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Have just gone through a very large, strenuous move, and with 9 clients for whom I translate now, updating this tumblr has become difficult. But I just wanted to give a quick message based on an experience I had today:

There is more to Albania than Marko from Tropoja.

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To those unfamiliar with Albanian history and the lifestyle and culture, I found a link to this from The Economist. It’s a slideshow provided by Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, an Italian publication.

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Street art comes to Albania.

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Slow major news story today for Albania, and so just wanted to give a quick shout out to my own beloved, beautiful, nice home city of Durres. Despite going back once a year, I miss you. <3

Slow major news story today for Albania, and so just wanted to give a quick shout out to my own beloved, beautiful, nice home city of Durres. Despite going back once a year, I miss you. <3

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Going to the Facebook page for çudira shqiptare and taking a drink every time I see a picture I can relate to. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.106716379368710.3731.106672879373060&type=3

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çudira shqiptare XD

çudira shqiptare XD

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“We have found breaches of individual rights from the police, breaches in the rights of prisoners, abuse of the right to information, delays in administrative procedures, problems with the right to benefit from social security, the right to ownership and the right to a fair trial,” Totozani writes in a lengthy report for 2011, sent recently to parliament.

Albanian ombudsman Igli Totozani has come forth with a lengthy list of human rights abuses under the Berisha government.

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Albania has increased the jail term for those convicted of paying for prostitutes to three years, according to BalkanInsight.

I’ve always disagreed with the legalization of prostitution in many countries, as a lot of women in the industry have been conned or forced into it. As my Albanian readers will know, sex trafficking is terribly rampant in the Balkans and paying for a prostitute on the streets of Vlora could easily mean enabling a local pimp in his buying and selling of young women. In some countries, such as Germany, where prostitution is rather a profession than a type of slavery, there is a lot more leeway. However I think that, given Albania’s record of human trafficking and its proximity to other countries rife with organized crime, looking at the prostitute as a victim and the purchaser of sex as the criminal is a good step forward.

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If I may stray from this tumblr’s actual purpose…is anyone else wearing yellow and blue on Leap Day, awaiting the arrival of Leap Day Williams?

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Former police officer Besnik Zykaj has been arrested in Italy for the 1990 murder of Vate Beqi and wounding his brother Gjeke, two children who tried swimming to Montenegro to escape then-Communist Albania.