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.
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.
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.