The social history of the Republic of Albania

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War leaves drug, arms traffic up for grabs
By Frank Viviano, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday 11 May 1999. As NATO bombs and Serbian troops disrupt a Kosovar crime network that has dominated the narcotics trade across the continent, underworld clans from neighboring Albania are making a powerful bid to take over.
Tirana Peace Worker Diary
By wam, Tirana, 13 May 1999. The Kosovar Albanian claims to be much more Albanian than the Albanians from Albania. The “pyramid schemes” led to deep scars in the country, lots of people lost everything they had. Lots of stories of bandits and contra-bands coming into the refugee camps and robbing. More and more reports coming in of girls disappearing (kidnapped most likely to the sex market in the rest of Europe).
ICFTU launches report on child labour in Albania
ICFTU OnLine…, 11 October 2004. At their conference on child labour in Tirana, Albania (11th-12th October 2004), the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and its two Albanian affiliates (KSSH and BSPSH) will launch a new study on the issue of child labour in Albania. It remains a major problem.
Amnesty International Dossier: Albania: the women's story
By James Dyson, Le Monde diplomatique, June 2006. law and order broke down after the collapse of financial pyramid selling schemes in 1997. A resurgence of Albania's ancient customary law, the Kanun, which allows a man to beat and publicly humiliate his wife. The lack of justice and protection for women. Although Albania has begun to tackle its glut of guns, the situation of women has yet to improve.