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Remembering trains and the current state of Albanian railways

Economist (2010): Correspondent’s diary, Day three: Albania’s long-suffering railways. As a child I remember getting on the train with my parents to go to the beach (which took over 1 hour), then I remember going to the city of Fier several times to visit my aunt (which would take almost a whole day). Then, democracy …

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Another view of these Albanian parliamentary elections

Albanian parliamentary elections have always been a source of concern, manipulations and contestation. The parties in power have tried everything, and I mean everything, to get as many votes as they can. Meanwhile, the opposition has tried everything to do the same by exposing the other at the same time. Albanians are still far away …

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An author’s insight into the looming elections crisis in Albania

Yesterday I was forwarded an article on Balkan Insight (BI) about some of the concerns over the upcoming parliamentary elections in Albania. The author was right on the money when describing the situation and also about the potential triggers that could cause trouble as the 23rd of June approaches. I want to stay positive and …

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Albanian PM admits defeat and resigns his post as head of DP!

Today, the historic leader of the Democratic Party and PM of Albania, finally admitted defeat in these general parliamentary elections 2013 and at the same time resigned his post as head of the party choosing to return to being a normal citizen with limited responsibilities. Wow, that was a first. It seemed that this guy …

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Circumcision: an Albanian cultural tradition!

Michelangelo’s David (Circumcision) As much as I dislike the experience, I found myself again at the children’s hospital, however, this time it was because our son was getting circumcised. The practice of circumcision is both a culturally accepted norm and also a ‘cleanliness’ suggested surgical intervention for boys in Albania. My wife and I were …

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