More of the same? What now for Albania?

Two months have passed since  the 2017 national  election results and the international community is mulling  over its implications.  Newly re-elected Edi Rama may well feel that...

Stadium of Shame

In less time than it takes to fill in a pothole on a major intercity road in Albania, the historic main stadium of Tirana was demolished. It...

Visit Albania! But How?

Albanians are quite rightly proud of their country’s beaches and mountains. Albania’s politicians have underlined the potential of tourism that would not only bring in badly-needed foreign...

Letter from Albania: Why I want to leave

Dear Alan, You ask me why, I, as a successful professional   with a good  job and  a  husband who works for a successful company living in   a small...

Train to Nowhere

How a lack of direction has gradually destroyed Albanian’s railway system Let’s start with a dream and a vision. From every corner of  Europe, in London, Paris, Munich or...

Parallel Universes

One of the many characteristics of the  Communist world was the insistence that the ‘ideal’ be  constantly portrayed as ‘reality’ and that reality be relegated to  the...

How to write a strong essay – how to build a strong society

In the course of my work in Albania, I have marked many thousands of academic essays. It has been a very instructive and illuminating experience as it...

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