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Here are a few more articles I have come across in the last few days. The IHT is one of the few English language papers reporting on the Presidential election. The most recent report identifies a potential consensus candidate, Brigadier General Arjan Zaimi, but suggests that no consensus was forthcoming. With no candidates to vote for and no sign of agreement the country drifts closer to pointless elections.

Elsewhere Christianity Today had a piece on trafficking, the International Water Power and Dam Construction magazine reports a proposal by an Austrian company to build new hydro plants on the Devol river, and the BBC has a story about Butrint.


rachele said…
Hey OurMan, you seem to have mis-linked the BBC story, could you check that please? As ever, thanks for the amazing work you do...
our man said…
Hi Rachele. Thanks for letting me know. I've fixed it now.
Simon said…
Hey OurMan, pardon for the intrusion, is there an english speaking expats group here in Tirana? I do miss talking in English!
our man said…
Hi Simon. Yes there is. Send me your email address to and I will let you know about it.
Anonymous said…
I really did not like the way the write about albania in the BBC report. At specially the way that the Lord (whatever is name was) talk about Albania.
"in 1994 the country was full of old stolen cars".. You cannot get more offending that this can you??
Than they go on about komunizem,the bunkers and of course they don't forget to mention how albanians want to swim over Greece. The same old crap. The same old story all over again.
I cant help but fill that some people are desperate to look at them self elf some kind of a hero.
I understand they do a fantastic job there and i really i am glad for it, but please spare us the bullshit and the offending language.
Anonymous said…
its offensive...well not really...its true and truth hurts...especially the disco they wanted to build on a heritage site...

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