Over the past year I have linked to a number of articles on Albania published around the world. I thought it might be a good idea to list them all in one place. I have checked all the links and removed those that are no longer working. The first section lists a series of feature articles on Tirana and Albania, including the now infamous contribution from AA Gill.On Tirana:Simon Calder 'This is One East European Capital the Stags Might Want to Give a Miss' The Independent 25 March 2006Christopher Winner 'Tirana Gets Real' The American June 2006Matt Gross 'A Capital Full of Contradictions' New York Times 9 July 2006On Albania:Paul Mansfield 'Albania Steps in From the Cold' The Observer 9 April 2006Will Hide 'Albania: Europe's Last Secret' The Times 15 April 2006Tony Wheeler 'Albania: Europe's Last Forgotten Corner' Lonely Planet 9 May 2006AA Gill 'The Land that Time Forgot' The Sunday Times 23 July 2006Raymond Travers 'Albanian Rhapsody' The Scotsman 20 August 2006Rose Dosti 'Albania's Ancient History Surfaces' Los Angeles Times 3 September 2006Tony Wheeler 'Beaches, Ruins and Odd Relics of Communism' Houston Chronicle 10 September 2006Bill Fink 'Not Such a Joke' San Francisco Chronicle 1 October 2006Alex Wade 'Wild Albania: Coming in From the Cold' The Independent 16 October 2006
There were a number of stories dealing with the fate of the five Uighurs transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Albania.Bruce Konviser 'A Strange Kind of Freedom' Toronto Star 13 June 2006Neil A Lewis 'Freed From Guantanamo but Stranded Far From Home' New York Times 18 August 2006Abu Bakker Qassim 'The View From Guantanamo' New York Times 17 September 2006
There were also a number of personal profiles: a lengthy one of Edi Rama, a short one of Ismail Kadare, a German profile of author, Agron Tufa, and a profile of the Kallashi family, Albanian immigrants living in Iowa.Jane Kramer 'Painting the Town: How Edi Rama Reinvented Albanian Politics' The New Yorker 27 June 2006Hansgeorg Hermann 'Aus Dem Saft Der Sprache' Neue Zurcher Zeitung 4 July 2006Elaine Denner 'Iowa Agriculture a Reminder of Native Albania' Cresco Times Plain Dealer 1 August 2006David Bellos A Rip in the Iron Curtain' The Scotsman 17 August 2006
The rest are a mixed bag of articles on a variety of themes.Joby Warrick 'Albania's Chemical Cache Raises Fears About Others' Washington Post 10 January 2005Gezim Alpion 'Western Media and the European "Other": Images of Albania in the British Press in the New Millennium' Albanian Journal of Politics 1.1 2005James Dyson 'Albania: The Woman's Story' Le Monde Diplomatique June 2006Jean-Arnault Derens & Laurent Geslin 'The Dream of a Greater Albania' Le Monde Diplomatique July 2006Barry Wood 'Albania's Capital Struggles with Booming Population' Voice of America News 26 September 2006Robert C Austin 'Albania's New Investment Strategies' Southeast European Times 2 October 2006'The View from Albania' Sophia Echo 9 October 2006'Good News, For Once' The Economist 26 October 2006
The following articles appeared in Balkan Insight, published by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. BIRN developed out of the Balkan programme of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.
Thanks to Stephen Tanghe, a Peace Corps volunteer who spent time in Berat, for these articles from the BBC that were published in 2005 before I arrived here.
As I come across more articles I will try to keep this post updated. If anyone else comes across anything of interest please email me and I will list it.