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Finally some changes!

This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper and www.albanianfreepress.al

By Frrok Çupi

They had said that nothing would change again, that we would be stuck with the same government, with the same ambassadors, with the same EU and with the same arrogance.

But today we saw something else happen, something which may have been set in motion after the new president came in office in the USA in January 2017. Whatever happened here, was a result of what happened there. Even Donald Trump’s victory was read in two different ways: 1) “He will not be long in office”, something which was also inspired by officials and ambassadors of the old US administration and the other 2) “Let’s do whatever we can before time runs out…”.

Both of them aggravated the situation in our country. It went to prove that the axes were set in motion. This is where conservatives and liberals clashed, supporters of Trump and Brexit with supporters of anti-Trump and anti-Brexit; Soros’ strategy to turn Albania like Colombia and naïve efforts to make it look like something incidental.

A revolt of the most northern and forgotten city in the country, “awoke” everyone.

1.

The government felt fear.

The Prime Minister of the country, a tall man who was born among the dictatorship’s elite, had manifested all of his skills to show that he could trample down all of those who would stand on his way and the entire people if needed. He gathered around him “rabbits” who dared to bite lions believing that the PM would protect them. This government is inhumane and it has lost all credibility among people. A government which does not fear anything, may do us a lot of harm at a given moment. So far, it has misused funds coming from the taxes that people pay through their hard work; it has stolen and embezzled to such extent that the wealth of a minister could be measured to George Soros’; it has spread crime; it has destroyed the state; it has applied the strategy for the cultivation and the traffic of drugs the same way it was applied in the past with corn and wheat…

11 highlanders from Kukes who were imprisoned because they contested the government’s taxes, defied fear. After two days of protests with 30 participants, the Prime Minister was forced to withdraw from his “gigantic” decision to enslave Kukes and Kosovo. Now, the government which felt no fear, is trembling. Will it revoke the taxes?! No! Will it abuse as often as it’s given the chance? Yes, of course.

Nevertheless, we saw how the government felt intimidated by 11 imprisoned highlanders.

2.

US ambassador Lu’s sin was discovered.

The US State Department will soon launch an investigation on George Soros and Donald Lu for using American taxpayers’ money to cement the leftist government in Albania. This means that Lu and Soros are the masterminds of the project for the spreading of drugs in the country. Lu said that “the elections would be recognized even if the opposition did not participate in them” (something that no American has accepted). We find out that the ambassador, on behalf of the US president Donald Trump, was working against him.

Tomorrow, Lu’s conviction in America could lead to an investigation on Albanian government officials along with the Prime Minister himself.

3.

The revolt of the citizens was mined by the opposition.

Although what we saw happening today was a negative thing, it showed that things were set in motion. The opposition called for a protest which it called “civil disobedience”. It looked like they were calling on farmers to take to the streets and throw out excess milk. In three or four national roads, road circulation was blocked because militants obeyed the opposition’s calls. “Conservative” opposition used socialist instruments to slow down the speed of the nation instead of doing the opposite.

But by doing this, the opposition undermined the authority of the revolt of the citizens of Kukes by reflecting it as an amorphous street movement and it removed the real meaning of the revolt of Kukes, which aimed at protecting the nation from Turkey and Russia and not only from taxes.

The opposition served the government with the same instruments in order to keep the government longer in power. The opposition does not follow static policies in parliament. Instead, it is engaged in civic action on the streets. The opposition also acts like clock pendulum for the government in the very sense of existence: If Mr. Lu travels to America to undergo a probe on Soros’ funding from USAID, then Rama is connected to him. But, if the Prime Minister is put under investigation, the same thing will also be done by the opposition leader, Basha. America wants him because of the scandal with the Russian funds.

Note: The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Albanian Free Press’ editorial policy

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Gruevski is in Macedonia

Erol Rizaov

Nikola Gruevski has never been more present in Macedonia than now, since he fled the country. All conversations at weddings and funerals, in restaurants and cafes, in churches and mosques, before and after prayer, and some say during prayer, at MANU and in the market, in betting offices and gambling saloons, in operating rooms, before and after surgery, in all courts and law offices, in taxi cabs an buses, in public toilets, they all begin and end with Gruevski.

Social networks, Internet websites, television stations, literally all media publish hundreds of information every minute, and each denying the previous one. Everyone knows from the very first moment of his disappearance, except those who need to know where Gruevski is, how he escaped, what was his route. First they say that diplomats drove him with Jeep cars, then it was Macedonians who drove him, later that he walked on foot through Albania to Montenegro, then that he took a plane a flew, then that he took a boat, and then it was a speedboat… That he was guarded by Seselj’s Chetniks with bayonets when he was passing through Serbia, and then he was accompanied by the ambassador and consul of Hungary when he was passing through Montenegro. He got on a speedboat in Greece, then on a boat, then on a yacht… All roads lead to Budapest, and for the first time Gruevski arrives everywhere without being late, maybe even early. He is present in Macedonia the most, but at the same time he can be anywhere – in Turkey and in Georgia, Hungary, Argentina and, of course, last but not least, in Russia. The myth of Grujo is built day and night as an illegal building, which ultimately would be included in the general urban plan that foresees this primitivism to cover the whole of Macedonia as a bluestem grass and stifle everything that was left valuable and reasonable. The stories about Grujo, Macedonia’s great savior that saved the country from the neighbors' claws, from greedy Europe, the oracle of Babylon and the world greatest cop The United States, outgrows the myths of Krale Marko, Itar Pejo and Goce Delcev, combined. Krale Marko was killed as a vassal and a Turkish soldier, and Goce was betrayed by his own people and died by the hand of the Turkish army. Itar Pejo is alive and well – embodied in Grujo, who outsmarts everyone.

The first songs celebrating the greatest hero of all heroes are already being written: the Macedonian savior and king, A God0given gift, Nikola Gruevski was handed over by goddamn traitors, may they never see another day. The Lord takes care of him and protects him so that no one can catch him. One day, when Grujo returns, everyone will have to pay. These are the lyrics that will be sung and played with zurlas, drums, darbukas, trumpets, harmonicas, violins, flutes and all choristers.

In addition to regular patients who greet the TV shows on a daily basis and are diligently carrying out therapy that helps them more than pills and sedatives to soothe their nerves and hallucinations, they were joined by great analysts and experts, interpreters of dreams and predictors of the future. Top-level politicians, both from the government and the opposition, the prime minister personally, ministers, police chiefs, intelligence officers, lawyers, editors, journalists, party activists and reporters show whether Gruevski was kidnapped, or voluntarily fled the country, or was offered a better alternative to prison, just as he had already gone to hand himself over to the Suto Orizari prison facility to serve his sentence. In this all this chaos and mockery, I miss the world-class diplomat, Gruevski's main strategist, to tell us the truth about how the Americans organized Gruevski's kidnapping and, through Albania and Montenegro, temporarily placed him in Budapest, from where hewill be taken to Moscow for a short period of several years, and then he will be returned to Macedonia to take over the presidency, and show how one becomes the father of a "sick tribe".

However, I find the wisdom and the efforts for the de-gruevization of Macedonia most intriguing. They are even more interesting than the patients’ calls in the morning TV shows, even more interesting than the Turkish TV series. The processes of how Macedonia should be purified from Gruevism are explained very easily. When I first used the term Gruevism publicly, I did not have the slightest idea how long Gruevski would remain in power, but according to historical facts and experiences with a lightly propagated speed that it usually lasts twice as long as the regime. It is already clear that I made a huge mistake. Gruevism will take longer than the next 20 years, because the chances of Gruevski returning to the throne are actually greater than Macedonia's liberation from primitivism and provincialism, from hatred and nationalism, from the backwardness and misery. The most fruitful ground for the undisturbed further development of Gruevism. As long as they are present, Nikola will be at home in our Macedonia, whether he was here personally or not. You know what I mean, right? A genius helped me a great deal with this knowledge, who posts a whole wagon of wisdom, who writes the most noteworthy lesson on Facebook. Gruevski was an asylum-seeker like Einstein, Kissinger, Marx, Trotsky, Assange, Snowden, Albright and Solzhenitsyn and some other worldly statesmen and martyrs like him. This person is not playing with him, and even if he is, the message is still taken seriously.

So, now it’s up to you to estimate long Gruevism will last, will it last as long as Macedonia, would it be more or less.

Views expressed in this article are personal views of the author and do not represent the editorial policy of Nezavisen Vesnik

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Gruevski’s asylum and extradition

Today or tomorrow, authorities in Skopje are expected to send to Hungarian authorities a request for the extradition of former PM Nikola Gruevski, who fled the country in order to evade a two year prison sentence that was handed to him for official misconduct during the time he was in office.

The ministry of Justice said that authorities in Budapest will be sent the file that exists against Gruevski. Yesterday, Hungary’s ambassador to Skopje, Laslo Duks was summoned at the Foreign ministry in Skopje to hand him a note of protest concerning the asylum demand. Foreign ministry’s secretary, Victor Dimovski said that he’s optimistic that Hungary will act in the spirit of good bilateral relations and without any delays in rejecting Gruevski’s demand for asylum.

Today, Hungarian media said that authorities in Budapest have granted asylum to former PM Nikola Gruevski. 24.hu portal reports that the Hungarian office for emigration and asylum has decided to accept the demand submitted by the former Macedonian PM for asylum.

But, so far, Hungarian authorities have not issued any statements on this. The case of the former Macedonian PM was also discussed by Hungarian MPs on Monday. Hungarian Foreign minister, Peter Siartio has explained that Hungarian authorities have not played any role in the decision of the former PM to seek asylum in Hungary. /ibna/

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US embassy reacts following Kosovo’s failing bid to become a member of Interpol

The Kosovo Police is a fully integrated and capable institution, with a demonstrated record of helping dismantle international terrorist, cybercriminal, narcotics, arms, and human smuggling networks. A majority of countries saw this and supported Kosovo’s application to join INTERPOL, in the face of a campaign, led by Serbia, to pressure countries to oppose Kosovo’s bid. Support for Kosovo’s INTERPOL membership was never about recognition of Kosovo’s independence, but about strengthening global law enforcement cooperation and closing a critical security gap in the Balkans. With this outcome, we all lose.

We continue to strongly support the EU-facilitated Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. Now more than ever, both parties should accelerate their efforts to reach agreement on full normalization, which is the only way for both countries to advance on their EU accession paths. Both Serbia and Kosovo need to realize that their paths toward their European future lie through normalization. To that end, we urge them to avoid provocations and work together on a deal./Ibna/

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Kosovo fails to become a member of Interpol

Kosovo has failed to secure the necessary votes which would make it a member of Interpol. 68 states voted in favour of Kosovo’s accession during the General Assembly of this organization, 51 states voted against while 16 abstained. Meanwhile, Kosovo needed two thirds of the votes.

The government of Kosovo has expressed its deep disappointment for not being able to become part of this international police organization which fights trans-national crime.

“The campaign that was led by Serbia showed that it’s against the idea for the normalization of relations with Kosovo”, declared the government in Pristina.

This failure also marked another defeat for Kosovo’s diplomatic battle against Serbia in the process of accession in international organizations.

Meanwhile, Kosovo applied for accession in the Interpol in 2010 and it repeated this application five years later. In 2017, Kosovo had given up on its objective to become part of this organization due to the insufficient support that it had. /ibna/

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International interest in Krk gas terminal in Croatia

Progress appears to have been made in the case of the construction of the Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) for LNG on the island of Krk, Croatia.

A final decision on the investment is not expected before mid-2019, however, the first step has been made in selecting the company to upgrade and transform the existing facility into a natural gas storage and processing plant.

Based on existing plans, Norwegian company Golar Power can deliver the project, the gas storage and processing unit, in September or October 2020, in order for it to be put into operation on 1 January 2021.

Meanwhile, the visit of Qatar emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Croatia is interesting, since the country is seeking to supply this unit with natural gas.

Qatar seems to have already expressed interest in both the construction of the plant and exporting LNG to Croatia through the terminal on the island of Krk.

So far, despite the fact that the two sides maintain excellent relations, the good intentions of both countries for cooperation have not led to the signing of a formal agreement.

"The delay is due to us. We took the decision to go ahead with the construction of the gas storage and processing unit at the same time as Poland. Their station started operating in 2017, when we still had not started building our own," said Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Qatar has the world's third largest natural gas reserves. In 2017 it began further exploitation of the South Pars deposit in cooperation with Iran./IBNA

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