GREEN NEWS: Albanian Police Gets Electric Cars

Albania’s Police force has become one of the five in Europe that have electric vehicles in its fleet.

Furthermore, Albania’s Interior Minister, Saimir Tahiri, said that the country is the only one in the region with fully electric cars on its fleet. With the reveal of the small fleet of electric Volkswagen Golf cars in police specification, Mr. Tahiri reminded the audience that these vehicles would not use “a single drop of fuel.”

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today

Auto Evolution reports: In Albania, a recharge that is suitable for driving 100 kilometers (62 miles) costs as much as a cup of coffee.

However, this story has a catch that will make almost anyone laugh out loud. So take a seat when you are reading this, as we do not want to roll on the floor while doing this. Are you ready?

Well, Albania does not have a network for charging electric vehicles. You cannot find a plug at any gas station, and there are no charging points anywhere outside cities, AP notes.

The Albanian Police has already come up with a solution to this problem that would have made any other country decide against electric vehicles – they will recharge the vehicles at the police stations every single time.

That is right – each of the unspecified Volkswagen e-Golf hatchbacks in Police trim will have to go back to their respective sites when the charge level is running low, so that they can be recharged at a dedicated station placed at the police precinct.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is also present in the fleet of Germany’s Lower Saxony police force, which has seven examples of the eco-friendly hatchback.

The estimated range of this model varies between 130 and 190 kilometers (80-118 miles) depending on driving style and the operating mode selected.

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The most ecological operating mode of the Volkswagen e-Golf is Eco+, and it narrows power to 75 HP, while top speed is limited to 90 km/h (56 mph). The air conditioning is also disabled, while throttle response is greatly diminished.

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Albania Hopes To Lure Tourists With Communist Nuclear Bunker – AP

TIRANA, Albania (AP) – Who doesn’t want to see a formerly top-secret Communist nuclear bunker?

By Anthony Von Dari@VOP Today

A facility that was designed to keep Albania running after a nuclear attack is the latest relic of the country’s dark Communist past that is being reinvented as a modern tourist attraction.

In its swords-to-ploughshares drive, the Socialist government has already announced plans to open an island fortress to tourists and auction off the country’s decrepit Soviet and Chinese fighter jets.

The small Balkan nation has no end of useless military installations and weaponry, a legacy of the paranoid, isolationist regime that ruled it with an iron fist for about 50 years after the end of World War II.

Fearing invasion by a host of imaginary enemies – imperialists, social-imperialists (as other Communist countries deemed ideologically unsound were termed) or restless, land-hungry neighbors – Albania’s regime had about 700,000 concrete bunkers of all sizes built across the country.

A quarter-century after the Communists’ fall, most are still there, the bigger ones serving as sheep barns, bars, restaurants, public toilets, love nests for furtive couples or even as homes.

The queen of them all – a secret five-story underground extravaganza on the outskirts of the capital Tirana to protect Albania’s army command from nuclear attack – opened to the public two years ago. It has since closed due to funding shortages. Authorities are planning to reopen it this summer.

Now, its smaller sibling in downtown Tirana is tapped to become a museum of the Communist era, sparking complaints from Albania’s conservative opposition party that the governing Socialists are trying to glorify the country’s dark past.

Located under the Interior Ministry, the secret nuclear bunker was built in the early 1980s to shelter ministry staff. Auron Tare, who heads a government tourism agency, says opening the former bunker as a museum will help preserve the country’s history.

“Twenty-five years after the fall of communism, the younger generations have no idea of what that regime was (like),” he told The Associated Press. “The collective memories of the communist regime, which had so much impact on the country’s life, are being wiped out fast.”

The 1,000-square-meter bunker has thick reinforced concrete walls to withstand nuclear attack. Machinery kept the air fresh from radioactive pollution, generators provided electricity, and water came from a well inside the structure. Its old East German-made air conditioning system is still functioning.

Staff offices doubled as dormitories and were equipped with iron tables and beds. The minister had a small, wood-paneled suite to himself, which included a small room for his secretary, a bedroom and bathroom, and a hotline to the party’s leadership.

Authorities hope to open it to the public later this year.

The structure has already triggered controversy. An anti-government rally by the conservative Democratic Party late last year ended with a riot at the Interior Ministry, with protesters trying to destroy a small replica bunker that will provide access to the shelter.

Architect Artan Shkreli, who is involved in the bunker project, says the criticism is “absurd,” but was pleased that the new entrance weathered the attack.

“Hundreds of thousands of bunkers built by the communist regime were never tested,” he said. “That fake bunker … passed the test!”

The 15 Countries That Produce The Most Isis Fighters

Belgium provided the most Isis fighters per capita of all EU countries last year.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: indy100

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, police traced the roots of the terrorist suspects to Brussels, arresting seven suspects in the Molenbeek district.

Investigators believe that the Paris plot was hatched in this neighbourhood by Belgian-born Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

On 19 March, Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was arrested, also in the Molenbeek district of Brussels, after a suspiciously large pizza order led authorities to his whereabouts.

Reports emerged on Saturday that Abdeslam planned to blow himself up during the Paris attacks but changed his mind.

Dr Natasha Underhill, an expert on terrorism in the Middle East at Nottingham Trent University, told the Independent that there was little doubt that the latest attacks were linked to Isis or Isis-affiliates.

It should, in some ways, have come as no surprise that there would have been some reaction from the group in response to the capture of Salah Abdeslam.

This was no doubt a warning strike to European leaders and there may be more to come. The group has time and time again issued statements that it will have no mercy in targeting those who are supporting the US and who are fighting against the group.

The likelihood of further attacks in Europe is now in very little doubt.

The promotion of fear is one of the strongest assets that Islamic State possesses and it is sadly doing an excellent job in spreading this message across Europe.

As the below chart from Statista shows, Belgium had the highest number of foreign Isis fighters per capita of EU countries in 2015, around 500 in total.

Belgium Isis Fighters

Jordan and Tunisia contribute significantly more than any other countries in terms of fighters per capita, 315 and 280 each per million people.

SHQIPERIA ESHTE SHTET TERRORIST – NE Duhet Ti Ndalojme Para Se Te Vije Rradha Jone

Gjeja e fundit qe do te beja ne kete moment do ishte nese une do kritikoja ‘shoqerine civile’, por kam frike se do ta bej kete.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today

Jo sepse nuk i mbeshtes, jo se nuk jam me ta, jo sepse nuk jam njeri nga ata, por sepse me te gjithe te drejten qe kemi se bashku ta mbrojme parkun tek liqeni qe mos perfundoje sic ka perfunduar thuajse gjithe qyteti dhe Shqiperia ‘prekur’ nga dicka e kalbur si qeverite tona, kemi detyrim te mbrojme gjithkend ne nevoje qe po shkelet cdo dite nga ata qe e kane kapur peng kete vend.

Nuk me duket e drejte edhe pse i mbeshtes maksimalisht te gjithe qe te mbrohet ai park edhe duke perfunduar ne burg, por nga ana tjeter kur disa familje flaken ne rruge nga shteti i tyre terrorist mos kete asnje reagim qytetar.

Personalisht nuk kam pritur qe Partia Demokratike, ajo Socialiste, LSI, apo kushdo tjeter te dal qofte dhe vetem ne nje konference per shtyp dhe te thote dicka. Nuk e kam pritur dhe nuk do pres ndonjehere ta bejne kete gje sepse nuk din ta bejne dhe aq me keq ato pak qe dine nuk duan ta bejne, por pres qe NE njerezit, NE populli ta bejme, nje sekonde e me perpara sepse neser eshte shume vone… neser do ta shohim policine tek dera jone dhe asgje nuk ka mbetur me vecse te dalim me qetesi ne rruge ose ta kalojme naten ne burg nese do tentojme te rezistojme te vetem.

Mbeshtetje ne cdo forme per kedo qe perpiqet vertete per NJEREZIT, per taksat, per varferine dhe per ato qe ndjejne se shume shpejte do perballemi dhe me dicka qe mbase se kemi njohur shume si term me perpara, me URINE. Thjeshte ngjyra e lekures na ndryshon me njerezit ne Afrike qe nuk kane asnje faj qe u linden atje, dhe neve qe me vetedije po shkojme drejte tyre.

Meshire per kedo qe akoma nuk kupron se ku jemi katandisur dhe REZISTENCE per kedo qe nuk pajtohet me keto kushte.

Albania could soon find itself at the centre of Europe’s refugee crisis – AL JAZEERA

Is Albania the next stop for stranded refugees?

By Andrew ConnellyAl Jazeera

Tirana, Albania – They came in their thousands overnight, wearing tattered clothes, some carrying children. Braving sub-zero temperatures they clambered on foot across the snowy, craggy terrain of the Albanian mountains. Meanwhile, more children died on Europe’s shores as yet another boat carrying around 60 refugees capsized in the Adriatic Sea after colliding with an Italian navy vessel trying to stop it entering Italian waters.

Such reports were commonplace throughout the 1990s as tens of thousands of Albanian refugees fled the collapsing Communist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha and subsequent lawlessness in the Adriatic state.

Today, the political landscape in Albania has settled somewhat, yet a little over 100km away on the Greek-Macedonian border tens of thousands of mainly Syrian and Iraqi refugees continue to amass.

The recent closure of the Balkan route and the rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis in Greece is leading many to wonder if Albania is about to see the migration flow divert through its territory, prompting renewed scenes of struggle over land and sea in yet another frontier of Europe.

Entering Albania through Greece, the terrain seems hostile – jagged mountains, sudden abysses and dense woodland stretch out to the horizon and signs along the motorway warn of bears and wolves.

But some observers, like Vassilis Nitsiakos, a professor of history at the University of Ioannina, in northern Greece, think that the 280km border is penetrable to those with the right information.

“I have walked across that border illegally many times. I go with my students,” Nitsiakos laughs. “Last summer we drove 20 minutes to the border near Konitsa in Greece, then after two hours we were in Albania.

“It’s a very historical path, thousands of Albanian migrants have used it and still do, coming to work in Greece by day, and go back to their village at night. We didn’t see any police, nobody cares. It’s an open secret, the authorities tolerate it. So if the refugees today knew about it, they could do it. The question is, do they have a way out of Albania?”

Details continue to be hammered out over the deal reached on Tuesday between the European Union and Ankara, which would see all refugees and migrants reaching the Greek islands returned to Turkey. But, in the meantime, it is inconceivable that the mounting numbers on the Macedonian border could willingly be taken back, or remain in a state of suspended animation, far from their desired destinations in northern Europe.

But even if refugees manage to penetrate Albanian territory, does the impoverished country possess the infrastructure to accommodate them?

For Marie-Helene Verney, speaking to Al Jazeera in UNHCR’s Tirana office, the answer is a resounding no.

“They have military barracks on the southern border – they say they are ready to be used as accommodation but they are not. They are understaffed and under-resourced. There is a real question mark here. Imagine, there are thousands people in Greece and as soon as you look at Albania, after a few hundred the capacity is overwhelmed very quickly.

“Then what happens? The Albanian government has been extremely reluctant to engage publicly in any planning because they say ‘if we talk about it to the media, then refugees will start to come’. But we tell them, ‘they will come whether you plan or not’.”

‘There is humanity … then there is law’

At Karrec, Albania’s only detention centre for ‘irregular migrants’, located at the end of a winding uneven road outside a suburb of the capital Tirana, the tiny scale of the country’s capabilities becomes apparent.

Albania has a re-admission agreement with Greece, where migrants captured across the border can be returned after 14 days. But when Al Jazeera visited the facility it was empty. The only evidence of previous occupants was some abandoned clothes hanging on a washing line and Arabic graffiti scrawled on the walls of the prayer room.

Sitting in his office, centre director Gezim Goci casts a wary eye at a TV broadcasting fuzzy news footage of refugees on the Macedonia border. Rain lashes at the window and thunder shakes the room. Goci starts to reminisce and draw historical comparisons to today’s refugee flows.

“My family is from eastern Albania. During the Kosovo war in 1999 the state was not functioning, so we opened our houses to our brothers coming across the border. And when I see these young people from Syria, I feel for them,” he says.

“But there is humanity, and then there is the law. Back in the times of the dictatorship, there were many armed guards and surveillance on the border, but that was to stop us from leaving!”

Albania’s own history of migration

From 1941 to his death in 1985, Albania was ruled by the Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha. His paranoid belief that foreign powers were intent on invading the country caused him to turn Albania into a pariah state, sealed off from the rest of the world, a North Korea of the Balkans.

One of the visible legacies of his tyranny are the hundreds of thousands of bunkers he ordered to be built throughout the country, from the top of mountains to beaches and downtown squares. Many still remain, but these days enterprising Albanians prefer to blow them up to harvest the steel, while young couples use their intimate confines for romantic assignations.

Albania has a history of multidimensional emigration.

The brutal Hoxha regime and its collapse produced hundreds of thousands of refugees.

A second wave came in 1997, during the country’s transition to a market economy, when vast swaths of the population became impoverished almost overnight as their money disappeared in a system of crooked pyramid investment schemes.

Subsequent suspicion of the government erupted into civil unrest, which became deadly after weapons depots were looted and clashes between police, opposition and armed criminals who took over whole cities left thousands dead.

Despite subsequent political reforms and Albania’s candidate status for membership of the European Union, the country has pockets of poverty and a GDP per capita under $5,000, according to the World Bank.

Ironically, these conditions have forced tens of thousands of Albanians to use the Balkan route themselves to reach northern Europe.

In 2015, Albanians were second only to Syrians in the number of asylum applications lodged in Germany (54,762). Berlin has since deemed Albania safe and begun deporting people back en masse to the predominantly Muslim nation of three million.

Since the escalation of the refugee crisis in Europe last summer, a photo has been circulating on social media. It depicts a large vessel partially obscured by thousands of human bodies with people dangling over the top, climbing up ropes from the port and some even falling into the sea. It has been been said to both depict Syrian refugees in Greece in 2015 and Europeans fleeing World War II for North Africa. In fact, it shows neither.
It is a photo of the notorious Vlora vessel, full of Albanians, docking in the southern Italian port of Bari in 1991.

On a sunny day in March 2016, the sea laps gently on the deserted beach at Zvernec, near the city of Vlora. Police sources told Al Jazeera that in the past two months, two inflatable boats had been found nearby, but could not speculate on their possible intended use.

Alba Cela, the deputy director of the Tirana-based think-tank, the Albanian Institute of International Affairs, says the Adriatic has long been a channel to ferry drugs and cigarettes to Italy, but the chance of profitable human cargo may be too tempting for the gangsters to resist.

“Albania spent a lot of effort fighting speedboat trafficking to Italy and we even had to pass strict laws. For instance, there was a complete moratorium on speedboats for years, even for fun it was not permitted to own one.

“Now if you have refugees trapped here, of course they will rekindle the interest of organised crime organisations to smuggle them to Italy. It would be hard, but not impossible. It is a small coast but it has its own hidden spots that are hard to control. You cannot rule it out.”

The crossing from the Albanian coast to Italy’s southern region of Puglia is 50 miles, significantly further than the distance from Turkey to the Greek islands, which in some parts is barely four miles but has claimed more than 400 lives this year alone.

‘I’m afraid of the sea, but I’m desperate’

Hannah, 21, a Syrian student from Damascus, is currently entering her second week stuck on the Macedonian border. After enduring the worsening conditions in the vastly overcrowded camp only to be told the route is now shut, she says she is exploring other options.

“I might try the Albania way to Italy. I’m afraid of the sea, but I’m desperate. I would try anything. Even another Mediterranean death trip.”

According to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, 9,295 refugees and migrants have arrived by sea in Italy during 2016 but almost all left from the North African coast.

Refugee flows are often determined by the size of the trail blazed by those preceding them, which so far in Albania’s case is minimal. According to UNHCR estimates, 1,400 mostly Syrian refugees crossed into Albania in 2014; in 2015 it was 2,600.

There is a widespread perception among many of the refugees questioned by Al Jazeera that entering Albania is a dangerous option, which requires the use of merciless smugglers.

The imam

Gentjan Mara, the imam of the Shtish-Tufine mosque in Tirana, has seen the dark side of this perilous route.

After several years living in Syria, including witnessing in 2011 the early eruptions of revolution in Daraa, Mara moved back with his Syrian wife and son to Albania, which hosts a tiny Syrian community of around 35 families.

Last year, Amal, a 56-year old child psychologist made her way through Turkey and Greece after several of her family members were killed by an air strike in Daraa.

On Greece’s northern border her journey to be reunited with her husband in Germany was cut short after the smuggler she used to show her the way demanded more money. When Amal refused, she was pushed into a gorge. She broke both of her legs as she fell.

Mara tells her story: “She crawled into Albania through the woods for hours, but luckily met a shepherd who called for help. She was taken to hospital for extensive surgery, and then we hosted her like family in our house for two months. It’s my personal conviction that, even though Albanians do not have much to offer, they cannot ignore people who need help.”

Amal’s misfortune continued as her efforts to reach Germany through legal methods failed. So she again turned to smugglers. Wheelchair bound, she was led out of Albania through Kosovo and up the Balkan route until finally, exhausted, she arrived in Dusseldorf last month.

Despite last year appearing to favour the idea of welcoming refugees into his country, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama hardened his stance in February. Citing the behaviour of other European countries as an influence, he told local media: “We have neither the conditions, nor the strength, nor the enthusiasm to save the world while others close their borders.”

But for Mara, Syrian refugees fleeing the sixth year of tumultuous conflict are destined to find sanctuary.

“Before the war, Syria was a country which hosted many refugees from all over the world,” he says. “So now Allah will ensure that the Syrians are welcomed elsewhere.”

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Nga Av. Altin Goxhaj@VOP_Today

Punen e lene ne mes nga Majlinda Soros Bregu (sepse ja dhjeme) sot e mori vete ne dore Edi Rama! Sot u propozuan ndryshimet ligjore per ndeshkimin penal dhe financiar te Rrjeteve dhe Media Sociale!

Fyerjet online, ndryshon ligji. Tani portalet ndëshkohen, por jo vetëm…

Top Channel: Shtimi i portaleve në internet, shtimi i ankesave nga qytetarët dhe i proceseve gjyqësore, por edhe boshllëku ligjor ekzistues kanë bërë që më në fund qeveria të ndërhyjë.

Një portal online tanimë do të quhet si një biznes online, për të cilin masat e sigurisë do të jenë të ngjashme si të përdorësh një kartë krediti në internet, ku masat e sigurisë dhe kundër mashtrimit janë të larta.

Ndryshimet ligjore do ta bëjnë edhe më të vështirë dhe shumë të ndëshkueshme një fyerje apo koment online.

“Çdo person që ndihet i fyer për arsye raciste, ksenofobie, pornografia kundrejt fëmijëve të mund të raportohen nga personat në çdo portal”, deklaron ministrja e Inovacionit, Milena Harito.

Ligji detyron portalet të krijojnë një sektor të posaçëm në faqet e tyre, ku qytetarët të raportojnë këto ankesa personale për fyerje ndaj tyre. Portalet më pas do të jenë të detyruara t’i raportojnë këto në organet e posaçme ligjzbatuese.

“Brenda 48 orësh duhet të çaktivizojë përmbajtjen e deklaruar të tillë, pasi verifikon elementet që përcaktohen në ligj, deri sa autoriteti përkatës të shprehet”, nënvizon Harito.

Portalet tashmë nuk mund të jenë mall pa zot. Ashtu si çdo biznes që ka adresën e tij, edhe portalet detyrohen tashmë të kenë një të tille. Ndryshimet ligjore parashikojnë gjobitje të rënda për portalet, të cilat sot e tutje do ta kenë të ndaluar edhe me ligj që të jenë të papërgjegjshme për lajmet që botojnë.

“Ka masa administrative për portalet që nuk do të zbatojnë detyrimet që sjell ligji”, nënvizon Harito.

Masa administrative do të jenë natyrisht më të ashpra se gjobat. Portalet online këtej e tutje do të hyjnë në një fazë tjetër edhe në Shqipëri. Ato do të jenë portale, por jo han pa porta.