diumenge, 4 de novembre de 2012

BUTRINT, SARANDA (ALBÀNIA)


 El text que segueix es una copia del comentari enviat al blog Left Side of the Road, administrat per un escriptor viatger, el senyor Michael Harrison, de Liverpool (UK).

Thank you, Michael, for your last post about Butrint, Saranda (Albania). It is very interesting for me because Albania is – since the very beginning of my understanding – an ignored place. I mean, in spite of it not being too far from Barcelona, it has always been  a hidden place. I remember that my first Spanish passport,  dated 1966,  had a long list of countries from all over the world, which were strictly forbidden for us, Spaniards, second class European citizens at that time... and Albania was the first on that ominous list of so called communist countries, “satellites” of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

AN OLD AND NEW FOREIGN POLICY

I appreciate especially all the references  to European History (of the  Greeks and the  Romans) and I think I can see some similarities between the Roman Empire's foreign policy and the foreign policy of the USA Empire today:

...but their primary defence was the threat of total, complete and absolute destruction if anyone dared to attack a Roman settlement, something that was valid until the collapse of the Empire in the 5th century AD...

But they collapsed at least... anyhow... as any other past empire...

AND WOMEN GOING BACKWARDS... AS EVERYBODY ELSE

You say:

...It wasn't until the liberation of the country from fascism in 1944 and subsequent years that women truly found a semblance of equality in Albania...

But I’m afraid since the fall of this country into the capitalist system, around 1989, everything has gone backwards in time... women and all... hasn’t it ?

                                                            
                                                          Amfiteatre de Butrint