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Movie Review: The Forgiveness of Blood

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.22.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

The Forgiveness of Blood is quietly compelling, a film about the traditions of the past hamstringing the present. It's a look at a clash of cultures that brings medieval thinking into the modern-day.

Albania's New Pavilion Sheds Light On Communist Abuses

AP | LLAZAR SEMINI | Posted 04.21.2012 | Arts

TIRANA, Albania — Albania's National Museum opened a new wing Monday on the abuses of the former communist regime, timing the dedication to the ...

Officials: Record-Breaking Cold Snap Kills More Than 650 In Eastern Europe

AP | ALINA WOLFE MURRAY | Posted 04.16.2012 | World

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — More than 650 people have died during a record-breaking cold snap in Eastern Europe, authorities said Wednesday, as offici...

PHOTOS: Snow, Ice Coat The Balkans With Unworldly Beauty

AP | ALISON MUTLER | Posted 04.15.2012 | World

BUCHAREST, Romania — Snow as deep as 15 feet (4.5 meters) isolated areas in Romania, Moldova and Albania on Tuesday and turned a power plant in ...

Worrying About the Crisis Next Door

Andi Balla | Posted 03.31.2012 | World
Andi Balla

Sandwiched between Greece and Italy, EU hopeful Albania is starting to feel the effects of the Eurozone crisis, fearing there is more to come.

PHOTOS: Photographer Captures Gritty Serbian Life

Posted 12.12.2011 | Arts

The photographer Boogie has found much success with his cinematic portrayals of the grittier side of urban life. He has documented the tortured existe...

EU Forced To Fly Forces To Kosovo Border Crossings

AP | NEBI QENA | Posted 11.16.2011 | World

PRISTINA, Kosovo — European Union police in Kosovo used helicopters to ferry staff sent to take charge of border crossings in the north after mi...

At Risk of Deportation and Thrown Into the Clutches of Known Killers

Michelle Brané | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Michelle Brané

If not justice, Edmond Demiraj expected at least protection. Ten years ago, the U.S. government asked Demiraj to testify against Bill Bedini, an Albanian mobster living in Texas who was charged, among other things, with human trafficking.

Why You Must Visit Albania

Eliza Dushku | Posted 11.02.2011 | Travel
Eliza Dushku

Looking back at the recent weeks I've spent in Albania, I feel foolish for anticipating I could understand it in less than a lifetime, but the process has been exciting, and at the same time humbling.

Well-Preserved Ancient Shipwreck Found Off Albania

AP | LLAZAR SEMINI | Posted 10.22.2011 | World

TIRANA, Albania — A U.S.-Albanian archaeological mission said Monday it has found the well-preserved wreck of a Roman cargo ship off Albania's c...

Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in Albania: Is It Working?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Fron Nahzi

Maybe Albania has reached its maximum foreign democratic development aid potential, if such a thing exists. And maybe foreign aid is no longer an award for progress but a "carrot" to prevent the country and its leaders from regressing.

Albanian Town Erects Statue Of George W. Bush

Reuters | Leon Cika | Posted 09.05.2011 | World

(Reuters - Leon Cika) - A tiny Albanian village that President George W. Bush visited in 2007 has unveiled a shirt-sleeved statue of him, in a squ...

Albania and the Accidental Ambassador

Fred Abrahams | Posted 08.15.2013 | World
Fred Abrahams

James Baker arrived in Tirana on June 22, 1991. Unlike the usual military reception for visiting dignitaries, a few hundred irrepressible Albanians greeted him at the airport and escorted the convoy into town.

General Mladic Faces Justice, However Late

Eric Margolis | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Justice delayed is justice denied. Accused Serb war criminal Gen. Ratko Mladic killed at least five times more civilians than Osama bin Laden was accused of doing, yet at times no one seemed in any hurry to find the "Butcher of Sarajevo."

Joy Resmovits

Undocumented Students are Hoping for a DREAM | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.11.2011 | College

NEW YORK -- Elier Lara, 19, has a lot riding on the Dream ACT, legislation that Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) ...

Gandhi in East Boston

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Kuttner

Of course Gene Sharp is a pacifist. Non-violent, passive resistance has been the whole point of his life's work. You might as well write that some people suspect Gandhi of being a pacifist.

Turmoil in Albania Offers Lessons for Mideast

Matt Brady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Brady

In order to send a message that street protests do not equate with chaos, and legitimate expression is vital to a stable state, Albania's friends need to take time now to help set the country back on track.

Albanian Students Challenged Communism, 20 Years Ago

Fred Abrahams | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Fred Abrahams

Twenty years ago this week, student protests in Albania helped topple Eastern Europe's most closed and rigid communist regime. Four days of demonstra...

Decisions Decided by the Deciding Decider

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Durst

You have to marvel at George W Bush's audacious return to the national stage not to mention his curious timing. After all, there wasn't what you would...

Economic Downturn? Not in Albania

Sali Berisha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sali Berisha

Albania has become a business-friendly country whose economy continues to grow despite the state of the world's economy.

Astoria Characters: The Classic Educand

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The "defining moment" of Helen Polychronis's life occurred when she was 5. She went to bed one winter night, and the next morning she couldn't raise her arms or legs.

'See-No-Evil' Policy No Boon to the Balkans

Fron Nahzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fron Nahzi

The US, EU, and UN have looked the other way in the Albanian areas of the Balkans, allowing corrupt political and military leaders to have their way in hopes that these figures would promote "regional stability."

Astoria Characters: The Iconic Artist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Mikele Arapi is sitting on the contemporary black leather sofa sipping coffee out of a china cup in his unexpected gallery, the elaborate valances of the window drapery framing his head like a halo.

Democracy: Pass It On

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Driving home from Palm Springs last weekend I was struck by a series of billboards with slogans like, "As a student, he was no Einstein. Confidence. Pass It On."

The Blackmail of America: How the U.S. Is Still on the Wrong Side in Serbia

Julia Gorin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Julia Gorin

As our troops do or die, they would do well to wonder why. They should understand what is being enforced by their hand in the ongoing strife in Serbia.