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Albania's Ageing Problem

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

The World is proving incapable of addressing its greatest challenges. An ageing population is no longer limited to developed nations. Many developing countries particularly in the Balkans are facing the pressure of ageing.

Praying for Peace in Tirana, Albania

Katherine Marshall | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The 2015 meeting was in Tirana, Albania, from September 6-8. Three themes dominated: Albania's journey from a ferocious atheism that has few parallels in history to a proud religious openness and harmony today, the horrors that ISIS represents and the current migrant crisis.

From Tirana: The Migrant Crisis

Katherine Marshall | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Personal testimonies are heart-rending and bring statistics into focus. Calls for political action and spiritual support reflect keen awareness and a wish to respond. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, combines deep spirituality with an eminently practical approach.

A Balkan Roadtrip Along the Adriatic Sea

Rachel Stern | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel
Rachel Stern

For a pick-me-up, try the intense Bosnian coffee, an espresso-sized concoction with a robust flavor -- which to some will equate to being bitter and thick as mud.

Missing Special Olympics Athlete Turns Up 350 Miles Away

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 08.03.2015 | Sports

LOS ANGELES — An Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles turned up safe early Monday 350 miles away in the Sa...

A Global Partnership Against Violent Extremism

Antony Blinken | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Antony Blinken

Today in Rome and every day into the future, we can show violent extremists that their efforts to divide us have not only failed, but have inspired new unity, agility, and resolve to defeat them.

This European Nation Used To Jail People For Listening To The Beatles

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.25.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with author Fred Abrahams about...

A Look in the Mirror

Fron Nahzi | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Fron Nahzi

In Modern Albania, Fred Abrahams has managed to put Albania's past, current, and future leaders under one roof and monitored their deeds for 25 years. In first-person narrative, Abrahams turns the tables from Big Brother watching you to us watching the Big Brothers.

Albania 1990 -- Embassy Storm

Fred Abrahams | Posted 07.12.2015 | World
Fred Abrahams

Ervis Gega was 16 years old in summer 1990 when hundreds of frustrated Albanians, craving to rejoin the world, began storming foreign embassies in their capital. Gega and her relatives watched the news on Italian television from their hometown and quickly made up their minds.

Greece's Debt Crisis Is Hurting Its Even Poorer Neighbors

Reuters | Benet Koleka | Posted 07.08.2015 | World

KAPSHTICA, Albania, July 8 (Reuters) - Sun-beaten and sullen, the four Albanian fruit-pickers returning home from a three-week stint working in Greece...

A "Great Fear" in Kosovo

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In this carnage, both the Damascus dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad, which is supported by the Iranian regime, and the ultra-Wahhabi "Islamic State" that opposes the civil resistance to Bashar, are guilty.

When Someone Is Murdered on Your Backpacking Trip

Nathaniel Mueller | Posted 06.01.2015 | Travel
Nathaniel Mueller

The first time I saw someone killed I was 25 feet away. I was in my early twenties and the two things I remember most, other than the actual event, was the uncontrollable shivering and the pack of cigarettes my brother and I nervously chain-smoked trying to calm down.

Climate Change This Week: Norway Divests, Siberia Melts, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.18.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Not enough is known to predict why the high pressure system occasionally allows an atmospheric river to sneak in and water California, though reports Andres Thompson at Climate Central. The latest river is far from significantly easing California drought.

Syriza in Athens and Putin in Moscow: An Unholy Alliance?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Islam is by no means the only faith in which evil intentions are covered by pious phrases. The fantasy of a new Christian Orthodox empire should alarm the world no less than the tremors of the financial markets or the status of the euro.

Paris Attacks and the Kalashnikovs From the Balkans -- The Ignored Enemy From Within

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 03.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Designing a long-term strategy and implementing effective policies to successfully deal with radical Islam on Western soil can no longer be delayed. In the immediate future, strong rule of law nations must deal with enemies within our midst which are facilitating:

Pristina Picks: In the Know in Kosovo's Capital

Sharon Hoge | Posted 03.15.2015 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Modern malls and promenades have replaced rubble in the dozen years since the Bosnian war devastated Kosovo, and gateway capital city Pristina is a center of recovery projects and reconstruction.

Seeding Happiness: Two Years of Social Business in Albania

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Muhammad Yunus

I'm excited about ideas for community-based rural tourism, mobile services for smallholder farmers, and turning waste materials into furniture and jewelry, amongst others.

Alabanians Red-Carded Over Own Drone-Goal

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Sasa Milosevic

A debacle of a football match between Serbia and Albania has triggered a new wave of Balkan political tensions that deepens a traditional gap between the two nations whose historical collision has become an inseparable part of Balkan identity.

Invading Albania's Party Beaches

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.09.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Albania was sealed off to foreigners for almost the entirety of the Cold War. With democracy came an influx of visitors from the rest of the world. No one knew quite what to expect. But getting to the pristine beaches of the Albanian Riviera is not an easy task.

The Pope and the President

Rob Taub | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Rob Taub

The news media is always rife with stories about foreign countries exporting hate and animosity to the United States, but we hear very little regarding those who promote peace and religious harmony, such as Albania. The Pope's visit focused on the harmonious co-existence between Muslims and Christians in the country.

Pope Francis in Albania: Four Lessons

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Let us hope the Papal visit will stimulate wider study of Albania's years of religious persecution. As Muslims and Christians lived and live together in Albania, so they also suffered together - and their misfortune should never be forgotten.

On the Cusp of War, Pope Francis Delivers a Vital Message of Unity and Hope

Edi Rama | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Edi Rama

Democratic Europe, as ISIS' war comes ever closer, must fight back not only with weapons, but with the strength of unity against a fantasy gone rampant, against people who would return our to the dark abyss of past millennia.

Pope Francis Slams Extremists Who 'Pervert Religion'

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion

* Francis makes first papal trip to Albania in 21 years * Muslim Albania hailed as model of religious harmony * Albanian...

Vatican Isn't Taking Extra Security Precautions For Pope Trip

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican says it's not taking any extra security measures to protect Pope Francis during his weekend trip to majority Muslim Al...

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.