Monday, September 21, 2015

Albania takes in Syrian refugees, as Albanians claim EU asylum

Just a few days ago, EU's stats agency, EuroStat, claimed that only 1 out of 5 migrants arriving in European Union between April-June were actually from Syria. By their estimate, 17,770 were from Albania.

Ironically, Albania has also announced their plan to take in 75,000 Syrian refugees from the European Union.

Here's an interesting historical parallel: both Germany and Albania took in ethnic Albanians fleeing the Kosovo War in 1998-1999. 

So if there's any country in Europe well-suited to sympathize with the plight of the Syrians, it's Albania. Whether the country can effectively handle another refugee situation 16 years later remains to be seen.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Talking Ventra with WGN's "Outside The Loop"

I recently had a great conversation with Mike Stephen of WGN's "Outside The Loop" about (you guessed it) Ventra.

You can listen here:

http://wgnradio.com/2015/08/22/otl-462-getting-to-the-bottom-of-the-ventra-story-scarlet-architects-secret-history-of-chicago-music-a-lego-artist-builds-chicago 

As you may have picked up, I did, in fact, conduct this interview from "the middle of Bulgaria." Hence the lack of timely updates.

Rest assured, however, I will have plenty to write about once I'm back later this year. 

In the meantime, I'd be happy to answer your questions about Ventra and public-private partner ships. Just tweet/email me.

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