Shkëlzen Berisha Sues “War Dogs” Author and Publisher

Shkëlzen Berisha Sues “War Dogs” Author and Publisher

Shkëlzen Berisha, son of former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, has filed a lawsuit against author Guy Lawson of War Dogs, as well as his publisher, Simon & Schuster. Berisha has sued them over “false, incendiary, and defamatory allegations of [his] involvement in organized crime, corruption, and a scheme to defraud the Unites States government.” The book, […]

A Review of Electoral Campaign Ads

A Review of Electoral Campaign Ads

As the electoral campaigns are coming to a close, it is still unclear what many of the leading parties think about policy issues such as the environment, EU integration, labor rights, or minorities. Most of the coverage last week has been dominated by (violent) exchanges between different parties, while any discussion of substance faded even further to […]

When Art Is the Only Administration Left

When Art Is the Only Administration Left

The front page of the cultural supplement of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera today features an enlargement of one of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s doodles, with which he also papered a wall at the current Venice Biennial, curated by COD board member Christine Macel. What is remarkable is that the doodle features Rama’s official […]

Mediterranea 18 Fails To Be Apolitical

Mediterranea 18 Fails To Be Apolitical

The last few days, Tirana and Durrës hosted the Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale under the title “History + Conflict + Dream + Failure = HOME.” In spite of the title, which suggests at least some form of critical inspection or introspection (how else could we know we failed?), the concept of the Mediterranea Biennale, […]

Not All Restorations Are “à la Kumbaro”

Not All Restorations Are “à la Kumbaro”

In 2014, I finished the first and only survey of all lapidars (monuments) constructed all over Albania during the communist period, around 700 in total. The results of this project, the Albanian Lapidar Survey, were documented on a blog, video, and publication. Although the project was partially funded by the Ministry of Culture, the data […]

Fashion Revolution Week Includes Albanian Brand

Fashion Revolution Week Includes Albanian Brand

Fashion Revolution Week is a yearly week-long event from April 24 until April 30. It aims to raise global awareness on practices used in the fashion industry today, while being present in many counties in the world through various events. During this week, and throughout the year, one can find events happening in Italy, Poland, […]

Why Albanian Films are Big in China: Cultural Revolution Nostalgia

Films from Albania were a window on the world for millions of Chinese film-goers when the Balkan country was one of China’s few friends. Ironically, while Chinese today can watch them freely, Albania debates banning them.

Why Albanian Films are Big in China: Cultural Revolution Nostalgia

Nostalgia for the Cultural Revolution is manifested in China in various ways, from hoarding Mao memorabilia, singing “red songs”, to queuing for revolutionary operas. And then there are those who watch Albanian films online. During a period when China counted the Eastern European country’s Stalinist regime as a loyal ally against a backdrop of Western […]

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