Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Photo of The Day: Archibishop of USA Demetrios, during the visit in the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St Sava


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Orthodox Easter in Albania, opens Territorial issues and the New population count debate



 


It seemed that finally the 2011 Census, conducted with EU funding, has been a sham by the Albanian Orthodox, draw strong with low numbers 6.7% of Population.

Based in this Census of 2011, it was conducted the Territorial Division reform,which brought together more municipalities dominated by Orthodoxes and Greeks, especially in the South of Albania, bringing together unjustly with Muslims of Albanian.

Easter of this year, once passed in Albania, they have shocked Albanian politicians and international observers in Tirana. With tens of thousands of Orthodox believers starting from Tirana, Korca, Vlora, Elbasan and up Drymades of Himara Region, they have filled the streets of the cities churches and centers.

Orthodox community has organized itself throughout the system, adding three metropolis in Elbasan, Fier and Durres, raising claims of believers, to organize a new Census, to correct counting of the Orthodox Church together with the respective nationalities.

While territorial division based in Census 2011, failed in whole, it has created inequality between religious communities, which were dominated by the municipal mergers involuntary, dictated for electoral interests.

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Visa-Free EU Travel for Turkish Citizens More Possible Than Ever


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On Wednesday (May 4), the European Commission will reach a decision on whether Turkish citizens should be granted visa-free travel within the EU's Schengen area.

The move — considered extremely likely to go ahead — is essentially in exchange for Turkey's migration deal with the European Union, accepting large numbers of failed asylum seekers upon deportation from neighboring Greece. This, despite Turkey failing to meet a number of conditions set by the EU. The change in visa regulations will still need to be passed by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, and despite fears that it could lead to a surge in migrant workers throughout Europe, the rules will only apply to tourist visas.
The anticipated visa liberalization will not permit Turkish citizens to work or seek benefits in the EU.
Nevertheless, the proposed changes have been met with skepticism from right-wing political groups, during what is a sensitive time for the European Union.
Anti-EU campaigners in the UK for example, have been critical of the proposals for some time — suggesting that they are open to abuse. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader, Nigel Farage said last month: "The EU is negotiating visa free access for all Turks, all 77 million… But the reality is that a lot of people will disappear or when they get to Germany claim their rights of family reunion.
"The real problem isn't people trying to get to Britain illegally; the real problem is that in a few short years all of the people that came will have German passports, Dutch or Belgium passports."
​Human rights organizations have raised concerns over the proposals too, given Turkey's recent record on press freedom, and general freedom of speech under President Erdogan.
Approximately 2000 instances of legal cases have been triggered in response to "insulting the President," including the recent case of German satirist Jan Böhmermann.  Turkey ranks at 151 in the Reporters Without Border press freedom index.
​Opponents of President Erdogan argue that further integration by the European Union could send the wrong message, effectively endorsing a regressive regime in exchange for the easing of immigration numbers in the rest of the EU.
The granting of visa-free travel to Turkey is part of a wider move by the EU which could see controls eased with the likes of Kosovo, Georgia and Ukraine. Given that those countries are not even candidates for EU membership at the moment, it would undoubtedly be politically difficult to exclude Turkey.

Orthodox "fear coordinated attack on their religion"


The New York Post writes about "fears of a coordinated attack on the religion" in the wake of the fires in four Orthodox temples on Orthodox Easter Sunday.
Source: Tanjug
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The fires affected and to various degrees damaged a Macedonian and a Greek church in Australia, a monastery in Russia, and the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Sava in Manhattan, New York City.
According to the New York tabloid, the city's fire department (FDNY) said the blaze on West 25th Street "does not appear suspicious" - however "members of the Orthodox community have doubts."

The article said they are worried that the fire was started intentionally "in retaliation for the religion’s role in blocking the canonization of Croatian Nazi supporter (Catholic) Cardinal Aloysius (Alojzije) Stepinac."

Dusan Batakovic, former Serbian Ambassador to France, now director of the Institute for Balkan Studies said that "too many churches have burned to call it an accident,” and added:

“It is very strange that it happened, that the fires all took place on Easter, the greatest Christian Orthodox holiday. Some kind of terrorist action can not be excluded.”

“Within the last six months, the Serbian church was urging Pope Francis not to canonize into a saint, Cardinal Stepinac, for his complicity in the large-scale massacres and genocide against the Serbs, Jews and Roma (Gypsies),” Batakovic said.

According to Batakovic, the pope postponed the decision on Stepinac despite protests from the Croatian Catholic Church - "and there is a lot of anger, because he is considered as one of the key church members in the Croatian history.”

The newspaper also quoted a letter Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej sent to the pope, which said there were "too many open questions and wounds which Cardinal Stepinac symbolizes," and that "his canonization, to our great regret, would return the relations between Serbs and Croats, as well as between Catholics and Orthodox faithful, back to their tragic history.”

Executive Director of the Brooklyn-based Jasenovac Research Institute Barry Lituchy also spoke for the daily to say he had been "bombarded with calls from worried Orthodox community members."

“This is a terrible tragedy, and the thought that this is an attack has not escaped us. This deeply affects everyone in the Serbian community," he said, and advised investigators "to take a close look at the recent Catholic-Orthodox relations when trying to determine what may have caused the fires in Australia and Russia."

Lituchy noted that during the 1990s wars in Yugoslavia the Serbian church in New York received threats.

According to the New York Post, the church now had "deep financial troubles" as it is "battling a major Manhattan developer over a USD 100 million project that fell through two years ago."

Belgrade to take UEFA's Kosovo decision to arbitration court


Serbia will turn to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sports in the wake of UEFA's decision on Tuesday to allow Kosovo to join its ranks.
Source: Tanjug
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UEFA's move means that sport has been put in the service of politics, Serbian Government Office for Kosovo Director Marko Djuric and Sports and Youth Minister Vanja Udovicic told a joint news conference in Belgrade.
The state will help the Football Association of Serbia (FSS), "so that the decision does not go smoothly, and as the separatists imagined."

Udovicic and Djuric also said that the UEFA congress in Budapest trampled on the organization's own statute and rights, and put sports in the service of politics.

Djuric added that the decision could turn out to be a path toward new divisions in the house of European football, "and bring up many other issues, considering that associations from other territories have already expressed an interest in membership in this organization."

"This opens Pandora's box," said Djuric, noting that Serbia has 24 UEFA members on its side - those who voted against Kosovo's admission - "and two more who have abstained."

This official remarked that the fact 11 countries which have recognized Kosovo are among them "speaks to the awareness of athletes and sports associations being on a high level."

Djuric also said that "the opponent side has lost because it failed in its attempts to change the UEFA statute, which still stipulates that only UN members can join the organization."

That is the main argument, he said, in favor of a final decision being made in Lausanne.

Djuric also said that "all our clubs" from Kosovo and Metohija will continue to compete within the FSS, and that the state will continue to assist them.

"Those who think we will stop fighting nurture illusions. We will never lose, as long as we keep fighting," Djuric stressed.

Vanja Udovicic also described UEFA's vote as "the opening of Pandora's box" paving the way toward "some new appetites," while "bringing down all the principles that UEFA stood for."

"We will use all our contacts, including personal, in order to overturn this decision," said the minister, adding that "high level negotiations on this issue are now expected."

Udovicic said UEFA's move today meant that "sport was on the losing end," and that it sent "a concrete message that politics exists in sport on the international level."

Asked whether Serbia now planned to boycott competitions, he said it was "neither the time nor the place to prejudice such decisions."

Udovicic also thinks the fact UEFA did not change its statute "means that Serbia is on the good path and is supported," and described it as "the start of further struggle."

"In the jaws of politics"

Kosovo's admission to UEFA membership is a political decision and a defeat for football, which could face unforeseeable consequences as a result, Football Association of Serbia (FSS) President Tomislav Karadzic said on Tuesday.

"Football has found itself in the jaws of politics and this is a UEFA move that could have unforeseeable consequences. For four years, the FSS fought and repelled all attempts by the self-proclaimed state (Kosovo) and then we suffered the biggest blow at the hands of the International Olympic Committee, whose admission of Kosovo was particularly highlighted by the Kosovo delegation. The FSS and our struggle became an obstacle to many, but we were unable to prevent a political abuse of football," Karadzic told the FSS website.

The governments of 38 UEFA member states have recognised Kosovo's independence and their football associations had to follow instructions from politicians, Karadzic said, adding that European football's governing body should not have yielded to political pressure.

EU organised crime fears after Albanian who came to UK illegally is nabbed in £1.5million coke bust


EXCLUSIVE: Brexit campaigners warn numbers of gangsters in Britain will go up as countries like Albania join European Union

By MIKE SULLIVAN, Crime Editor:  

EXCLUSIVE

04:40, 2 May 2016
 
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The Home Secretary said Albania had 'serious problems with organised crime, corruption, and sometimes even terrorism' EPA
AN Albanian refused entry to Britain six weeks ago was under arrest last night after £1.5million of cocaine was seized by cops.
The suspect, 21, was held with another Albanian when the National Crime Agency busted a drugs ring on Friday.
The arrests came as Cabinet heavyweights Theresa May and Michael Gove issued warnings about the threat to the UK from gangsters from Albania, currently bidding to join the EU.
The Sun can reveal how the 21-year-old attempted to enter Britain at Stanstead Airport, Essex, six weeks ago but was turned away.
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The National Crime Agency busted the drugs ring, swooping on a handover in North West London PRESS ASSOCIATION
He is thought to have sneaked into the UK a fortnight ago with false identity documents.
The man was arrested following an investigation into an organised crime network involved in the large-scale supply of Class A drugs in London.
He was nabbed in Stanmore, North West London, where police seized 3kg of cocaine at a handover and 10kg at a nearby address.
Once cut, the high-purity cocaine would be worth around £1.5million on the streets.
One source said: “One of the two men arrested is a 21-year-old Albanian who tried to come into Britain six weeks ago but was turned back at Stanstead.
“Within a matter of a just a few weeks he was able to come into the country illegally and arrested over a big drug job.
“It begs the question over how he was able to get into the UK so soon afterwards.”

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Last week Home Secretary Theresa May – who supports staying in the EU – warned of the dangers of gangsters arriving from countries currently applying for membership of the European Union.
Mrs May said Albania, Serbia and Turkey had “poor populations and serious problems with organised crime, corruption, and sometimes even terrorism”.
She added: “We have to ask ourselves, is it really right that the EU should just continue to expand, conferring upon all new member states all the rights of membership?”
Ten per cent of European prisoners in UK jails are said to come from Albania.
And leading Brexit campaigner Michael Gove suggested the ranks of Albanian gangsters already in Britain will only expand once the country joins the EU.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Gove said: “The Home Secretary knows the problem is very far from diminishing.”
The NCA confirmed two Albanian nationals were arrested on Friday night.
— PASHK Kolicaj, 21, and Ened Molla, 27, will appear at Hendon magistrates’ court this morning charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Drymades, Himara Region: Talk about negative developments on the properties



On Monday, May 2, held in Dhermi the meeting by The Chimarioton of Community of America on the occasion of the latest developments in Himara.

The organization is very active in the US on concerning Himara issues and has organized many meetings with foreign local politicians and diplomats, invited the people of Himara and political actors to participate in this meeting and actively support local community in difficult moments passing lately because of the actions of the Albanian Government.

The meeting took place in a live connection (via Skype) with community representatives to Chimarioton and representative of the American Embassy in Tirana.

The meeting discussed the recent negative developments in Himara regarding the violation of the constitutional right to property and the actions of the muni

Football: Kosovo joins UEFA, has sights on FIFA vote


Football Federation of Kosovo becomes 55th UEFA member eight years after independence
Football: Kosovo joins UEFA, has sights on FIFA vote
By Fatjon Prroni
ANKARA
Eight years after declaring independence, Kosovo on Tuesday became the newest member of UEFA, the governing body of European football.
The vote paves the way for FIFA membership later this month.
Acting UEFA President Angel Maria Villar, speaking at a UEFA congress streamed live from Budapest, Hungary, said Kosovo’s application was accepted by 28 votes to 24 and two abstentions.
The vote allows the Kosovan national team to compete for the European Championships and for Kosovan clubs to participate in UEFA competitions such as the Europa and Champions leagues.
It also raises hopes that a similar vote at the FIFA Congress on May 13 will allow Kosovo to participate in the qualifying rounds of the 2018 World Cup this autumn.
Fadil Vokrri, president of the Football Federation of Kosovo, described the vote as an “historical moment” and said: “It is a great emotion… I extend my gratitude to all of you.”
The President of the Serbian Football Association Tomislav Karadzic strongly opposed the move, citing Kosovo’s lack of UN membership. Kosovo was previously governed by Serbia.
A number of national teams, including Albania, Switzerland and Belgium, have players who trace their roots to Kosovo and who could switch their allegiance now the country is recognized by UEFA.
Despite this, the president of the Albanian Football Federation, Armand Duka, strongly supported the bid.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and is recognized by more than 110 UN members, including the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany and Turkey. Serbia and its allies have lobbied against Kosovan bids to join international organizations and Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has threatened to veto any UN membership bid.
Kosovo is due to compete in this year’s Olympic Games, having gained International Olympic Committee membership in December 2014.
UEFA also elected Florence Hardouin of France as the first female member of the UEFA Executive Committee on Tuesday.

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Vote to Remain In The European Union is a Vote for Open Borders with Turkey, Albania, Gove Warns

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The Justice Secretary Michael Gove has warned of the dangers of staying in an ever expanding European Union (EU). Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey joining the EU over the next few years would open the door to 88 million people, all eligible to come to the UK for treatment on the NHS and for a British education for their children, he said.

On January 1, 2014, 27 million Romanians and Bulgarians gained the right to live and work freely in Britain. Those warning that tens of thousands would come were accused of “inflammatory rhetoric”, yet their predictions proved correct. Today, the Government has no clear figures on how many people are coming to the UK from Europe as the official figure is an estimate, but what is clear is that immigration is at an all time high.

But far from dealing with the problem of unregulated immigration, membership of the EU guarantees that over the next few years, Britain will be opened up to the citizens of at least five more countries: Turkey and the Baltic nations.

“When Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey join the EU, another 88 million people will soon be eligible for NHS care and school places for their children,” Mr Gove has written in an article for the Daily Mail.

“And what will even more immigration from the EU mean for access to housing across the UK? How many more homes will we need and how many more green acres will go? What will it mean for jobs and wages?

“Can we maintain the apprenticeships we need, safeguard the jobs of the future and ensure people can maintain a decent standard of living, when up to 88 million people from nations much poorer than our own will have the right to live and work here?

“As we introduce the National Living Wage, the pull of the UK could prove irresistible.

“Even for those with jobs in Albania, average incomes are just one seventh of those in the UK. The figure for Serbia is less than one fifth.”

And there are further problems with the accession of the Balkan countries that go beyond merely numbers. The EU’s free movement policy assumes that all European member states enjoy parity not only economically, but socially too. But as Gove points out, criminality and corruption are rife in Eastern Europe in a way that Western Europe just doesn’t yet experience.

He cites Home Secretary Theresa May, who backs the remain campaign but nevertheless warned this week: “The states now negotiating to join the EU include Albania, Serbia and Turkey — countries with poor populations and serious problems with organised crime, corruption, and sometimes even terrorism.

‘We have to ask ourselves, is it really right that the EU should just continue to expand, conferring upon all new member states all the rights of membership?

“Do we really think now is the time to contemplate a land border between the EU and countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria?”

Mr. Gove agrees: “The Home Secretary’s worries are spot on. As Justice Secretary, I am well aware that there are around 10,000 foreign criminals in our jails — and one in 20 of those is Albanian.

“Of all the prisoners in our jails who come from European countries, 10 per cent come from Albania — yet Albania comprises less than half of one per cent of the overall population of Europe.

“Those prisoners currently cost the British taxpayer almost £18 million a year to keep in custody. And that’s before Albanian citizens even have the right to move to the UK!

“The Home Secretary knows the problem is very far from diminishing. Already this year we’ve seen 20 gangsters from Albania convicted of running a brutal drugs ring in Manchester.”

He added: “They are serious criminals who came here on forged Italian and Greek documents. European laws allow anyone with ID cards from EU countries — not even full passports — to enter the UK.

“Italy’s cardboard documents are a particular favourite with criminals because they can be so easily forged.

“Last year, there was a 70 per cent increase in the number of people trying to get into Britain with fraudulent European papers.

“And in the vanguard were Albanian criminals using fake Greek and Italian ID papers.”

And he concurs with May on Turkey, saying: “How can it possibly be sensible to allow Turkey, in its current straits, and with Islamic State on its border, to become a full member of the EU?

“There has to be a better way for Britain to protect our vital interests.

Gove, a self-proclaimed “internationalist” is keen to stress that his arguments are not isolationist — he is not proposing to stop immigration altogether and pull up the drawbridge.

“I support controlled migration — I believe Britain is strengthened by new people, new ideas and new cultures. But you can have too much of a good thing.”

Ultimately, his arguments are about British sovereignty: “The truth is that we cannot rely on the European Union to operate in our interests,” he says.

“The failure of the Government’s recent renegotiation of our membership to bring back any powers over immigration demonstrated that other EU nations and the Brussels elite just aren’t interested in reforming Europe.

“What they are determined to do is deepen and widen their political union. And because our veto was watered down in the recent negotiations, the countries of the eurozone now have the power to get their way, unimpeded, on a slew of European issues.

“We can no longer prevent them imposing their will on us.

“The only way we can be certain to prevent a future UK government agreeing to the Albanian Option, and stop our borders being lowered to allow millions more to be admitted, is to take back control and leave the European Union.”

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Albania parades nuclear bunkers for tourism and to preserve Communist history


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Sunday, May 1, 2016,
FEB. 16, 2016 PHOTO Gent Shkullaku/AP

Former Albanian politician prisoner Besim Ndregjoni walks outside a formerly top-secret installation meant to keep Albania running after a nuclear attack.

TIRANA, Albania — Who doesn't want to see a formerly top-secret Communist nuclear bunker?
A facility that was designed to keep Albania running after a nuclear attack is the latest relic of the country's dark Communist past that is being reinvented as a modern tourist attraction.
In its swords-to-ploughshares drive, the Socialist government has already announced plans to open an island fortress to tourists and auction off the country's decrepit Soviet and Chinese fighter jets.
The small Balkan nation has no end of useless military installations and weaponry, a legacy of the paranoid, isolationist regime that ruled it with an iron fist for about 50 years after the end of World War II.
FEB. 16, 2016 PHOTO Gent Shkullaku/AP

A stone hallway leads through the Tirana bunker.

Fearing invasion by a host of imaginary enemies — imperialists, social-imperialists (as other Communist countries deemed ideologically unsound were termed) or restless, land-hungry neighbors — Albania's regime had about 700,000 concrete bunkers of all sizes built across the country.
A quarter-century after the Communists' fall, most are still there, the bigger ones serving as sheep barns, bars, restaurants, public toilets, love nests for furtive couples or even as homes.
The queen of them all — a secret five-story underground extravaganza on the outskirts of the capital Tirana to protect Albania's army command from nuclear attack — opened to the public two years ago. It has since closed due to funding shortages. Authorities are planning to reopen it this summer.
FEB. 16, 2016 PHOTO Gent Shkullaku/AP

Tables and chairs are the only furniture in a wood-paneled room in the underground bunker in Tirana.

Now, its smaller sibling in downtown Tirana is tapped to become a museum of the Communist era, sparking complaints from Albania's conservative opposition party that the governing Socialists are trying to glorify the country's dark past.
Located under the Interior Ministry, the secret nuclear bunker was built in the early 1980s to shelter ministry staff. Auron Tare, who heads a government tourism agency, says opening the former bunker as a museum will help preserve the country's history.
"Twenty-five years after the fall of communism, the younger generations have no idea of what that regime was (like)," he told The Associated Press. "The collective memories of the communist regime, which had so much impact on the country's life, are being wiped out fast."
The bunker also has toilets and urinals. Gent Shkullaku/AP

The bunker also has toilets and urinals.

The 1,000-square-meter bunker has thick reinforced concrete walls to withstand nuclear attack. Machinery kept the air fresh from radioactive pollution, generators provided electricity, and water came from a well inside the structure. Its old East German-made air conditioning system is still functioning.
Staff offices doubled as dormitories and were equipped with iron tables and beds. The minister had a small, wood-paneled suite to himself, which included a small room for his secretary, a bedroom and bathroom, and a hotline to the party's leadership.
Authorities hope to open it to the public later this year.
FEB. 16, 2016 PHOTO Gent Shkullaku/AP

A wood-paneled office has been refurbished inside the old bunker in Tirana being reinvented as a modern tourist attraction.

The structure has already triggered controversy. An anti-government rally by the conservative Democratic Party late last year ended with a riot at the Interior Ministry, with protesters trying to destroy a small replica bunker that will provide access to the shelter.
Architect Artan Shkreli, who is involved in the bunker project, says the criticism is "absurd," but was pleased that the new entrance weathered the attack.
"Hundreds of thousands of bunkers built by the communist regime were never tested," he said. "That fake bunker ... passed the test!"

Saturday, April 30, 2016

U.S. analysts: Serbians choose EU, reject Russia


The convincing victory of Aleksandar Vucic and his SNS party in the elections last Sunday was expected, American analysts believe.
Source: Tanjug
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They estimate that the result "shows a clear commitment of citizens of Serbia to the pro-EU path."
"The most important conclusion after the victory of Prime Minister Vucic is that the Serbian people continued to show determination to go toward the European Union," said Edward Joseph, an analyst with the Institute of Current World Affairs.

He told Voice of America this is all the more important when the alternative is the leader of the SRS Vojislav Seselj, who was recently acquitted by the Hague Tribunal.

According to Joseph, it is important that citizens of Serbia "rejected the path to Russia and clearly supported the continuation of the path towards the EU."

Daniel Serwer from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said that he expected Vucic to win, and convincingly.

He, however, believes it is more important to pay attention to others who have received votes in the election, and taking this into account - "true democracy is not yet present in Serbia."

"I do not see a viable opposition that can be in power. For me, democracy is when you have a real possibility of change of government, and I do not see this possibility in Serbia today," Serwer said.

This analyst thinks that neither Seselj nor will the divided liberal democrats will come to power.

Serwer noted that this was "not Vucic's fault" but rather "a consequence of his success."

"I am not against Vucic, but that is how democracy functions," Tanjug reported him as telling Voice of America.

Serwer also believes that Vucic should now use the election victory to take concrete steps to demonstrate the commitment to the West. The first among them, he suggested, could Serbia "imposing sanctions against Russia" over Ukraine.

Reality Check: Will UK pay £1.8bn to Albania and Turkey?

BBCPresident of Albania Bujar Nishani (L) with European council President Donald Tusk next to a quote from Vote Leave: UK pays £1.8bn to help Albania and Turkey join the EU.”

The Claim: Vote Leave says the UK will be obliged to pay £1.8bn by 2020 to encourage Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey to join the EU.
Reality check verdict: Over a seven year period, £1.2bn of the UK's contributions to the EU Budget will go to seven candidate states. The UK committed another £250m towards helping Turkey support Syrian refugees for two years and might commit more in the future.
Vote Leave says the UK government will pay Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey a total of £1.2bn between 2014 and 2020 as part of the EU fund to help these countries to join the EU.
They say that the UK will pay Turkey a further £640m "as part of the recent EU-Turkey deal designed to facilitate Turkish accession to the EU", bringing the total to £1.84bn.
In 2014 the EU agreed to use a total of €11.7bn (£9.1bn) from its seven-year budget 2014-2020 to help seven EU candidate countries - Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo - make political and economic reforms.
Turkey, the largest of the seven countries, will receive a total of €4.5bn over the seven year period. Albania will receive €649m.
On the basis of the 2014-2020 EU fund, Vote Leave calculated the UK's share of the total the EU is spending on reforms in those seven countries.
The UK's contribution to the EU Budget varies from year to year. It has been around 12% to 13% of the total in recent years and the Treasury says it was 12.57% in 2015. Vote Leave used the UK's 2015 share of the total and 2014 exchange rates and arrived at the figure of £1.2bn as the UK contribution to the programme.
Of the seven countries helped by this EU fund, Turkey has progressed furthest in its pursuit of EU membership, but it is nevertheless unlikely to join in the next 10 years.

Deal on refugees

The second part of this claim, that the EU recently agreed a deal with Turkey "to facilitate Turkish accession to the EU" is incorrect.
The EU and Turkey signed a deal in November 2015 to support Syrian refugees in Turkey in an attempt to reduce the number of refugees crossing into Greece. The EU will provide €3bn over the next two years for this programme, €1bn of which will come from the EU budget and the rest from contributions from member states according to the size of their economies.
Germany, which has the biggest economy, will pay €428m, while the UK will pay €328m (£250m).
The UK's contribution will count towards the UK's aid target of 0.7% of national income.
In addition, the EU promised an extra €3bn for Turkey by 2018 if the first programme for supporting Syrian refugees is successfully completed. There is no detail on whether this would come out of the EU Budget or be met by bilateral contributions.

Read more: The facts behind claims in the EU debate

Friday, April 29, 2016

Albania Confirms Fugitive's Arrest in Netherlands

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After nine months on the run from his life jail sentence, Albanian police have confirmed at Arben Frroku is under arrest in Holland.

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  Arben Frroku behind bars | Photo by : LSA
Albanian police have confirmed that Arben Frroku - who has been on the run since June 2015 - is under arrest in Holland, having been identified by his fingerprints while living under false documents.
Confirmation came after former prime minister Sali Berisha claimed that the Albanian police were deliberately not collaborating with the Dutch authorities on the atter in order to avoid his extradition.
“Do you know that Arben Frroku has been arrested for two months now - but the Ministry of Interior is not sending any confirmation of this?” Berisha told an interview with News 24 television.
Albanian police on Thursday confirmed Frroku's arrest in Holland - but did not say when the arrest actually occurred.
“Interpol in The Hague announced today at 17:15 to Interpol Tirana that Arben Frroku, sentenced by Albanian Justice to life imprisonment, was identified and arrested,” the Albanian police press release noted.
“Interpol Tirana had been in contact during the last few days with... The Netherlands regarding this issue, but only this afternoon (28 April) came confirmation that the person arrested for using fake documents under the name 'Renato Tsepa', was in fact Arben Frroku,” the press release added.
Frroku was sentenced to life in prison last year for murdering Dritan Lamaj, a police officer, on the evening of 24 February 2013.
He was arrested the following day in Thessaloniki, Greece. The businessman and head of a political party that his brother, Mark Frroku, later headed, pleaded not guilty. His lawyer claimed he was far away from the murder scene at that time.
The Court of First Instance in Tirana found him not guilty on April 3, 2015. However the Court of Appeals of Serious Crimes overturned the verdict on 29 June, 2015, found him guilty and sentenced him to life in jail. In the meantime, he had left the country, however.
Frroku’s younger brother, Mark, who was an MP in parliament until he resigned last year, was arrested in April 2015 for perjury concerning allegations of a fake murder plot against two MPs, but also based on an arrest warrant from Belgium where the authorities seek him for a murder that took place in 1999.
A Brussels court has ruled that he was guilty of the premeditated murder of an Albanian citizen, Aleksander Kurti, in March 1999, in collaboration with three other men.

The Latest: Albania Stages Exercise to Prepare for Migrants


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BERLIN — Apr 29, 201
The Latest on Europe's response to migrants (all times local):



Albania's Defense Ministry says the navy and law enforcement authorities have held joint sea military exercises in preparation of a possible influx of refugees.

A statement Friday said some navy ships held the codenamed "Vlora Sarex 16" exercises at Vlora Bay, 145 kilometers (90 miles) south of the capital, Tirana, simulating "prevention of human trafficking and stopping traffickers ... and also a search-and-rescue operation."

Albania, a NATO member since 2009, borders Greece, where tens of thousands of migrants have been stranded after the closure of the Balkan corridor, and Macedonia.

Though it hasn't been a transit route so far, Albania is cooperating with the European agencies to prepare for a possible flow of migrants.

Serbian Defense Minister Reveals Four Pillars of Belgrade's Foreign Policy

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11:47 29.04.2016
Serbia's foreign policy rests on four pillars, the country's defense minister told Sputnik.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Serbia is a neutral country that relies on the development of multidirectional foreign policy to maintain rapport with all global powers, Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic told Sputnik.

"Our foreign policy rests on four pillars — Moscow, Brussels, Washington and Beijing. Also, our military cooperation is built on a principal of neutrality. We try to maintain good relationships with all states."

Protesters holding a banner that reads: Serbia is not NATO during a protest against NATO in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
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Say No to NATO: Serbia Intends to Maintain Military Neutrality
Serbia's military neutrality is enshrined in a 2007 parliamentary resolution. However, in February, the country passed a law to cooperate with NATO through an Individual Partnership Action Plan.
Asked about Serbia’s possible plans to join the US-led bloc, Djordjevic pointed out that Serbia, a Balkan nation surrounded by NATO members, "wants to develop cooperation with all countries."

Since 2014, NATO has been building up its military presence in Europe, particularly in Eastern European countries bordering Russia, using Moscow's alleged interference in Ukraine as a pretext for the move.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Trump Declines to Rule Out Nuclear Strike Against Daesh

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares You're fired! at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire
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The Republican frontrunner has been both excoriated for knowing nothing about foreign policy, and celebrated for thinking outside the box. In reality, nobody seems to have a clue what he’ll do, and that arguably includes himself.

On Thursday, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump refused to rule out the possibility of using nuclear weapons against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, but signaled that such a measure would be a last resort, referring to the carnage of atomic weaponry as "a horror."
Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.
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Kerry Calls on Russia to Influence Damascus to Abide by Truce After Alleged Aleppo Hospital Attack

"The power of weaponry today is the single greatest problem that our world has, and it’s not global warming like our president said, it’s the power of weapons – in particular nuclear weapons," said Trump.

Washington foreign policy establishment appointees have scorned the presidential nominee for being a foreign policy lightweight, after Trump called for a reworking of America’s commitment to NATO and the normalizing of relations with Russia.

The billionaire nominee received even more scorn from Beltway think tank "experts" following a keynote speech on foreign policy Wednesday before the National Press Club at Washington, DC’s Mayflower hotel.

The speech, in which the candidate rather innocently said that the primary focus of his foreign policy would be to put "America First," received instant and obtuse rebuke suggesting that the nominee was a covert Nazi-sympathizer. "America First" was the slogan of Charles Lindbergh in the late 1930s, calling for the United States to stay out of World War II, despite the spreading scourge of Nazism.
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Carter: Ultimate Goal of Deploying US Troops to Syria is to Retake Raqqa From Daesh

The candidate’s speech called for a generally less interventionist use of the military, with a move away from influencing and policing world policy, providing security to European and Asian countries, and committing to regional conflicts with no endgame strategy.

Trump’s calls for non-intervention were at times at odds with his muscular foreign policy propositions, including the wiping out of Daesh "so fast that they won’t know what hit them," and plans to revamp the military, focusing on upgrading the US Navy and nuclear arsenal, in addition to addressing troop shortages.

The candidate’s foreign policy stance focused not only on military policy, but also on economic and trade policy. The candidate’s stated main objection to NATO is that the United States provides 78% of the funds and troops. Trump listed similar objections to the US military presence in Asia. He called for a renegotiation of trade deals, to bring an end to the $500 billion trade imbalance between the US and China.

In a stark departure from conventional foreign policy, Trump declared the benefits of "unpredictability," refusing to lay out the exact steps he would take to address the Daesh terror threat and other security challenges. The candidate blasted the Obama Administration for announcing troop deployments and strategy to America’s enemies, claiming that "we tell them what we’re going to do, it’s insane."
A man watches a TV news program showing a file footage of North Korea's rocket launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 28, 2016.
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Second Missile Launch Carried Out by N Korea on Thursday Most Likely Failed

In response, mainstream analysts fired back at Trump, saying that he uses "unpredictability" to mask the fact that he doesn’t have a plan. Trump responded to these charges by saying, "I know foreign policy, I know foreign policy so well, believe me, I went to the best schools and I’m a very smart guy."

Responses to his statement were, for the most part, unprintable, as Trump has already announced that "I have the best words."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

REACTIONS FOR THE SITUATION IN HIMARA REGION, UHRP AND HIMARA ORGANISATIONS




“Tjetërsimi i pronave në Bregdet, në caqet e një “genocidi pronësor". Vëmendje ndërkombëtare për komunitetin historik të Himarës"

Postuar në 27 Prill, 2016 18:05
Partia Bashkimi për të Drejtat e Njeriut ka dalë sot me një deklaratë për shtyp përmes së cilës ka apeluar për vëmendje ndërkombëtare ndaj asaj që e quan “trajtim të komunitetit historik të Himarës”. Në deklaratë nënvizohet ndërhyrja që po ndodh në zonën e Bregdetit ndaj pronës, nën emrin e kthimit të saj dhe të kualifikimit si monument kulture, duke mos u ndalur as edhe para pronave të Kishës. “Këto ditë të javës së Madhe dhe të Shenjte të Pashkës Orthodhokse, por njëherësh edhe të pragçeljes së sezonit turistik, Dhermiu dhe Vunoi në veçanti dhe gjithë Bashkia e Himarës në përgjithësi janë venë "nën pushtimin" e buldozerëve, skrapeve dhe forcave të Inspektoratit Kombëtar të Mbrojtjes së Territorit.
Diku me evokim selektiv të ligjit dhe diku të "maliqit", vjelin haraçe, prishin objekte, tjetërsojnë prona. Kërcënojnë çdo familje individualisht dhe kultivojnë panik kolektiv.
Frymëzimet Kokedhima-Rama të mishëruara në "projekte zhvillimi" për bregun e Jonit synojnë tjetërsimin tërësor të statusit pronësor në dem të pronarëve të ligjshëm privatë, komunitarë dhe kishtarë. Thirrja jonë i drejtohet së pari zotit Rama që të ndërpresë menjëherë këtë ndërmarrje që prek caqet e një "genocidi pronësor" dhe së dyti komunitetit ndërkombëtar që të kthejë vështrimin dhe të shikojë se si trajtohet komuniteti historik i Himarës nga qeveria e një vendi kandidat të BE”, thuhet në deklaratë.

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Himarrioton Society of America


"We the HSA are calling for a stop to the illegal and inhumane acts of the Construction Inspectorate and the intimidation practices by State Police against the people of Dhrimadhes and Vuno. We ask the entire Himarrioton Community, wherever they presently reside to UNITE and STAND UP against the destruction of our patriots’ homes and properties. A fully corrupted state which is headed by a criminal minded government that does not recognize any of our legal and property rights and year after year and time after time violates our human rights at will, has no legal authority over freedom loving people of Himara.

We must put a stop to this government sponsored vandalism, NOW!!!"




KOMUNITETI HIMARIOT

AKSIONI, NUK KA GARANZI SE CFAR MUND TE NDODHE NESER,,,

TRI AMBASADA, USA, EU DHE GREKE, PO MONITOROJNE AKSIONIN E QEVERISE SHQIPTARE, PER TE DITUR SE CFAR KA SYNIM, QEVERIA, E CILA PO DEMTON PASURITE E HIMARIOTEVE AUTOKTONE, NE NJE KOHE QE VEPRA MADHORE, E PRESIN QEVERINE DHE PARLAMENTIN, PER TE LUFTUAR KRIMIN DHE TE KALOJNE REFORMEN NE DREJTESI DERI NE QERSHOR.

KOMUNITETI HIMARIOT, NE NJE TAKIM SPECIAL, KA INFORMUAR SOT, AMBASADORIN GREK NE TIRANE Z. ROKANA, PER AKSIONET E FUNDIT TE INUK, NDERSA HIMARIOTE TE TJERE ME PASAPORTA USA DHE EU, JANE DREJTUAR AMBASADAVE PERKATESE NE TIRANE.

LIDHUR ME NJE VALE SHQETESIMESH NE RAJONIN E HIMARES, ME KONKRETISHT NE DHERMI DHE VUNO NE PRAG TE FESTES SE PASHKEVE DHE CELJEN E SEZONIT TURISTIK, HIMARA ESHTE VENEN NE TERRORIN E INUK DHE TE FORCAVE TE USHTRISE.

QYTETAREVE HIMARIOTE AUTOKTONE, U LIHEN NE DERRE TE SHTEPISE LETRA QE LAJMEROJNE SE DO TU PRISHET SHTEPIA APO BISNESI NE PRONEN E TYRE 3 MIJE VJECARE.

BANORET E SAJ VECANERISHT NE DHERMI, TE CILET NE MUNGESE TE TE RRINJVE, JANE TE MOSHUAR DHE PENSIONISTE, JANE SHOKUAR NGA VENDOSMERIA E NJE GRUPI PREJ  30-40 PERSONASH CIVILE QE NE CDO KONFRONTIM, PERDORIN FJALEN "JEMI SHTET DHE KETU DO BEJME SI TE DUAM NE" ME MAKINA TE USHTRISE DHE INUK, QE I TERORIZOJNE PREJ NJE JAVE, ME TE NJEJTIN SHKAK: DO PRISHEN NDERTIMET QE PRISHIN IMAZHIN E QENDRES MUZEALE TE FSHATIT.

KOMUNITETI HIMARIOT I BEN THIRJE Z. RAMA, TE JETE I KUJDESHSHEM ME BANORET E DHERMIUT, DHE GJITHE HIMARES, DHE TE MOS PERSERITET IMAZHI QE SHKAKTOI PRISHJA E KISHES AG ATHANASIOS, PER TE VETMIN SHKAK SE NUK DUHET TE PRISHET IMAZHI I HIMARES TURISTIKE NE PRAG TE SEZONIT SI DHE QE BANORET TE FESTOJNE PASHKET JO NE SHTET RRETHIM. ASKUSH NUK KA TE DREJTE TE NDRYSHOJE HISTORINE PER FAKTIN SE ESHTE "SHTET APO QEVERI".



HIMARA.GR

Πριν από λίγες ημέρες κατεδαφίστηκε στο Πύλιουρι της Χιμάρας το κτήριο που φιλοξενούσε το παντοπωλείο του χωριού. Στον Τύπο είδαμε φωτογραφίες από τους ηλικιωμένους κατοίκους του χωριού, οι οποίοι παρακαλούσαν να μην τους χαλάσουν τη μοναδική πηγή ζωής, ενώ ο δυστυχής ιδιοκτήτης του κτηρίου, ο μόνος κάτω των 65 ετών και πατέρας των δύο μοναδικών ανήλικων παιδιών του χωριού, περιφερόταν τριγύρω αμήχανα. Οι ηλικιωμένοι του Πύλιουρι προσπάθησαν να εμποδίσουν την κατεδάφιση αλλά κανείς δεν μπορεί να τα βάλει με αυτό το θηρίο, το κράτος. Η εύκολη κίνηση είναι να κατέβουν στην πόλη της Χιμάρας, ενώ ο κατεστραμμένος οικονομικά ιδιοκτήτης του παντοπωλείου σίγουρα θα κόψει ένα εισιτήριο χωρίς επιστροφή για την Αθήνα γι' αυτόν και την οικογένειά του.
Το παντοπωλείο στο Πύλιουρι γκρεμίστηκε για να φτιαχτεί μια καινούργια πλατεία, αλλά για ποιόν;
Αντίστοιχο σκηνικό και στο χωριό Δρυμάδες όπου έφτασαν αστυνομικές δυνάμεις και συνεργεία με εκρηκτικά για να ανατινάξουν τα καινούργια σπίτια του χωριού καθώς δεν συνάδουν με τα νέα κριτήρια που επέβαλλε η αλβανική Κυβέρνηση ύστερα από την ανακήρυξη του χωριού ως Ιστορικό Κέντρο.
Επόμενα στη σειρά είναι το χωριό Βουνό και το παλιό χωριό της Χιμάρας, ενώ κανείς δεν ξέρει μπροστά σε ποιου την πόρτα θα σταματήσουν την επόμενη μέρα οι μπουλντόζες. Και δεν είναι μόνο οι μπουλντόζες της Αστυνομίας αλλά και ο στρατός ανατινάζει σπίτια κι επιχειρήσεις σαν αντίλαλο στις καθημερινές εκρήξεις δυναμίτη που τοποθετούν εγκληματικές οργανώσεις ανά την Αλβανία.
Συνέχεια ακούμε τις φράσεις: "θα τη φτιάξουμε τη Χιμάρα" και "θα επαναφέρουμε τη Χιμάρα στην αυθεντικότητα". Κανείς, όμως, δεν μας λέει αν μας θέλουν σε αυτή τη Χιμάρα...
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DEKLARATE E KOMUNITETIT HIMARIOT RRETH AKSIONEVE TE INUK DHE USHTRISE, NE DHERMI DHE VUNO TE HIMARES








KOMUNITETI HIMARIOT

"HIMARA NUK GJUNJEZOHET ME MEDOTA OSMANO KOMUNISTE: KUJDES, KA HISTORI, ASKUSH NUK MUND TA DIJE SE SI MUND TE PERCEPROJNE GJERAT.

TRI AMBASADA, USA, EU DHE GREKE, PO MONITOROJNE AKSIONIN E QEVERISE SHQIPTARE, PER TE DITUR SE CFAR KA SYNIM, QEVERIA SHQIPTARE, E CILA PO DEMTON PASURITE E HIMARIOTEVE AUTOKTONE, NE NJE KOHE QE VEPRA MADHORE, E PRESIN QEVERINE DHE PARLAMENTIN, PER TE LUFTUAR KRIMIN DHE TE KALOJNE REFORMEN NE DREJTESI DERI NE QERSHOR.

KOMUNITETI HIMARIOT, NE NJE TAKIM SPECIAL, KA INFORMUAR SOT NE TIRANE, AMBASADORIN GREK NE TIRANE Z. ROKANA, PER AKSIONET E FUNDIT TE INUK, NDERSA HIMARIOTE TE TJERE ME PASAPORTA USA DHE EU, JANE DREJTUAR AMBASADAVE PERKATESE NE TIRANE.

LIDHUR ME NJE VALE SHQETESIMESH NE RAJONIN E HIMARES, ME KONKRETISHT NE DHERMI DHE VUNO NE PRAG TE FESTES SE PASHKEVE DHE CELJEN E SEZONIT TURISTIK, HIMARA ESHTE VENEN NE TERRORIN E INUK DHE TE FORCAVE TE USHTRISE.

QYTETAREVE HIMARIOTE AUTOKTONE, U LIHEN NE DERRE TE SHTEPISE LETRA QE LAJMEROJNE SE DO TU PRISHET SHTEPIA APO BISNESI NE PRONEN E TYRE 3 MIJE VJECARE.

BANORET E SAJ VECANERISHT NE DHERMI, TE CILET NE MUNGESE TE TE RRINJVE, JANE TE MOSHUAR DHE PENSIONISTE, JANE SHOKUAR NGA VENDOSMERIA E NJE GRUPI PREJ 30-40 PERSONASH CIVILE QE NE CDO KONFRONTIM, PERDORIN FJALEN "JEMI SHTET DHE KETU DO BEJME SI TE DUAM NE" ME MAKINA TE USHTRISE DHE INUK, QE I TERORIZOJNE PREJ NJE JAVE, ME TE NJEJTIN SHKAK: DO PRISHEN NDERTIMET QE PRISHIN IMAZHIN E QENDRES MUZEALE TE FSHATIT.

KOMUNITETI HIMARIOT I BEN THIRJE Z. RAMA, TE JETE I KUJDESHSHEM ME BANORET E DHERMIUT, DHE GJITHE HIMARES, DHE TE MOS PERSERITET IMAZHI QE SHKAKTOI PRISHJA E KISHES AG ATHANASIOS, PER TE VETMIN SHKAK SE NUK DUHET TE PRISHET IMAZHI I HIMARES TURISTIKE NE PRAG TE SEZONIT SI DHE QE BANORET TE FESTOJNE PASHKET JO NE SHTET RRETHIM. ASKUSH NUK KA TE DREJTE TE NDRYSHOJE HISTORINE PER FAKTIN SE ESHTE "SHTET APO QEVERI".

NA DUHET TE PERSERISIM SE VEC PROBLEMIT TE PRONAVE, MES QEVERISE SHQIPTARE DHE QYTETAREVE HIMARIOTE TE CILET NUK JANE VETEM QYTETARE SHQIPTARE POR AMERIKANE DHE EUROPIANE, TE CILET NUK PERFAQESOJNE DOMOSDOSHMERISHT LINJEN DHE MENDIMET E AUTORITETET VENDORE DHE POLITIKE TE QEVERISE, KANE LINDUR KONTRADIKTA THELLESISHT KONFLIKTUALE, ETNIKE DHE POLITIKE, PER TE CILEN, ASKUSH NUK MUND TE DIJE SHKALLEN E RREZIKUT DHE TE STABILITETIN NE TE ARDHMEN, KJO PER FAKTIN SE NE MEDIAN SHQIPTARE, NUK JEPET ASNJE LAJM DHE NUK INFORMOHET OPINIONI PUBLIK I SHENDISHE SHQIPTAR.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Trump Urges Bernie Sanders to Break With Dems for Independent Run


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs for supporters at the conclusion of a Donald Trump rally at Millington Regional Jetport on February 27, 2016 in Millington, Tennessee
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22:00 26.04.2016
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he believes Senator Bernie Sanders should run as an Independent.


Trump has made it a point to compare himself, and his struggle with the  Republican Party establishment, to the challenges Senator Sanders faces within the Democratic Party, suggesting that they are both treated unfairly.
“Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats—both with delegates & otherwise,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “He should show them, and run as an Independent!”


Following the tweet, Jane Sanders, the candidate’s wife, was interviewed on television, stating that her husband will not “play the role of spoiler,” running as an Independent.

Candidate Sanders, who was an Independent in the Senate, also asserted that he will continue to run as a Democrat.

On Sunday, he spoke out about his unfair treatment at the hands of  the Democratic Party establishment.

"So it sounds like the party, though, you feel like it's been fair to you?" the interviewer asked Sanders. The candidate greeted the slights with a shrug.


Neck and Neck: Clinton, Trump Take 50 Percent National Lead in Latest Poll
"No. I think we have — look, we're taking on the establishment. That's pretty clear," the Senator responded. "The fact that we had debates that were scheduled — pretty clearly, to my mind — at a time when there would be minimal viewing audience, et cetera, et cetera. But you know, that's the way it is. We knew we were taking on the establishment. And here we are. So not complaining."

Tuesday’s tweet is not the first time Trump has mentioned the unfair treatment of Sanders. Earlier this month he said, “week after week — he wins, he wins, he wins, he wins — then I watch you and I watch all of the pundits and they say ‘but he can’t win.’ You know why? It’s stacked against him. It really is. It’s stacked against him. In his case it’s super delegates, in my case it’s the obvious.”

Trump has also previously hinted at the possibility of his own Independent run, and, if Sanders did the same, the four-way race would be unprecedented in the history of American politics.

Το παρασκήνιο της σύλληψης του Νικολάκη Νεράντζη

Στις 23 Απριλίου, η Αλβανική αστυνομία προσπάθησε να συλλάβει τον πρώην βουλευτή της Χιμάρας με το LSI, Νικολάκη Νεράντζη στα κεντρικά γραφεία της επιχείρησης του στα Τίρανα ενώ οργάνωνε έκθεση τροφίμων, παρουσία των υπαλλήλων και καλεσμένων, ανάμεσα τους και διπλωματικοί αντιπρόσωποι στην Αλβανία.
Η προσπάθεια σύλληψης του απέτυχε λόγω της αντίστασης που προέβαλε και διότι η αστυνομία δεν είχε ένταλμα σύλληψης από εισαγγελέα ή δικαστή. Τελικά ο επιχειρηματίας από την Χιμάρα συμφώνησε να παρουσιαστεί οικειοθελώς στην αστυνομία όπου κρατήθηκε για έξι ώρες και αφέθηκε ελεύθερος αφού του ανακοινώθηκε ότι διώκεται ποινικά για αντίσταση κατά της αστυνομίας και για παρακώλυση κυκλοφορίας.
Η αλβανική αστυνομία ισχυρίζεται πως κατά την διάρκεια της έκθεσης που πραγματοποιούσε στην επιχείρησή του ο κ. Νεράντζης, τα αυτοκίνητα των καλεσμένων παρακώλυσαν την κυκλοφορία και του ζήτησαν να τα απομακρύνει από τον χώρο μπροστά από την επιχείρηση του.
Ο επιχειρηματίας αντέδρασε βίαια ζητώντας να επιτραπεί η στάθμευση των οχημάτων και να αποχωρήσει η τροχαία από το χώρο της επιχείρησής του.
Για το λόγο αυτό η αστυνομία ζήτησε την παρέμβαση των δυνάμεων της άμεσης δράσης για να συλλάβουν τον επιχειρηματία με την διαδικασία του αυτοφώρου για αντίσταση κατά της αστυνομία.
Ο ίδιος ισχυρίζεται πως τα οχήματα είχαν σταθμεύσει εντός του χώρου της επιχείρησης του και σε δημόσιο χώρο που επιτρέπετε η στάθμευση οχημάτων και πως τα αυτοκίνητα με διπλωματικές πινακίδες μπορούν να σταθμεύσουν όπου θέλουν.
Οι δεκάδες αστυνομικοί της άμεσης δράσης που όρμησαν στους χώρους της επιχείρησης του κ. Νεράντζη δεν κατάφεραν τελικά να τον συλλάβουν και απομακρύνθηκαν μετά την υπόσχεση πως θα παρουσιαστεί οικειοθελώς όπως και έκανε. Ο επιχειρηματίας αντέδρασε και ζήτησε από την ιδιωτική ασφάλεια της επιχείρησης να απομακρύνει τις αστυνομικές δυνάμεις που εισέβαλαν στην επιχείρησή χωρίς ένταλμα και χωρίς την άδεια του ιδιοκτήτη.
Ποιο είναι όμως το παρασκήνιο αυτής της σύλληψης; Ας θυμηθούμε κάποια γεγονότα που ίσως αιτιολογούν την στοχοποίηση του.
- Τον τελευταίο καιρό ο πρώην βουλευτής με το LSI κ. Νεράντζης, ηγείται μιας ομάδας επιχειρημάτιων που αντιστέκονται σθεναρά στις προσπάθειες της Αλβανικής κυβέρνησης να επιβάλει αυστηρό οικονομικό νομοθετικό πλαίσιο ελέγχου και τιμωρίας που φτάνουν μέχρι 5 χρόνια φυλάκισης για την μη έκδοση απόδειξης πωλήσεως από επιχειρήσεις. Αποτέλεσμα αυτής της προσπάθειας ήταν να ακυρωθεί o νομός αυτός στο συνταγματικό δικαστήριο μετά από προσφυγή της οργάνωσης που ο κ. Νεράντζης έχει δημιουργήσει και ηγείται.
- Πριν λίγες μέρες με αφορμή την σύλληψη ενός περιβόητου κακοποιού στην Αλβανία, ο ίδιος κατηγόρησε την αστυνομία για ανοχή στο έγκλημα αφήνοντας υπονοούμενα για την ένοπλη ληστεία που έγινε στην επιχείρησή του πριν από ένα χρόνο.
- Με βάση δημοσιεύματα ενημερωτικών ιστοσελίδων ο επιχειρηματίας έχει δεχτεί πιέσεις και έχει εκβιαστεί να "πουλήσει" την επιχείρησή του σε ανθρώπους του υποκόσμου με διασυνδέσεις με την Κυβέρνηση.
- Τους τελευταίους μήνες ο πρώην βουλευτής της Χιμάρας ήταν αρκετά ενεργός στα θέματα της Χιμάρας και συμμετείχε σε αρκετές συναντήσεις κυρίως για το περιουσιακό. Στις συναντήσεις αυτές ο κ. Νεράντζης κατηγόρησε ευθέως τις τοπικές αρχές και την κυβέρνηση Ράμα.
Ο πρόεδρος του ΚΕΑΔ κ. Ευάγγελος Ντούλες σχολιάζοντας το περιστατικό, δήλωσε πως «η πράξη αυτή δείχνει την αλλαζωνία του καθεστώς. Εύχομαι η σύλληψη αυτή να μην σχετίζεται με την καταγωγή του.»
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