Skip to main content

We're All Right With This

Yesterday's New York Times carried a long article on the five Uighur men who were transferred from Guantanamo and granted asylum in Albania. According to the Times,
Although the Uighurs feel marooned in Albania, they are grateful to the government there. “Given that no other country is taking us, we’re all right with this,” said Mr. Abu Bakker Qassim, a 37-year-old father of four who acts as the group’s spokesman.

Comments

The PC said…
haha. The Uighurs find Albania tolerable! Go Albania! woot woot!
Ecumene said…
But Uighurs are the Mongolians
of China Western Side...

weird news...


:)
P.S
Nice blog...
Anonymous said…
no more beards though! I saw pictures of The Five who came from the East, now and then, and it looks that what the Gitmo didn't do it with a stick, Rrapi i Trishit did with a carrot.
Anonymous said…
rrapi trishit shaves em all clean!
'
i hope they do well, since they have a bit of a celebrity status in their newfound country.
ITS said…
When are they going to open another Chinese restaurant in Tirana? Or a corner grocery store?

I am taking bets on this one...
olli said…
Thanks ergo.

ITS - we are getting a new Chinese restaurant. It's called Shanghai (but it's not the same people as the existing Shanghai), its across from Kinema Millennium and its a 'bar, cafe, piceri - looking forward to sampling Chinese pizza. Uighurs not involved though.

Popular posts from this blog

Albania in the News

Le Monde Diplomatique has been musing in its very French way about The Dream of a Greater Albania . The reliably vitriolic AA Gill is reliably vitriolic about Albania in the Sunday Times . Sensitive Albanians might want to give this one a miss. The Guardian carries an obituary of Gramoz Pashko.

Miss Globe 2007

On Saturday, we were at the Rogner meeting with an expat friend who was leaving Tirana. It was breakfast time, and as our friend was finishing his tea the breakfast room started to fill up with over-dressed (or under-dressed) young women wearing blue sashes. These were the contestants for the Miss Globe 2007 beauty pageant being held in Tirana tonight at the Palace of Congresses. High heel boots and mini-skirts - or in a couple of cases micro-skirts, or possibly just belts - have never struck me as obvious breakfast attire, but the girls seemed happy enough tottering and wobbling around with their tea and toast. I'm not sure why they were wearing their sashes - perhaps in case they forgot which country they came from. As we were leaving they were boarding a large coach which I had seen a number of times around the city in the last few days for their next trip. I'm not sure how some of them made it up the steps, or how they managed to sit down, but perhaps these are the ki

Only Way is Up

Chatting with a taxi driver while back in Belfast a few months ago, he was intrigued when I told him that I was living in Albania. Did I think it was worth investing in property there, he enquired. Not unless you're prepared to risk losing your money, I replied. By the end of the journey he was considering Bulgaria instead. Despite the risks, some people are starting to invest in Albanian property. The Daily Telegraph reports on Ian Warburton who recently spent 29,000 GBP (around 40,000 EUR) on a one-bedroom apartment in a new development in Tirana. "Given its location, I don't see how it can fail to work," he said. The development is called Terra Nova and the apartments are being actively marketed as an investment opportunity by Barrasford and Bird , a UK property company. Here is their sales pitch for Albania: Albania shares the same stunning coastline as Croatia and Montenegro. However, Albania has better weather and prices are about a quarter of those compa