The Condomisation of Memory

The Condomisation of Memory

This is the first time that I don’t have any desire to write about something that is of importance to the humanities. Nevertheless, because of a public debate on a private television station in Albania regarding Albanian cinema of the Communist era, I feel the responsibility to respond to the Albanian citizens and to state […]

Rama’s Failed Promises about the National Library

Rama’s Failed Promises about the National Library

A few days ago a fire broke out in the basement of the National Library in Tirana. Although the definitive extent of the damage remains unknown, it is certain that a part of the library’s books, mainly published after the 1990s, has been damaged by fire or water. Director of the National Library Persida Asllani declared […]

Fire in the National Library

Fire in the National Library

A fire has broken out in the basement of the National Library. Currently the fire brigade is working to bring the fire under control. It is unclear where precisely the fire broke out and whether the books and archives housed in the basement have been damaged. The library employees and visitors have been evacuated and are […]

Fire and Ruins in Gjirokastra’s Historical Heart

Fire and Ruins in Gjirokastra’s Historical Heart

Within one hour everything was cinders and ash. The house of Grigor Krongo, Category II cultural monument in the Pazar i Vjetër neighborhood of Gjirokastra, had been transformed into a ruin on Sunday morning. “We arrived quickly, but the flames had done their work… Nevertheless there were no injured people and fortunately we managed to save […]

Rama Continues to Make Up Other People’s Quotes

Rama Continues to Make Up Other People’s Quotes

Prime Minister Edi Rama’s relationship to facts is nowhere more clear than in the way in which he erroneously appropriates the sayings of authors, philosophers, and statesmen. In a meeting today with the State Police, the Prime Minister used, for the second time, a “citation” that he attributes to the Emmanuel Kant. Referring to the […]

Rama Now Pretends to Be a Sculptor

Rama Now Pretends to Be a Sculptor

While the opposition enters its fourth day of protests, Prime Minister Edi Rama apparently finds the time to continue the promotion tour for his personal exhibition in Florence, scheduled to open on February 25. In an interview with Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera, he dishes up the same stories that can be found in […]

Achievements of a Small Victory

Achievements of a Small Victory

In order to understand the outcomes of decisions reached by a unjust justice, it was sufficient to observe the unusual enthusiasm of the protesters by the Venetian Tower in Durrës, when they were approached by a group of activists who just came out of the court room. Unable to withhold the movements of victory in their bodies and faces, […]

Artists Mediterranea 18 Announced

Artists Mediterranea 18 Announced

Recently the participating artists of Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale have been announced. The Mediterranea Biennale will this year be held in Tirana, May 4–9, under the title “Home: History, Conflict, Dream, Failure.” Artistic director is Albanian artist Driant Zeneli, with the following team responsible for the different artistic disciplines: Jonida Turani for Applied Arts, Maja Ciric for […]

National History Museum Director Fired after Criticism of Minister

National History Museum Director Fired after Criticism of Minister

Director of the National History Museum (MHK) Melsi Labi has been fired after openly criticizing the Ministry of Culture. During an interview for Dritare, Labi complained that the reconstruction works on Skënderbeg Square had a strong negative influence on the visitor numbers of the MHK, because the entrance had become impossible to find. Labi called the situation […]

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