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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.

Kosovo Fights Extremism With Social Media

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

Kosovo authorities have hosted a series of annual conferences bringing together Muslim, Christian, and other global spiritual leaders against religious bigotry. This year, the topic of the event was "Interfaith Dialogue in a Time of Social Media: Enabling Agents of Change, Countering Violent Extremism and Hate Speech."

Day-Long Shootout In Macedonia Kills At Least Eight Police And 14 Gunmen

Reuters | Posted 05.10.2015 | World

By Matt Robinson and Fatos Bytyci KUMANOVO, Macedonia, May 10 (Reuters) - Macedonia said on Sunday its police had wiped out a group of...

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.

ISIS and the Kosovar Albanians

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

U.S. air strikes continue against the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" -- formerly the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" or ISIS -- in the borderlands of Iraqi Kurdistan. American military action has been impelled by the genocidal ISIS threat to Christians and various small Kurdish and other religious minorities.

In Albania, It's the Institutions

Fred Abrahams | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Fred Abrahams

In Albania, it's not a lack of democratic spirit or knowledge that prevents the construction of independent institutions. It is the prevailing economic powers' lack of interest in having them be truly independent.

Celebrating My Mom On Her 94th Birthday

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.09.2013 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

My mother, Lucy (Lucia) Basile Bradley, celebrated her 94th birthday this week in fine fashion -- with family, friends, food, card games (pinochle is her favorite) and presents. She likes to get presents. This year's bounty included a cake and flowers.

Albania: Our Optimistic Ally

Rob Taub | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Rob Taub

Sometimes our country reminds me of the rich, successful friend we all have who does nothing but complain about the difficulties in their life.

Kosovo: It's Business, Not Personal

Fron Nahzi | Posted 06.18.2012 | World
Fron Nahzi

Even under these dark rumors of Asanaj's complicity in illicit deals, the Kosovar public has demanded justice for his hideous death. They were looking for a compassionate face to a system that has failed them time after time.

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.

Kosovo: One for All or All for One?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fron Nahzi

Since Kosovo achieved independence, its mission has been simple: win friends and influence people.

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...

'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."

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.

UN Meeting This Weekend on Kosovo Status

Julia Gorin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julia Gorin

Imagine the gall, the chutzpah, the arrogance that it would take to invent a major casualty like this -- the killing of a prominent newspaper editor.

Unbridgeable: The Ethnic Divide In Kosovo

International Herald Tribune | Dan Bilefsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A day after Kosovo's ethnic-Albanian leadership declared independence from Serbia, 7,000 Serbs took to the streets of this divided city, waving Serbia...