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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Holy LED

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Holy LED

Skënderbeg Square has once again become a giant building site in order to be transformed into a nationalist underground parking lot.

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Michael Thomsen on Haiti

Michael Thomsen on Haiti

After a visit to Haiti in the first week after the quake, Chelsea Clinton, who was traveling with Partners in Health, wrote an email to Bill, Hillary, and their chief aides, describing shock at the “mind numbing” incompetence of many aid workers.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Mantua Blue

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Mantua Blue

Edi Rama, Blue Lunetta, public intervention, Mantua, Italy (2016). by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei Albania and Mantua, the latter a provincial city in northern Italy, the former a country still somehow pretending to be EU-worthy. No one would ever think that these two geographical entities would have any...

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Putin’s regime has no real ideology…

Putin’s regime has no real ideology…

Putin is now plainly following the same tactic in US electoral politics that he has successfully promoted in Greece and elsewhere: supporting both far-right and left tendencies indiscriminately.

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Feroz Rather on Kashmir

Feroz Rather on Kashmir

In the mounting heap of blood-soaked images, I have a recurrent dream about Kashmir: a night filled with desolation and toxic smoke. I hear women wailing in the distance. The ground is abysmal and shaky. The street is a litter of limbs and stones and broken glass.

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Top Tips by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

Top Tips by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

The remainders of a socialist realist bas-relief on a heap of former Qemal Stafa Stadium debris. Photo from Edi Rama’s Facebook. by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei For the last two months, I have been woken every day by workmen below my apartment building, viciously attempting to renovate the...

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Dissolving in the Acid by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

Dissolving in the Acid by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

In the wake of the Brexit it is perhaps time to look at what Tory leadership contender and Brutus impersonator Michael Gove termed “The Albanian Option.”

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Rome, If You Want to

Rome, If You Want to

Things are looking good for Movimento Cinque Stelle, Italy’s leading anti-establishment party. (In Italy, being anti-establishment is a competition.)

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On the ferry from the city of heaven, most of the passengers were Greek…

On the ferry from the city of heaven, most of the passengers were Greek…

When we travel we often yearn for the end of the road, the border between modern life and a time untouched by progress. My son Adrian and I had the opportunity to return to the past when we arrived in May at Mount Athos, a semi-autonomous, monastic peninsula in...

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Great Appropriation

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Great Appropriation

After experiencing last year, as a project assistant for Armando Lulaj’s “Albanian Trilogy”, the reactionary forces of the Ministry of Culture and the exploitative environment of the Venice Biennale, including one of the most scandalously incompetent curators that I ever met.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Minimal Divergence

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Minimal Divergence

Kristi Pinderi (Pro LGBT), then opposition leader now PM Edi Rama, and Xheni Karaj (Aleanca LGBT) in better times (2013) by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei Another year, another International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), another article that takes stock of the progress regarding LGBT rights in Albania. Spoiler alert: It...

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WE NEVER LAND

WE NEVER LAND

On Hawley Road, where the Hampstead and Highgate Brooks meet, the Knight sees Malis and Eunica descending the steps of one of the parade of condemned houses that stands across the road from him.

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Jessica Sequeira: Foamed Just So

Jessica Sequeira: Foamed Just So

by Jessica Sequeira At the place where I worked a few years ago, two large windows looked out onto the city. From one you could see Retiro station, where a train deposited us every morning after gathering us up from the provinces. That was the view from the room where...

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Feverish Lake Park

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Feverish Lake Park

During his election campaign in 2015, pathological lier – excuse me, “socialist” crown prince and Mayor of Tirana – Erion Veliaj promised that he would put an end to the “betonization” of Tirana

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Njëqind!

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Njëqind!

On January 12, 2016, late at night, I was called on my Albanian telephone by an unknown Italian number. It turned out to be Lorenza Baroncelli, Consultant for Urban and Cultural Strategies to Prime Minister Edi Rama and project manager at the Serpentine Gallery of Hans Ulrich Obrist, another...

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‘I found myself thinking about high heels’

‘I found myself thinking about high heels’

How long can I keep wearing it? I found myself thinking, as the bus lurched into motion and cars honked around us. The rest of the day? Forever? I wondered why it hadn’t occurred to me sooner to try wearing a head scarf—why nobody ever told me it was something...

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Gerardo Muñoz: Latinamericanism

Gerardo Muñoz: Latinamericanism

In spite of its simplicity and methodical pragmatism, Charles Hatfield’s Limits of identity: Politics and Poetics in Latin America is an ambitious and systematic effort to dismantle some of the predominant variations of identarianism

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Setsuko Adachi: Shinjinrui

Setsuko Adachi: Shinjinrui

At the City Hall, the two women, mother and daughter, were there to renew the latter’s passport. They got there at fifteen minutes to nine.

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