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  3. Dino

    Greeks in Albania

    A few comments: This is from June 1994, Albania at the time was just escaping communism, and Albanians were leaving the country in mass. The region was full of challenges. The Greek Reporter that I do follow, has good stuff, and lots of nationalistic material, they love to inflame the flames, to get traffic to their site. I share their quality stuff on our FB page once in a while, but get disappointed when they post crap. Albania like many of the Balkan countries has not treated their minorities in the best way, they are insecure as a nation, but if they want to join the EU, they need to mature.
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  5. admin

    Greeks in Albania

    Greeks have lived in what is today Albania for centuries. This is not something new. See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeks_in_Albania
  6. came across this interesting article. What do you make of this? Legitimate problem, or just much ado about nothing? How did ethnic Greeks end up in Albania anyhow? https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/10/30/declassified-cia-report-on-albanias-greek-minority-reveals-potential-for-trouble/?fbclid=IwAR1M_4L2sl7ITQPiSackaodVDRp69TLVjItIhh5yRLKu8V84keXZ_xrtMtU A declassified CIA report warns of the potential for instability in the Balkans that may be caused by the mistreatment of the Greek minority in Albania. The report stresses that this instability may be detrimental to U.S. interests. The June 1994 report was drafted during a period of heightened tensions between the two countries following a violent border attack in April of that year. Two Albanian military officers were killed by a little-known Greek ultra-nationalist organization, the Northern Epirus Liberation Front (MAVI). The report highlights the anxiety of the U.S. to support post-communist Albania, which was seen as the closest ally in the Balkans. Although the current crisis following the killing of Konstantinos Katsifas is different, the document sheds light upon American thinking on the Greek-Albanian dispute. in 1994, Greece was stepping up claims of Albanian repression of its ethnic Greek minority, while Tirana expressed fears that Athens had designs on the Greek minority region in southern Albania. Click here for the CIA declassified document. The CIA report states that a crisis over the minority issue that resulted in Greek reprisals “could destabilize Tirana’s pro-US government to the advantage of the former Communists and have regional repercussions.” “Continued tension with Greece would have a negative domestic impact in Albania,” it warns policy-makers in Washington keen to maintain and strengthen the strategic relationship with the former Communist country. It adds that Albania’s ethnic Greek population “could become the focal point of a serious—and destabilizing—crisis between the two countries.” Although the CIA analysts found no evidence that Albania is pursuing a policy of systematic intimidation of its Greek minority or attempting to drive the ethnic Greeks out, they stressed that “some ethnic Greek complaints against Tirana are legitimate.” The report acknowledges that ethnic Greeks may be harassed by Albanian authorities, and focuses on issues relating to education and under-representation in the police and military. Ethnic Greeks were being denied government-funded Greek-language education outside the “minority zones” in the south where the majority of ethnic Greeks reside, according to the report. There was only a “token ethnic Greek presence in the police and military,” and virtually no Greeks are in positions of authority, it added. Ethnic Greeks also complained about the Albanian government’s refusal to return large tracts of land previously owned by the Orthodox Church. Should tensions persist and ethnic Greeks in Albania become targets of forced “ethnic cleansing,” Athens would come under intense public pressure to take more extreme action, including military action,” the report warned. On the other hand, states the report, Tirana’s anxieties over perceived Greek irredentism could tempt Albanian authorities to restrict ethnic Greek political activities, which would probably prompt reprisals by Athens.. The report also warns Greece that in the long term, mutual hostility will undermine its ambitions to assume a political and economic leadership role in the region. “Greek intransigence in the Balkans will further distance the Greeks from their European and US partners.” The CIA report stated that although no reliable statistics were available, ethnic Greeks were Albania’s largest minority and probably comprise some 3 to 5 percent of the population, or about 100,000-150,000 people. As much as half of the community was employed in Greece. The size of Albania’s Greek minority remains a matter of contention between Tirana and Athens. Albanian authorities claim there are approximately 60,000-80,000 ethnic Greeks in Albania, while Athens says there are between 300,000 and 500,000.
  7. nice. Also, Basile is performing in Australia soon. For our Australian members.
  8. palikari

    Hello :)

    yes, I remember now.
  9. Jen

    Hello :)

    who said blondes have more fun?
  10. Jen

    Eyoismos let us know if you are OK

    Eyoismos, please respond, we would all love to hear that your ok
  11. Dino

    Eyoismos let us know if you are OK

    I know Eyo was old, not sure how old, hope all is OK!
  12. admin

    Eyoismos let us know if you are OK

    I tried to contact him via email a couple of years ago but he never responded. I hope he's ok. In the meantime, we're also missing ajaxmonkey too. He's also gone MIA lately.
  13. Hey old friend, you are missing in action, this place has been quite for the last 2-3 years, so I understand if you are taking a long break, just say hi, so we know you are OK old man
  14. Jen

    Tick Tock - its time!

    i will be squeezing you guys in any chance i get taking a day off work to recover from a sore throat...i can't talk but i can type lol
  15. palikari

    Tick Tock - its time!

    good. We want you here on our clock. Thank you for accomodating us.
  16. palikari

    Tick Tock - its time!

    Because these days people are trying to do more things. People feel like they can do more things. 30 years ago, adults simply went to work and came home. Now, adults are like kids and feel like they have to do more than just go to work. You just need to keep in mind that as an adult, you can't do everything. Need to prioritize.
  17. Dino

    Hello :)

    too funny! Obviously Palikari is not a Greek music fan, lol
  18. admin

    Tick Tock - its time!

    I think you answered your own question. It's 3:26am and you're still up and trying to squeeze in one more thing in your day (write a post in this forum) I grew up in a simpler time when our definition of time was quite different. We basically went to school in the morning and then we'd come home in the afternoon and play outside until the sun went down (and oftentimes we kept playing until after the sun went down too...). When I was young the days seemed long, the school year seemed to last forever , but so did the summer break too! Seems to me that the older I get, the faster time seems to go. And don't get me wrong, I'm in no rush to get to the finish line . It just feels that time goes really fast as you grow older. I started realizing this when I was in my early 30s, married with 2 young kids, and it felt as if 24hrs were not enough to accomplish all I needed to do in a day. But then, as I was getting closer to my 40s I realized that I had to change my ways. I had to slow down the pace a bit and enjoy life. It was not easy, but I made some decisions which did change my life and the life of my family. As a start, I decided that no matter what I want to spend a minimum of one month in Greece every summer. This seemed impossible to do at the time, not only because it was difficult to do financially (a trip to Greece every summer for 4 people for a full month would cost us around $20,000), but it was mostly a problem making arrangements with my job at the time to take so much time off at once. As a result, I decided to change my work habits and pick my jobs based on my new requirement. It took me a couple of years to make some lifestyle (and work) adjustments to accommodate all this, but I eventually managed to make this happen. I've been visiting Greece every summer, with my whole family, for the past 10 years for 4-6 weeks long vacations. It was not easy, but it was not that hard to do either. It just took some planning and some determination on my part to change my life. In addition to this, I made several other small lifestyle changes like spending 10-15 minutes every day to slow down and enjoy my coffee (instead of having one on the run). At the end of the day it's our life, and it should be our decision how we'll live it. It's not a rat race. I understand that sometimes we're put into situations where we need to do this, and then this, and then that...work longer hours to make more money so that you can pay the rent or the mortgage or your car payment or whatever else. But what if we would stop for a minute, and think what do we really need? What's more important to us? And then prioritize, and make choices and decisions based on what really matters. It's not easy, but it's not that hard either to make life-changing decisions. It's just a matter of wanting to do it. Your life is yours to live, and your (short...) time on this earth is yours to enjoy.
  19. Jen

    Tick Tock - its time!

    its 3:26am here...too many cups of coffee and here i am lol
  20. Why do people feel so rushed these days? With so many time saving tools and appliances why are we still finding it hard to find free time? Whether you are studying, working or raising a family, how do you find the time to do all the things you love...or to simply take time out and do nothing...has time become our greatest luxury?
  21. Jen

    Hello :)

    i would rather be remembered for my work in the music/cooking forums -- from memory i think the pic i was using back then was from the forum avatars (Despina Vandi)
  22. Dino

    Hello :)

    Hi
  23. palikari

    Hello :)

    I remember you. You're that sexy chick from Australia or somethin'. But you changed your pic.
  24. admin

    Hello :)

    Hey, welcome back. We need you guys posting more often. Dino and I do write some posts in the forum from time to time but we're more active in Hellenism's Facebook account. Eyo is MIA since a couple of years ago. No idea what happened to him.
  25. Brenda

    Hello :)

    Hi Jen: I still drop in from time to time and delete spam when I see it. Been very quiet here for a very long time.
  26. Jen

    Hello :)

    just dropping in to say Hi!! hope everyone is well...where is everyone? Admin? Eyo? Dino? helloooo
  27. exactly, the other big stupid thing is who is in power and doing this, the message it is sending to the world is horrendous
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