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Albanian Prime Minister leading the country toward civil conflict

Dr. Ana L. Scheer

Tens of thousands of anti-goverment protesters have clashed with Albanian state police in Tirana. The rally resulted in dozens of protestors injured, many arrests, and the uncontrolled use of gas by the police in the vicinity of dwelling houses and apartments endangering the health and lives of protestors and inhabitants of Tirana. Opposition leaders accuse Edi Rama’s government of graft and election fraud. They seek the withdrawal of the Prime Minister and the establishment of a transitory government which will ensure a fair and democratic election process.

The world media and several foreign officials have denounced the government of Edi Rama. During his six years in office, Albania has been the heaven of cannabis cultivation and drugs smuggling, reaching an income of five to seven billion Euros, half of the country’s GDP. Furthermore, the high level of corruption in all the instances of the government has weakened the economy, caused further unemployment, has slowed down the integration process toward EU membership, and forced the Albanians to flee their country in large numbers.

For six years Edi Rama’s government has succeeded only in government propaganda, with no foreign investments, no plan of development, and no measures to improve the standards of living for Albanians. Today, in this country the middle class is struggling to survive and the wealth is concentrated only in the hands of few oligarchs, positioned at the right hand of the Prime Minister. Considering that Albania aspires the EU integration, Edi Rama’s government has resulted a complete failure.

Recently a German official stated that EU countries should be aware of the danger that such Balkan leaders, under the name of stability for the region, violate the basic principles of democracy, and that they should cooperate only with reliable partners. Edi Rama’s foreign policy, particularly that of the Balkan region has caused many concerns due to his plan and support for the re-arrangement of borders between Serbia and Kosovo. This initiative is very dangerous because it could escalate into a wider and serious conflict.

In his internal affairs Rama is emerging as a monarch of the middle-ages. The country has no Constitutional Court, no legal parliament, and he has managed to maintain compete rule and usurpation on the judicial and the legislative branches. His involvement with the organized crime and their inclusion into high offices has been denounced for several years by the world media and foreign authorities. The Albanian opposition parties have quitted the Parliament and surrendered their mandates asking the Prime Minister to resign and let a transitory government manage and oversee the election process of the forthcoming elections on 30 June, 2019.

Rama seems to play the bluff and be committed to hold elections despite the refusal by the opposition to participate. This action on his behalf will have serious consequences for the country. It might lead Albania into a civil war. If Rama proceeds with his plan a harsh civil conflict will be unavoidable. With the involvement of the state police and the army, victims and violent riots are to be expected. This will be a setback for the country’s future and the lives of Albanians. A civil war in this small western Balkan state might spread quite easily. The Balkans, “the gunpowder barrel” of Europe, doesn’t need much to explode.

In the present situation the resignation of Edi Rama seems to be the only solution to save not only Albania and its people, to prevent a civil war and loss of lives, but as well as for the entire region.

It is a shame that in modern days, the will of one man can decide the fate of an entire country. Will Rama show integrity and resign for the sake of his people or will he lead the country into a civil war?

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Dritan Boraku

I am supporter of democracy from 1990, but the opposition is standing on the way of creating for first time proper judicial system. The party in government in the past has the worst record but is the past and now with the pressure from west is starting the reform. I support it 100% even I don’t agree with most of his members

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ABC DFG

Most off the comments seem to be from Edi Rama propaganda office’s army. Anyone’s natural position would be to criticize the government because there are always things that could be done better. Corruption in Albania is rife and is coming to surface. With only what we know (what we do not know is always more) Edi Rama’s regime has brought this country to the brink of utter poverty and despair. I hope Albanian people deal with him in a befitting way sooner rather than later.

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Soni
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Soni

Embarrassing ,from the gardian ,thought was the sun more like it …..
luck of knowledge .
Not the real story .
Poor …..

Asel Sula
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Asel Sula

Ok, you pass the test of being serious but to say that you are honest is a lie. You are either paid to spread propaganda or missinformed about some key points. 1- there aren’t thousands of people but a group of mafia associated families and people that have been paid to vandalise and terrorise the police which in turn haven’t raised a finger in retaliation but responded with dignity and respect which the thugs don’t deserve. 2- the demonstrations are lead by the opposition party because the government is actually reforming the justice department and the constitutional law which prevents… Read more »

mark
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mark

Most of these countries were better off under communism. Albania/ Poland/ East Germany/ Ukraine/ Yugoslavia/ Baltic States. They were described as Soviet satellites, but even countries like the GDR was less of a Soviet satellite than the UK currently is of the Yew Ess Ayy. They had greater sovereignty than they do today, now just CIA/ IMF playgrounds run by corrupt rabid dual nationals, parachuted in by the State Department, serving a Neocon agenda. Some of them are just plain Mafia states, like Kosovo or Albania. Yugoslavia was a very civilised place, practising a mild form of socialism where private… Read more »

Sokol
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Sokol

Dear Dr, I got a question for you; Have you ever been to Albania or have you been there this days? I bet you you didn’t. You don’t have a clue about opposition Parties in Albania. You and journalists or meter of facts (Dr) like you, know Albania only by using Google. I’m not defending the government, which is as corrupt as any other governments in Balkan. Please don’t spread lies when you adding “zeros “ on protestors. They are only hardcore militants, that’s all. Also before you talk for opposition Parties please do some more research WHY ALBANIA IS… Read more »

Flo
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Flo

As an Albanian I can confirm that this article does not reflect realty but is simply trying to add smoke to Albanians progress . We will be joining the EU despite the will of this paper . The people protesting have been in power for 30 years , they did nothing but destroy our countys infrastructure , leagal , economical and military structure . In the last election they won just 30% of the votes , we have local elections in the end of June , the opposition has now the opportunity to take part in a democratic protest that… Read more »

Carnyx
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Carnyx

Edi Rama’s foreign policy, particularly that of the Balkan region has caused many concerns due to his plan and support for the re-arrangement of borders between Serbia and Kosovo. This initiative is very dangerous because it could escalate into a wider and serious conflict. I’m not sure what this passage is referring to. All border changes in the Balkans are dangerous, but so is leaving them as they are, almost all Balkan borders are disputed by someone and they change every 50 years, usually with violence. So, change by negotiation isn’t any more or less dangerous than anything else. The… Read more »

Ori
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Ori

What an outrages lie. Shame on you for calling yourself a journalist with integrity. It is people like you who write such pieces of garabage that bring down the true journalism. Just on the first sentence you are lying big. Tens of thousand? More like a 100 people ore a thousand tops, the ones that protest have become their daily job for which they get paid. Are u getting paid to for this completely untrue article? So you and the likes of you want the oppositon, a minority in the parlament by the will of people, come to power why?… Read more »

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Ali
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Ali

Hi there .. that.s such a untrue
Just have a look the facts .. you who wrote the article are just e layer .. coz.no any primeminister in any country are for a civil war ,as long theu are in power.. and more..

John
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John

Yet another center left pro EU pro capitalist party with socialist in the parties name

Ori
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Ori

Im a right wing myself but this article is a complete fabrication. The ones protesting are the ones that dont want to end up in jail because of their corruption due to the deep justice reform. This is pure fake news. Hate it.

bob
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bob

surely one tony bliar should be able to fix this

BigB
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BigB

For those with eyes to see, Albania is the future. We can pretend otherwise: create imaginary scenarios based on technology, human ingenuity, and ‘cognitive capitalist’ information technological liberation from work. But all of these are based on ‘reforming’ the existing hierarchical statist power regimes and ‘climate colonialism’ – which is a polite euphemism for imperialism…which should be enough to debunk them as hopium – if not actual propaganda. The status quo power relations are the problem: not the solution. There has been an undercurrent in comments that capitalism is not to blame for the current incipient statist fascism. Capitalism literally… Read more »

Gezzah Potts
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BigB…. I humbly request that you need to start up your own blog. “Remove the elite, and a new elite will quickly grow from the carnivore culture of competitive hierarchy. Like heads on a Hydra”…. You included my two least favourite words: competitive (ion) and hierarchy. They go very nicely with another truly ugly word – Neoliberalism. At the risk of sounding pessimistic, I think it’ll be markedly worse than Albania; think full blown Police State, think a vast army of destitute and homeless while a tiny 1 or 2℅ live in opulent decadence, protected by high walls and security… Read more »

jeff
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It’s only a matter of time before Albania is colonized by the Germans,Once they finish with Greece

DomesticExtremi
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DomesticExtremi

has slowed down the integration process toward EU membership

Well, at least they have got one thing right.

Arby
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“Recently a German official stated that EU countries should be aware of the danger that such Balkan leaders, under the name of stability for the region, violate the basic principles of democracy, and that they should cooperate only with reliable partners.”

Corporatocracy States (where gangsterism is the norm and being pro barbaric EU is a mark of success) are here calling out another gangster State for being a gangster State. It’s all very disturbing.

jeff
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If Tito had not assassinated Kennedy the Balkans would not be in the mess they are in today

Fair Dinkum
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Fair Dinkum

Further proof (as if we needed any), that Anarchy (rules WITHOUT rulers), is the only true democracy.

Martin Usher
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Martin Usher

I’d advise caution about the virtues of anarchy (Fair Dinkum). Most people don’t realize that the US’s system of government is inherently anarchic, its highly devolved with many different, competing, jurisdictions mediated by its constitution, the bill of rights, laws and a powerful legal system. It sounds perfect, except as we all know, it isn’t. The reason for this is obvious — any perfect system of government requires both individuals and the body politic to be responsible and civic minded. In practice its just a running battle to stop it falling into the hands of people who want to be… Read more »

Fair Dinkum
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Fair Dinkum

‘US government ‘inherently anarchic’
No.
Laws made by a minority to subdue the majority is not Anarchy.
Laws that the minority flout on a whim.
David says it better>>
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2543048.Direct_Action

John
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John

I call anarchists anarkids they’re just angry kids with attitudes problems who still get mummy to take their plate downstairs for them. Never seen an anarchist who can give a decent explanation for how their system works (it doesn’t)

Gezzah Potts
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Check out Anarchy Works by Peter Gelderloos. Also take a look at the example of Mondragon. The system we have now is destroying the environment and turning ‘society’ into a dog eat dog social darwinian dystopia. Capitalism = wars, to ‘open up’ new markets, all to enrich a tiny number of psychopathic parasites at the top of the food chain. We live on a finite planet John, we can’t sustain this present system which brings untold suffering to the vast majority of human beings. And I don’t just mean poverty, but also physical and psychological suffering. The current epoch of… Read more »

Fair Dinkum
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Fair Dinkum

Works here John>https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondragon_Corporation
In our exploitative society the plate would be taken downstairs by an UNDERPAID slave.

Carnyx
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Carnyx

A lot of “anarchists” are just kids who don’t understand what they are professing in the slightest. Steven Pinker is an example, he keeps referring to the rioting during the 1969 Montreal police strike as disillusioning him of his youthful “anarchism” but anyone who thinks Anarchy is simply the absence of police is an idiot, period. You can’t blame Pinker the teenager for that, but you can blame the adult for repeating the same point as if it was meaningful. You might find a description of how an anarchist society might work here, direct democracy in each workplace, with federalised… Read more »

Rhisiart Gwilym
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Rhisiart Gwilym

Chris Hedges said trenchantly of Steven Pinker that he ought to get out more…

wardropper
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wardropper

Thanks for the link Carnyx. Nice to have anarchism in a (rather long) nutshell.
Anarchists’ respect for the individual is obvious, but where they lose me is when the question comes up of what to do when a delusional, or psychotic individual is respected to the point where he/she will naturally influence others.
Surely, in such a case, we have a mirror image of what happens when a delusional Washington influences Westminster…?
Sheer pandemonium if anybody tries to stop it.

Carnyx
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Carnyx

where they lose me is when the question comes up of what to do when a delusional, or psychotic individual is respected to the point where he/she will naturally influence others. No such individual could acquire formal coercive power beyond their immediate followers, in wider society anarchism needs anarchists an anarchist society would produce them, and they would question any authority, including a rising informal one, meaning such a person could never go unchallenged. One of the major causes of conflict within acephalous societies (ones we have recorded) is accusations that one individual is getting or taking more than their… Read more »

Fair Dinkum
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Fair Dinkum

The ‘wisdom of the elders’ Carynx.
Where the elders are not permitted to become oligarchs.

wardropper
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wardropper

Thanks again, C.
Interesting food for thought.

Rhisiart Gwilym
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Rhisiart Gwilym

Ah, dear Anarchy! If only we could get it to work – stably – in mass societies, FD; and endure in many countries, securely, for long periods; if only…

Carnyx
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Carnyx

Humanity has spent most of it’s existence on Earth living in Band societies which are an Anarchist form of organisation.

Rhisiart Gwilym
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Rhisiart Gwilym

Oh indeed. But if you check my adjectives above you’ll clock that I’m referring to modern, hitech industrial societies, where our naturally-evolved, instinctual form of mutual aid and caring, true anarchism, that had been working well for thousands of generations, suddenly fell into the abnormality of – first – tillage-agriculture grain-storing societies, and eventually into the modern hitech, vastly overpopulated model; intractably class-based ever since the Agrarian Revolution: state-ruled, constantly-warring societies a world away from little, widely-scattered naturally-anarchistic bands in the global wilderness; the original Garden of Eden, from which we fell. It’s a source of lasting regret that the… Read more »

Carnyx
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Carnyx

The point of referring to early hunter gatherer societies is to highlight that human nature adapts according to social and environmental situations, it doesn’t limit us to any particular type of society not anarchist, not hierarchical, not peaceful, not warlike. Most experiments in anarchist organisation in industrial societies were short lived, Catalonia during the civil war, Donbass during the Russian civil war, however they did not fail in their own internal terms, they were conquered by opposing forces. But while they lasted they functioned, factories produced, transport ran, rubbish was collected, crime didn’t sore. Your “utopian” jibes miss their mark.… Read more »

Rhisiart Gwilym
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Rhisiart Gwilym

Jibes? Who’s jibing? And can you point out where I used, or even implied, the word ‘utopian’? I’m just doing a sober stating of perceived facts. I presume, C, that – like me – you wish anarchism would work in the modern setting. But – unlike me – you want to go on believing that it will eventually, when we ‘get it right’. You put your finger on the crucial problem when you pointed out that all the previous attempts at an anarchistic state were brought down by attacks by exterior forces. Exactly! I’ve been saying to anarchist true-believers, literally… Read more »

Carnyx
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Carnyx

You were talking about what a “lovely idea” anarchism was in the “garden of Eden” and then moving onto “actually working” alternatives . Any denial that you were “soberly” rhetorically framing anyone who takes anarchist theory seriously as a ‘utopian dreamer’ lost in a kind of faith is disingenuous. I’ve had anarchist (I prefer the term “Libertarian Socialist”) sympathies long enough to have heard it all before, I ain’t some naive anarcho-kid, I’ve probably put a great deal more thought and study into arriving at this than you. I don’t think we can have a revolution today and end up… Read more »

Rhisiart Gwilym
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Rhisiart Gwilym

Sorry C. Too bored to go on with this. Consider that you’ve won an argument and I ran away in disgrace – if you like. And keep going with that demonstration project of stable, enduring anarchic communities in the modern world. I’ll try to re-incarnate into one of them a few lifetimes down the line. 🙂 Byeeeee!

Carnyx
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Carnyx

You’re not the first whose lack of imagination caused them to wade in out of their depth and over confident in their own presumptions. The very mention of “winning” the argument signifies a somewhat egotistic motivation on your behalf which you have then projected, it’s the ideas not either of us that matter. You thought you’d take a “harsh realist” stance and whup a naive young pup into shape, oedipal style, but then found yourself up against old soldier, that’s stereotyping and the internet for you. Instead of thinking myself a “winner” I’d rather think you might learn something about… Read more »