovo Albanian leadership doesn't want it."


Gerard Gallucci
Gallucci admits that ethnic reconciliation is a long way off. But he's hopeful that Serbs and Albanians can cooperate on practical matters like municipal services. He supports decentralized local government as a means of building trust. "Decentralization simply means strong local rule in areas in which local people want to control their own lives, whether they're Serb or Albanian. I don't think anyone is explaining that to anybody, unfortunately, here in Kosovo."

Gallucci complains that because there has been little public education on the issue, many Albanians are suspicious that decentralization is a code word for partition.

Ethnic Albanian filmmaker Jeta Xharra supports decentralization and says that for Serbs to feel secure they need an urban center like north Mitrovica.

"Of course, it is sad that Serbs can't come to all the urban centers where they used to be, but unfortunately the reality is such that northern Kosovo is going to remain a largely Serb inhabited urban center," says Xharra.

For now Mitrovica and its bridge over the Ibar remain symbols of division and uncertainty. Serbs to the north, ethnic Albanian on the south, with UN police keeping the peace.
          Montenegro's PM Rejects Serb Criticism Of Kosovo Meeting   
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP)--Montenegro's government leader Tuesday rejected Serbia's criticism about his recent meeting with the separatist leader of Kosovo, the breakaway province whose future status is being discussed in U.N.- mediated talks.

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said he saw no problem in meeting last week with Agim Ceku, the ethnic Albanian leader of Kosovo, which has been an international protectorate since the 1998-99 war there between Serb troops and the separatist rebels.

"I absolutely reject any objections from Serbia concerning Ceku's visit...we did not discuss Kosovo's future status," said Djukanovic, following accusations by Serbian officials that receiving Ceku was a "stab in the back" to Serbia's efforts to prevent Kosovo's secession.

Serbia's leadership has said that accepting Ceku as a visiting statesman meant Montenegro's readiness to recognize Kosovo as a state.

Talks over Kosovo's future are under way under the auspices of the U.N., Western powers and Russia. The province has been run by the U.N. and NATO since 1999 when the alliance's bombing forced Serbs to halt their crackdown on the separatists and pull out.

The crackdown was led by former Serb leader, Slobodan Milosevic, who was toppled in 2000 by pro-democracy politicians. The new leadership contends that, despite Milosevic's devastating brutality in Kosovo, Serbs cannot give up completely on the southern province, considered Serbia's historic heartland.

"It's an inertia of old, failed policies," Djukanovic said about the comments from Belgrade. "Whatever Kosovo becomes in the future, it borders Montenegro" and needs good relations with neighbors.

Montenegro itself declared independence from Serbia earlier this year. Belgrade did not contest that move because Montenegro was a partner republic from the old Yugoslav federation, but insists that Kosovo is not entitled to the same.

Ceku declared after his Friday meeting with Djukanovic that Kosovo would follow in Montenegro's steps.

Djukanovic himself is expected to step down as Montenegro's prime minister Wednesday.

His Democratic Party of Socialists triumphed in recent elections, but Djukanovic -for years the most powerful figure in Montenegro -said he would not seek a third term and has hand-picked a trusted aide, Justice Minister Zeljko Sturanovic, as his successor.
          7/1/2017: News: Albanian gangster drug fear   
VICIOUS Albanian drug-dealing gangs pose a “significant” threat on Britain’s streets. The ruthless cartels have a “high-level influence” on the supply of cocaine, police chiefs have warned. A report by the National Crime Agency said: “The threat...
          Perjanjian-Perjanjian dan Kebijakan Pasca PD II   
a.Perjanjian Sekutu–Jerman (Perjanjian Postdam)
Jerman merupakan salah satu negara “Pact Poros” yang hancur dalam PD II dan telah menyerah kepada sekutu pada tanggal 7 Mei 1945. AS,Uni Soviet, dan Inggris membicarakan tentang pembagian Jerman, denazifikasi, dan demiliterisasi Jerman. Perjanjian Sekutu–Jerman ditentukan oleh Harry S.Truman (Presiden Amerika Serikat), Josep Stalin (Presiden Uni Soviet), dan Clement Richard Attlee (Perdana Menteri Inggris) dalam Konferensi Postdam (2 Agustus 1945). Konferensi Postdam berisi, antara lain sebagai berikut.
  1. Jerman yang dikuasai oleh empat negara Sekutu dibagi dua, yaitu Jerman Timur dan Jerman Barat. Jerman Timur, 1 zona dikuasai oleh Uni Soviet, sedangkan Jerman Barat, 3 zona dikuasai oleh Amerika Serikat, Inggris, dan Prancis.
  2. Kota Berlin yang terletak di tengah daerah pendudukan Uni Soviet juga dibagi dua. Berlin Timur diduduki oleh Uni Soviet dan Berlin Barat dikuasai oleh Amerika Serikat, Inggris, dan Prancis.
  3. Wilayah Danziq dan daerah Jerman di sebelah timur Sungai Oder dan Niesse diberikan kepada Polandia.
  4. Demiliterisasi bagi Jerman.
  5. Penjahat perang harus dihukum.
  6. Jerman harus membayar kerugian perang.
b.Perjanjian Sekutu–Jepang (Perjanjian San Francisco)
Perjanjian Sekutu–Jepang dilakukan di San Fransisco pada tahun 1945. Perjanjian tersebut berisi, sebagai berikut.
  1. Kepulauan Jepang diperintah oleh tentara pendudukan Amerika Serikat (untuk sementara).
  2. Kepulauan Kuril dan Sakhalin Selatan diserahkan kepada Uni Soviet, sedangkan Manchuria dan Taiwan diserahkan kepada Cina. Kepulauan Jepang di Pasifik diserahkan kepada Amerika Serikat. Korea akan dimerdekakan dan untuk sementara waktu dibagi dua wilayah pendudukan dengan batas 38° lintang utara. Di bagian utara diduduki Uni Soviet, sedangkan di selatan dikuasai oleh Amerika Serikat.
  3. Penjahat perang harus dihukum.
  4. Jepang harus membayar ganti rugi perang.
c.Perjanjian Sekutu dengan Negara Lainnya
Selain mengadakan perjanjian dengan Jerman dan Jepang, sekutu juga mengadakan perjanjian dengan negara-negara lain yang kalah berperang dalam Perang Dunia II.
1. Perjanjian Sekutu–Italia dilaksanakan di Paris pada tahun 1945 dengan beberapa keputusan, antara lain sebagai berikut.
  • Wilayah Italia diperkecil.
  • Triastie menjadi negara merdeka di bawah perwalian PBB.
  • Abbesynia dan Albania memperoleh kemerdekaannya kembali.
  • Semua jajahan Italia dan Afrika Utara dikuasai Inggris.
  • Italia harus membayar ganti rugi akibat perang yang ditimbulkannya.
2. Perjanjian Sekutu–Austria dilaksanakan di Austria pada tahun 1945 dengan berbagai keputusan, antara lain sebagai berikut.
  • Kota Wina dibagi menjadi empat wilayah pendudukan dan dikuasai oleh Amerika Serikat, Inggris, Prancis, dan Uni Soviet.
  • Persyaratan lain menyusul karena belum ada keputusan dan persetujuan dari keempat negara pemenang Perang Dunia II di Wina.
3. Perjanjian Sekutu dengan Hongaria, Rumania, Bulgaria, dan Finlandia ditentukan di Paris tahun 1945 dengan beberapa keputusan yang pada intinya sama, yaitu:
a)setiap negara wilayahnya diperkecil;
b)setiap negara harus mengganti biaya perang.




Doktrin Truman
Tahun 1947, pendukung komunis di Yunani dan Turki semakin kuat, sehingga sangat mengkhawatirkan Inggris dan Amerika. Dalam rapat antara pejabat Departemen Luar Negeri dengan para anggota Kongres, Wakil Menteri Luar Negeri, Dean Acheson, menyampaikan, bahwa apabila Yunani dan Turki jatuh ke tangan komunis, maka komunisme akan menjalar ke Iran dan bahkan sampai ke India. Di sinilah munculnya domino theory (teori domino). Truman menyatakan, bahwa apabila ada satu negara jatuh ke bawah pengaruh komunis, maka negara-negara tetangganya akan juga akan terancam jatuh ke tangan komunis, seperti layaknya dalam permainan kartu domino. Oleh karena itu, dia sangat gigih dalam memerangi komunis di seluruh dunia.Pada 12 Maret 1947, Presiden Harry S. Truman meminta persetujuan Kongres untuk memberikan dana kepada Yunani dan Turki sebesar 400 juta Dollar, guna menghancurkan komunis di kedua negara tersebut. Truman menyampaikan doktrinnya, yang kemudian dikenal sebagai The Truman Doctrin (Doktrin Truman), yang menjadi pedoman politik luar negeri AS untuk 40 tahun berikutnya. Inti doktrin ini adalah policy of containment ( containment = pembendungan) atau mengisolasi Uni Sovyet secara politik dan ideologi, dan AS akan menghadang komunisme di manapun di seluruh dunia.



Marshall Plan
Pada bulan Juni 1947, AS menyusun Marshall Plan yang dirancang oleh Menteri Luar Negeri AS, George Marshall, sebagai bagian dari kebijakan untuk membendung upaya Uni Sovyet dalam mempengaruhi negara-negara Eropa yang sedang dalam kesulitan finansial. Kongres AS menyetujui dana sebesar 12 milyar Dollar untuk program Mashall Plan, di mana dalam kenyataannya hanya dikucurkan kepada negara-negara Eropa Barat dan Yugoslavia, yang tidak ikut menjadi anggota Pakta Warsawa (kubu Uni Sovyet). Sedangkan negara-negara Eropa Timur lainnya yang berada di bawah kekuasaan Uni Sovyet tidak memperoleh, bahkan menolak dana dari Marshall Plan.


          faktor Utama Perang Dingin   
1.     Perbedaan Paham

Amerika Serikat dan Uni Soviet sebagai pemenang Perang Dunia II memiliki paham/ ideologi yang berbeda Amerika Serikat memiliki ideologi liberal-kapitalis sedangkan Uni Soviet berideologi komunis. Paham Liberal-Kapitalis (AS) yang mengagungkan kebebasan individu yang memungkinkan kapitalisme berkembang dengan subur bertentangan dengan paham Sosialis-Komunis (US) yang berkeyakinan bahwa paham itu dapat lebih mempercepat kesejahteraan buruh maupun rakyatnya karena negara-negara yang mengendalikan perusahaan akan memanfaatkan keuntungannya untuk rakyat.

2.     Keinginan untuk Berkuasa

AS dan US mempunyai keinginan untuk menjadi penguasa di dunia dengan cara-cara yang baru. AS sebagai negara kreditor besar membantu negara-negara yang sedang berkembang berupa pinjaman modal untuk pembangunan dengan harapan bahwa rakyat yang makmur hidupnya dapat menjadi tempat pemasaran hasil industrinya dan dapat menjauhkan pengaruh sosialis komunis.

Masyarakat miskin merupakan lahan subur bagi paham sosialis komunis. Uni Soviet yang mulai kuat ekonominya juga tidak mau kalah membantu perjuangan nasional berupa bantuan senjata atau tenaga ahli. Hal ini dilakukan untuk mempengaruhi negara-negara tersebut.

3.     Berdirinya Pakta Pertahanan

Guna mengatasi berbagai perbedaan yang ada dan kepentingan untuk dapat berkuasa maka negara-negara Eropa Barat dan Amerika Serikat mendirikan pakta pertahanan yang dikenal dengan nama NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) atau Organisasi Pertahanan Atlantik Utara. Sementara untuk mengimbangi kekuatan NATO pada tahun 1955 Uni Soviet mendirikan pakta pertahanan yaitu PAKTA WARSAWA. Anggota Pakta Warsawa yaitu Uni Soviet, Albania, Bulgaria, Cekoslowakia, Jerman Timur, Hongaria, Polandia, dan Rumania.

Berdirinya kedua pakta tersebut menyebabkan muncul rasa saling curiga, ketidakpercayaan, dan kesalahpahaman antara kedua blok baik blok barat maupun blok timur. Amerika dituduh menjalankan politik imperialis untuk mempengaruhi dunia sementara Uni Soviet dianggap melakukan perluasan hegemoni atas negara-negara demokrasi melalui ideologi komunisme.

Keadaan tersebut memicu ketegangan kian memuncak sehingga muncullah persaingan senjata di antara kedua belah pihak. Masing-masing pihak saling diliputi oleh suasana Perang Dingin yang bahkan mengarah pada terjadinya Perang Dunia III.



          Latar Belakang Perang Dingin   
1.   Munculnya Amerika Serikat sebagai negara pemenang perang di pihak Sekutu (Inggris, Perancis, dan AS). AS berperan besar dalam membantu      negara-negara Eropa Barat untuk memperbaiki kehidupan perekonomiannya.

2.   Munculnya Rusia (Uni Soviet) sebagai negara besar dan berperan membebaskan Eropa bagian Timur dari tangan Jerman dan membangun perekonomian negara-negara di Eropa Timur. Uni Soviet meluaskan pengaruhnya dengan mensponsori terjadinya perebutan kekuasaan di berbagai negara Eropa Timur seperti Bulgaria, Albania, Hongaria, Rumania, Polandia, dan Cekoslowakia sehingga negara-negara tersebut masuk dalam pemerintahan komunis Uni Soviet.

3.   Munculnya negara-negara yang baru merdeka setelah Perang Dunia II di luar wilayah Eropa. Dampaknya muncul 2 kelompok negara di dunia yaitu negara-negara maju dengan negara-negara berkembang, yang memberikan pengaruh bagi perkembangan politik dan ekonomi dunia.

          Lahirnya Negara-negara Fasis   
Situasi Eropa menjelang PD II tidak jauh berbeda dengan situasi menjelang PD I. Suasana diliputi ketegangan dan keinginan balas dendam, terutama negara-negara yang kalah perang. Mereka dirugikan oleh perjanjian-perjanjian yang dibuat oleh blok Sekutu. Pada umumnya negara-negara yang terlibat perang mengalami kehancuran ekonomi. Untuk itu mereka berusaha bangkit dengan cara yang diktator dan mengembangkan paham ultranasionalisme. Dari paham ultranasionalisme tersebut lahir negara-negara fasis. Negara-negara fasis yang muncul yaitu Jerman, Italia, dan Jepang.


a. Fasisme di Jerman
Dalam PD I Jerman mengalami kekalahan dan penderitaan yang hebat. Namun, di bawah kepemimpinan Adolf Hittler Jerman mulai bangkit. Melalui Partai Nazi, Adolf Hittler membangun Jerman kembali. Jerman menganut paham Chauvinisme yaitu paham yang menganggap dirinya lebih unggul dari ras lainnya. Selain itu juga menganut totaliterisme yaitu paham yang melaksanakan prinsip bahwa
semua diutus oleh negara. Rakyat tidak memiliki kebebasan.

Berikut ini beberapa tindakan yang dilakukan Hittler untuk mewujudkan kejayaan Jerman.
1) Menolak isi Perjanjian Versailes.
2) Membangun angkatan perang yang kuat.
3) Mengobarkan semangat anti-Yahudi dengan membunuh dan mengusir orang-orang Yahudi.
4) Membangun hubungan kerja sama politik dan militer dengan Jepang dan Italia (Poros Roberto).
5) Membentuk polisi rahasia yang disebut Gestapo.

Seiring dengan perkembangan yang dialaminya, Jerman mulai berani melakukan politik ekspansi kembali. Jerman melaksanakan politik Lebensraum (ruang untuk hidup) yaitu gagasan perluasan wilayah melalui perang. Misalnya dengan menduduki Austria dan Cekoslovakia.


b . Fasisme di Italia
Kalian tentu masih ingat bukan mengapa Italia pindah ke blok Sekutu? Italia adalah salah satu negara pemenang dalam Perang Dunia I. Meskipun menang, Italian merasa kecewa sebab tuntutannya dalam Perjanjian Versailes tidak terpenuhi. Karena kekecewaannya tersebut, Italia mulai bangkit di bawah pimpinan Benito Mussolini . Italia berkembang menjadi negara fasis.
Berikut ini usaha-usaha Benito Mussolini untuk mengembangkan fasisme di Italia.
1) Mengobarkan semangat Italia Irredenta untuk mempersatukan seluruh bangsa Italia.
2) Memperkuat angkatan perang.
3) Menguasai seluruh Laut Tengah sebagai Mare Nostrum atau Laut Kita.
4) Menduduki Ethiopia dan Albania.


c . Fasisme di Jepang

Munculnya fasisme Jepang tidak dapat dipisahkan dari Restorasi Meiji. Berkat Restorasi Meiji, Jepang berkembang menjadi negara industri yang kuat. Majunya industri tersebut membawa Jepang menjadi negara imperialis. Jepang menjadi negara fasis dan menganut Hakko I Chiu. Fasisme di Jepang dipelopori oleh Perdana Menteri Tanaka, masa pemerintahan Kaisar Hirohito dan dikembangkan oleh Perdana Menteri Hideki Tojo. Untuk memperkuat kedudukannya sebagai negara fasis, Kaisar Hirohito melakukan beberapa hal berikut.
1) Mengagungkan semangat bushido.
2) Menyingkirkan tokoh-tokoh politik yang anti militer.
3) Melakukan perluasan wilayah ke negara-negara terdekat seperti Korea, Manchuria, dan Cina.
4) Memodernisasi angkatan perang.
5) Mengenalkan ajaran shinto Hakko I Chiu yaitu dunia sebagai satu keluarga yang dipimpin oleh
Jepang.

Berkembangnya negara-negara fasis seperti Italia, Jerman, dan Jepang membuat situasi politik di kawasan Eropa semakin menghangat, dan diwarnai dengan ketegangan yang mendorong terjadinya Perang Dunia II.

          Pihak-Pihak Yang Terlibat Perang Dunia II   
Blok Poros (AXIS)

  1. Nazi Jerman : Adolf Hitler
  2. Italia : Benito Mussolini
  3. Jepang : Hideki Tojo


Militer tewas: 8.000.000
Sipil tewas: 4.000.000
Total tewas: 12.000.000

Negara-negara Poros (AXIS) adalah negara-negara yang menentang pihak Sekutu selama Perang Dunia II.
Ada 3 negara utama dalam kekuatan poros yaitu; Nazi Jerman, Italia dan Kekaisaran Jepang. Pada puncak kejayaan mereka, Kekuatan Poros menguasai dominasi daerah yang sangat luas di Eropa, Asia, Afrika dan Oseania/Pasifik. Tetapi Perang Dunia II berakhir dengan kekalahan mereka. Seperti pihak Sekutu, keanggotaan Negara-negara Poros tidak tetap, dan beberapa negara bergabung dan kemudian meninggalkan Negara-negara Poros selama perang berlangsung.

Anggota Negara-negara Poros minoritas:

  1. Bulgaria, Hongaria, Yugoslavia, Finlandia, Thailand, Rumania
  2. Negara Boneka Jepang:
    Manchukuo, Mengjiang (bagian wilayah di Mongolia], Nanking (bagian wilayah di Tiongkok), Burma, Filipina, dan India
  3. Negara boneka Italia:
    Albania dan Ethiopia
  4. Negara boneka Jerman
    Serbia
  5. Negara lainnya yang berkoalisi
    Spanyol dan Denmark
  6. Bekas anggota
    Uni Soviet, Berdiri sendiri/memihak Sekutu pada 1941.


Negara Sekutu:

  1. Britania Raya : Winston Churchill
  2. Uni Soviet : Joseph Stalin
  3. Amerika Serikat : Franklin Roosevelt
  4. Republik China : Chiang Kai-Shek

Militer tewas: 17.000.000
Sipil tewas: 33.000.000
Total tewas: 50.000.000

Blok Sekutu pada Perang Dunia II adalah negara-negara yang berperang bersama melawan Blok Poros (Jerman, Italia, dan Jepang) dari 1939 sampai 1945.

Anggota Sekutu

  1. Setelah penyerangan Jerman ke Polandia (1939)
    Polandia, Britania Raya (termasuk Kerajaan India & Negara Koloni), Perancis, Australia, Selandia Baru, Nepal, Afrika Selatan, Kanada
  2. Setelah berakhirnya perang Poni (1940)
    Norwegia, Belgia, Luksemburg, Belanda, Yunani, Kerajaan Yugoslavia, Uni Soviet, Tannu Tuva
  3. Setelah pengeboman Pearl Harbor (1941)
    Panama, Kosta Rika, Republik Dominika, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras,
    Nikaragua, Amerika Serikat, China, Guatemala, Kuba, Cekoslowakia
  4. Setelah pembentukan Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (1942)
    Meksiko, Brasil, Ethiopia, Irak, Bolivia, Iran, Italia, Kolombia, Liberia
  5. Setelah D-Day (1944)
    Romania, Bulgaria, San Marino, Albania, Hungaria, Bahawalpur, Ekuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Turki, Arab Saudi, Argentina, Chile
  6. Setelah pengeboman Hiroshima (1945)
    Mongolia

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El 10 de junio de 2017 la comunidad Pan Ortodoxa de San Espiridión en Trujillo Alto, PR fueron recibidos en la Iglesia Católica como una comunidad Greco Católica Bizantina bajo el "omoforion" (jurisdicción) del Arzobispo latino, el Metropolitano Roberto González, O.F.M.
La ceremonia de recepción fue presidida por el Vicario General de la Arquidiócesis, Padre Alberto Figueroa Morales en representación del Arzobispo. Los sacerdotes y feligreses hicieron la Profesión de Fe y durante la liturgia fueron conmemorados el Sumo Pontífice, Francisco y el Metropolitano Roberto.
Esto hace de la comunidad de San Espiridión la primera comunidad Católica Oriental en Puerto Rico. Le damos la bienvenida a los sacerdotes y feligreses de San Espiridión a la Iglesia Católica. Ellos continuarán celebrando la Divina Liturgia y los Sagrados Misterios de acuerdo a la tradición Bizantina. La Liturgia continua celebrándose en el idioma eslavo eclesiástico, inglés y español... siguiendo el calendario litúrgico juliano (antiguo calendario).
La comunidad estaba bajo la autoridad del Patriarcado Ecuménico de Constantinopla (Estambul). Ahora han pasado a estar bajo la jurisdicción del Arzobispo de San Juan de Puerto Rico. Probablemente después pasen a pertenecer a alguna de las Iglesias católicas orientales bizantinas eslavas, aunque continúen estando bajo la autoridad local  del metropolitano latino.

La imagen puede contener: cielo, árbol, nube y exterior

Vista del templo de San Espiridión.


La imagen puede contener: personas de pie, cielo, árbol y exterior


La imagen puede contener: 1 persona, de pie e interior
El Vicario General de la Arquidiócesis, el P. Alberto Figueroa Morales, bendiciendo a la nueva comunidad greco católica en San Juan luego de haber recibido de ellos la Profesión de Fe.

La imagen puede contener: 2 personas, personas de pie
P. Peter DiLeo explica a la comunidad el documento de acuerdo 
entre la Arquidiócesis y el comunidad de San Espiridión.

La imagen puede contener: 2 personas, personas de pie e interior

La imagen puede contener: 1 persona, de pie
El Archimandrita presidió la primera Divina Liturgia como comunidad Greco Católica.

La imagen puede contener: 1 persona, de pie, barba e interior
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La iglesia fue construida en los años 30 en los terrenos del antiguo Leprocomio, en Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. Los Hermanos Misioneros Ortodoxos San Pedro de Cetinje trajeron esta misión a las islas del Caribe desde la Arquidiócesis de Mexico de la Iglesia Ortodoxa Griega para la diáspora y para evangelizar a nuevos creyentes.

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A number of ethnic communities are represented in the mission:

Fr Andrija Vujisic for the Serbian and Montenegrin communities;

Fr Peter DiLeo for the Albanian community;

Theo Ladias for the Greek community;

Lisa Ortega for the Puerto Rican community;

Tatiana Stoyanova for the Russian and Bulgarian communities;

Spyridon Morrow for the American community.

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          ¿Por qué Diosas?   
Salvo excepciones, las mujeres del este de Europa (generalmente de raza eslava, mezcla entre europeo y asiático) son bellísimas, altas, esbeltas, piernas de escándalo, excelentes amantes... perfectas para adorar.
Este blog irá dedicado a ellas, a las mejores mujeres del mundo, las del este de Europa
Son Diosas porque son mujeres muy femeninas y de una belleza extraordinaria además de cultas y grandes amantes, son mujeres dulces, comprometidas, luchadoras, amantes del teatro y la literatura... Hoy en día, tras la caída del regimen soviético, tenemos la suerte de verlas pasear por nuestras calles, tenemos la posibilidad de conocer a alguna y de que se convierta en nuestra esposa/compañera. Tratándola y mimándola como se merecen (están acostumbradas a la frialdad y rudeza del hombre eslavo) seremos los hombres más felices del mundo.
En este blog iré recogiendo las fotografias de las mujeres del este de Europa más famosas y bellas del panorama internacional.

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Países que son parte de la llamada Europa del este


República Checa, Eslovaquia, Eslovenia, Croacia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Moldavia, Hungria, Ucrania, Bielorusia, Polonia, Lituania, Letonia, Estonia, y la Federación Rusa


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          LAST PASSENGERS   

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* 66º Festival del Film Locarno - Program "Dare to be Weird" / Switzerland (2013)
* 8th Vladivostok International Film Festival of Asian and Pacific Countries (In competition against Apichatpong Weerasethakul) / Russia (2010).
* Short Shorts Film Festival México (2010) – WINNER BEST SHORT
* FIC. Primer Festival International de Cine de Puebla 2010 / México, HONORABLE JURY MENTION FOR BEST SHORT
*Montevideo Fantástico V / Uruguay 2010, JURY MENTION FOR BEST ACTORS
*PLUS CAMERIMAGE PANORAMA- International Film festival of the art of Cinematography/ Poland (2010).
* 21º Festival International de Curtas Metragens de Sâo Paulo / Brasil 2010.
* 51st BRNO16, International Competitive Festival of Shorts Fiction Films / Czchec Republic 2010.
* IX Open St.Petersburg Student Film Festival Beginning / Russia 2010.
* Internacional Film Festival Expresión en Corto (GIFF) / México 2010.
*First Step Film Fest / Albania 2010
*Morbido Film Fest / Mexico 2010
*3º Festival de Cine de Horror y Bizarro Post Mortem / México 2010
*Muestra del Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica en la Cineteca Nacional / México 2011
*TRAVELLING 22 Festival de Cine de Rennes Métropole / France 2011
* Short Shorts Film Festival Japan 2011
*1º Festival Internacional de Cine Underground 1000 METROS BAJO TIERRA MX / México 2011
*6th Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market / Japón 2011
*Mórbido Film Fest México 2011
*Festival de Cine Calaveras, Huesos y Nahuales / México 2011
*Muestra Internacional de Cine Fantástico y de Horror Linares / México 2011
*2º Festival Travelling / México 2011
*Cineseptiembre – 4º Muestra Internacional de Cine Independiente / México 2011
*Babel Film Festival / Italy 2011
*4th Jaipur International Film Festival / India 2012
*The Garden State Film Festival / USA 2012
*Festival de Cine de Horror Sacalacalaca / México 2012, WINNER 2º PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT
*Special screening at Muestra de Cine Surrealista by Cultura Colectiva 2013

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          Last passengers / Últimos pasajeros TRAILER   

Trailer of Last passengers, a short film by Ricardo Soto. 35mm, color, 2010.

* 66º Festival del Film Locarno - Filmmakers Academy / Switzerland (2013)
* 8th Vladivostok International Film Festival of Asian and Pacific Countries (In competition against Apichatpong Weerasethakul) / Russia (2010).
* Short Shorts Film Festival México (2010) – WINNER BEST SHORT
*Montevideo Fantástico V / Uruguay 2010, JURY MENTION FOR BEST ACTORS
*PLUS CAMERIMAGE PANORAMA- International Film festival of the art of Cinematography/ Poland (2010).
* 21º Festival International de Curtas Metragens de Sâo Paulo / Brasil 2010.
* 51st BRNO16, International Competitive Festival of Shorts Fiction Films / Czchec Republic 2010.
* FIC. Primer Festival International de Cine de Puebla 2010 / México, HONORABLE JURY MENTION FOR BEST SHORT
* IX Open St.Petersburg Student Film Festival Beginning / Russia 2010.
* Internacional Film Festival Expresión en Corto (GIFF) / México 2010.
*First Step Film Fest / Albania 2010
*Morbido Film Fest / Mexico 2010
*3º Festival de Cine de Horror y Bizarro Post Mortem / México 2010
*Muestra del Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica en la Cineteca Nacional / México 2011
*TRAVELLING 22 Festival de Cine de Rennes Métropole / France 2011
* Short Shorts Film Festival Japan 2011
*1º Festival Internacional de Cine Underground 1000 METROS BAJO TIERRA MX / México 2011
*6th Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market / Japón 2011
*Mórbido Film Fest México 2011
*Festival de Cine Calaveras, Huesos y Nahuales / México 2011
*Muestra Internacional de Cine Fantástico y de Horror Linares / México 2011
*2º Festival Travelling / México 2011
*Cineseptiembre – 4º Muestra Internacional de Cine Independiente / México 2011
*Babel Film Festival / Italy 2011
*4th Jaipur International Film Festival / India 2012
*The Garden State Film Festival / USA 2012
*Festival de Cine de Horror Sacalacalaca / México 2012, WINNER 2º PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT
*Special screening at Muestra de Cine Surrealista by Cultura Colectiva 2013

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(spc.rs) - His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrofan, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Canada, hosted an annual meeting of the Orthodox Bishops’ Conference in Canada, on June 15, 2017.

The meeting was moderated by Metropolitan Soterios of the Constantinople Patriarchate. The following hierarchs participated in the deliberations of the meeting: Bishop Job (the Moscow Patriarchate), Bishop Iovan Kasian (the Romanian Patriarchate), Bishop Daniel (the Bulgarian Patriarchate), Archbishop Ireneus (the Orthodox Church in America), Bishop Elijah from the Albanian Diocese (the Constantinople Patriarchate), Metropolitan Juriy and Bishop Andrey from the Ukrainian Diocese (the Constantinople Patriarchate), Bishop Christoph (the Constantinople Patriarchate) and Bishop of Gregory of the Carpathian Diocese (the Constantinople Patriarchate).

In the spirit of fraternal love and mutual respect, the hierarchs discussed many issues concerning the life of the Church in modern times. The secretary of the Serbian Diocese of Canada, Ptriest Jovan Marjanac, accompanied Bishop Mitrofan.

          Unsettling prelude to Yugoslav vote    

Hopes are dwindling in the Yugoslav capital that former Serbian President Ivan Stambolic, Slobodan Milosevic's estranged mentor, will reappear after he vanished Friday while out on a morning jog.

Mr. Stambolic was once Serbia's most powerful politician and Mr. Milosevic's best friend, but in 1987 he was ousted from power in a Milosevic-staged political coup.

After a period of public withdrawal, Stambolic recently emerged as a fierce critic of the Milosevic family and regime, giving interviews to Serbian and Montenegrin media as Sept. 24 elections near.

Stambolic's disappearance appears to reflect a pattern of violence against those once close to the Milosevic family who have since broken ranks and spoken out against the regime. The cases include the April 1999 unsolved slaying of Slavko Curuvija, a dissident journalist who earlier had been close to the Milosevic camp.

Stambolic was most likely kidnapped, according to a security guard who saw him last. "A security guard at a restaurant saw Ivan resting in the parking lot. A white van stopped briefly in front of the restaurant and when it moved on, the guard couldn't see Ivan anymore," said Stambolic's lawyer, Nikola Barovic.

Police combed the woods near the restaurant, where Stambolic disappeared, but have made no statements on the progress of the investigation. Stambolic's wife, Kaca, said she did not believe her husband's kidnapping had a political motive, but some opposition leaders and Stambolic's lawyer are pointing the finger at the regime.

"Stambolic was president of Serbia, an important former political figure who disappeared in the middle of an election campaign, yet state-media and government officials haven't even mentioned his disappearance. The message is that this was a political act," said Barovic.

Serbia's largest opposition party, the Serbian Renewal Movement, demanded Stambolic's immediate release and referred to the kidnapping as a "terrorist act."

The party's president, Vuk Draskovic, has been the target of two assassination attempts in the past year and has accused the Belgrade regime of "state terrorism." Citing security concerns, Draskovic refuses to set foot in Serbia, and is residing in the pro-Western republic of Montenegro, Serbia's junior partner in the Yugoslav federation. His home is under constant guard by Montenegrin police.

Draskovic is not alone. Dissident journalist Alexandar Tijanic also stays away from Belgrade since being publicly rebuked by the president's wife.

Belgrade has been rocked by a series of high-profile killings in recent years, especially in the wake of NATO's bombing campaign last year. Company directors, a popular journalist, businessmen, and underworld figures like Zeljko Raznatovic "Arkan" have all been victims. The crimes remain unsolved.

Stambolic is the first pubic figure to have simply vanished.

"This reminds me of Argentinean-style terror," says Nenad Stefanovic, an opposition strategist with the Democratic Party. A funeral can draw a large crowd, which in itself becomes a political event. When someone goes missing, there is an added element of fear."

Though Stambolic was not active in opposition politics, he did maintain contacts with some opposition leaders. His recent interviews were a reminder to the Yugoslav public of President Milosevic's personal and political failings. As Milosevic's mentor and former best friend, Stambolic spoke with singular authority about the man who betrayed him.

Stambolic called his political disciple a "master of consuming and reproducing chaos" and predicted that Milosevic "was approaching a violent end. At the end he must be destroyed; most people are against him, and they will get him ... He will never go in peace."

Opposition leaders agree nobody knows President Milosevic as well as Stambolic. "Stambolic knows Mr. Milosevic's soul," says Nebojsa Covic, a former member of Milosevic's party, now turned opposition leader.

Milosevic and Stambolic met in the early 60s while in law school. Milosevic, a young man from the provinces, latched on to Stambolic, whose prominent family name foreshadowed political success. Beginning in the late 60s, Milosevic followed his mentor through a series of prominent positions in state enterprises and the Communist Party. In 1986 Stambolic became president of Serbia and lobbied hard for Milosevic to fill his old job as president of the Central Committee.

In April 1987 Stambolic asked Milosevic to go to Kosovo to appease angry Serbs who were threatening to demonstrate in Belgrade over increasing tensions with ethnic Albanians. The casual request created the Milosevic cult. Milosevic was confronted with a violent demonstration in Kosovo Polje, where police were beating Serbs in front of a crowded town hall. Pale-faced and overwhelmed by the scene below, Milosevic uttered the line that turned him into a political star overnight: "No one should dare to beat you!"

The sound bite, endlessly repeated on television, ended Milosevic's reputation as Stambolic's sidekick. From that day on, Milosevic began to harness the forces of nationalism - a move his mentor opposed.

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          Ongiś smutny koszyk   

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Spodziewane 6. miejsce w rankingu FIFA i domniemany pierwszy koszyk w losowaniu grupowym na MŚ 2018 przywołują u mnie bolesne wspomnienia, gdy nasza kadra była dnem dna. Wyznacznikiem tego był fakt, że przy okazji rozstawiania eliminacyjnych garnuszków lądowała ona w czwartym kubełku . Sytuacja taka miała miejsce dwukrotnie - w ramach boju o EURO 2000 oraz MŚ 2014.

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Na mętną lokację przed imprezą w Belgii i Holandii solidnie zapracowaliśmy beznadziejnymi wynikami pod wodzą Apostela i Piechniczka. W efekcie spadliśmy z trzeciego do czwartego koszyka (co prawda na sam jego szczyt, ale to nic nie zmieniło). Tam bawiliśmy się w gronie innych ówczesnych wielkich: Węgier, Irlandii Północnej, Bośni i Hercegowiny, Łotwy, Macedonii, Cypru, Walii i Islandii. Dość napisać, że szczebel wyżej ulokowały się m.in. Litwa, Słowacja, Izrael, Finlandia czy Gruzja.

Choć z drużyną prowadzoną przez Janusza Wójcika jakoś trudno mi wielce sympatyzować, to trzeba jej oddać, że dzięki kilku zwycięstwom odniesionym w el. EURO 2000 udało się wygrzebać z czwartego dołka w losowaniu, co - moim zdaniem - znacznie przyczyniło się do późniejszego awansu do MŚ 2002.

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Eliminacje do MŚ 2014 jawią się mi jako senny koszmar. Nie tylko dlatego, że szybko znaleźliśmy się poza grą. Stawaliśmy do nich bowiem z piętnem katastrofalnych eliminacji do MŚ 2010 (a zaczynaliśmy z drugiego koszyka) oraz fatalnego EURO 2012. I cały ten kiepski wizerunek został potwierdzony na boisku.

O skali naszej ówczesnej zapaści niech świadczy fakt, że w losowaniu trafiliśmy do czwartego koszyka, ale - wiem, że to technicznie nieistotne - na samo jego dno! Towarzystwo w dołku mieliśmy takie: Bułgaria, Rumunia, Gruzja, Litwa, Albania, Szkocja, Irlandia Północna i Austria. Niewiele jednak brakowało, a spadlibyśmy do piątego (!!!) koszyka kosztem Armenii. Ówczesne popisy kadry Fornalika kazały sądzić, że taka degradacja byłaby uzasadniona.

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Dziś te smutne czasy wspominam bez sentymentu. Jak zawsze w tego typu przypadkach potrzebny był... cud. Polacy eliminację do EURO 2016 zaczynali z samego dołu trzeciego koszyka i awansowali. Spodziewana kwalifikacja do MŚ 2018 odbędzie się także z trzeciego koszyka, ale już z jego wierzchołka. Bez względu zatem czy w bój o EURO 2020 będziemy ruszać z pierwszej czy drugiej grzędy - również wszyscy liczymy na awans. Ot, choćby po to, żeby skutecznie wymazać wspomnienia z dawnych czasów :)

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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   

In the rugged mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea _ the wild herbal variety

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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Edi Rama: Artist-turned-premier keen to lead Albania into Europe   

Albania's artist-turned-prime minister Edi Rama, who was heading for a second term on Monday, wants to transform his country from a poor Balkan state into a modern member of the European Union. "Albania is our homeland and Europe is our future," he said in an interview with AFP on the day he first came to power in July 2013, borrowing a phrase from former French president Francois Mitterrand.


          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Within the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, the place the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, hassle is brewing over tea — the wild natural selection. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making common cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-a great deal of herbs and medicinal crops. They principally decide mountain tea — additionally referred to as ironwort — hawthorn and even primrose, however they’re additionally destroying uncommon and endangered species within the course of. The looters then promote the herbs for export to pharmaceutical or cosmetics corporations, a enterprise

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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea – the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impove...
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
Greece_Herb_Looters_21076In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety.
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. They […]
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Το οδυνηρό αποτέλεσμα και ο ρόλος της Ομόνοιας..   

Πέντε μέρες πέρασαν από την ολοκλήρωση των εκλογών στην Αλβανία και τον θρίαμβο του Ράμα... Οι κάλπες πέρα από την άνετη επικράτηση των σοσιαλιστικών επεφύλαξαν την μεγαλύτερη ήττα για τον ελληνισμό, για την μειονότητα....
Όσο για την εκλογή πέντε μειονοτικών βουλευτών, μοιάζει με ανέκδοτο που φρόντισαν να πλασάρουν διάφοροι διπλωματικοί κύκλοι... Γιατί αλήθεια πόση αξία μπορεί να έχει η εκλογή δύο ή τριών βουλευτών ελληνικής καταγωγής, με τα ψηφοδέλτια εκείνων που έχουν κάνει σημαία τους την γενοκτονία των τσάμηδων και δεν κρύβουν το όνειρό τους για την Μεγάλη Αλβανία...
Ο πρόεδρος του ΚΕΑΔ –του κόμματος που γεννήθηκε το 1992 όταν απαγορεύτηκε η συμμετοχή στις εκλογές της Ομόνοιας- εκλέχθηκε υπό την σημαία του Δημοκρατικού κόμματος της Αλβανίας...

Το άλλο κόμμα το MEGA, που ισχυρίζονταν ότι αποτελεί τον γνήσιο εκφραστή της ελληνικής μειονότητας κατάφερε να συγκεντρώσει μόλις δύο χιλιάδες ψήφους σε ολόκληρη την Αλβανία...
Και η Ομόνοια;
Πέρα από μερικά προεκλογικά παιχνιδάκια που επιχείρησε, είναι εξαφανισμένη... Ένα πουκάμισο αδειανό, που θα έλεγε ο ποιητής, ή μια οργάνωση σφραγίδα...
Μετά τις εκλογές, ουδένα σχόλιο... Ούτε κριτική, ούτε αυτοκριτική...
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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. They […]
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
           Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants    
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. The looters then sell the herbs for export to pharmaceutical or cosmetics companies, a business that nets Albanian wholesalers tens of millions annually. In targeted operations over the last few months, Greek police have arrested at least ten Albanians and seized dozens of kilograms of herbs. Many poor Albanians are crossing the mountains into Greece this year because of an herb shortage in Albania due to freezing temperatures last winter, said Filip Gjoka, president of Albania's Association of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants and owner of an herb and spice trading company. Gjoka said the Albanian companies employ 10,000 workers and another 80,000 people as independent contractors for whom seasonal herb picking is their only source of income. Eleni Maloupa, director of Greece's Institute of Breeding and Plant Genetic Resources in Thessaloniki, says some of the 14 kinds of ironwort that grow in Greece are threatened with extinction and there is a blanket ban on their collection, even in small quantities.
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety.
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          This week in monetary policy: Albania, Romania, Australia, Sweden, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ukraine and Egypt    
    This week (July 2 through July 8) central banks from 9 countries or jurisdictions are scheduled to decide on monetary policy: Albania, Romania, Australia, Sweden, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ukraine and Egypt.
    Following table includes the name of the country, the date of the next policy decision, the current policy rate, the result of the last policy decision, the change in the policy rate year to date, the rate one year ago, and the country’s MSCI classification.
    The table is updated when the latest decisions are announced and can always accessed by clicking on This Week.

WEEK 27
JUL 2 - JUL 8, 2017:
COUNTRY                 DATE                RATE           LATEST                 YTD               1 YR AGO       MSCI
ALBANIA 3-Jul 1.25% 0 0 1.25%
ROMANIA 3-Jul 1.75% 0 0 1.75%          FM
AUSTRALIA 4-Jul 1.50% 0 0 1.75%          DM
SWEDEN 4-Jul -0.50% 0 0 -0.50%          DM
THAILAND 5-Jul 1.50% 0 0 1.50%          EM
KAZAKHSTAN 5-Jul 10.50% -50 -150 13.00%          FM
POLAND 5-Jul 1.50% 0 0 1.50%          EM
UKRAINE 6-Jul 12.50% -50 -150 15.50%          FM
EGYPT 6-Jul 16.75% 200 200 11.75%          EM



          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
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THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. They […] Reported by Seattle Times 2 hours ago.
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. They mostly […]
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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
In the rugged mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea _ the wild herbal variety.
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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. The looters then sell the herbs for export to pharmaceutical or cosmetics companies, a business that nets Albanian wholesalers tens of millions annually. In targeted operations over the last few months, Greek police have arrested at least ten Albanians and seized dozens of kilograms of herbs. Many poor Albanians are crossing the mountains into Greece this year because of an herb shortage in Albania due to freezing temperatures last winter, said Filip Gjoka, president of Albania's Association of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants and owner of an herb and spice trading company. Gjoka said the Albanian companies employ 10,000 workers and another 80,000 people as independent contractors for whom seasonal herb picking is their only source of income. Eleni Maloupa, director of Greece's Institute of Breeding and Plant Genetic Resources in Thessaloniki, says some of the 14 kinds of ironwort that grow in Greece are threatened with extinction and there is a blanket ban on their collection, even in small quantities. Reported by SeattlePI.com 8 hours ago.
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. They […]
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
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WALKING STICKS .. Castle Comfort of Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire became kind of 'famous' for the supply of walking canes when they opened their stall in a Stoke on Trent market stall.  A decade ago, quite a stir was caused when visitors to Hanley, Stoke on Trent indoor market found themselves having their 'ferrules' changed on their walking canes - FREE OF CHARGE. The ferrule is the metal or rubber stopper on the end and folks came from miles around to see if it was true.

It started, not as a gimmick as such, but the firm who obtained the ferrules from manufacturers for around 50p each - found it time consuming and uneconomical to  account for and charge 75p-£1 and write out a receipt for each one. So they gave them away. Soon it was realised that peoples appreciation of getting something for nothing (and an item that can be difficult to find) resulted in one of Castle Comfort's best ever marketing policies. The local community got to know and love this local company that was clearly not out to make every penny it could - and naturally when time came to invest in a chair, bed or a stair lift - then CCC's Wolstanton showroom became the place to visit.

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To this day - a posse of Castle Comfort team members make regular visits to lots of care homes, residential complexes and  a 'coffee morning ferrule change.'  They can be found at place such as  Bradeley Village, Lisbon Place in The Westlands, Newcastle under Lyme, Gordon Court, Newhouse Court, Mill Rise, Amberly House, Lea Court, Berry Hill, Garners Garden Centre and many more.  You no doubt will have seen us when out shopping at your local Morrison's and Sainsbury's stores (the latter especially on Red Nose Day).

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If a similar product (and of a similar quality) is found elsewhere it will probably be around the £15 mark - thought it has been spotted retailing at up to £30 and even some suppliers may charge carriage.  Also, if people cannot get to the showroom and live within a fifteen mile radius, it will be delivered FREE OF CHARGE. Naturally if ever the ferrule needs changing- that will be free.

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A height adjustable CASTLE WALKING STICK folds when not in use for compact storage or transportation. Available in SMALL or STANDARD. One or the other will be fine for a very tiny dot of a person - up to an Olympic pole jumper.  Simply try them out at  the Newcastle under Lyme showroom or in the comfort of your own home when the Castle team member arrives, of course, by appointment.
They are  made from strong powder-coated steel,  have an arthritic friendly shaped handle and have non-marking slip resistant rubber ferrules (tips.)

SO, NOW YOU KNOW WHO TO CONTACT WHEN  YOU WANT A WALKING STICK  - AND REMEMBER IF YOU ARE HUNTING AROUND FOR A LOVED ONE - THEN THERE IS NO FINER PRESENT - (AND IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE FOR A BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR CHRISTMAS)

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If you thought that a walking stick was just a walking stick, plain and simple, you would be wrong. The humble walking stick, giving walking support to the aged and infirm, is anything but. Walking sticks have been seen as a fashion accessory by some and even a real, trusted friend by others with which to share life; akin to walking the dog!
Walking sticks are also becoming an acceptable self-defence tool for ladies. But if you ever bash a would be mugger over the head don´t tell the police you carry it for that purpose. Just invent ´´a little arthritis in the knee´´ - and wink at the copper. He´ll tick the right boxes.

“When you have no companion, look to your walking stick.”
(Albanian Proverb)

“The best, the most exquisite automobile is a walking stick and one of the finest things in life is going for a walk with it.”
(Robert Coates Holliday)

“Speak softly and carry a large stick; you will go far.”
(Theodore Roosevelt)
Edward VII (1841-1910) was the son of Queen Victoria. He served as heir apparent and held the title Prince of Wales. It is not hard to draw at least some comparisons between Edward and Charles, Prince of Wales. Both princes had mothers as reining monarchs endowed with longevity. Elizabeth 11 became Queen on the death of her father, King George V1, in February 1952. She was only 25 years old. The coronation was held in June 1953. Her remarkable 60 years on the throne, her Diamond Jubilee, was one of the triumphs of 2012. Elizabeth 11 is the second longest reigning monarch. Victoria was Queen from June 1837 to January 1901, a total of 63 years.
To be Heir Apparent, or monarch in waiting, must be one of the most unenviable of roles. When most people are looking forward to retirement, Charles, and Edward before him, cannot take on the role which destiny has assigned them until their latter years, and then not until the death of the parent!
Queen Victoria had a passion for all things Scottish and this was epitomised by her choice of interior design at Balmoral Castle. This is of course where the Royal Family spends their summer holidays. The pursuit of all things Scottish is still a feature of senior Royals and highland dress, with a stout walking stick, is a part of the holiday at Balmoral Castle. Prince William apparently preferred jeans!

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Edward VII at Balmoral. Note the Scottish attire. The photograph is thought to have been taken by his wife, Alexandra.

Look at the pictures of the two Heirs Apparent. What do you see in common? The answer is a walking stick, a stylish accessory for the gentry of the day. Edward VII (Albert Edward) was born on 9th November 1841. He was King on the United Kingdom and all of the British Dominions. He was also Emperor of India from January 22 1901. Edward is thought to have been a champion of human equality and at times derisory of the Government. He undertook a tour of India which lasted an incredible eight months. It was noted that he treated all people equally, with no exclusions on the ground of race, colour or religion.  In an outspoken and unpopular attack of the treatment of Indians by the British officials he wrote “Because a man has a black face and a different religion from our own, there is no reason that he should be treated as a brute.” At the end of the successful tour, the title ‘Empress of India’ was bestowed on Victoria by the British Parliament, thus creating Edward as the future Emperor when he ascended the throne.

His family route was the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and he was the first British monarch from that dynasty. The name, with its Germanic associations, was changed by his son, George V, to the House of Windsor and the name remains in the present day monarchy. During the long reign of his mother, Queen Victoria, he was largely excluded from affairs of State and became the personification of the fashionable playboy with a taste for the high life; fine wines, food and of course mistresses. Victoria spoke harshly of him “I never can, or shall, look at him without a shudder.”He was nothing like her beloved Albert whom she worshipped all her life.

Edward was no ‘dedicated follower of fashion’; rather he established the fashion for the gentry. He it was who made the wearing of tweed, Norfolk jackets and Homburg hats the fashion in men’s wear Outdoors, he was always accompanied by a walking stick, some styles for town and others for the country.

Edward was responsible for some traditions which still are followed today. These include the wearing of a black tie with dinner jackets and leaving the bottom button of a waistcoat unfastened. I think that this was born more from girth than fashion! Walking sticks too became the fashion and there are some fine examples spanning the centuries.



I include at this point an aspect of country life of which I have a loathing. Shooting living creatures in the guise of a ‘sport’, together with fox hunting with dogs. This walking stick shows the head of a Retriever returning the quarry. The fox hunting ban in Britain is still in force and will, I hope, remain so. I am visited by urban foxes every night which solve my food recycling! In common with the majority of the aristocracy and a rural way of life style of the less ‘well bred’, Edward had a passion for hunting. The rooms of Balmoral, with tartan drapes and carpets, adorned with stags heads, bare macabre testimony to the cruelty of a particular form of ‘Scottish’ tradition, so passionately embraced by Victoria. It is a regrettable anomaly that some senior Royals of today, Patrons of Wild Life Conservation, continue to hunt.

Edward did not restrict his guns to Balmoral. His passion led to a bizarre ‘naughtiness’ when resident at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. It seems that he had the clocks altered to run an hour fast to create more time for the morning shoots.  ‘Sandringham Time’, only ceased in 1936 on the express orders of Edward VIII.

People who shoot game birds need a stable platform from which to fire, hence the design of another type of walking stick, the aptly named shooting stick. The handle opens out into a two part canvas or leather seat, mounted on a single leg with a ground spike. The user perches on the seat and supports their body with their legs for greater stability.

Pheasant shooting sticks and walking sticks

Collectors of antiques do include walking sticks. Many are exquisite pieces and demand very high prices. One such walking stick, dating from 1780, is a fine example. The stick itself is built from Bark Malacca with a highly decorative handle in fine German Meissen pottery. Malacca, referred to by makers as the “King of Canes”, is a species of rattan palm, found along the coast of Sumatra. It is an ideal medium for walking sticks; light weight but very strong. This opulent stick is valued at a staggering £9000. The Malacca is of course a factor, but far more so the fine Meissen.

Malacca Walking Stick
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Meissen began production of fine porcelain in Dresden. (Germany, not Stoke-on-Trent).
The ware can be authenticated by the crossed swords back stamp, patented in 1720.


Alongside‘Meissen’, the name ‘Wedgwood’ is world famous. Josiah Wedgwood was born in 1768 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. In childhood, Wedgwood contracted smallpox which left him with a severely weakened knee. It was this weakness, rendering him unable to use the pedal on a potter’s wheel, which caused him to change direction towards design. He revolutionised the firing process with the invention of the pyrometer, to give accurate temperature readings in the kilns, for which he was recognised by the Royal Society. Being a son of Newcastle-under-Lyme, adjacent to Stoke-on-Trent, I thought that I had a reasonable knowledge of Josiah Wedgwood’s life. However, as in the adage,’one is never too old to learn!’ I did not know that in 1768 his knee problem resulted in the amputation of his right leg. Wedgwood was a perfectionist. It is recorded that he would tour the Etruria factory, closely inspecting the ware for the slightest imperfection. If the quality was not to his standard, he would raise his walking stick and smash the pot in pieces whilst shouting loudly “This will not do for Josiah Wedgwood.”


Modern day walking sticks may lack a little in elegance but they are a functional aid to mobility. Many are available in a telescopic design, and some effort is made to make them decorative for ladies! In common with their Malacca ancestors, the walking sticks are light weight and yet give strong support for those who need assistance when walking. The added advantage is that they can be collapsed and stowed in a shopping bag.






Walking sticks feature in Folklore and Fantasy. Fairies and ‘little people’ are more the stuff of Ireland, but one old tale comes from Wales.

A farmer from Cwmllan was tending his sheep in the hills. He heard a cry for help. Only people cried and he could not remember seeing people on the remote hill. He discovered a young girl. She had fallen and was trapped on a ledge above a rocky cliff. With no thought for his own safety, the famer climbed down and rescued her. A little old man appeared from nowhere, saying that the girl was his daughter, and thanked the farmer profusely for saving her life. The old man rewarded the farmer by insisting that he accepted his most valued possession, his walking stick. Within a moment, both the old man and the girl were gone from sight. It was as if they had never been.

From that day on, the farmer’s life changed and he became rich. His sheep always gave birth to two ewes. No accidents or diseases struck his flock. Sheep stealers were thwarted. Birds of prey never took a lamb. In the worst of winter, sheep buried in snow drifts always survived. In due season, his flock produced the finest wool. It seemed that the old man’s walking stick had brought good fortune indeed.

One night, having brought the sheep off the hill, the famer walked to a nearby village to a cock fight. He set off for home very late. A dreadful storm blew up with high winds and rain in sheets. He had to cross a swollen stream, using the stick to find a safe footing. Somehow the walking stick slipped from his hand and was washed away by the torrent. Exhausted, the farmer finally reached his cottage.

The next morning the storm had abated and the farmer set out to assess any damage and to look for his stick. Nearly all of his sheep had gone, washed away with the stick by the power of the torrent.
The farmer was ruined. His wealth had gone, as it came, with a walking stick.

(Adapted from ‘Welsh Fairy Book’ (1907) W. Jenkyn Thomas)

Fantasy is perfectly adapted to the cinema. Looking at the momentous success of the ‘Harry Potter’ films who could question that?


‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’


The original film, ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’, was made in 1971 with Gene Wilder in the star role as Willy Wonka, It was based on the book of the same title, written in 1964, by one of the greatest of children’s fantasy writers, Roald Dahl. It was not a success. A second adaptation, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ was begun in 1991 and first screened in 2005. Willy Wonka played by Johnny Deep. A young boy, Charlie Buckett, wins every child’s dream, a tour of a candy factory. It turns out to be the most wonderful candy factory of all, run by the wildly eccentric Willy Wonka. The sugar corridors are not as sweet as they seem. The story unfolds with fantastical plots and intrigues but Willy and Charlie triumph. The whole design is a colourful extravaganza with every imaginable candy colour and shapes made in incredible ‘Heath Robinson’ machinery.


The musical (chocoholic) fans amongst us will not be surprised to know that a new stage
version of the story will be premiered at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in May 2013. The show is directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes. Music is by Marc Shaiman with choreography by Peter Darling, who choreographed the poignant film ‘Billy Elliot’.

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It seems then that the story of walking sticks is far from being a boring mundane topic. However, as with sweets, I like to save my favourite ‘til last. It is Willy Wonka who created perhaps the most irresistible walking stick of all; a candy stick filled to the handle with confectionary goodies!

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          Hamburg, gjatë Samitit G20 nëpër rrugë 20 miljë policë   

Qyteti gjerman i Hamburgut më 7 dhe 8 korrik do të presë Samitin e liderëve të G20, kurse për masat e shtuara të sigurisë në rrugët e këtij qyteti do të angazhohen të paktën 20 mijë policë, transmeton Anadolu Agency (AA). Kryetari i Hamburgut Olaf Scholz, në një intervistë për gazetën “Tagesspiegel am Sonntag”, ka […]

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          ‘Po t’du’ vjen nga Neki Emra (Video)   

Ky projekt muzikor i titulluar ‘Po t’du’ është punuar nga Florent Boshnjaku i cili ka bërë muzikën dhe orkestrimin kurse tekstin e ka shkruar Mit’hat Sadiku. ‘Po t’du’ është finalizuar edhe me klip nga Asha, që është xhiruar në bregdet.

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          Reagon Basha: Pushteti oligarkik degjeneron në pushtet të dhunës   

Përmes një statusi në profilin e tij ne FB, Basha leshon akuza të forta ndaj kreut të Bashkisë së Tiranës, Erion Veliaj dhe kryeministrit Edi Rama. Sipas tij, lulishtja po prishet me vullnetin e Rames dhe Veliajt, ne favor te klientit te tyre. Postimi i Bashës Lulishtja pranë parkut të autobuzave ishte një nga investimet e […]

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          Mustafa: Deklarata Kushtetuese e 2 korrikut 1990 është një prej akteve më të rëndësishme juridike   

“Pa protagonizëm e garë politike, Delegatët e Kuvendit të atëhershëm të Kosovës, përkundër kërcënimeve të drejtpërdrejta të pushtuesit serb, shpallën Deklaratën Kushtetuese duke e vënë një gur të madh në ndërtimin e shtetit të Kosovës”, ka shkruar Mustafa në Facebook. Sipas tij, ky hap riafirmoi vizionin dhe vendosmërinë e pathyeshme të popullit të Kosovës për […]

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          Thaçi tregon se çka do të bisedohet nesër në Bruksel   

Ai përmes një shkrimi në llogarinë e tij në “Facebook” ka thënë se në këtë takim do të diskutojnë dhe shkëmbejnë idetë fillestare për mënyrën se si do të vazhdojmë dialogun në fazën e re dhe objektivat që synojmë të arrijmë në kuadër të procesit të normalizimit. Ky është shkrimi i plotë i Thaçit: Nesër, […]

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          Rrëfehet nusja 19 vjeçe që helmoi vjehrrën në Shijak: Ja pse e bëra   

E reja ka rrëfyer në polici arsyet që e shtynë të ndërmerrte këtë veprim. Ajo ka thënë se ishte martuar vetëm 4 muaj më parë, por që nga ai moment sherret me vjehrrën kishin qenë të vazhdueshme, madje edhe është dhunuar. “Ngrinte dorë mbi mua e më rrihte, prandaj nuk durova dot,”- ka rrëfyer nusja. […]

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          Man Utd vendos për Rooneyn   

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          Shyhretja dëgjon muzikë rep? Ky është ‘mbreti’ i ‘Hip-Hopit’ sipas saj (Video)   

Në mesin e shumë pyetjeve që saj iu vunë për një arsyeje, ajo bëri zgjedhjet e saj, disa prej të cilave ishin shumë interesante. Këngëtarja u pyet edhe për reperin më të mirë shqiptar. E se cili është ‘mbreti’ i këtij zhanri në estradën shqiptare sipas, klikojeni në minutën 1:24 të videos.

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          Specat djegës mund të ndihmojnë në vrasjen e qelizave të kancerit   

Dietologia australiane, Lyndi Cohen thotë se kur zgjedhim të mos kemi karbohidrate në dietën tonë, emocionet ndryshojnë në mënyrë drastike, pasi karbohidratet çlirojnë kimikate pozitive në trupin tonë. “Kur truri juaj nuk merr mjaftueshëm, apo nuk prodhon mjaftueshëm nga këto kimikate, mund të shkaktojë depresion, i cili është një nga arsyet kryesore për të mbajtur […]

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          ΝΩΝΤΑΣ ΝΙΚΑΚΗΣ: Προσκυνηματική Επίσκεψη στη ΒΟΡΕΙΟ ΗΠΕΙΡΟ (Αλβανία)   

ΠΡΟΣΚΥΝΗΜΑΤΙΚΗ ΕΚΔΡΟΜΗ ΣΤΗ ΒΟΡΕΙΟ ΗΠΕΙΡΟ (Αλβανία)

        To όνειρο μου να επισκεφτώ τα ιερά χώματα της Βορείου Ηπείρου, εκεί που βρίσκονται οι άταφοι νεκροί μας του Ελληνοιταλικού Πολέμου 1940- 1941 και οι ζωντανοί σύγχρονοι Έλληνες ομογενείς μας, που ακόμη δεν έχουν αναπνεύσει αέρα ελευθερίας, έγινε πραγματικότητα με την συμμετοχή μου στην προσκυνηματική εκδρομή που οργάνωσε ο αιδεσιμολογιότατος εφημέριος του Ι.Ν Αγίου AΑθανασίου Αμφιλοχίας π. Οδυσσέας Κυρόσιμος στις 27 Μαΐου 2017.......



       Ξεκινήσαμε γεμάτοι συγκίνηση από την Αμφιλοχία και στα Γιάννενα προστέθηκε στη συνοδεία μας η φωτεινή προσωπικότητα της πόλεως των Ιωαννίνων ο κ. Μιχάλης Παντούλας, φιλόλογος, ιστορικός, τέως βουλευτής και βαθύς γνώστης της ιστορίας της Ηπείρου και της ζωής του εθναποστόλου Κοσμά του Αιτωλού και γενικότερα ότι αφορά τα προβλήματα της ελληνικής μειονότητας καθώς επίσης και του έργου της αυτοκέφαλου ορθόδοξης εκκλησίας με επικεφαλής τον αρχιεπίσκοπο Αναστάσιο Γιαννουλάτο ιεράρχη παγκόσμιας προσωπικότητας.

        Αφού διασχίσαμε την καταπράσινη κοιλάδα της Δρόπολης σταματήσαμε για λίγο στο Αργυρόκαστρο με ξενάγηση αντικρίζοντας  το Φρούριο που δεσπόζει πάνω από την παλιά πόλη του Αργυροκάστρου που έχει χαρακτηριστεί από την UNESCO ως Μνημείο Παγκόσμιας της Πολιτιστικής Κληρονομιάς και στη συνέχεια διασχίζοντας μια πανέμορφη πεδιάδα καθ οδόν προς το Τεπελένι, ενημερωθήκαμε από τον ιστοριοδίφη κ. Μιχάλη Παντούλα, για το ύψωμα 731, τις σύγχρονες «Θερμοπύλες που δεν έπεσαν ποτέ».
     Η Ιστορία του Ελληνικού Έθνους της Εκδοτικής Αθηνών γράφει: «Επί 7 ημέρες, ως τις 15 Μαρτίου η μεραρχία δοκιμάστηκε σκληρά, αλλά απέκρουσε τα κύματα των επιτιθέμενων αντιπάλων. Οι επιθέσεις και αντεπιθέσεις άρχιζαν με πυκνό κανονιοβολισμό που κατέσκαβε τα υψώματα, για να καταλήξουν σε συμπλοκές, όπου το λόγο είχαν η χειροβομβίδα και η λόγχη. Το ύψωμα 731, μεταξύ Αώου και Άψου, έμεινε θρυλικό. Ως τις 19 Μαρτίου, μετά από σχετική τριήμερη ανάπαυλα, οι Ιταλοί εξαπέλυσαν κατά του υψώματος 731 όχι λιγότερες από 18 επιθέσεις. Το «731», όπως έμεινε γνωστό στην πολεμική ιστορία και των δύο αντιπάλων, υπήρξε ίσως ένα από τα πιο αιματοβαμμένα υψώματα ολόκληρου του παγκοσμίου πολέμου».
      Εκεί μετά  το Τεπελένι δεσπόζει και το άγαλμα του τυράννου Αλη Πασά των Ιωαννίνων.

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Ο Νώντας Νικάκης στο τάφο του Αγίου Πατροκοσμά του Αιτωλού, στην Αλβανία 

     Αργά το μεσημέρι φθάσαμε στο Φιέρι στη νότια Αλβανία και επιβιβαστήκαμε σε  δυο παλιά λεωφορεία της περιόδου 1975, προκειμένου να ταξιδέψουμε στον  δυσκολοδιάβατο κακοτράχαλο δρόμο προς Κολικόντασι εκεί που βρίσκεται το μοναστήρι αφιερωμένο στον κτίστη της ρωμιοσύνης και εθνομάρτυρα Κοσμά τον Αιτωλό.
      Μια μεγάλη μορφή της τουρκοκρατούμενης Ελλάδας ήταν αναμφίβολα ο Κοσμάς ο Αιτωλός. Πολυσχιδής προσωπικότητα, λόγιος, ιεροκήρυκας, κοινωνικός μεταρρυθμιστής και διαφωτιστής, γνωστός και ως Πατροκοσμάς.
      Ρίγη συγκίνησης φόρτισης, κράμα ενθουσιασμού και δέος κατέλαβαν όλους τους προσκυνητές στο αντίκρυσμα του τόπου του μαρτυρίου του αγίου του οποίου όλη του η ζωή υπήρξε  ενα  συγκλονιστικό και φλογερό κήρυγμα αγάπης.
      Συγκινημένοι βαθιά αφήσαμε το Κολικόντασι και κατευθυνθήκαμε προς την πρωτεύουσα της Αλβανίας τα Τίρανα για διανυκτέρευση.
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        Την επόμενη μέρα Κυριακή παρακολουθήσαμε την θεία λειτουργία στον καθεδρικό εντυπωσιακό μητροπολιτικό ναό της Αναστάσεως που βρίσκεται ακριβώς 50 μέτρα από την κεντρική πλατεία Σκεντέρμπεη στην καρδιά της πόλεως των Τιράνων. 
      Πρόκειται για  ναό κόσμημα  με χαρακτηριστικά ροτόντας με επιφάνεια ναού 1660τμ με κωδωνοστάσιοτρούλος 43 μ., σταυρός 46 μ.
     Βασική ιδέα του αποτελούν τέσσερις πασχαλινές λαμπάδες, που συμβολίζουν τους τέσσερις Ευαγγελιστές και ενας επιβλητικός σταυρός φωτίζουν τον ουρανό πάνω από τα  Τίρανα εκπέμποντας στους ταλαιπωρημένους βαλκανικού λαούς  μήνυμα ελπίδας και ειρηνικής διαθρησκευτικής συνύπαρξης πού είναι όραμα του ανορθωτή της αυτοκεφάλου εκκλησίας αρχιεπισκόπου Αναστασίου.
   Στην λειτουργία ιερούργησε ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος με συλλειτουργούς αρκετούς ιερείς από διάφορες χώρες, και μεταξύ αυτών και ο πατέρας Οδυσσέας.
     Χαρακτηριστικό της θείας λειτουργίας εκτός ήταν η κατάνυξη αλλά και μεγαλοπρέπεια όλων όσον παίρνουν μέρος των ιερέων και των παιδιών που βοηθούν εντός του ιερού βήματος καθώς επίσης και των χορωδιών η μια βυζαντινή που αριθμεί 25 μέλη αλβανών χριστιανών που γνωρίζουν άριστα την βυζαντινή μουσική αλλά και την ελληνική γλώσσα και ψάλλουν τον όρθρο μέχρι τα πασαπνοαρια, και στη συνέχεια συνεχίζει η άλλη χορωδία στην δεξιά πλευρά η οποία εφαρμόζει την εναρμονισμένη βυζαντινή μουσική των συνθετών Σακελλαρίδη και Πολυκράτη συνοδευόμενη με εκκλησιαστικό όργανο.
     Οι χορωδοί της εναρμονισμένης  άνδρες γυναίκες 20-22 τον αριθμό αρκετοί προέρχονται από την λυρική των Τιράνων. Την θεία λειτουργία παρακολούθησαν 350-400 χριστιανοί διαφόρων εθνικοτήτων και πριν το τέλος μουρμούρισε δίπλα μου υπάλληλος της ελληνικής πρεσβείας ότι θα κοινωνήσουν περί τους 150 χριστιανούς πράγμα που συνέβη αφού έλαβαν μέρος 5 ιερείς για να εξυπηρετηθούν οι πιστοί.
      Μετα το τέλος της θείας λειτουργίας έγινε προσκύνημα στο λείψανο το Αγιου Κοσμα του Αιτωλού και στη συνέχεια ξεναγηθήκαμε στο κτιριακό συγκρότημα που αποτελεί αρχιτεκτονικό και αισθητικό επίτευγμα, και χαρακτηρίζεται ως σύμβολο ενότητας και αναγέννησης της Αλβανίας
    Περιλαμβάνει αίθουσα συνεδρίων, για 500 έως 850 συνέδρους, που μπορεί να χρησιμοποιείται για διαλέξεις, προβολές και μουσικές εκδηλώσεις. 
   Η πτέρυγα βοηθητικών χώρων – παρασκηνίων, της επιτρέπει να χρησιμοποιείται και ως θέατρο.
    Η εξωτερική μορφολογία του Συγκροτήματος συνδυάζεται τόσο με την μορφή του Καθεδρικού ναού, του οποίου αποτελεί προέκταση, όσο και με την χαρακτηριστική αρχιτεκτονική των γύρω από αυτό υπουργείων και εντάσσεται αρμονικά στην αισθητική εικόνα του ιστορικού κέντρου της πόλης.

ΣΥΝΑΝΤΗΣΗ ΜΕ ΤΟΝ ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟ ΤΙΡΑΝΩΝ ΔΥΡΡΑΧΙΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΠΑΣΗΣ ΑΛΒΑΝΙΑΣ, Κ. ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΟ
        To τελευταίο μέρος της  επίσκεψης μας  περιελάμβανε συνάντηση και γνωριμία με τον ιεράρχη των πέντε ηπείρων και παγκόσμια προσωπικότητά τον αρχιεπίσκοπο Αναστάσιο.
      Μεγάλη και ξεχωριστή μορφή με διεθνή ακτινοβολία και τεράστιο ιεραποστολικό και κοινωνικό έργο, σε έναν Ιεράρχη που έχει αφιερώσει τη ζωή του στην εκκλησιαστική, ιεραποστολική, ανθρωπιστική, επιστημονική και συγγραφική διακονία, θέτοντας στο επίκεντρο: «τον άνθρωπο που βρίσκεται σε ανάγκη»
      Στην διάρκεια της συνάντησης αναπτύχθηκαν θέματα που αφορούν στις σχέσεις των δύο λαών και στη συνέχεια, έγινε παρουσίαση του έργου που επιτελεί η Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία της Αλβανίας στην περιοχή, τα τελευταία 20 χρόνια, έχοντας αναδειχθεί σε πολυδύναμο πνευματικό και αναπτυξιακό παράγοντα της χώρας.
      Με τη δραστηριότητα και παρουσία του έχει αναδεχθεί σε σοβαρό παράγοντα πνευματικής, πολιτιστικής και κοινωνικής αναπτύξεως της Αλβανίας και θρησκευτικής συνυπάρξεως στη χώρα.
   Συνοπτικά μας παρουσίασε το έργο της εκκλησίας της Αλβανίας που έχει να επιδείξει:
-21 νηπιαγωγεία, Ορφανοτροφείο, δύο 9-τάξια δημοτικά σχολεία, λειτουργεί Τεχνικό Λύκειο, συντηρεί τα πρώτα ΙΕΚ με 6 τμήματα, ενώ το 2010 πήρε άδεια ίδρυσης του ιδιωτικού Πανεπιστημίου με την επωνυμία «Λόγος», με δύο Σχολές (οικονομικών με 3 τμήματα και Εφαρμοσμένων Επιστημών με 2 τμήματα).
-Στον τομέα της Υγείας ίδρυσε και λειτουργεί το Ιατρικό Διαγνωστικός Κέντρο «Ευαγγελισμός» με 24 ειδικότητες στα Τίρανα, πολυιατρεία και κέντρα υγείας σε διάφορες πόλεις και περιοχές.
-Τα τελευταία 25 χρόνια, η ελληνική έγινε η δεύτερη γλώσσα στην Αλβανία.
-Το 1992 άνοιξε η Θεολογική Ακαδημία στο Δυρράχιο, ακολούθησε το 1998 η ίδρυση του Εκκλησιαστικού Λυκείου «Τίμιος Σταυρός» στο Αργυρόκαστρο.
-Επίσης δημιουργήθηκε έδρα Ελληνικής Γλώσσας και Πολιτισμού στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αργυροκάστρου, δημιουργήθηκαν κέντρα νεολαίας, φοιτητές μελετούν την Αγία Γραφή… Και αυτά είναι μόνο ελάχιστα από όσα έχει καταφέρει να δημιουργήσει ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Τιράνων και Πάσης Αλβανίας, Αναστάσιος.
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ΕΠΙΣΤΡΟΦΗ ΚΑΙ ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΙΕΣ 
       Γοητευμένοι από την ενημέρωση του σεμνού ιεράρχη στον ορθόδοξο καθεδρικό ναο ευχόμαστε να μην τελείωνε αυτή η σύναξη και με βαθιά συγκίνηση λάβαμε την ευλογία του και πήραμε τον δρόμο της επιστροφής.
    Θα ήταν παράλειψη να μην συγχαρώ τον αιδεσιμολογιότατο εφημέριο Αμφιλοχίας πατέρα Οδυσσέα που οργάνωσε αυτό το προσκυνηματικό και πνευματικό ταξίδι.
      Ηταν μαζί μας "εκλεκτές" παρουσίες όπως ο κ. Μιχάλης Παντούλας ιστορικός και τέως βουλευτής Ιωαννίνων καθώς επίσης και ο τ. Δήμαρχος Αμφιλοχίας, κ. Νίκος Τέλωνας και πολλοί φίλοι από την Αμφιλοχία. 
   Ευχαριστίες στο τουριστικό γραφείο του Τάσου Τανταρούδα που φρόντισε για το ασφαλές ταξίδι σε συνεργασία με το γραφείο τουρισμού του ΚΤΕΛ Αιτωλοακαρνανίας και μας προσέφεραν μια ευχάριστη ξεκούραστη και άνετη διαμονή.
     Φεύγοντας από την Αλβανία πήραμε μαζί μας όλες αυτές τις ευχάριστες αναμνήσεις και τις  συγκινητικές εμπειρίες…..

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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
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          Samsung nxjerr në shitje modelet e riparuara të Galaxy Note 7   

Samsung tha ditën e dielë se do të shesë versione të riparuara të Galaxy Note 7-ës në Korenë e Jugut duke filluar nga 7 Korriku. Telefonët do të kenë bateri tjetër nga ajo që u bë shkak për tërheqjen e Note 7-ës nga tregu. Samsung tha se do të shesë plot 400 mijë modele Galaxy […]

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          Dixhitalizohen vërtetimet, së shpejti online, në çdo kohë dhe pa asnjë kosto   

Me qëllim përmirësimin dhe modernizimin e shërbimeve si dhe rritjen e performancës së institucionit së shpejti Drejtoria e Përgjithshme e Tatimeve njofton se do të ofrojë në platformën online e-albania 9 shërbime shumë të rendësishme për bizneset dhe qytetarët. Së shpejti sipërmarrësit dhe individët do të mund të bëjnë kërkesë dhe shkarkojnë on line vërtetimet […]

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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Frontex svela il bluff del governo «Chiudere i porti? Non ci risulta»   
L'idea del governo di chiudere i porti alle navi delle Ong estere cariche migranti non è altro che un bluff. La conferma arriva da Frontex, la cui portavoce, Izabella Cooper, dice a chiare lettere: «Non c'è alcuna comunicazione ufficiale». Insomma, le solite chiacchiere per tenere buoni gli italiani.Signora Cooper, qual è la posizione ufficiale di Frontex di fronte all'ipotesi che l'Italia possa chiudere i porti agli immigrati in arrivo?«Non abbiamo ricevuto alcuna notifica ufficiale su questa cosa. Noi lavoriamo per il ministero degli Interni e qualsiasi cambiamento dovrebbe essere prima comunicato da loro».Frontex, oltretutto, è stata la prima ad accusare le Ong di entrare in acque libiche per recuperare i migranti. Giusto?«Non abbiamo mai accusato le Ong, ma ubblicato un rapporto che diceva che le organizzazioni non governative operavano a poche miglia dal territorio libico. Possiamo dire, però, che i nostri apparati, durante ogni salvataggio, raccolgono prove anche fisiche di come si muovono i trafficanti di esseri umani. Tutte queste prove le passiamo alla Polizia di Stato. Pensate che solo 2015 i trafficanti hanno fatto affari che si aggirano tra i 4 e i 6 miliardi di euro».Come si sta operando nell'ambito dell'operazione Triton?«La zona operativa è molto vasta e copre i flussi da Tunisia, Algeria, Libia, Turchia, Egitto, fino all'Albania. Impieghiamo 12 navi, 3 aerei, 3 elicotteri e 400 guardie costiere e guardie di frontiera che operano sia come equipaggi dei mezzi tecnici appena citati, sia assistendo le autorità italiane nei vari hotspot per l'identificazione e le registrazioni dei migranti, sia per l'individuazione dei trafficanti attraverso operazioni di intelligence. Dallo scorso anno abbiamo anche la possibilità di trattare i dati personali e quindi ci occupiamo anche di altre forme del crimine transfrontaliero, come terrorismo, foreign fighters».Quindi siete in grado di dirci se tra i migranti in arrivo in Italia c'erano anche foreign fighters?«Non ne posso parlare, sono dati che non possiamo dare, ma posso dire che è una situazione che stiamo guardando con grande attenzione».Qual è l'utilità sostanziale dell'operazione Triton?«Sorveglianza delle frontiere, assistenza Sar, che è una priorità assoluta, considerando che i trafficanti mettono sui gommoni sempre più persone. Prima facevano partire una ventina di persone, in media, ora ne vediamo anche 160-170. Siamo un'agenzia che collabora con le istituzioni e siamo attenti che nessuno entri in modo inosservato. Dalla Turchia, ad esempio arrivano migranti nascosti sulle imbarcazioni a vela. Vengono condotte da ucraini addestrati sul Mar nero a condurre le barche e dietro ci sono organizzazioni criminali egiziane. Ci dobbiamo assicurare che siano tutti identificati. Se ci sono persone che arrivano nascosti la domanda è "perché?"».É facile identificare la provenienza degli immigrati?«La registrazione parte dalle impronte digitali, attraverso il sistema Eurodac, serve al di là dell'identità dichiarata. E poi si vagliano le dichiarazioni dei migranti grazie all'operato da agenti delle varie polizie europee, il cui compito è quello di accertarne la provenienza. Alcuni possono avere documenti falsi».
             

Terrorist murder of Hadas Malka (Z'L)

On Friday evening, I noticed a helicopter hovering over the Old City.  This surprised me, seeing as there didn't seem to be much violence with the nearly 200,000 Muslims (including hundreds allowed in from the Gaza Strip, even!) who defiled the Temple Mount earlier in the day.  (This is the Islamic month of Ramadan, in which major roads in Jerusalem are reserved for Muslim-only traffic into the Old City.  It takes me about an hour to go visit my mother via another route, in a trip which normally takes me 20 minutes in the usual, direct route.  I bet you don't hear about this in the media.)

It was only Saturday evening, Motza'ei Shabbat, that I could check the news reports and heard that Hadas Malka had been murdered by three Palestinian terrorists.  She was 23 years old at the time of her death; the Pali murderers were 18.  They used knives and a gun in their attack and were shot to death by other officers on the street.  This happened near Sha'ar Shchem, aka Damascus Gate, on the north wall of the Old City.  Police officers and Border Patrol troops have been attacked (and killed) there before.  In fact, 19-year old Hadar Cohen was murdered in the very same spot just a year ago.  Both Hadar and Hadas were young women serving in the Border Patrol, which is actually an arm of the Israel Police force.

My immediate thoughts were on the futility of it all.  Hadas was buried Saturday night.  She will be pretty much forgotten very quickly, as Hadar was last year.  Young lives snuffed out for nothing at all.  This won't "liberate" any imaginary "Palestine".  Ever.  It's just killing for the sake of killing.  The three young Pali terrorists - taught to hate by the mosque across the street from their homes, by their parents, by Palestinian Authority propaganda, by the UNRWA school system that funds the spreading of hate with Dollars and Euros - have ended their lives for no good purpose, either.  (The mother of one of the murderers proclaimed that she wished that they had killed 50 or 60 times as many Yahud [Jews].  The PA will now grant a lavish stipend to the families of the murderers forever, unless someone puts a stop to that madness, too.)

But then it got worse.  When I looked for international media coverage of this attack in Jerusalem by Palestinian terrorists, I found references mostly in places like the Jewish News, and Israeli media.  The rest of the world didn't seem to notice.  The BBC did have something to say: they tweeted: "Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem". Not an Israeli policewoman murdered, but three Palis killed.  This was as misleading a headline for Fake News as the BBC can contrive.

http://honestreporting.com/video-media-murder-and-israel/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/231163
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/20650

After some severe condemnation, including from Donald Trump Jr., the BBC changed its headline.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/donald-trump-jr-calls-out-bbc-over-jerusalem-attack-headline/
https://bbcwatch.org/2017/06/18/bbc-news-changes-headline-deletes-tweet-after-anger-at-portrayal-of-terror-attack-in-jerusalem/

Last night, someone drove a van through a crowd of people in the vicinity of a mosque in London.  Within a short time, there were over 1,000 news reports on this at Google News.  Must be a "Man Bites Dog" story, Muslims hurt by a Jihadi-style ramming attack.  Just now, something else happened in Paris, apparently a car ramming attack.  Nearly 100 news items about this appeared at Google News almost immediately.  When a police officer is attacked in London or a sentry on guard is murdered in Ottowa or a police van is hit in Paris, it's global news immediately.  But when an Israeli officer is murdered in Jerusalem by cowardly Palestinian Jihadis, the media doesn't take notice.  Repeatedly.

With years and years of fawning headlines and stories about Palestinian terrorists and their unfounded claims and propagandistic grievances, it is not surprising that so many uninformed people in so many places - including Lefty but ignorant Jews who should know better - are babbling about Israel "stealing land" and the "brutal occupation" in the safest and most free country in the Middle East (for Arabs!) and "illegal settlements" being an "obstacle to peace in the Middle East" and describing Muslim immigrants and foreign invaders as "indigenous Palestinians" and so much other hogwash.  Perhaps that was the intent of the "journalists" in the first place.  No one seems interested in the truth anymore.  History will never be the same.

In memory of Hadas Malka, HY"D.

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Iran’s Ayatollah: ‘All Muslims Are Duty-Bound to Campaign and Carry Out Jihad’ Against Israel

Speaking Monday on the occasion of Eid al Fitr, the Muslim feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan, the Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Iran’s so-called “Leader of the Islamic Revolution,” declared that all Muslims “are duty bound” to carry out Jihad against Israel—which he referred to as “the Zionist regime.”

“Unity and avoiding division benefits all Muslim countries and through harmony over the issue of Palestine as the foremost problem of the Muslim world, it must be prevented from being diminished or forgotten,” the ayatollah said, according to a statement about the speech posted on the ayatollah's English-language website.   

“Palestine is the foremost issue of the Muslim world, but some Muslim countries act in such a way that is meant to make the issue of Palestine ignored and forgotten,” he said.

“According to Islamic jurisprudence,” said the ayatollah, “once faced with the domination of the enemy over Islamic territory, all Muslims are duty-bound to campaign and carry out jihad in whatever possible form and, therefore, fighting against the Zionist regime is incumbent upon and mandatory for the entire Islamic world.”

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The rise of inflexible progressivism

by HERB LONDON

As a young man coming from a left-wing pedigree, I embraced a liberal agenda which included most notably, a belief in Israel as a bastion of socialism and democracy. In the 1950s, a good progressive was a good Zionist. Oh, how the world has changed. Now a progressive has moved 180 degrees to an anti-Zionist position. As one wag put it, the left is now the congenial home of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.

Linda Sarsour, the leader of the Woman's March in Washington and a commencement speaker at the City University of New York, clearly embodies the new spirit on the left. She has praised Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, once anathema to liberals. She has honored Embrased Rasmesh Odeh, a terrorist murderer. She has spoken in favor of Shariah finance. One of the supporters of Ms. Sarsour said, "Nothing is creepier than Zionism."

What is truly remarkable, and to some degree ideologically shattering, is that The New York Times wrote a fawning profile about this woman who challenges all liberal principles. She had the audacity to say that "the vagina of Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be taken away," the same Ayaan who has worked so hard to promote women's rights throughout the Muslim world. Yet the Anti-Defamation League defends Ms. Sarsour. Why do liberals not recognize that the Muslim countries do not give women and people in the LGBT community the same civil rights that Israel does?

For the left, Zionism has promoted Islamophobia - a false critique from the standpoint of Islamists. As a consequence, anti-Semitism is rendered a virtue, as a way to discourage negative sentiment about Islam. Yet even when the evidence of anti-Semitism is incontrovertible, the left contends anti-Semitism is a figment of a hysterical, oversensitive imagination. For the most part, Jews are being systematically written out of the progressive agenda, even though they were responsible for that agenda in the first place. But why quibble?

This new age, already upon us, has sheltered many Jews from the harsh reality of contemporary progressivism. Jews still gravitate to a Democratic Party led by two men (Tom Perez and Keith Ellison) avowedly anti-Zionist. In casual conversation, Jews will say Democrats represent grass-roots movements and people. However, it is important to note the party of the hard left is the government party relying on rules and mandates imposed by Washington D.C. bureaucrats. It no longer represents the blue-collar worker who built the party during the New Deal.

At the Chicago "Dyke March" held recently, Jewish pride flags were banned because Jews "made people feel unsafe" and, after all, the march was pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist. The irony is that the Dyke March preaches inclusion and is billed as "anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led grass-roots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual and transgender resilience." Yes, the march includes every permutation of homosexuality, but it does not include Jews, presumably these are the people found to be "offensive."

In January 2016, a Shabbat service and reception for Jewish participants at a gay conference in Chicago was disrupted by hundreds of protesters who chanted, "Hey hey, ho ho, pinkwashing has got to go." Pinkwashing is a term to describe efforts by Israel to cover up its treatment of Palestinians by touting its strong record on gay rights. What the incident shows is that even on gay rights Israel will not be given the benefit of the doubt because anti-Zionism trumps homosexual acceptance.

That progressives would find common quarter with Islamists is the shocking part of this ideological evolution. Obviously, secularism has played a role for many Jews. But the Anti-Defamation League's support for the Council on American - Islamic Relations is nothing short of jarring, despite the extent of Jewish secularization.

To have been a progressive and to see how the word and movement have gone through the caldron of ideological change demonstrates the influence of Orwellian logic. Orthodoxy is liberalism, dogma is openness; Shariah is expansive. Who would have thought that the modern Jew would imbibe this logic? But as Norman Podhoretz noted in his splendid book, "Why Are Jews Liberals?" Jews are liberal because liberalism is the new religion of Jews

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Angela Merkel’s welcome mat: Refugees roil the German public with an election approaching

Only the hard-hearted would slam the door against a refugee. Their stories are heart-breaking and their courage in seeking a better life in a new home is remarkable. Nevertheless, refugees in uncontrolled number are a headache for everyone. Germany, held up as a nation with a big heart, is learning the cost of Angela Merkel’s big heart. More than a million refugees have arrived since 2015.

Nearly 3 of 4 refugees admitted will struggle to take care of themselves, the German Institute for Employment Research finds. A new survey suggests they’ll probably stay for years on the public dole. The institute finds that fewer than half arriving from Syria, the largest source of refugees, arrive with the equivalent of a high school diploma, and barely 1 in 5 have a college degree. Nearly half a million of them stand in the unemployment line, up by more than a hundred thousand from last year.

The good news is that the number of asylum seekers in Germany dropped by 600,000 in 2016. Aydan Ozoguz, commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration, tells London’s Financial Times that only a quarter to a third of the newcomers will enter the labor market over the next five years, “and for many others we will need up to 10 years [to get them settled].”

Syrians, fleeing an interminable civil war, are followed in number by Afghans, Iraqis, Iranians, Eritreans and Albanians. Together they’re a political headache for Chancellor Merkel, whose poll numbers have declined over the past year leading up to the federal elections in late September. She has had a generous hand in welcoming refugees and immigrants, and most of them are Muslims who find it difficult to adapt and adjust to the religious and political freedom and responsibilities in the West. Pollsters say absorbing the million or more migrants is the top concern of German voters.

The unprecedented number of refugees in 2015 created an enormous backlog of applications for residence — more than 430,000 currently are waiting for clearance now. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has cleared more cases than ever before, says Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior minister, considerably more than twice as many in the year before. The number of government clerks has been quadrupled to clear the backlog.

“The [refugee office] is now out of the woods,” he says, “and with wind in its sails. Every month more decisions are made than applications received, so the backlog is being cleared.” More than 50,000 migrants voluntarily returned to their home countries last year, and another 25,000 were deported.

Mrs. Merkel, mindful of Germany’s record in the 20th century, wanted to play Lady Bountiful with her wide-open door, and during the height of the refugee wave, with hundreds drowning in the perilous passage in flimsy boats across the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, she was widely acclaimed. But the size of the refugee wave surpassed expectations, and public opinion shifted dramatically.

Her open-door policy was blamed for enabling terrorism arriving with the migrants, and when an Islamic migrant from Tunisia drove a truck into a popular Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and wounding 56 holiday shoppers, the incident galvanized public opinion. It forced a review of national security.

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Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

For more postings from me, see TONGUE-TIED, GREENIE WATCH,   EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIAN POLITICS and  DISSECTING LEFTISM.   My Home Pages are here or   here or   here.  Email me (John Ray) here

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          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
          Non è la prima volta, sarà l'ultima?   

Era il 376 dopo Cristo, quando i primi barbari chiesero “asilo” come profughi



Non è la prima volta, che noi italiani abbiamo a che fare con la calamità chiamata ‘immigrazione’. C’è una potente analogia che possiamo fare, volgendo lo sguardo al passato. Esercizio fondamentale per chi non vuole commettere errori già commessi.

Alla fine del IV secolo dC, l’impero romano era la più grande civiltà del pianeta. Ma nell’estate del 376, registra lo storico Ammiano Marcellino‘voci terrificanti si diffondono lungo i confini occidentali che i popoli del nord, i barbari, stanno creando nuovi e insolitamente grandi tumulti‘.

Sulle rive del Danubio, lungo la frontiera balcanica dell’impero, funzionari romani segnalano l’arrivo di decine di migliaia di uomini, donne e bambini: saranno noti ai posteri come i Goti. A differenza di quelli di oggi, almeno, ebbero il ‘buongusto’ di portarsi donne e bambini.

Vengono descritti come poveri, spaventati e affamati. Erano stati spinti ad ovest dalle guerre con un’altra nazione barbara, gli Unni. Chiesero riparo all’interno dell’Impero, come profughi.

I Romani – non i cittadini, ma il governo romano, la classe privilegiata – spinti dall’idea di importare nuova manodopera a basso costo e riscuotere nuovi tributi, acconsentirono. Dall’altra parte del fiume, in scene simili a quelle alle quali stiamo assistendo in un crescendo catastrofico questi giorni nei porti del Sud Italia, arrivarono i Goti, a migliaia. Molti annegarano nella corsa per attraversare la frontiera, non abbastanza. Proprio come oggi.

Molti storici ritengono che questo sia stato uno dei grandi punti di svolta nella storia dell’Impero, sia effetto che causa di decadenza: causa perché ruppe l’identità etnica delle provincie; effetto perché solo una società in declino lascia entrare stranieri entro i propri confini. Da quel momento, a ondate successive e in crescendo senza fine, decine di migliaia di immigrati attraversarono le sue frontiere, fu l’inizio del collasso. A breve, nei decenni, l’immigrazione si sarebbe moltiplicata.

Le invasioni barbariche non furono – o non furono soltanto – infatti, guerre tra l’Impero e i Barbari, soprattutto all’inizio, furono ‘immigrazione’. L’Impero Romano crollò a causa dell’immigrazione. E di altri fattori correlati.

Perché quando i Barbari iniziarono ad essere arruolati nell’esercito, divenne difficile fare loro combattere contro altri barbari. I governanti pensarono di poter sostituire i nativi con i ‘nuovi romani’. Non accadde. La sempre più massiccia presenza soprattutto in zone oltre le Alpi finì per indebolire la società romana dall’interno: poi furono lutti e catastrofi. Furono scorribande e assassini contro le ville isolate di campagna. Infine, fu Caracalla e la sua legge sulla Cittadinanza, chiamatelo Ius Soli. E poi fu il crollo definitivo.

E furono secoli bui. Oggi, la Storia si ripete. Oggi, altri barbari si affollano lungo le nostre coste, e altri traditori li vanno a prendere e li fanno entrare. Oggi è il 376 dC, l’anno maledetto, l’anno in cui la civiltà iniziò la sua caduta. Ancora.

Fonte: VoxNews.it

https://gloria.tv/article/PNxnUTUh3hwB4EeqJc2CqdkeA

Tutti i numeri segreti sull'invasione dell'Italia

Dal 2012 a oggi gli allontanamenti nell'Ue sono rimasti a quota 400mila l'anno, mentre i clandestini superano i 2 milioni. E Bruxelles ha regalato 1,2 miliardi alle Ong



Non ne servono molti. Per capire l'origine e la conseguenza dell'emergenza sbarchi bastano due numeri: 1,2 miliardi e 2,1 milioni. Partiamo da quest'ultimo.
Due milioni e centomila è il numero di persone illegali che sono sul territorio europeo. Il dato proviene dall'Eurostat ed è stato pubblicato dal sito Truenumbers.it.
Come si vede nel grafico pubblicato nella pagina a fianco la crescita di clandestini in Europa inizia a partire dal 2012. Fino ad allora i decreti di espulsione emessi dai Paesi europei sono rimasti stabili a quota di 500mila circa l'anno. Il numero delle espulsioni effettive è sempre stato leggermente inferiore, intorno a 400-450mila. Poi, dal 2012 inizia il boom degli sbarchi e gli Stati, Italia compresa, vanno in tilt: mantengono stabile il numero dei decreti di espulsione mentre la marea umana che approda in Europa aumenta in modo incontrollato. Restando stabili anche le espulsioni effettive, nel 2015 il fenomeno va fuori controllo e i clandestini arrivano a quota, appunto, di 2,1 milioni. Si tratta di persone delle quali nessuno sa praticamente nulla se non, forse, il giorno e il luogo dello sbarco e la struttura di accoglienza nella quale sono state ospitate fino al giorno in cui hanno deciso di rendersi irreperibili.
Veniamo al secondo numero. I 2,1 milioni di clandestini sono la conseguenza (anzi, una delle conseguenze) della politica europea sull'immigrazione e, in particolare del rapporto assolutamente opaco che l'Ue ha deciso di intavolare con le Organizzazioni non governative. Se molte di queste, impegnate nel recupero degli immigrati e del loro trasporto sulle coste italiane con delle navi di loro proprietà, non accettano di mostrare nemmeno i loro bilanci, altrettanto, però, l'Europa che le finanzia. Nel 2015 (mancano dati più recenti) l'Ue ha versato alle Ong europee qualcosa come un miliardo e 248 milioni di euro, come mostra il grafico nella pagina qui accanto. Ma è un dato parziale perché i finanziamenti alle Ong provengono da decine e decine di capitoli di spesa dell'Unione e se l'Ue stessa non si decide a un'operazione trasparenza, sapere quanta parte di questi 1,2 miliardi finisce alle Ong che trasportano gli immigrati è impossibile. Quello che si sa è che sono senza dubbio la maggior parte e che a incassare questi soldi sono state 570 organizzazioni che hanno stipulato con i vari uffici europei 1.239 contratti per realizzare altrettanti progetti.
In altre parole: da una parte Bruxelles finanzia organizzazioni non governative per svolgere un compito che dovrebbe essere svolto da lei stessa. Oltre il 93% dei finanziamenti alle Ong, infatti, proviene dal capitolo di spesa chiamato Global Europe il cui budget viene usato per le attività extra Ue, spesso identificate come attività di «buon vicinato» tra le quali è compreso anche il traghettamento dei profughi. Appena 46,74 milioni di euro finiscono alle Ong per realizzare progetti interni ai confini europei come l'assistenza ai poveri, sanità e cultura. Significa che l'Europa ha deciso di appaltare a soggetti terzi una fetta importante della sua politica estera e di sicurezza (ma si può affidare a organizzazioni private non trasparenti la politica di sicurezza esterna di un continente?) sapendo benissimo di non avere l'autorità per imporre agli Stati membri di accogliere l'incredibile onda di immigrati che arrivano proprio in seguito anche ai suoi finanziamenti. Il risultato sono quei 2,1 milioni di persone di cui le autorità statali e comunitarie non sanno nulla e che vagano senza documenti, senza permessi e senza lavoro in giro per il continente.
Le persone sbarcate in Italia tra il primo gennaio e il 26 maggio sono state 60.200 dei quali appena 6.193 ricollocati presso altri Paesi europei che, spesso, frappongono una serie di motivi burocratici per rifiutare l'accoglienza. La maggior parte, 2.299, li ha presi in carico la Germania mentre la Romania, in 5 mesi, ne ha accettati appena 45. L'Ungheria zero. A fronte di questa situazione ciò che finora il governo Gentiloni ha ottenuto è la promessa del commissario europeo all'immigrazione Dimitris Avamopoulos di sbloccare subito 35 milioni a favore dell'Italia per aiutarla a sostenere l'emergenza di questi giorni. Per dare un'idea: considerando che, ufficialmente, le persone sbarcate tra il primo gennaio e il 27 giugno (esclusi quindi i 12.500 sbarchi stimati tra il 28 e il 29 giugno) sono 73.380 e che per ognuno si spendono 35 euro al giorno, con 35 milioni possiamo garantire loro vitto e alloggio per i prossimi 14 giorni. Poi?

Frontex svela il bluff del governo «Chiudere i porti? Non ci risulta»

La portavoce: "Lavoriamo per il Viminale, saremmo i primi a saperlo. Di foreign fighters in Italia non posso parlare..."



L'idea del governo di chiudere i porti alle navi delle Ong estere cariche migranti non è altro che un bluff.
La conferma arriva da Frontex, la cui portavoce, Izabella Cooper, dice a chiare lettere: «Non c'è alcuna comunicazione ufficiale». Insomma, le solite chiacchiere per tenere buoni gli italiani.
Signora Cooper, qual è la posizione ufficiale di Frontex di fronte all'ipotesi che l'Italia possa chiudere i porti agli immigrati in arrivo?
«Non abbiamo ricevuto alcuna notifica ufficiale su questa cosa. Noi lavoriamo per il ministero degli Interni e qualsiasi cambiamento dovrebbe essere prima comunicato da loro».
Frontex, oltretutto, è stata la prima ad accusare le Ong di entrare in acque libiche per recuperare i migranti. Giusto?
«Non abbiamo mai accusato le Ong, ma ubblicato un rapporto che diceva che le organizzazioni non governative operavano a poche miglia dal territorio libico. Possiamo dire, però, che i nostri apparati, durante ogni salvataggio, raccolgono prove anche fisiche di come si muovono i trafficanti di esseri umani. Tutte queste prove le passiamo alla Polizia di Stato. Pensate che solo 2015 i trafficanti hanno fatto affari che si aggirano tra i 4 e i 6 miliardi di euro».
Come si sta operando nell'ambito dell'operazione Triton?
«La zona operativa è molto vasta e copre i flussi da Tunisia, Algeria, Libia, Turchia, Egitto, fino all'Albania. Impieghiamo 12 navi, 3 aerei, 3 elicotteri e 400 guardie costiere e guardie di frontiera che operano sia come equipaggi dei mezzi tecnici appena citati, sia assistendo le autorità italiane nei vari hotspot per l'identificazione e le registrazioni dei migranti, sia per l'individuazione dei trafficanti attraverso operazioni di intelligence. Dallo scorso anno abbiamo anche la possibilità di trattare i dati personali e quindi ci occupiamo anche di altre forme del crimine transfrontaliero, come terrorismo, foreign fighters».
Quindi siete in grado di dirci se tra i migranti in arrivo in Italia c'erano anche foreign fighters?
«Non ne posso parlare, sono dati che non possiamo dare, ma posso dire che è una situazione che stiamo guardando con grande attenzione».
Qual è l'utilità sostanziale dell'operazione Triton?
«Sorveglianza delle frontiere, assistenza Sar, che è una priorità assoluta, considerando che i trafficanti mettono sui gommoni sempre più persone. Prima facevano partire una ventina di persone, in media, ora ne vediamo anche 160-170. Siamo un'agenzia che collabora con le istituzioni e siamo attenti che nessuno entri in modo inosservato. Dalla Turchia, ad esempio arrivano migranti nascosti sulle imbarcazioni a vela. Vengono condotte da ucraini addestrati sul Mar nero a condurre le barche e dietro ci sono organizzazioni criminali egiziane. Ci dobbiamo assicurare che siano tutti identificati. Se ci sono persone che arrivano nascosti la domanda è "perché?"».
É facile identificare la provenienza degli immigrati?
«La registrazione parte dalle impronte digitali, attraverso il sistema Eurodac, serve al di là dell'identità dichiarata. E poi si vagliano le dichiarazioni dei migranti grazie all'operato da agenti delle varie polizie europee, il cui compito è quello di accertarne la provenienza. Alcuni possono avere documenti falsi».
http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/politica/frontex-svela-bluff-governo-chiudere-i-porti-non-ci-risulta-1415406.html

Vasco, Bonolis e la paura sono il paradigma dei nostri tempi: ogni messaggio, necessita di filtro



Inutile negarlo, parlano le cifre: ieri l’Italia si è fermata per Vasco Rossi. Erano in 230mila al Modena Park e oltre 5 milioni di mezzo davanti ai televisori (oltre il 36% di share) per il concerto-evento che ha festeggiato i quaranta anni di carriera del rocker di Zocca: chapeau, piacciano o no lui e la sua musica. Paradossalmente, il fulcro mediatico e social della serata è stata la patetica presenza da voce narrante di Paolo Bonolis, uno che sta al concetto di vita spericolata come Trump e Briatore al pauperismo. Con indosso una camicia da codice penale, il noto conduttore aveva un ruolo fondamentale a livello tecnico: tappare i buchi della diretta, visto che la RAI non poteva mandare in onda l’intero concerto e serviva qualcuno che riempisse gli spazi tra un blocco di canzoni in chiaro e uno vietato.

Il problema è che – come ha scritto un utente su Twtter – la sua presenza è stata tra il patetico e l’irritante: “Come se in un porno ogni due minuti apparisse Piero Angela a spiegare la riproduzione”. Geniale. Ed estremamente social, visto che al netto del successo dell’evento, sono stati gli insulti a Bonolis a prendersi la scena. E non altro, il quale è passato bellamente sottotraccia ma è diventato il vero motivo dominante della serata: la lotta alla paura. Ovvero, il terrorismo come componente assolutizzante del presente occidentale. Lo ha detto Vasco Rossi, dal palco: non ci chiuderanno in casa per paura, l’amore batte la paura. L’ha ribadito, cosa più importante, il Viminale, dicendo che l’appuntamento modenese era il più a rischio di tutto il cartello di eventi estivi. E poi, il sindaco della città emiliana, Gian Carlo Muzzareli, a detta quel quale “questa serata diventerà un esempio per tutta Europa. A Modena lavoriamo da sempre anche sull’integrazione”.

E cosa cazzo c’entra l’integrazione in tutta questa vicenda? C’entra. Eccome. Quello andato in onda ieri sera, dal vivo come sulla RAI, è stato oltre che un concerto rock anche un enorme esperimento di condizionamento sociale, solo falsamente sovrastato dall’ironia su Bonolis e la sua imbarazzante performance: i protagonisti non sono stati Vasco, le canzoni, il pubblico, la coreografia. No, sono stati la paura e la sua quotidiana presenza nella nostra vita, ancorché declinata in lotta contro la stessa. Le ragioni reali per cui l’Italia, culla del cristianesimo, non sia ancora stata colpita dal terrorismo sono profonde e, temo, inconfessabili ma occorre che i messaggi passino comunque, soprattutto ora: chi si preoccupa della crisi dei migranti, quando c’è Vasco che ci incita a combattere la paura e, così facendo, ne rafforza la presenza e la minaccia mentale collettiva? L’Europa ci ha detto chiaro e tondo che questa settimana al vertice dei ministri dell’Interno a Tallin ascolterà il resoconto delle autorità italiane ma non prenderà alcun provvedimento: altro schiaffone, dopo quello di Berlino. Ma non importa, la notizia è già scivolata di pagina in pagina, de-priorizzata. E de-emergenzializzata. Guardate le prime pagine di “Repubblica” e “Stampa” di oggi,

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           Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants    
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) - In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble...
          Main Criminal Asylum seekers come from Albania, Georgia, Morocco and Algeria   
According to the 2016 annual report of the NVIK, an information point for foreigners, 566 asylum seekers were picked up for 707 crimes last year. Of these, 84 came from Albania, 73 from Georgia, 67 fromMorocco and 64 from Algeria. All these are safe countries. The main crimes were shoplifting. One person is accused of 13 offenses.
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          Fotoausstellung: Urban Art in Armenien und Georgien   

Eine Gruppe von Studierenden der FU war im April 2017 auf Exkursion in Armenien und Georgien, um die dortige Streetartszene zu besuchen. Die fotografischen Eindrücke sind nun am 12. Juli bei einer Ausstellung zu sehen:

“Wir laden euch ein – in die kreative und provokante Welt der Street Art in Armenien und Georgien. Die Ausstellung zu urbaner Kunst ist nicht nur visuell eindrucksvoll, sondern bietet auch ungewöhnliche Einblicke in eine Szene aus KünstlerInnen und AktivistInnen, wie sie hier in Berlin noch nie zu sehen waren.”

Fotoausstellung: Urban Art in Armenien und Georgien
Mittwoch, 12. Juli 19:00 – 22:00
Prenzlauer Alle 22, 10405 Berlin


          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) - In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety.
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          Alexandra-Victoria: "Лауреат лауреатов Британии" Frank Owen Salisbury (British, 1874-1962)... ДетскоЖанровое (часть-1)   

 

Живопись с аукционов, музеев и Royal Collection Елизаветы II.

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The Garden of Enchantment
 
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Frank O. Salisbury (1874–1962) Self Portrait

Frank Owen Salisbury (British, 1874-1962) Фрэнсис (Фрэнк) Оуэн Солсбери (18 декабря 1874 - 31 августа 1962 года) был английским художником, специализировавшимся на портретах, крупных полотнах исторических и церемониальных событий, витражах и книжной иллюстрации. В своём расцвете он сделал целое состояние по обе стороны Атлантики и был известен как "Лауреат лауреатов Британии". Его искусство было стойко консервативным, и он был ядовитым критиком современного искусства - особенно его современников Пикассо, Шагала и Мондриана. Его отец, Генри Солсбери, назвал себя «водопроводчиком, декоратором и торговцем железными кустарниками» (его мать была Сьюзан Хоуз), но его сын Фрэнк станет одним из величайших художников общества своего поколения.

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Президентский портрет Франклина Делано Рузвельта , 32-го президента Соединенных Штатов (1933-1945)

Один из 11 детей, Солсбери был таким деликатным ребенком, что его воспитывали дома, в основном его сестрой-учеником Эмили. У него было всего лишь несколько недель формального обучения и он начал работать, ремонтируя велосипеды в отряде своего отца в Харпендене. Неопределенный относительно его способности находить и поддерживать работу, семья решила, что он будет учеником, в возрасте 15 лет у Генри Джеймса Солсбери, его старшего брата, который руководил крупной витражной компанией на Алма-роуд, Сент Олбанс. Он быстро приобрел все практические навыки художника-витража и проявил исключительные навыки в живописных деталях, которые были применены к стеклу до его окончательного обжига.

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Это привело к тому, что его брат спонсировал его посещение школы искусств Хетерли три дня в неделю, чтобы продолжить карьеру в живописи. Затем он получил стипендию в Школе Королевской академии, в которой он участвовал пять лет, и где он выиграл две серебряные медали и две стипендии, включая стипендию Ландсира, которая финансировала его для поездки в Италию в 1896 году.
Затем он получил стипендию в Школе Королевской академии для поездки в Италию в 1896 году.

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жена Алиса Мод

В 1901 году он женился на Алисе Мод (d. 1951), дочери C. Colmer Greenwood, с которой у него было несколько детей, включая дочерей-близнецов Монику и Сильвию. Его первая выставка в Королевской академии была с портретом Алисы, и он часто писал картины своих детей.

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Дочери художника в коляске
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Portrait of Sylvia, daughter of the artist, 1929
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Nanky Poo, The Lord of the Manor and the Brains of the Family, 1950

Frank Owen Salisbury был более известен, как портретист. Его скорость в создании портретов проистекала из картин его собственных дочерей-близнецов. Каждое утро в течение часа, и его карьера начиналась с детской портретной живописи. У него была студия в доме, Сарум Чейз.
Солсбери был первым художником, который написал HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth, 1947
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слева: Princess Margaret in a Pink Bonnet справа: Его Королевское Высочество Принцесса Маргарет, 1952

Он рисовал Уинстона Черчилля чаще, чем любой другой художник.

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Sir Winston Churchill

Витражи оставались его любимой, хотя и не самой прибыльной формой искусства. Одним из его ранних кусков витража является восточное окно (изображающее Христа, рыцарей и ангелов) в церкви Святого Михаила и всех ангелов, Бассетт, Саутгемптон.
Было подтверждено, что тридцать четыре окна были спроектированы им с самыми большими коллекциями, находящимися в Часовне Уэсли в Лондоне, бывшей Национальной часовней Детского дома в Харпендене и Методистской церковью Лесного холма в Лондоне. Все его стекло было установлено в Англии с тремя примечательными исключениями в соборе Медак в Индии. В 1933 году он был избран Магистром похвалительной компании глазиров и художников стекла.

FULL SIZE DESIGN FOR A STAINED GLASS WINDOW IN THE WESLEY CHAPEL, CITY ROAD, LONDON.Jpeg

Солсбери умер 31 августа 1962 года в Саруме Чейсе, особняке нео-Тюдора, который построил, в 1932 году в Хэмпстеде, Лондон. Он похоронен в довольно скромной могиле со своей дочерью Элейн Мод и его женой в Свято-Николаевском кладбище Харпендене .

Francis Owen Salisbury Headstone, St Nicholas Churchyard, Harpenden.

Многие работы художника были проданы на аукционе, в том числе "Король Петр Сербии, отступающий через Албанские горы, 1915 год" ('King Peter of Serbia retreating across the Albanian Mountains, 1915') приобретена на Christie's South Kensington 'Victorian, British & Impressionist Art' в 2012 за $39,192.

'King Peter of Serbia retreating across the Albanian Mountains, 1915'

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Портрет Сары Фентон Кинг как маленькая девочка , 1929.jpg
Портрет Сары Фентон Кинг
THE LATEST FASHION.Jpeg
THE LATEST FASHION
Tales of Enchantment c.1907.jpg
Portrait of Mrs Marjorie Bone with her Children and surrounded by memory vignettes.Jpeg
Heaven lies about us ....Jpeg
Motherhood, Mrs. Frank O. Salisbury and Sylvia.Jpeg
The morning
The morning
Радость материнства , 1934..Jpeg
Радость материнства , 1934.Jpeg
Радость материнства , 1934
il_fullxfull.656146144_g1xw.jpg
imgonline-com-ua-2to1-xuXgxpLPBnraJ.jpg
Like mother.Jpeg
Like mother
The Pipes of Pan, The Hon. Phyllis Bethell.Jpeg
The mother's kiss.jpg
The mother's kiss
Portrait of Nancy, 1927..Jpeg
The morning
Portrait of Nancy, 1927.Jpeg
Portrait of Nancy, 1927
d4b4b5b2-2e41-4591-82df-47c7f812e01f.Jpeg
Asking favours.Jpeg
Salisbury Franck O.- Field Mice - huile sur t, 1909, 162x124cmSalisbury.jpg

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The Heart of The Empire, 6th May 1935.jpg
The Heart of The Empire, 6th May 1935
The Installation of the Knights of the Order of the Bath, The King's Offering.jpg
The Installation of the Knights of the Order of the Bath, The King's Offering.
The Marriage of Princess Mary, 28th February 1922.jpg
The Marriage of Princess Mary, 28th February 1922
The Passing of the Unknown Warrior, King George V Chief Mourner, Whitehall, 11 November 1920.jpg
The Passing of the Unknown Warrior, King George V Chief Mourner, Whitehall, 11 November 1920
Его Величество Король Георг VI, портрет для коронационной картины.Jpeg
Коронация Георгия VI и королевы Елизаветы в Вестминстерском аббатстве.Jpeg
Коронация Георгия VI и королевы Елизаветы в Вестминстерском аббатстве.
Эдвард I и прохождение королевы Элеоноры.Jpeg
Эдвард I и прохождение королевы Элеоноры
Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon before the Papal Legates at Blackfriars in 1529.jpg
Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon before the Papal Legates at Blackfriars in 1529
Коронационный обед в Гильдхолле, Лондон, 19 мая 1937 года, Тост королю.jpg
Коронационный обед в Гильдхолле, Лондон, 19 мая 1937 года, Тост королю.
Соломея
lne_wcmm_pcf006_large.jpg
The magic crystal
Cupid and Psyche at the fountain of eternal youth.Jpeg
Охотник, который, как полагают, был после Диего Веласкеса.Jpeg
Охотник, который, как полагают, был после Диего Веласкеса
Studies of religious scenes with angels.Jpeg
Илия Воин Бога.jpg
Oberon.Jpeg
Oberon
 


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          La estrategia OTAN de la tensión , por Manlio Dinucci   

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La estrategia OTAN de la tensión , por Manlio Dinucci

Manlio Dinucci,Red Voltaire

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¿Qué pasaría si el avión del secretario de Defensa de Estados Unidos, James Mattis, en vuelo desde California hacia Alaska a través de un corredor aéreo sobre el Pacífico, fuese interceptado por un avión de la fuerza aérea cubana? La noticia ocuparía los titulares y primeras páginas, suscitando un alud de reacciones políticas de inquietud.
Pero no se movió ni una hoja cuando el avión del ministro de Defensa de Rusia, Serguei Choigu, en vuelo entre Moscú y el enclave ruso de Kaliningrado a través del corredor aéreo apropiado sobre el Mar Báltico, fue interceptado por un F-16 de la fuerza aérea polaca [Ver la foto que acompaña este artículo, tomada desde el avión del ministro de Defensa. Nota de la Red Voltaire.]. Después de acercarse amenazadoramente al avión del ministro ruso de Defensa, el caza polaco tuvo que alejarse ante la intervención de un SU-27 ruso.
Esta evidente provocación programada es parte de la estrategia de la OTAN, tendiente a agravar día a día la tensión hacia Rusia.
Del 1º al 16 de junio se desarrolló en el Báltico, al borde del territorio ruso y con el objetivo oficialmente anunciado de defender la región de la «amenaza rusa», el ejercicio Baltops, de la OTAN, con la participacion de más 50 navíos y de 50 aviones de guerra de Estados Unidos, Francia, Alemania, Gran Bretaña, Polonia y otros países, como Suecia y Finlandia, que no son miembros sino “socios” de la alianza atlántica.
Casi al mismo tiempo, del 12 au 23 de junio, se desarrolló en Lituania el ejercicio Iron Wolf, en el cual estuvieron implicados, juntos por primera vez, 2 grupos de batalla de la OTAN «con presencia reforzada»: el que se halla en Lituania bajo el mando alemán, que incluye tropas de Bélgica, Holanda y Noruega –y al que deben incorporarse tropas de Francia, Croacia y Chequia, a partir de 2018–, y el grupo presente en Polonia, bajo las órdenes de Estados Unidos, que cuenta con tropas del Reino Unido y de Rumania. Blindados Abrams de la 3ª Brigada Blindada estadounidense, trasladada a Polonia en enero de 2017, penetraron en Lituania atravesando el llamado Suwalki Gap, una zona llana de un centenar de kilómetros entre el enclave ruso de Kaliningrado y la frontera de Bielorrusia, y se unieron a los tanques Leopard del 122º batallón alemán de infantería mecanizada.
Desenterrando los argumentos propagandísticos de los tiempos de guerra fría, la OTAN anuncia que la zona conocida como Suwalki Gap «sería un paso perfecto a través del cual los blindados rusos podrían invadir Europa».
En plena actividad se hallan también los otros dos grupos de batalla de la OTAN: el de Letonia, bajo el mando de Canadá –que incluye tropas de Italia, España, Polonia, Eslovenia y Albania–, y el grupo de batalla de Estonia, bajo el mando del Reino Unido –con tropas francesas– que a partir de 2018 incluirá también tropas de Dinamarca. «Nuestras tropas están listas y en posición en caso de que sea necesario enfrentar la agresión rusa», asegura el general Curtis Scaparotti, jefe del Mando de Estados Unidos en Europa y simultáneamente Comandante Supremo de la OTAN en Europa.
Pero además de sus grupos de batalla «con presencia avanzada reforzada», la OTAN moviliza también otras fuerzas. Del 12 al 29 de junio, la OTAN desarrolló en su Centro de Entrenamiento de fuerzas conjuntas el ejercicio Coalition Warrior, cuyo objetivo es experimentar con las tecnologías más avanzadas para mejorar la rapidez y la capacidad de las fuerzas atlánticas para operar de forma conjunta, sobre todo ante Rusia. Participaron más 1 000 científicos e ingenieros de 26 países, entre ellos los del centro de la OTAN a cargo de la investigación y la experimentación marítimas, con sede en La Spezia, Italia.
Moscú, por supuesto, no se queda con los brazos cruzados. Después de la visita que el presidente estadounidense Donald Trump realizará el 6 de julio en Polonia, Rusia realizará un gran ejercicio naval conjunto con China en aguas del Báltico.
Quién sabe si en Washington conocen el viejo proverbio que dice que «quien siembra vientos recoge tempestades».
Traducido al español por la Red Voltaire a partir de la versión al francés de Marie-Ange Patrizio

          Валентина-л: "Лауреат лауреатов Британии" Frank Owen Salisbury (British, 1874-1962)... ДетскоЖанровое (часть-1)   

Это цитата сообщения Alexandra-Victoria Оригинальное сообщение "Лауреат лауреатов Британии" Frank Owen Salisbury (British, 1874-1962)... ДетскоЖанровое (часть-1)

 

Живопись с аукционов, музеев и Royal Collection Елизаветы II.

ПортретноЦветочное (часть-2) - здесь
The Garden of Enchantment.Jpeg
The Garden of Enchantment
 
Frank O. Salisbury (1874–1962) Self Portrait.jpg
Frank O. Salisbury (1874–1962) Self Portrait

Frank Owen Salisbury (British, 1874-1962) Фрэнсис (Фрэнк) Оуэн Солсбери (18 декабря 1874 - 31 августа 1962 года) был английским художником, специализировавшимся на портретах, крупных полотнах исторических и церемониальных событий, витражах и книжной иллюстрации. В своём расцвете он сделал целое состояние по обе стороны Атлантики и был известен как "Лауреат лауреатов Британии". Его искусство было стойко консервативным, и он был ядовитым критиком современного искусства - особенно его современников Пикассо, Шагала и Мондриана. Его отец, Генри Солсбери, назвал себя «водопроводчиком, декоратором и торговцем железными кустарниками» (его мать была Сьюзан Хоуз), но его сын Фрэнк станет одним из величайших художников общества своего поколения.

Франклин Делано Рузвельт.jpeg
Президентский портрет Франклина Делано Рузвельта , 32-го президента Соединенных Штатов (1933-1945)

Один из 11 детей, Солсбери был таким деликатным ребенком, что его воспитывали дома, в основном его сестрой-учеником Эмили. У него было всего лишь несколько недель формального обучения и он начал работать, ремонтируя велосипеды в отряде своего отца в Харпендене. Неопределенный относительно его способности находить и поддерживать работу, семья решила, что он будет учеником, в возрасте 15 лет у Генри Джеймса Солсбери, его старшего брата, который руководил крупной витражной компанией на Алма-роуд, Сент Олбанс. Он быстро приобрел все практические навыки художника-витража и проявил исключительные навыки в живописных деталях, которые были применены к стеклу до его окончательного обжига.

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Это привело к тому, что его брат спонсировал его посещение школы искусств Хетерли три дня в неделю, чтобы продолжить карьеру в живописи. Затем он получил стипендию в Школе Королевской академии, в которой он участвовал пять лет, и где он выиграл две серебряные медали и две стипендии, включая стипендию Ландсира, которая финансировала его для поездки в Италию в 1896 году.
Затем он получил стипендию в Школе Королевской академии для поездки в Италию в 1896 году.

imgonline-com-ua-2to1-UldHcnYpqsTdc.jpg
жена Алиса Мод

В 1901 году он женился на Алисе Мод (d. 1951), дочери C. Colmer Greenwood, с которой у него было несколько детей, включая дочерей-близнецов Монику и Сильвию. Его первая выставка в Королевской академии была с портретом Алисы, и он часто писал картины своих детей.

Дочери художника в коляске.Jpeg
Дочери художника в коляске
Portrait of Sylvia, daughter of the artist, 1929.jpg
Portrait of Sylvia, daughter of the artist, 1929
Nanky Poo, The Lord of the Manor and the Brains of the Family, 1950.Jpeg
Nanky Poo, The Lord of the Manor and the Brains of the Family, 1950

Frank Owen Salisbury был более известен, как портретист. Его скорость в создании портретов проистекала из картин его собственных дочерей-близнецов. Каждое утро в течение часа, и его карьера начиналась с детской портретной живописи. У него была студия в доме, Сарум Чейз.
Солсбери был первым художником, который написал HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.jpg
Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth, 1947.Jpeg
H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth, 1947
слева: Princess Margaret in a Pink Bonnet   справа: Его Королевское Высочество Принцесса Маргарет, 1952
слева: Princess Margaret in a Pink Bonnet справа: Его Королевское Высочество Принцесса Маргарет, 1952

Он рисовал Уинстона Черчилля чаще, чем любой другой художник.

The Right Honourable Sir Winston Churchill.jpg
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Sir Winston Churchill

Витражи оставались его любимой, хотя и не самой прибыльной формой искусства. Одним из его ранних кусков витража является восточное окно (изображающее Христа, рыцарей и ангелов) в церкви Святого Михаила и всех ангелов, Бассетт, Саутгемптон.
Было подтверждено, что тридцать четыре окна были спроектированы им с самыми большими коллекциями, находящимися в Часовне Уэсли в Лондоне, бывшей Национальной часовней Детского дома в Харпендене и Методистской церковью Лесного холма в Лондоне. Все его стекло было установлено в Англии с тремя примечательными исключениями в соборе Медак в Индии. В 1933 году он был избран Магистром похвалительной компании глазиров и художников стекла.

FULL SIZE DESIGN FOR A STAINED GLASS WINDOW IN THE WESLEY CHAPEL, CITY ROAD, LONDON.Jpeg

Солсбери умер 31 августа 1962 года в Саруме Чейсе, особняке нео-Тюдора, который построил, в 1932 году в Хэмпстеде, Лондон. Он похоронен в довольно скромной могиле со своей дочерью Элейн Мод и его женой в Свято-Николаевском кладбище Харпендене .

Francis Owen Salisbury Headstone, St Nicholas Churchyard, Harpenden.

Многие работы художника были проданы на аукционе, в том числе "Король Петр Сербии, отступающий через Албанские горы, 1915 год" ('King Peter of Serbia retreating across the Albanian Mountains, 1915') приобретена на Christie's South Kensington 'Victorian, British & Impressionist Art' в 2012 за $39,192.

'King Peter of Serbia retreating across the Albanian Mountains, 1915'

МатеринскоДетское

Портрет Сары Фентон Кинг как маленькая девочка , 1929.jpg
Портрет Сары Фентон Кинг
THE LATEST FASHION.Jpeg
THE LATEST FASHION
Tales of Enchantment c.1907.jpg
Portrait of Mrs Marjorie Bone with her Children and surrounded by memory vignettes.Jpeg
Heaven lies about us ....Jpeg
Motherhood, Mrs. Frank O. Salisbury and Sylvia.Jpeg
The morning
The morning
Радость материнства , 1934..Jpeg
Радость материнства , 1934.Jpeg
Радость материнства , 1934
il_fullxfull.656146144_g1xw.jpg
imgonline-com-ua-2to1-xuXgxpLPBnraJ.jpg
Like mother.Jpeg
Like mother
The Pipes of Pan, The Hon. Phyllis Bethell.Jpeg
The mother's kiss.jpg
The mother's kiss
Portrait of Nancy, 1927..Jpeg
The morning
Portrait of Nancy, 1927.Jpeg
Portrait of Nancy, 1927
d4b4b5b2-2e41-4591-82df-47c7f812e01f.Jpeg
Asking favours.Jpeg
Salisbury Franck O.- Field Mice - huile sur t, 1909, 162x124cmSalisbury.jpg

Жанровое

The Heart of The Empire, 6th May 1935.jpg
The Heart of The Empire, 6th May 1935
The Installation of the Knights of the Order of the Bath, The King's Offering.jpg
The Installation of the Knights of the Order of the Bath, The King's Offering.
The Marriage of Princess Mary, 28th February 1922.jpg
The Marriage of Princess Mary, 28th February 1922
The Passing of the Unknown Warrior, King George V Chief Mourner, Whitehall, 11 November 1920.jpg
The Passing of the Unknown Warrior, King George V Chief Mourner, Whitehall, 11 November 1920
Его Величество Король Георг VI, портрет для коронационной картины.Jpeg
Коронация Георгия VI и королевы Елизаветы в Вестминстерском аббатстве.Jpeg
Коронация Георгия VI и королевы Елизаветы в Вестминстерском аббатстве.
Эдвард I и прохождение королевы Элеоноры.Jpeg
Эдвард I и прохождение королевы Элеоноры
Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon before the Papal Legates at Blackfriars in 1529.jpg
Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon before the Papal Legates at Blackfriars in 1529
Коронационный обед в Гильдхолле, Лондон, 19 мая 1937 года, Тост королю.jpg
Коронационный обед в Гильдхолле, Лондон, 19 мая 1937 года, Тост королю.
Соломея
lne_wcmm_pcf006_large.jpg
The magic crystal
Cupid and Psyche at the fountain of eternal youth.Jpeg
Охотник, который, как полагают, был после Диего Веласкеса.Jpeg
Охотник, который, как полагают, был после Диего Веласкеса
Studies of religious scenes with angels.Jpeg
Илия Воин Бога.jpg
Oberon.Jpeg
Oberon
 


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          Albania: New legislation for foreign citizens in the tourism sector   
Foreign citizens are not allowed to work as a tourist guide in Albania without Albanian certificate
          Competition for US Dollar note design in 1850s   
Natasha Ahmedaj of Central Bank if Albania in this speech says: In mid 1800s, announcing the competition on American banknote, the US Secretary of the Treasury, specified two obligatory requirements to participants about the design: it had to be original, and unpublished previously, and have a national character. Since at the beginning, the banknote is thought […]
          GREECE; OIL; EXXON & 1993 "ANTI-FASCIST MEETING IN MOSCOW"   

FIRST, by way of introduction, appetizer, to main event, a reproduction of a 1993 article, title above, I thought to HIGHLIGHT a CURRENT proposed investment partnership between GREECE, EXXON, our Resident NAZI INTERNATIONAL CARTEL, and, the CLIENTS THEY REPRESENT, with US Secy of State, i.e., PRESIDENT, TREX, BECAUSE, THEY, IT, ARE THE ONGOING HISTORIC LINEAGE, PRESENT, NAZI POWER relationship, nexus, here and abroad, with, of course, their cloned PRIVATE interests created in NOW garbage dump CHINA, Russia, Mideast, etc.

Everything they touch, they trash!

These are BARBARIC EMPIRES like those of yore, dressed in modern apparel.
There is NO, little, difference except superficial ones.
Substantially, the rules of the game operate on SAME principles, simply updated.

AS YET, NO ORGANIZED GLOBAL OPPOSITION, RECOGNITION, TO PRIVATE CAPITAL ACCUMULATION, certainly, specifically, capital intensive LNG DEVELOPMENT, EVERYWHERE, ANYWHERE, ITS EXPORT AND/OR IMPORT, ALL MORTGAGED in perpetuity IF this FRANKENSTEIN monster becomes reality!!

So, first:

http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Greece-Okays-Exxon-Total-Bid-To-Explore-For-Offshore-Oil.html

Anyone reading my blog for some time knows I reprint material from sources like FORMER Establishment, but, independent, financial Wall St Journal daily BEFORE its hostile takeover representing forces, above, below.

But, I have LOTS of material from OTHER sources, as well, which I do NOT reproduce simply because it is too voluminous and difficult for me to select one item.

However, I WILL do ONE example, below.

Once again, I can NOT link to this article ANYWHERE on the internet, I have NO access to the archives and I can not reproduce it myself except simply type it verbatim, a time consuming process.

If anyone KNOWS how to find or link ON to it via the internet, I would be happy IF they provided this information to the public and myself in the comment section.

So, here goes.

MY ONE AND ONLY BOLDFACE sentence below being SOLELY MY editorial EMPHASIS.
It is NOT highlighted in the article, itself.

The sentence I boldfaced, below, along with much of everything else in the article, has VOLUMINOUS amounts of FACTUAL information surrounding it which I can NOT comprehensively put into a single entry, or, blog.

It takes VOLUMES, libraries, books, multiple languages, sources, primary research, etc.

As MANY people DO know, for example, cryptic, pseudo, MANUFACTURED FASCIST Islamic forces were used thru Albania in what FORMERLY was Yugoslavia and subsequent NAZI IMPERIALIST WAR, ATTACK, COUP, instrumental in Yugoslav dismemberment.

Tons of information exists on THAT one item alone.

And, recall, remember, nefarious money laundering role, arms, drug cartels, represented by BCCI (Bank of Criminal and Crooks International, as WE called it/them, associated presently with, amongst others, CURRENT Iraq traitor extraordinaire Jafar and Company of Dana Gas/Crescent Oil/Abraaj Investment, et.al.)??

And, of course, Saudi (Rockefeller Saudi Aramco/EXXON/Citigroup/JP MORGAN CHASE) in Chechnya, Afghanistan, and more.

IRAN also.

These SURROGATE, pseudo, cryptic, Islamic militias, armies, thugs, extend themselves NOW thruout the Mideast and elsewhere, globally.

ALL KNOWN TO and/or CREATED BY SO-CALLED DIS-INFORMATION COVERT, NATIONAL "SECURITY," AGENCIES, a PLETHORA of FRONT GROUPS, CIA OPERATIVES, foundations, and so on.

Returning full circle to whence I began this post, PERHAPS, GREEK boundaries MAY be next on THEIR agenda in the form of what THEY call irredentism.

I DID WARN everyone, accepting, appeasing, recognizing, a BRUTAL, BARBARIC, HOSTILE, NAZI MANUFACTURED ARYAN IRAN, PERSIAN, REGIME OCCUPATION, ANNEXATION, OF ARAB IRAQ, territories, NOW, SYRIA, PROXY FORCES, HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH, ETC., GUARANTEED DISASTER AND FURTHER WARFARE, liberation movements, resistance, armies.


What's good for an Arab goose good for a European gander.
Or, Asian, African, one, as well.
One Fascist Occupation begets another.

So, AS PROMISED above, MAIN EVENT BELOW:


FROM "PEOPLE'S WEEKLY WORLD"


(organ, publication, of the CPUSA, formerly published daily, now, available ONLY on line, weekly, not in print!)

July 3, 1993

"ANTI-FASCIST CONGRESS MEETS IN MOSCOW"
(NO Byline listed--sorry!)

"On June 22, 1941, the fascist forces led by the anti-communist Adolf Hitler, invaded the first land of socialism.
June 22, 1993, the anti-fascist forces of the former USSR gathered in Moscow to combat the rise of fascism in the former Soviet Union.
Today there are few places in the world where communists are more persecuted than in the former USSR.
Today, counterrevolution there is led by former leaders of the CP of the SU (CPSU).
These renegades made possible what even the mightiest, most savage armies in history could not achieve:  the destruction of the great socialist state, the illegalization of the CPSU and a reign of terror against communists and patriots.
A new form of apartheid has been introduced into the 'independent' Baltic states, where recently enacted laws have transformed the substantial Russian speaking minority into disenfranchised, rightless, foreigners.
In Lithuania, whose president, a former communist leader, opened the gates to semi-fascist ultra-nationalists, CP membership can subject one to long imprisonment.
In Ukraine, where a united CP has just been reestablished, the party is still illegal and the western part is the stronghold of fascist like ultra-nationalists.
In Moldova a savage war was launched against the Dneister Republic, the sole, tiny outpost of the former USSR.
In the Russian Federation Yeltsin is now engaged in a drive to close off the constitutional channels to the growing movement against the return to capitalism.
As Oleg Sheinin, chair of the Union of CPs-CPSU (UCPs-CPSU), noted in his report to the Congress:
For the first time the world is witnessing a new form of fascization taking place in the former USSR.
Your correspondent, invited to speak as a representative of the CPUSA stressed that this development relfected the new critical problems faced by Communists and anti-fascists in Russia and former Soviet Republics arising from the temporary reversal of the progressive path of history.
The forces of reaction lead by the Yeltsinites and supported by world monopoly capitalism were coming into collision with the very forces of history. 
They realize there will never be a second chance and are resorting to the most extreme methods to cling to power.
Alexei Prigarin, a leader of the Union of Communist Parties-CP of the SU (UCPs-CPSU), noted that the reise of fascism here differed from its classic form: instead of arising in the developed capitalist countries, it was aimed at the full destruction of socialism from within.
He warned against Russian fascist groups attempting to parasitize on the great patriotic movement but pointed out they have no mass base and their possibilities are inhibited by the deep roots of socialism and internationalism in Russia.
He cautioned that Islamic fundamentalism can provide a serious base for the fascist forces.
Deputy Issakov, a leader of the Left-Patriotic Bloc in the Supreme Soviet of Russia urged widening the broad anti-fascist front to include the center forces now in sharp collision with Yeltsin.
General Varrennikov, who led the Victory Parade in Red Square in 1945, warned against the danger of passivity.
Prof A. Sergeyev noted that capitalists with ties to foreign capital, speculative shopkeepers and criminal gangs, constitute a base for fascist forces.
Representatives of the CPs of the Baltic states and Dneister Republic described the development of fascist repression in their countries.
Viktor Chikin, first secretary of the newl-united CP of Belarus, dealt with the profound crisis there resulting in great strikes and demonstrations inspired by the Donetsk miners.
'In many respects our people live no better than under Nazi occupation,' he said.
This first effort at analyzing the specific character of the fascist danger in the former USSR understandably revealed sectarian tendencies toward premature characterizations of fascism. 
But, the overall significance of this Anti-Fascism Congress is that it is setting itself the task of uniting all prepared to struggle against dictatorial rule leading to the rise of fascism.
The Congress, attended by 646 delegates from 46 regions, many former Soviet Republics and 22 parties, called for the freedom of all political prisoners in the Baltic states and elsewhere.
Immediate steps are:  
To organize Anti-fascist Committees, the holding of an All-Union Veche (great town hall meeting) in Moscow in September and at the same time a Congress of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus to avoid the dissolution of the USSR in December, 1991.
The delegates joined the march of 30,000 to the approaches of Central State TV building where a delegation laid flowers at the spot of the bloody attack on demonstrators protesting Yeltsin's monopoly control, June 22, 1992."


END OF ARTICLE.

However, to end MY post, I thought to remind everyone it seems fine for STATE, GOVERNMENT, TO RESCUE CERTAIN TOO BIG TO FAIL PRIVATE FINANCIAL, ECONOMIC, INDUSTRIAL, ENERGY, INSTITUTIONS, CORPORATIONS, INVESTORS, BUT, THOSE SAME PRIVATE INTERESTS TELL YOU THE GOVERNMENT, STATE, ITSELF, IS TOO BIG, CAN, AND, SHOULD, FAIL while THEY eat at the trough.

Well, THE OTHER WAY AROUND is the ONLY ANSWER.

Our RECIDIVIST CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY PRIVATELY OWNED INDUSTRIAL, ECONOMIC, ENERGY, FINANCIAL, SECTOR MUST SHRINK IN SIZE SO IT/THEY CAN BE FLUSHED DOWN a proverbial TOILET BOWL, WHERE IT/THEY BELONG, while PROPORTIONATELY INCREASING STATE, GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC, COLLECTIVELY OWNED, OPERATED, SECTORS and ECONOMIC PLANNING FOR EVERYONE, NOT a few!!

Our economic, profit driven, private ownership, SYSTEM must be turned upside down or ALL to perish, species extinction, annihilation, not to mention ongoing merciless suffering!!

As reminder:

http://karlmarxwasright2.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-we-will-and-will-not-get.html


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          Quo Vadis Albania?   
Αναδημοσίευση από: tanea.gr

Η Αλβανία οδεύει προς μια μονοκρατορία, όχι μόνο εξαιτίας του εκλογικού νόμου αλλά κυρίως χάριν της προσωπικότητας του Εντι Ράμα

Τηλέμαχος Κώτσιας

Θα έπρεπε να έχει κανείς γνώση της σύντομης ομιλίας του τελευταίου κομμουνιστή ηγέτη της Αλβανίας Ραμίζ Αλία το έτος 1990 στην τελευταία μυστική σύσκεψη της Κεντρικής Επιτροπής του Κόμματος, σύμφωνα με την οποία ο σοσιαλισμός απέτυχε και θα επέστρεφαν στον καπιταλισμό και γι' αυτό θα έπρεπε να φροντίσουν να είναι αυτοί οι νέοι καπιταλιστές της Αλβανίας, για να κατανοήσει τι συμβαίνει σήμερα σε αυτή τη χώρα.

Η πτώση της δικτατορίας, παρά τον ενθουσιασμό του αλβανικού λαού, παρά το γκρέμισμα του ανδριάντα του Εμβέρ Χότζα, έγινε σχετικά ομαλά. Ο ηγέτης του νεοσύστατου Δημοκρατικού Κόμματος Σαλί Μπερίσα, στις πραγματικά ελεύθερες εκλογές, πήρε το 70% των ψήφων. Τον καταψήφισαν μόνο οι συνένοχοι του παλιού καθεστώτος που φοβούνταν την εκδίκηση.

Ο Μπερίσα αν και πρώην κομμουνιστής, πόνταρε στο παιχνίδι της εκδίκησης και έχασε. Το παλιό κόμμα, τα μέλη του οποίου νύχτωσαν μια μέρα κομμουνιστές και ξημέρωσαν σοσιαλιστές, είχε τεράστια πείρα στην άσκηση της εξουσίας. Είχε στη διάθεσή του ολόκληρη την κρατική υποδομή και τις δυνάμεις καταστολής και έναν ενοχοποιημένο λαό, τόσο που το 1997 προκάλεσε εμφύλιο για να ξαναπάρει την εξουσία, αν και δεν πέτυχε. Ενώ το Δημοκρατικό Κόμμα είχε πλαισιωθεί εκτός από μια ομάδα διανοουμένων, από τους κατατρεγμένους του παλιού καθεστώτος, στην πλειονότητά τους αχρηστευμένους από τις πολυετείς φυλακίσεις, τις εξορίες και τους διωγμούς, αλλά και από πάσης φύσεως οπορτουνιστές που έψαχναν να μεταπηδήσουν για δικό τους προσωπικό συμφέρον. Επιπλέον το παλιό καθεστώς έχοντας προνοήσει για το ενδεχόμενο μιας τέτοιας καθεστωτικής αλλαγής, είχε φροντίσει να αμαυρώσει την ηθική εικόνα της πλειοψηφίας των εχθρών του, ως μυστικών συνεργατών του καθεστώτος. Ετσι το Σοσιαλιστικό Κόμμα έμεινε στο προσκήνιο ως κόμμα είτε εξουσίας είτε αξιωματικής αντιπολίτευσης. Η Αλβανία είναι η μοναδική χώρα του πρώην ανατολικού μπλοκ που δεν καταδίκασε κανέναν υπεύθυνο για τα δεινά που προκάλεσε η δικτατορία στον αλβανικό λαό, που δεν αποζημίωσε τα θύματά της (και πού να βρεθούν χρήματα για τόσα πολλά θύματα από μια φτωχή χώρα!).

Σήμερα, που έχει περάσει περισσότερο από ένα τέταρτο του αιώνα, η γενιά των παλιών δυναστών αλλά και των κατατρεγμένων σχεδόν έχει αποχωρήσει από τη ζωή. Ασχέτως αν ακόμα στην Αλβανία συνηθίζουν να αποκαλούν αυτή την περίοδο μεταβατική, η νέα πλουτοπαραγωγική τάξη προέρχεται από τους πρώην κομμουνιστές ή τους απογόνους τους, συνασπισμένους στο Σοσιαλιστικό Κόμμα.

Το Δημοκρατικό Κόμμα εφθάρη από την εξουσία μέσα σε λίγα χρόνια, δεν στάθηκε ικανό να την κρατήσει και κυρίως δεν κατάφερε να φτιάξει ένα σύγχρονο κράτος, το οποίο υπόσχεται πλέον να φτιάξει το Σοσιαλιστικό Κόμμα υπό τον Εντι Ράμα, που όπως έδειξαν και οι κάλπες υπερτερεί εμφανώς. Από την άλλη, οι εργαζόμενοι των ιδιωτικών αφεντικών σοσιαλιστών, οι δημόσιοι υπάλληλοι, ψηφίζουν εκβιαστικά το κόμμα αυτό για να μη χάσουν τις δουλειές τους.
Το Σοσιαλιστικό Κόμμα Ενταξης ξεκίνησε ως ένα σχίσμα από το Σοσιαλιστικό Κόμμα λόγω ιδιωτικών οικονομικών συμφερόντων και απείλησε σοβαρά την εξουσία του Σοσιαλιστικού Κόμματος. Συνασπισμένο ευκαιριακά με οποιοδήποτε πρώτο κόμμα, κατάφερνε μέχρι σήμερα να βρίσκεται πάντα στο πλευρό της εξουσίας.

Σήμερα ο Εντι Ράμα παίζει χωρίς αντίπαλο: ο αρχηγός του Δημοκρατικού Κόμματος Λουλζίμ Μπάσα αποδείχτηκε ολίγος και το Δημοκρατικό Κόμμα έχασε έδαφος. Ο αρχηγός του Σοσιαλιστικού Κινήματος Ενταξης Ιλίρ Μέτα παραμερίστηκε στο αξίωμα του προέδρου της Δημοκρατίας και πολλοί αντίπαλοι του Ράμα προτίμησαν να απέχουν από τις εκλογές αναγνωρίζοντάς του την υπεροχή. Από την άλλη, σύμφωνα με τον εκλογικό νόμο της Αλβανίας, ο ψηφοφόρος ψηφίζει μόνο το κόμμα το οποίο παρουσιάζει μια κομματική λίστα χωρίς να έχει δικαίωμα επιλογής του υποψηφίου. Συνεπώς η εκλογή ενός βουλευτή εξαρτάται από το αν βρίσκεται σε εκλόγιμη θέση, καθιστώντας τον απλό πιόνι του κόμματος. Η Αλβανία οδεύει προς μια μονοκρατορία, όχι μόνο εξαιτίας του εκλογικού νόμου αλλά κυρίως χάριν της προσωπικότητας του Ράμα, που είναι ο απόλυτος χαρισματικός ηγέτης στη χώρα. Είναι ευφυής, θρασύς και ο πιο κατάλληλος άνθρωπος να ενώσει χριστιανούς και μουσουλμάνους. Ως χριστιανός ορθόδοξος, είναι ταυτόχρονα και ο καλύτερος γενίτσαρος της τουρκικής πολιτικής στα Βαλκάνια, χαϊδεύει τα αφτιά όλων των εθνικιστών μεγαλοϊδεατών Αλβανών και πάσης φύσεως λαϊκιστών, κλείνει το μάτι στους χασισοπαραγωγούς που έχουν μετατρέψει την Αλβανία σε Κολομβία της Ευρώπης, με τα χρήματα των οποίων αγοράζονται οι ψήφοι στη χώρα. Το όραμά του για την ένωση της Αλβανίας με το Κοσσυφοπέδιο και με άλλες αλβανικές περιοχές βλέπει την ένταξη της χώρας στην Ευρώπη. Θα τα καταφέρει όμως να θέλει και τον σκύλο χορτάτο και την πίτα ολόκληρη;

Τα πολιτικά προγράμματα όλων των κομμάτων είναι πανοµοιότυπα, προσανατολισµένα στην ιδεολογία της ελεύθερης αγοράς. Οι πολιτικοί είναι διεφθαρμένοι και στο απυρόβλητο, υπάρχουν μόνο για το δικό τους συμφέρον και ποιος ο λόγος να πάει κανείς να τους ψηφίσει, αν δεν συνδέεται ο ίδιος με προσωπικά συμφέροντα.

Οσο για την ελληνική μειονότητα, την έχει διαλύσει ο άδικος εκλογικός νόμος που δεν βοηθάει καθόλου τα μικρά κόμματα και οι ηγέτες της ακροβατούν πότε στο ένα κόμμα και πότε στο άλλο. Ελληνικής καταγωγής βουλευτές σίγουρα θα εκλεγούν στην αλβανική Βουλή, όχι όμως ως εκπρόσωποι του λαού της μειονότητας.

Η κάποτε ισχυρή οργάνωση της ελληνικής μειονότητας, η Ομόνοια, φθαρμένη και αυτή από το μονοπώλιο της εκπροσώπησης του Ελληνισμού της Αλβανίας και κυρίως, χειραγωγημένη και διασπασμένη από τα πολιτικά και κομματικά συμφέροντα της Ελλάδας, όπως και το Κόμμα Ενωση για τα Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα στο οποίο συμμετείχε η Ομόνοια, είναι πια σκιές του εαυτού τους. Μια νέα προσπάθεια δημιουργίας ελληνικού κόμματος, του ΜΕΓΚΑ, είναι καταδικασμένη κι αυτή να αποτύχει λόγω επίσης του εκλογικού νόμου.

* Ο Τηλέμαχος Κώτσιας είναι συγγραφέας. Γεννήθηκε στο χωριό Βρυσερά του Αργυροκάστρου Αλβανίας. Ζει στην Αθήνα. Το τελευταίο του βιβλίο, «Οι δεινόσαυροι των Αθηνών», κυκλοφορεί από τις εκδόσεις Πατάκη

          Conference: 6th UBT Annual International Conference on Management, Business and Economics, 27 to 29 October 2017 , Durrës - Albania    
on October 27, 2017 in Durrës, Albania
          MyJuneMyJuneMyJuneMyJune   

I don't know anyone outside of Wisconsin who identified Paul Ryan as the national danger he is before I did. Really. Long before Paul Krugman ever mentioned Ryan, DWT was already turning up the volume on the alarm signal. He was chosen as the fresh face of an old evil. We had it stop him. The DCCC and the rest of the venal DC Democratic establishment didn't agree... and enabled him. Blue American has been working for almost a decade-- sometimes with others, sometimes all alone-- trying to recruit a candidate to beat Ryan is his swing district that Pelosi's DCCC had declared "off the table." This year we hit pay-dirt: Randy Bryce, a salt-of-the-earth, independent-minded, values-rich iron worker and union and veterans activist who worked for Bernie's election in the 2016 primary. When Randy officially announced, just 2 weeks ago, he has already put together the best team in the political business-- as evidenced in that announcement video that took the country by storm.

When Randy announced, he had 7,000 twitter followers. Last night he went over 100,000. In just 11 days he seems to have broken all fundraising records-- in terms of the number of small, grassroots donors-- who have ever contributed to a congressional campaign. Yeah-- Hune was going to be a good month for me. And I wa spending it in one of my favorite cities in the world: Paris. (I just got back a couple days ago.)

I visited Paris for the first time in 1969, fresh out of college-- and on my way to India overland. I had bought myself a brand new VW camper at the factory in Germany with my last dollars from my college marijuana business and I was off to places unknown-- after visiting Paris and London. When I got back from 2 years in Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, I settled down in Amsterdam for, as it turned out, 4 years. I got a job in the meditation center, the Kosmos. I ran their macrobiotic restaurant and taught darkroom techniques as a form of meditation. It was a good life. One of my closest friends-- the only friend I had who would speak English with me-- was a very beautiful, very talented, very sympathetic young woman named Eveline Pommier. I still had the van and we would drive to Paris frequently to visit her parents (and Paris). Eveline's dad was French and her mother Dutch. Her mother, Hilda Pommier, and I bonded probably around 1974. I was still in my 20's, just a kid, and she introduced me to French artistic and intellectual life. In the years since-- over 4 decades-- I never went to Paris for anything-- mostly business trips, as my company had an important French affiliate I loved to visit-- without stopping to visit Hilda... until this trip.

Eveline, a painter still in her 20's, did the overland-to-India trip in the 70's. She caught cholera and died... alone... in India. She was Hilda's only child. I don't think Hilda ever fully recovered. Could anyone? Hilda was a painter as well but she had some fame in Europe for another reason. Born in 1922, when she was in her early 20's Holland was occupied and brutalized by the Nazis. She and her two brothers, in what became a famous incident, blew up a Nazi troop train. After the war she was named a hero of the Netherlands and give a pension for life. In the last years, that pension had been paying for her to stay in a retirement home in Amsterdam. That's why I didn't see her when I was in Paris last month. She was in Holland. I used to love her apartment in Paris, where I stayed so many times. And her wonderful and wondrous atelier that I always loved visiting. They're gone.

Paris was wonderful for me this summer. I rented a 3 story home-- an old abbey older than the U.S.-- in Montmartre, from a writer who is residing in Pondicherry (a former French colony south of Goa in India) right now. The house has paintings and other art works on every wall and more bookshelves and books than I've ever seen outside of a public library. The vibe in the house... pure writer vibe. The house even has a yoga studio in it, and my office, where I sat and wrote when I wasn't out exploring Paris, was on the third floor that looked out onto a large quiet veranda with a gorgeous hanging garden, home to countless wild birds who hung out there everyday. And I thought about Hilda a lot and being in Paris and not seeing her. I thought about cobbling together a quick side trip to Amsterdam to see my friend Willy's art exhibit open and visit with friends... and see Hilda. She's 95 and fragile and I knew I wouldn't have many more opportunities to see her and hear her stories. But Willy's art exhibit wasn't opening 'til the day I had to be back in L.A., and my best friend in Amsterdam-- Toon, Eveline's former boyfriend-- was going to be spending June in Albania. And Roland wanted to visit the beaches and cemeteries of Normandy. So... I never did get to Amsterdam on this trip.

Wednesday Toon e-mail me that Hilda had passed away, peacefully in her bed. She blew up a Nazi troop train when she was 23 years old. I don't know anyone else who ever did that. THAT'S Resistance-- a 23 year old Dutch girl and her 2 brothers going out into the country with a plan... and pulling it off. I hope it never comes to that here. Oh, I really, really do. Please, God, don't let it come to that here.



          Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. They […]
          Kosova me ofertë për trajnerin e njohur në futboll (FOTO)   

Rezultatet katastrofike në fushatën eliminatore për Botërorin 2018, por mbi të gjitha pakënaqësitë e disa futbollistëve kryesorë në përfaqësuesen e Kosovës, e kanë detyruar FFK-në që të kërkojë një tjetër emër për bankinën. Albert Bunjaki është thuajse i shkarkuar pas vendit të fundit në grup dhe konfliktit me sulmuesin Besart Berisha dhe tani kandidatura e […]

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          Përforcimi i madh i Milanit publikon fotografi para nisjes për në Itali (FOTO)   

Hakan Calhanoglu është përforcimi i ri në Milan. Mediat italiane raportojnë se mesfushori i Bayer Leverkusenit do të mbërrijë sot në qytetin e Milanos. Reprezentuesi turk ka publikuar fotografi tek aeroplani gjatë rrugës për në Milano.  

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          Messi dhe gruaja e tij me tatuazh special (FOTO)   

 

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          Hysaj braktis pushimet, ja ku ka shkuar mbrojtësi i Napolit (FOTO)   

Napoli synon titullin kampion në këtë sezon të Serisë A dhe nuk dëshiron t’i lërë asgjë rastësisë. Ndaj do të fillojë përgatitjet për edicionin e ri me efektivin e lojtarëve të plotë që nga dita e parë, ajo e nesërmja, ndonëse kjo do të thotë se shumë futbollistë do të lënë në mes pushimet. Sipas […]

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          Roma me përforcim nga Real Madrid (FOTO)   

Roma kërkon një përforcim nga Real Madrid. Sipas Calciomercato.com, Giallorossët po përgatitin një ofertë për mbrojtësin e Real Madridit, Nacho Thuhet se Zinedine Zidane është i gatshëm ta shes lojtarin, i cili ka kontratë me Real Madridin deri në vitin 2020.  

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          Rrahmani debuton me Dinamo Zagrebin, ja çfarë i ndodhi në ndeshjen e parë!   

Amir Rrahmani  shënoi në fitoren prej 4-0 në miqësoren ndaj NS Mura. “Dinamo realizoi fitore të merituar prej 4-0 ndaj NS Muras. Golat u shënuan nga Fernandes, Hoxhiq dhe Rrahmani, derisa Pucko shënoi autogol”, thuhet në një postim të gjigantit kroat.

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          Lacazette – Arsenal, u kry për transferim rekord (FOTO)   

Alexandre Lacazette do të nënshkruajë me Arsenalin në marrëveshje me vlerë prej 53 milionë euro. “Telefoot” në Francë raporton se sulmuesi do të bëhet përforcimi më i shtrenjtë në histori të “Gunners”, duke e tejkaluar shifrën prej 42 milionë funtesh të paguar për blerjen e Mesut Ozil nga Real Madrid më 2013. Lacazette do të […]

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          Përforcimi i ri në Juventus merr fanellën me numrin 10 (FOTO)   

Federico Bernardeschi do të transferohet në Juventus, gjatë këtij afati kalimtar të verës. Mesfushori ofanziv i Fiorentinës ka zgjuar interesim nga kampioni i Serie A. Mediat italiane raportojnë se “Bianconerët” do të paguajnë rreth 40 milionë euro për transferimin e tij nga rivali “Viola”. Por, Bernardeschin në Juventus e pret edhe fanella e famshme me […]

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          Ajeti largohet nga Torino, mbetet në Serie A   

E ardhmja e Arlind Ajetit me shumë mundësi do të jetë sërish Seria A, edhe pse jo si pjesë e Torinos. Ai është një nga futbollistët e sigurt që do të largohen nga ekipi torinez dhe skuadra e sapo ngjitur në Serinë A, Spal, ka shfaqur interesim për shërbimet e kosovari. Sipas raportimit të mediave […]

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          Vodafone Albania to close M-Pesa on 14 July   
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Albania announced it will shutdown the M-Pesa mobile money service on 14 July, reports RTK Live...
          Serbian President Ready for Direct Talks With Kosovo’s Albanians   
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told Sputnik on Sunday that he is ready to personally hold direct talks with Kosovo’s Albanians, including the leader of the self-proclaimed republic. As of now the talks between Pristina and Belgrade are suspended following the March decision of the Kosovar parliament. The resumption of the dialogue, including at the highest […]

          Bitcoin “pushton” tregun Kosovar, 800 mijë Euro investime në prodhimin e tyre   

Monedhat elektronike janë një nga temat më aktuale në botën e ICT në Kosovë. Është Bitcoini, ai që po zgjon interesin më të madh në vend. Fakti që edhe në Kosovë, ashtu si në shumë vende, po investohet në pajisje që prodhojnë Bitcoin, flasin shifrat që posedojnë Doganat e Kosovës. Kurse, tek qytetarët flitet që […]

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          Facebook lançon “Find Wi-Fi” në të gjithë botën   

Rrjeti social Facebook tha se funksionaliteti i kërkimit të pikave të aksesit në internet wireless “Find Wi-Fi” do të jetë i disponueshëm për të gjithë përdoruesit në mbarë botën. Njoftimi erdhi përmes një postimi në blogun zyrtar të rrjeti social. Kompania e medias sociale thotë në lajmërim se përdoruesit kishin përfituar jashzakonisht shumë nga veçoria […]

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          Microsoft shkurton mijëra vende pune: TechCrunch   

Microsoft pritet të largojë mijëra punonjës në mbarë botën, një lëvizje e cila shihet si përpjekje për të riorganizuar fuqinë e saj të shitjes. Sipas burimeve të TechCrunch, ndryshimet e reja do të bëhen të ditura gjatë kësaj jave. Riorganizimi vjen si rezultat i ndryshimit të lidershipit. Ekzekutivët Judson Althoff dhe Jean-Philippe Courtois morën drejtimin […]

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          Telegram 4.1 rrit kapacitetet e supergrupeve në 10,000 anëtarë   

Telegram padyshim është një prej platformave më të mira të komunikimit. Është mjeti ynë kryesor dhe i preferuar i komunikimit nisur nga disponueshmëria e tij në disa platforma, që nga Android deri tek Linux. Versioni 4.1 i aplikacionit sjell veçori të reja ku ndër to bie në sy numri i shtuar i anëtarëve që mund […]

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          Rusia fshihet pas sulmit kibernetik me ransomware Petya   

Ukraina tha se ka prova se pas sulmit kibernetik të javës së kaluar me ransomware Petya fshihen shërbimet Ruse të sigurisë. Agjencia Ukrainase e Inteligjencës, SBU, tha se ka informacione që tregojnë burimin e sulmit kibernetik të javës së kaluar por edhe atij të Dhjetorit që la ish vendin sovjetik pa energji elektrike për disa […]

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          Facebook ndryshon algoritmin, redukton shikueshmërinë për ata që publikojnë mbi 50 lidhje në ditë   

Facebook tha ditën e Premte se ka implementuar një algoritëm të ri për Furnizuesin e Lajmeve (News Feed) për të reduktuar përhapjen e dezinformimit, uebsajteve sensacionale dhe përmbajtjeve të cilat inkurajojnë përdoruesit ti klikojnë. Lëvizja është një tjetër hap i rëndësishëm i rrjetit social më të madh në botë për të parandaluar përhapjen e lajmeve […]

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          Skomentuj Kontrowersyjny skin przyczyną banów na serwerze RU, którego autorem jest OS3_MO   
A odnośnie samego symbolu trupiej czaszki - warto zaznaczyć, że: - 3 dywizja SS jako jedyna z rdzennie niemieckich na lewym kołnierzu munduru miała właśnie totenkopf, a nie runy SS - pozostałe dywizje nieniemieckie miały w tamtym miejscu swoje własne symbole (a były, tak gwoli pogłębiania wiedzy dywizje prawie z wszystkich krajów Europy zachodniej i nie tylko - skandynawia, Litwa, Łotwa, Estonia, Rosja, Belgia, Holandia, Włochy, Albania, Chorwacja, Francja - tu ciekawostka, to oni pod dowództwem Wilhelma Mohnkego bronili bunkra Hitlera do samego końca, Angole też chcieli, ale było ich za mało do stworzenia jakiejkolwiek jednostki. - co zastanawiające - trupie czaszki na kołnierzach mieli pancerniacy w Wermachtu (co dziwne w różowej otoczce przypisanej wojskom pancernym :)) - i przez to mieli pecha, bo jak ruski brali ich do niewoli od razu rozwalali uznając że są z SS.
          Vodafone Pass llega a España: redes sociales y música sin consumir gigas por tres o cinco euros al mes   

Vodafone Pass llega a España: el consumo de vídeo o música no descontará megas este verano

Años llevamos soñando muchos con la llegada a España de una tarifa de internet realmente ilimitada en el consumo de datos. Y tenemos que seguir soñando con ello, ya que aunque sí es verdad que las tarifas móviles están creciendo por el aspecto de los datos, habiendo ya unas cuantas opciones que ofrecen 20 GB o más a precios razonables, la verdadera tarifa ilimitada sigue sin existir.

Vodafone tiene una visión particular sobre este asunto, que consiste en no contar el consumo de ciertas aplicaciones en sus tarifas de datos. Ya lo ofrece dentro de su Chat incluido y ahora se trae a España Vodafone Pass, un servicio que lleva probando meses en Italia y que ofrece no descontar los datos consumidos por aplicaciones de redes sociales o de música a cambio de una cuota mensual.

Vodafone Pass llega a España con dos opciones, una para redes sociales (Social Pass) y otra para música (Music Pass). Sus precios y aplicaciones compatibles son los siguientes:

Social Pass (tres euros al mes)

Music Pass (cinco euros al mes)

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Linkedin
Snapchat
Tinder
Flickr
Tumblr

Apple Music
Spotify
Napster
SoundCloud
Deezer

Prácticamente todos los clientes de Vodafone pueden contratar desde hoy una de las dos opciones disponibles. Solo se quedan fuera las mini Voz, +Líneas Mini XS, +Líneas Vacaciones y +Líneas compartidas y las tarifas de prepago Yuser y Superyuser. La activación y desactivación de Vodafone Pass se puede llevar a cabo desde Mi Vodafone, llamando al 1444 o en cualquier tienda del operador.

Limitado a 5 GB al mes en roaming

Además de las aplicaciones incluidas y las tarifas compatibles, hay otros detalles sobre Vodafone Pass que son muy importantes, a conocer antes de contratarlo. El primero es que lo que se ofrece es el consumo de datos ilimitado de las aplicaciones incluidas en cada pase, no sus suscripciones. Que nadie se piense que al contratar el Music Pass se consigue Spotify Premium u otros servicios. Además, los datos consumidos no se descontarán de la tarifa siempre que se usen las aplicaciones de cada servicio, descontándose el que se haga vía web.

Vodafone Pass funciona de manera independiente a la tarifa de datos contratada, por lo que se puede seguir usando aunque se hayan consumido los gigas de la tarifa. Y en el caso del roaming, Vodafone limita a 5 GB al mes el tráfico para las aplicaciones incluidas en cada pase en la Unión Europea, Islandia, Noruega, Liechtenstein, Albania, Suiza, Turquía y EEUU. Consumidos esos 5 GB se reduciría la velocidad de la conexión a 16 kbps.

Vodafone ofrece en Italia un Video Pass que no ha llegado a España, de momento

Con lo que no se ha atrevido Vodafone es con un Video Pass, que ofreciese consumo ilimitado de vídeo vía YouTube, Netflix, HBO o similares. Igualmente, estamos frente a una nueva amenaza para la neutralidad de la red. Lo que en apariencia es una ventaja para los clientes de Vodafone es también un "troceo" de internet, favoreciendo a unos servicios sobre otros.

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          Edhe Carpi Club Albania tallet shum keq me Vendimi e Arbana Xharrës   
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          Terremoto in Macedonia: magnitudo 5, sentito anche a Brindisi e Lecce   

LECCE – Una forte scossa di terremoto è stata avvertita alle 13.18 di lunedì 3 luglio 2017 in Macedonia, ai confini con l’Albania. La scossa, avvertita vicino al lago di Ohrida, è stato di magnitudo 5.0, ad una profondità di 10 km. La scossa, molto violenta, è stata avvertita chiaramente dalla popolazione a Tirana e […]

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          Kosovar to do community work for raising Islamic State flag   
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court has sentenced an Albanian citizen who had put a flag of the Islamic State group at a crossroad in the capital Pristina to 180 hours of community labor.