Eva León & Olga Vinokur   
06-28-17-Eva-Leon-Photo-e1495467497693Spanish violinist Eva León and pianist Olga Vinokur join us live from the Chicago Cultural Center with music of Turina, Albania and Rodrigo. Violin Sonata No.1, Op. 51 (14’) I. Lento-Allegro molto II. Aria: Lento III. Rondeau: Allegretto Joaquín Turina (1882 – 1949) Asturias (Leyenda) for Solo Violin (4’) Isaac Albéniz (1860 – 1909) Arr. Xavier Turull and Eva León Sonata […]
          Eating the Globe: Syria   

I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.

I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.

The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
          Comment on Startup pitch: Uptaste helps tourists to find places to eat nearby by peter syme   
Good luck with the new venture. I am a foody so I would use it. I eat in about 10-12 different countries each year and my route to selection is I ask the locals or TripAdvisor not sure that worked in Albania last week though! Scaling it will be hard I imagine but you know that and if you do not try you do not get.
          World: Challenges and opportunities across NATO's South: Migration, trafficking, extremism, and instability, Volume 1 I Number 3 I Spring 2017   
Source: OPEN Perspectives Exchange Network (OPEN)
Country: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen

Executive Summary

NATO and its partners, as a part of discussions related to the Alliance’s efforts to promote peace and security in its broader neighbourhood, have increasingly focused on NATOs’ “Southern Flank.” In the following report, the authors argue that this primarily military term is likely to be off-putting to many current or would-be NATO partners, such as foreign ministries, international organisations, and civilian stakeholders, hindering the goals of “projecting stability” and risking a near-exclusive focus on threats and risks. Furthermore, this report demonstrates how the term “Southern Flank” does not fully capture NATO’s challenges. For example, issues like trafficking and migration originate in far-flung areas including West Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia, which may not be part of the Southern Flank as current conceived by NATO. In suggesting the use of a less heavily value-laden and military-centric term like the “Greater South”, the authors point out that challenges emanating from the Greater South also present opportunities to Alliance states that may bolster NATO’s strategic objectives.

The following observations and findings are based on a review of the pertinent literature from academics, research institutions, governments, and various international organisations (IOs) and international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs). They also emerge in part from the authors’ combined twenty years of research experience working on and researching issues ranging from civil-military interaction to post-crisis stabilisation and humanitarian action in contexts as diverse as Afghanistan, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Lebanon, Somalia Syria and Yemen for governments, UN agencies, the World Bank, INGOs, NATO’s former Civil-Military Fusion Centre and others.

Challenges and Opportunities in NATO’s Greater South

Some of the most immediately pressing challenges emanating from the Greater South include migration and trafficking in drugs, guns, persons as well as conflict and violent extremism. These inter-related issues thrive amidst corruption and low state capacity, prevent economic growth, and facilitate instability and extremism. This report explores these challenges and demonstrates (i) their intersecting nature; (ii) how typical approaches to addressing these issues, including increased border control and military responses, can displace the challenge and plant the seeds of future instability elsewhere; and (iii) that the various challenges facing NATO may be reconceptualised as opportunities rather than purely as threats.

With regard to migration, in 2015, 1.2 million people applied for asylum in Europe, 66.2% of whom were male according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This may pose social stability challenges not only in assimilation and cultural differences relating to gender relations but also in the fact that most young, male migrants, many of whom are single, will be jobless for a year or two following arrival. However, with approximately 84% of incoming migrants under 34 years old, the host economy may ultimately benefit economically from migration. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), for instance, estimates annual output to increase by 0.1% in the EU and 0.3% in Germany by the end of 2017.


          Albanian Parliament To Swear In Meta As President On July 24   
The swearing-in ceremony for Albanian President-elect Ilir Meta has been set for July 24, the current president’s office has said.
          6/30/2017: Camilla: Her Story: Albanian drug dealers now a major threat, warn police   

GANGS of Albanian drug dealers are now ‘a significant threat’ on Britain’s streets, police chiefs warned yesterday. They said organised crime groups from the tiny Balkan country now have ‘ high-level influence’ on supplying cocaine around the...
          6/30/2017: Camilla: Her Story: Gang set up phone line for city’s cocaine users   
ARMED Albanian gangsters dressed in designer clothes to target Manchester revellers looking to buy cocaine. They also operated a sophisticated ‘dial-a-drug’ phone line. Unknown to police because they were recruited directly from Albania and operated...
          Under Pressure - Facts of socialist architecture in Albania   
Event Date: Jun 27, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017; Event City: Venice, IT

This is an effort to envisage the reality of communist Albania by using architecture as a decoding tool. The exhibition invites the visitor to read a storyline, which is neither chronological nor built on sequential facts. Constructing a path would constitute in a way a biased approach or a perspective by the authors. The exhibited material aims to neutralize any possible level of pre-interpretation, which drives the visitor towards his personal exploring and experiential paths into an unknown context.

The generic theme of the exhibition consists in illustrating the many forms of dialogue established between architecture and political power, portraying at the same time a dichotomy that is mirrored throughout the creative process of the architect.


Given the Albanian context, how was architecture impacted by the pressure modeled from ideology and communist propaganda? The answer is revealed through an episodic collage that exposes pieces of distorted, bended or overlapped realities. Eight episodes are served to illustrate the puzzle; Ideology and design, Approach and image, Standardized design, Prefabrication, Dissidence (?), Atheism, The National Form, and Architecture as communication tool.

Through these thematic etudes it is legible how, in many cases, architecture is transformed into a medium, enabling communication between the political power and citizens. Architectural or urban entities become the ground upon which the propaganda is materialized into form or space, and where ideology continuously models the artistic worldview.


An exhibition by: Gjergji Islami, Denada Veizaj, Gjergj Thomai, Enrico Fontanari

Graphic concept and design: Ana Pekmezi

With the special attention of: Andrea Maliqari, Rector of the Polytechnic University of Tirana

Supported by:
IUAV, University of Venice
Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism
Central Technical Construction Archive

Visiting hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 > 19.00 
Web: http://www.iuav.it/Ateneo1/eventi-del/2017/Under-Pres/index.htm 
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416062511784104/?ref=br_rs

Contact:
Gjergji Islami (lecturer and researcher, Polytechnic University of Tirana)

gjergjislami@upt.al

gjerislam@yahoo.com

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          Three to see: Manchester International Festival   
Glenn Brown's Dark Angel (for Ian Curtis) after Chris Foss (2002) (© Glenn Brown and Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler)
The bands New Order and Joy Division are inextricably bound with Manchester, with their music an integral part of the northern citys cultural heritage and identity since the 1970s. The exhibition True Faith at Manchester Art Gallery (until 3 September) looks at the impact of the two groups on contemporary artists such as Mark Leckey, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Brown, Jeremy Deller and Julian Schnabel. True Faith is rooted in the social and cultural histories, and the psychological geography of Manchester itself, writes the co-curator Matthew Higgs in the exhibition catalogue. The show includes Peter Savilles cool, crisp album cover artwork for New Order and Joy Division (Factory Records label). The record sleeves draw on a vast range of influences: Movement (Factory Album, 1981) is inspired by the Italian Futurist artist Fortunato Deperos poster for the 1932 exhibition Futurismo Trentino. 

The German-Egyptian artist Susan Hefuna meditates on the themes of migration and separation, pondering also on what brings people together. These themes underpin an exhibition of her drawings, objects and a new digital work at the Whitworth Art Gallery (ToGather, until 3 September). Her Vitrines of Araf (2007) include found objects such as family photographs and flowers, donated by the wives and daughters of staff based at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo. The focal point is a performance (9 July) that unites the various migrant communities in the city. Local residents, originally from 15 different countries including Iran, Sierra Leone, Trinidad, Pakistan, Albania and Kuwait, will trace individual paths through Whitworth Park, the organisers say. Dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor will also take part in the event. 

Samson Young, who has a doctorate in computer music and composition from Princeton University, is making his presence felt; the artist is representing Hong Kong at this years Venice Biennale and making waves in Manchester with a new five-part radio series. One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) will be broadcast live from Old Granada Studios (30 June-4 July), weaving songs, poetry and oral histories evoking mythic tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers bound for Europe. Young will unveil a sound and video installation at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (7-16 July) that explores the relationship between the UK and China since Hong Kong was handed back to the Chinese authorities in 1997.   

          Prishja e koalicioneve shmang krizën eventuale   

Ai ka deklaruar se një gjë e tillë mund të ndodhë për shkak se këto koalicione nuk janë parimore.Në këtë intervistë dhënë gazetës “Epoka e re”, ai ka treguar se kjo do të mund shmangte krizën eventuale politike. “Ashtu siç janë krijuar, pa parime e në mënyrë të improvizuar, koalicionet edhe mund të zhbëhen. Kjo […]

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          Raka: Rrethohen militantët e Shtetit Islamik   

Forcat Demokratike të Sirisë, të mbështetura nga SHBA-ja, “ kanë rrethuar nga të gjitha anët militantët e Shtetit Islamik brenda qytetit Raka”, ka njoftuar Vëzhguesi sirian për të Drejtat e Njeriut. Fitorja kundër militantëve të grupit Shteti Islamik vjen pas njoftimit, se forcat irakiane kanë marrë kontrollin e një xhamie në Mosul, e cila ka […]

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          Apostolova merr pjesë në pastrimin e parkut të Gërmisë   

Ky aksion është pjesë e Javës së Diplomacisë Klimatike të organizuar nga Zyra e BE-së, me qëllim të ngritjes së vetëdijesimit mbi nevojën e adresimit të ndotjes së ajrit, menaxhimit të mbeturinave dhe çështjeve që kanë të bëjnë me energjinë eficiente në Kosovë.

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          Qeveria në largim sot mban mbledhjen e rregullt   

Sipas njoftimit, mbledhja do të mbahet nga ora 09:00 në objektin e qeverisë. Në të do të marrë pjesë kryeministri Isa Mustafa.

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          Seancën konstituive në Kuvend e drejton Mikullovci   

Mikullovci, i lindur më 1939, mori 12641 vota si kandidat nga radhët e Vetëvendosjes. Si deputeti më i moshuar në Kuvend, ai do të udhëheqë seancën konstituive.

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          Lamtumirë Bayern Munich, Sanches te rivali i madh nga Liga e Kampionëve (FOTO)   

Renato Sanches vështirë se do të mbetet në Bayern Munich edhe për sezonin e ardhshëm. Mesfushori portugez dështoi në vitin e tij të parë me gjigantin bavarez. Andaj, mediat gjermane raportojnë se ai mund të largohet nga klubi gjatë kësaj vere, edhe në formë të huazimit. Kurse, në Itali janë shtuar zërat në lidhje me […]

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          Ozil në pushime, zgjedh klubin për sezonin 2017/18 (FOTO)   

Mesut Ozil nuk do të largohet nga Arsenal. ‘The Sun’ shkruan se mesfushori gjerman nuk planifikon të gjejë skuadër të re gjatë këtij afati kalimtar të verës. Madje, ai pritet të nënshkruajë kontratë të re në Emirates pasi ajo e tanishmja do të vlejë deri më 2018. Ozil ka zgjuar interesim nga shumë klube evropiane […]

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          Juventus me përforcim të madh, çmimi 40 milionë euro (FOTO)   

Federico Bernardeschi do të largohet nga Fiorentina. Mediat italiane kanë njoftuar se ylli i ekipit Viola pritet të nënshkruajë me Juventusin në transferim me vlerë prej rreth 40 milionë euro. Juventus pret që Bernardeschi të zyrtarizohet në Torino pas kësaj jave.  

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          Ronaldo ka lajm fantastik për tifozët shqiptarë para ndeshjes në Shkup (FOTO)   

Cristiano Ronaldo do t’i fillojë pushimet më herët se që ishte planifikuar. Eliminimi i Portugalisë në gjysmëfinalen e Kupës së Konfederatave do t’i mundësojë po ashtu që të jetë gati për Superkupën e Evropës. “AS” shkruan se Ronaldo tani mund të luajë në duelin e madh në Shkup më 8 gusht kundër ish skuadrës së […]

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          Vendet më të rrezikuara nga sulmet kibernetike   

Në listë pas tyre vijnë Rusia, Rumania dhe Polonia, ndërsa më e ulet, rrezikshmëria e goditjeve të tilla llogaritet të jetë në Island e Luksemburg. Sipas  Check Point, deri ne 25% e rrjeteve të koorporatave në mbarë globin janë infektuar nga dy grupe virusesh – Fireball dhe WannaCry, të konsideruar si dy prej aplikacioneve të […]

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          Albanian drug dealers are now a major threat in the UK, say police   
Warning comes from National Crime Agency as it publishes annual crime report Drug deaths at record levels, with 320 dying from cocaine and crack in 2015 There…
          Under President Macron, France can play a pivotal role in Western relations with Iran   
Since America ensured the MEK were transferred from Iraq to Albania this danger has become more acute. Albania is still struggling
          Prediksi Skor Bola Russia vs Morocco 6 Juni 2014 Liga Persahabatan   
Prediksi Skor Bola Russia vs Morocco 6 Juni 2014 Liga Persahabatan – Pada Liga Persahabatan kali ini akan mempertemukan Russia melawan Morocco yang akan dipertandingkan di Stadium Lokomotiv (Moskva)  pada hari Jumat 6 June 2014 malam hari jam 21:00 WIB. Sebelumnya, Agen Bola Terpercaya Bola Liga juga telah mengulas Prediksi hasil skor Hungary vs Albania […]
          Prediksi Skor Bola Hungary VS Albania 5 Juni 2014 Laga Persahabatan   
Prediksi Skor Bola Hungary vs Albania 5 Juni 2014 Laga Persahabatan – Pada pertandingan Laga Persahabatan akan mempertemukan HUNGARY melawan Albania yang akan dipertemukan di Puskás Ferenc Stadion (Budapest) pada hari Kamis ( 5 Juni 2014) dini hari jam 01.30 WIB. Sebelumnya, Agen Bola Terpercaya Bola Liga juga telah mengulas Prediksi Persiba Balikpapan vs Putra […]
          News in Brief 30 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva   
Families unite in appeal to find Kosovo’s missing persons Relatives of those who went missing in the Kosovo conflict have called on their governments and the international community to take "full responsibility" to find their loved ones. The joint message was delivered on Friday by Bajram Qerkinaj, on behalf of ethnic Albanian and ethnic Serb [...]
          Offer - Clear-Cut Solutions For sport Examined - Perugia   
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          BBC: Albanian gangs control drug trafficking in UK   
Violent Albanian criminal groups have “considerable control” over drug trafficking in Great Britain. At the same time, Serbians and Turks “dominate high volume maritime cocaine logistics.” This is according to a BBC report, published under the headline, “Albanian gangs ‘controlling’ UK drug trafficking market,” that cited the National Crime Agency (NCA) annual assessment document. The […]

          Kosovo’s new assembly composition as “family affair”   
A specific feature of the new Kosovo parliament is that party leaders have made sure to also bring in their family members. Pristina-based Albanian language newspaper Zeri is reporting this, adding that brothers Daut and Ramush Haradinaj are both now members of the Assembly in Pristina – with the latter being one of the candidates […]

          Kosovo War Crimes Tribunal Set To Start Proceedings   
Kosovo’s Constitutional Court on June 28 cleared the way for a war crimes tribunal to prosecute former senior ethnic Albanian commanders from the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA/UCK), RFE/RL reports. Known officially as the Kosovo Relocated Specialist Judicial Institution, the court was established with European Union funds at The Hague, Netherlands, to prosecute crimes committed during […]

           A/HRC/36/39/ADD.4 : Report of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances on its mission to Albania: comments by the State    
Body : HRC , Session : 36th , Report Type : Report
          Lockdown At Redstone Arsenal Placed After Armed Intruder Alert Imposed, Now Lifted   

In Huntsville, Alabama, on Tuesday, there was a vivid lockdown at the city’s adjacent area of Redstone Arsenal, because of an armed intruder alert imposed on the sector, which was termed as false later, and then the Army post set back on track, say officials. According to the reports, the incident took place near to the city of Huntsville; there is an adjacent military census-designated place named Redstone Arsenal, which was entirely locked down by the base authorities. The lockdown was followed by search operations conducted by the personnel inside the sector, but eventually no trespasser was found; instead, people…

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          Global Intelligent Transport Systems Market 2017 – Redflex Holdings Limited, THALES Company, Garmin International Inc., BAE SYSTEMS PLC Company   

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          Global High Performance Polymers Market 2017 – BASF, DuPont, Solvay Chemicals International LANXESS, Lonza Group, HP Polymer   

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          Global Consumer Telematics Systems Market 2017 – Omnitracs Ltd., BMW AG (Assist), Ford Motor Co. (SYNC), General Motors (OnStar), Agero Connected Services Inc.   

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          Global Brine Fluids Market 2017 – Noah Technologies, Sichuan Kelun Pharmaceutical, United Salt, Tetra Technologies   

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          Global Tactile Switches Market 2017 – OMRON, Panasonic, ALPS, C&K Components, Wurth Elektronik, NKK Switches, APEM   

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          Global Industrial Printers Market 2017 – Zebra, Epson, HP, Domino Printing Sciences, SATO, Honeywell   

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          Global Air-ground Communications Stations Market 2017 – ROHDE&SCHWARZ, Northrop Grumman, Selex ES, Becker Avionics, Haige   

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          Global Wheelchair Cushion Market 2017 – Sunrise Medical, Comfort Company, Supracor, Roho, Varilite, Invacare   

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          Global Catalyst Regeneration Market 2017 – STEAG SCR-Tech, Ebinger Katalysatorservice, Cormetech, KEPCO, Suzhou Huale   

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          Asylum and Sexual Orientation: HJ (Iran) Guidance ‘Not Given in a Legal Vacuum’   
LC (Albania) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (UNHCR Intervening) [2017] EWCA Civ 351 (0
          Albanian parliament to swear in next president on July 24   
TIRANA — Albania's president has decided that parliament will hold an extraordinary session for the swearing-in ceremony of his successor on July 24.
          Taximetristul care ar fi jefuit-o pe fiica adjunctului sefului Politiei din Tirana, studenta in Bucuresti, prins de politisti   
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Taximetristul care ar fi jefuit-o pe fiica adjunctului sefului Politiei din Tirana (Albania), studenta in Bucuresti, plecand cu bagajele acesteia in portbagaj, a fost prins de politisti si dus la audieri.


          Importatori - Agenti HO.RE.CA.-Hotel,Bar,Ristoranti,Catering   
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          Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute offering 2017 summer language and study abroad programs   

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute is still accepting applications on a rolling basis, for its 2017 summer language and study abroad programs until May 10th.

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          ISIS Starting to Attack Israelis!!!! — Friends of Syria   
ISIS propganda photo. Defendants accused of organising attacks against Israelis deny guilt by Labinot Leposhtica Nine suspects accused of involvement in a planned attack against Israeli footballers in Albania appeared in their first hearing, with one suspect pleading guilty to the charges. Nine individuals accused of planning to attack players of the Israeli national football […]
          "Every guest hates the others, and the host hates them all" - Albanian Proverb   
"Every guest hates the others, and the host hates them all" - Albanian Proverb
          US SAYS IT APPEARS ASSAD IS GETTING READY TO USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON INNOCENT PEOPLE AGAIN-TRUMP SAYS DON;T YOU DARE OR THE MISSLES WILL DESTROY YOUR LAND AGAIN.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

ISAIAH 17:1,11-14
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.(DAMASCUS FRYED TO A PULP)
11  In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
12  Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations,(USELESS U.N) that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13  The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14  And behold at evening tide trouble; and before the morning he is not.(ASSAD KILLED IN OVERNIGHT RAID) This is the portion of them that spoil us,(ISRAEL) and the lot of them that rob us.

AMOS 1:5
5  I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden:(IRAQ) and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir,(JORDAN) saith the LORD.(I belive ISIS-DAMASCUS GET NUKED BY ISRAEL)

Nikki Haley‏Verified account @nikkihaley 14h14 hours ago-JUNE 27,17-Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.

U.S. says it appears Syria planning another chemical weapons attack-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack and it warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he and his military would "pay a heavy price" if it conducts such an attack.The White House statement said preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base.Trump ordered the strike on the Shayrat airfield in Syria in April in reaction to what Washington said was a poison gas attack by Assad's government that killed at least 70 people in rebel-held territory. Syria denied it carried out the attack.The strike put Washington in confrontation with Russia, which has advisers in Syria aiding its close ally Assad.U.S. officials at the time called the intervention a "one-off" intended to deter future chemical weapons attacks and not an expansion of the U.S. role in the Syrian war.(Reporting by Eric Beech; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Sandra Maler and Paul Tait)

White House says Assad may be preparing chemical attack-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The White House says it has found "potential" evidence that Syria is preparing for another chemical weapons attack.Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued an ominous statement Monday evening that says the U.S. "has identified potential preparations" for another chemical attack by the Assad government that it says "would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children."He says the activities are similar to those made before an April chemical attack. The Trump administration launched missile strikes in retaliation for that attack, which it blamed on Assad.Spicer warns that "if Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."The White House has provided no immediate evidence to back up its claims.The Associated Press.

CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)

REVELATION 16:12-16
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)

DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

REVELATION 9:12-18
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

Focus-China's 16+1 foray into Central and Eastern Europe By Eric Maurice-euobserver

Prague, 26. Jun, 13:27-Half a decade after it was launched, the network of cooperation between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries has brought uneven economical and political fruits so far.The so-called 16+1 was established in 2012 as Beijing's initiative to cover various issues such as investment, trade, but also culture or education.The group includes 11 EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; and five non-EU countries from the Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.It fits into China's global strategy to engage new partners in political and economic ties in different formats.Despite having a permanent secretariat, the Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries - the initiative's official name - is more a series of bilateral relationships with no overall coherence, as experts pointed out in discussions at the Prague European Summit conference earlier this month."It's not really a multilateral format," Petr Kratochvil, the director of Prague's Institute of International Relations, told EUobserver."It's more a group of countries that China took to have bilateral ties with. It's mainly Poland and Hungary in terms of investment, and Romania and Serbia for building projects."China's interest in the 16+1 countries is different from one country to another.In the Czech Republic, Kratochvil noted, the Chinese have mainly invested in real estate, a football club - Slavia Prague, which just won the Czech championship - or the media."It's not really the kind of investment the country wants, because it doesn't produce anything," he said.In Budapest, meanwhile, the government announced last week that Hungary and China would soon start to cooperate in the healthcare industry – from making medical equipment to developing biotechnologies.Kratochvil noted that the amount of Chinese investments in the region had remained limited and was concentrated on a few high profile infrastructure projects, such as the Budapest-Belgrade high-speed railway that Chinese companies plan to build.The focus on infrastructure shows that China considers Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) a full part of the One Belt-One Road initiative – an investment and infrastructure plan, spanning from China to the Middle-East and Africa through to Central Asia."Southern and Eastern Europe are a testing ground for the Belt and Road," Anastas Vangeli, from the Polish Academy of Sciences, told EUobserver.He said that 16+1 was more an "experiment" than a "Chinese plan", and that Beijing tries "to see whether this type of diplomacy can help them boost economic relations.""To put it very simply, the whole idea is to find ways to boost the economy outside China, to generate demand for Chinese goods," Vangeli said, adding: "And these are not cheap goods: high speed railways, satellites systems or nuclear technology."Agatha Kratz, from the European Council on Foreign Relations, a London-based think-tank, told EUobserver that: "The first idea was to treat CEE as Asia and Africa.""That was a big shock, they explained that loans for projects that China would build were not going to happen."For Kratz, the success of the 16+1 initiative is to be found on the political side than in the economic side.She pointed out that annual summits between the 17 leaders, usually in Europe, constitute a "formal channel of communication".-A pragmatic question-After five years, the 16+1 format "has shown its limits, but it will continue," Kratz added.For China, the forum is "high-level enough and it helps to understand how best to promote what it can do in Europe".For CEE countries, the summits are "one more bilateral forum, one more way to have meetings with China and explain what they [CEE countries] need from it."For countries that are either part of the EU or willing to join it in the future, the Chinese partnership is "a pragmatic question", Kratochvil insisted.Although some leaders, such as Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban or Czech president Milos Zeman, are supportive of certain Chinese positions – for instance Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea – the region is not going to become a Chinese "ally"."The idea of a strategic shift is nonsense," Kratochvil said.

DRUG PUSHERS AND ADDICTS

1 PET 5:8
8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

REVELATION 18:23
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.

REVELATION 9:21
21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)

Myanmar, Thailand incinerate illicit drugs worth $800 million-[Reuters]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

BANGKOK/YANGON (Reuters) - Officials in Myanmar and Thailand burned illegal narcotics worth more than $800 million on Monday to mark the UN day against drug abuse and trafficking.The move came even as authorities struggle to stem the flood of illicit drugs in the region, with Thailand's justice minister last year saying the country's war on drugs was failing.In Thailand's Ayutthaya province, more than 9 tonnes of drugs with a street value of over 20 billion baht ($590 million) went up in smoke including methamphetamines, known locally as "yaba" or "crazy drug", according to police."Currently, we are able to take down a lot of networks, including ... transnational networks bringing drugs into Thailand ... to be shipped to Malaysia and other countries," Sirinya Sitthichai, Secretary-General of the Office of Narcotics Control Board, told reporters in Ayutthaya.In neighboring Myanmar, the police said they destroyed confiscated drugs worth around $217 million.Myanmar remains one of the world's largest producers of illicit drugs, including opium, heroin and methamphetamines. Those narcotics are often smuggled into China.Last year, law makers in Myanmar voiced disappointment over the country's lackluster efforts to tackle the drug problem.The market for methamphetamines has been growing in Southeast Asia, the United Nations has said. It estimates that Southeast Asia's trade in heroin and methamphetamine was worth $31 billion in 2013.(Reporting by Juarawee Kittisilpa in AYUTTHAYA and Aye Win Myint in YANGON; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Joseph Radford)

Pot insider says dispensaries are 'dreaming' if they think they'll be part of legalization framework-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Omar Khan sat down with Matt Galloway on Metro Morning to discuss big questions that have yet to be answered in the federal government's push to develop a legal framework for recreational marijuana sales by July 2018.Khan is former chief of staff to the Ontario health minister and he now works with the marijuana industry as vice president, public affairs of Hill + Knowlton strategies.Questions and answers have been condensed.Matt Galloway: How prepared is this country for legal weed? Omar Khan: I think right now you have a patchwork of readiness. You have provinces like Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick who are fairly well advanced in terms of their thinking. And you have others, like Manitoba and Saskatchewan, who quite frankly are a little bit further behind.MG: What are the big questions that still have to be answered? OK: I think one of the points that's getting less attention is where will one be able to use marijuana. For example, you can walk down a public sidewalk and smoke a cigarette, but you can't walk down the sidewalk and drink a beer. I think that's a conversation that needs to happen.MG: Do you think that people will be allowed to smoke marijuana in parks, if they can't have an open bottle of alcohol there now? OK: There's a lot of evidence that suggests that harm associated with marijuana use is less than that associated with regular alcohol use. So I think it's something that the province of Ontario especially is going to be looking at as they move forward with their strategy.MG: What about the sale issue? OK: Since the government has set a fairly aggressive timeline for legalization — some have said, July 2018 — I think it's going to be very difficult for the government to have an up-and-running, bricks-and-mortar retail operation by this time next year essentially. I think the government is looking at three options: one would be a wholly government-run crown corporation a la LCBO; I think another option would be a heavily regulated system that gives out private licences for retailing; and then, the third option would be what we call a hybrid. Some private licences combined with a government-run system, similar to how beer and wine is distributed in Ontario.MG: Which way do you think they are leaning?OK: I know the Ontario government started looking at this seriously, right after the election of the Trudeau government. I know the attorney general, Yassir Naqvi, is working away feverishly to put together some options for cabinet to consider. I also know the premier is very big on consultation, so I suspect that before any plan is rolled out, there will be a robust public consultation.MG: Can you have robust public consultation and still set up that regulatory body in time? OK: I know they've been working at this hard for a year or so. The timeline's going to be a challenge no doubt. That's why I suspect that if there are going to be public consultations, as I presume there will be, they'll be rolling them out fairly shortly.MG: Is the timeline too tight? OK: It is what it is. Having worked in government, I know that sometimes you have to set a deadline to get everybody working away at achieving a goal. At the end of the day, what's important is that we are going to have legalized adult use of recreational cannabis in this country. And, industry, government, all involved stakeholders need to start working very fast to get this done right.MG: You work with the industry now. What do they want to know? OK: Like members of the public, they are waiting for more information about what the retail distribution model will look like. But I think industry is very interested in sharing some of their expertise when it comes to distribution. There are a lot of players who have a lot of experience dealing with controlled substances. So for example, pharmacies, care centres. I want to give kudos to Mayor Tory who spoke out vigorously against the illegal dispensaries that are out there right now. The one question everyone needs to ask is, where are these people getting their supply? We have 50 licensed producers or marijuana in this country right now.MG: So where are they getting their supply? OK: I don't want to open myself up to defamation. But they're not getting them from the licensed producers because none of them would risk their licence by providing supply illegally.MG: The assumption from many of the illegal dispensaries is that they're going to be part of the new regime.OK: I think they are dreaming in technicolour. There is no way the province of Ontario or any other province is going to give a retail distribution licence to any entity that's involved in criminal activity.MG: Do you really think we'll meet this deadline? OK: The good thing [Finance Minister] Morneau has put out there is that if there's a province that isn't ready with an up-and-running distribution system next year, there will be a fallback, and I suspect that will be online sales.

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

REVELATION 8:7
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Spain sends reinforcements as fire spreads near wildlife reserve-Agence France-Presse-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Madrid (AFP) - Firefighters were battling Monday to contain a blaze threatening a renowned national park in southern Spain which has already led to the evacuation of some 2,000 people.Authorities were sending additional firefighters to tackle the flames at the Donana Natural Park in southwestern Spain near Huelva, a fire service spokesman told AFP."The flames are not under control, they are spreading," he added, though no injuries have been reported.The blaze comes a week after wildfires killed over 60 people in neighbouring Portugal.Strong winds and scorching heat were complicating efforts to fight the blaze, which broke out Saturday near the town of Moguer, officials said.The fire has not yet hit the neighbouring Donana National Park, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994 and is well known for the extensive biodiversity of its dunes, wetlands and woods."The flames have not reached the national park," the official in charge of the environment with the regional government of Andalusia, Jose Fiscal Lopez, told Spanish public television."A special effort was made during the night on the front which threatened the park the most," he added.The national park is one of Spain's most important wildlife sanctuaries and a popular tourist attraction.It is home to a variety of animals, including endangered species such as the Spanish imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx, a large cat found only in Spain and Portugal.Officials temporarily evacuated a lynx breeding centre on Sunday as a precaution.A female Iberian lynx died at the Acebuche captive breeding centre on Saturday "due to stress" during its capture for evacuation, the centre said in a statement.The other lynxes are "safe and sound", said the mayor of Moguer, Gustavo Cuellar. "Each lynx held in captivity is receiving detailed care."Over 200 firefighters backed by 15 vehicles and seven planes were battling the blaze on Monday morning, emergency services said.The cause remained unknown but Fiscal Lopez said officials were "certain" human activity played a role."It remains to be seen if this was with (criminal) intent or due to negligence," he added.The fire prompted the closure of several roads and the evacuation of some 2,000 people, including guests at camp sites and several hotels.There were no immediate details on how much land had been burned so far.

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

REVELATION 17:9-13
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

LUKE 2:1-3
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

Opinion-New initiative could trump the Visegrad Group By Wojciech Przybylski-euobserver

Warsaw, 26. Jun, 17:09-"New Europe" was a term coined by the administration of former US president George W. Bush.When the USA decided to invade Iraq, this term was used to differentiate between – and celebrate – the solidarity of new Nato members compared to the reluctance of the old allies.Since then, the intricacies of European politics – from smaller initiatives to larger regional alliances and even to the inner-workings of the EU itself – have grown considerably.Many wishing to weaken Europe’s position and potential on the global stage try to exploit this division of old vs new, and it is something all leaders on the continent should be wary of.With that still in mind, on 6 July US president Donald Trump will arrive in Warsaw and take part in an assembly of one of these regional alliances, the Three Seas Initiative (TSI) – a meeting of the EU leaders representing Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).The three seas is a reference to the countries situated between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas.The initiative is seen as a major diplomatic triumph of the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, who is also the leader of the TSI and desperate for a win.However, the TSI is just one of many political groupings in the CEE region with a primary focus on influencing EU policy. Other such groupings of more or less importance are the Visegrad Group (V4), Slavkov triangle, Danube Region, Weimar Triangle and Nordic-Baltic cooperation.While their main focus is on fostering cooperation within the EU, such formations are becoming increasingly interesting for external powers such as China (in the so-called 16+1 format) and now the US.Trump’s visit will definitely put a spotlight on the TSI and help this format to continue.TSI members – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia – pledged in their founding declaration a year ago to foster regional projects in the areas of energy, transportation, digital communication and economic sectors in CEE.However, according to analysts who are advancing the concept, like Bartosz Wisniewski, the head of research office at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), the region still has a long way to go when it comes to its economic development.The TSI is meant to complement connectivity between the East and West of Europe, with greater connectivity along the north-south axis, thanks in no small part to the EU's financial contribution.-Not quite quid pro quo-The US has already increased on their military presence in the region, even more so than had been originally promised by the administration of former US president Barack Obama.The LNG (liquid natural gas) terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland – a strategically important facility allowing for more energy independence in the region – has only recently celebrated the arrival of its first transportation from the US and awaits its next shipment from Qatar, and other countries.Justifiably suspicious of their eastern neighbour, Poland will most likely take the opportunity to sup-port the recent sanctions that were proposed by the US Senate last week on contractors for the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) project, as well as other significant Russian businesses.In comparison, both Trump and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban have sought to lift the sanctions on Russia, a sentiment that is also shared today by Austria, a member of the TSI, whose companies are contractors for the NS2.However, according to PISM these differences are fine, as they are neither an attempt to undermine European integration, nor a block to ward off Russia.To the Czechs and Slovaks, the TSI, especially now, might be a little more problematic.While they agree with the goal of north-south connectivity, they are cautious – if not suspicious – of the political dimension.V4 is the most important format to Slovakia, whereas the country treats the TSI more like a one time event.For Slovaks, there is no political content in this grouping. And, beyond that, there is no security component and no political dimension for the country.Czech officials have also expressed reservations towards Poland, a country that, along with Hungary, emphasises the East-West divide. The radicalisation of some V4 members also does not help.Poles automatically reject all ideas from the Western members, a Czech diplomat recently told Gazeta Wyborcza.A member of the Czech ministry of foreign affairs, who was quoted in the same article, went even further, claiming that the idea of a Three Seas Initiative is unacceptable because of its 20th century neo-imperial origin.Such criticism is dismissed by PISM analysts, who underline that despite any apparent differences, Slovakia and Czech Republic will send their representation.Despite many reservations, the obvious champion of the initiative has become the Croatian president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Allegedly, her personal involvement was of key importance to the US delegation.The TSI clearly goes along with her plans for her LNG terminal in Croatia that will improve gas sup-ply diversification – independent of Russia – and increase energy cooperation in the region.-Needing a pat on the back-It might be too simplistic, but there is the chance that Trump is using the occasion as a slight against German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron.Is this a not-too-subtle comment about how Trump sees future European cooperation? The question needing to be answered by EU leaders will be whether they think Trump is willing to cut off his nose to spite his face.That worries some, who do not believe that the Polish ministry of foreign affairs can handle a diplomatically sensitive visit.Warsaw, already isolated in the EU, may want to be even more confrontational after Trump's visit. This will also not help to reconcile with Brussels, Berlin or Paris.Furthermore, it will not help to build regional solidarity, since the northern and southern neighbours of Poland will not feel like taking part in fist-fights that would complicate relations with their Western partners.No matter how well-intentioned these leaders are in developing ties between their nations, they will all struggling with domestic and regional issues, as well as questionable popular support.It all makes the meeting feel more like the international conference of future political pariahs.Wojciech Przybylski is the editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, and chairman of the Res Publica Foundation in Warsaw. His new book ‘Understanding Central Europe’, co-edited with Marcin Moskalewicz, will be published by Routledge in the second half of 2017.

UK visitors set to pay into EU budget after Brexit By Nikolaj Nielsen-june 27,17-euobserver

BRUSSELS, Today, 22:25-British nationals may end up paying into the EU general budget after the UK leaves the European Union.An EU proposal to tighten border security controls for all visa-free travellers sometime in 2020 will be generating cash by demanding fees from holidaymakers. The fees will pay for annual running costs.But an European Commission official on Monday (26 June) said any surplus revenue would also then go to the EU budget and reduce member state contributions.Proposed last November, the Commission's European Travel Information and Authorisation System (Etias), will screen all visa-free travellers before they enter the passport-free Schengen zone of 26 European states."Any accumulated surplus generated by the Etias revenues would in any case revert back to the EU general budget and hence reduce member state contributions," the Commission official told MEPs.A five-year application under the scheme is €5. The fee is small but the UK's total sum in the pot is not insignificant.Brits made 35 million holiday trips to the EU last year alone with around a third going to Spain, followed by France and Greece. Another 5.5 million were business trips.A spokesperson from the UK-based Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) told EUobserver that the UK holiday figures to the EU have increased substantially in the past few years.He noted that 2016 was "an all time record".Abta wants the British government to negotiate an exemption for UK nationals in Etias, noting that "it is in everyone's interest to keep these flows going."The UK government, meanwhile, says it is determined to get the best possible deal for the country.A UK government spokesperson said Etias was just "one of many areas that may need to be addressed as we leave the EU and agree a new partnership."It is also likely to stir up resentment among people who campaigned to leave the EU, given that British nationals may still be footing, albeit indirectly, the EU budget after Brexit.Commission estimates suggest Etias will cost over €200 million to launch and around €85 million to maintain annually. Discussions between the EU institutions have yet to start but the plan is to reach an agreement before the end this year.German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht said the EU would be better off making it easier for people to travel than imposing a new system that not only creates more red tape but also blanket collects personal data."Making it easier for people from countries, which are also democracies, to travel to the European Union and back is a positive thing and we need not to make that more difficult but easier," he said on Monday.EU nationals, for their part, took 10 million holiday trips and some 7 million business trips to the UK in 2016.

WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Before tragedy strikes': Liberals launch centre to prevent homegrown terrorism-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

The federal government has launched a new centre tasked with preventing the radicalization of Canadian young people.A special adviser will be named in the coming months to oversee the local outreach and research projects funded through the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence.The centre will have dedicated staff, but will be located within the existing Public Safety Canada space.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada must become a world leader in understanding and dealing with radicalization that leads to violence, in order to retain its national character as an open, diverse society that is also safe and secure."The new Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence will help us do as much as humanly possible to prevent radicalization to violence before tragedy strikes," Goodale said in a statement. "It will support and empower local leaders to develop initiatives that are suited to their community."Last year's budget set aside $35 million over five years and $10 million each year after to combat radicalization and violence in Canada.Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of heritage (multiculturalism), said the new centre will drive better research, understanding and engagement, with a special focus on youth vulnerable to radicalization. Building up trust relationships and opening lines of communication are critical to combating radicalism at the ground level, he said.-No boundaries to extremist views-The centre will not focus on Islamist extremism alone, but will cover a wide spectrum, because while some attacks are perpetrated by Islamist extremists, others target Muslims, Virani said."When we look at what's happening across the country, radicalization is not endemic to any one group, institution, race or religion," he said. "It doesn't have particular boundaries that are tied to a religion or an ideology. That's very important to keep in mind because that's a situation we need be upfront about in terms of where the threats are coming from and not focusing on any one particular community."In January, six people were killed and 19 others injured in an attack by a gunman at a Quebec CIty mosque.-Domestic acts of terror-Last August, Aaron Driver died in an altercation with police in Strathroy, Ont. RCMP believe he was preparing to carry out a suicide bombing in a public place.That incident came less than two years after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo while he stood on guard at the National War Memorial, an act the RCMP called terrorism, before making his way to Parliament Hill.Jeremy Littlewood, a terrorism expert at Ottawa's Carleton University, said Canada's domestic terrorism problem is smaller than some of our closest allies, but that doesn't mean there is no danger.Littlewood said it's too early to tell if Canada's approach will work to combat domestic terrorism, but he said it is wise not to target only one group of extremists."Making it one type of terrorism specific, for example, al-Qaeda or ISIS-inspired terrorism, is a recipe for creating fear, suspicion and perpetuating the notion of suspect communities within a population," he said.Littlewood said success will depend partly on sustained funding, and an openness about what is working and what is not.The government is accepting proposals for the Community Resilience Fund as of July 6, 2017, which has $1.4 million available to fund projects in 2018-19. For subsequent years, there will be $7 million for continuing and new projects.Ten projects have already received funding for counter-radicalization work.

Crowd flows, camera coverage being studied to bolster Parliament Hill security-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

OTTAWA — Security officials say they're ready for the throngs set to descend on Parliament Hill for Canada's 150th birthday celebration Saturday.But that doesn't mean federal researchers are done thinking about how to better protect the country's seat of democracy in the months and years ahead.Advisers are gathering data on everything from crowd flows to video-camera placement to ensure both security and openness in the parliamentary precinct.Parliament Hill security is a "tough nut to crack" because of the fine balance between guarding the most important democratic institutions while keeping the grounds open to people, said Rami Youssef of the federal Centre for Security Science, a wing of Defence Research and Development Canada.After a gunman stormed the Hill in October 2014, dying in a hail of bullets in the Hall of Honour, the centre completed two studies. One looked at the physical security of Parliament's Centre Block, while the other delved into procedures for handling visitors and employees in the parliamentary precinct.The most tangible result of the armed assault was creation of the unified Parliamentary Protective Service, drawing together forces from the RCMP, House of Commons and Senate.The centre's researchers need more information before making the next set of recommendations to decision-makers, Youssef said in an interview."The reality is there's a lot of data to be collected, and a lot of data to be studied and analyzed," he said. "We have to go little by little, because they cannot make any drastic changes just overnight."Researchers are interested in the varied nature of the crowds that turn up on Parliament Hill, as well as the ebb and flow of pedestrian traffic at different times of day.Plans were revealed four years ago to boost video-camera coverage of the Hill substantially to guard against possible attacks by detecting abandoned packages, suspicious activity and disturbances.Researchers are studying different types of cameras, their placement and the percentage of visual coverage on the Hill, Youssef said.Work has been focused to date on trying to prevent attacks in the parliamentary precinct but, time permitting, the centre might explore other types of threats and hazards, such as an earthquake or other natural disaster, he added.Many parts of the Hill are undergoing extensive renovations. That could be a welcome opportunity to embed security changes into revamped buildings, Youssef said.The new Parliamentary Protective Service is working with the centre researchers on projects throughout the precinct, but disclosing details of the efforts "would expose operational tactics and measures" that could affect safety, said Melissa Rusk, a spokeswoman for the protective service.Federal officials are also reviewing the mandate of the Government Operations Centre, the focal point for monitoring major national events and emergencies. In addition, they are seeking a new home for the Ottawa-based centre.During the 2014 shooting, the centre lacked computer technicians, food was limited and senior emergency officials weren't in the building, according to internal documents released two years ago. — Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter-Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Press.

3,000 N.L. Muslims gather for Eid celebrations at Jack Byrne Arena-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Muslims in the St. John's area joined with others around the world in celebrating Eid Sunday — the festival that marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan.The celebration at Jack Byrne Arena Sunday morning began with prayers and then a meet and greet with tea, coffee, and snacks."After prayer, we had refreshments, and after refreshments they put out some bouncy castles for kids to play on," Reem Abu-Hendi said.The local celebration is huge — about 3,000 Muslims packed the Jack Byrne Arena early Sunday morning."The community at first, was not that large so like the mosque used to accommodate us but now it's really big like 3,000 people in one place, it's amazing," she said."Just to see all the Muslims in one place, it's a great feeling." Abu-Hendi said.Ramadan is a sacred time for Muslims, who believe that it was when the Qur'an — the holy book — was revealed through the prophet Muhammad."It's 30 days but this year it happened to be 29 because of the moon,"  Ayamen Shaawen said.The month, which started this year May 26, includes dawn-to-dusk fasting, and ends with a religious holiday called Eid."We fast from 3 a.m. until 9 p.m. so it's 18 hours a day," Abu-Hendi said.The fasting can be challenging, but that's what makes it worthwhile, she said."Your body just gets adjusted to it, and I would say it's thirst more than hunger, so you can usually go about your daily activities but around 6 p.m.-7 p.m., I'm done," she said.Without food all day, you'd think there might be a lot of cranky people walking around who are "hangry," but Abu-Hendi says it's all about willpower."Ramadan teaches you patience and self-control. If we lose to anger we could break our fast," she said."It's more of a self-discipline thing," Shaawen said.Volunteers who set up the event get up at the crack of dawn to prepare the arena for the 3,000 attendees."It's a big challenge for those who volunteer to organize it. Before we had a smaller community and our mosque was able to accommodate the size of our community but not anymore," said organizer Ayse Sule."It's a team effort," said Moein Shahwan, vice-resident of the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador."It brings lots of richness to our community and we are proud of it," Sule said.

Relatives of serial killer's victims speak of pain, guilt and anger-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — One after another, family and friends of a serial killer's victims described overwhelming guilt, anger and profound sadness when they learned their loved ones had been murdered by an Ontario nurse who was supposed to care for them.And many spoke about their loss of faith in the province's long-term care system, where Elizabeth Wettlaufer was allowed to cast her "shadow of death" over vulnerable seniors for nearly a decade.Wettlaufer was sentenced Monday in a Woodstock, Ont., court to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years after she pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.The 50-year-old nurse used insulin trying — and in most cases succeeding  — to kill vulnerable victims in her care at three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home. Her crimes began in 2007 and didn't stop until she confessed to the killings at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto last fall.Sandy Millard, whose 87-year-old mother, Gladys Jean Millard, was murdered by Wettlaufer in 2011 at Caressant Care in Woodstock, told court about the depression she has fallen into."Finding out she was killed by a huge injection of medication she did not need broke my heart," she said.Her daughter, and Millard's granddaughter, Shannon Emmerton, spoke through tears."I don't know if I will ever truly recover," she said.Patricia Matheson glared at Wettlaufer as she read a statement by her husband, whose mother, Helen Matheson, was killed by the nurse in 2011."I lost my mother for the second time. No funeral this time, just shock, followed by the question why," Jon Matheson wrote. "I placed my mother in a facility I researched never once considering she would be a victim of such a despicable act. I ask why, because she didn't eat all the blueberry pie and ice cream?"The question of why Wettlaufer killed or hurt 14 people loomed large in court. In a lengthy video statement she gave to police last fall, she said she felt a "red surging" well up in her chest that was relieved after she completed a kill. She believed she was an instrument of God at times, but also killed because some residents were too much work, too burdensome.Many others, wracked by guilt, spoke of what-ifs."I simply feel guilty for not being able to protect my father as he had protected me," wrote David Silcox, whose father, James Silcox, was murdered in 2007.Justice Bruce Thomas acknowledged that guilt was the common theme of the 28 victim impact statements filed in court a few weeks ago."It is a complete betrayal of trust when a caregiver does not prolong life, but terminates it," he said. "But you cannot blame yourselves."Thomas described Wettlaufer's "free run" on her nine-year killing spree, with no oversight or even an inkling she had committed such calculated murders."Without her confessions, I am convinced these offences would never have been brought to justice," he said, calling Wettlaufer a "shadow of death that passed over them (the victims) on the night shift where she supervised."Debora Rivers said her grandmother, Mary Zarawinski, hated the nursing home when she first went there. There are a lot of old people here, she told her niece, even though Zarawinski was one of the oldest residents in the facility."She made it nice for everybody there," Rivers said outside court.She also noted that Wettlaufer had described Zarawinski as "'fun and feisty' — and she was.""The woman lived to be 96 years old for God's sake," Rivers said. "We have no way of knowing how long her life might have been," she said. "We were pretty sure she was going to make it to 100 and so was she."For her part, Wettlaufer apologized, crouching in the prisoner's box without looking at anyone."I am truly sorry for the people I injured or murdered," she said in a soft voice."Sorry is much too small a word. I hope that the families can find some peace and healing."Beverly Bertram, who is Wettlaufer's sole living victim, wrote about the physical pain she was in after the nurse injected her with insulin with the intent to kill her."It is really hard to describe, but I knew I was dying," she wrote in her statement. "I was doubled over in pain in my stomach...Just such pain. My whole body hurt...I thought I was screaming, but I was just moaning I guess."Bertram wrote that she has become a recluse since the incident, afraid of everyone, including her own shadow, and has lost all relationships with her family."I truly think sometimes I'd be better off if she did her deed."Shortly after Wettlaufer's sentencing hearing, the province announced it would hold a public inquiry into the murders to ensure a similar tragedy does not happen again.Liam Casey , The Canadian Press.

Demand for Canada 150 flags, brings seamstress out of retirement-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Canada Day is just under a week away and thanks to the demand for flags leading up to the big celebration, one New Brunswick woman has had to put her retirement on hold.Theresa King's basement is full of bright materials and the tools to turn them into something special. Since March, most of King's projects have been paused while she helps her former employer.- Cyclists pedal into New Brunswick for Canada 150 journey - Fredericton's Canada 150 funding largely focused on 'Indigenous reconciliation' "I thought I was going to be retired," King said with a laugh from her seat in front of a sewing machine.After 28 years working for The Flag Store in Thornton, Ont., she moved to Tower Hill, near St. Andrews. King was only given two years before her old boss came calling."The demand for Canadian flags for the 150 has been so dramatic that they have been out of flags forever," King said.So she agreed to help, thinking at first it would only be for a couple of weeks. Her estimate turned out to be off. Way off.Getting into the flag business-"By the time I'm finished, it will be about 2,500, three-foot-by-six-foot Canadian flags that I will have finished."Working from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., King can put together about 250 flags a week, which despite their complexity, she will tell you is fast.In order to save on the shipping costs, King drove her first shipment of 1,400 flags to Ontario in May.There has been some time for King to enjoy some side projects, like altering a graduation dress, but she said she's happy to help her former colleagues.In her years working for The Flag Store, she said March always meant the beginning of the busy season. But Canada 150 she said, has created demand the store isn't normally accustomed to."Those girls are pretty tired too," King said. "They're just swamped and there just isn't enough time in the day."It isn't just King who is hard at work in the workshop, she enlisted her husband, Doug, to help out too.He'll be the first to tell you that he never planned on getting into the flag business. But after stencilling off bright red maple leafs from cloth, Doug King said the work keeps him out of trouble.While her time is occupied by piecing together red and white material, King will have a little variety in her life this week.-100 and counting-A text from her boss saw rolls of green, gold, and black arrive at her door with a request from the Jamaican consulate."I have 100 to make" she said, "So I can ship them on Wednesday."After being so busy, you would think King planned on taking Canada Day off to enjoy seeing some flags fly. Instead, she said she's only going to take a break to go to the market before getting back to work.With a goal of getting another 1,000 Canadian flags finished by September, she said her next delivery will be her vacation."That'll be my holiday" King said, "A few days off to drive to Ontario and deliver all the flags."

Canadians will soon have a law on how to dispose of mercury-filled light bulbs-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

Canadians will soon have guidance from the federal government on how to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs in an environmentally responsible way.Bill C-238, a new act that sets out rules for a national light bulb disposal strategy, received royal assent on Thursday.The National Strategy for Safe and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act commits the government to identify ways to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs safely and establish guidelines for facilities that dispose of them, and then promote the program to Canadians.The bill also requires the environment minister to table the national strategy in Parliament within two years of the act receiving royal assent. -No regulations-Dartmouth-Cole Harbour MP Darren Fisher, who introduced the private member's bill, said there were no federal regulations outlining how to dispose of light bulbs."You can take your mercury-bearing light bulb, and you can throw it in your garbage bag and put it to the curb," he said.One regular, 13-watt residential compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) — the curly looking ones that are slowly replacing the traditional, round incandescent bulbs — contains on average 3.5 milligrams of mercury. Energy Star-certified CFLs contain 2.5 milligrams or less. Fluorescent tubes contain up to 12 milligrams.Fisher said about 1,150 kilograms of mercury end up in Canadian landfills each year, and can contaminate the environment.Mercury is also listed as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act."So this is an incredibly big issue," he said.Compact fluorescents on the rise-A 2014 federal ban on most residential incandescent bulbs means more Canadians are using compact fluorescent bulbs. A 2014 report from Statistics Canada noted that in 2011, three-quarters of households across the country used at least one CFL bulb.About half the households that used CFLs reported throwing them in the garbage, and Haligonians were the most likely to toss them, with 84 per cent doing so, the report said.-'Piecemeal' approach-Recycling facilities in some municipalities and provinces break CFL bulbs down and recycle about 98 per cent of the components, including the mercury. Some retailers also collect used bulbs to send to recyclers.But Fisher described that as a "piecemeal" approach.He encourages Canadians to recycle their bulbs or simply hold on to them until the new law is developed."If the worst thing you have to do is put them in a cardboard box and leave them in your garage until the strategy comes forward, please do so, because what we'd like to see is no mercury-bearing light bulbs going into our landfills across Canada," said Fisher.

Nine dead after Colombia tourist boat sinks in reservoir-[Reuters]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Nine people died and 28 are missing after a multi-decked tourist boat carrying about 170 passengers sank in Colombia's Penol-Guatape reservoir on Sunday during the long holiday weekend, a government official said.Officials did not disclose the cause of the accident and provided few details.Videos posted on social media showed motorboats coming to the aid of passengers on the upper decks as the boat rocked from side to side. Ninety-nine people were rescued, Margarita Moncada, the head of disaster relief for Antioquia province, told journalists."At the moment we have nine people found dead. Another 99 people were rescued immediately and 40 more got out on their own," she said.Survivors on local television reports said they heard a loud noise before the boat began to sink and that not all of them had life jackets. Rescue operations were ongoing.Rescue workers and the air force were helping passengers at the scene, President Juan Manuel Santos said in a Twitter post.The large reservoir, about an hour from the central city of Medellin, is a popular tourist destination.(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta and Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Richard Chang)

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Mata Uang DuniaA version of this story originally appeared on our sister site Slate.fr. The story has been translated and lightly edited.

At the moment, he’s the best goal scorer at Euro 2016. His six big moments—his liberating header against Albania, his two goals against Ireland, his chip against Iceland, and his brace against Germany—will be talked about for a long time. But above all, Antoine Griezmann has succeeded in meeting a rare challenge for a soccer player: He has inspired unity in the heart of the French public. The passion between the player and his fans is such that he’s become what’s known as “the internet’s boyfriend.”

At the beginning of the year, we explained this particular concept, wherein some segment of the internet decides to make a star into their chouchou, their beloved. In the past, actors like Oscar Isaac, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch have successfully made it past the first date. This is the story of how the French striker, scarcely 25 years old, has joined this very exclusive club.

It must be said that even before the beginning of the competition, Grizou cut a sympathetic figure. Last March, a poll in French sports newspaper L’Equipe classified him as the second-favorite French soccer player after goalie Hugo Lloris.* The whole public sees him as a gifted player, and a nice guy.

Confirming his image as the “ideal son-in-law”

The articles published just before the Euros bolstered this good image. Le Monde called him the “ideal son-in-law” on the cover and did not exhaust its elegies in the subsequent pages. “He corresponds to the current hopes of the French public, which has had enough of the ‘star system.’ He has the image of a talented player, but simple, happy to play, who knows to put himself in the service of the team, who makes others play better but doesn’t expect them to play for him,” Vincent Chaudel, an expert in sports marketing, explained to the paper.

In effect, the smooth image that Griezmann circulates clashes with the flash of his teammate Karim Benzema, who’s still bogged down in a sex-tape blackmail scandal. His stature as a father and loving partner are given a prominent place in the Le Monde article, and have been, more generally, in the tabloids for months.

Snapchat filters, jokes on Vine, and memes on Twitter

After having cemented his status as the ideal son-in-law, husband, and father, the next step to becoming the internet’s boyfriend consists is making us laugh. For that, Griezmann took to nearly every form of social media.

Unlike French defender Patrice Evra, who posts a lot on Instagram but has only tweeted once, “Grizou” is hyperactive. These past few weeks, we’ve seen him publish content on Snapchat and Instagram, garnering millions of likes each time. With Snapchat filters and Vines, he doesn’t hesitate to make a joke at his own expense, even if the gags are a little annoying sometimes. It’s not an accident that he’s the French footballer with the most Twitter followers.

The apex of this self-deprecating humor came the day after the match against Iceland. Using the hashtag #FaisGlisserTonGrizi, numerous users hijacked the photo of the player where he’s shown sliding on his stomach in celebration. Though the tone was gently mocking, Griezmann decided to publish some of these collages on his account—and laugh at them. It was just like the enthusiasm produced by his celebration after scoring against Ireland—a dance inspired by the rapper Drake, himself the victim of memes. It was a strong move in the sense that few soccer players can take a joke and laugh at the ones they provoke.

Excellent player, super husband, good guy, we could stop there. But the internet promoted Griezmann to the rank of boyfriend thanks to one decisive factor: fantasy.

“Antoine deep-throats a banana”

It all begins with the butt. On the internet, among the thousands of exultant love letters for the striker (notably, after each of his goals), there are hundreds that don’t stop with a simple heart emoji. Using the hashtag #lesfessesdegriezmann, numerous tweets mention the butt, with photos attached, that has fed the fantasies of countless fans.

The sites Buzzfeed and Uproxx have written whole articles about it. But that’s not all. A quick search for “Fuck me Griezmann,” for example, is full of results, some of them quite funny. Some fearless people address themselves to the striker directly.

Of course, the title of The Internet's Boyfriend could not be complete without a good dose of fan fiction, an experience to which all Internet celebrities are entitled. During the match against Iceland, the journalist Lucie Ronfaut found several of these on the site “Archive of Our Own,” where Griezmann’s name appeared a number of times.

In “A New Life,” user BlueGlitter tells the story of Antoine’s arrival at his club Atletico Madrid. After a timid beginning, the story takes a new turn when Grizi finds love in the arms of his teammate and roommate Koke, a Spanish midfielder.

Antoine deep-throated the banana until most of it disappeared in his mouth, than he pulled it from his mouth with a pop. He licked his lips again, savoring the sugary taste, then bit delicately on the end of the banana, chewed it, swallowed it softly and slowly opened his eyes to see Koke and his big open mouth.

On Quotev, @yourmasterpiece imagines a relationship between the Frenchman and Brazilian striker Neymar. More of the same on Wattpad, another popular fanfic site, where the player’s name appears in 273 stories—for comparison, French striker Karim Benzema is in 26, striker Olivier Giroud in 58, and the legendary Zinedine Zidane in 86. In “To the Stars …” a certain ManonGrizi tells the story of the passion between Giroud’s younger sister and Griezmann:

I couldn’t tell you how long that kiss lasted, because for me, kisses with Antoine made me forget everything around me. It made me forget the whole universe, because he was now my universe.

This story is 47 chapters long and has been viewed more than 104,000 times. In itself, to be a fanfic character isn’t unusual. What’s new here is that it’s a French footballer, not an American singer or a British actor, and he’s nourishing fantasies beyond our borders.

Antoine Griezmann has thus passed the test of internet boyfriend with flying colors, and this strange relationship, which is great for his image, will grow in intensity if Les Bleus win the Euro Cup.

Read more Slate coverage of Euro 2016.

*Correction, July 8, 2016: This post originally misspelled Hugo Lloris' last name.


          The Switzerland-Albania Match at Euro 2016 Told a Personal, Massive Balkan Story   

One Sunday in June 2000, I biked to The Abbey Pub on the northwest side of Chicago to watch Spain play Slovenia in the UEFA Euro Championship. Back in the day, it was much harder to find ways to watch the Euro Championship in the U.S. The Abbey, an Irish pub, was one of the few places showing the matches. I got there early—the game was to start at 8 a.m.—to have breakfast, but it was already packed with Irishmen clutching their pints, watching a live broadcast of an important game of hurling live from Dublin. Many of them were inebriated, shouting at the gigantic screen. It didn’t look good.

I’ll watch any soccer game anywhere, but I really wanted to see Slovenia play. It was their first (and last, so far) Euro after declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Their coach, Srečko Katanec, had been an excellent defensive midfielder and one of the pillars of the Yugoslav national team that lost on penalties to Argentina in the 1990 World Cup quarterfinals. In the Slovenians’ first game at the 2000 Euros they faced Yugoslavia, which by this time consisted of only Serbia and Montenegro; though Slovenia took a 3-0 lead and Yugoslavia went down to 10 men, the Slovenians could manage only a 3-3 draw.* I hoped they might do well against Spain, which was at the time still fully committed to mediocrity, or even surprise everyone by progressing beyond the group stage. Which is to say that the match was extremely important to me.

But when I tracked down a waitress to ask if Spain-Slovenia would be shown at The Abbey, she looked at me as though I was insane. I ended up watching the game on a very small TV in a very dark basement, the sound overwhelmed by the stampede of hooting Irishmen above my head. At some point a waitress came down to fetch something, turned on the light and was startled breathless by my unexpected presence. “What are you doing here?” she asked and I sheepishly pointed at the screen where Slovenia was losing 2-1. They did not progress beyond the group stage. And my breakfast was served cold.

On Saturday morning, while watching Switzerland-Albania, I recalled that glorious time when following a Euro Championship was an underground activity. This was another one of those games important not only for tactical oddities, or because Arsenal just bought Granit Xhaka, but also because the vast majority of the players on the pitch are Albanian speakers, and because the Xhaka brothers are facing each other (Granit for Switzerland, Taulant for Albania). Soccer contains histories, personal and massive, and this game features a particularly Balkan story, which I could read in the line-ups.

A few of us from the Balkans remember the Albania ruled by Enver Hoxha, surely in the running for the most outrageous European dictator ever. Take this: In the heyday of his rule, Hoxha would be the only candidate in presidential elections, in which the entire population of Albania would vote for him—the entire population as recorded in the most recent census minus one, that is, as it was beneath the Great Leader to vote for himself. And then, after the fall of the Wall, and the dissolution of Hoxha’s regime, there was a period of what is generously called “transition” built upon a gigantic Ponzi scheme that would eventually clean out up to one third of the population. The imaginary money led to a short, delusional renaissance of Albanian football, which featured the 1978 World Cup winner Mario Kempes arriving to coach KF Lushnja in a town with the population of 30,000. I remember the images of Kempes landing in Albania to be swarmed by adoring fans—it was not unlike seeing, say, Miroslav Klose arriving to coach in Mobile, Alabama. After the economy collapsed, in 1996 or so, boatfuls of destitute Albanians started crossing the Adriatic to get to Italy—a preview of the current refugee crisis.

Meanwhile, on the Swiss side, the Albanian-speaking players are mainly from Kosova, the part of Yugoslavia where the nation’s dissolution essentially commenced in the late 1980s. Valon Behrami’s family found itself in Switzerland in the ’90s, and were to be deported when the local community collected signatures to support them, and they stayed. Xherdan Shaqiri has three passports: Swiss, Albanian, and Kosovar, and is also eligible for a Serbian one, but I don’t think he’s eager to apply; in 1999, Serbia conducted a brutal military campaign against the Albanian population in Kosova, resulting in a wave of refugees spread around Europe.

The expansion of UEFA Euro competition to 24 teams will lower the quality of the soccer played—as was evident in the Switzerland-Albania game. But the expansion is directly related to the changes in Europe in the past quarter-century. If you want to understand all or any of that, you might have to endure watching Romania-Albania, to be played on June 19. I’ll be glued to the TV. 

Read more Slate coverage of Euro 2016.

*Correction, June 11, 2016: Due to an editing error, this post originally stated that Slovenia came back from a 3-0 deficit against Yugoslavia in the 2000 European Championship. It was Yugoslavia that came back from the 3-0 deficit.


          France’s Euro 2016 Kit Looks Like a Pair of Blue Pajamas, and Other Jersey Thoughts   

If you live in a major metropolitan area and you walk, take public transportation, or enjoy day-drinking, there’s a good chance that you will see someone, probably a young-ish man, possibly with a beard, wearing a soccer jersey in the next few weeks. For some, wearing a soccer jersey in public has a symbolic significance; it tells the world that you support a certain team, and depending on the vintage of the kit, it can signal how long you have been a fan. Most national and club teams change their shirts yearly, which makes perfect sense in this most capitalistic of world sports. This year is no exception, with sportswear giants like Nike, Adidas, and Puma, as well as upstarts like New Balance and old stalwarts like Umbro, issuing new uniforms for the 24 European and 16 American teams playing in the Euros and Copa America. And as more U.S. citizens identify as soccer fans, expect to see more and more shiny polyester on the streets.

I have the good fortune of living in a neighborhood that’s home to a store that will likely supply a large number of these jerseys. Upper 90 opened six years ago on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and in that time has been so successful that it doubled in size, taking over the space of a car-service dispatcher that was doomed once Uber came to town. During the rest of the year, this is the place to go if you are looking for soccer shoes for your Sunday league game, or more likely for your kids, and the floors are stocked with shorts, sweatshirts, hats, and jerseys of popular European club teams such as Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and in particular, Arsenal. If you were to walk in to Upper 90 tomorrow, you could still find the latest Arsenal, and for some reason Borussia Dortmund kits, but most of the rest have been replaced by the national strips of teams playing in this year’s tournaments.

I asked some of the many young salespeople working at Upper 90 if business is any different in cup season. The consensus answer was: not yet, but they expect it to pick up. After the Copa began last week, more customers have come in looking for national team shirts. The U.S. is popular, despite its forgettable shirt—especially forgettable, that is, when compared with this—but Mexico and Colombia shirts are also selling briskly. European team gear is not as popular yet, but the store expects to see more sales after that tournament starts on Friday. Based on the calls they have received so far, France, who is hosting the Euros this year, is poised to sell a lot of shirts to Americans. As one salesman commented, “The French, they always have style.” In the past that may have been true, but this year’s France kit, made by Nike, looks like a pair of blue pajamas, or even worse, a little too much like Italy’s.

That a store like Upper 90 can thrive in the age of internet shopping is a surprise, especially when it isn’t even allowed to sell gear from all the teams playing in the tournaments. For some teams, like Romania, this is because the store doesn’t have a distribution deal with the kit manufacturer, in this case Joma. Upper 90 did manage to score some Albania jerseys manufactured by the Italian company Macron. Apparently this is because the store’s owner knows a guy who has a connection, and it’s a good thing, because they are fielding at least three calls a day from fans looking for the red jersey with the black double-headed eagle. (Eagles, with one head or two, are a popular motif this year, appearing on the crests of Russia and Austria as well.) Upper 90 stocks some of the more obscure jerseys from teams like Bosnia and Slovakia, but a number of popular shirts are unavailable.

According to one staffer, Nike is not shipping certain teams’ kits to retail outlets, reserving them for sale online. One of the most popular jerseys that seems to be available exclusively online is Poland’s, an irritating fact to the folks at Upper 90 who have to turn away customers, and to denizens of Greenpoint. Even more disappointing, at least for soccer fans with more adventurous fashion sense, is the absence of shirts from Turkey and always distinctive Croatia. This is a new policy, since the red-and-white checked strip featured prominently in the store window during the last World Cup, although it’s not often seen in the wild, or on the Upper West Side. The salespeople I talked to were somewhat sanguine about Nike’s decision, though they were as surprised as I was that Nike would miss a chance to sell its products as widely as possible since every uniformed fan is a walking advertisement for the company.

Over the next month, don’t be surprised by the brightly colored technical fabrics adorning the backs of fans and poseurs alike. If you feel up to it, ask about the shirt; soccer fans love to talk about their obsessions. But be suspicious of the bearded, bespectacled hipster rocking a bright yellow Brazil shirt. And if you see anyone sporting this, run the other way. 

Read more Slate coverage of Euro 2016.


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          The Interior of the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos (K. Leontiev)   
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It may well be that I don’t have good taste and that I don’t understand much about art, but this was my impression and I share it most sincerely with my readers.

This beautiful iconostas is a gift from the late Abbot, Antonij Bochkov (a former merchant), who spent his last years as a monk near Moscow, at the Monastery of Nikolo-Ugreshkij [1].

Apart from the iconostas, there’s not much in the empty, spacious chapel of the Pokrov (Protecting Veil) which makes an impression in terms of the feast or ceremony (I don’t, of course, mean the service itself: the scrupulous order of the monks on the Holy Mountain is exemplary and I haven’t seen anything like it either in the churches of Moscow or in the hermitage of Optina, and not, of course among the Greek and Bulgarians, who always celebrate in a sort of more ‘daring’ way and less carefully than we Russians do).

The atmosphere is completely different from that of the katholiko (main church). At this time the main church had been given over to the Greeks, who lived in the lower part of the monastery, near the sea, since they were the oldest members of the monastery[2]. This church is built in the usual Athonite style, which is like our own ancient churches in Moscow. It’s tall, magnificent, well-decorated with a severe aspect, dark, but shining with gold. The iconostas goes on for ever. Above the centre of the church is the round cupola, which isn’t spacious and tilted, as in the Church of Holy Wisdom [Ayia Sophia] in Constantinople, but rests on a tall tower as in Saint Isaakios’[3].

In Athonite churches, this central tower, the gigantic cylinder which departs to the heavens, above the head of the pilgrim, isn’t empty, as is usually the case with us… it’s full of light. Apart from the valuable, heavy chandelier, there’s the ‘choir’ around it which also has candles. It’s an enormous, silver circle and at feasts the candles create a broad crown around the lights of the candelabra, which rise above it in the form of a pyramid. Between the lights of the candelabra and those of the circle above your head, there’s also individual lamps and candles, as well as ostrich eggs on silver chains. The ‘choir’, too, is decorated with these large, white, pendant eggs.

Apart from this, our Eastern co-religionists have the custom at great feasts of using a long tool to bring the candelabra, the ‘choir’ and everything else hanging under the cupola into cyclical motion. All the lights from lamps and candles, all the silver and gold, all the big eggs, hard as stone, all of these are blindingly white, shimmering, sparkling, moving above you, as if they’re celebrating soundlessly together with the people, in a gentle, but ceaseless and formal dance…

Of course, we’re not used to eastern chant and this lack of familiarity makes it sound unpleasant and harsh. But when the choir of singers is good, as is the case with the Greeks at the Russian monastery, then we can’t say that this chanting has no power, nor that it brings a strange, most unusual surprise… Of course, the service at this Vespers would have been perfect had they, to the rather brooding and magnificent beauty of the ponderous church, to the vibrant luxury of the vestments with their bright colours, to the reading of the Word of God in various languages, to that simple and mysterious dance of the lights within the deep darkness of the cupola, been able to add the accompaniment of choice Russian music to this beautiful, harmonious Greek language…

There’s no perfection here on earth, however… not even in the highest manifestations of beauty. In any case, the ‘tone’ in which the Greeks and Bulgarians sing ‘Christ has risen’- which doesn’t resemble ours- is quite pleasant. The melody’s less quick and sprightly than ours: it’s slower and even somehow more melancholic. But if you live for any length of time in the East, you soon get used to it, as if it’s your own, even from your homeland…

But now the deacon’s voice rings out:

‘And let us pray that we may hear the Holy Gospel of the Lord our God’.

Then:

‘Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John’.

‘Let us attend’, replies the Russian archimandrite Makarij in Greek.

This first Gospel is read in Greek by the centenarian Abbot Gerasimos himself, seated next to the Royal Doors because of weakness. He was a forty-year old priest back in the time of Catherine the Great.

‘When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week…’ and so on, ‘Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you”’.

(to be continued)
 
[1] One of the many tantalizing statements by Leontiev. We owe him the courtesy of agreeing that this is his best understanding of the situation. Someone must have told him so and he’s recorded it. But in what sense were the Greeks ‘the oldest members’ and how did this affect where they lived? Were they, in some way, not ‘the oldest’ but ‘the most senior’? Even this doesn’t help much, because, as testimony to the fact that Orthodoxy is not ethnocentric, the eminent Greek historian, Apostolos Vakalopoulos records that: ‘At the end of the 15th century, the Russian pilgrim Isaiah ... says that nearly half the monasteries are Slav or Albanian. As Serbian, he quotes Doheiariou, Grigoriou, Ayiou Pavlou, a monastery near Ayiou Pavlou dedicated to St. John the Theologian (obviously Dionysiou), and Hilandar. Panteleïmon is Russian, Simonopetra is Bulgarian, and Karakallou and Filotheou are Albanian’. WJL [2] The Nikolo-Ugreshkij Monastery is in the region of Moscow and was founded in 1380 by the Grand Prince Dimitri Donskoj on the site where the wonder-working icon of Saint Nicholas had appeared to him. [3] Saint Isaakios is the cathedral church of Saint Petersburg

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                Submission for the Universal Periodic Review of Serbia   

      Summary

      Human Rights Watch’s key human rights concerns on Serbia are reflected in the 2017 World Report chapter on Serbia. Accountability for war crimes is hampered by slow progress on prosecutions. Concerns over freedom of the media continue amid repeated threats against journalists and failure by authorities to investigate cases of threats and violence against investigative reporters. Roma also face discrimination, as do lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Members of these communities face threats, discrimination and harassment. The situation for refugees, asylum seekers, and IDPs remains a concern, particularly inadequate asylum procedures, pushbacks, and limited capacity of reception centres. Moving children with disabilities out of institutions and into family-like environments has been a limited and slow process.

      In light of the serious human rights concerns that persist in Kosovo, scrutiny by international human rights bodies is vital. We therefore urge the Human Rights Council to ensure that Kosovo is subject to the Universal Periodic Review process and other human rights monitoring in an appropriate and robust fashion. Our concerns on the human rights situation in Kosovo are available on our website: https://www.hrw.org/europe/central-asia/serbia/kosovo

       

      1.Treatment of Migrants and Asylum seekers

      While Serbia has seen a significant decrease in the number of asylum seekers and other migrants arriving since 2016, there continue to be serious obstacles to accessing protection and humane treatment including for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. There are credible reports of on-going summary returns of asylum seekers from Serbia to Macedonia.

      According to the UNHCR, partner organizations and the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration there were 6,600 asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in Serbia at the time of writing.

      According to the Serbian Ministry of Interior’s Asylum Office, 2,922 individuals expressed intentions to seek asylum in the Republic of Serbia in the first five months of 2017. Most are Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis and Pakistanis. Asylum seekers are housed in overcrowded camps and often in unsuitable mixed accommodation with single males, families, single women and unaccompanied children sharing living space.

      In 2012, Serbia accepted a recommendation to “Take all necessary measures to ensure the improvement of socio-economic conditions of refugees and internally displaced persons.” Yet, as of June 9, 2017, Serbia had not granted anyone the status of a refugee. In 2016, Serbia granted refugee status to only 19 asylum seekers and subsidiary protection to 23. In addition to low recognition rates, and problems registering asylum claims, there are significant backlogs in the country’s asylum procedure with thousands of pending claims.

      During the first five months of 2017, the Ministry of Interior registered 46 unaccompanied children in Serbia, from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Serbia lacks formal age assessment procedures for unaccompanied children, putting older children at risk of being treated as adults instead of receiving child protection. Only three institutions exist in Serbia for unaccompanied children and have a total of 32 places. Other unaccompanied children stay in temporary shelters known as “refugee aid centers” together with unrelated adults or open reception centers, where in some cases unaccompanied children can be accommodated separately from unrelated adults. The number of unaccompanied children is, based on the observations of our researchers, likely much higher than the officially reported 46.

      Progress in finding durable solutions for refugees and internally displaces persons (IDPs) from the Balkan wars living in Serbia was insignificant. According to UNHCR, as of June 2017, there were 29,414 refugees in Serbia, 20,334 from Croatia and 9,080 from Bosnia and Herzegovina while the Serbian government recorded 203,000 internally displaced people from Kosovo.

      In an April 2015 report, Human Rights Watch interviewed migrants and asylum seekers who described violent assaults, threats, insults, and extortion, denial of the required special protection for unaccompanied children, and summary returns to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. There is credible evidence that summary returns from Serbia to Macedonia continue. Serbian authorities have not taken adequate steps to address halt these abuses.

      Recommendations

      • Issue clear guidance to police officers that they should treat asylum seekers and migrants with respect and in a manner consistent with Serbia’s human rights obligations, in particular the prohibitions on ill-treatment and non-refoulement, and ensure access to asylum procedures in Serbia;
      • Ensure that anyone who expresses a wish to apply for asylum should have a meaningful opportunity to register their asylum claim and present their case;
      • Ensure humane and suitable conditions for asylum seekers and migrants accommodated in asylum facilities across Serbia, with special attention given to vulnerable groups, including families with children, unaccompanied children, single women, older persons and people with medical conditions and/or disabilities;
      • Issue clear guidance to police officers to provide unaccompanied children with special attention and care as required by domestic and international law.

       

      1. Lack of Accountability for War Crimes

      Despite accepting recommendations to take all necessary measures to end to impunity by prosecuting alleged perpetrators in accordance with international standards, war crimes prosecutions in Serbia are hampered by a lack of political support, resources or staff at the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor and inadequate witness support.

      Since the establishment of the War Crimes Prosecution Office in 2003, 110 judgments have been issued: 75 convictions and 37 acquittals. But few high-ranking officials have been prosecuted for war crimes in Serbian courts.

      Despite the war crimes strategy adopted by the government in February 2016, which sets out criteria for prioritizing cases and commitment to prosecute high-ranking officials suspected of war crimes, progress appears to have stalled. Between January 2017 and June 2017, the War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office issued only 1 indictment against 1 person. During the same period, no one was convicted or acquitted by the first instance court for war crimes and two persons were acquitted at the appeals stage.

      The most notable example of the lack of progress in war crimes accountability is the failure to bring charges in relation to the organized removal of more than 900 Albanian bodies from Kosovo to Serbia in 1999 and their reburial in mass graves, including on the grounds of a police training center. Some of the people allegedly involved in this crime were named in 2011 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in its judgment against Serbian police chief Vlastimir Đorđević but, to date, no one has been indicted.

      Another case involves the apparent execution in custody of three U.S. citizens – the brothers Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi – who were arrested in Serbia in June 1999, transferred to a police training center, and killed in July 1999. Despite assurances in June 2015 to US State Department officials by then Serbian Prime Minister Vucic that there would be progress in the case, no one has been brought to justice for this crime.

      In June 2017, ICTY President Carmel Agius asked the UN Security Council to ensure that three members of the Serbian Radical Party, indicted for contempt of court, are extradited to the Tribunal. So far Serbian authorities have not obliged. During its previous UPR, Serbia accepted the recommendation to continue its cooperation with the ICTY and to ensure that other perpetrators are prosecuted in domestic courts in accordance with international standards.

      Recommendations

      • Ensure greater efficiency in war crimes investigations and prosecutions, particularly against higher ranking military and police officials who may bear command responsibility;
      • Ensure an effective investigation into the 1999 transfer of bodies of hundreds of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo to Serbia; investigations should include the persons named in the 2011 ICTY decision against Vlastimir Đorđević;
      • Ensure an effective investigation into the apparent extrajudicial executions of the three Bytyqi brothers, including responsible commanders;
      • Ensure that the three indicted persons in the contempt case of Jojić et al. are extradited to the ICTY.

       

      3.Restrictions on Media Freedom

      Human Rights Watch research in Serbia shows that journalists and other media workers operate in a hostile environment where threats, smear campaigns and political interference with their work is commonplace. Media freedom is a critical precondition for the development of a democratic society, as well as a condition of closer ties to the European Union.

      The Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) registered 69 incidents against journalists in 2016, and 40 in the first six months of 2017. The incidents in 2017 included 3 physical assaults, 12 verbal threats and 25 incidents involving pressure.

      The work of a national commission established to investigate the murders of three prominent journalists, Slavko Curuvija in 1999, Dada Vujasinovic in 1994, and Milan Pantic in 2001, has made limited progress. The widow of Slavko Curuvija has criticized the slow progress of the trial against four state security officials suspected of alleged involvement in her husband’s murder. The deaths of the remaining two journalists remained unsolved. In 2012, Serbia rejected a recommendation to establish an “International Commission for Investigation of Murders of Journalists”.

      Government officials and pro-government media have repeatedly criticized independent news organizations. The former Prime Minister Vucic, now President, was quoted in 2015 criticizing the Balkans Investigative Reporting Network as liars funded by the EU to speak against the Serbian government.

      In research carried out in 2015 and updated in 2016, Human Rights Watch found that journalists in Serbia face physical attacks and threats, including death threats, as a result of reporting on sensitive issues including war crimes and government corruption. The state response to attacks and threats against journalists appears to be weak, despite accepting recommendations during their previous UPR to create a climate in which journalists are able to report on sensitive issues without fear or harassment and reprisal.

      Recommendations

      • Publicly and unequivocally condemn all attacks against journalists and media outlets carried out in retaliation for their work and ensure swift and thorough investigations into all such incidents;
      • Conduct prompt, effective, impartial, and thorough investigations into all attacks and threats against journalists and media outlets, including cybercrimes, and bring prosecutions as appropriate.

       

      4.Treatment of Minorities

      During the second cycle UPR, Serbia accepted all recommendations received relating to the treatment of minorities, including one recommendation to “Enforce legal safeguards to ensure fair and equal access to housing, education, employment and government services for Romani individuals and protection against arbitrary, forcible evictions and displacement from their homes or temporary residences”. Yet, Roma often live in informal squalid settlements lacking basic services such as schools, health care, water and proper sewage. Roma in such informal settlements are also vulnerable to forced evictions without offers for adequate alternative accommodation. Segregated education remains a problem, with Romani children often attending mainstream schools in separate classes and are overrepresented in schools for children with special needs.

      Recommendations

      • Ensure procedural safeguards and adequate alternative accommodation in cases of forced evictions of Roma;
      • Ensure that everyone in Serbia, regardless of ethnicity, age, or employment status can access public services, including healthcare and education;
      • End segregation of Romani children in mainstream schools and ensure that all children are provided quality education in an inclusive setting.

       

      5.Disability Rights

      Human Rights Watch documented in its 2016 report ‘It Is My Dream To Leave This Place’: Children with Disabilities in Serbian Institutions that hundreds of children with disabilities in Serbia live in state institutions where they are likely to experience neglect and isolation, have no privacy and have little or no access to education. They also may be given inappropriate medication, and may not be allowed to make their own decisions even when they become adults. The majority of these children have at least one living parent, but given the dearth of community-based services, parents often do not have the support they need to care for their child with a disability. Instead, parents may be advised by health professionals to give up on their child with a disability.

      Human Rights Watch research found that some young women with disabilities who live in institutions experienced invasive medical interventions without their free and informed consent, but rather based on the consent of their guardian. The interventions included the insertion of intrauterine devices (for birth control), administration of pap smear tests (Papanicolaou test, a screening procedure for cervical cancer) and termination of pregnancy. According to institution staff interviewed by Human Rights Watch, anaesthesia was used in every case so that the women would not resist the interventions. 

      Despite accepting all recommendations on the topic of disability rights during both previous UPR cycles, in April 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities expressed deep concerns about the number of children and adults with disabilities living in institutions and about the poor living conditions in institutions in Serbia. The committee urged Serbia to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities and to ensure access to inclusive and quality education. The committee also called on Serbia to replace its guardianship system and ensure all people with disabilities have access to services and support in the community of their own choice and preference.

      In February 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of Child adopted concluding observations on Serbia and urged the government to “urgently reduce placement of children under the age of 3 in residential care institutions, including those with disabilities, and expedite the placement in family-based care.” The Committee further raised concerns about segregation, neglect, limited privacy, exclusion from education and play, forced and inappropriate medical treatment that children with disabilities experience in orphanages in Serbia. The Committee urged Serbia to end such practices and to make sure children with disabilities are safe and have the right to live with their families or in other family-like environments.  

      Human Rights Watch is concerned that the Serbian government continues to invest in institutionalization despite ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009. This despite the fact that Serbia accepted a recommendation in 2012 to “Consolidate the constitutional and legislative framework to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities”.  In March 2014 and in April 2016, Serbia opened two newly built institutions for children and young people with disabilities. It cost the Serbian government 66 million Serbian dinars (or 600,000 EUROS) to build one of the two facilities. 

      As of June 2017, the Serbian government has not yet adopted a de-institutionalization plan or followed up with other previously expressed commitments to transition people from institutions into community-based living arrangements.  According to UNICEF and local activists, Serbia has yet to take steps to end neglect of children living in institutions and hold those responsible for treatment of children to account. In a phone conversation with the Serbian Ministry of Education in March 2017, a representative of the Ministry told Human Rights Watch that no concrete steps have been taken to ensure children with disabilities who live in institutions have access to education.

      Recommendations

      • Protect children and young people with disabilities in institutions from harm and abuse;
      • Provide necessary support and services to move children and adults with disabilities from institutions to communities, in line with Article 19 of the CRPD;
      • Ensure all children and young people with disabilities enjoy their right to an inclusive, quality education, on an equal basis with others, in line with Article 24 of the CRPD;
      • Protect the right to legal capacity and supported decision-making for persons with disabilities, in conformity with Article 12 of the CRPD.
      • Ensure persons with disabilities enjoy their right to health, including the right to free and informed consent to medical treatment, is respected.

       

       


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                 George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies “The Hinge of History”    

      George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies “The Hinge of History”
      Remarks By Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, June 28, 2017

      Thank you Keith, old friend. 

      Minister von der Leyen, there’s probably no one who I would rather be here with today than my esteemed fellow minister, the first minister to call on me after I had the surprise of being assigned to this job, I might add. 

      Thank you again for making the trip to Washington. But I would also say that there’s a connection between us:  we did not sit down and write our speeches together, yet as I was listening to her and nodding to myself I thought, ‘My gosh, I’m going to bore everybody with the same themes you just heard.’

      But Madam Mayor, thank you for all of the hospitality that all of us receive when we come to this beautiful corner of the world. It is absolutely a stunning place to visit.  

      And Ladies and Gentlemen, it is wonderful to be back in Germany once again:
      To pay my respects to an ally that is 100 percent committed to freedom and to the dignity of human beings; and 
      To show America's solidarity with the German people and standing up for Western values for which we are unapologetic.

      I cannot come to Germany, however, without expressing my deep respect for this country's troops…for their professionalism, for their courage and for their sacrifices on shared battlefields in Afghanistan and against ISIS or any other agents of terror and all the world. 

      Because for the German military, and for you here today from the German military, I would just say that your ethical performance is a model for all others and we, in the United States Department of Defense, are grateful for our strong alliance with the German military.

      Minister von de Leyen and I just completed the inaugural Strategic Dialogue, as you heard, between Germany and the United States. We charted our shared security priorities for the coming year in this perfect locale for that…in the finest spirit of what George Marshall stood for.  We talked about Afghanistan, the enhanced Forward Presence in Eastern Europe, and our national security strategies, and I would just cite that regardless of any news reports to the contrary, the transatlantic bond between our two countries remain strong.

      Germany and the United States stand together, allied against threats to the peace and security of this continent, Canada, and the United States…and the disruption of harmony elsewhere.

      The U.S. commitment to our NATO Article V security guarantee is ironclad, as demonstrated over decades by our steadfastness and given voice more recently by President Trump before the American people in the Rose Garden with NATO ally, Romanian President Iohannis, standing at his side and certainly, it was given voice by the United States Senate just a short couple of days ago in a unanimous resolution, 100 to zero.

      All of this transatlantic bond is represented in this room here today. And 70 years ago, as Minister von de Leyen noted, on a picturesque campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an American diplomat gave the commencement address at Harvard University. I need not remind this audience again of what George Marshall said that day, for we can see today across Europe the realization of what became a shared vision – a peaceful, industrious and prosperous continent, free from tyranny, possessing the military strength to defend itself from aggression. 

      Sometimes, it is necessary to pause and recall first principles. We can kind of take things for granted after a while if we do not. We need to remind ourselves of why we initially embarked on a path…of why free people of Europe, Canada, and the United States made a conscious decision to codify our transatlantic partnership and dare to bind our nations by treaty to collective defense.

      All these nations' democracies…anyone of them could have opted out with the wish of avoiding danger, yet they united together: 

      In the North Atlantic Treaty Article V, the parties stated that “an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against all.”
      And in the North Atlantic Article III, we bound ourselves to share the burden of defense saying, “that parties separately and jointly by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid will maintain individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack.”

      So, ladies and gentlemen, how did a man named George Marshall come to give a speech that so eloquently articulated the principles underpinning today's international order? Why does the international center here today bear his name, still 70 years later?

      And the simple answer is that he lived at the hinge of history.

      Having joined the Army, George Marshall was sent off to fight in a catastrophic conflict, World War I, in which 1.2 million doughboys came to pay America's debt to Lafayette.  He lived war and he lived all of its injustices.

      When the armistice came, Marshall went home to America and lived through the Great Depression, seeing grown men and women with despair in their eyes. For 20 years, he learned and he matured, watching the storm clouds gather again over the continent he had left behind.  

      When the storm broke in 1939, he witnessed the failed peace of 1918:  fourteen percent of Europe's pre-war population was killed or displaced during the Second World War.

      Our nations experienced the horrors that can only happen when freedom is imperiled, when peaceful pursuits of civilized life are suspended, when deterrence fails and our societies are engulfed in total war. When at enormous cost, the force of arms had restored peace to this continent, the peoples of our nations gazed on the destruction. 

      U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, not yet the Secretary, but coming home, a young officer who had served in our World War II Pacific Campaign, he spoke for a generation when he said that they “Looked back on world wars, a generation that saw 61 million killed, that saw the depression and they said to themselves, ‘What a crummy world and we are part of it whether we like it or not.’”

      Longing for a safer future, the Greatest Generation, as we call them, saw their own security in the security of others. They had the courage to recognize:
      All collective efforts had to be taken to avoid repeating mistakes that opened the door to war; and 
      Should freedom be threatened and war truly unavoidable, then all efforts had to be taken to bring war to a decisive end as swiftly as possible.

      They also had the courage to act, not just to look at it, not just to talk about it…to make the necessary sacrifices and to make genuine commitments to keep the peace. That generation, schooled by life's cruelties, by severe economic deprivation and the death of friends and family members, stood face-to-face with the competitive, zero sum side of life.  

      The vileness of the Second World War, waged on a scale unimagined perhaps other than by those with memories of having lived through it, nevertheless left the generation aware that there is more to life than war and competition alone.

      In 1947, Europe lay in ruins…starvation, poverty, desperation and chaos clamored to dictate the future. Enter Marshall, who saw his generation's moment and transcribed its lessons. 

      “It is logical,” he said, “that the United States should do whatever it is able to do to assist and return of normal economic health in the world.  Without which, there can be no political stability and no assured peace.”

      Under the Marshall Plan, the United States provided billions in aid to Europe after the war, as part of a larger effort to rebuild and secure the continent.  

      Marshall knew history swings on a hinge. And the Marshall Plan permitted hundreds of millions to keep their humanity, confident of the basic social order:  from food to security, rule of law and essential political freedom. Twenty years after the plan took effect, the per capital gross domestic product of UK, France, Italy and Germany had more than doubled.

      But to keep the peace, a resuscitated Europe had to become a partner in it. As Marshall said, and as Minister von de Leyen just pointed out, “It is neither fitting nor efficacious for the U.S. government to draw up unilaterally a program to place Europe on its feet economically. This is the business of the Europeans. The initiative must come from Europe.”

      As Marshall told the UN General Assembly in Paris in 1948, “International organizations cannot take the place of national and personal effort or of local and individual imagination; international action cannot replace self-help.” 

      And so out of destruction and unified by that notion, our peoples built a grand new world, the Bretton Woods Institutions, the IMF and the World Bank, the United Nations, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Marshall's generation built these tools to help underwrite stability and prosperity. The last seventy years have proven the value of these institutions and the wisdom of that generation.

      Europe transformed from a security consumer into a security provider, something Marshall ardently desired for he never envisioned that America would carry the burden alone. He knew from experience it had to be shared, both its benefits and its burdens. Since World War II, European allies have contributed to large scale U.S. led global operations. At peak contributions, 39,000 Allies fought with the United States in Afghanistan and 59,000 Allies fought with us in Iraq.

      We must not allow the years passed since 1947 to blind us to the reality of today. For those of us who grew up with freedom from fear, from starvation, and the burden of World War, we cannot turn away from the responsibility to pass these same freedoms intact to the next generation. 

      Allies stick together, as we did 69 years ago this week when the Soviet Union blockaded Berlin and the United States refused to abandon it.

      U.S. Air Force Captain Billy Phelps flew 167 flights into that stranded city, bringing food to save its inhabitants from starvation and bitter cold. Captain Phelps was 26 years old the night his cargo plane crashed a mile from the end of the runway. A German boy named Wolfgang Samuel saw it happen. 

      Wolf wrote, "They fell like a rock out of the sky. The two pilots were killed."  And then the child had a flash of insight.  He said, "Only three years ago, they were fighting against my country and now, they were dying for us.” 
      “I wondered,” he said, “what made these people do the things they did."

      Captain Phelps knew he owed future generations the same freedom he had. And what young Wolfgang, a little German kid saw that cold December night in 1948, we can see clearly today in 2017: 
      We can see foreigners putting their lives on the line for others, whether Captain Billy Phelps or the Berlin Airlift or the men and women of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence under German leadership in the Lithuanian woods right now;  
      We can see U.S. support for NATO's enhanced Forward Presence extended out to 2020 for the security of the United States and all NATO nations; and 
      We can see the $4.8 billion requested by President Trump last month for the European Reassurance Initiative, an increase over our commitment last year.  

      Beyond any words in the newspapers, you can judge America by such actions. This is who we are. America, Germany, Europe, the West. We risk life so a child in Berlin can eat. We hunt terrorists in the dark so that they cannot murder innocent at concerts. And our nations stand together – democratic islands of stability in a world awash with change.

      The Marshall Center embodies this cooperative mission. It is the only one of the U.S. Defense Department's five regional centers to operate jointly with a foreign government. It is one of many tangible manifestations of the enduring alliance between Germany and America.

      In October last year, Germany and the United States signed a Memorandum of Agreement and reinforced the strong U.S.-German partnership here as Germany assumed an even greater role in the operation of this highly influential security study center.

      As the Minister noted, over the years, over 12,000 individuals – civilian and military – from more than 150 countries have come to Garmisch to transcribe the lessons of history and apply them to today's challenges, from organized crime to terrorism, cybersecurity and regional threats.

      The Marshall Center alumni comprise a network of thought leaders and practitioners serving as resources to one another and decision makers worldwide recognizing that no nation alone can provide for its security.

      In 2014, for example, Romanian and Greek alumni contributed together to one of Europe's largest drug seizures, preventing $220 million in heroin from poisoning children and families across this continent. 

      The Marshall Center faculty have also assisted Albania and Moldova in drafting their first ever national security strategy documents, critical for enabling security integration and contributing to regional stability.

      The Center's faculty, staff, students, and alumni carry the legacy of this Center's namesake and for you students here today, when you return home, you have a golden opportunity to operate history's hinge, as well, just like George Marshall did…to close the door to war, exercising your moral authority and your generation's responsibility to protect freedom.  

      Western values, respect for a rules based order and for national sovereignty, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the dignity of the human person, these are values worth defending.  

      Marshall said, “Ideals have power to inspire,” and he also said “Discouraged people are in sore need of the inspiration of great principles” – principles represented today by you in this room.

      I will conclude with a message to the nation choosing to challenge this secure and peaceful order. 

      The United States seeks to engage with Russia and so does the NATO alliance. Russia must know both what we stand for and equally, what we will not tolerate. We stand for freedom and we will never surrender the freedom of our people or the values of our alliance that we hold dear.

      I mentioned a moment ago that discouraged people are in need of inspiration and there are millions of people like that who live today in Russia. Their leader making mischief beyond Russian borders will not restore their fortunes or rekindle their hope. 

      And while we will meet with any aggression with what Danish Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said was, “Determination, deterrence and purpose,” we will also watch for a Russia that honors its people enough to abide by international law and so wins for them peace the we all offer.

      NATO's troops are deployed right now as we speak in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. And they demonstrate NATO's resolve. I am grateful to those host nations as well as to the framework nations, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and of course, Germany for sending their fine troops to lead in this wholly defensive mission, augmented by troops from ten other NATO nations.

      This is a profound example of a United NATO. Our alliance has long been a stabilizing force in Europe. It helps preserve the rules based international order today. And it serves again now to keep the peace and defend the shared values that grew out of the enlightenment.

      In closing, ladies and gentlemen, in 1961, a young academic and German immigrant to America, one who had served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II, paid a visit to the Missouri home of former President Harry Truman. The president was in his late 70's and long since retired. 

      The academic was none other than Henry Kissinger and he asked Truman, what in his presidency had made him the most proud. Without a moment's hesitation, President Truman said to him that “we defeated our enemies and then brought them back to the community of nations as equals.” 

      Today, we make our adversaries the same promise. Enemies of freedom will be frustrated or defeated. Supporters of international law will be brought into our community as equals. Our hands rest purposely on history's door and it depends on us to push it in the right direction.

      Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen.

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                Ja sesi të instaloni Android O Beta   

      Emrin e tij nuk e dimë, por versioni i ri i Android (Android O) pritet të debutojë së shpejti. Google ka bërë të ditura disa prej veçorive të reja që do të sjellë si një sistem më të mirë njoftimesh dhe përditësime më të efektive. Edhe pse shumica e telefonëve nuk kanë për ta marrë […]

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                Qytetarët e cila vendeve Evropiane punojnë më së shumti?   

      Stili i jetës së italianëve është endrra e çdo qytetari Evropian. Ushqimi, klima e shumë aspekte të tjera të “la dolce vita” i kanë dhënë këtij vendi njerëzit më të shëndetshëm. Sipas EuroStat, italianët janë Evropianët që shpenzojnë më pak kohë në punë, mesatarisht 30.7 vite përgjatë gjithë jetës së tyre. Kontrast bëjnë Suedezët të […]

      The post Qytetarët e cila vendeve Evropiane punojnë më së shumti? appeared first on PCWorld Albanian.


                Ekonomia e aplikacioneve do të arrijë në 6.3 trilion dollar në 2021   

      Industria e aplikacioneve mobile është një minierë ari. Sipas firmës analitike App Annie, ekonomia e aplikacioneve do të kapë një vlerë prej 6.3 trilion dollar brenda 2021, një rritje me 380% nga 1.3 trilion dollar që ishte në 2016-ën. Sipas një raporti të publikuar ditën e Marte, App Annie parashikoi një rritje të ndjeshme të […]

      The post Ekonomia e aplikacioneve do të arrijë në 6.3 trilion dollar në 2021 appeared first on PCWorld Albanian.


                10 vite iPhone, një dekadë revolucion   

      Apple iPhone mbushi 10 vite duke na kujtuar fillimin e vështirë të saj, një pikënisje e një revolucioni të tërë në botën e telefonëve inteligjentë. Janë shitur mbi 1 miliard iPhone që nga 29 Qershor i 2007-ës, dita kur ky telefon nuk kishte shumë prej risive që sot i përdorim. Pas shitjeve të dobëta, Apple […]

      The post 10 vite iPhone, një dekadë revolucion appeared first on PCWorld Albanian.


                Fiica unui șef al Poliţiei din Tirana, jefuită de un taximetrist în Grozăveşti   
      Fiica adjunctului şefului Poliţiei din Tirana (Albania), studentă în Bucureşti, a reclamat că a fost jefuită de un taximetrist în zona Grozăveşti. Tânăra i-a achitat cursa şoferului, care apoi a plecat cu bagajele studentei, poliţiştii deschizând un dosar penal pentru furt calificat.
                 Albanian parliament to swear in next president on July 24    
      TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's president has decided that parliament will hold an extraordinary session for the swearing-in ceremony of his successor on July 24. Following an agreement between the opposition and the governing Socialist Party, the parliament also has held two other extraordinary sessions to vote on the deal's issues.
                Albanian Eurovision entry long and romantic (the dresses, that is)   
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                Under President Macron, France can play a pivotal role in Western relations with Iran   
      Since America ensured the MEK were transferred from Iraq to Albania this danger has become more acute. Albania is still struggling
                Se vende - Infantil Niñas Carter's Rosa Naranja Vestido sin... - Subasta   
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                Can someone please tell me about how compatible these two charts are?   

      Can someone please tell me about how compatible these two charts are? I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me about these two charts and their compatibility. Guy: http://interactive.0800-horoscope.com/cgi-bin/astro/natal0800?name=anonymous&sex=t&d1day=26&d1month=10&d1year=1993&d1hour=0&d1min=0&nohouses=true&citylist=Tirane%2C+Albania&lang=en Girl: http://interactive.0800-horoscope.com/cgi-bin/astro/natal0800?name=anonymous&sex=f&d1day=4&d1month=3&d1year=1994&d1hour=4&d1min=30&adjust=-2&citylist=Riga%2C+Latvia&lang=en Details are appreciated 🙂 Thanks in advance Answer by dandelion:]Well the first thing I look at is the males Mars sign and […]

      The post Can someone please tell me about how compatible these two charts are? appeared first on Daily News Horoscope 2017 for Today and Tomorrow.


                Kommentar zu Die besten Abnehmtipps von IssacVot   
      Skype evg7773 http://1541.ru Laminine - Ламинин LPGN От $ 28 Тирана of Albania,Health, Здоровье, работа дома, work home, jobs
                 Albanian drug dealers are now a major threat, say police    
      The warning comes from the National Crime Agency as it publishes its annual report into the scale of serious and organised crime in the UK. Deaths from drugs misuse have risen in recent years.
                Ţările din Europa cu capitalele lor   
                 Europa Sudică  ( Mediteraneană )  -Portugalia ( Lisabona ) -Spania ( Madrid ) -Italia ( Roma ) -San Marino ( San Marino ) -Andorra ( Andorra la Vella ) -Croaţia ( Zagreb ) -Bosnia şi Herţegovina ( Sarajevo ) -Macedonia ( Skopje ) -Albania ( Tirana ) -Malta ( Valleta […]
                Banorët shpërthejnë në post Big Brother : Ju q**** r*** (FOTO LAJM)   
      Ky BigBrother ka qenë më me polemika se cdo edicion tjetër. Shumica prej banorëve të këtij viti janë shprehur kundër produksionit dhe kanë qenë të pakënaqur për eliminimin, për lojën, apo me akuza për favorizime. Por këtë herë, në mbrëmjen e fundit për ta, banorët nuk kanë arritur të përmbahe
                EURO 2016: Meciul România – Elveția – 19.00   

      România vine după un eșec dramatic și nemeritat în fața Franței (1-2), în meciul de deschidere, în timp ce Elveția a învins Albania cu 1-0 și are trei puncte în clasament. Tricolorii nu au voie să piardă meciul de astăzi, pentru că altfel ar rămâne cu șanse pur teoretice de calificare, în timp ce o […]

      The post EURO 2016: Meciul România – Elveția – 19.00 appeared first on Știri de Galați.


                Lirik Lagu Freestyle (Dissin' The Source) Artist Eminem   
      Freestyle (Dissin' The Source) 

      I got a riddle,
      What’s little and talks big,
      With midget arms and creamy white filling in the middle,
      That’ll do anything to throw dirt on my name,
      If it means walking the whole Mediterranean,
      Isn't it Albanian, Armenian, Iranian, Tasmanian,
      No, it’s Dave Raymond and oh,
      Oh sorry, yo, so sorry, whoa
      But that was a long time ago,
      When I was just Joe Schmo,
      Rapping in Joe Blow’s basement,
      I apologized for it before so,
      Either accept it or you don’t,
      And let’s move on,
      If I ain’t shown that I’ve grown you can get the bone,
      Keep lickin these nuts you industry mutts,
      Keep walking around sniffing each other’s butts,
      Or should I say asses,
      What would be the more politically correct term to use for the masses,
      The question I ask is how can I explain this,
      How can I swing this in English language,
      If I switched to slang and turned man to mane,
      Do I do it in vain or simply to entertain,
      Am I being real or am I being fake,
      Am I just a fraud or am I truly genuine,
      Or am I caught up in this hot water,
      Word on my daughter,
      I told you That I love this culture,
      Don't let 'em insult ya,
      I'ma tell you once more again
      This is the environment I was brought up in,
      But every now and then,
      I use my pen to get rid of some frustration,
      Or should I say “shun”,
      Is it just another one of my subliminal ways erases em’,
      Your face is numb, you’re stunned,
      You look is cold like that of a man that’s 70 something years old,
      And it only gets colder,
      Which is why I understand,
      You can’t be mad at a 44 year old fan with a chip on his shoulder,
      Who only owns a half of a magazine,
      And the only way to have it seen is to put me on the front of it again,
      Only thing that makes them grin is to see me frown,
      Papa can’t stand me,
      Papa needs to take his medication and sit the fuck down,
      In his new chair that goes round and round,
      That he bought from the money in his bank account,
      That I get him every issue when the thing comes out,
      Sit back and let his puffy clown hair come out,
      And let his black side arm wrestle his white side,
      Yellow par tied odd enough that he might slide,
      He might find someone dumb enough that they might ride,
      But ain’t nobody over buying two white guys,
      Disguised as pro-black,
      There is no slack for a Hartford college grat in a fitted hat,
      And a hunchback standin by the clearance coat rack,
      In some old slacks and some RSO throwbacks,
      Shady in the place to bc,
      And it takes what I got to rock the mike,
      Still not gonna cater these punks,
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                Droga dall’Albania alla coste pugliesi In un anno trasportate 3,5 tonnellate   
      Operazione della guardia di finanza nel Salento: eseguiti 14 arresti per traffico di drogaRecuperato stupefacente per un valore di oltre 35 milioni. Sequestrate anche armi
                Rugby round-up: Mowden lose as Blaydon scrap away   
      BLAYDON ensured their National One survival fight will go to the final game away to Old Albanians next Saturday when they won 40-24 at home to Rosslyn Park.
                Rugby: Mowden claim bonus-point win - plus Local Rugby Round-Up   
      ADAM RADWAN’S hat-trick of tries helped ensure Darlington Mowden Park maintained their fine recent form with a bonus-point win at Old Albanians.
                Several fires reported in Albania due to hot weather   

      During the past 24 hours, eleven fires broke out in different districts in Albania, the country's interior ministry informed in a statement Friday. The situation was most serious in the districts of Fier, Berat and Diber, where the fires swallowed 15.5 hectares of bushes and 500 olive trees, the ministry said.


                MfD: Police check why CEZ gave money to Albanian lobbyist   

      The Czech police are looking into why the CEZ power utility, in which the state has a majority stake, sent a total of seven million euros to the private account of Kosovo lobbyist Nue Kalaj in 2009, daily Mlada fronta Dnes writes today. Albanian authorities suspect that the money may have been used to bribe Albanian politicians and offices shortly after CEZ gained control of the Albanian power distributor, MfD writes.


                Albania Socialists win polls, can govern without partner   

      Albania's left-wing Socialist Party has secured a second mandate in a general election, winning a majority of seats in parliament, nearly complete results showed Tuesday. The election is seen as a key benchmark to the country's bid to launch membership negotiations with the European Union.


                Albania...   
      Before we get to Albania, I’d like to mention the gorgeous scenery we encountered between Athe
                A kiss is just a kiss...not   
      Ever wondered about the political uses of a kiss, the kiss's changing status or legendary movie kisses? Do you find yourself needing to say the word in Albanian, Icelandic or even, perchance, Maori?

      Fear not. "A Compendium of Kisses," the guide to everything oscular -- that's "of or pertaining to kissing" for the unenlightened -- tells all about one of the world's most universal gestures, whether simple greeting or sublime.

      "When I came to look at the kiss, the romantic side is such a small part of it," said British novelist and actress Lana Citron, who compiled the book.

      "I love how when you're born, the first thing is, you're kissed, you're welcomed into the world. It's this little gesture that follows you throughout life, through all the most important parts of your life."

      Citron's interest in kisses began with a short story she wrote a decade ago about a lonely woman who collected kisses in jars -- such as one for the lover who spurned her, one that was full of yearning -- and labeled them.

      That led to her invitation to do an installation of kisses in jars, all labeled, as part of an art exhibition. The response of viewers sent her to the internet, searching out books on kisses and deciding to write her own when nothing seemed just right.

      "It was almost like opening a Pandora's chest and just being overwhelmed by all the different ways a kiss is expressed, the meanings attached to it and the things it symbolizes," she said.

      "I fell in love with it, I really did. I was submerged in the world of kisses for a year and came out of it with a book." Read on >>
                Високите температури доведоха до 11 горски пожара в Албания   
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      За последните 24 часа в цяла Албания са регистрирани 11 горски пожара, предава Albanian Daily News, цитирана от Фокус.

      Служителите на противопожарната служба заявиха, че ситуацията е под контрол, но страната е близо до извънредно положение.

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                Albanian Comandos in Iraq   
      Albanian Comandos in Iraq Respect for USA 110%

                ZdrowyStragan.pl - sklep z naturalną żywnością   
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                Comment on Intelligent Anti-Shake Face Recognition Three-Axis PTZ Stabilizer for Live Broadcast by DustinBof   
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                BBC: Albanian gangs control drug trafficking in UK   
      Violent Albanian criminal groups have “considerable control” over drug trafficking in Great Britain. At the same time, Serbians and Turks “dominate high volume maritime cocaine logistics.” This is according to a BBC report, published under the headline, “Albanian gangs ‘controlling’ UK drug trafficking market,” that cited the National Crime Agency (NCA) annual assessment document. The […]
                Object movement paranormal Ervjon cara alias Niko Kuri   
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                Commenti su Conad Adriatico punta su Sud Italia, Albania e Kosovo di catia   
      Sono lieta di leggere notizie confortanti. Nuove aperture commerciali vuol dire nuove assunzioni, non solo, ma anche far girare l'economia. Grazie catia
                Claydee feat. Lexy Panterra - Dame Dame   

      Klejdi Llupa, professionally known as Claydee Lupa and Beetkraft (born 7 June 1985) is an Albanian music artist, producer, songwriter and music executive now based in Greece. He is one of the most promising young artists who emerged on the Greek music scene in the last few years and who has already have international hits both as a singer and as a producer and songwriter. His song "Mamacita Buena" became the first Greek Song on YouTube to receive more than 27.000.000 views within a year after its release. His genre fits under dance-pop, RnB and house music category.


                Cecilia Bolocco   
      Birth Name: Cecilia Carolina Bolocco Fonck Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile Date of Birth: May 19, 1965 Ethnicity: *Arbëreshë/Albanian, Chilean [Spanish, Basque, Indigenous, distant Portuguese], Italian, 1/32 English (father) *German (mother) Cecilia Bolocco is a Chilean actress, television host, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Chile 1987 and Miss Universe 1987. Cecilia is the daughter of Rose […]
                Zbulohet mënyra se si fshihnin paratë policët e akuzuar   

      Në njërin nga rastet më të mëdha të korrupsionit në Policinë e Kosovës Prokuroria e Mitrovicës pretendon se ka fakte për dhjetëra raste të mitëmarrjes të cilat dëshmohen nga materiale filmike të kapura nga kamerat e Inspektoriatit Policor. Nga data 21 shtator deri 12 dhjetor 2016 IPK-ja fshehurazi kishte montuar kamera në makinat e policisë. […]

      The post Zbulohet mënyra se si fshihnin paratë policët e akuzuar appeared first on The Albanian.


                Atletico Madrid si Juventus, ndryshon logon e klubit (FOTO)   

      Antoine Griezmann dhe Atletico Madrid do të kenë logo të re në sezonin 2017/18. Sulmuesi konfirmoi qëndrimin në klubin madrilen përkundër interesimit nga Manchester United për transferimin e tij. Kurse, klubi nga La Liga së bashku me stadiumin e ri në sezonin e ardhshëm do të paraqitet edhe me logo të re.  

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                Përse femrat nuk duhet të krahasohen me njëra tjetrën, ja frika që ekziston në çift për “të tretën”   

      “Ai ishte një dhelpër si qindra dhelpra. Por unë u bëra mik me të dhe tani ai është unik, në gjithë Universin.” Antoine De Saint Exupery, Princi i Vogël Është ideja më e keqe që ekziston që një grua të krahasohet me gratë e tjera. Jo thjesht keq. Shumë keq! Dikur takova dy binjake, nga […]

      The post Përse femrat nuk duhet të krahasohen me njëra tjetrën, ja frika që ekziston në çift për “të tretën” appeared first on The Albanian.


                Tirana në krizë për ujë nga thatësira   

      Emergjencat Civile janë vënë në gatishmëri për këtë situatë, si dhe për vatrat e zjarrit, ndërsa ekipet e Ujësjellës Kanalizimeve Tiranë janë në terren duke iu përgjigjur qytetarëve. Bashkia ka vendosur në dispozicion të qytetarëve autobotet e ujit në të gjithë zonat që kanë anomali të furnizimit me ujë të pijshëm, siç janë zona e […]

      The post Tirana në krizë për ujë nga thatësira appeared first on The Albanian.


                E papritur! Ja çka thotë Blero për raportin mes Teutës dhe Afronës (Video)   

      Në intervistën dhënë për Mirage, Blero foli për karrierën e tij në muzikë dhe projektet rreth të cilave po punon. Po ashtu, Blero rrëfeu edhe për jetën e tij private si dhe raportet mes ish bashkëshortes së tij Teuta Krasniqit dhe të fejuarës aktuale, Afrona Dika. Ndiqeni intervistën e Bleros në videon e mëposhtme dhe […]

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                Naser Rugova: Jo me PDK-në, nëse dështon PAN flasim edhe me VV-në   

      Naser Rugova, një ish-Këshilltar i Presidentit Ibrahim Rugova, ka arritur përsëri të bëhet deputet në Parlamentin e Kosovës. Deputeti i ri i LDK-së thotë se kanë qëndrim të qartë se vetëm me PDK-në as nuk flasin dhe as nuk bëjnë koalicion për ndërtimin e Qeverisë së re. Mirëpo, thotë se po presin fillimisht dështimin e […]

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                Ibrahimovic shkruan mesazhin e fundit për Man Utd (FOTO)   

      ka postuar një foto me mbishkrimin e shprehjes së famshme të perandorit romak, Jul Cezari: “Veni, Vidi, Vici” (Erdha,Pashë, Fitova).  

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                Digjet autobusi me mërgimtarë që udhëtonte nga Vjena për Maqedoni   

      Në Serbi sot ështe djegur plotësisht por për fat të mirë vetëm njerëzit kishin shpëtuar. “Une isha vetëm një udhtarë duke shkuar për në Maqedoni po ishte e trishtushme vendi kur me orë të tëra kemi pritur që është bërë kollonat”-thotë një udhëtar i rastit për INA.

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                Qytetarët e rajonit preferojnë plazhet e Turqisë, Greqisë dhe Shqipërisë   

      Sezoni turistik veror tashmë ka filluar, ndërkohë qytetarët kërkojnë aranzhmanet e përballueshme për pushime verore. Destinacionet më të preferuara dhe më të kërkuara në agjencitë turistike nga ana e qytetarëve të Ballkanit, ashtu si viteve të kaluara, edhe këtë vit mbeten plazhet e Turqisë, Greqisë dhe Shqipërisë. Po ashtu edhe agjencitë turistike tashmë kanë filluar […]

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                Vesa uron Big Bastën me fjalët më të ëmbla (Foto)   

      Përmes një fotoje të publikuar në rrjete sociale, Vesa uroi bashkëshortin duke shkruar fjalët më të veçanta për të. “Happy Bday my love ❤️@bigbastaofficial Je dashuri,inspirim,shembull dhe gjithcka qe kam enderruar! Liani eshte me fat qe do te kete ty drejtuesin kryesor te rruges se jetes! Uroj te plakemi bashke e “te behet nje qytet […]

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                A convincing victory of Socialists in last elections in Albania   
      A convincing victory of Socialists in last elections in AlbaniaThe Socialist Party assured a historic and persuasive victory with 74 seats in the Parliament versus the 65 seats it had in the past elections.
                Comment on Bimet helmuese by Axel Hirsch   
      Congratulations, this was the first time a found an Albanian plant list!
                ARC lawsuit not impacted by alleged fraudsters’ motion to dismiss   
      Airlines Reporting Corporation v. Begator Hila, Elvira Ejupi and Albania Travel & Tour, Inc. et al. (E.D.N.Y. May 31, 2017).  In its Amended Complaint, ARC alleged that Hila and Ejupi, through Albania Travel, defrauded ARC of over $249,000 through a ticket exchange scheme.  Hila was the president and sole owner of Albania Travel; Ejupi ran … More ARC lawsuit not impacted by alleged fraudsters’ motion to dismiss
                Kosovo Charges Nine With Plotting Terror Attacks In Balkans   
      Kosovo charged nine men on June 15 with plotting terror attacks in Kosovo and at a World Cup soccer match between Israel and Albania last year.
                Pakistan is the 7th Largest Source of Foreign-Born Citizens of Rich OECD Nations   
      Nearly 100,000 Pakistanis migrated to and another 50,000 acquired citizenship of the rich industrialized nations of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2015, according to International Migration Outlook 2017 released by the Organization.

      OECD Migration Report 2017: 

      Nearly 50,000 Pakistani immigrants became citizens of the rich industrialized countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2015, according to International Migration Outlook 2017 recently published by the Organization.

      Source: International Migration Outlook 2017

      India topped the list with 130,000 Indians acquiring citizenship of OECD nations in 2015, followed by Mexico (112,000) ranked 2nd, the Philippines (94,000) ranked 3rd, Morocco (94,000) ranked 4th, China (78,000) ranked 5th, Albania (52,000) ranked 6th and Pakistan (50,000) ranked 7th.

      In addition, Pakistan was the 18th largest source of immigrants with 99,000 Pakistanis migrating to OECD nations in 2015. India is 5th on this list with 268,000 Indians migrating to OECD countries.

      Source: International Migration Outlook 2017

      Humanitarian migration of refugees, rather than migration for better economic prospects, dominated OECD inflows during 2015. War-torn Syria was the second largest source with 430,000 migrants in 2015, the report said.

      Pew Research Data: 

      India is the world's largest exporter of labor with 15.8 million Indians working in other countries. Bangladesh ranks 5th with 7.2 million Bangladeshis working overseas while Pakistan ranks 6th with 5.9 million Pakistanis working overseas, according to Pew Research report released ahead of International Migrants Day observance on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

      International Migration: 

      Countries of Origin of Migrants to the United States Source: Pew Research




      Pew Research reports that nearly 3.5 million Indians lived in the UAE, the world’s second-largest migration corridor in 2015. While most of the migration is from low and middle income countries to high-income countries, the top 20 list of migrants' origins also includes rich countries like the United States (ranked 20), United Kingdom (11), Germany (14), Italy (21) and South Korea (25).

      Top 25 Sources of Migrants:

      Here is the list of top 20 countries of origin for international migrants:


      1. India 15.9 million

      2. Mexico 12.3 million

      3. Russia 10.6 million

      4. China 9.5 million

      5. Bangladesh 7.2 million

      6. Pakistan 5.9 million

      7. Ukraine 5.83 million

      8.  Philippines 5.32 million

      9.  Syria 5.01 million

      10. Afghanistan 4.84 million

      11. United Kingdom 4.92 million

      12. Poland 4.45 million

      13. Kazakstan 4.08 million

      14. Germany 4.0 million

      15. Indonesia 3.88 million

      16. Palestine 3.55 million

      17. Romania 3.41 million

      18. Egypt 3.27 million

      19. Turkey 3.11 million

      20. United States 3.02 million

      21. Italy 2.9 million

      22. Burma (Myanmar) 2.88 million

      23. Colombia 2.64 million

      24. Vietnam 2.56 million

      25. South Korea 2.35 million

      Declining Labor Pool in Developed Economies: 

      The world population is aging with slowing labor force growth. It is particularly true of the more developed nations with aging populations and declining birth rates.  In an recent report titled "Asian Economic Integration Report", the Asian Development argued that migration within Asia can help deal with regional labor imbalances. It said as follows:

      "In Asia and the Pacific, many economies could expand their role as the source or host economy for migrant workers.

      Labor supply is still growing in developing economies—such as Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines—and they could export labor across the region. In contrast, developed but aging economies such as Hong Kong, China; the Republic of Korea; Japan; and Singapore are unable to meet labor demand with their dwindling workforce.

      Hence, these economies would benefit from immigrant labor. Kang and Magoncia (2016) further discuss the potential for migration to reallocate labor from surplus to deficit economies and offer a glimpse of how the demographic shift will frame Asia’s future population structure, particularly the future working age population. Among the issues explored is the magnitude of labor force surpluses and deficits within different economies in Asia."

      Pakistan's Growing Labor Force:

      Pakistan has the world’s sixth largest population, sixth largest diaspora and the ninth largest labor force with growing human capital. With rapidly declining fertility and aging populations in the industrialized world, Pakistan's growing talent pool is likely to play a much bigger role to satisfy global demand for workers in the 21st century and contribute to the well-being of Pakistan as well as other parts of the world.



      With half the population below 20 years and 60 per cent below 30 years, Pakistan is well-positioned to reap what is often described as "demographic dividend", with its workforce growing at a faster rate than total population. This trend is estimated to accelerate over several decades. Contrary to the oft-repeated talk of doom and gloom, average Pakistanis are now taking education more seriously than ever. Youth literacy is about 70% and growing, and young people are spending more time in schools and colleges to graduate at higher rates than their Indian counterparts in 15+ age group, according to a report on educational achievement by Harvard University researchers Robert Barro and Jong-Wha Lee. Vocational training is also getting increased focus since 2006 under National Vocational Training Commission (NAVTEC) with help from Germany, Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands.



      Pakistan's work force is over 60 million strong, according to the Federal Bureau of Statistics. With increasing female participation, the country's labor pool is rising at a rate of 3.5% a year, according to International Labor Organization.

      With rising urban middle class, there is substantial and growing demand in Pakistan from students, parents and employers for private quality higher education along with a willingness and capacity to pay relatively high tuition and fees, according to the findings of Austrade, an Australian government agency promoting trade. Private institutions are seeking affiliations with universities abroad to ensure they offer information and training that is of international standards.


      Trans-national education (TNE) is a growing market in Pakistan and recent data shows evidence of over 40 such programs running successfully in affiliation with British universities at undergraduate and graduate level, according to The British Council. Overall, the UK takes about 65 per cent of the TNE market in Pakistan.

      It is extremely important for Pakistan's public policy makers and the nation's private sector to fully appreciate the expected demographic dividend as a great opportunity. The best way for them to demonstrate it is to push a pro-youth agenda of education, skills developmenthealth and fitness to take full advantage of this tremendous opportunity. Failure to do so would be a missed opportunity that could be extremely costly for Pakistan and the rest of the world.

      Growth Forecast 2014-2050. Source: EIU


      In the high fertility countries of Africa and Asia family sizes are continuing to decline. And in low fertility countries family sizes will continue to remain below replacement levels. Why? Because the same juggernaut forces are operating: increasing urbanization, smaller and costly housing, expanding higher education and career opportunities for women, high financial costs and time pressures for childrearing and changing attitudes and life styles.

      Source: BBC



      Countries With Declining Populations:

      115 countries, including China (1.55), Hong Kong (1.17),  Taiwan (1.11) and Singapore (0.8) are well below the replacement level of 2.1 TFR.  Their populations will sharply decline in later part of the 21st century.

       United States is currently at 2.01 TFR, slightly below the replacement rate.  "We don't take a stance one way or the other on whether it's good or bad," said Mark Mather, demographer with the Population Reference Bureau. Small year-to-year changes like those experienced by the United States don't make much difference, he noted. But a sharp or sustained drop over a decade or more "will certainly have long-term consequences for society," he told Utah-based Desert News National.

      Japan (1.4 TFR) and Russia (1.6 TFR) are experiencing among the sharpest population declines in the world. One manifestation in Japan is the data on diaper sales: Unicharm Corp., a major diaper maker, has seen sales of adult diapers outpace infant diapers since 2013, according to New York Times.

      Median Age Map: Africa in teens, Pakistan in 20s, China, South America and US in 30s, Europe, Canada and Japan in 40s.


      The Russian population grew from about 100 million in 1950 to almost149 million by the early 1990s. Since then, the Russian population has declined, and official reports put it at around 144 million, according to Yale Global Online.

      Reversing Trends:

      Countries, most recently China, are finding that it is far more difficult to raise low fertility than it is reduce high fertility. The countries in the European Union are offering a variety of incentives, including birth starter kits to assist new parents in Finland, cheap childcare centers and liberal parental leave in France and a year of paid maternity leave in Germany, according to Desert News. But the fertility rates in these countries remain below replacement levels.

      Summary:

      Overzealous Pakistani birth control advocates need to understand what countries with sub-replacement fertility rates are now seeing: Low birth rates lead to diminished economic growth. "Fewer kids mean fewer tax-paying workers to support public pension programs. An "older society", noted the late Nobel laureate economist Gary Becker, is "less dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial." Growing labor force n Pakistan can not only contribute to Pakistan's prosperity but also help alleviate the effects of aging populations and declining labor pools in more developed economies. I believe that Pakistan's growing population and young demographics should be seen as a blessing, not a curse.

      Related Links:

      Haq's Musings

      Pakistan's Expected Demographic Dividend

      Pakistan's Growing Human Capital

      Upwardly Mobile Pakistan

      Pakistan Most Urbanized in South Asia

      Hindu Population Growth Rate in Pakistan

      Do South Asian Slums Offer Hope?




                Albania & Montenegro   
      Finalmente si parte! E quest’anno con pochissima organizzazione preventiva. Gli ultimi mesi passati a lavorare al progetto Kamillo non ci hanno consentito di perdere molto tempo a studiare questa vacanza. Così accenderemo i motori, prenderemo la direzione Sud verso il porto di Ancona e poi cercheremo semplicemente di percorrere le strade più belle che incontreremo. Le uniche cose certe del nostro [...]
                Questo Mondo un po' sgualcito    

      Di interviste ad Andrea Camilleri è affollato il mondo del giornalismo e della televisione; di tesi di laurea sulla sua opera sono colmi gli scaffali degli atenei, così come quelli delle biblioteche per quanto concerne libri confessione, ponderose sintesi biografiche, quadri di sicilianità e quant'altro.

      Che motivo c'era di scriverne un altro, dunque? A mio avviso non ce n'è uno, ce ne sono due.

      Comincio dal secondo: il ricavato di questo libro, detratte le spese sostenute dall'editore, andrà in beneficenza.

      Il primo motivo: nell'abbagliante, stordente e caduco mondo dei media dominato da rapidità e approssimazione, credo che la figura dello scrittore siciliano sia sottovalutata; va corretta.

      Di riflettori puntati su di lui ce ne sono fin troppi, ma l'immagine che ne rimanda la televisione o la stampa è parziale, banalmente personalistica, a volte paternalistica. Se tralasciamo per un istante la produzione montalbaniana, divenuta suo malgrado quasi un prodotto di consumo, cosa rimane di Andrea Camilleri?

      Tantissimo ancora: un uomo di grande rigore etico, onestà e intelligenza, uno scrittore di grande talento, un intellettuale engagé ma non barricadero, un anziano ancora curioso e disponibile ad apprendere, un uomo colto che ha attraversato quasi un secolo di storia conoscendo di questa molti protagonisti, un individuo semplice con i suoi difetti, un regista tra i primi a portare in Italia il teatro di Beckett.

      In una parola, un saggio.

      (Francesco De Filippo)


                Selja Ahava: ’Taivaalta tippuvat asiat’ sold to Albania   
      Instituti i Dialogut & Komunikimit (IDK) has bought the Albanian language rights to Selja Ahava’s Taivaalta tippuvat asiat from Helsinki Literary Agency.
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                What next for Eastern Europe?   
      While President Trump tweets, the United States and Russia drift towards war over Syria, and the new Thirty Years War between Shi'ite and Sunni continues on many fronts, another critical drama is playing out in the Eastern half of the European continent.  I find it particularly interesting because it is a replay of the drama I described about 40 years ago in my first book, Economic Diplomacy and the Origins of the Second World War, which is linked at left and available as an e-book.

      For the first few centuries of the modern era the peoples of Eastern Europe lived under large empires.  The Ottoman Empire had reached Europe in the 15th century and eventually included what is now Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Rumania, some of the nations of the former Yugoslavia, and Hungary.  The Tsar of Russia ruled what are now the Baltic States and, by the 19th century, Poland.  The Holy Roman Empire--which in 1806 became the Austrian Empire, and in 1867 the Austro-Hungarian Empire--included parts of Poland and the present-day Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia.  All these peoples, to varying degrees, developed nationalist movements during the 19th century.

      The enormous strain of the First World War proved too much not only for the Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires, but also for the German Empire.  The Allies--France, Britain, Italy and eventually the US as well--sponsored the claims of some of the national movements in their territory.  In January 1918, in his Fourteen Points, Woodrow Wilson endorsed an independent Poland and autonomy (not independence) for the peoples of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.  When those nations collapsed ten months later, various national movements proclaimed new states.

      As the brilliant but eccentric English historian A. J. P. Taylor noted in 1961, the post-1919 settlement in Eastern Europe reflected the astonishing fact that both Germany and Russia had been defeated. Only that allowed for the re-creation of an independent Poland, the new states of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia,a larger Rumania, independent Poland and Finland, and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.  It seemed in 1918-9 that things might go even further and that Ukraine might become independent as well, but the Bolsheviks managed to secure control over it in the Russian civil war.  These states were economically and politically weak.  Nearly all of them initially formed some kind of democratic government, encouraged down that path by the western powers.

      In the short run, several of the new states--Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Romania--were threatened by Hungary, which had lost huge territories at the peace conference, while in the long run Czechoslovakia and Poland had to worry about a resurgent Germany. France, eager to cement its status as the leading power in Europe, offered all those states some kind of alliance.  Clearly the French would have trouble defending them once the Germans or Russians regained their military strength, but the French were counting on keeping the Germans weak.  The alliances faced no serious threats until after the rise of Hitler.

      By then all these countries had undergone profound political changes.  While all of them had begun as democracies, only Czechoslovakia, Finland and the Baltic States were still electing their governments by the early 1930s--the rest had come under some form of authoritarian rule.  The agricultural states among them, as I showed in my book, came under German influence after 1935 because the Germans, desperate for food, offered them a market for their produce.  In 1938 Hitler managed to destroy Czechoslovakia when the French abandoned their alliance.  In 1939-40, Hitler and Stalin concluded the Nazi-Soviet Pact. They partitioned Poland and the Soviets incorporated the Baltic States.  Hungary and Rumania became allies of Hitler while Yugoslavia was occupied by the Italians and the Nazis.  In 1945,  the whole region (except Finland) came under Soviet occupation and the USSR installed Communist governments.

      The collapse of the USSR in 1991--77 years after the start of the First World War--started this process over again.  Once again, as in 1919, the entire region was liberated from foreign rule.  This time the proliferation of new states has gone much further, with Czechoslovakia and former Yugoslavia giving way to no less than 8 new states, and not only the Baltic States, but also Ukraine and Belarus, becoming independent.  Once again the new states established various forms of democracy.  And once again, powerful nations from outside the region offered them alliances. NATO, led by the US, offered membership to virtually every new state in the region, including the Baltic states--after initially promising the new Russian government not to do so.  The EU also offered many of them membership, choosing to ignore the enormous economic and cultural differences that still divide Europe somewhere around the frontiers of Germany and Poland.

      Germany is no longer an imperialist nation, although it leads the EU and played a key role in its enlargement.  Russia once again went through a chaotic period but by 2000 it was recovering its strength under Vladimir Putin.  He is clearly determined to reassert Russian influence--if not more--over many of the states of the former USSR.  Belarus lost any real independence very quickly, and Putin is actively contesting the West in a bid for influence in Ukraine, and using the Russian military at the border to do so. He also very obviously has designs on the Baltic states, which are extremely vulnerable militarily.  And while Putin cannot offer these states markets the way the Germans did 80 years ago, he can provide them with energy.

      And once again, democracy has proven fragile in Eastern Europe.  Rightist parties now lead the governments of Hungary, Poland, and some of the other states of the region. The governments of the Czech Republic and Slovakia are weak and subject to corruption and outside influence.  These nations face a choice between  western-style democracy--which is having enormous problems in the west--and Russian-style authoritarianism.  It is not at all clear which path they shall take.

      Only a gigantic war settled the question of Eastern Europe's future 80 years ago.  Such a war does not seem in prospect now, but limited wars, such as a lightning Russian occupation of one or more Baltic states, cannot be ruled out.  Russian and NATO aircraft are constantly confronting one another in the region.  The Russians also seem to be using cyberwar against Ukraine, and they may use it elsewhere. To reach a new equilibrium diplomatically would require a level of statesmanship which is not apparent on the world scene.  Nearly thirty years ago, when the Soviet empire collapsed, I commented frequently that this time, Eastern Europe had taken a new shape without a new world war.  Now it seems that the process may involve a larger conflict--albeit of a possibly different kind.
                Eurovision Round Up: Semi-Final 2   

      And time for Semi Number 2. The last half get their chance to shine... and try to get their way into the wonder that is the Eurovision Grand Final.

      Will they be as interesting as last night's? Let's find out.

      Iceland
      A big welcome to Eurodance and its entry in this year's contest. And a big hello to the newest gay icons Euroband. Nothing says camp more than two blond singers, one with a set of knockers and the other wearing too much eye makeup. Throw in the dance moves for drag queens and the pink and black outfits and we've got Mardi Gras set. As for the song... let's dance. Perfectly Eurovision.
      Dix points

      Sweden
      Oh Charlotte. A bad start. You need to hit the right notes. Luckily it came back... and one of the biggest favourites of the Contest was done well. It's nice to see Charlotte has been keeping the Swedish plastic surgery industry in the black since her last appearance in Eurovision. Another example of perfect Eurovision pop. And it surely deserves a chance in the Final.
      Douze points

      Turkey
      Those crazy Turks. People still fight over whether they're actually in Europe or not. But would they fight over this song? Stick standard soft rock. Nothing too exciting. Lots of lighting effects to help it. And crazy facial expressions from the lead singer. Not really a fan... but will Europe embrace rock this year? We'll have to find out.
      Sept points

      Ukraine
      Finally, the Ukrainians have resorted to sex to get points. And they've done a good job at it. Big points for the lead singer who kept her composure even with the tiny piece of material she was wearing as a so-called dress, and extra points for the hot Ukrainian boys locked up in boxes. Another wonderful Eurovision pop song, perfect to rock on to in any state, in any location. Go the Ukrainies!
      Douze points

      Lithuania
      From the excesses of Europop to the stillness of a Lithuanian man wearing tight, tight, tight leather pants singing in English. There's something about his voice I really don't like. It sounds as though he's talking as well as singing - a Denis Walter who's doing more of the talking thing. It sounds as though he's trying too hard. I'm not sure it's too appealing. Stick to Lithuanian.
      Trois points

      Albania
      A 16 year old has infiltrated Eurovision. Aren't you supposed to be drunk to perform though? How does that work? Obviously it's legal for her. What's not legal is the song. And the cape. What was she thinking? The song is a mixup of all sorts of things - bit of rock, bit of pop, bit of ballad - and nothing really pulls it together. It's distressing. And then that cape is really something. Obviously she thinks she's Superman... but not even he can save her.
      Cinq points

      Switzerland
      After years of not hearing it, Italian has finally come back to Eurovision. But by the bloody useless Italians? No - the Swiss. And quite a handsome man singing it as well. The crowd love him and I do too. It's really a nice song and this one could do well. Unlike the huge boobs of the backup singers, this song actually moved quite well from the slower reflection to the more rock/pop part. Unfortunately poor Paolo couldn't quite get the notes he was after. That by itself might ruin the chances.
      Dix points

      Czech Republic
      Falling off notes seems to be a common theme tonight, which is quite sad. This poor woman did no better, especially when she started sounding like a man. Luckily for any men listening, they could tune out and just watch the backup dancers in their tiny bikini type costumes. Nothing better than a bit of flange flopping around for entertainment. Quite a possible Euro dance hit here, but it's just not doing anything for me. It got a bit boring after the first 30 seconds. Blah.
      Cinq points

      Belarus
      Shiny disco balls. And shiny disco kittens. Pity about the Belorussian singer. I hope they all don't look like that and enjoy wearing those very tight leather pants. It seems Lucrezia and De stade has been supplying the Eurovision contestants with their clothing this year. They must've also been supplying Belarus with choreography - that whole sex, bondage, pushing down thing... not pretty. The song. Nothing all that exciting.
      Six points

      Latvia
      Another welcome to The Wiggles to this year's Contest. Captain Feathersword has been cloned and thrown into Latvia to be devoured for Eurovision. I think this would be an excellent song for children to learn so they know all about pirates. It seems to be very correct, right down to the clothes worn. If I was the audience, I'd be shit scared of them. At least these guys would have an excuse for wearing tight, tight leather pants.
      Sept points

      Croatia
      The best thing about Eurovision is that it lets those who have left their mother country still connect in some way to it. Croatia has wonderfully thought about these people and given us a stage of old men, exactly the type of Croatians who are dispersed around the world. The one problem about this song is a cute factor - a 75 year old rapper is going to get cute votes. Bastard. You either have to be a small child or a crazy old man to get cute votes these days. Ripped off.
      Sept points

      Bulgaria
      I always enjoy a big feather fan, especially when held by a woman whose suspenders are showing. She does want the DJ to take her away, but with the fires that are springing up around the stage I think the DJ's going to have to stop, drop and roll first. A fun song, but could've been done differently. I don't know... it was good... but something was missing. Enjoyable in any case.
      Huit points

      Denmark
      Hello Simon. Do you want to come to Australia? I like the way you use your mic stand. And I like this song. I can guarantee that there will be people singing the chorus over and over... until they forget it.. and then hear someone else singing it. Thank god Simon was able to sing this one properly. I think Dicko would've enjoyed his stage presence. I wonder what Marcia would've moaned? Come on Simon, come over and we'll stay together 'All night long...'
      Dix points

      Georgia
      2008's token disabled person is here and it's nice that an up-and-coming ex-Soviet country is the one to provide it. I'm not sure the black zombies are really all that helpful when you're trying to sing about peace. Neither is singing like a man and not making it all that helpful, as it does not bring peace to my ears to hear it. Extra point for the huge hair from the backup singer.
      Six points

      Hungary
      This song sounds more like a late-90s Irish entry... but with a different slant on the pronunciation of English. The woman looks like a fish that's in the process of being cleaned out. The dress could've been far better. But the song's nice. I'll give her points for the song. She was very confident about it too. Pleasurable.
      Sept points

      Malta
      The Maltese have a history of poor song choice - not this year. A sure-fire favourite thanks to the Eurodance and quite attractive woman (apparently they do exist in Malta). The song itself, Vodka, really makes no sense but it sounds like fun even though it's sung in English. If I was drunk, I'd be jumping around to this one for sure. Whether it will do well in the final is unknown, but it's a certainty to get in.
      Dix points

      Cyprus
      This one's getting points exclusively based on the good looking Cypriot men in sparkling suits. Bugger the woman or her Victorian intial costume or the song in general. These boys could dance, play with fabric, be a staircase, sing, lift things... they would have to be the stars of the performance. And look, OK, the song was alright too but in the end, it's the boys who count.
      Huit points

      Macedonia
      Macedonian rapping, in English, is something you don't often get a chance to experience. There's obviously a reason for that. It's unfortunate that the main rapper is wearing clothes and has bad hair. Bad hair is also a curse for the singer. She does a good job at the singing bit though. That's quite impressive. It's a boppy song and quite appropriate for Eurovision. I like it.
      Dix points

      Portugal
      Quite a big sound from quite a big lady. Someone needs to tell her that her hair colour doesn't help her squishy face and that her lipstick doesn't actually have to match her hair. The song itself is a memorable one and the drums near the end, doing that whole marching thing, does help it quite a bit. I'm a bit of a fan of this one. Would it do well Europe-wide? Quite possibly.
      Huit points

      That's it. All the semi-finalists have had their time in the spotlight and now it's time to see who gets a chance to sing for glory tomorrow. My choice?

      Hello Belgrade. Hello Europe. My selection for the final, in no particular order, is:
      1. Sweden
      2. Ukraine
      3. Malta
      4. Denmark
      5. Iceland
      6. Switzerland
      7. Macedonia
      8. Bulgaria
      9. Cyprus
      10. Portugal

      And the real results... Iceland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Albania, Latvia, Croatia, Denmark, Georgia and Portugal.

      Only five out of ten, and a few 'certainties' who weren't actually there. Bugger. However, its the big night tomorrow night on SBS at 7:30pm and I'll be predicting my top three as well as previewing the five songs that are already in the Final tomorrow.

      Bring on Eurovision!


                Anatomy of an animation: Zero gas flares by 2030   

      When I was growing up in Albania in the mid-80s, gas flares were a constant and silent backdrop to our holidays by the seashore. The fiery plumes would shimmer in the early morning summer light while we squeezed like sardines into the bus that would take up to the beach. At night, from our cabin, they looked like rows of giant torches in the distance. As a child, I was mesmerized by the way the flames danced and shimmered from the tall chimneys in clouds of black curling smoke. I was told that the oil wells were on fire and eventually the flares burned themselves out. I didn’t ask many questions then; in communism asking questions was discouraged and could get one in trouble.


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                Hiking in Theth   

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                Albania – Ulewne deszcze na południu kraju i największa od 40 lat powódź   
      Mieszkańcy południowej Albanii zmagają się ze skutkami ulewnych deszczy. Lokalne władze mówią, że to największa od 40 lat powódź. Ponad 600 rodzin zostało ewakuowanych w ostatnich dniach ze swoich domów. W akcje ratownicze zaangażowano wojsko. Jak podaje AFP w pierwszym tygodniu lutego mieszkańcy południowej Albanii odnotowali rekordowo wysokie opady. Premier tego kraju Edi Rama powiedział, […]
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      I am on a Canadian love-fest tonight. I so love this land. When I say the word CANADA it means the following things:

      IT MEANS that you are the best example of European sensibilities that respect people enough to offer a basic level of support to all who live within our borders.

      Sure it may cost you in taxes sometimes but what you get back when the government combines that revenue is worth far more than what individual people paid to get it.

      I have never found waiting times to be severe when compared to nations who do not offer socialized medicine to their people. In those systems the rich get great treatment but the poor, handicapped and disadvantages do not.

      IT MEANS there is no profit motive in our medical system. No one is making money off the misery of their fellow human beings.

      IT MEANS big corporations cannot have undue and harmful influence in our system.

      Regulations are in place to insure that Corporations must follow certain guidelines if they want to exist. They are forced to be more responsible with their actions or pay a heavy price of their greed so they don't take risky chances with peoples lives or their health or their environment. Check out how Alberta's oil and gas industry is regulated. The 'tar sands' would look like the Gulf of Mexico does now if the Oil companies were allowed to do whatever they wanted here.

       
      IT MEANS the lives of your young men and women are not tossed away fighting futile wars in foreign lands for selfish reasons.

      IT MEANS we are Peacekeepers and not war makers.

      IT MEANS that our 'blood and treasure' are used to enrich our country not enrich the military industrial complex whose lack of need for should have led to them being dismantaled after WWII.

      If there is no one to fight then there is no need to built weapons to fight them. If the weapons are there then politicians will find an excuse (or create one in the case of the recent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan) to use them especially if they are heavily influence by large campaign contributions. Power for a few becomes more important than the price the society is forced to pay for individuals holding on to their politcal power.

      IT MEANS peace of mind that medically you and your family are protected in times of emergencies.

      IT MEANS your population is progressive and educated. It's giving your children the best possible chance to create a good future for themselves because they are educated and the opportunities are there for them if they choose to take advantage of them.

      IT MEANS that your politicians can't create disharmony by pitting one group against the other for selfish gain because, again, there is less discontent to exploit. Any politician trying to do that is run out of town on a rail for even suggesting that our problems are the fault of the blacks or the Jews or the browns or immigrants.

      IT MEANS our two cultures, English and French, have found a way to compromise with each other that benefits both cultures and elevates the nation as a whole. In other places a difference in language and culture leads to many atrocities, misery and death (Serbia, Kosovo and Albania for examples)

      IT MEANS we learn the lessons of history and avoid repeating our mistakes.

      IT MEANS the people are not fearful or distrustful of those who are 'different' than them and accept these differences far more easily (Gay marriage, immigrant's rights, fairness between the genders ect).
       


       
       
       

       

       



       
       
       

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                MinVivienda realizará maratónica jornada de trabajo la próxima semana en La Guajira   
      2:21 pm. Sábado 01 de Julio de 2017
      El martes 4 de julio.

      El ministro de Vivienda, Ciudad y Territorio, Fernando Vargas; el viceministro de Vivienda, David Pinilla, y el Secretario General, Raúl Lacouture, se desplazarán la próxima semana hasta el departamento de La Guajira para realizar un recorrido por los municipios de San Juan del Cesar, Albania, Riohacha, Fonseca y Maicao.

      La maratónica jornada de trabajo que se llevará a cabo desde el martes hasta el viernes, tiene como fin oír y evaluar las necesidades o sugerencias que tengan cada uno de los alcaldes y líderes de los municipios, en materia de vivienda, agua potable y alcantarillado. Todo con el objetivo de concretar prontas soluciones y atender los problemas que se estén presentando en esta región del país.    
      El martes 4 de julio iniciará la jornada en el municipio de San Juan del Cesar, donde se hará una mesa de trabajo con los alcaldes de La Jagua del Pilar, Urumita, Villanueva, El Molino, San Juan y Hatonuevo. Al día siguiente continuarán el recorrido con una visita de obra a la planta Matesusto y después, se realizará la mesa junto a los alcaldes de Distracción, Fonseca, Barrancas y Albania.

      En el tercer día continuarán con las mesas de trabajo en la ciudad de Riohacha, donde estarán presentes los alcaldes municipales de Maicao, Manaure, Dibulla y Riohacha. Finalmente, el viernes los viceministros y sus equipos de trabajo harán otra visita técnica a las obras del Plan Departamental de Agua y de esta manera concluirán la visita por La Guajira.

       


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                Former Tottenham flop Paolo Tramezzani blasted by his old boss and accused of poaching   
      FORMER Tottenham flop Paolo Tramezzani has been branded a “bag of s***” by his old boss – and accused of poaching. Spurs signed the Italian defender from Piacenza for £1.5million in 1998, but he made just seven appearances in two years to rank among the club’s worst-ever buys. Tramezzani spent five years as Albania’s assistant manager, […]
                Greqi, dita e dytë e temperaturave rekord nga i nxehti   

      Përgjatë të gjithë ditës së shtunë, një atmosferë mbytëse ka mbizotëruar në të gjithë vendin dhe sidomos në qendrat e mëdha, si Athina, Selaniku dhe Patra. Por temperaturat rekord të ditës janë regjistruar në zonën Mires, në Iraklio të Kretës, ku termometri shënoi 45,9 gradë Celsius, si dhe në Larisa me 45.5 gradë Celsius, kurse […]

      The post Greqi, dita e dytë e temperaturave rekord nga i nxehti appeared first on The Albanian.


                Harrojeni Messin dhe Antonellan, shikoni si ishte veshur e dashura e Fabregasit në dasmë   

      Argjentinasi në qytetin e lindjes së tij, organizoi ceremoninë e martesës. Fabregas në ceremoninë e martesës së Messit, ishte së bashku me të dashurën e tij, e cila mori vëmendjen me të kaluar në tapetin e kuq.  

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                Kandidatët që përfituan nga numri i njëjtë me partinë   

      Driton Selmanaj, Teuta Haxhiu dhe Ali Lajçi janë “deputetët fatlumë” të këtyre zgjedhjeve. Këta tre kandidatë që garuan në lista të subjekteve të ndryshme e kishin numrin rendor në listën e subjektit apo koalicionit të tyre të njëjtë me numrin e subjektit të tyre në garë. Që të tre janë zgjedhur deputetë me një numër […]

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                Messi anulon muajin e mjaltit, kjo është arsyeja (FOTO)   

      Futbollisti u martua me Antonela Roccuzo, nënën e bijve të tij, Thiagos dhe Mateu. Pas dasmës ishte paraparë që Messi të niste pushimet për muajin e mjaltit. Por, 30 vjeçari ka vendosur t’i shtyjë për disa ditë pushimet, për të udhëtuar në Barcelonë me aeroplan privat, i shoqëruar nga babai i tij dhe agjenti Jorge […]

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                Breshëri dëmtoi 80 për qind të prodhimeve në Sllatinë   

      Sipërfaqet e mbjella në Komunën e Vitisë me drithëra të bardha këtë vit janë 5 mijë hektarë tokë. Breshëri që ra kohë më parë dëmtoi në fshatin Sllatinë mbi 80 për qind të prodhimeve bujqësore, kurse dëmet konsiderohen mbi 600 mijë Euro.

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                Hoti përgëzon Doganën për parandalimin e kontrabandës   

      “Përgëzime oficerëve të Doganës së Kosovës për vendosmërinë e tyre në parandalimin e kontrabandës dhe tregtisë ilegale”. “Jeni shembull në regjion dhe më gjerë. Ka qenë nder për mua të punojë me ju gjate këtyre dy vite e gjysme”, ka shkruar Hoti në profilin e tij në Facebook. Kështu ka thënë Hoti, duke iu referuar […]

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                7 simptomat e mungesës së kaliumit   

      Kaliumi është një elektrolit që zvogëlon efektet e natriumit dhe përmirëson qarkullimin e gjakut. Kaliumi është gjithashtu i rëndësishëm për ruajtjen e ekuilibrit të brendshëm të acidit alkalinik. Kur ulet niveli i kaliumit në trup shkakton një sërë problemesh shëndetësore, ja disa prej tyre: Rrahje të ngadalta të zemrës: kjo simptomë mund të shkaktohet nga […]

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                Do të befasohuni me emrat e yjeve që kanë mbetur pa skuadër këtë verë   

      Mëngjesi i 1 korrikut, i ka gjetur ata të lirë, dhe me mundësinë për t’iu bashkuar cilësdo skuadër. Këtë verë nuk janë të paktë emrat e njohur që kanë mbetur pa skuadra. Mjafton të cekim Zlatan Ibrahimovicin, Pepen e Iker Casillas. Më poshtë i gjeni disa nga emrat e yjeve që janë të lirë që […]

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                Identifikohet kosovari që u mbyt sot në Lezhë   

      Ndërkohë që pas mbërritjes së policisë dhe ambulancës shtetasi Sh.K 46 vjeç banues në Kosovë është nisur për në spital, por gjatë rrugës ka humbur jetën. Deklarata e policisë: Me datë 01.07.2017, rreth orës 17 : 21 është marrë njoftim se në plazhin e Tales , një shtetas ka rrezikuar të mbytet. Në vendngjarje kanë […]

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                Dëshironi ta përmirësoni kujtesën? Provoni të hani çokollatë   

      Ekspertët thonë se një kemikat në çokollatë e quajtur flavanol mund të bashkëveprojë në efektin e gjumit dhe mundet t’ju ndihmojë atyre njerëzve që vuajnë nga pagjumësia. Studimi i tyre i fundit afatgjatë konfirmon se përfitimet për gjumin dhe kujtesën lidhen me çokollatën. Flavanolet janë përbërës natyralë që përmirësojnë trurin dhe funksionimin e tij përkrahë […]

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                Albania: Wyniki wybory parlamentarnych. Wzmocnienie centrolewicy   
      25 czerwca rządząca w Albanii centrolewica odniosła kolejne zwycięstwo w wyborach parlamentarnych. Socjalistyczna Partia Albanii premiera Ediego Ramy wygrała z wynikiem 48,34 proc. głosów. Takie poparcie daje jej 74 mandaty, czyli 9 miejsc więcej niż w poprzednich wyborach i zapewnia samodzielną...
                ALBANIA, VIAGGIO ON THE ROAD NELLA TERRA DELLE AQUILE   
      L’Albania è uno di quei luoghi da attraversare con gli occhi e il cuore ben aperti, per  farsi coinvolgere totalmente e vivere un’esperienza di viaggio di insospettabile fascino. Bella e remota, selvaggia e ancora sconosciuta a molti, l’Albania conquista al primo sguardo, prima di tutto perchè  ha  una storia antichissima che affonda le radici negli illiri, greci, romani e ottomani che hanno lasciato  testimonianze architettoniche e artistiche di inestimabile valore, e poi c’è l’aspetto paesaggistico che lascia il viaggiatore senza fiato, una terra ancestrale che nasconde angoli di superba bellezza autentici e incontaminati. Gli anni difficili della dittatura di Enver Hoxa, avevano  isolato per anni il paese dal resto dell’Europa lasciandolo in uno stato d’arretratezza e costringendolo a una corsa per mettersi alla pari con il resto dell’Europa, ma oggi l’Albania, ha superato gli anni bui ed è un piccolo gioiello, inserito tra le destinazioni emergenti del Mediterraneo. La Leggenda dell’Aquila L’Albania, in albanese Shqipëri  è conosciuta come la Terra delle Aquile, raffigurata anche sulla bandiera nazionale. Il nome è  legato ad un antico racconto popolare il quale narra che un giovane cacciando tra le montagne, vide un’Aquila maestosa volteggiare nell’aria serrando nel becco un serpente. Il rapace volò fin in in cima ad una rupe […]
                No alternative to Kosovo independence - US diplomat   
      The U.S., British, German, French and Italian representatives of the Contact Group for Kosovo have voiced support to the Kosovo settlement plan of Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Kosovo Marti Ahtisaari.
      Russia did not take part in the Contact Group meeting in Paris.
      There is no alternative to the Ahtisaari plan, said U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns.
      He said the Paris meeting was bound to confirm the European and U.S. support to the Ahtisaari plan. Europe and the United States should also be united in the drafting of a UN Security Council resolution, which will prepare the independence of Kosovo, and convince Russia that this is the only possible way, the diplomat said.
      In the words of Burns, Serbia lost Kosovo in 1999, and there is no way back.
      ``We wholly support the Ahtisaari proposals,'' a representative of the French Foreign Ministry said after the meeting. ``Yet, it is important for us to make this decision at the UN Security Council. It is necessary to ensure international presence in Kosovo, and that must be affirmed by a UN Security Council resolution.''
      ``We wished to find a solution at the Security Council from the very start, as we think that will meet the interests of the sides,'' the source said.
      ``We want to maintain close contact with Russia [in that process],'' the official added.
      Ahtisaari called for the immediate definition of the Kosovo status at the Italian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission in Rome.
      Time is running out, and more intensive efforts should be taken to evaluate all the positions and opinions and present them to the UN Security Council, he said. There is no alternative to the recognized independence of the southern province of Serbia, he said.
      At the same time, Ahtisaari said that the position of Kosovo Serbs, who firmly support the irreconcilable Belgrade, complicates the negotiations.
      It is possible to reach consent only if Russia agrees not to use the veto right in Kosovo debates at the UN Security Council, the envoy said. The only way out is Russia telling Belgrade that the question is closed and the independence of Kosovo is inevitable, while all the rights of the Serbian minority in Kosovo will be preserved, he said.
      Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema reaffirmed support to the Ahtisaari plan on Monday.
      Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin told a press conference following the G-8 summit in Heiligendamm that the Russian attitude to the Kosovo problem is based on international law and earlier decisions of the UN Security Council. The international law affirms the territorial integrity of states, while no one has repealed resolution 1244 of the UN Security Council, which clearly says that Kosovo is an inseparable part of Serbia, Putin said.
      ``They are trying to persuade us that it is possible to resolve the problem without concord of the conflicting sides, the Serbs,'' he said. ``This is wrong, as this fails to meet moral and legal norms.''
      ``We should be patient and cooperate with Kosovo Albanians and Serbs. We should stick to international legal principles and abstain from thrusting our will on other countries and peoples or humiliating them,'' Putin said.
                History in Making - President Bush in Albania - Kosovo to BecomeIndependent   


                Kosovo's prime minister hails Bush's independence remarks   
      PRISTINA: Kosovo's prime minister hailed comments by U.S. President George W. Bush Sunday that the disputed Serbian province of Kosovo should gain independence.

      A few hours after Bush spoke in neighboring Albania, Agim Ceku appealed to Kosovo's increasingly impatient ethnic Albanians to ensure the province remains peaceful while intensifying efforts for independence.

      "President Bush said that Kosovo's people need to be calm," Ceku told reporters. "The only realistic, pragmatic and possible solution is independence for Kosovo and the time for such solution is now."

      Bush said the discussions over Kosovo's independence cannot go on indefinitely.

      "At some point in time — sooner rather than later — you've got to say 'Enough is enough. Kosovo is independent' and that's the position we've taken," Bush said during a news conference in Tirana.

      Kosovo, a province of 2 million of which 90 percent are ethnic Albanians, has been run by the U.N. since mid-1999 when a NATO air war halted a crackdown by Serb forces on independence-seeking ethnic Albanian rebels.

      "President Bush confirmed and gave full support to Kosovo's independence, and in one way he declared Kosovo independent," said Ceku.

      The future of Kosovo has become another thorny issue in relations between U.S. and Russia.

      Russia, an ally of Serbia, contends independence would set a dangerous precedent for the world's other breakaway regions. Serbia also opposes statehood for Kosovo, which it sees as the heart of its historic homeland.
                Why Albania embraces Bush - The Christian Science Monitor   
      The largely Muslim country, one of Europe's poorest, sees the visit Sunday by President Bush as a reward for its support of the war on terror.

      By Nicole Itano | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

      TIRANA, Albania
      Dogged by protest for much of his European tour, President Bush received a warmer welcome Sunday in Albania, a former communist country eager to show that it remains one of America's staunchest allies.

      Tirana, the capital, was festooned with giant American flags and the president was greeted by Albanians in red-white-and-blue Uncle Sam top hats. Mr. Bush, the first sitting president to visit Albania, traveled down a boulevard renamed in his honor.

      "We have come to give our hearts to America and to President Bush to say that we are with them in the war on terrorism and we appreciate what they have done for Kosovo and for Albanians," says Arjanit Iljazi, a nurse who waited for hours to catch a glimpse of Bush in a central square Sunday morning.

      Albanians see this weekend's visit, the second-to-last stop on the president's Eastern European tour, as a reward for their country's staunch pro-American sentiment and its support of US antiterrorism efforts. It's sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, frozen the assets of suspected terrorist-financiers, and taken in eight former Guantánamo Bay detainees whom no other country would take in.

      "There is a strong feeling of gratefulness that the Albanian people nourish towards the United States, whether it be their politicians or people," says Ferit Hoxha, secretary general of the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

      Roots of pro-American sentiment

      The roots of Albanian pro-American sentiment, people here say, date to Woodrow Wilson's support of the country's independence after World War I and were cemented during the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo, a majority ethnic Albanian province of Serbia. Albanians also see the US as the strongest advocate for the independence of Kosovo, whose status is due to be reviewed by the UN Security Council this month.

      Although Albania's contribution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are numerically small – 120 troops in Mosul, and 30 in Afghanistan with an additional 110 to come soon – they have a symbolic importance for the US. The US sees Albania as a model of moderate Islam and religious tolerance. Officially 70 percent Muslim, the country has a strong secular ethos after nearly a quarter of a century of state-enforced atheism under communism.

      "I appreciated the fact that Albania is a model of religious tolerance," Bush said in a press conference with the Albanian prime minister. "And I appreciate the fact that Albania is a trusted friend and a strong ally."

      Even in mosques, they love US

      Pro-American sentiment is widespread here, even among Albania's Muslim faithful. At the historic Ottoman-era Ethem Bey mosque in central Tirana, the worshipers emerging from midday prayers last week said they welcomed President Bush.

      Few of the men were bearded and many of the women's heads were uncovered; during prayers they borrowed scarves from a plastic bag near the entrance.

      "We want better relations between the two countries," says the mosque's imam, Shaban Saliaj, who is also the mufti – the highest Sunni Muslim leader – of Tirana and looks very much like the professor of geophysics he once was. "Everyone is grateful for what the Americans did in Kosovo."

      Mr. Saliaj does not support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – the Koran forbids killing, he says – but still supports the US.

      On the streets, other Albanians expressed mixed opinions about the military campaigns there. But there is little public debate in Albania about their government's support of the wars, and it's difficult to find anyone in Tirana, politician or ordinary person, who has anything bad to say about America.

      "I think the sentiment is pro-American rather than pro-Bush," says Endri Fuga, director of communications for Mjaft! Movement, one of Albania's largest activist organizations. For many Albanians who remember communism, he says, America still represents the ideal of freedom and democracy.

      Poor country with high hopes

      During the communist era, Albania was perhaps the most isolated and underdeveloped country in Europe. The country is still one of the poorest on the continent, but since the end of communism in 1992 it has allied itself closely with America and Western Europe.

      The country hopes to gain NATO membership in 2008 and, eventually, to win a place in the European Union.

      Bush reiterated the United States' support of Albania's NATO bid and emphasized that he is committed to Kosovo gaining its independence.

      Seremb Gjergjaj, who drove more than six hours from Kosovo with friends in hopes of catching a glimpse of the president, says he came to thank Bush for America's support and that Kosovars would be patient.

      "We have a saying in Kosovo that good things come slow."
                Bush urges independence for Kosovo   
      By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago
      TIRANA, Albania - President Bush, getting a hero's welcome as the first American president to visit this Balkan nation, said Sunday that there cannot be endless dialogue about achieving independence for neighboring Kosovo.


      "Sooner rather than later you've got to say `Enough's enough. Kosovo's independent,'" Bush said during a news conference with the prime minister of this tiny, impoverished country.

      Bush's press for statehood was aimed at Russia and others that object to Kosovo's independence. Standing alongside Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Bush said any extension of talks on Kosovo must have "certain independence" as the goal.

      In response to Albania's push for NATO membership, Bush said additional political and military reforms were needed before that could be considered — something the country's leaders said they understood.

      "We are determined to take any decision, pass any law and undertake any reform to make Albania appropriate to receive the invitation" to join the western military alliance, Berisha said.

      When Bush arrived to begin his brief visit, the hills overlooking the capital boomed as military cannons fired a 21-gun salute, and thousands gathered in a downtown square on a brilliantly sunny day to see him and first lady Laura Bush.

      Huge banners proclaimed "Proud to be Partners" and billboards said "President Bush in Albania Making History." Red-white-and-blue paper top hats with stars on top were passed out to well-wishers.

      "It is a bright day today when in our land there came the greatest and most distinguished friend we have had in all our times, the president of the U.S.A., leader of the free world," Berisha said.

      Albania also issued three postage stamps with Bush's picture and the Statue of Liberty, and renamed a street in front of parliament in his honor.

      Bush said he was proud to be the first sitting American president to visit. "I love to come to countries that are working hard to establish institutions necessary for democracies to survive," he said.

      The issue of independence for the Serbian province of Kosovo is another issue on which the U.S. and Russia disagree.

      Russia, an ally of Serbia, contends independence for Kosovo would set a dangerous precedent for the world's other breakaway regions. Serbia also opposes statehood for Kosovo, which it sees as the heart of its historic homeland.

      The U.S. and key European countries that support Kosovo independence are trying to narrow differences with Russia over the future of Kosovo, which has been administered by the U.N. since a 1999 war between Serb forces and ethnic Albanian rebels. The U.N. Security Council is divided over the issue.

      Last month, the U.S. and European nations introduced a revised U.N. resolution supporting independence for Kosovo under international supervision, but it was immediately rejected by Russia — which hinted it would veto the measure.

      The new draft addressed Russia's concern that Kosovo's multiethnic character is preserved, but left out Russia's main proposal for new negotiations between the province's majority ethnic Albanians, who demand independence, and its minority Serbs, who want to remain part of Serbia.

      "I happen to believe it's important to push the process along," Bush said. "The time is now. ... Secretary (of State Condoleezza) Rice will be moving hard to see if we can't reach an agreement. If not, we're going to have to move. Independence is the goal."

      Russia also opposes NATO's spread into eastern Europe, and is concerned about the prospect that its neighbors Ukraine and Georgia may be brought into the western military alliance.

      Berisha said 93 percent of his country's people support NATO membership for Albania.

      Bush said he commended Berisha on Albania's progress on reforming its defense forces and meeting performance-based standards required for membership. "I look forward to welcoming you sometime into NATO," he said.

      But he said additional political and military reforms were needed, along with more progress in fighting organized crime and corruption. Berisha said he understood and is committed to making the changes.

      "I said, 'We're committed to help you,'" Bush said.

      In saluting Albania's democracy, Bush praised it as a country that has "cast off the shackles of a very oppressive society and is now showing the world what's possible."

      During the visit, Bush met with Albanian President Alfred Moisiu and greeted troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Albania recently decided to triple its deployment in Afghanistan to 140 troops. It also has about 120 troops in Iraq — a presence that Moisiu says will not end as long as Americans are engaged there.

      Bush also had lunch with the prime ministers of Albania, Macedonia and Croatia, which hope to join NATO next year.
                For One Visit, Bush Will Feel Pro-U.S. Glow - The New York Times   
      By CRAIG S. SMITH
      TIRANA, Albania, June 8 — The highlight of President Bush’s European tour may well be his visit on Sunday to this tiny country, one of the few places left where he can bask in unabashed pro-American sentiment without a protester in sight.

      Americans here are greeted with a refreshing adoration that feels as though it comes from another time.

      “Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world,” said Edi Rama, Tirana’s mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. “Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even in Michigan, he wouldn’t be as welcome.”

      Thousands of young Albanians have been named Bill or Hillary thanks to the Clinton administration’s role in rescuing ethnic Albanians from the Kosovo war. After the visit on Sunday, some people expect to see a rash of babies named George.

      So eager is the country to accommodate Mr. Bush that Parliament unanimously approved a bill last month allowing “American forces to engage in any kind of operation, including the use of force, in order to provide security for the president.” One newspaper, reporting on the effusive mood, published a headline that read, “Please Occupy Us!”

      There are, to be sure, signs that the rest of Europe is tilting a bit more in America’s direction, narrowing the gap between “old” and “new” Europe that opened with disagreements over the Iraq war.

      France’s new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, wants to forget the acrimony that marked his predecessor’s relations with the United States, even appointing a pro-American foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who supported the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

      Shortly after taking office, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany did “not have as many values in common with Russia as it does with America.” She has since proposed a new trans-Atlantic economic partnership that would get rid of many non-tariff barriers to trade.

      And Gordon Brown, who will succeed Tony Blair as Britain’s prime minister this month, has vacationed several times on Cape Cod and befriended a succession of Treasury officials. He is expected to maintain what Britons call the country’s “special relationship” with the United States, ahead of other American allies.

      So “old Europe” has warmed toward the United States, although there has been no fundamental shift toward more American-friendly policies. But even in “new Europe,” as the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe have been called, Albania is special.

      Much of Eastern Europe has grown more critical of Mr. Bush, worried that the antimissile defense shield he is pushing will antagonize Russia and lead to another cold war. Many Eastern Europeans, Czechs and Poles among them, are also angry that the United States has maintained cumbersome visa requirements even though their countries are now members of the European Union.

      But here in Albania, which has not wavered in its unblinking support for American policies since the end of the cold war, Mr. Bush can do no wrong. While much of the world berates Mr. Bush for warmongering, unilateralism, trampling civil liberties and even turning a blind eye to torture, Albania still loves him without restraint.

      Mr. Bush will be the first sitting American president to visit the country, and his arrival could not come on a more auspicious day: the eighth anniversary of the start of Serbian troop withdrawals from Kosovo and ratification by the United Nations Security Council of the American-brokered peace accord that ended the fighting. Mr. Bush is pushing the Security Council to approve a plan that would lead to qualified Kosovo independence.

      Albanians are pouring into the capital from across the region. Hotel rooms are as scarce as anti-American feelings.

      Albanians’ support for the war in Iraq is nearly unanimous, and any perceived failings of American foreign policy are studiously ignored. A two-day effort to find anyone of prominence who might offer some criticism of the United States turned up just one name, and that person was out of the country.

      Every school child in Albania can tell you that President Woodrow Wilson saved Albania from being split up among its neighbors after World War I, and nearly every adult repeats the story when asked why Albanians are so infatuated with the United States.

      James A. Baker III was mobbed when he visited the country as secretary of state in 1991. There was even a move to hold a referendum declaring the country America’s 51st state around that time.

      “The excitement among Albanians over this visit is immeasurable, beyond words,” said Albania’s new foreign minister, Lulzim Basha, during an interview in his office, decorated with an elegant portrait of Faik Konica, who became the first Albanian ambassador to the United States in 1926. “We truly believe that this is a historic moment that people will look back on decades later and talk about what it meant for the country.”

      Mr. Bush’s visit is a reward for Albania’s unflinching performance as an unquestioning ally. The country was among the first American allies to support Washington’s refusal to submit to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. It was one of the first countries to send troops to Afghanistan and one of the first to join the forces in Iraq. It has soldiers in both places.

      “They will continue to be deployed as long as the Americans are there,” Albania’s president, Alfred Moisiu, said proudly in an interview.

      Most recently, the country has quietly taken several former detainees from the base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, off the Bush administration’s hands when sending them to their home countries was out of the question. There are eight so far, and Mr. Moisiu said he is open to accepting more.

      Mr. Rama, Tirana’s mayor, says he is offended when Albania’s pro-Americanism is cast as an expression of “provincial submission.”

      “It’s not about being blind,” he said, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Great Seal of the United States. “The U.S. is something that is really crucial for the destiny of the world.”

      The pro-American feeling has strayed into government-commercial relations. The Albanian government has hired former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as a consultant on a range of issues, including the implementation of a national identity card.

      Many people questioned the procedures under which a joint venture led by Bechtel won Albania’s largest public spending project ever, a contract to build a highway linking Albania and Kosovo. President Moisiu said state prosecutors were now looking at the deal.

      In preparation for Mr. Bush’s six-hour visit, Tirana has been draped in American flags and banners that proclaim, “Proud to be Partners.” A portrait of Mr. Bush hangs on the “Pyramid,” a cultural center in the middle of town that was built as a monument to Albania’s Communist strongman, Enver Hoxha. State television is repeatedly playing a slickly produced spot in which Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomes Mr. Bush in English.

      What Mr. Bush will get in return from the visit is the sight of cheering crowds in a predominantly Muslim nation. When asked by an Albanian reporter before leaving Washington what came to mind when he thought of Albania, Mr. Bush replied, “Muslim people who can live at peace.”

      Albania is about 70 percent Muslim, with large Orthodox and Catholic populations. To underscore the country’s history of tolerance, President Moisiu will present Mr. Bush with the reproduction of an 18th-century Orthodox icon depicting the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus flanked by two mosques.

      “President Bush is safer in Albania than in America,” said Ermin Gjinishti, a Muslim leader in Albania.

      Tim Golden contributed reporting from Tirana, and Alan Cowell from London.
                Opponents of new Kosovo must be stopped - Joseph Biden   
      By Joseph Biden
      Published: January 2 2007 19:12 | Last updated: January 2 2007 19:12
      Years of hand-wringing and chest-thumping over the future status of Kosovo may finally be drawing to a close. In the next few months, adroit diplomacy to secure Kosovo’s independence could yield a victory for Muslim democracy, a better future for south-east Europe and validation for the judicious use of American power.

      But along with the potential for triumph in Kosovo, there is a growing risk that Serbia and Russia will conspire to seize defeat from the jaws of victory. Extremists in Belgrade and Moscow are – for very different reasons – hoping to use Russia’s United Nations Security Council veto to quash Kosovo’s bid for independence. If they succeed, the Balkans will emerge as another source of bad news in a world already crowded with crises.


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      During the seven years since Nato ended Slobodan Milosevic’s reign of terror in Kosovo, a UN-backed administration has largely succeeded in bringing stability to the province. However, Kosovo’s people are justifiably tired of a status quo marked by uncertainty and economic privation. These two intertwined problems will continue so long as the debate over the province’s future remains unresolved. Its ambiguous status is also leading to stagnation in Serbia.

      Nationalist politicians in Belgrade have embraced the fight against Kosovo’s independence to divert public attention from their own failures and Serbia’s stalled bid for European Union membership. The actions of Vojislav Kostunica, Serbia’s prime minister, have been particularly disappointing. In addition to refusing international requests to call for the arrest of war crimes fugitives Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, Mr Kostunica has rejected every attempt at compromise on Kosovo. Serbia’s moral authority on the issue hit a new low in October when the 1.5m ethnic Albanian residents of the province were denied the right to vote in a deeply flawed constitutional referendum that declared Kosovo an integral part of Serbia.

      To their great credit, the people of Serbia have proved more realistic about Kosovo than their elected leaders. Opinion polls show that many Serbs foresee that the province will gain independence. Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, meanwhile, overwhelmingly expect to sever ties with Serbia. With citizens on both sides of the issue ready to finish the debate and move on to more constructive challenges, leaders who block a solution will do so at their peril.

      Historically, trouble in the Balkans is almost always the result of false expectations. On the whole, the citizens of south-east Europe are mentally prepared for an independent Kosovo.

      If Belgrade postpones a settlement it will reopen the issue for many Serbs previously resigned to Kosovo’s independence and further inflame frustrations among the region’s ethnic Albanians. The result could be a return of the mob violence that shook Kosovo in March 2004.

      A Russian effort to delay a deal on Kosovo would be in keeping with the Kremlin’s habit of fostering weak, subservient governments in formerly communist states. Moscow has apparently reached the conclusion that impoverished, unstable regimes are easier targets for manipulation than prosperous, independent countries. It has made extensive, public use of oil and gas diplomacy to undermine the budding democracies of eastern Europe. Less attention has focused on the Kremlin’s quiet efforts to exacerbate territorial conflicts in Georgia, Moldova and Azerbaijan. Serbia could become the latest victim of this strategy.

      Kosovo is not ready for full sovereignty. Even after independence, Nato and the international community will need to provide security guarantees for Kosovo’s minorities and strengthen its economy and institutions. But it is time to grant the province independence. The longer the status debate continues, the further Kosovo and Serbia will fall behind other rapidly progressing former Yugoslav republics such as Croatia and Slovenia.

      Success in Kosovo, if realised, will have implications far beyond the Balkans. A responsible Russian approach to the issue could demonstrate the Kremlin’s commitment to global order at a time when its credibility is in tatters. The people of Kosovo – already the most pro-American in the Islamic world – will provide a much-needed example of a successful US-Muslim partnership. Stability in south-east Europe would be a welcome bit of good news and offer hope in a season of tremendous foreign policy challenges.



      The writer is the incoming Democratic chairman of the US Senate foreign relations committee

      Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2000
                VOA NEWS: NEW REPORT CALLS FOR CREATION OF DEFENSE FORCE FOR KOSOVO   
      WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- The Voice of America issued the following story:

      By Barry Wood

      As the disputed Serbian province of Kosovo heads for resolution of its uncertain status after seven years as a United Nations protectorate, a U.N. study says the territory should have a multi-ethnic defense force.

      Retired British Brigadier General Tony Welch says that, assuming Kosovo becomes independent, it will need a small defense force. General Welch, with long experience in peacekeeping in the Balkans, says it would be a mistake to transform the 5,000 - strong national guard, a former guerrilla force called the Kosovo Protection Corps, into a national army. He says the size of a defense force should be limited.

      "We are suggesting no more than 2,500 people in all [to be the national defense force], very small, to be recruited from across the population of Kosovo, with no bars ethnically to anyone, no bars to current members of the Kosovo Protection Corps applying for posts within the defense force, but no right to posts within the defense force," said General Welch.

      General Welch says the Kosovo defense force should be trained and equipped by NATO, which is currently responsible for security in Kosovo. Upon creation of a national army, General Welch says, the almost exclusively ethnic-Albanian Kosovo Protection Corps should be disbanded.

      The full report on Kosovo's security arrangements will be released in December. Its contents were previewed at a forum hosted by Washington's U.S. Institute of Peace.

      Kosovo's former administrator, Soren Jessen-Petersen, a fellow at the institute, says stability in Kosovo and the wider Balkan region is contingent on an early determination of Kosovo's status.

      The United Nations envoy in charge of status negotiations is expected to present his report, likely calling for conditional independence, in late January. Kosovo's 90 percent ethnic Albanian majority wants independence, an outcome rejected by Serbia.

      Jessen-Petersen says economic recovery in the province requires clarity on status.

      "There are many reasons why we need status [determination]," said Soren Jessen-Petersen. "We need it without any further delay. But, certainly when you look at what are the biggest security concerns - economy and unemployment - they require status. They require clarity. Let us get it done sooner rather than later."

      Jessen-Petersen says delay is the greatest threat to regional security. Other participants said Kosovo will be secure only when minority Serbs are secure. A repeat of the anti-Serb riots of 2004, they said, would be disastrous.
                No More Delays for Kosovo - The New York Times   
      For the past seven years, the tiny Balkan region of Kosovo has been in limbo. Administered by the United Nations, it is not an independent state. But it is no longer a province of Serbia. That ended after Serbia’s rulers tried to kill or drive out Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians — and NATO went to war to save them.

      Limbos are not stable. And the U.N. mediator in talks on the region, Martti Ahtisaari, was expected to announce by the end of this year that it was time to start Kosovo on the path to closely monitored independence. Instead, he put off the decision until after Serbia’s parliamentary elections — scheduled for January — for fear of bolstering Serbian ultranationalists. This postponement, only the most recent of many, should be the last.

      After the 1999 war there has never been a realistic possibility of rejoining Kosovo and Serbia. Kosovo was supposed to earn independence by proving its willingness to govern responsibly and to protect its ethnic Serb minority. A lot more needs to be done on both those fronts.

      But the United Nations has limited patience to keep administering Kosovo, and without the stability of statehood there will be no foreign investment and the beleaguered economy will not improve. Lack of economic prospects is feeding Albanian nationalism, and until Kosovo’s status is settled, anger will remain close to the surface.

      Even as it moves Kosovo toward statehood, the U.N. should keep a substantial military and advisory presence there, both to ensure the rights of the Serb minority and to encourage democratic development.

      Belgrade will always object to Kosovo’s independence. The best chance of moderating its reaction is the promise of eventual membership in the European Union and a clear warning that Europe will be watching how it treats its new neighbor. The Kosovars should be clear that donors and everyone else will be watching just as closely to see how they treat their own Kosovar Serbs.
                Kosovo must not 'drag down' EU aspirant Serbia: Swedish FM   
      The question of Kosovo's future status must not be allowed to harm Serbia in its bid to join the European Union, visiting Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Thursday."The issue of Kosovo should not be allowed to drag Serbia down, Serbia should move forward to join the rest of the European countries," Bildt said after talks with Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic.Bildt said the solution for the future status of the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo should be "sustainable" and "in the interest of the entire region".Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of its population, are calling for independence but Belgrade has only offered the southern province wide-ranging autonomy.Draskovic himself warned that the possible independence of Kosovo could destabilise Serbia as well as the whole Balkan region, and insisted that Belgrade and Pristina's rival stances were not irreconcilable."It is necessary to bridge Serbia's legitimate request not to breach its territorial integrity and fulfill justified and legitimate demands by (Kosovo) Albanians," Draskovic told reporters."But I will never consider legitimate a demand to create another Albanian state in the Balkans," said Draskovic.Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since 1999, when a NATO bombing campaign ended a crackdown by Belgrade forces on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians. It is still technically a part of Serbia.The UN's top Kosovo mediator, Martti Ahtisaari, said last week he would wait to reveal his plans for the future of the province until after Serbian general elections on January 21, delaying the previous end-of-year deadline.
                UN readies Kosovo exit stragegy   
      The United Nations said Wednesday it has started planning its strategy to exit Kosovo as a decision nears on the future status of the ethnic-Albanian majority province.The UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said the measures it was planning would ensure "a smooth and orderly transition" of its responsibilities to international institutions and local authorities."The joint international and local planning work now under way is essential to prepare" for the transition to the future authorities in Kosovo, UNMIK spokesman Neeraj Singh told reporters."Prudent, responsible planning for the transition will now intensify through a series of working groups that will be formed in areas including civil administration, economy, property, governance, security, legal transition, budget and rule of law," he said.Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since mid-1999, after a NATO bombing campaign ousted Serbian forces from the province because of a brutal crackdown against ethnic Albanians.Still formally a part of Serbia, its future status had been due to be resolved by the end of the year but last week was delayed until after Serbian elections on January 21.The United Nations has come under strong criticism for its heavily bureaucratic administration in Kosovo, which is estimated to have cost around 1.3 billion dollars a year.A European Union-led team of diplomats told AFP earlier this month that it had already begun planning the future role for the international community in Kosovo.
                Poland backs 'free and independent' Kosovo: Albanian president   
      Poland backs a "free and independent" Kosovo, Albanian President Albert Moisiu said Tuesday following a meeting with his Polish opposite number Lech Kaczynski."I was pleased to hear that President Kaczynski, Poland and the Polish nation are ready to support us in favour of stability in the Balkans, and for the freedom and independence of Kosovo," Moisiu told reporters during a joint press conference with Kaczynski.Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of the small Serbian province's population, are demanding independence while Serbia is only prepared to grant the UN-administered region autonomy.The province has been run by a UN mission since 1999, when a NATO bombing campaign ended a crackdown in Kosovo by Belgrade.On Monday, European Union policy chief Javier Solana had said that a decision on the status of Kosovo should be delayed until after Serbia held legislative elections in January, to take the wind out the sails of Serbian hardliners.The Serbian parliament last week passed a new constitution -- backed by voters in a referendum -- that defines the province as an "integral" part of Serbia, but a final UN proposal is expected to grant Kosovo sovereignty.Kaczynski said that Albania played a "stablising role" in the troubled Balkan region and seemed "close" to joining NATO."But the road to European Union membership seems more difficult," he said, although he reaffirmed Poland's support of an "open-door" policy for potential new members of the 25-nation European bloc.Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004, after more than a decade of preparations following the collapse of communist rule.
                Albania says postponing resolution of Kosovo's status threatens regional stability   
      Postponing a resolution of Kosovo's future status could threaten regional stability, the Albanian prime minister said Tuesday, while urging Kosovo Albanians to support their negotiating team.The U.N.'s special enjoy for Kosovo said Friday he would delay issuing a report on the province's future until after Serbia held elections in January.Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that could cause trouble. "Further postponement of Kosovo's final status at this delicate moment complicates the situation, stability in Kosovo and the region," he said. Negotiators initially had hoped to resolve the issue by the end of this year.Albania has been the strongest supporter of independence for Kosovo, demanded by the province's ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of its population.Serbia wants to keep at least some control over the province, and last month approved adopting a new constitution declaring Kosovo an integral part of its territory.Albania has said Serbia's new constitutional claim over Kosovo was unacceptable, and Berisha dismissed the Serbian referendum again Tuesday, telling reporters that "independent, free and democratic Kosovo is the condition for peace and stability" in both the province and the region.Berisha also appealed to the six-nation Contact Group participating in status talks, as well as the European Union, to rule out any change to Kosovo's borders, which he said "would encourage adventurers and demons of all Balkan nationalisms to ... turn the Balkans back to its darkest times."Kosovo Albanians should support their political leadership, which he said had "decisively protected Kosovo citizens' European national interests."Since the end of the war between Serb military forces and separatists in the southern province in 1999, the predominantly ethnic Albanian territory has been run by a U.N. administration and patrolled by NATO peacekeepers.
                Decision on Kosovan independence to be postponed: Delay prompted by fears over Serbian nationalism Proposal to be announced after Belgrade elections   
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      The international powers have put off deciding to impose independence on Kosovo in an attempt to forestall extreme nationalists coming to power in Serbia.Serbia yesterday announced early elections for January 21, with the extreme nationalist Radical party tipped to emerge as the strongest party. Simultaneously in Vienna, the UN envoy for Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari of Finland, and diplomats from the US, Europe and Russia went back on earlier pledges to resolve Kosovo's status this year. They said they would wait until after the Serbian ballot before making public their recommendations.Kosovo, which has an Albanian majority, is formally part of Serbia but won an independence war in 1999 when the Serbian authorities were driven out by Nato. Since then it has been under UN control.Mr Ahtisaari has been negotiating with the Serbs and Albanians since February in a vain attempt to find a settlement. Since there is no prospect of agreement, he is to propose to the UN security council that the international community impose his recommendations. "I have decided to present my proposal for the settlement of Kosovo's status to the parties without delay after parliamentary elections in Serbia," Mr Ahtisaari said in Vienna.Serbian officials have been trying to delay a decision on Kosovo and are waging a ferocious campaign warning of the risks to international stability of an independent Kosovo. Last month the prime minister, Vojislav Kostunica, rushed through a new constitution proclaiming Kosovo forever part of Serbia. The Kosovo issue will dominate the election campaign.In a study of the new constitution this week, the International Crisis Group thinktank said that Serbia was turning its back on mainstream liberal democracy in Europe and reverting to a role as a nationalist, authoritarian seat of instability in the Balkans.Mr Ahtisaari, strongly backed by the US and Britain, is certain to recommend that Serbia lose Kosovo, although the province's independence will be hedged with conditions that fall short of full sovereignty for some time to come. Tensions are rising as the deadline for a decision nears. Any longer postponement risks an explosion of frustration among Kosovo's two million Albanians.Ethnic Albanians in Pristina, Kosovo's capital. Kosovo has an Albanian majority
                Kosovo PM prepared to declare independence unilaterally   
      Kosovo could unilaterally declare independence if talks with Belgrade fail to answer the demands of its ethnic Albanian majority, the prime minister of the Serbian province said Thursday."This is not a threat. We see this as a possibility. Kosovo will certainly be an independent country," prime minister Agim Ceku told reporters."Of course, we prefer this to happen through a resolution of the (UN) Security Council, which will have a wide support," Ceku added.The negotiations on the future status of the southern Serbian province, administered by the United Nations since June 1999, began in February under the auspices of the UN.Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, who make up around 90 percent of the province's two million population, are seeking independence from Serbia.But the government in Belgrade and Kosovo's Serb minority insist the province -- which they consider the cradle of Serbian culture and history -- should only be granted greater autonomy.Meanwhile, Ceku's deputy Lutfi Haziri, together with opposition leader Veton Surroi, visited the Serb-populated enclave of Gracanica near the capital Pristina, in a bid to convince Kosovo Serbs to accept the government's option for Kosovo's future status.Haziri presented the plan to form a new municipality that would group Gracanica and all villages around it, with some 18,000 inhabitants."Kosovo Serbs will have competencies in the departments of healthcare, education, public services, infrastructure, culture and sport," Haziri told a small audience of several dozen Serbs.Most of some 6,000 Serbs living in Gracanica, about eight kilometers (five miles) southeast of Pristina, have boycotted ethnic Albanian officials.Randjel Nojkic, a local Serb representative, said it was "too late" to hold such meetings between ethnic Albanian officials and the Serbs."Serbs do not have confidence in Kosovo institutions," he said.Serbs also protested over the government's move to shut down transmitters for two Serbian mobile phone providers, located in Gracanica and other Serb-populated enclaves, saying they were set up illegally."How can you believe their promises for our bright future in independent Kosovo, when they remove these antennas that are our only connection with Serbia," said revolted Nada Vojicic, 46-year-old housewife.Since 1999, some 200,000 Serbs have fled the province fearing attacks from ethnic Albanian hardliners. Those who have remained live in enclaves under heavy protection from NATO troops.On Thursday, a 53-year-old Serb was wounded in his house in the village of Letnica in eastern Kosovo.Police arrested three ethnic Albanian suspects. Two were released after questioning, but the third remains in detention.Belgrade lost control of Kosovo in 1999 after a 78-day NATO bombing campaign halted a crackdown by Serbian forces against independence-seeking ethnic Albanian guerrillas.
                EU urges Serbia to cooperate with U.N. effort to resolve status for Kosovo   
      The European Union urged Serbia on Wednesday to "take a constructive approach" in negotiating the future of its breakaway Kosovo province and said it must cooperate with the U.N.'s war crimes tribunal if it wants closer ties with the EU.Serbia and its Balkan neighbors must also do more to tackle corruption and step up political and reforms needed to prepare them for eventual EU membership, according to the EU's annual progress reports on the prospects of would-be EU members."I trust that Serbian citizens as well as political leaders now focus less on the nationalist past and more on the European future, that's best for Serbia, that's best for the western Balkans," EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn told reporters after the release of the EU reports."On Kosovo, we expect Serbia to take a constructive approach," he added.The EU's report on Serbia reiterated that steps toward eventual membership were suspended until Serbia proves it is fully cooperating with the U.N. war crimes tribunal and hands over top war crimes suspect Gen. Ratko Mladic.The report said the EU was also concerned over Serbia's new constitution, warning it did not fully guarantee judges' independence. It also called on Belgrade to intensify its fight against corruption and ensure full civilian control over its armed forces.On Kosovo, the EU report acknowledged that the focus on the sensitive status negotiations led by the U.N. "has delayed significant reform efforts."It said the province's administration "remains weak, affecting the rule of law," adding that judicial bodies there have made "little progress" in civil and criminal justice.Separate reports were also released on Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.On Croatia already opened entry talks with the EU last year and hopes to join in 2009. However, the report said there was "considerable scope" for improving the nation's judicial system and its fight against corruption. It also called on Zagreb to ensure better protection of minorities and to solve its border dispute with EU member Slovenia.Croatia's President Stipe Mesic said the critical report on his country showed it had to follow through on reforms. "It is easy to pass the laws, but it is much harder to implement them," he said in Zagreb. "It all depends on us."The EU warned Macedonia over its problems with corruption. It said reforms must go faster, if wants to get a starting date for membership talks.
                Kosovo's future status must be made clear: EU commissioner   
      DATELINE: BRUSSELS, Nov 8 2006

      Kosovo's future status should be legally and politically clear so the separatist Serbian region can sign agreements with the European Union, EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said Wednesday."The precise contents and concept of the future status should be legally and politically a clear status so that Kosovo would have especially treaty-making powers, for instance, with the EU," Rehn said.Such an outcome would allow the EU and Kosovo to negotiate a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), the first step to EU membership, he told reporters after the publication of annual reports on EU membership hopefuls.It would also allow for EU-Kosovo negotiations on visa agreements.A status settlement "will give further impetus for the Kosovo authorities to progress on the reforms that are needed in the key areas of the rule of law, economy, and public administration," the Commission said in its report."Minority rights remain a vital issue, as is the participation of minorities in Kosovo's institutions," it added.Serbia has its own SAA agreement with the EU but it has been frozen until Belgrade improves its cooperation with the United Nations war crimes court.The UN's special envoy for Kosovo, former Finnish leader Martti Ahtisaari, has been in negotiations with Serb and Kosovo officials in a bid to define the status of the breakaway province, inhabited mainly by ethnic Albanians.Ahtisaari is expected, before the end of the year, to present the UN with recommendations on Kosovo's future, after eight months of talks faltered between the Serbian government and leaders of the province's ethnic-Albanian majority.Media reports have suggested that he will propose offering limited sovereignty.However UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said in a newspaper interview over the weekend that the talks on the future of Kosovo could drag on into 2007."Ahtisaari must be careful that the issue of the final status of Kosovo is not used for electoral purposes," Annan said, referring to the Serbian government's plan to hold an early general election in December.And on Monday the United States indicated it would agree to pushing back the end-of-year deadline.The Serbian government opposed independence for Kosovo and recently called on Ahtisaari to stand down, accusing him of seeking to impose a predetermined solution before the end of negotiations.Kosovo has been managed by the UN since 1999, when a 78-day NATO bombing campaign halted a crackdown by Serbian forces against Kosovo's separatist Albanian rebels.
                UN Administrator Dismisses Fears Northern Kosovo Will Secede   
      A NATO peacekeeper

      The status of conflict-riven Kosovo, the UN-administered Serbian province that is 90 percent ethnic Albanian, is being considered by an international envoy who has spent nearly a year searching in vain for common ground between Serbs and Albanians. VOA's Barry Wood visited the northern city of Mitrovica, home to many of the remaining 120,000 Serbs who comprise a small minority of Kosovo's population.

      Kosovo is quiet now but NATO-led peacekeepers are on guard against any recurrence of the kind of anti-Serb riots that erupted in 2004. Kosovo's status could be decided shortly. Ethnic Albanians demand independence, Serbs oppose it.

      Nowhere is mistrust and ethnic separation deeper than in decaying Mitrovica, a once flourishing mining center now divided by the Ibar River into a Serbian north and an Albanian south.

      Jeta Xharra is a journalist and filmmaker, part of a team that produced an acclaimed video ("Does Any Body Have a Plan?") on Kosovo's future.


      Jeta Xharra
      "The worst case scenario is that the north is so upset--whatever the solution. If Kosovo is declared independent, the north (could) declare itself independent. That's the worst case scenario."

      About half of Kosovo's Serbs--and only a few Albanians--live in north Mitrovica and the wide strip of territory that leads up to the Serbian border. The UN rejects any partition and yet it is very much in the minds of the local population.

      Gerard Gallucci, the UN administrator of Mitrovica, says partition won't happen. "I don't think there is any real prospect of that. I don't think anyone wants it. I don't think the Serb leadership wants it. I know the Kosovo Albanian leadership doesn't want it."


      Gerard Gallucci
      Gallucci admits that ethnic reconciliation is a long way off. But he's hopeful that Serbs and Albanians can cooperate on practical matters like municipal services. He supports decentralized local government as a means of building trust. "Decentralization simply means strong local rule in areas in which local people want to control their own lives, whether they're Serb or Albanian. I don't think anyone is explaining that to anybody, unfortunately, here in Kosovo."

      Gallucci complains that because there has been little public education on the issue, many Albanians are suspicious that decentralization is a code word for partition.

      Ethnic Albanian filmmaker Jeta Xharra supports decentralization and says that for Serbs to feel secure they need an urban center like north Mitrovica.

      "Of course, it is sad that Serbs can't come to all the urban centers where they used to be, but unfortunately the reality is such that northern Kosovo is going to remain a largely Serb inhabited urban center," says Xharra.

      For now Mitrovica and its bridge over the Ibar remain symbols of division and uncertainty. Serbs to the north, ethnic Albanian on the south, with UN police keeping the peace.
                Montenegro's PM Rejects Serb Criticism Of Kosovo Meeting   
      PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP)--Montenegro's government leader Tuesday rejected Serbia's criticism about his recent meeting with the separatist leader of Kosovo, the breakaway province whose future status is being discussed in U.N.- mediated talks.

      Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said he saw no problem in meeting last week with Agim Ceku, the ethnic Albanian leader of Kosovo, which has been an international protectorate since the 1998-99 war there between Serb troops and the separatist rebels.

      "I absolutely reject any objections from Serbia concerning Ceku's visit...we did not discuss Kosovo's future status," said Djukanovic, following accusations by Serbian officials that receiving Ceku was a "stab in the back" to Serbia's efforts to prevent Kosovo's secession.

      Serbia's leadership has said that accepting Ceku as a visiting statesman meant Montenegro's readiness to recognize Kosovo as a state.

      Talks over Kosovo's future are under way under the auspices of the U.N., Western powers and Russia. The province has been run by the U.N. and NATO since 1999 when the alliance's bombing forced Serbs to halt their crackdown on the separatists and pull out.

      The crackdown was led by former Serb leader, Slobodan Milosevic, who was toppled in 2000 by pro-democracy politicians. The new leadership contends that, despite Milosevic's devastating brutality in Kosovo, Serbs cannot give up completely on the southern province, considered Serbia's historic heartland.

      "It's an inertia of old, failed policies," Djukanovic said about the comments from Belgrade. "Whatever Kosovo becomes in the future, it borders Montenegro" and needs good relations with neighbors.

      Montenegro itself declared independence from Serbia earlier this year. Belgrade did not contest that move because Montenegro was a partner republic from the old Yugoslav federation, but insists that Kosovo is not entitled to the same.

      Ceku declared after his Friday meeting with Djukanovic that Kosovo would follow in Montenegro's steps.

      Djukanovic himself is expected to step down as Montenegro's prime minister Wednesday.

      His Democratic Party of Socialists triumphed in recent elections, but Djukanovic -for years the most powerful figure in Montenegro -said he would not seek a third term and has hand-picked a trusted aide, Justice Minister Zeljko Sturanovic, as his successor.
                7/1/2017: News: Albanian gangster drug fear   
      VICIOUS Albanian drug-dealing gangs pose a “significant” threat on Britain’s streets. The ruthless cartels have a “high-level influence” on the supply of cocaine, police chiefs have warned. A report by the National Crime Agency said: “The threat...
                Perjanjian-Perjanjian dan Kebijakan Pasca PD II   
      a.Perjanjian Sekutu–Jerman (Perjanjian Postdam)
      Jerman merupakan salah satu negara “Pact Poros” yang hancur dalam PD II dan telah menyerah kepada sekutu pada tanggal 7 Mei 1945. AS,Uni Soviet, dan Inggris membicarakan tentang pembagian Jerman, denazifikasi, dan demiliterisasi Jerman. Perjanjian Sekutu–Jerman ditentukan oleh Harry S.Truman (Presiden Amerika Serikat), Josep Stalin (Presiden Uni Soviet), dan Clement Richard Attlee (Perdana Menteri Inggris) dalam Konferensi Postdam (2 Agustus 1945). Konferensi Postdam berisi, antara lain sebagai berikut.
      1. Jerman yang dikuasai oleh empat negara Sekutu dibagi dua, yaitu Jerman Timur dan Jerman Barat. Jerman Timur, 1 zona dikuasai oleh Uni Soviet, sedangkan Jerman Barat, 3 zona dikuasai oleh Amerika Serikat, Inggris, dan Prancis.
      2. Kota Berlin yang terletak di tengah daerah pendudukan Uni Soviet juga dibagi dua. Berlin Timur diduduki oleh Uni Soviet dan Berlin Barat dikuasai oleh Amerika Serikat, Inggris, dan Prancis.
      3. Wilayah Danziq dan daerah Jerman di sebelah timur Sungai Oder dan Niesse diberikan kepada Polandia.
      4. Demiliterisasi bagi Jerman.
      5. Penjahat perang harus dihukum.
      6. Jerman harus membayar kerugian perang.
      b.Perjanjian Sekutu–Jepang (Perjanjian San Francisco)
      Perjanjian Sekutu–Jepang dilakukan di San Fransisco pada tahun 1945. Perjanjian tersebut berisi, sebagai berikut.
      1. Kepulauan Jepang diperintah oleh tentara pendudukan Amerika Serikat (untuk sementara).
      2. Kepulauan Kuril dan Sakhalin Selatan diserahkan kepada Uni Soviet, sedangkan Manchuria dan Taiwan diserahkan kepada Cina. Kepulauan Jepang di Pasifik diserahkan kepada Amerika Serikat. Korea akan dimerdekakan dan untuk sementara waktu dibagi dua wilayah pendudukan dengan batas 38° lintang utara. Di bagian utara diduduki Uni Soviet, sedangkan di selatan dikuasai oleh Amerika Serikat.
      3. Penjahat perang harus dihukum.
      4. Jepang harus membayar ganti rugi perang.
      c.Perjanjian Sekutu dengan Negara Lainnya
      Selain mengadakan perjanjian dengan Jerman dan Jepang, sekutu juga mengadakan perjanjian dengan negara-negara lain yang kalah berperang dalam Perang Dunia II.
      1. Perjanjian Sekutu–Italia dilaksanakan di Paris pada tahun 1945 dengan beberapa keputusan, antara lain sebagai berikut.
      • Wilayah Italia diperkecil.
      • Triastie menjadi negara merdeka di bawah perwalian PBB.
      • Abbesynia dan Albania memperoleh kemerdekaannya kembali.
      • Semua jajahan Italia dan Afrika Utara dikuasai Inggris.
      • Italia harus membayar ganti rugi akibat perang yang ditimbulkannya.
      2. Perjanjian Sekutu–Austria dilaksanakan di Austria pada tahun 1945 dengan berbagai keputusan, antara lain sebagai berikut.
      • Kota Wina dibagi menjadi empat wilayah pendudukan dan dikuasai oleh Amerika Serikat, Inggris, Prancis, dan Uni Soviet.
      • Persyaratan lain menyusul karena belum ada keputusan dan persetujuan dari keempat negara pemenang Perang Dunia II di Wina.
      3. Perjanjian Sekutu dengan Hongaria, Rumania, Bulgaria, dan Finlandia ditentukan di Paris tahun 1945 dengan beberapa keputusan yang pada intinya sama, yaitu:
      a)setiap negara wilayahnya diperkecil;
      b)setiap negara harus mengganti biaya perang.




      Doktrin Truman
      Tahun 1947, pendukung komunis di Yunani dan Turki semakin kuat, sehingga sangat mengkhawatirkan Inggris dan Amerika. Dalam rapat antara pejabat Departemen Luar Negeri dengan para anggota Kongres, Wakil Menteri Luar Negeri, Dean Acheson, menyampaikan, bahwa apabila Yunani dan Turki jatuh ke tangan komunis, maka komunisme akan menjalar ke Iran dan bahkan sampai ke India. Di sinilah munculnya domino theory (teori domino). Truman menyatakan, bahwa apabila ada satu negara jatuh ke bawah pengaruh komunis, maka negara-negara tetangganya akan juga akan terancam jatuh ke tangan komunis, seperti layaknya dalam permainan kartu domino. Oleh karena itu, dia sangat gigih dalam memerangi komunis di seluruh dunia.Pada 12 Maret 1947, Presiden Harry S. Truman meminta persetujuan Kongres untuk memberikan dana kepada Yunani dan Turki sebesar 400 juta Dollar, guna menghancurkan komunis di kedua negara tersebut. Truman menyampaikan doktrinnya, yang kemudian dikenal sebagai The Truman Doctrin (Doktrin Truman), yang menjadi pedoman politik luar negeri AS untuk 40 tahun berikutnya. Inti doktrin ini adalah policy of containment ( containment = pembendungan) atau mengisolasi Uni Sovyet secara politik dan ideologi, dan AS akan menghadang komunisme di manapun di seluruh dunia.



      Marshall Plan
      Pada bulan Juni 1947, AS menyusun Marshall Plan yang dirancang oleh Menteri Luar Negeri AS, George Marshall, sebagai bagian dari kebijakan untuk membendung upaya Uni Sovyet dalam mempengaruhi negara-negara Eropa yang sedang dalam kesulitan finansial. Kongres AS menyetujui dana sebesar 12 milyar Dollar untuk program Mashall Plan, di mana dalam kenyataannya hanya dikucurkan kepada negara-negara Eropa Barat dan Yugoslavia, yang tidak ikut menjadi anggota Pakta Warsawa (kubu Uni Sovyet). Sedangkan negara-negara Eropa Timur lainnya yang berada di bawah kekuasaan Uni Sovyet tidak memperoleh, bahkan menolak dana dari Marshall Plan.


                faktor Utama Perang Dingin   
      1.     Perbedaan Paham

      Amerika Serikat dan Uni Soviet sebagai pemenang Perang Dunia II memiliki paham/ ideologi yang berbeda Amerika Serikat memiliki ideologi liberal-kapitalis sedangkan Uni Soviet berideologi komunis. Paham Liberal-Kapitalis (AS) yang mengagungkan kebebasan individu yang memungkinkan kapitalisme berkembang dengan subur bertentangan dengan paham Sosialis-Komunis (US) yang berkeyakinan bahwa paham itu dapat lebih mempercepat kesejahteraan buruh maupun rakyatnya karena negara-negara yang mengendalikan perusahaan akan memanfaatkan keuntungannya untuk rakyat.

      2.     Keinginan untuk Berkuasa

      AS dan US mempunyai keinginan untuk menjadi penguasa di dunia dengan cara-cara yang baru. AS sebagai negara kreditor besar membantu negara-negara yang sedang berkembang berupa pinjaman modal untuk pembangunan dengan harapan bahwa rakyat yang makmur hidupnya dapat menjadi tempat pemasaran hasil industrinya dan dapat menjauhkan pengaruh sosialis komunis.

      Masyarakat miskin merupakan lahan subur bagi paham sosialis komunis. Uni Soviet yang mulai kuat ekonominya juga tidak mau kalah membantu perjuangan nasional berupa bantuan senjata atau tenaga ahli. Hal ini dilakukan untuk mempengaruhi negara-negara tersebut.

      3.     Berdirinya Pakta Pertahanan

      Guna mengatasi berbagai perbedaan yang ada dan kepentingan untuk dapat berkuasa maka negara-negara Eropa Barat dan Amerika Serikat mendirikan pakta pertahanan yang dikenal dengan nama NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) atau Organisasi Pertahanan Atlantik Utara. Sementara untuk mengimbangi kekuatan NATO pada tahun 1955 Uni Soviet mendirikan pakta pertahanan yaitu PAKTA WARSAWA. Anggota Pakta Warsawa yaitu Uni Soviet, Albania, Bulgaria, Cekoslowakia, Jerman Timur, Hongaria, Polandia, dan Rumania.

      Berdirinya kedua pakta tersebut menyebabkan muncul rasa saling curiga, ketidakpercayaan, dan kesalahpahaman antara kedua blok baik blok barat maupun blok timur. Amerika dituduh menjalankan politik imperialis untuk mempengaruhi dunia sementara Uni Soviet dianggap melakukan perluasan hegemoni atas negara-negara demokrasi melalui ideologi komunisme.

      Keadaan tersebut memicu ketegangan kian memuncak sehingga muncullah persaingan senjata di antara kedua belah pihak. Masing-masing pihak saling diliputi oleh suasana Perang Dingin yang bahkan mengarah pada terjadinya Perang Dunia III.



                Latar Belakang Perang Dingin   
      1.   Munculnya Amerika Serikat sebagai negara pemenang perang di pihak Sekutu (Inggris, Perancis, dan AS). AS berperan besar dalam membantu      negara-negara Eropa Barat untuk memperbaiki kehidupan perekonomiannya.

      2.   Munculnya Rusia (Uni Soviet) sebagai negara besar dan berperan membebaskan Eropa bagian Timur dari tangan Jerman dan membangun perekonomian negara-negara di Eropa Timur. Uni Soviet meluaskan pengaruhnya dengan mensponsori terjadinya perebutan kekuasaan di berbagai negara Eropa Timur seperti Bulgaria, Albania, Hongaria, Rumania, Polandia, dan Cekoslowakia sehingga negara-negara tersebut masuk dalam pemerintahan komunis Uni Soviet.

      3.   Munculnya negara-negara yang baru merdeka setelah Perang Dunia II di luar wilayah Eropa. Dampaknya muncul 2 kelompok negara di dunia yaitu negara-negara maju dengan negara-negara berkembang, yang memberikan pengaruh bagi perkembangan politik dan ekonomi dunia.

                Lahirnya Negara-negara Fasis   
      Situasi Eropa menjelang PD II tidak jauh berbeda dengan situasi menjelang PD I. Suasana diliputi ketegangan dan keinginan balas dendam, terutama negara-negara yang kalah perang. Mereka dirugikan oleh perjanjian-perjanjian yang dibuat oleh blok Sekutu. Pada umumnya negara-negara yang terlibat perang mengalami kehancuran ekonomi. Untuk itu mereka berusaha bangkit dengan cara yang diktator dan mengembangkan paham ultranasionalisme. Dari paham ultranasionalisme tersebut lahir negara-negara fasis. Negara-negara fasis yang muncul yaitu Jerman, Italia, dan Jepang.


      a. Fasisme di Jerman
      Dalam PD I Jerman mengalami kekalahan dan penderitaan yang hebat. Namun, di bawah kepemimpinan Adolf Hittler Jerman mulai bangkit. Melalui Partai Nazi, Adolf Hittler membangun Jerman kembali. Jerman menganut paham Chauvinisme yaitu paham yang menganggap dirinya lebih unggul dari ras lainnya. Selain itu juga menganut totaliterisme yaitu paham yang melaksanakan prinsip bahwa
      semua diutus oleh negara. Rakyat tidak memiliki kebebasan.

      Berikut ini beberapa tindakan yang dilakukan Hittler untuk mewujudkan kejayaan Jerman.
      1) Menolak isi Perjanjian Versailes.
      2) Membangun angkatan perang yang kuat.
      3) Mengobarkan semangat anti-Yahudi dengan membunuh dan mengusir orang-orang Yahudi.
      4) Membangun hubungan kerja sama politik dan militer dengan Jepang dan Italia (Poros Roberto).
      5) Membentuk polisi rahasia yang disebut Gestapo.

      Seiring dengan perkembangan yang dialaminya, Jerman mulai berani melakukan politik ekspansi kembali. Jerman melaksanakan politik Lebensraum (ruang untuk hidup) yaitu gagasan perluasan wilayah melalui perang. Misalnya dengan menduduki Austria dan Cekoslovakia.


      b . Fasisme di Italia
      Kalian tentu masih ingat bukan mengapa Italia pindah ke blok Sekutu? Italia adalah salah satu negara pemenang dalam Perang Dunia I. Meskipun menang, Italian merasa kecewa sebab tuntutannya dalam Perjanjian Versailes tidak terpenuhi. Karena kekecewaannya tersebut, Italia mulai bangkit di bawah pimpinan Benito Mussolini . Italia berkembang menjadi negara fasis.
      Berikut ini usaha-usaha Benito Mussolini untuk mengembangkan fasisme di Italia.
      1) Mengobarkan semangat Italia Irredenta untuk mempersatukan seluruh bangsa Italia.
      2) Memperkuat angkatan perang.
      3) Menguasai seluruh Laut Tengah sebagai Mare Nostrum atau Laut Kita.
      4) Menduduki Ethiopia dan Albania.


      c . Fasisme di Jepang

      Munculnya fasisme Jepang tidak dapat dipisahkan dari Restorasi Meiji. Berkat Restorasi Meiji, Jepang berkembang menjadi negara industri yang kuat. Majunya industri tersebut membawa Jepang menjadi negara imperialis. Jepang menjadi negara fasis dan menganut Hakko I Chiu. Fasisme di Jepang dipelopori oleh Perdana Menteri Tanaka, masa pemerintahan Kaisar Hirohito dan dikembangkan oleh Perdana Menteri Hideki Tojo. Untuk memperkuat kedudukannya sebagai negara fasis, Kaisar Hirohito melakukan beberapa hal berikut.
      1) Mengagungkan semangat bushido.
      2) Menyingkirkan tokoh-tokoh politik yang anti militer.
      3) Melakukan perluasan wilayah ke negara-negara terdekat seperti Korea, Manchuria, dan Cina.
      4) Memodernisasi angkatan perang.
      5) Mengenalkan ajaran shinto Hakko I Chiu yaitu dunia sebagai satu keluarga yang dipimpin oleh
      Jepang.

      Berkembangnya negara-negara fasis seperti Italia, Jerman, dan Jepang membuat situasi politik di kawasan Eropa semakin menghangat, dan diwarnai dengan ketegangan yang mendorong terjadinya Perang Dunia II.

                Pihak-Pihak Yang Terlibat Perang Dunia II   
      Blok Poros (AXIS)

      1. Nazi Jerman : Adolf Hitler
      2. Italia : Benito Mussolini
      3. Jepang : Hideki Tojo


      Militer tewas: 8.000.000
      Sipil tewas: 4.000.000
      Total tewas: 12.000.000

      Negara-negara Poros (AXIS) adalah negara-negara yang menentang pihak Sekutu selama Perang Dunia II.
      Ada 3 negara utama dalam kekuatan poros yaitu; Nazi Jerman, Italia dan Kekaisaran Jepang. Pada puncak kejayaan mereka, Kekuatan Poros menguasai dominasi daerah yang sangat luas di Eropa, Asia, Afrika dan Oseania/Pasifik. Tetapi Perang Dunia II berakhir dengan kekalahan mereka. Seperti pihak Sekutu, keanggotaan Negara-negara Poros tidak tetap, dan beberapa negara bergabung dan kemudian meninggalkan Negara-negara Poros selama perang berlangsung.

      Anggota Negara-negara Poros minoritas:

      1. Bulgaria, Hongaria, Yugoslavia, Finlandia, Thailand, Rumania
      2. Negara Boneka Jepang:
        Manchukuo, Mengjiang (bagian wilayah di Mongolia], Nanking (bagian wilayah di Tiongkok), Burma, Filipina, dan India
      3. Negara boneka Italia:
        Albania dan Ethiopia
      4. Negara boneka Jerman
        Serbia
      5. Negara lainnya yang berkoalisi
        Spanyol dan Denmark
      6. Bekas anggota
        Uni Soviet, Berdiri sendiri/memihak Sekutu pada 1941.


      Negara Sekutu:

      1. Britania Raya : Winston Churchill
      2. Uni Soviet : Joseph Stalin
      3. Amerika Serikat : Franklin Roosevelt
      4. Republik China : Chiang Kai-Shek

      Militer tewas: 17.000.000
      Sipil tewas: 33.000.000
      Total tewas: 50.000.000

      Blok Sekutu pada Perang Dunia II adalah negara-negara yang berperang bersama melawan Blok Poros (Jerman, Italia, dan Jepang) dari 1939 sampai 1945.

      Anggota Sekutu

      1. Setelah penyerangan Jerman ke Polandia (1939)
        Polandia, Britania Raya (termasuk Kerajaan India & Negara Koloni), Perancis, Australia, Selandia Baru, Nepal, Afrika Selatan, Kanada
      2. Setelah berakhirnya perang Poni (1940)
        Norwegia, Belgia, Luksemburg, Belanda, Yunani, Kerajaan Yugoslavia, Uni Soviet, Tannu Tuva
      3. Setelah pengeboman Pearl Harbor (1941)
        Panama, Kosta Rika, Republik Dominika, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras,
        Nikaragua, Amerika Serikat, China, Guatemala, Kuba, Cekoslowakia
      4. Setelah pembentukan Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (1942)
        Meksiko, Brasil, Ethiopia, Irak, Bolivia, Iran, Italia, Kolombia, Liberia
      5. Setelah D-Day (1944)
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      6. Setelah pengeboman Hiroshima (1945)
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      La ceremonia de recepción fue presidida por el Vicario General de la Arquidiócesis, Padre Alberto Figueroa Morales en representación del Arzobispo. Los sacerdotes y feligreses hicieron la Profesión de Fe y durante la liturgia fueron conmemorados el Sumo Pontífice, Francisco y el Metropolitano Roberto.
      Esto hace de la comunidad de San Espiridión la primera comunidad Católica Oriental en Puerto Rico. Le damos la bienvenida a los sacerdotes y feligreses de San Espiridión a la Iglesia Católica. Ellos continuarán celebrando la Divina Liturgia y los Sagrados Misterios de acuerdo a la tradición Bizantina. La Liturgia continua celebrándose en el idioma eslavo eclesiástico, inglés y español... siguiendo el calendario litúrgico juliano (antiguo calendario).
      La comunidad estaba bajo la autoridad del Patriarcado Ecuménico de Constantinopla (Estambul). Ahora han pasado a estar bajo la jurisdicción del Arzobispo de San Juan de Puerto Rico. Probablemente después pasen a pertenecer a alguna de las Iglesias católicas orientales bizantinas eslavas, aunque continúen estando bajo la autoridad local  del metropolitano latino.

      La imagen puede contener: cielo, árbol, nube y exterior

      Vista del templo de San Espiridión.


      La imagen puede contener: personas de pie, cielo, árbol y exterior


      La imagen puede contener: 1 persona, de pie e interior
      El Vicario General de la Arquidiócesis, el P. Alberto Figueroa Morales, bendiciendo a la nueva comunidad greco católica en San Juan luego de haber recibido de ellos la Profesión de Fe.

      La imagen puede contener: 2 personas, personas de pie
      P. Peter DiLeo explica a la comunidad el documento de acuerdo 
      entre la Arquidiócesis y el comunidad de San Espiridión.

      La imagen puede contener: 2 personas, personas de pie e interior

      La imagen puede contener: 1 persona, de pie
      El Archimandrita presidió la primera Divina Liturgia como comunidad Greco Católica.

      La imagen puede contener: 1 persona, de pie, barba e interior
      Fuente

      La iglesia fue construida en los años 30 en los terrenos del antiguo Leprocomio, en Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. Los Hermanos Misioneros Ortodoxos San Pedro de Cetinje trajeron esta misión a las islas del Caribe desde la Arquidiócesis de Mexico de la Iglesia Ortodoxa Griega para la diáspora y para evangelizar a nuevos creyentes.

      Fuente

      A number of ethnic communities are represented in the mission:

      Fr Andrija Vujisic for the Serbian and Montenegrin communities;

      Fr Peter DiLeo for the Albanian community;

      Theo Ladias for the Greek community;

      Lisa Ortega for the Puerto Rican community;

      Tatiana Stoyanova for the Russian and Bulgarian communities;

      Spyridon Morrow for the American community.

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                ¿Por qué Diosas?   
      Salvo excepciones, las mujeres del este de Europa (generalmente de raza eslava, mezcla entre europeo y asiático) son bellísimas, altas, esbeltas, piernas de escándalo, excelentes amantes... perfectas para adorar.
      Este blog irá dedicado a ellas, a las mejores mujeres del mundo, las del este de Europa
      Son Diosas porque son mujeres muy femeninas y de una belleza extraordinaria además de cultas y grandes amantes, son mujeres dulces, comprometidas, luchadoras, amantes del teatro y la literatura... Hoy en día, tras la caída del regimen soviético, tenemos la suerte de verlas pasear por nuestras calles, tenemos la posibilidad de conocer a alguna y de que se convierta en nuestra esposa/compañera. Tratándola y mimándola como se merecen (están acostumbradas a la frialdad y rudeza del hombre eslavo) seremos los hombres más felices del mundo.
      En este blog iré recogiendo las fotografias de las mujeres del este de Europa más famosas y bellas del panorama internacional.

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      República Checa, Eslovaquia, Eslovenia, Croacia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Moldavia, Hungria, Ucrania, Bielorusia, Polonia, Lituania, Letonia, Estonia, y la Federación Rusa


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                LAST PASSENGERS   

      A short film by Ricardo Soto

      * 66º Festival del Film Locarno - Program "Dare to be Weird" / Switzerland (2013)
      * 8th Vladivostok International Film Festival of Asian and Pacific Countries (In competition against Apichatpong Weerasethakul) / Russia (2010).
      * Short Shorts Film Festival México (2010) – WINNER BEST SHORT
      * FIC. Primer Festival International de Cine de Puebla 2010 / México, HONORABLE JURY MENTION FOR BEST SHORT
      *Montevideo Fantástico V / Uruguay 2010, JURY MENTION FOR BEST ACTORS
      *PLUS CAMERIMAGE PANORAMA- International Film festival of the art of Cinematography/ Poland (2010).
      * 21º Festival International de Curtas Metragens de Sâo Paulo / Brasil 2010.
      * 51st BRNO16, International Competitive Festival of Shorts Fiction Films / Czchec Republic 2010.
      * IX Open St.Petersburg Student Film Festival Beginning / Russia 2010.
      * Internacional Film Festival Expresión en Corto (GIFF) / México 2010.
      *First Step Film Fest / Albania 2010
      *Morbido Film Fest / Mexico 2010
      *3º Festival de Cine de Horror y Bizarro Post Mortem / México 2010
      *Muestra del Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica en la Cineteca Nacional / México 2011
      *TRAVELLING 22 Festival de Cine de Rennes Métropole / France 2011
      * Short Shorts Film Festival Japan 2011
      *1º Festival Internacional de Cine Underground 1000 METROS BAJO TIERRA MX / México 2011
      *6th Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market / Japón 2011
      *Mórbido Film Fest México 2011
      *Festival de Cine Calaveras, Huesos y Nahuales / México 2011
      *Muestra Internacional de Cine Fantástico y de Horror Linares / México 2011
      *2º Festival Travelling / México 2011
      *Cineseptiembre – 4º Muestra Internacional de Cine Independiente / México 2011
      *Babel Film Festival / Italy 2011
      *4th Jaipur International Film Festival / India 2012
      *The Garden State Film Festival / USA 2012
      *Festival de Cine de Horror Sacalacalaca / México 2012, WINNER 2º PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT
      *Special screening at Muestra de Cine Surrealista by Cultura Colectiva 2013

      Cast: Ricardo Soto


                Last passengers / Últimos pasajeros TRAILER   

      Trailer of Last passengers, a short film by Ricardo Soto. 35mm, color, 2010.

      * 66º Festival del Film Locarno - Filmmakers Academy / Switzerland (2013)
      * 8th Vladivostok International Film Festival of Asian and Pacific Countries (In competition against Apichatpong Weerasethakul) / Russia (2010).
      * Short Shorts Film Festival México (2010) – WINNER BEST SHORT
      *Montevideo Fantástico V / Uruguay 2010, JURY MENTION FOR BEST ACTORS
      *PLUS CAMERIMAGE PANORAMA- International Film festival of the art of Cinematography/ Poland (2010).
      * 21º Festival International de Curtas Metragens de Sâo Paulo / Brasil 2010.
      * 51st BRNO16, International Competitive Festival of Shorts Fiction Films / Czchec Republic 2010.
      * FIC. Primer Festival International de Cine de Puebla 2010 / México, HONORABLE JURY MENTION FOR BEST SHORT
      * IX Open St.Petersburg Student Film Festival Beginning / Russia 2010.
      * Internacional Film Festival Expresión en Corto (GIFF) / México 2010.
      *First Step Film Fest / Albania 2010
      *Morbido Film Fest / Mexico 2010
      *3º Festival de Cine de Horror y Bizarro Post Mortem / México 2010
      *Muestra del Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica en la Cineteca Nacional / México 2011
      *TRAVELLING 22 Festival de Cine de Rennes Métropole / France 2011
      * Short Shorts Film Festival Japan 2011
      *1º Festival Internacional de Cine Underground 1000 METROS BAJO TIERRA MX / México 2011
      *6th Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market / Japón 2011
      *Mórbido Film Fest México 2011
      *Festival de Cine Calaveras, Huesos y Nahuales / México 2011
      *Muestra Internacional de Cine Fantástico y de Horror Linares / México 2011
      *2º Festival Travelling / México 2011
      *Cineseptiembre – 4º Muestra Internacional de Cine Independiente / México 2011
      *Babel Film Festival / Italy 2011
      *4th Jaipur International Film Festival / India 2012
      *The Garden State Film Festival / USA 2012
      *Festival de Cine de Horror Sacalacalaca / México 2012, WINNER 2º PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT
      *Special screening at Muestra de Cine Surrealista by Cultura Colectiva 2013

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                Canadian Episcopal Assembly meets   
      (spc.rs) - His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrofan, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Canada, hosted an annual meeting of the Orthodox Bishops’ Conference in Canada, on June 15, 2017.

      The meeting was moderated by Metropolitan Soterios of the Constantinople Patriarchate. The following hierarchs participated in the deliberations of the meeting: Bishop Job (the Moscow Patriarchate), Bishop Iovan Kasian (the Romanian Patriarchate), Bishop Daniel (the Bulgarian Patriarchate), Archbishop Ireneus (the Orthodox Church in America), Bishop Elijah from the Albanian Diocese (the Constantinople Patriarchate), Metropolitan Juriy and Bishop Andrey from the Ukrainian Diocese (the Constantinople Patriarchate), Bishop Christoph (the Constantinople Patriarchate) and Bishop of Gregory of the Carpathian Diocese (the Constantinople Patriarchate).

      In the spirit of fraternal love and mutual respect, the hierarchs discussed many issues concerning the life of the Church in modern times. The secretary of the Serbian Diocese of Canada, Ptriest Jovan Marjanac, accompanied Bishop Mitrofan.

                Unsettling prelude to Yugoslav vote    

      Hopes are dwindling in the Yugoslav capital that former Serbian President Ivan Stambolic, Slobodan Milosevic's estranged mentor, will reappear after he vanished Friday while out on a morning jog.

      Mr. Stambolic was once Serbia's most powerful politician and Mr. Milosevic's best friend, but in 1987 he was ousted from power in a Milosevic-staged political coup.

      After a period of public withdrawal, Stambolic recently emerged as a fierce critic of the Milosevic family and regime, giving interviews to Serbian and Montenegrin media as Sept. 24 elections near.

      Stambolic's disappearance appears to reflect a pattern of violence against those once close to the Milosevic family who have since broken ranks and spoken out against the regime. The cases include the April 1999 unsolved slaying of Slavko Curuvija, a dissident journalist who earlier had been close to the Milosevic camp.

      Stambolic was most likely kidnapped, according to a security guard who saw him last. "A security guard at a restaurant saw Ivan resting in the parking lot. A white van stopped briefly in front of the restaurant and when it moved on, the guard couldn't see Ivan anymore," said Stambolic's lawyer, Nikola Barovic.

      Police combed the woods near the restaurant, where Stambolic disappeared, but have made no statements on the progress of the investigation. Stambolic's wife, Kaca, said she did not believe her husband's kidnapping had a political motive, but some opposition leaders and Stambolic's lawyer are pointing the finger at the regime.

      "Stambolic was president of Serbia, an important former political figure who disappeared in the middle of an election campaign, yet state-media and government officials haven't even mentioned his disappearance. The message is that this was a political act," said Barovic.

      Serbia's largest opposition party, the Serbian Renewal Movement, demanded Stambolic's immediate release and referred to the kidnapping as a "terrorist act."

      The party's president, Vuk Draskovic, has been the target of two assassination attempts in the past year and has accused the Belgrade regime of "state terrorism." Citing security concerns, Draskovic refuses to set foot in Serbia, and is residing in the pro-Western republic of Montenegro, Serbia's junior partner in the Yugoslav federation. His home is under constant guard by Montenegrin police.

      Draskovic is not alone. Dissident journalist Alexandar Tijanic also stays away from Belgrade since being publicly rebuked by the president's wife.

      Belgrade has been rocked by a series of high-profile killings in recent years, especially in the wake of NATO's bombing campaign last year. Company directors, a popular journalist, businessmen, and underworld figures like Zeljko Raznatovic "Arkan" have all been victims. The crimes remain unsolved.

      Stambolic is the first pubic figure to have simply vanished.

      "This reminds me of Argentinean-style terror," says Nenad Stefanovic, an opposition strategist with the Democratic Party. A funeral can draw a large crowd, which in itself becomes a political event. When someone goes missing, there is an added element of fear."

      Though Stambolic was not active in opposition politics, he did maintain contacts with some opposition leaders. His recent interviews were a reminder to the Yugoslav public of President Milosevic's personal and political failings. As Milosevic's mentor and former best friend, Stambolic spoke with singular authority about the man who betrayed him.

      Stambolic called his political disciple a "master of consuming and reproducing chaos" and predicted that Milosevic "was approaching a violent end. At the end he must be destroyed; most people are against him, and they will get him ... He will never go in peace."

      Opposition leaders agree nobody knows President Milosevic as well as Stambolic. "Stambolic knows Mr. Milosevic's soul," says Nebojsa Covic, a former member of Milosevic's party, now turned opposition leader.

      Milosevic and Stambolic met in the early 60s while in law school. Milosevic, a young man from the provinces, latched on to Stambolic, whose prominent family name foreshadowed political success. Beginning in the late 60s, Milosevic followed his mentor through a series of prominent positions in state enterprises and the Communist Party. In 1986 Stambolic became president of Serbia and lobbied hard for Milosevic to fill his old job as president of the Central Committee.

      In April 1987 Stambolic asked Milosevic to go to Kosovo to appease angry Serbs who were threatening to demonstrate in Belgrade over increasing tensions with ethnic Albanians. The casual request created the Milosevic cult. Milosevic was confronted with a violent demonstration in Kosovo Polje, where police were beating Serbs in front of a crowded town hall. Pale-faced and overwhelmed by the scene below, Milosevic uttered the line that turned him into a political star overnight: "No one should dare to beat you!"

      The sound bite, endlessly repeated on television, ended Milosevic's reputation as Stambolic's sidekick. From that day on, Milosevic began to harness the forces of nationalism - a move his mentor opposed.

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                Ongiś smutny koszyk   

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      Spodziewane 6. miejsce w rankingu FIFA i domniemany pierwszy koszyk w losowaniu grupowym na MŚ 2018 przywołują u mnie bolesne wspomnienia, gdy nasza kadra była dnem dna. Wyznacznikiem tego był fakt, że przy okazji rozstawiania eliminacyjnych garnuszków lądowała ona w czwartym kubełku . Sytuacja taka miała miejsce dwukrotnie - w ramach boju o EURO 2000 oraz MŚ 2014.

      *

      Na mętną lokację przed imprezą w Belgii i Holandii solidnie zapracowaliśmy beznadziejnymi wynikami pod wodzą Apostela i Piechniczka. W efekcie spadliśmy z trzeciego do czwartego koszyka (co prawda na sam jego szczyt, ale to nic nie zmieniło). Tam bawiliśmy się w gronie innych ówczesnych wielkich: Węgier, Irlandii Północnej, Bośni i Hercegowiny, Łotwy, Macedonii, Cypru, Walii i Islandii. Dość napisać, że szczebel wyżej ulokowały się m.in. Litwa, Słowacja, Izrael, Finlandia czy Gruzja.

      Choć z drużyną prowadzoną przez Janusza Wójcika jakoś trudno mi wielce sympatyzować, to trzeba jej oddać, że dzięki kilku zwycięstwom odniesionym w el. EURO 2000 udało się wygrzebać z czwartego dołka w losowaniu, co - moim zdaniem - znacznie przyczyniło się do późniejszego awansu do MŚ 2002.

      *

      Eliminacje do MŚ 2014 jawią się mi jako senny koszmar. Nie tylko dlatego, że szybko znaleźliśmy się poza grą. Stawaliśmy do nich bowiem z piętnem katastrofalnych eliminacji do MŚ 2010 (a zaczynaliśmy z drugiego koszyka) oraz fatalnego EURO 2012. I cały ten kiepski wizerunek został potwierdzony na boisku.

      O skali naszej ówczesnej zapaści niech świadczy fakt, że w losowaniu trafiliśmy do czwartego koszyka, ale - wiem, że to technicznie nieistotne - na samo jego dno! Towarzystwo w dołku mieliśmy takie: Bułgaria, Rumunia, Gruzja, Litwa, Albania, Szkocja, Irlandia Północna i Austria. Niewiele jednak brakowało, a spadlibyśmy do piątego (!!!) koszyka kosztem Armenii. Ówczesne popisy kadry Fornalika kazały sądzić, że taka degradacja byłaby uzasadniona.

      *

      Dziś te smutne czasy wspominam bez sentymentu. Jak zawsze w tego typu przypadkach potrzebny był... cud. Polacy eliminację do EURO 2016 zaczynali z samego dołu trzeciego koszyka i awansowali. Spodziewana kwalifikacja do MŚ 2018 odbędzie się także z trzeciego koszyka, ale już z jego wierzchołka. Bez względu zatem czy w bój o EURO 2020 będziemy ruszać z pierwszej czy drugiej grzędy - również wszyscy liczymy na awans. Ot, choćby po to, żeby skutecznie wymazać wspomnienia z dawnych czasów :)

      P.


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                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   

      In the rugged mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea _ the wild herbal variety

      The post Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants appeared first on FederalNewsRadio.com.


                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Edi Rama: Artist-turned-premier keen to lead Albania into Europe   

      Albania's artist-turned-prime minister Edi Rama, who was heading for a second term on Monday, wants to transform his country from a poor Balkan state into a modern member of the European Union. "Albania is our homeland and Europe is our future," he said in an interview with AFP on the day he first came to power in July 2013, borrowing a phrase from former French president Francois Mitterrand.


                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   

      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Within the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, the place the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, hassle is brewing over tea — the wild natural selection. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making common cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-a great deal of herbs and medicinal crops. They principally decide mountain tea — additionally referred to as ironwort — hawthorn and even primrose, however they’re additionally destroying uncommon and endangered species within the course of. The looters then promote the herbs for export to pharmaceutical or cosmetics corporations, a enterprise

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                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea – the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impove...
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      Greece_Herb_Looters_21076In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety.
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   

      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. They […]
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Το οδυνηρό αποτέλεσμα και ο ρόλος της Ομόνοιας..   

      Πέντε μέρες πέρασαν από την ολοκλήρωση των εκλογών στην Αλβανία και τον θρίαμβο του Ράμα... Οι κάλπες πέρα από την άνετη επικράτηση των σοσιαλιστικών επεφύλαξαν την μεγαλύτερη ήττα για τον ελληνισμό, για την μειονότητα....
      Όσο για την εκλογή πέντε μειονοτικών βουλευτών, μοιάζει με ανέκδοτο που φρόντισαν να πλασάρουν διάφοροι διπλωματικοί κύκλοι... Γιατί αλήθεια πόση αξία μπορεί να έχει η εκλογή δύο ή τριών βουλευτών ελληνικής καταγωγής, με τα ψηφοδέλτια εκείνων που έχουν κάνει σημαία τους την γενοκτονία των τσάμηδων και δεν κρύβουν το όνειρό τους για την Μεγάλη Αλβανία...
      Ο πρόεδρος του ΚΕΑΔ –του κόμματος που γεννήθηκε το 1992 όταν απαγορεύτηκε η συμμετοχή στις εκλογές της Ομόνοιας- εκλέχθηκε υπό την σημαία του Δημοκρατικού κόμματος της Αλβανίας...

      Το άλλο κόμμα το MEGA, που ισχυρίζονταν ότι αποτελεί τον γνήσιο εκφραστή της ελληνικής μειονότητας κατάφερε να συγκεντρώσει μόλις δύο χιλιάδες ψήφους σε ολόκληρη την Αλβανία...
      Και η Ομόνοια;
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                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   

      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. They […]
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities … Click to Continue »
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                 Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants    
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. The looters then sell the herbs for export to pharmaceutical or cosmetics companies, a business that nets Albanian wholesalers tens of millions annually. In targeted operations over the last few months, Greek police have arrested at least ten Albanians and seized dozens of kilograms of herbs. Many poor Albanians are crossing the mountains into Greece this year because of an herb shortage in Albania due to freezing temperatures last winter, said Filip Gjoka, president of Albania's Association of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants and owner of an herb and spice trading company. Gjoka said the Albanian companies employ 10,000 workers and another 80,000 people as independent contractors for whom seasonal herb picking is their only source of income. Eleni Maloupa, director of Greece's Institute of Breeding and Plant Genetic Resources in Thessaloniki, says some of the 14 kinds of ironwort that grow in Greece are threatened with extinction and there is a blanket ban on their collection, even in small quantities.
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety.
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                This week in monetary policy: Albania, Romania, Australia, Sweden, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ukraine and Egypt    
          This week (July 2 through July 8) central banks from 9 countries or jurisdictions are scheduled to decide on monetary policy: Albania, Romania, Australia, Sweden, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ukraine and Egypt.
          Following table includes the name of the country, the date of the next policy decision, the current policy rate, the result of the last policy decision, the change in the policy rate year to date, the rate one year ago, and the country’s MSCI classification.
          The table is updated when the latest decisions are announced and can always accessed by clicking on This Week.

      WEEK 27
      JUL 2 - JUL 8, 2017:
      COUNTRY                 DATE                RATE           LATEST                 YTD               1 YR AGO       MSCI
      ALBANIA 3-Jul 1.25% 0 0 1.25%
      ROMANIA 3-Jul 1.75% 0 0 1.75%          FM
      AUSTRALIA 4-Jul 1.50% 0 0 1.75%          DM
      SWEDEN 4-Jul -0.50% 0 0 -0.50%          DM
      THAILAND 5-Jul 1.50% 0 0 1.50%          EM
      KAZAKHSTAN 5-Jul 10.50% -50 -150 13.00%          FM
      POLAND 5-Jul 1.50% 0 0 1.50%          EM
      UKRAINE 6-Jul 12.50% -50 -150 15.50%          FM
      EGYPT 6-Jul 16.75% 200 200 11.75%          EM



                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
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      Alicante, 2 jul (EFE).- La selección española de fútbol podría tener la oportunidad de sellar su billete de forma directa al próximo Mundial de Rusia si es capaz de ganar en Alicante a Albania en el Rico Pérez, estadio en el que no conoce la derrota...
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
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                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. They […] Reported by Seattle Times 2 hours ago.
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece — In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea — the wild herbal variety. Greek authorities and conservationists say bands of impoverished Albanians are making regular cross-border forays, illegally harvesting donkey-loads of herbs and medicinal plants. They mostly […]
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                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....
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                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      In the rugged mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea _ the wild herbal variety.
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                Looters strip Greek mountains of wild tea, rare plants   
      THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- In the rugged, herb-scented mountains of northwestern Greece, where the border with Albania is a snaking invisible line, trouble is brewing over tea - the wild herbal variety....