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Seeding Happiness: Two Years of Social Business in Albania

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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.

Saraya Abdeen: TV Serial Vexes Egyptians, Historians

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Magda Abu-Fadil

Barely halfway through its month-long run, the TV serial Saraya Abdeen had already ruffled Egyptian feathers, irked historians, and upset the surviving son of Egypt's ousted King Farouk whose forebears occupied the palace after which the show is named.

Police Destroy Over 40 Tons Of Marijuana In Lawless Albanian Village

AP | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say they have so far destroyed some 43 tons of marijuana and 133,000 cannabis plants in a lawless southern vi...

Jet-Setting Pope Announces New Trip

AP | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will make a one-day trip to Albania in September to encourage a country that "long suffered" under a communist dict...

Solstice Time

Marjorie Senechal | Posted 08.17.2014 | Science
Marjorie Senechal

The 12-hour Babylonian solar day persisted into our era because it was embedded in culture too, especially where the culture was agrarian. The deficiencies of Berossas' clock, so evident to us, may have escaped its users. I find a hint of this in a 1909 travel book, High Albania, by the intrepid Edith Durham.

Just a Reminder

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

Relocation of boundaries makes Russia look into the Central Asian states to protect and enhance the influence. The fight scenes moves, they have the same directors but other protagonists.

Tradition and History Matter to Albanians

David L. Phillips | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Today Kosova is free. It is, however, a flawed state with serious problems. Every UN Member State should recognize Kosova's independence, but only 106 have recognized it so far. Now is the time for Kosovars to vote and express their determination for reform.

Astoria Characters: The Old Kid on the Block

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.03.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's going on six decades. Even Jimmy Bejanis is astounded when he does the math. That's a long time -- his entire life -- to stay in one place and in one house.

How Muslims Saved This Jewish Family During The Holocaust

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion

Johanna Neumann was nine years old when her family escaped from Nazi Germany to seek refuge in Albania. They spent six years there and survived the wa...

4 Steps To Finding Inner Strength After Divorce

Shelly Ulaj | Posted 02.12.2014 | Divorce
Shelly Ulaj

I was so used to being taken care of by family and then my husband that I never realized what I truly meant to be a self-sufficient adult.

A Child of 1989

John Feffer | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
John Feffer

The changes that took place in East-Central Europe in 1989 were not just an inflection point for people in the region. The lives of many outsiders were profoundly altered by what happened that year.

Syria's Chemical Weapons May Be Destroyed In.. Albania

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog was meeting Friday to endorse a plan to destroy Syria's deadly poison gas ...

Start of EU Membership Negotiations With Serbia Could Further Stabilize the Western Balkans

Dominik Tolksdorf | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dominik Tolksdorf

The past year has demonstrated that the prospect of EU membership can be a powerful incentive for governments to take unprecedented decisions toward stability and conflict resolution.

The Race From the Bottom

John Feffer | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
John Feffer

It's almost never an advantage to be at the bottom. But when it comes to the list of poorest countries in Europe, there appears to be a slight advantage.

The PR Man: Savvy New Leader Aims to Tackle Albania's Image Problem

Andi Balla | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Andi Balla

For Albania's newly-elected prime minister, Edi Rama, much of the fame outside this small Southeast European country has come from his painting. He is now set to work again on the country's image, which still needs a makeover to recover from its, mostly unfair, association with backwardness and crime.

The Joy of the Unexpected

Sanjay Surana | Posted 08.01.2013 | Travel
Sanjay Surana

One of the delights of travel is the people that you meet, people to whom you have no obvious connection, except that for some brief moments you inhabit the same physical space.

Combating Corruption in Albania: Superman, Where Are You?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Fron Nahzi

Albania needs committed, law-abiding public servants and funding for government services that improve the livelihood of citizens. Unfortunately, this can only be achieved if Rama can free Albania from the grip of organized crime. This is possible with help from friends.