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This Week's Articles

IPS has another couple of articles on Albania. One looks at attempts to manage biodiversity, the other at efforts to manage waste disposal. A list of all the recent IPS articles on Albania with links is also available.

BIRN has a summary of the state of play in the Presidential election as the next vote approaches, and a report on criticism from PAMECA, the EU police mission in Albania, of the recent sackings of large numbers of police officers - many of them trained by PAMECA.

The South East Europe Media Organisation has added its voice to criticism of the fine slapped on Top Media.

Finally the Times has the articles on the death of Prel Marku, an Albanian living in London, who was the innocent victim of a conflict between Albanian criminal gangs in the city.


Anonymous said…
Wow, the London gang war sounded exactly like an episode of Sopranos. In any case, Albanians are in a period of capital formation. Anything goes.
In the last article, there is a comment by a reader. As xenophobic as that comment might sound, I tend to agree with it. These criminals deserve to rot in prison for the rest of their lives, since they cannot appreciate the opportunity being given to them. As they say, don't sh!t where you eat.
At the same time, I think that the article uses a racist language when it keeps saying "the Albanians". Way to generalize a whole nation. I guess I was the only Albanian not breaking the law during the three times that I visited London last year. The vast majority of Albanians in the UK aren't criminals, period.
ITS said…
You missed this article from the Christian Science Monitor (pillar of objective journalism) about Albanian Gypsies.

Happy readings
Anonymous said…
he is right?? he is completely talking of different subject. Article is about criminality not illegal immigrants.

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