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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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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei’s 99th View

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei’s 99th View

Monfort’s project of the “new fiction state” of Balkanland reminded me of the Scientology initiative to found a state in the Balkans under the name of Bulgravia in the 1990s, after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

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The Citizenship Industry

The Citizenship Industry

While you may have no reason to enter the passport marketplace, you may nevertheless know of Henley & Partners from its annual visa-restrictions index

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Expert Dreamers

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Expert Dreamers

I have always been interested in what other foreigners write, imagine, or fantasize about Albania, to offset my own ramblings.

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‘After June 4, everyone loved the renminbi’

‘After June 4, everyone loved the renminbi’

Before the Tiananmen Square massacre, I was a rebel poet, volatile and impulsive, who liked picking fights and telling tall tales. I’d won more than 20 state literary prizes, and I figured that one day I would earn international fame in the literary world.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Winning

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Winning

Once upon a time a young man ventured to hold an exhibition in a museum. He offered the museum a curator, well-known artists, and a bag of foreign money.

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Tea for HDP; Lunch for AKP

Tea for HDP; Lunch for AKP

On a Sunday morning the trendy district of Cihangir rarely gets going before noon. Today, though, at 6am everyone seems to be up.

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Pissed and Dancing

Pissed and Dancing

We took our drinks to the front row of empty tables and wondered whether to stand or sit. It seemed impolite to sit. But maybe Exmouth is a such a cool place, and the standard of rock’n’roll there so high, that sitting down is how they take their pub...

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei visits Spac

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei visits Spac

Sometimes one can feel disgust, revolt, despair. To be confronted with a situation that seems by any standard beyond reason, beyond purpose, where one looks into the toothless, rotting mouth of a political and economical system.

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Marcelo Cohen: Ripplestones

Marcelo Cohen: Ripplestones

The absence of a personal story would indicate a tendency to psychosis or immorality. At the same time, some philosophers like Galen Strawson argue with detailed reasons that these theses are false.

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Setsuko Adachi: Azalea Exuberance Strikes

Setsuko Adachi: Azalea Exuberance Strikes

In May, in the garden of the elevated house at the bottom of the hill, four shrubs of stunning azaleas come into full blossom. They protrude and hang out over the white oya stone walls and over the road. The azaleas break the rhythm of the march.

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