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#100 ne: 14-03-2007, 02:36:10
Adil Hoxha

-Albanian spy in the Simpsons"-

Watch the episode

When Bart sets off a cherry bomb in gthe loos of Springfiled Elementry he accidently injures principal Skinners mother and is sent on an exchange to France as a punishment. An Albanian child, Adil Hoaxha is sent to the family but turns out he is working for the government suppling info. on the Nucleur plant and is arrested by the FBI. In France Bart is enslaved by his hosts and is making wine. So he goes to the police and reviels that the crooks were putting anti freze in the wine. He then happily returns home.


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#101 ne: 14-03-2007, 02:36:42
Ibrahim Rugova

-( December 2, 1944 – January 21, 2006 )-

Ibrahim Rugova, the pacifist leader of Kosovo's Albanians, was born in 1944. The years that followed were to shape his whole outlook on life. Just after the war his father and grandfather were executed by Yugoslav communists who were recapturing the province from the then retreating Germans.  Rugova grew up during years of harsh repression. Following the war, Kosovo was run by mostly Serb communists who ran the province on a tight leash.

Nevertheless Ibrahim Rugova was able to prosper and he eventually went to Paris where he studied linguistics at the Sorbonne. He then became a professor of Albanian literature and a writer.
 Like almost every single other leader in the former Yugoslavia, Rugova was a member of its old communist party. He was expelled after joining others in demanding changes to Serbia's constitution.
 Building a political movement
 With the formal end of one party rule in Serbia Rugova was elected to head the first non-communist party in Kosovo, the Democratic League of Kosova ( *see notes below), the LDK.
 The LDK was founded just after Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic had abolished Kosovo's autonomy and at a time of great political ferment. Over the next few years though the Yugoslav crisis, which had begun in Kosovo was to shift northwards. By 1991 the war which was to destroy the old federal republic had begun.
 Change of strategy
At this point the LDK, which had until then been demanding that Kosovo become a full Yugoslav republic now opted for independence. At that point there were believed to be some 1.7 million Albanians in Kosovo as against 200,000 Serbs.
 As the Croats and then Bosnia's Muslims took on the Serbs, some Kosovo Albanians argued that they should "open a southern front" to win their own freedom.
 Rugova argued that this would be an appalling mistake. After hundreds of thousands of people had been driven from their homes in Croatia and Bosnia, he feared the same could happen to Kosovo's Albanian population.
 Parallel administration
  Under Rugova's guidance then, the LDK and other Kosovo Albanian parties pioneered a unique experiment. They declared independence and began setting up parallel structures of government, health care and education.
 Rugova was elected president in semi-underground elections while a "government-in-exile" shuttled between Germany, Switzerland, Albania and Macedonia.

The main purpose of this government was to raise taxes amongst the large Kosovo Albanian community working abroad and to use this money to finance education and other services.
 Teachers, doctors and others were available in large numbers ever since they had been sacked or resigned from their jobs after Mr Milosevic's clampdown in 1989.
  It is widely believed that the Serbs more or less permitted Mr Rugova's activities as he was immensely popular and if Albanians did not have him to look to for guidance then they would search for leadership amongst other more hardline candidates.
 Dayton accord shatters consensus
 Albanians who had followed Rugova through the difficult years of repression and harassment were shocked that the 1995 accord, which ended the war in Bosnia, did not deal with Kosovo. It became increasingly clear that western countries would not support its demand for independence.
 From that time on Rugova's position came under increasing scrutiny. Some began to argue that their leader's pacifism was tantamount to passivity. Quarrels with the government-in-exile lead to a cut off of funds from abroad.
 Leadership threatened
When the Kosovo Liberation Army began to emerge some two years ago Rugova argued that it was a Serbian police trick designed to discredit his policies.
 The increasing prominence of the KLA showed this was not the case.
 Mr Rugova's trademark is a silk scarf that he wears wherever he goes. 
  With the launch of the Nato air campaign and the mass exodus of Kosovo Albanians it is now unclear just how popular he remains.
 Some analysts believe that if Mr Rugova could make a compromise deal with the Serbs, the vast majority of Albanians who are now armed would lay down their guns and follow his lead.
 However he lost support when he was shown on Serbian television holding talks with President Slobodan Milosevic after the Nato bombing campaign began.
 He also signed an agreement with Belgrade at the end of March paving the way for more peace talks on the province.   
  With his release by the Yugoslav authorities and arrival in Italy he clearly intends to play a role in the search for peace in Kosovo.
 Whether it is a significant one remains to be seen.
  (*1) Kosova is the Albanian name for the province. The word 'League' was chosen specifically to make reference to the League of Prizren, the first Albanian nationalist movement which was founded in 1878.


Çmimet dhe titujt ndërkombëtarë:

- 1995, Çmimi për paqe i Fondacionit Paul Litzer në Danimarkë.
- 1996, Doktor Nderi i Universitetit të Parisit VIII Sorbonë, Francë.
- 1998, Çmimi Saharov i Parlamentit Evropian.
- 1999, Çmimi për paqe i qytetit Mynster (Münster)
- 2000, Çmimi për paqe i Unionit Demokratik të Katalonisë, në Barcelonë, Spanjë.
- 2003 Çmimin Senator Nderi i Evropës.
- 2004 Doktor Nderi i Universitetit të Tiranës.
- Qytetar nderi i Venedikut, Milanos dhe Breshias (Itali).

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#102 ne: 14-03-2007, 02:37:38

-Queen of Iran-

One of the most beautiful ladies of the last century was of Albanian stock. She had some French and Circassian blood too, but her ancestry was predominantly Albanian. Her name was Fawzia; she was the sister of the last king of Egypt, King Farouk.

Her paternal ancestor was, as I wrote above, the Albanian warrior Mehmed Ali Pascha who established the Egyptian independence and became its leader. He was born in Kavala, Greece, but was originally from Zemblak, Korca. This same man spoke only Albanian it was said, possible Turkish too. His son was Ibrahim Pascha; his son was Ismail, who had another son called Fuat. Fuat's daughter was Fewzia, and his son and heir, Farouk(he had other children as well). Her mother, called Nazli Sabri, was the daughter of Abdu'r-Rahman Pasha Sabri, who former minister of Agriculture and mayor of Cairo; he was of Albanian ancestry as well. His wife was Tefika Kahnum, who was mixed French-Albanian.

Fawzia was later married to the Shah of Iran; Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. He dirvorced her later, however, due to her not giving birth to any son. Nevertheless, she reached great fame in the world through her beauty and acquired the nick-name "Asian Venus" -- that is what Cecil Beaton calls her, saying also that she had "a perfect heart-shaped face and strangely pale but piercing blue eyes".

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#103 ne: 14-03-2007, 02:39:06
to be continued...

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#104 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:45:55
Kristina Malota
-US Actress-

# Audrey's Rain (2003) (TV) .... Charlotte
# Donnie Darko (2001) .... Susie Bates
... aka Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (USA: director's cut)
# Erin Brockovich (2000) .... Annabelle Daniels
# Gentleman B. (2000) .... Ally
... aka Criminal Mentality (UK: DVD title)
... aka The Gentleman Bandit (USA: MIFED title)
# A Secret Life (2000) (TV) .... Erica
... aka Breach of Trust (UK) ...etc etc...


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#105 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:46:23
Michael Malota
-US Actor-

(same family as Peter and Kristina)

# The Shrunken City (1998 ) .... George
# Somebody Is Waiting (1996) .... Kennedy
# Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996) .... Young Jon
... aka Sometimes They Come Back 2 (USA)
# Demon in the Bottle (1996)
# R.I.O.T.: The Movie (1996) (V) .... Victor Rizzo, Jr.
# Don Juan DeMarco (1995) .... Young Don Juan
# Baby Face Nelson (1995) .... Young Baby Face


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#106 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:47:12
Marina Malota
-US Actress-

Marina Malota
Odd Man Out, Fridays at 9:30 p.m. on WCHS-TV8

Marina Malota has been entertaining her family since birth, making facial expressions to elaborate her ideas and feelings. She began auditioning for commercials at the age of three and was in a number of national spots.

Marina landed her first film appearance opposite Dylan McDermott in "'Til There was You." She was also featured in "The Thin Red Line," "Recoil" and "The Gardener"; and will soon be seen in "Special Delivery," starring Penny Marshall.

Marina has been studying acting with Andrew Magarin at The Shop in Burbank for several years, and is currently involved with her elementary school's drama club. She enjoys martial arts, soccer, swimming and spending time with her family.

Marina and her three siblings live with their parents in the Los Angeles area. Her older brother, Michael, and younger sister, Kristina, are also actors.


Actress - filmography
(2000s) (1990s)

    1. "Family Affair" (2002) TV Series .... Chelsea
    2. Donnie Darko (2001) .... Emily Bates
       ... aka Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (USA: director's cut)
    3. "Bette" (2000) TV Series .... Rose

    4. "Odd Man Out" (1999) TV Series .... Elizabeth Whitney
    5. The Thin Red Line (1998 ) .... Marina
       ... aka Mince ligne rouge, La (Canada: French title)
    6. Recoil (1998 ) .... Michelle Morgan
    7. The Gardener (1998 ) .... Little Girl
       ... aka Silent Screams (USA)
       ... aka The Garden of Evil
    8. 'Til There Was You (1997) .... Gwen's Daughter


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#107 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:47:57
Ymer Pampuri
-First Albanian World Champion-


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#108 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:48:30
Elisabeta Karabolli
-The first European Champion of Albanian Sport (September 28th, 1979)-

Gold Medal P 30+30
XVII EC of Shooting 1979
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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#109 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:49:09
Riza Lushta
-Famous footballer in Italy (1941)-

Riza Lushta, kosovar: played in Italy with US Bari and Juventus FC; in 1941-42 won Italy Cup (Coppa Italia) with Juventus FC, and in 1942-43 Lushta was one of the most important goal-scorers of Italian football


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#110 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:49:32
Murat Rais
-Albanian Pirate-

Murat Rais (or Murat Reis) was a Muslim Albanian pirate and Ottoman admiral in the 16th century. He was known for his boldness, even by corsair standards.


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#111 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:49:56
Kevin Peshkopia
-guitarist of the group THE IMMORTAL WINOS

 The guy who smokes


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#112 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:50:33
Arnaut Rami
-Corsair and the hostage-taker of Cervantes-

I replied that I was a slave of the Arnaut Mami (for I knew as a certainty that he was a very great friend of his),
and that I wanted some herbs to make a salad. He asked e then whether I were on ransom or not, and what my master demanded for me.


Miguel Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. He was captured by the pirate Arnaut Mami in September of 1575, and the Trinitarian responsible for his release five years later in 1580 was Juan Gil.(6) It is thought that Cervantes was buried in a Trinitarian habit.(7)

El corsario albanés que condujo a Cervantes a la prisión de Argel

Convertido ya en El manco de Lepanto -por las heridas sufridas en la famosa batalla- y tras extender su carrera militar por Corfú y Túnez, el 26 de septiembre de 1575 Miguel de Cervantes decide regresar a España a bordo de la galera El sol . A la altura de la localidad catalana de Cadaqués, la nave es atacada por la del corsario Arnaut Mami ( Mami El Albanés ), que conduce al escritor a Argel para convertirlo en esclavo.


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#113 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:51:59
Stefi Gjine
-growing tennis player-

Gjine draws on athletic genes

REGINA (CP) - Growing up in an athletic family, it was natural for Stefi Gjine to be successful in sports, especially tennis.

The tennis phenom from North Vancouver, B.C., grew up with the strong support of her parents, who were elite athletes in Albania. Now at only 15-years-old, she has 124 trophies in her collection.

"I'm telling you I love tennis," Gjine said. "I used to play the under-14, under-16 and under-18 (in B.C.) and I won all three of them. From that tournament on, they wouldn't let me play all three."

Since she was 11, Gjine has been winning the province's top two events. She stepped onto the national stage at her first Canada Summer Games this week.


Gjine's dad says he's really glad both Stefi and her 11-year-old sister Jenny inherited the athletic gene.

The rest : www.tsn.ca/tennis/news_story.asp?id=133180

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#114 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:52:35
Igli Tare
-football player-

HEIGHT: 191 cm
WEIGHT: 87 kg
BIRTHDATE: July 25, 1973
HOMETOWN:Vlora, Albania

CLUB: S.S. Lazio • Italy

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#115 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:53:07
Rahim Ademi

-Croatian Army General of Kosovo-Albanian Origin-

Born and raised in the village of Karač, Vučitrn muncipality of Kosovo, Rahim Ademi finished the Yugoslav military academy in Belgrade in 1976 and was assigned to a station in Rogoznica near Šibenik in Croatia, where he got married and had two children.

In 1986, the Military Court in Sarajevo convicted him of counterrevolutionar y acts and Albanian irredentism, but after serving a year and a half in jail, the Supreme Military Court agreed with his appeal and acquitted him. He would spend the next years serving as an officer in Sinj until 1990 when the war in Croatia was starting and he deserted from the Yugoslav People's Army in order to help create Croatian army formations in that part of the country.


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#116 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:53:36
Artim Shaqiri

-Soccer Player-

Artim Shaqiri is the captain of the Macedonian National Team in soccer. He was one of the heros in the Macedonia - England soccer game which ended 2-2. Shakiri stuned the goalman David Seaman when he scored from a corner kick.

England are left stunned as Macedonia's Artim Sakiri scores straight from a corner in the 11th minute.

More photos...

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#117 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:54:12
Shefki Kuqi
- Famous finnish footballer-

Shefki Kuqi (born November 10, 1976 in Kosovo) is a Finnish footballer who currently plays for Blackburn Rovers F.C. in the English Premiership. He is a big and strong striker - nicknamed The Kosovar Ox - who is known more for his determination than technical skill. Shefki is the elder brother of Njazi Kuqi, who plays for Birmingham City.

Kuqi started his playing career with MP Mikkeli, shortly after emigrating to Finland. He also played for HJK Helsinki and FC Jokerit – with whom he was the Veikkausliiga top scorer in 2000 – in Finland, before joining Stockport County in January 2001. Kuqi then had a spell at Sheffield Wednesday before joining Ipswich Town. Kuqi's 20 goals in the Championship for Ipswich in the 2004-05 season earned him a move to the Premiership with Blackburn. In the current season alone, Kuqi has notched up 7 goals and 7 assists thus far.

Kuqi has received some media attention - especially from Match of the Day - for his spectacular, and unusual, goal celebration: the swan dive (or flying Finn). Where Kuqi jumps forward with both arms out, in what could be described as an attempt to glide like a bird, before crashing to the ground. Although, it looks like a celebration which may cause injury Kuqi has been reported to have said it does not hurt him.

Kuqi made his debut for the Finnish national team on August 18, 1999 against Belgium. He is a regular squad member of the team.


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#118 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:54:50
William G. Gregory



EVENT: Mother’s Day
DATE: April 19, 1996
LOCATION: Micalli Terrace - Brooklyn, NY

DETAILS: Albanian American Women Organization (AAWO) organized this event to honor mothers and their contribution to our community. A special guest at this event was the first Albanian astronaut, William Gregory.

481 Eighth Avenue, Suite 933, New York, NY 10001
Tel: 1 (212) 244-8440 Fax: 1 (212) 244-8159
E-Mail: contact@aawomq.org ("contact@aawomq.org")


If the website didn't work.

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#119 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:55:17
Tom Perrotta

Good to Know
Some fun factoids from our interview with Perrotta:

"My mother is Albanian."

"I don't eat eggs."

"My dog lived to the ripe old age of 18."

source - biography

Tom Perrotta did not take well to being a parent. "I had gone to great lengths to invent myself as somebody who had a certain level of coolness," he told Terry Gross, in a 2004 interview for NPR's Fresh Air, "and parenthood is about the least cool role you can take on. For anybody who has any sort of bohemian leanings or aspirations or self-delusions, parenthood is a jolt to the very fiber of your being."

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#120 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:55:44
Donald Leka
-Founder, Chairman and CEO
TransMedia, Inc.-

“Donald Leka launched Transmedia during one of the toughest economic climates in recent history. Donald appeared on CNN to introduce his company to the business community on September 7, 2001. A few days later, the tragic events of September 11 changed the world, drastically altering technology investment and spending in Transmedia’s target markets.

Many technology companies went out of business, or stopped developing new technology. Donald had another plan, redoubling Transmedia’s development and sales efforts and securing angel investment and strategic partner investment, with fair valuations and terms for the company.

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#121 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:56:14
Laura Mersini
-theoretical physicist ; Famous Cosmologist-

Early and Late Times Universe, Dark Energy, Observational Constraints on Theoretical Models in Cosmology, Phenomenological Implications of String Theory, Transplanckian Physics, Extra Dimensional Scenarios and Brane-Worlds in Cosmological Issues


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#122 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:56:43
Tony Dovolani
-US Dancer-

Tony Dovolani with Stacey Keibler

# Style: Latin
Nationality: Albanian
Based in: New York


Born in Kosovo, Tony began folk dancing at age three. When he was 14, his entire family moved to the United States and Tony got the opportunity to attend classes at a Fred Astaire Dance Academy. From that moment on, he knew he had found his passion. Since that time, Tony has traveled the world and won many championships.

Tony also had role as a Latin bad boy in the hit film, Shall We Dance? and spent time coaching Jennifer Lopez.


Ballroom dancing is all about the woman, according to Tony. He believes the man is meant to be the frame for the picture of beauty as presented by the woman.


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#123 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:57:19
Harry Bajraktari
-President of Bajraktari Management Corporation-

Harry Bajraktari is President of Bajraktari Management Corporation. Since emigrating with his family at the age of 13, Mr. Bajraktari has worked tirelessly to inform the American people about Albanian issues. He is a founding member and was vice chairman of the National Albanian American Council (NAAC) and is currently a member of the NAAC board of directors. The council is not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocating for Albanians and promoting peace and economic development in the Balkans by fostering democratic policy, promoting respect for human rights, and conducting educational and developmental programs.
Mr Harry Bajraktari
Mr. Bajraktari was also founder and publisher of the Albanian-American Newspaper, Illyria from 1991-1998. Currently Mr. Bajraktari and his partner Mr. Gecaj are the largest private investors in Kosova.

Bajraktari Management Corp. is owned and operated by partners Harry Bajraktari and Rrustem Gecaj, who purchased their first building in the Bronx over 25 years ago and have since grown the business into a multi-faceted real estate company.

In October 1978, the partners purchased their first piece of property in the Bronx, which they still own.

In June 1980, they opened a real estate office at 80 West Kingsbridge Road where they specialized in property management for others while continuing with brokerage, apartment rentals and sales.


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#124 ne: 14-03-2007, 04:57:56
Ty Treadway
-US/Albo Actor-


Actor - filmography
(2000s) (1990s)

    1. "Cold Case"
           - Revenge (2005) TV Episode .... Brad Witham
    2. "JAG"
           - The Sixth Juror (2005) TV Episode .... Ben Hewitt
    3. SOAPnet Salutes ABC Daytime (2003) (TV) .... Host
    4. "SoapTalk" (2002) TV Series .... Host
    5. Soulkeeper (2001) .... Male Prostitute
    6. I/O Error (2001) .... Ian/Owen
    7. "One Life to Live" (1968 ) TV Series .... Dr. Colin MacIver (2000-2001)/Dr. Troy MacIver (2001-2003, 2003-2004)
    8. ...Or Forever Hold Your Peace (2000) .... Gabe

    9. "Just Shoot Me!"
           - Jack Vents (1999) TV Episode .... Repairman
   10. Heaven & the Suicide King (1998 ) .... Tommy Tucker

Filmography as: Actor, Himself, Archive Footage



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