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.
Those annoying Buzzfeed, Quizilla and Quizfarm et al quizzes have been clogging my Facebook news feed for months at a rate that now surpasses the petition requests, memes and revolting photos of the disgusting gourmet slop people had for dinner.
Yoani Sánchez -- the world-renowned Cuban blogger and philologist -- will be honored here with the inaugural Freedom Award by CEPOS. But there's one oddity: Yoani is forbidden to leave her country to accept the award.
In the glaring light of the democratic currents sweeping through the Mideast, the contradictions in supporting one set of dictators while toppling others may prove impossible for the U.S. and its allies to effectively manage.
The resort has all the amenities of a 5-star property including Canyon Ranch spa and wellness center. The resort also offers psychological services to help the former rulers cope with their diminished circumstances.
Yet another Western-backed dictator is set to fall from grace. The Shah of Iran, Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein -- they all refused to concede defeat. And they all fell down. Hosni Mubarak will, too, if he doesn't review his history books.
Good ol' Saudi Arabia. If you're a corrupt and fleeing Sunni despot, you'll always have a home in Saudi. Just ask their latest refugee, the very recently former President of Tunisia, Mr. Zine El Abedine Ben Ali.