Albanian politics is not as unique ways to make money as you think it is – exit – explaining albania

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, a crook is still a crook, a money launderer is still a money launderer, a wiretap of vote rigging is still evidence of a what are some ways to make money crime, the systemic erosion of media freedom is still anti-democratic, and drug trafficking is still the cross-border movement of drugs and it is illegal. None of these things are different in albania to anywhere what are some ways to make money else and none require a PHD in albanian politics to what are some ways to make money understand.

It doesn’t take a local to be able read and analyse what are some ways to make money reports, to look at evidence, to interview people, to watch, observe, and then write about things that go on here. Nor does it take a political scientist with a western what are some ways to make money balkan speciality to know that there is something very, very rotten here. Something that starts at the top and trickles down through what are some ways to make money every level, and member of society.

Now I can understand why someone might feel threatened by what are some ways to make money an outsider reporting on, or daring to comment on politics here. I haven’t come from generations of political influence or doctrine, I cannot vote, who is in power has no influence on my work, finances, or social standing, and I couldn’t really care less who is in power, as long as they do a good job and don’t bring the country to its knees. I am for all intents and purposes impartial– untainted by years of tribalism– that in itself is a threat.

From the moment I came here, I was told that things in this country depend on what are some ways to make money who you know and how much money you have. Whether it is a job, a building permit, or making a pesky criminal or civil issue go away, I came to understand that cold hard cash is the what are some ways to make money best way of achieving them. I also came to understand that favours run this country; “oh my cousin works at the police station, he will help you”, “let me call my friends’ uncle, he will speed up the process”, or “ahh he is my neighbour, if you meet him for coffee everything will be resolved”. This is how things work on a basic day to what are some ways to make money day level– why should politics be any different?

Let us consider the case of nashi shehapi, the kindergarten director accused of beating a three year old what are some ways to make money boy and locking him in a cupboard under the stairs. From the moment the parents decided to press charges, she claimed she had protection and the case would not what are some ways to make money even make it to court. Had exit.Al not stepped in, this probably would have been the case and now it what are some ways to make money is being fought with an excellent lawyer and sufficient media what are some ways to make money attention to hopefully ensure that justice prevails.

A vicious circle of the exchange of favours for political what are some ways to make money support combined with other features including executive dominance and impunity, result in a system that is not built on democratic what are some ways to make money foundations. Parties get elected into power not based on what they what are some ways to make money will do for the country, how good they are at their job, or their ability to abide by democratic principles, but rather on what they promise to do for each what are some ways to make money individual voter.

The result is the situation that prevails at the moment– if your party (or the party of the candidate you have a clientelistic what are some ways to make money agreement with) is in power, you are going to get what you need. If your favoured candidate or party is not in power, you are finished; excluded, discriminated against, jobless, and often pushed to the fringes of society.

The real issue arises once the party that has achieved what are some ways to make money dominance through nepotism, cronyism, and clientelism, is voted into power. Having carefully curated a network of clientelistic relationships, the executive dominance they now have is supreme. The police, the judiciary, every government department, authorities, and even private businesses become an extended arm of the what are some ways to make money state, via those who are in debt to the newly elected what are some ways to make money officials. The state reaches almost total control of institutions and people, and its power becomes vast and virtually unchecked.

All of these ‘isms’ combined create a situation where people are devoid of the what are some ways to make money ability to critically think. Add into the mix, a weak media that is predominantly controlled by politics or what are some ways to make money businessmen that are linked to politics and you have a what are some ways to make money democratic nightmare. Any will to hold politicians accountable for their raping and what are some ways to make money pillaging of the country diminishes because doing so, would directly impact their own personal, financial, or business interests.

Which brings me onto the next affliction– amoral familism. This is a sociological concept that is used to describe what are some ways to make money “backwards societies” where members of the community fail to act together for what are some ways to make money the common good. Instead, they focus entirely on the material interests of themselves and what are some ways to make money their immediate family. In other words; look after your family interests, maximise your material profit, and act as if everyone else does the same.

In this society, and others, no one supervises or cares for the work of public what are some ways to make money officials, everyone expects favours from those in power, civil activism is rarely observed, and no one really cares about the situation of their what are some ways to make money neighbour, unless it also affects them. In this type of society, everyone knows politicians are corrupt but no one cares, because as long as it doesn’t impact their immediate circle, it really doesn’t matter. Additionally, the concept of anyone doing anything for the good of what are some ways to make money society– charity work, activism, having a voice that dares to criticise or question the what are some ways to make money status quo– is considered a fraud, or having ulterior motives.

In an amoral familist society, citizens predominantly vote to reap the benefits for themselves, they do not vote because of what the party has what are some ways to make money promised, their track record, or even the political ideology they subscribe to. The amoral familist probably doesn’t even like their political party and knows they are what are some ways to make money corrupt, but as long as their back is being scratched, that is where their vote will go.

His words contain another message as well, a message that “real albanians’ should also be amoral familists. They should get up, go to work, come home, procreate, pay their taxes, believe what the mainstream media tells them, not question anything, and of course, support the government regardless of their glaring crimes. Of course they are welcome to protest, but not too much and most importantly don’t cause a scene because that way no one will what are some ways to make money be forced to take any notice of you.

I believe that all of these concepts are present in what are some ways to make money albanian politics and I also believe that is why we what are some ways to make money are in a situation where the country and its people what are some ways to make money are in the midst of a judicial, democratic, economic, human rights, and political crisis. The government have been allowed to get away with systemic what are some ways to make money abuses for too long with the support of the OSCE, the EU and a number of western embassies– now the situation is becoming desperate.

Organised crime, extreme poverty, controlled media, decreased freedom of expression, corruption, drug trafficking, erosion of the rule of law, human rights abuses, institutional rot, captured state institutions, impunity, and the fact that there appears to be one law what are some ways to make money for those in power and one for the man on what are some ways to make money the streets, are having a devastating impact on the country.

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