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Elisa Veini: Saving Valbona

Elisa Veini: Saving Valbona

by Elisa Veini A remote village on the Albanian alps that seemed an undisturbed paradise only a couple of years ago, Valbona is now a local hub of environmental activism. “The days of ‘the art of doing nothing’ are over for me,” says Catherine Bohne, an American who has lived in Valbona for the past eight years. “The…

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It was traditional to gulp down the entire glass with each toast…

It was traditional to gulp down the entire glass with each toast…

I met Irakli on the flight from Munich to Tbilisi. Being used to the indifference of fellow passengers on American flights, I did not expect more than a perfunctory greeting upon taking my seat.

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Hipsters, Foodies and Tourists

Hipsters, Foodies and Tourists

Discussions about pricing are also connected to narratives concerning the kind of people who enjoy the market’s food, which seems not to appeal to the appetite of the area’s average resident.

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Jeremy Woolsey on Kusouzu

Jeremy Woolsey on Kusouzu

I hunched among shreds of toilet paper and candy wrappers and thought about the origins of this vision: I had first stumbled upon my first Kusouzu in the back of a small temple in rural Tokushima approximately three years before.

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Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: Contemplating Existence

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: Contemplating Existence

I imagine this concrete structure next to a row of outdoor dining tables in Tsim Sha Tsui to be a time machine, covered with fauna and largely forgotten.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Albania is the Future of Europe

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Albania is the Future of Europe

For seven years now I have lived in Albania. I have seen ambassadors and foreign representatives come and go. And they all, so they say, share this same ideal: to make Albania a better place.

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Sliding Towards Autocracy

Sliding Towards Autocracy

Viktor Orbán and his populist radical right Fidesz is with the support of Jobbik sliding towards autocracy. A favorite scapegoat for the Hungarian neo-nationalists is the American-Hungarian, Jewish philanthropist George Soros.

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Welcome to Cairo

Welcome to Cairo

"Welcome to the hell that is Cairo, where life is one long wait, and the smell of trash and assorted animal dung hangs about all the time and everywhere," writes Naji in Using Life.

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Be the City

Be the City

For two seasons when I was nine, I lived in a refugee hostel outside Rome, a place where time had stopped and people waited without purpose, plan, or country.

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Valery Kalnysh: Goodbye, Radio Vesti

Valery Kalnysh: Goodbye, Radio Vesti

Since 4 March, you can no longer tune into Radio Vesti — Ukraine’s only talk radio station —in Kyiv. Prior to this, nearly all of the radio station’s journalists resigned, as well as most of the station’s technical staff.

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Jerry D. Moore: The River of Paintings

Jerry D. Moore: The River of Paintings

One cannot travel in Patagonia uninfluenced by Bruce Chatwin. Chatwin portrayed Patagonia as a landscape of impermanence, a region of wind-blown steppe sparsely inhabited by displaced lives.

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Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: Things I Heard About Hong Kong in 2016

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: Things I Heard About Hong Kong in 2016

I heard that Hong Kong children are not happy. Those aged eight to nine and those over fourteen are particularly discontented. I heard that even kindergarten children have to do lots of homework.

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What are the prospects for Burkinabè politics now?

What are the prospects for Burkinabè politics now?

In late October 2014, hundreds of thousands of people poured onto the streets of Burkina Faso, incensed by Blaise Compaoré’s bid to change the constitution and seek a fifth presidential term.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: A Nuclear Attack on Meaning

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: A Nuclear Attack on Meaning

On November 19, Prime Minister Edi Rama, Minister of Interior Affairs Saimir Tahiri, and media entrepreneur Carlo Bollino opened Bunk’Art 2, an exhibition space managed by the latter one.

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Identity structures have a pulsating form and intersubjective nucleus…

Identity structures have a pulsating form and intersubjective nucleus…

Today, global society is at the stage of searching for a model of social cohabitation. The problem lies in the fact that global societies have constructed their identities through culture and religion and therefore the process of cohabitation with others appears only as a process of assimilation.

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The Truth of Rama by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

The Truth of Rama by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

In October 2015, Endri Fuga, former co-founder of Mjaft and Propaganda Boss at the Office of Prime Minister Edi Rama announced the launch of a new governmental website, transparenca.al. According to Fuga, this “transparency website,” paid with taxpayers’ money, has as its sole purpose to deny “the slander of...

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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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