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 […]

An Interview with Anchal Dhingra, President of AIESEC Albania

AIESEC gives young people a chance to see the world, because when you see the world, you can start to understand it, and then you can change it. You will also get a hands-on experience and develop many soft skills that you cannot learn in university or through a professional job.

An Interview with Anchal Dhingra, President of AIESEC Albania

Today I feel more confident when I speak to new people, today I know that I can live alone in a big country with a new family; today I know more about other countries. –Brikena Dedolli Anchal Dhingra is the President of AIESEC Albania and we talk about youth experience with this organization. What is […]

An Albanian Traveler

In the first of a series of interviews with those who pass through Tirana, Jona Kuka is in conversation with Julian Lalaj, a talented young Albanian musician and writer who shared some of his travel experiences around the world.

An Albanian Traveler

The desire to travel never ceases, what is the next country you are travelling to? Right now I am not planning on visiting any country, mainly because I just formed a music duo with the talented singer Joni Aliraj and we are working hard for our upcoming live shows. Looking at the map though, there are a […]

Masterplan Tirana – The Last Raid of the Oligarchs

The municipality of Tirana is getting ready to push through the Tirana 2030 Masterplan. Exit columnist Johannes Estrada analyzes what we know about its content, the underlying economic and political motives, the cynical failure of "starchitect" Stefano Boeri, and the disastrous consequences for all Tirana's citizens.

Masterplan Tirana – The Last Raid of the Oligarchs

On Monday, the municipality of Tirana staged a “public hearing” with members of the municipal council and another with citizens regarding the new masterplan that is planned to be approved on December 29. This “Tirana 2030 Masterplan” envisions the complete and final concretization [betonizim] of the city, reviving former mayor Edi Rama’s dream of a city […]

Twelve Facts about December 1990

Twelve Facts about December 1990

After a quarter century of distortions and lies of those who have wanted to exploit the events of December 1990 to provide themselves with legitimacy, merit, heroism, and sacrifice, we who have taken part in those events have to begin to tell and write the truths before we forget them and fall victim to historical […]

Speaking at a Crossroads – Margo Rejmer Interviews Fatos Lubonja (Part 2)

This year, author and critic Fatos Lubonja was awarded the Prince Claus Award for "his honest and lucid literary accounts of crucial episodes in Albania’s recent history […] and for fearlessly speaking truth to power." Polish journalist and author Margo Rejmer speaks with him about the political situation in Albania, the possibilities for resistance and left-wing politics, and the problems of creating a community.

Speaking at a Crossroads – Margo Rejmer Interviews Fatos Lubonja (Part 2)

Read here Part 1 of the interview Margo Rejmer: I have the impression that Albanians have heard so much about the great vision of the government, that they don’t trust any of these big plans anymore. People have lost trust and now they are losing hope. Fatos Lubonja: In 2013 people had hope about Rama […]

Speaking at a Crossroads – Margo Rejmer Interviews Fatos Lubonja (Part 1)

This year, author and critic Fatos Lubonja was awarded the Prince Claus Award for "his honest and lucid literary accounts of crucial episodes in Albania’s recent history […] and for fearlessly speaking truth to power." Polish journalist and author Margo Rejmer speaks with him about the political situation in Albania, the possibilities for resistance and left-wing politics, and the problems of creating a community.

Speaking at a Crossroads – Margo Rejmer Interviews Fatos Lubonja (Part 1)

Margo Rejmer: I want to start with a question related to a very particular situation discussed now in Albania, namely the ketchup attack on the Minister of Education and Sports by a young student, Mirela Ruko. The media are commenting on this event by referring to Ruko’s personal story: lack of funds for studying or […]

The Destruction of the Sigurimi Archives

First post-communist Prime Minister Aleksandër Meksi (1992–1997) explains the background of the destruction of the communist archives that are now supposed to be "opened."

The Destruction of the Sigurimi Archives

The problem of lustration and the opening of the dossiers of the State Security (Sigurimi) was one of the main problems that we encountered since 1991. Within a few months after coming to power in March 1992, we drafted a law to those ends based upon the laws of Germany, Czechoslavakia, and Hungary. For the drafting and […]

Group Psychotherapy in Albania: In Its Infancy but Full of Promise

Group Psychotherapy in Albania: In Its Infancy but Full of Promise

In Albania psychoanalysis, and mental health care in general, are still in its infancy. But about two years ago, a small group of likeminded psychologists, psychoanalysts, and psychotherapists, gathered under the name of the Albanian Center for Psychological and Psychotherapeutic Services (ACPPS), came together to bring group analysis, or group psychotherapy, to Albania. After organizing […]