Category Archives: Culture

Nov 7 2014

Fatos Lubonja: Albania’s PM Edi Rama ‘makes a better façade’

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Albanian writer Fatos Lubonja has been defined by journalist Andrew Gumbel as “the closest thing Albania has to an intellectual conscience: a former political prisoner, publisher, writer and activist who has never been afraid to offer his frank opinions, even … Continue reading

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Sep 2 2014

The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries

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“If the EU is to maintain its stellar performance on freedom of expression, it should insist that candidate countries specifically demonstrate adherence to basic standards regarding press freedom laws and practices”, argues Freedom House’s Jennifer Dunham. Seven of the eight candidate or … Continue reading

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May 15 2014

Match-making across enemy lines

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The anthropologist Armanda Hysa researched 13 cases (out of an esteemed 350) of unlikely couples: Serbian husbands and Albanian wives living in the largely rural Sandžak region, in Southern Serbia. “When the existence of a traditional family faces the danger … Continue reading

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Feb 4 2014

Ruritania in Brussels: Balkan stereotypes in the Age of Austerity

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Vesna Goldsworthy, Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University and accomplished author, has been LSEE’s first guest speaker in the academic year 2013/14, presenting on “Ruritania in Brussels, Evzones in the Eurozone: Balkan Stereotypes in the Age of Austerity. Her book “Inventing … Continue reading

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