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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
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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 politicians from immunity and make them accountable of their actions.
3-Now the so called demonstrattors are political families of Berisha and Meta trying to destabilise the country in order to escape being taken to court for raping the country dry for the past 30 years.

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 enterprise was allowed within certain limits and people were free to travel and work abroad.
They were stable, and provided relatively good basic services for all their people.
The privileges of the elite, as seen at places like the GDR Wandlitz, were actually quite modest compared to our snouts-in-
the- trough masters like £100 million Blair or $500,000 a speech Clinton.
They lost all the good elements of socialism and replaced them with all the worst elements of western crapitalism. They have lost all their industry and employment, their economies hollowed out by financialisation through Wall Street and western banksters. Many of their people have voted with their feet. Some of these countries have lost 25% plus of their population. Lithuania falling from 3.7 to 2.7 million, Latvia from 2.7 million to 1.95 million. The population of Ukraine from 52 million to about 30 million today. These missing millions are scratching a living abroad, picking cabbages in Poland or working as “Natasha” prostitutes in the EU, the only thing they produce the EU wants.
Everything in Romania is now owned by the IMF. I remember a Romanian guy telling me he had enough and decided to get out of the country when the IMF took over Dracula’s castle. Though its original inhabitant was probably far less rapacious than its new owners.
One or two places like Hungary and the Czechs may have fared better, but most of them have no future other than a source of cheap labour and cheap prostitutes, and captive markets to be looted by their western masters. The most important figure in all these countries is the US ambassador, no matter what corrupt local satrap is installed by Washington as their proxy president, creatures of the calibre of Poroshenko or Saakashvili.
A sad fate indeed for ancient proud nations that once produced heroes to win their independence from the Turks.

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 ON THAT STATE IS TODAY!! and you will find why.
Manly because of those thieves which today in name of opposition are shouting “catch the thief “.
You got few facts right in your article but,
Please do a favour to all innocent, hardworking Albanians all over EU and world. Go and visit Albania to see facts yourself.
Please don’t base your article on fake news, because I’m going to think “ how much you got paid to spread lies like that”?!
Looking forward to your next honest article.
Have a smashing day!!

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 represents the true will of people and not of some paid mercenaries that are simply trying to destabilise the country but they will not succeed because we had 30 years to know who they are.

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 predominantly Serbian pocket in Kosovo, north of of Mitrovica wants to join Serbia, some Albanian/Kosovars want the Presevo valley (in which ethnic Albanians are a majority), currently in Serbia to join Kosovo in return. I don’t think willingness to negotiate such changes should be presented as an entirely bad thing. I wish more of such negotiations had happened during the Yugoslav wars instead of forcing the Republics to stick to the internal borders drawn up by Tito, maybe Krajina and Bosnian Serbs could end up in Serbia, and Croatia and Bosnia have independence without all the bloodshed.

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? Because they want to behave like barbarians? Albania is a democracy, if you dont like the current goverment you vote it out. Albanians will not be hostage a group of people who are currupted to the core whenever in power. Stop wrting such articles with almost no truth in it. And bear in mind this Albanians will never go to civil war, even if people including.you would like that. Albanians religion and politics is and will be Only Albania.

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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 is to blame. Its DNA is exponential expansionism and permanent growth vectors (rate, mass, and velocity of growth). Capitalism is not manipulated by an elite – it merely produces by behavioural reward its own elite …as it lurches from crisis to crisis toward totalised oligopoly and monopoly of wealth and power. Remove the current elite; and a new elite will quickly emerge from the carnivore culture of competitive hierarchy. Like heads on a Hydra.

Even with a benign elite: growth vectors produce exponential expansionism – within finite biophysical earth systems. A factor David Harvey often repeats is that capitalism must grow 3% pa. Compounded, that is a 23 year doubling. And a 46 year doubling of the doubling. With no malice at all: capitalism destroys the environment exponentially. If anyone thinks we are going to double the world economy again – wake up, you are dreaming.

This is not a hopeless, or even Malthusian POV. Hopelessness and Malthusianism are entailed in following and validating the current endocolonial power-knowledge regimes. They will lead you to Albania – or worse. There are still ways of salvaging sustainable communal humanism and integration with biodiverse nature – even at this late stage. Solutions are not limited, the general will of the people – locked into their techno-enabled imagination – is limited. Those who get it, get it …long ago. Those who are waiting: what are you waiting for? Once you are in Albania, you won’t be coming home.

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

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 guards. We’re virtually there now mate. Not meaning to sound glum, but that’s how I see it. And that’s not even mentioning Bolton, Pompeo, or any of the other Neocon nutters. You’re also right that we need a complete shift in consciousness. And a vastly new way of doing things. Hope your day is going okay….

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