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I’m in downtown Tirana. My 7th floor room has a fridge, desk, three chairs and a wardrobe. There’s also an electric kettle, which is useful not just for hot beverages, but instant noodles and soups. Heat is love.

My private bathroom is clean and new, with plenty of hot water, and strong shower jets. My wide window affords a panorama of tenements backstopped by a mountain range. Each dawn, a soft, considerate sun rises, cheering my prospect. On my wall, there’s a nice kitschy painting of snow-capped, craggy peaks.

For all these privileges, I pay just $427 for four weeks.

Although my landlady speaks no English, there’s no problem. Tiny, pleasant and hushed, she’s in the next room. Walking by her door, I can barely hear her television murmuring, if she’s there. In her 60’s, she’s as scatterbrained as me.

When I paid her at check in, she looked perplexed, before remembering she had left her money purse under my mattress. Fishing it out, she giggled at her own battiness. Still amused at herself, the old bird handed me my change in leks.

With suppressed excitement slightly tinged with dread, I should lift the mattress to see what else she has forgotten? There’s liable to be anything, from a broken comb, to tangled hair, to a mummified mermaid. In Egypt, where I was just at, you can book a fully furnished apartment, wink, wink, and get your musty cellar hosed out by the en suite maid.

Leaving Cairo was more eventful than necessary. An airport employee asked repeatedly for a tip just for lifting my backpack and duffle bag onto the luggage scanner, although I had told him specifically not to, for who needs such a service? Although it was only a minor shakedown, I didn’t pay him.

Two security guys then spent five minutes examining my three hard-drives, with one demanding I checked them in. After I firmly balked at this, he backed of.

At passport control, an officer steered me to another who said I had to pay $23 for overstaying my visa. After I explained that Egyptian laws allowed visitors to overstay for up to two weeks without being fined, both officers cracked up and promptly let me through. Guffawing along, I merely blurted, “I loved Egypt so much, I had to stay another week!”

Don’t get me wrong. Ordinary Egyptians were fine. On subways, strangers would offer me their seats, since they couldn’t stand to see such a white-haired guy standing with his eyes shut. (I often close them to focus or just rest.) Cairo’s streets invigorated me, and its architecture is second to none, though awfully decayed, as I’ve already stated.

What’s wrong with Egypt, above all, is its government. As established by Nasser, it is a police state dominated by the military, with socialist policies that have wrecked its economy.

Since Nasser gave the poor free bread, free land and practically free rent, he was hugely popular among them, but by chasing out the enterprising class, Nasser destroyed Egypt’s development.

Promising a job to every college graduate, Nasser created a huge bureaucracy of state employees who did almost nothing. His universal welfare triggered a huge population explosion, so now, there are over 100 million Egyptians on a land meant for a fraction of that.

Nasser’s revolutionary zeal also led him to intervene in Yemen, a catastrophe that drained his treasury and weakened his army, but the great, charismatic man with plenty of bon mots couldn’t see this, obviously, for he kept on threatening Israel most bombastically. Only a spectacularly humiliating defeat in the Six-Day War could puncture Nasser’s hubris.

Arriving in Cairo just before New Year, I noticed many armed soldiers, and even armored vehicles, around Tahrir Square. This was a preventive measure against crowd disturbance or terrorism during the holiday, I thought, but the military never left. It’s there, 24/7, primarily to prevent fresh protests against the government.

A clerk at my hotel was jailed for a month just for snapping photos of a protest, but luckily, he wasn’t abused while locked up, a too common practice there.

Twice, I was accosted by armed cops, one with an assault rifle, for merely taking photos of Coptic churches. Outside Faisal Metro Station, an un-uniformed cop grabbed my camera after I had snapped some funky food stand. He then forced me to follow him inside to see his supervisor. In Alexandria, an angry cop told me to stop photographing a tenement.

Seeing a smiling Sisi often, I couldn’t help but photograph his face at butcher stalls, a laundry service, draped on a hotel, inside a subway station, over a café, another café, a snack and soft drink stand, at a machine part dealer, a coffee and tea store, clothing store, behind a vegetable stand, by a garage, stuck to a tenement, on the side of a truck, outside a spice shop, paired with the Sphinx, saluting himself, and here shaking hands with the always clueless Pope Francis.

Sometimes, though, Sisi’s face would be slashed, but listen, man, I wasn’t dumb enough to post such an image while still in Egypt.

If you see your great leader everywhere, most likely your country’s at war, either against an outside foe or, much worse, against you! In any case, it is tremendously ironic that Nasser, the great Arab leader, was inspired by a Jew, Marx, and used Jewish tactics to cripple his Arab nation.

With its demonization, dispossession and even roundup of entire categories of people, socialism is quintessentially Old Testament, thus Jewish, with its vengeful us vs. them dichotomy. Many people are drawn to this, however, for they think their enemies will be liquidated en masse, but socialism/communism will also shove these silly naïfs down the bloody chute.

Unlike Yahweh, Jesus only spoke of individual culpability and never demanded collective punishment, much less genocide, like the Jewish god.

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Few nations suffered as much under Communism as Albania, and its 47-year-long nightmare only ended in 1992. Arriving by sea shortly afterwards, Paul Theroux was swarmed and snatched at by a howling mob, “Third World, I thought, but it was the only Third World scene I had ever witnessed that was entirely populated by Europeans—the most dissolute and desperate and poverty-stricken and rapacious, lunging at me, following just behind me, demanding money.”

Living in Italy during 2002-04, I encountered my first Albanians. There, they had a reputation for organized crime, but that’s common for any poor recent immigrant group, anywhere. In my village of Certaldo, they only stood out occasionally by squatting, which lent them a vaguely Oriental aura.

Last year in North Macedonia, I saw many more Albanians, but since there’s a turf war there between nominally Muslim Albanians and the majority Christian Slavs, they’re not spoken of too highly. Any population, though, is only fully itself on its home turf, so to really see Albanians, one must come to Albania.

On the packed plane from Athens, I had to be the only foreigner, for I didn’t hear any other language spoken at the gate, on the apron bus or the plane itself. Right away, I could tell Albanians couldn’t have been too Muslim, for no woman had her hair covered, a stark contrast to Egypt.

Athens’ airport was very elegant and well-organized, by the way, though my impression was perhaps boosted by a lovely Aegean Airlines employee who somehow thought I was an actor. Doing some kung fu kicks and punches, she gushed, “You’ve never been asked that? You look so strong!” Flabbergasted, I could only laugh it off, “Uh, I look homeless.”

Tirana’s airport was much more modest, but still user-friendly, with courteous, efficient employees, so just like that, I was in a taxi heading into town, with the correct fare quickly agreed upon.

All the tenements and shops outside seemed reasonably neat, but as we entered Tirana, a few beggars appeared. One man pushed a baby carriage in the dark between cars. Hobbling along, another was on crutches with a deformed leg. After we exited the highway, however, there were no more beggars among the bright shops.

In the taxi, the driver had the radio on, and listening to the news, I could pick out individual words, at least, if not understand them. Wandering the streets the next morning, I could identify so many cognates, such as avokat, bileta, avioni, makina, sigurimi, penale, shkolla, ore, pule, shnicel, proshute, revista, libraria, argjendari, pantallona and bluza, etc., that Albania instantly became familiar in ways that Egypt, South Korea or Laos, say, could not.

Though quarantined for more than four decades, Albania never left Europe, so as one who studied French from kindergarten, lived for 3 ½ years on this continent and writes primarily in English, of course I should feel an immediate affinity for this society. Plus, its agony under Communism echoes that of my native Vietnam.

Albanians seem relaxed. Even when in packs, young men don’t appear aggressive. Neither swaggering nor smirking, they don’t need to convince you they’re gangstas, ready to kick your ass.

There’s almost no littering. On such clean sidewalks, I refrain from tossing even a toothpick. There are also fewer graffiti here than in any Western city I’ve visited. In Germany, they mar just about every building. (In South Korea, graffiti are most noticeable around American military bases, as sprayed by Yankee soldiers.)

Cafes and bakeries are open at 7AM. Restaurant service is fast and courteous. No one is slovenly. Buses are new.

When I can’t understand a middle-aged barista, a young lady at the next table promptly translates for me, in perfect English, so we talk a bit.

It’s just before 8AM, and she’s about to go to her German class, for in September, she’ll emigrate to Frankfurt, where she has a brother.

“That’s exciting, no?”

Smiling, she merely shrugs.

Of course, it’s exciting, though scary also. To assimilate into any culture is always a drawn out, challenging process, requiring tremendous will power, so keep that in mind when it’s your turn to dive from a burning, listing and sinking ship.

At this point, though, it’s far from clear which vessel is sailing more smoothly, the German or Albanian one, but should her life turn sour overseas, she can always come back to tranquil yet bustling Tirana.

In nearly five months in South Korea, I never had such a spontaneous conversation, but that peninsula is not called The Hermit Kingdom for nothing. Albanians are more open. To be fair, though, they’re also more comfortable with English.

All the English I’ve seen on Albanian signs and menus are free of misspellings or grammatical errors. Unlike in Cairo, there’s no “QUALITY MEET” advertised at a butcher shop.

Speaking of which, “Mishit Hallall” is often seen here, so it’s still a Muslim country, though you wouldn’t know it from how people are dressed. As the westernmost reach of the Ottoman Empire, and the whitest country in Dar al-Islam, Albania is an anomaly, but if you go back far enough, Christianity was also an alien import. No God is intrinsic to anywhere.

On Rruga Ibrahim Rugova, I paused to check out used books for sale on the sidewalk. Among the titles were Stefan Zweig’s meditations on Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky, Henryk Sienkiewicz’ Adolescents, Balzac’s Père Goriot and, naturally, several volumes by Ismail Kadare. Granted, there was also garbage, like Ulli Weiss’ book on Sylvester Stallone, but trash is a given in any culture. You must judge what rises above it, if anything.

Also browsing books was a young man who turned out to be a popular travel vlogger, as I would find out after we had sat down at a nearby café, at my suggestion.

It’s very difficult to travel with an Albanian passport, Juli said. “You practically have to beg during the interview at an embassy.”

Despite this, Juli has gone as far as Indonesia and Malaysia. Arriving in Kuala Lumpur as Covid erupted, he was immediately quarantined inside his hostel, so he saw almost nothing of that idyllic nation.

After citizens from more prestigious countries like the US, UK and France had been evacuated, Juli was still stuck at this hostel with people from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Syria and South Sudan. He laughed at this dreadful memory.

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The more we talked, the more impressed I was by his fluent, rapid and accent-free English, all self-taught, but this 28-year-old is clearly very gifted linguistically. In Italy for two months, he could converse in Italian, “I had to. I had no English then.” In Poland for three months, he was chattering in Polish, and he also speaks Greek. (I have an Italian friend, Niccolo, now living in Japan, who’s also mind blowingly multilingual.)

Featured on television, Juli is often recognized by strangers on the street, and he’s constantly invited by Albanians, from all over, to stay with them.

Like me, he’s fascinated by the quotidian. In a YouTube video, Juli interviews an Albanian couple living in Istanbul. With his phone camera, he records every square foot of their modest apartment. Such stuff is life made of, so if you’re sick of the ordinary, you’re sick of life.

Traveling during Covid is stressful, to say the least, because you don’t know if rules will change after you’ve booked your ticket and made lodging accommodations. Right now, there are only seven countries with no Covid-related entry restrictions or quarantine, and three of them, Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia, are clustered in the Balkans.

I came to Albania because Americans are allowed to stay here for a year without a residency permit. To add another year, I just need to go next door to North Macedonia, then return after 90 days. Such planning may sound extreme, paranoid even, but we’re living through extreme uncertainty.

Totalitarianism conjures up images of jackboots and gulags, but its two core features, affecting all, are the removals of free speech and free movement, and both are happening, with frightening speed, in the supposedly freest countries!

With absurd rules at airports and no-fly list, Americans have been conditioned, for many years now, to accept traveling as not a right, but a privilege granted by the state. Now, suddenly, they are told they can’t even leave their house, for weeks on end. Even Enver Hoxha never tried this stunt.

Hoxha didn’t have internet porn to somewhat pacify his captive population, though. Already addicted to the virtual, why shouldn’t you spend all your time inside, masturbating? Brain and stomach empty, you can still leak what’s left of your soul.

As I’ve discovered this past year traveling through South Korea, Serbia, North Macedonia, Lebanon, Egypt and now Albania, lockdowns aren’t necessary to combat this way overblown Covid. In each of these countries, I walked daily through crowded streets, ate in restaurants and relaxed in cafes or bars, without a mask, of course, or any social distancing. Within touching distance of my kind, I happily ate and drank.

As I laughed and bantered with some Egyptian good old boys in Cairo’s Horreya [Liberty] Bar last week, I couldn’t help but think how preposterous it was that taverns were fully open in Islamic, restrictive Cairo, while they stayed closed in freewheeling Amsterdam, London, Manhattan and Dublin, etc.

On airplanes, too, we’re repeatedly warned to keep our masks on, but when meal is served, everyone removes his and happily eats right next to his seatmates, yet no one dies from such reckless exposure!

Clearly, there’s a sinister agenda at play, and you’re the hapless toy, so escape while you can, before all your borders are slammed shut, as has happened in every totalitarian state. Hesitation may be fatal.

Of course, you can also stay and fight, if there’s any fight left in you, but it will take an army, and what will you be fighting for?

Drinking my third beer, I’m in a pool hall in the afternoon. Young and old men drop in for a quick game or two. A boy whose elbows can barely reach over the table is also shooting, and he’s not bad. Elvis, James Dean, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe are depicted on its sign outside, lending an exotic glamor to this modest establishment.

On a wall is a Route 66 sign, representing, obviously, the open road and American freedom, still so sexy.

Little do they know.

Linh Dinh’s latest book is Postcards from the End of America. He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

 
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  1. Sirius says:

    I visited Tirana a couple of years and I don’t remember seeing any beggars at all. Certainly they are more common in the US cities I’ve been to. Perhaps they didn’t recognize me as a foreigner as I probably pass for a local (until I try to speak).

    As for head coverings, there was a time in many majority Muslim countries, like Syria and probably Egypt as well (I posted this video before but it’s even more relevant here), when they weren’t so ubiquitous. Something changed in the 1980s or 1990s and I’m not sure what it was. Maybe a rebellion against “Western” values because of the support to Israel? Maybe Saudi/Wahhabi propaganda? Maybe a “return” to old values? Maybe the revolution in Iran, where women’s head covers became required?

    Here’s the video, the relevant part starting at around 29 minutes:

    The commentary by the presenter, Roy Casagranda, is also quite relevant. He asserts that the culture changed quite a lot from the 1950s and 1960s.

  2. Now, mr. Linh Dinh is the best travel writer I read since Ryszard Kapuscinski, but Certaldo is not a village, it is a town of 16,000 people, with a 2,000 years history dating back to Etruscan times, it is the birthplace of Boccaccio and it has more art than all of Albania.

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    , @Linh Dinh
  3. Svevlad says:
    @Roberto Gentilli

    Well, by east Asian standards of population, and American standards of villages (“small towns”) that is a village. It happens

  4. Wild Bill says:

    Clearly, there’s a sinister agenda at play, and you’re the hapless toy, so escape while you can, before all your borders are slammed shut, as has happened in every totalitarian state. Hesitation may be fatal.

    Yes, but escape to where exactly? We are witnessing a replay of the holodomor on a world scale. It is creeping up in slow motion – the boiling a frog scenario and the game plan belongs to Jay Gould – “I can always hire half the poor to kill the other half”.

    The solution for this is a top down one and we wouldn’t have to get down too far before the problem was solved but no one will have the grit for it until they have “…burned in the gulags at night”.

    All I can think of is “Let your life be gravel in the gears of the machine.”

    • Agree: Ukraine Tiger
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  5. Truth says:

    Hey fool, I tried to hotlink this article on FB, it was blocked. Guess what?

    You’ve arrived!

    • LOL: Ukraine Tiger
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  6. gT says:

    I remember reading somewhere that Egypt has always been a police state, since the time of the Mamluks. In fact, all Muslim countries have a strongman in charge, who rules through the police and army. By that definition Lebanon is not a Muslim country.

    But Albania, good grief, Linh is lucky he is so old else they would harvest his organs there.

    Looking forward to hearing more about that country.

    • Replies: @Druid
  7. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Roberto Gentilli

    Certaldo felt so intimate, sir, I couldn’t see it as anything but a village, but then I lived in Certaldo Alto, within the medieval walls. Tourists trekking up the hill often broke out laughing when they saw my street, Via Valdracca, which also cheered me up. Boccaccio’s old house was a block away.

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  8. Another great piece, Linh. You truly have a gift for turning the mundane into a fascinating narrative.

    • Agree: stevennonemaker88
  9. Anonymous[282] • Disclaimer says:

    Linh Dinh is perhaps the most perceptive travel writer today.

  10. Sirius says:
    @Anonymous

    No doubt Linh has a great talent for travel writing.

    I decided that I wanted to return to Tirana after reading this article. Wait, do I need a PCR test?

    • Replies: @G. Poulin
  11. Yo Linh!

    I see one of your photos exhibits a scrawl, “Fuck Serbia.”

    Serbs revere Kosovo because of the sacred ground where ancient churches & monestaries are located. Clinton & NATO took no account of this religious factor and for 78-days, bombed Yugoslavia.
    In a New York Times editorial, Solzhenitsyn abhorred the bombing and wrote, “Bombing of the beautiful city of Belgrade was barbaric.” *

    Trust you shall eventually go to Kosovo and document facts “on the ground.” Thank you & I wish you happy Balkan trails.

    * On the internet, I tried to access Solzhenitsyn’s article and found nothing.

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  12. G. Poulin says:
    @Sirius

    Linh is a great writer, period. I wish he would change his mind about writing more poetry in English.

  13. The lamps of the Western world are going dark, and an Iron Curtain is falling between them and a still shining beacon of freedom in the Balkans. Whodathunk?

  14. lloyd says: • Website

    After its political revolution in the late 1980s, South Korea opened up to the democratic world. They could never help a foreigner enough. Once when I was late for work, they diverted a bus to get me to work. They survived the Asian 1990s melt down, by the simple expedient of their Government helicoptering money everywhere. Like the West now. By the middle 200s, most were sinking in debt, and they reverted to a rather nasty place. I guess that is what Linh encountered and described as their hermit Kingdom. That is not strictly speaking a correct term for their xenophobia. They remain as feckless and materialistic as ever.

  15. lloyd says: • Website

    Linh has the anti socialist prejudice of Vietnamese emigres. He might note the countries he seems to like the most are the countries with a socialist history. Like Egypt and Albania. He likes Lebanon but Lebanon is intrinsically lovely. That has been my experience too. I will omit there Vietnam which is a ghastly sullen and dishonest place. Probably the reason being, the final fall of South Vietnam was a military conquest by the North.

  16. anon[386] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sirius

    Who could be bored with that shit for more than 5 minutes? I lasted less than one.
    Sue me.

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  17. anon[386] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wild Bill

    “Let your life be gravel in the gears of the machine.”
    Get ground up in other peoples problems then? Maybe I missed your point?

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  18. Biff says:

    To assimilate into any culture is always a drawn out, challenging process, requiring tremendous will power, so keep that in mind when it’s your turn to dive from a burning, listing and sinking ship.

    Thank you for that – it really made my day. ;^)

  19. Another hum-dinger of an article by our dear old Linh Dinh. Cheers!

    Well, (as I had been hoping) Linh finally spoke about Egypt’s al-Sisi, after posting numerous pictures of that nauseating tyrant’s ugly-ass smug mug on Linh’s photo-blogspot. And indeed as I surmised, it was discretion that prevented his discussing those pics until now, while safely tucked away in Albania, as well as discussing the destructive lunacies of Nasser, and in even greater detail.

    All I can say is thank Dog I wasn’t’t born in Egypt, as I would have been tortured and thrown in the gulag to rot, if not worse, due to my habit of openly speaking my mind about the powerful and their abuses of the ordinary citizens.

    Sadly, I am becoming more convinced that we may soon see such horrifying spectacles here in the USA, especially if Tribal Supremacists have their way and make the dreaded ‘anti-semitism’ a prosecutable offense pursuant to their new ‘anti-domestic terrorism’ legislation they will try to ramrod through congress, much like how Bolsheviks under Lenin apparently did not too long after their ascent to power in Russia after 1917. Will it be a capital offense, like in Stalinist Russia (see here: https://www.quora.com/Why-was-there-a-death-penalty-for-anti-semitism-in-the-Soviet-Union), or will Tribal Supremacist Oligarchs generously condescend to simply requiring FEMA camp ‘re-education’ for anyone who points out their machinations?

    My gut tells me that one of the key, underlying goals of this simply idiotic and utterly obnoxious witch hunt against ‘domestic terrorists’, i.e., vocal Trump supporters, openly outspoken conservatives, and right wing self-professed patriots (and I’m not even a Trump supporter or a republican) is this not-so-secret agenda: outlawing any and all criticism, no matter how true or justified, of Jewish Supremacist oligarchical behavior, regardless of the effect it has on our nation or its people.

    Obviously, I fervently hope I am wrong about this, and the attempted splitting of our country and the criminalizing of dissent fizzles out soon, as slowly more and more Americans come to see it for the unadulterated 100% manufactured bullshit that it is.

    But something tells me that this will be a long, nasty, arduous road we Americans will be forced to collectively travel down, whether we want to or not……

  20. Little do they know.

    Truer words never spoken.

    My 3rd World, gold-digging in-law hates me to death ‘cuz things was better back home and somehow the land of milk and honey instead turned out to be homeless motels; tents; horrific, corrupt housing agents; and a single-wide trailer for 7 people over a period of six years.

    This is MY fault, of course, so she thinks–I told her EONS ago that things are not as they seem. She could have supported her 4 kids with a waitress job THERE. Here? Ha ha! Can’t even work cuz no papers.

    I think if most would-be migrants knew the actual reality instead of the tv reality, they’d stay home and either appreciate what they have or FIX it.

    Here don’t work that good.

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  21. ‘…Arriving in Cairo just before New Year, I noticed many armed soldiers, and even armored vehicles, around Tahrir Square. This was a preventive measure against crowd disturbance or terrorism during the holiday, I thought, but the military never left. It’s there, 24/7, primarily to prevent fresh protests against the government…’

    Imagine living in such a society.

  22. unwoke says:

    “..it is tremendously ironic that Nasser, the great Arab leader, was inspired by a Jew, Marx, and used Jewish tactics to cripple his Arab nation.”

    Nasser was neither anti-jewish (anti-semitic is too loaded) nor anti-capitalist – he was anti-imperialist. And so, of course, he opposed Western imperial powers & their imperial creation, israel. Nasser never took up the cause of international communism. He stayed firmly in the non-aligned movement in the Cold War of his day & made a tactical alliance with the USSR for weaponry to avoid too great a dependence on the West. His social programs & land reforms helped the lower classes & brought him popularity, but at the same time he suppressed communist parties & activist unions. There was never any attempt to put workers in control of industry. Nasser was really more of a Trump-type charismatic nationalist than a Jewish-type communist Marxist.

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  23. Talha says:
    @Linh Dinh

    See if you can find some Sufi tekkes in the area. Maybe you can groove away your cares with them darvesh-style like little homie here:

    Safe travels, Mr. Dinh!

    Peace.

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  24. Druid says:
    @gT

    Bald and bankrupt took his show there. Was interesting. Might look it up

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  25. Sirius says:
    @anon

    Sue you for what? Getting bored?

    If you didn’t give it more than a minute I would say there might be an attention span problem there.

    The part with the video clip at about 29′ of Nasser only takes a few minutes and shows from his speech that women’s head coverings were by no means ubiquitous in Egypt in the late 1950s. That was the reason I re-posted it. How times have changed. Why they changed to the more conservative side is the question I posed.

    I do think the entire talk is instructive and interesting, but hey, that’s just me. Anyone is entitled to his/her opinion. I’m interested in history and Roy Casagranda actually lived in Egypt for a while and provides a sympathetic perspective, something rare amongst US academics.

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  26. HalconHigh says: • Website

    “Little do they know”

    Indeed….Linh

    Here in the USA it’s wall to wall Trump Impeachment Trial.

    or, as Orwell wrote in “1984”…

    “The larger evils invariably escaped their notice”

  27. @Mustapha Mond

    Regarding Egyptian strongman Al-Sisi, whom Linh Dinh pictures above, it is too-little known that, as any Moroccan will tell you, and as Unz writer Kevin Barrett has written, Egypt’s military strongman leader al-Sisi, is Jewish:

    General Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, is a Jew. His mother, Malikah Titani, is a Moroccan Jew from Asefi, which makes al-Sisi a Jew and an automatic citizen of Israel. … al-Sisi has concealed his Jewish identity and Israeli connections from the Egyptian people…and destroyed their nascent democracy through deception and mass murder.

    Al-Sisi is almost certainly a Mossad agent. … No wonder the Israeli ambassador called al-Sisi “a national hero for all Jews.” … Egypt … a permanent province of Greater Israel, ruled by a Jewish-Zionist thug who has appointed himself pharaoh, while hiding his real background and loyalties.

    Al-Sisi’s uncle, Uri Sibagh served in the Jewish Defense League from 1948 to 1950, made his aliyah to Israel, and became a bigwig in Ben Gurion’s political party, serving as the secretary of the Israeli Labor Party in Beersheba from 1968 to 1981. Uri’s sister – al-Sisi’s mother – presumably emigrated to Egypt on a mission from the Mossad. That mission culminated when the Mossad overthrew President Morsi and installed its agent al-Sisi in the coup d’état of July 3rd, 2013.

  28. @Colin Wright

    When I was in Egypt some time ago under a different regime I was told that most of those soldiers you saw all over the place, especially around the tourist spots, weren’t issued bullets with their rifles and that they were just for show to instill confidence among the tourists. I suppose they weren’t trusted as some secret Brotherhood or Al Qaida operatives or sympathisers in uniform may open fire.

  29. @Pissedoffalese

    It’s amazing that even now, with so many laid off by the pandemic and the lockdowns, they still insist on going West and North. The boat people are still landing and Western politicians haven’t changed their tune – far from it – Biden is inviting even more.

  30. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Talha

    Hi Talha,

    It would take at least another lifetime for me to become that kid!

    Linh

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  31. Emslander says:
    @Sirius

    I was in Saudi for half a year in 1979. My impression was that the the American culture had so deteriorated into generalized soft porn and feminist propaganda that Islam saw us as a real threat to motherhood and family solidarity. Couple that with easier technological sharing of our garbage and you got a genuine belief that the USA was the “Great Satan” in reality, not simply as an expression.

    Strictness in their own behavior was their only recourse.

  32. @brabantian

    Thanks for that, brabantian. A nice summary, indeed.

    Oh, yes, I am well aware of al-Sisi’s background, as my previous posts on this subject during Linh’s stay in Egypt made mention of that fact (labeling him a ‘traitor’ and ‘crypto jew’), and called direct attention to his having murdered Palestinians via flooding the Egypt-Gaza tunnels while Palestinians were present, providing a link to an article discussing same.

    As you will recall, Morsi, the only democratically elected Egyptian leader in recent times (or ever), immediately embraced the Gaza tunnels and apparently openly provided aid to those employing same to bring relief to the people of Gaza. Of course, among this ‘relief’ were weapons, and the Israelis found this development utterly intolerable. Frankly, Morsi should have been a bit more wisely circumspect and put restrictions on what was allowed across the border via these tunnels, as lethal aid is obviously be a red line that would quickly prompt Israel to action, which it did. A smarter move would have been to back-channel let Israel know that only non-lethal aid would be allowed through, and then strongly enforce such restrictions, as that would have been clearly the most beneficial path for both the Gazans and the people of Egypt. Instead, Morsi allowed the tunnels to be used for lethal aid transfers, thereby leading to his overthrow, the installation of a zio-puppet as Egypt’s new president for life, and the ultimate loss of the tunnels completely, which has proved devastating to the people of Gaza, not to mention Egypt’s loss of their elected leader and the installation of al-Sisi.

    A cold-blooded murderer for Israel is what al-Sisi is. No wonder he was installed to ‘lead’ Egypt. Seeing his ugly visage displayed everywhere is thoroughly disgusting, and I’m glad Linh did so at his photoblog, but it was truly stomach-churning to see yet another world leader who is, at core, simply an agent for Israel.

  33. @brabantian

    Thanks. Interesting. They sure are spreading. Top positions in Ukraine too. More than ever in US admin. They’re on a roll. He, he. But when God (or Allah) rolls, I hope he rolls over them all like a bulldozer.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  34. Rahan says:

    Another delightful article.

    I noticed last year, browsing some travel blogs, that Albania, Tirana especially, had suddenly become a completely normal and pleasant South-East European country.
    This surprised me, another blow against my 1990s prejudices. It seemed sort of like a Moldova with a seaside and without a separatist chunk. Or like a Muslim Montenegro.
    I can well imagine waiting out the global storm in that part of the world. Heck, I can imagine retiring there, and spending one’s time eating simple yummy stuff and ogling yummy girls, and periodically going to the mountains or to the sea.

  35. @Sirius

    I was struck by how Western the Egyptian women appeared in a video I saw on the Six Day War. Nasser was trying to make Egypt into a Socialist country like in Europe. After getting their rear ends handed to them by the Israelis, many Arabs abandoned modern Western styles and retreated into ancient Islamic ways. That hasn’t worked to well either, but when you can’t find your anus with both hands, what else can you do?

    • Replies: @Charles Martel France
  36. Renoman says:

    Love your writing, you’re the best!

  37. … he kept on threatening Israel most bombastically.

    This would have less to do with “revolutionary zeal” and more with Israel’s attempted land grab in the DMZ along the Syrian border. Egypt and Syria formed a single Arab republic at the time.

    Both American and Israeli intel knew that Nasser never really wanted war in ’67, and they’ve admitted as much for the record.

    • Replies: @Sirius
  38. @ChuckOrloski

    Many of Solzhenitsyn’s writings have been deposited down the Memory Hole in the ‘Free World’ after he published 200 Years Together.

    • Replies: @Sirius
    , @Alden
  39. Sirius says:
    @Irish Savant

    Solzhenitsyn was a great author and a Russian patriot. What happened with 200 Years Together?

    • Replies: @republic
    , @Bill Jones
  40. @brabantian

    The Egyptians say a lot of things which are difficult to take seriously. According to them not only Al-Sisi ( from his mother’s side, they claim ) is Jewish and ” Zionist ” agent put in power to undermine Egypt but also Hassan Al-Banna, the ” British agent ” is of Jewish origin !!

    For the suspicious Egyptians anything bad is foreign, in particular Jewish !! That is why I am glad Linh Dinh with his sharp eyes on detail came out safely from Egypt. A friend of mine, a blonde, almost got into trouble for speaking in Arabic with her friends in a cafe. Some Egyptians listening to their conversation thought of her as a possible spy.

    An Iranian friend of mine, a brilliant student, once told me that Ayatollah Khomeini was not even Iranian but INDIAN !! The ME is sometimes very strange.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Excal
    , @sarz
    , @Alfred
  41. Talha says:

    many Arabs abandoned modern Western styles and retreated into ancient Islamic ways. That hasn’t worked to well either

    It has actually, none of the Arab capitals have flamboyant gay pride parades marching through them; which seems to be an inevitable result of cultural westernization.

    The only place that does is the place that the Muslim Arabs don’t currently control.

    Peace.

  42. Sirius says:
    @AnonStarter

    There was a major change in US administrations from Kennedy to Johnson. I’m almost sure that had JFK not been assassinated he would have been president until 1969 and the Israelis would never have been permitted to get away with the 1967 war.

    Nasser probably didn’t read the change nor understand how hard his country was about to be hit. I examine the events of 1967 over and over and still can’t understand why he made those phoney aggressive motions, knowing he wasn’t ready for a shooting war. Clearly he miscalculated badly. It’s like he played a bad hand at poker very badly. Egypt and even more so Palestine, Lebanon and Syria are still paying the price for the resulting change in the regional balance of power today and I would speculate, the cultural changes as well.

  43. @Hannah Katz

    The change was gradual. First they became contemplative and then came ” we lost the war because we abandoned the true Islam “. After the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser the way became more open for Islamists as Mohammed Anwar Al-Sadat released the Islamists from prison and started using them to combat leftist forces in the country.

    Due to the economic problems in Egypt many Egyptians migrated to Saudi Arabia for work and upon returning home they brought with themselves a desert form of Islam and a dress code somewhat alien to many Egyptians.

    Egypt is now a pathetic country without her own language and ethnic identity.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  44. @Sirius

    Have you never heard of Abd Al-Hakim Amer, the playboy, who was responsible for the debacle of 1967 war ? In a power struggle between him and Gamar Abd Al-Nasser he came out as a winner. After the total disaster which was brought upon Egypt ,Abd Al-Hakim was put under house arrest.

  45. Good for you, Lihn! And thanks for mentioning Kadare, whom I read in the early 70s and learned a lot about Albania from his book, “The Wedding.” Glad that “Code of Lek” and blood feud didn’t get you (but that’s mostly in the highlands where the Ghegs live). Try also reading “The Migrant” by Albanian author Paul Alkazraji to learn more about Albanians. And did you know Hoxha never quite completely communized Albania? His minions couldn’t handle that blood feud stuff in the mountain areas…as stated in the compilation “The History of the Party of Labor of Albania”. Finally, there are still Christians there, as stated in The Wedding.

  46. anonymous[144] • Disclaimer says:
    @Charles Martel France

    Khomeini is from an Iranian family that went to Kashmir. He sometimes called himself “the Indian” when he wrote poetry.

    • Replies: @sarz
  47. @Sirius

    Hindsight is 20/20. ’67 wasn’t far removed from ’56, which wasn’t far removed from ’48.

    Even if we were to accept that Nasser miscalculated, it’s a non-sequitur to attribute that miscalculation to ardent socialism.

    I give Israel some credit for their ability to provoke conflict. They’re masters at that game.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  48. @republic

    ‘It is still online.’

    One translation I’ve seen is pretty sketchy; from the German by somebody who can’t read Russian. The other was incomplete the last time I looked.

  49. Excal says:

    I believe the coverings and whatnot were once mostly a Saudi thing, and maybe the Bedouins always did it, though as much for the heat and sun as anything else. The Muslim Brotherhood have always been keen on them.

    In Egypt, it wasn’t always this way. I haven’t been there in a long time, but I would guess the coverings really came back after Blessed Hillary’s Arab Spring, during which Mubarak died and the Muslim Brotherhood, which began in Egypt, was re-legalised.

    Pretty much the same thing happened in Iran after the fall of the Shah, and they’re working hard to make it happen in Turkey, as Ataturk fades into forgotten history.

    (And by the way, Pope Francis may be many things, but clueless isn’t one of them. He knows exactly what he’s doing.)

  50. Excal says:
    @Charles Martel France

    The ME is sometimes very strange.

    Always, I’d say. As an old hand once told me: “The only thing you can be certain about here, is that if somebody tells you he knows what’s going on, he’s lying.”

  51. @Mustapha Mond

    Wow. Such a wretched arrangement makes me want to sing the blues.

    • Thanks: Ukraine Tiger
    • Replies: @Mustapha Mond
  52. sarz says:
    @Charles Martel France

    Khomeini’s family, Shia clerics, were in Lucknow (India) for three generations, attached to various Shia institutions, Lucknow being a center of Shia theology. That was before the days of passports. I doubt they ever thought of themselves as Indian, whatever that night have meant in those days. They were in constant connection with their culural homeland. True, Ruholla Khomeini was born in ‘India’. But so was Rudyard Kipling—and he had, besides, ‘a touch of the tarbrush’. What would your friend say about Kipling?

    After Khomeini’s return from exile the Indian embassy sent over a clerk to be ‘helpful’. He helpfully blurted out that Khomeini was from India and was immediately chucked out.

  53. Steven80 says:

    I came to Albania because Americans are allowed to stay here for a year without a residency permit.

    Linh, if you visit Kosovo, they have statue of Bill Clinton on the main square in the capital. Albanians are probably the most pro-US leaning Europeans, I would say in par with the English. Unfortunately, they have been screwed by the European powers since the disoulution of the Ottoman empire – part of them are now in Kosovo, part – in Greece, and part – in N.Macedonia. They think only the US can help them achieve some unity.
    By the way, when I was there about 10 years ago, most of the cars were mercedes (though almost all of them were very old) – all kinds of models. Is it still like that?

  54. Michael L says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    “Serbs revere Kosovo because…” If so, they will surely leave the rich Vojvodina lands stolen from the Hungarians and Croats to repopulate Kosovo and southern Serbia.

    • Agree: awry
  55. sarz says:
    @anonymous

    Sorry, Khomeini has no connection with Kashmir.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  56. Malla says:

    but since there’s a turf war there between nominally Muslim Albanians and the majority Christian Slavs, they’re not spoken of too highly.

    Turf wars in between Chechens and Albanians are common in most Western European countries.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  57. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Steven80

    Hi Steven80,

    I saw many beat up Mercedes in Lebanon, but haven’t noticed them in Tirana. The cars here are newish.

    In Egypt, so many cars were ridiculously old, but then many people were riding around on donkeys or donkey carts. I often saw men on donkeys so malnourished and undersized, I thought, just to be fair, they should switch places occasionally, just to give these poor animals some rest.

    They’re roughly the same size. Guys were riding on donkeys with their feet nearly touching the ground.

    Linh

    • Thanks: Steven80
    • Replies: @republic
    , @Biff
    , @captflee
  58. Sirius says:
    @republic

    and @Colin Wright

    I also found one online from 2017 that was incomplete and part of it is translated from French. It was also mentioned in the forward that it was translated anonymously. Is the content so controversial or damaging to careers that translators are unwilling to be identified, or or for that matter, to translate it?

    If you have a link to a good translation please share it.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  59. @Talha

    Uh-oh, looks like some “contemplation of the beardless” coming on! Brain-dead Westerners think Sufism is a kinder, gentler Islam, a kind of antidote to the usual bloodthirsty savagery, but it’s really the NAMBLA of the Moslem world. As an old Middle Eastern proverb warns, “In his father’s home a boy’s chastity is safe, but let him become a dervish [Sufi adept] and the buggers will queue up behind him.”

    • Replies: @Talha
  60. Here at home we’re served up the bullshit fare by the increasingly moronic Democrats in the House of the American people while you’re gadding in the Balkans.

  61. Johan says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    So, it is barbaric to bomb what is beautiful? leave that alone, drop them somewhere else?

  62. Johan says:
    @Steven80

    A statue of Bill Clinton, really? that is the most ridiculous sadomasochistic thing I have ever heard of.

  63. KeltCindy says:
    @anon

    Classy, Anon[386]. 😕

    Could simply have said nothing…?

    Cindy

  64. Egypt sounds a lot like present day “Murka”. I wonder (((why)))?

  65. With its demonization, dispossession and even roundup of entire categories of people, socialism is quintessentially Old Testament, thus Jewish, with its vengeful us vs. them dichotomy. Many people are drawn to this, however, for they think their enemies will be liquidated en masse, but socialism/communism will also shove these silly naïfs down the bloody chute

    Thank’s Linh, I don’t think I’ve ever heard it explained any better.
    Cheers from the good ol’ USSA. We White’s with a conservative leaning are hearing the gulag train approaching the station. The question is will we find enough courage to derail it before it gets here.

  66. @Sirius

    The problem is with Islam. It seems that Islam is so inflexible & its primacy, if you wait long enough, asserts itself inevitably.

    http://www.islam-watch.org/Stunich/Islam-Caused-Islamic-World-Decline.htm

    Islam Caused Islamic World’s Decline

    On the other hand, there is a possibility that Islam is, if not reformable, due to its totalitarian nature, doomed to extinction. People eventually get tired of it (this video is a bit tendentious, yet …):

  67. I don’t do fan mail, but you, Sir, are the best travel writer I can recall reading.
    Thanks to both you and Mr Unz for being here.

    • Agree: Talha
  68. republic says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Albania a few years ago was well known as being a place where one could buy very expensive stolen
    cars at a very low price.

    I have been to Albania several times,the people were very friendly.

    • Replies: @Ukraine Tiger
  69. @anon

    Maybe you shouldn’t be here, You are quite the bore.

  70. @Mustapha Mond

    “Obviously, I fervently hope I am wrong about this, and the attempted splitting of our country and the criminalizing of dissent fizzles out soon, as slowly more and more Americans come to see it for the unadulterated 100% manufactured bullshit that it is.”

    Not happening unfortunately, once this virus enters, it is all consuming and will end only in the destruction of the host. Even if a large percentage of the citizens of the USA come to realize their predicament, there is nothing that can be done.

  71. Biff says:
    @Linh Dinh

    “Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others. It is all lies. Man serves the interests of no other creature except himself. And among us let there be perfect unity, perfect comradeship in the struggle. All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.”
    –George Orwell, Animal Farm, p.10, 1945.

  72. @republic

    Of course they were. They wanted to sell you an expensive car at a low price.

  73. profnasty says:
    @Truth

    Truth.
    Communist Dictatorship.
    Repression of speech and movement…………….
    Oh crap!!

  74. Z-man says:

    Ya know, Lin Dinh was writing about Amalfi and then he mentioned Certaldo, before that he was talking about Egypt. Shit, he didn’t talk about Albania much even after he started, halfway down the article, and by that time I lost interest!
    The Illyrians are a though crowd. Surrounded by non Albanians I guess you have to be. Their big fault is that they stayed Muslim. The should have converted to Christianity as soon as the Turks left. Mussolini should have built more Churches.

  75. Sirius says:
    @AnonStarter

    Well, I didn’t attribute Nasser’s miscalculations to socialism. I’m not even sure Nasser practiced socialism. Actually, with “socialism” meaning so many different things to so many different people, it is not really sufficient to use the label of “socialism”.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  76. profnasty says:
    @Sirius

    More conservative because Jews torture babies in public. Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine, soon, Iran, and (dare I say it?), Russia.
    Conservative, waiting for the final Armageddedon.
    Question answered. YW.

  77. Talha says:
    @Ray Caruso

    Whoa! How did you fall off my ignore list? Oh well…there you go, back in.

    For those interested in a little more info about tasawwuf (or “Sufism”), the below may be instructive:

    • Replies: @Ray Caruso
  78. @Sirius

    Well, I didn’t attribute Nasser’s miscalculations to socialism.

    I didn’t suggest that you had, though it’s intimated in the article.

    I’m no great fan of Nasser. I’m close to people who personally knew Hassan al-Banna and had to flee Egypt when Nasser cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood. More than a few Egyptian shuyukh attributed the ’67 loss to divine punishment.

    That said, had Nasser espoused a political ideology other than socialism (to which he himself professed to adhere), I’m not confident the outcome would have been different.

  79. @Ukraine Tiger

    “Even if a large percentage of the citizens of the USA come to realize their predicament, there is nothing that can be done.”

    OUCH!! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

    [The sound of the truth hurting……..badly ]

  80. Alfred says:

    To assimilate into any culture is always a drawn out, challenging process, requiring tremendous will power, so keep that in mind when it’s your turn to dive from a burning, listing and sinking ship.

    Wise advice. Vintage Linh. 🙂

  81. Alfred says:
    @Sirius

    As for head coverings, there was a time in many majority Muslim countries, like Syria and probably Egypt as well, when they weren’t so ubiquitous.

    Nasser used to sometimes crack jokes about Egyptian women wearing scarfs during his lengthy speeches. The public loved it. They roared with laughter.

    Much later, scarfs became a symbol of opposition to the government. Nothing really religious about it. Of course, now it is almost obligatory because any woman who does not conform is open to criticism – especially if she is pretty. Other women get jealous.

    In Iran, this process works in reverse. By showing their hair, Iranian women are defying their government. 🙂

    BTW, at one time in Persia, a girl with eyebrows that joined up was considered ideal. Fashions change.

  82. Dumbo says:

    Wow, Albania. Is there any logic to those travels, or is it mostly about where they allow you in in “Covid” times, and where it’s cheap to stay?

    Not a criticism, I like Dinh’s travel diaries and meetings with strangers (more than his purely political rants).

    Where next? My suggestion would be to go further east and try Hungary, Ukraine or Russia. I think it’s cheap too, and interesting.

    Or perhaps he could travel and meet some other Unz writers around.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  83. @AnonStarter

    The reason why the Egyptians lost is not related to ” hindsight ” , “Nasser’s miscalculation ” or “the ability of the Israelis to provoke. ”

    After its involvement in Yemen the Egyptian army was not prepared to go to war against Israel but the influential Abd Al-Hakim Amer kept telling Nasser that Egypt was more than prepared to do so.

    There was nothing that Nasser could do at that time. Nasser was not stupid he knew enough English to follow what was happening internationally.

  84. @Alfred

    In Linh’s recent pictorial offerings, both here and on his blogspot, the muslim women he has been showing have been uniformly, well, not too attractive, to be diplomatic.

    Thanks for providing a lovely exception to that trend……

  85. @Bardon Kaldian

    Are you referring to this :

    Hadith on Ghuraba: Islam began as strange, blessed are strangers

    Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Islam began as a something strange and it will return to being strange, so blessed are the strangers.”

    Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 145

    Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

  86. Alfred says:
    @Charles Martel France

    An Iranian friend of mine, a brilliant student, once told me that Ayatollah Khomeini was not even Iranian but INDIAN !! The ME is sometimes very strange.

    To anyone familiar with the Middle East, that is not strange at all. The Parsis of India have been there for an awfully long time – but they are Persians.

    Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar to a Parsi family. In Iran, he is considered a Persian.

    • Replies: @Charles Martel France
  87. Z-man says:
    @Alfred

    Is she Persian or a Jewess from Hollywood making believe?

    • Replies: @Alfred
  88. @brabantian

    See https://dbs.anumuseum.org.il/skn/en/c6/e176486/Family_Name/SHEBOKH Maybe Sibagh (SEBAGH) is related to the Sebag Montefiore(s) who are also of Moroccan origin?

  89. Alfred says:
    @Z-man

    Is she Persian or a Jewess from Hollywood making believe?

    You really think she looks Jewish? 🤣

    • Replies: @stevennonemaker88
  90. prosa123 says:

    Nasser smoked five packs of cigarettes a day. Even though he was certainly no ally of the US he only smoked American cigarettes.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  91. Thim says:

    Another good read, even though Linh is dumb as dirt when it comes to understanding the Bible or Christianity.

    • Agree: stevennonemaker88
  92. Alden says:
    @Mustapha Mond

    I believe you’re correct that we’re moving into a totalitarian snitch society where every word can be twisted.

  93. Sirius says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    “Islam watch”, a website with a banner flanked by 2 pictures: one showing some knucklehead with a placard saying “Islam will dominate the world”, the other a picture of the burning Twin Towers of the WTC in New York.

    Below the banner is the line “Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims”, followed by an article written by an Andrew Stunich, who it turns out below isn’t an ex-Muslim but a long-time practicing lawyer who decided to self-study Islam after 9/11/2001 (I give them credit for at least laying out his “credentials”).

    None of this tipped you off that this might be an anti-Islam propaganda site and not exactly the best source of information on Islam?

    • Replies: @Talha
  94. captflee says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Dropped off quite a few wrecked Mercedes vehicles ex Charm City there back in 2015, berthing rather close to that warehouse that ‘sploded recently. Suppose good body work is way cheaper in that part of the world, apparently sufficiently so that the cost of a 5500 NM haul would make sense.

  95. Alfred says:
    @prosa123

    he only smoked American cigarettes

    He only smoked “Lucky Strike”

  96. R2b says:

    Well, now you’ve been around a lot, making us all jealous. Just kidding. For my own concern, that is. But how about commenting on the really Big things now. Biden corpse almost, being president, executing orders on immigration. What about warp-speed? Or the Yeadon/Wodarg suit? The great reset, out there in the Balkans. The Schwabian, looking like a star-trekker. Please, join us now, let us combat!

  97. Alden says:

    Thanks for the article Linh love your work.

  98. Sirius says:
    @Alfred

    Nasser used to sometimes crack jokes about Egyptian women wearing scarfs during his lengthy speeches. The public loved it. They roared with laughter.

    Yes, and that very laughter, as well as Nasser’s cracking jokes, is evident in the video I posted. 🙂

    • Thanks: Alfred
  99. @Alfred

    If someone from the ME tells you that Yasser Arafat and Hassan Al-Banna were Jewish. Al-Sisi is Jewish. Mahmoud Abbas of PA is Iranian. Khomeini was Indian. Hafez Al-Assad* was an Iraqi Kurd belonging to an ancient Kurdish religious group which pre-dated Islam. For the only reason that those people are/were influential wouldn’t you find it strange ?

    It is not like an American jouranlist doing his little investigation and coming to the conclusion that Trump was not of Swedish but German origin.

    I know that Freddie was part of the Persian communities in the disaspora like those in India active in business and Bollywood. The topic is not origin but using origin or alleged origin do discredit people for changing the course of history, like Khomeini in Iran.

    I have to state here that the smart Iranians are one of the nicest people I have ever met. The Egyptians the funnies.

    *Here is the claim of Faisal Al-qassim of Al-jazeera ( Host of Arab “crossfire” ) that Bashshar Al-Assad is neither Arab muslim nor Alawi but an Iraqi Kurd from Bahraz, bordering Iran . Faissal believes now that people should refer to Bashshar as Bashshar Al-Bahrazi not Bashshar Al-Assad ( The Lion ).

  100. @Ukraine Tiger

    The future certainly looks grim, but it is wrong to say that “there is nothing that can be done”. It will require bloody revolution, like that carried out by the IRA under Michael Collins. Even against all odds, it is worthwhile to stand for good, and against evil.

  101. @Alfred

    Although some people have a distinct look to them, their are also MANY people who you simply cannot tell their heritage just by looking.

    • Agree: Z-man
  102. JM says:
    @Sirius

    He – Cassandra – or his sponsors don’t have the guts or desire to permit criticism of the contents of his rant, – even within the YouTube framework! – so they turned the Comments off.

    • Replies: @Sirius
  103. @Steven80

    Linh, if you visit Kosovo, they have statue of Bill Clinton on the main square in the capital.

    BBC journalists who consider Islas Malvinas, in far away South America, as theirs were laughing at the Serbs, during the crisis, for stating the simple fact that Kosovo was the cradle of their culture and history.

    Clinton went further than just laughing by bombarding bridges and state tv station in Belgrade. He was provoking the Russians who, fortunately, were weak enough to respond.

    By the way, when I was there about 10 years ago, most of the cars were mercedes (though almost all of them were very old) – all kinds of models. Is it still like that?

    Albanian mafias are notorious in Germany for car thefts, old and newish !

  104. @Commentator Mike

    Christianity has turned into a liability.

    Christianity isn’t an identity but a spiritual ideology. It’s a matter of creed. Right this moment, I can become a Catholic by consulting a priest about the necessary doctrines and rituals necessary for conversion. And just like that, I too can become a Catholic. Any Asian, Africa, or Arab can become a Catholic this way. Same with Protestantism, and if anything, easier.

    Identity, as opposed to ideology, isn’t dependent on belief. You are what you are regardless of what you believe. So, an Armenian is an Armenian whether he’s Christian, Muslim(though rare), Communist, Libertarian, or whatever.

    The reason for the Jewish advantage is they have something in between ideology and identity. It might be called an ‘Ideontity’. Jewishness as identity is based on blood and ethnicity. Jewishness as ideology is based on Jewish consciousness of history, sacred texts, and narrative. Together, they form a Jewish ‘Ideontity’. Jews are powerful because their identity is wedded to ideology. Jewishness isn’t merely a matter what you are but how you’re obligated to think hard and deep about what you are based on the Covenant and Historical Consciousness.

    So, what the white race needs is a white covenant. The problem with Christianity is it’s open to everyone. Thus, if indeed it is a covenant, it’s a weak covenant because blacks, yellows, and browns can lay claim to it just as much as whites. In contrast, only Jews can lay claim to their own Covenant. Whiteness can be secured only if whites, like the Jews, form their own unique covenant with the almighty and the mysterious. This means white prophets are necessary. As long as whites rely mostly on Christianity, it means they are subordinate to the prophetic power of Jews as Jesus and St. Paul were both Jews.

    Are whites capable of directly communing with the ultimate power and receiving their own covenant and own laws like Abram and Moses did for the Jews? Or must whites forever remain dependent on the prophetic platform of the Jews. If whites should create their own social network platforms on the internet, they also need to create their own prophetic platforms. Whiteness must become an ‘Ideontity’, a fusion of ideology and identity. Whiteness must be more than “I am white” but “I’m obligated to think THIS WAY because my whiteness is part of a unique history, culture, and bloodline.” Then, things will change.

  105. Talha says:
    @Sirius

    You’re kind of wasting your time there. Homeboy specifically gets his info from those places. He’s on record as saying that he won’t give Islam the time of day until we are ready to sacrifice our daughters at his temple of “muh d**k”…
    “As I’ve said to a Muslim friend of mine – I’ll take you people seriously only when your females give pussy to us Kafirs. Until then- Apartheid from them.”
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/biden-nominates-hbd-true-believer-to-head-doj-civil-rights/#comment-4401868

    The better question is, given the above information; why should you care about his opinion?

    Peace.

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    • Replies: @Sirius
  106. @thotmonger

    Robert Cray is a superb guitarist (e.g., “Destroyer”), but for the blues I feel when thinking about the treatment the Palestinian people receive on a daily basis, Muddy Waters’ “My Captain” from the disc “Folk Singer” captures the necessary mood of utter helplessness and oppression:

    (I really hate eating soybeans.)

    Thanks for the vid.

  107. Sirius says:
    @JM

    It must be ACCTV that for some reason turned off comments. I don’t have any idea as to why but I doubt it has anything to do with “guts”.

    Many of Casagranda’s other presentations on YouTube do allow comment, so if you feel compelled to criticize his talks, here’s a list of some alternatives:

    1. History of U.S Foreign Policy in the Middle East | Roy Casagranda on Iraq & Iran
    2. Roy Casagranda on The Origins of the Syrian Crisis
    3. Genocide and Dreams: Iraq
    4. A Very Modern Ancient Egypt

    The last one is closest to the topic at hand. He’s very methodical in covering his topics.

    • Replies: @JM
  108. f you want a sense of the retardation of the so-called American Right, check out this utterly moronic article about Hollywood and China.

    https://www.hollywoodintoto.com/hollywood-china-box-office/

    It’s another case of bashing-china-cuz-zio-vagina. Because white Americans are such submissive pu**ies to Jewish Power, they would rather vent their frustrations on China(when not Iran or Venezuela) as release valve. From Russia-Russia-Russia to China-China-China, out of the frying pan into the fire… all because neither side, ‘left’ or ‘right’, dares to speak the truth on Jewish Power.
    Whites are so fearful of and cucked to Jewish Power that it would rather blame China than Jews for the woes facing America. By the way, why should any real American Rightist care about Hollywood’s problems (if indeed Hollywood is in freefall) when it is the enemy of White America? If China is playing a role in the demise of Hollywood, white patriots should be cheering(and hopefully envisioning and creating their own entertainment complex free of vile Jewish globalist influences).

    Idiocies and hypocrisies abound in the article. First, take the title: Hollywood Sold Its Soul… ROTFL. Since when did Hollywood have a soul? Long before the rise of China’s box office and investment in Hollywood, the Jewish-run industry had already smeared white Christians, white Southerners, and conservatives countless times and promoted all sorts of degenerate filth. On the occasion when Hollywood made ‘pro-conservative’ or ‘patriotic’ movies, the villains were usually foreigners who conveniently happen to coincide as objects of hatred or indifference to Jews. Consider all the movies where Muslims were little more than terrorists foaming at the mouth. Or all those movies where gung-ho US heroes/troops were mowing down commies(usually Vietnamese) or Russkies.
    In contrast, most Hollywood ‘liberal’ movies feature American Conservatives or Rightists as the bad guys. And not just bad guys but irredeemable monsters who need to be exposed and destroyed without mercy. So, even as Jewish Hollywood fanned hatred against American Conservatives, American Conservatives could only hate FOREIGN enemies. Given Hollywood’s long history of hostility against Conservatives, why would any American Rightist assume Hollywood had a soul to lose? And besides, Hollywood was never about art & truth but about propaganda & commerce. Granted, on occasion Hollywood did manage to produce some first-rate entertainment and even art, but the industry was mostly about crass entertainment for maximum profit and mass propaganda. If Hollywood did have a soul and lost it, it was long before the Chinese Factor entered Tinsel Town.

    Beneath the headline, the author says: Chinese films are crushing U.S. titles, leaving Tinsel Town in the financial dust

    Of course, the author means INSIDE China as Chinese movies have little export value. But why is that a bad thing? Why shouldn’t Chinese movies dominate the Chinese box office? Is the author some kind of cultural imperialist who believes all nations should surrender to Hollywood dominance? A true conservative believes in nationalism and sovereignty, and if Chinese movies out-compete American products in China, that is a good thing, especially as so many Hollywood products these days promote little more than decadence, degeneracy, anti-white vitriol, black megalomania, globo-homo nuttery, and culture of contempt so common among Jews. And it seems some of these Chinese movies are patriotic and heroic, which would make them conservative and nationalist within the Chinese context. Why would that be a bad thing? If anything, white people in US and EU should take some cues from China and wean themselves free of Jewish Hollywood Control. The problem isn’t that China is doing something wrong, but white people in the West are. Chinese make their own products whereas whites have outsourced their creativity, dreams, and artistry to Jewish Control. Even when directors and writers are white gentiles, they are ever so mindful not to offend Jews and their favored allies, homos and blacks.

    The author, appropriately named Christian Toto, whines that Hollywood has pandered to China on the following matters in exchange for access to Chinese markets:

    Adding Chinese characters to existing stories
    Shooting product placement scenes for Chinese theatrical editions
    Avoiding stories that depict China in a negative light
    Allowing films to be sliced and diced to appease Chinese censors

    [MORE]

    Adding Chinese characters to existing stories? Is this really a problem? How many Chinese characters have we seen in movies? At most, there might be some Asian sidekicks(often not Chinese), but Asians are far from prominent in Hollywood movies(and I’m not sure Chinese watch Hollywood movies to see Chinese people, which they can see plenty on TV and in the streets). Still, putting some Chinese in Hollywood movies actually makes sense IF it will boost box office in China. After all, Hollywood is a business, and the US abandoned nationalism in favor of globalism. Naturally, Hollywood regards the entire globe as its marketplace. It is no longer a national industry but a global one, but then this kind of ‘free trade’ was pushed by both Republicans and Democrats.
    What makes far less sense is why there are so many Jews, homos, and blacks in movies. Why are less appealing Jews often favored over whites in prominent roles? Why are there so many homos in movies and TV, creating the impression among Americans that a whopping 25% of the population is homo? Of course, the most ludicrous casting involves blacks. Blacks are the biggest criminals and worst students in the US, but they are likely to be a heroic cop, wise judge, magical saint, or scientific genius on the big screen. And whose idea was it to promote Jungle Fever where white actresses are now routinely paired with black men, the message to white women being, “Black guys are the real men while white men are flabby maggots, so white women should abandon white dorks and go with black men. And, black men are noble of heart while white men are a bunch of closet-racists, so white women should invite Afro-colonization of their wombs and reject white ‘racist’ males.” Jews have been pushing this line forever, but idiot cuck dorks like Christian Toto don’t get it or are too cowardly to speak the truth. Notice this supposed ‘anti-racism’ is predicated on racial differences that says blacks are superior to whites. Jews pushed this craziness.

    As for product placements, that’s been around forever. True, they are annoying but hardly began with the Chinese.

    Avoiding stories that make China look bad. But again, why is this a problem? Hollywood is not about art but entertainment. Entertainment is about giving people what they want. And if Chinese now make up a big share of the box office and don’t want to be insulted by Hollywood, what’s wrong with that? The real problem is that white Americans take so much abuse from Hollywood but keep handing over their hard-earned money to Hollywood Jews despite all the anti-white insults. So, which people are making less sense? The Chinese who say, “We give you Hollywood Jews lots of money in box office revenue, so we ask you not to insult us as a bunch of nasty ‘chinks’” or whites who say, “You Hollywood Jews piss and shi* on us and drag us through the mud and tar-and-feather us, but we will keep giving you tons of money and praise Jews & Israel to high heaven”? Which people are being retarded?

    Actually, white Americans in the past acted like Chinese today. They exerted considerable pressure on Jewish Hollywood. This is why Hollywood didn’t insult the American South back then. It’s why Hollywood was careful not to insult Christians and Christianity. White people said to Hollywood, “Look, we built this nation in which you Jews found freedom and made lots of money. And we make up most of the audience, so you better not shi* on us.” So, Hollywood was mindful not to be brazenly anti-white. But Jews got ever bolder with their control of media, academia, and entertainment over the years and brainwashed whites to hate themselves, suck up to Jews unconditionally, cuck to blacks, bend over to homos, surrender to immigrant-invasion, and etc.
    If Chinese refuse to go down the same rabbit hole, good for them. The problem isn’t with the Chinese but with whites. Whites caved to Jewish demands and grovel at the feet of Zionic Hollywood that spits on them. China is doing vis-a-vis Hollywood what whites had done in the past. It is the whites who’ve sold their souls to Jews, and people like Christian Toto seem resentful of the Chinese who have not. (It’s like white cucks, such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who totally caved to Jewish Power grew resentful and secretly envious of men like Vladimir Putin who haven’t. Dogs on the leash bark at dogs running free.) But instead of telling fellow whites to emulate the Chinese when dealing with Jews, Christian Toto gripes about bad bad China. His message to Jews seem to be, “We whites totally grovel before you like dogs while Chinese don’t, so why do you Jews show more consideration to the Chinese than to us?” But the question answers itself. A man respects a strong horse than a jackass. China acts like a strong horse whereas White America is content to be a jackass to he Jews. No one respects the groveler, and no wonder White American jackass routinely gets kicked in the rear by Jewish Power.

    Allowing China to censor and re-edit films. But EVERY nation does that. Arab nations often cut out things deemed dangerous or offensive. It’s just the way of business. McDonalds in India don’t sell beef. And Jewish Pressure in the US either censors, re-edits, or bans foreign works. For example, Pokemon cartoons in Japan featured Buddhist swastika symbols(which have nothing to do with Nazism) but they were excised in the US version because Jews didn’t like it. Miramax, Harvey Weinstein’s company, was notorious for cutting out entire chunks from foreign movies for whatever reason. Israel has its own censors. US publishing companies still hasn’t released Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s book about Jews and Russia. And today, Jews are the biggest censors and book-burners as they pressure Amazon and other companies not to sell certain titles that Jews find offensive. Also, Jews dominate censorship on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and much else. Indeed, the mere act of supporting free speech can get someone fired, blacklisted, or deplatformed. Just ask Parler. Facebook had more to do with communications behind the Jan. 6 melee in Washington D.C., but Parler got the boot, not Facebook. Jews also shut down BDS movement in many states. Jews shut down free speech through control of private enterprise and public institutions. Where are American Conservatives on this matter?

    By the way, if Hollywood is such a sanctuary for artistic freedom and social truth, how come it hasn’t made a single movie about the Zionist Nakba(that destroyed Palestine), Jewish role in the Brazilian Slave Trade, Jewish role in Opium Trade in China, Jewish role in Cheka & NKVD terror campaigns in the Soviet Union, Jewish role in exploiting black talent in music & sports — Spike Lee did touch on that a bit in MO’ BETTER BLUES but got abused badly by Jews — , Jewish Neocon mendacity that led to the Iraq War, Jonathan Pollard’s treachery in cahoots with Israel, and Israel’s attack on USS Liberty? Now, what would happen to anyone who proposed such a movie in Hollywood? He’d be blacklisted and gulaged faster than any dissident in China.

    Meanwhile, the Hollywood elite ignored China’s human rights violations at every turn. Celebrities railed against Georgia’s strict abortion legislation but looked the other way as China operated concentration camps for minority Muslims.

    I’m sure there is mistreatment of Uighurs in China, but the sensationalist reports sound about as plausible as last yea’s scare-mongering stories about Covid in China. Some are totally over-the-top. Also, whatever the Chinese are doing, it is within their own national borders. In contrast, US has illegally invaded Muslim nations and supported terrorists. What the US has done, directly or indirectly, to Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iran, and Afghanistan is infinitely worse than anything done by China to Uighurs. I don’t recall any Chinese official saying it’s worth it to kill 500,000 Uighur children like Madeleine Albright said of Iraqi kids.
    Also, let’s not forget that the US aided and abetted the Nakba pogroms that erased Palestine off the map. The US lends support to IDF death squads that mow down Palestinian women and children. The US looks the other way as caravans of illegal Jewish settlers march into West Bank to take the grab the remaining Palestinian territory. Israel also aided ISIS killers in Syria.
    And, US was created by mass invasion and mass ‘genocide’ of its indigenous population. And it was during the so-called Good War of WWII that US dispossessed over 100,000 Japanese/Americans and had them ‘interned’. And US meddled in Vietnam and ended up killing over a million people. So, where do Americans get the nerve to point fingers at OTHER nations?
    In the insane year of 2020, US was a Jewish-controlled lunatic asylum where the authorities encouraged mobs of Antifa thugs and BLM scum to terrorize, attack, and rob Americans in every city and town. And now, Joe Biden, the puppet of Jews, intends to ‘uighurize’ all Deplorables as ‘domestic terrorists’. And yet, Christian Toto, like Alex Jones and Tucker Carlson, whines about China as the source of America’s woes.

    Now, China may no longer need U.S. movies to entertain its populace. The L.A. Times reports Chinese-made films dominated the country’s 2020 box office charts. The highest ranking U.S. film, “Tenet,” came in at number 11.

    Well, kudos to China. White America should do the same thing. Build its own industry and make its own movies that aren’t all about cucking to Negroes, bending over to Homos, caving to Trannies, and sucking up to Jews, Jews, Jews.
    White American Conservatives have long complained about Hollywood. Then, why not unite and make their own movies? Chinese did it. Could it be White America so cucked to Jews that it cannot conceive of an arts, culture, & entertainment independent of Jewish dictates?

    The (Chinese) government, eager to embrace film’s cultural soft power, is promoting patriotic fare for audiences to lap up.
    Compare that to U.S. studios, which routinely

    strip away pro-U.S. elements

    to appease foreign markets.

    But what would be ‘pro-US elements’? American Conservatives have been telling themselves that Jews are the greatest, Israel is the holiest, and all patriotic Americans should grovel before Jews, Jews, Jews as the holy Holocaust People of the Holy Book of the Holy Land of the Holy History. (Never mind Jews turned the Holy Land into Sodom and Gomorrah with massive freak show ‘gay’ parades.) Well, if we follow the American Conservative logic, nothing is more patriotic, American, and wonderful than sucking up to Jews who know best. Since Jews run Hollywood and say the New Americanism and New Patriotism are all about Diversity, White-Bashing, Tranny-mania, Globo-Homo, and BLM celebration, that must be the New Americanism. After all, Jews demand it, and American Conservatism says Jews Know Best. Americanism in the Current Year, according to both ‘left’ and ‘right’, is What Jews Want, or WJW.

    More recently, celebrities laid low as alarming news regarding China’s lack of transparency over COVID-19 leaked out.

    Right, because America is so transparent unlike China. That’s why the US went to war over fake WMD in Iraq. That’s why the Deep State pulled the Russia Collusion Hoax for three straight years. That’s why the Deep State, medical community, big media, and various institutions(most of them directly or indirectly controlled by Jews) conspired to exploit the vastly exaggerated Covid hysteria to ensure massive fraudulent mail-in voting and recession that paved the way for Biden’s win. Don’t you just love the US as paragon of truth and transparency, one where 350 million people must take orders from the likes of Fauci? That must be why Edward Snowden is still in Russia and why Biden administration(filled with Jews) are going after Julian Assange hard. US loves transparency and admires whistle-blowers… unlike big bad China.

    Now, I have no illusions about China and its massive corruption and political repression. But let’s stop pretending that the US is a ‘city on a hill’ or a ‘liberal democracy’ governed by Rule of Law. The US is a Jewish-supremacist gangster state where the real law isn’t the Constitution but “If Jews want it, they get it.” 2020 was a spectacular demonstration of what Jewish Power is capable of to get the results it wants. These insane Jews didn’t hesitate to ruin the economy and destroy countless livelihoods and then humiliate/punish America with George-Floyd Riots to get their way. And what did the authorities do? Even though innocent people were being attacked, they poured gasoline on black rage to discredit Trump’s America.

    Meanwhile, the Hollywood elite savaged President Donald Trump’s pandemic response while praising the work of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whos disastrous policies likely led to thousands of unnecessary deaths.

    Finally, some truth, but it wasn’t just Hollywood but all the big media and the deep state and the medical community that pushed the Big Lie. And those are controlled by whom? Eskimos? If Hollywood spread lies while the more sober institutions of media, medical industry, and the US government stood for truth and transparency, the US would indeed be a nation of Rule of Law. But Hollywood was a secondary player to the madness that was really commandeered by Deep State, Wall Street, Big Media, and Medical Community. The SERIOUS sectors of US conspired to change the outcome of the 2020 election. It was Jews, not China, but don’t expect spineless cucks like Christian Toto to ever speak the truth. The likes of him will stick to bash-china-cuz-zio-vagina.

    • Agree: Robjil
  109. Sirius says:
    @Priss Factor

    You wrote:

    Jews are powerful because their identity is wedded to ideology.

    You seem to be implying that Jews agree on ideology, like Zionism, but there are dissenting views. In his essay “Judaism, an alternative to Zionism”, Rabbi Dovid Weiss argues that:

    This alternative would not demand Jewish political rule over the Temple Mount or Jerusalem. The “non negotiability of Jerusalem” is not a Torah concept. Indeed, the true Torah concept is to relinquish the notions of Zionism and abandon, in a peaceful fashion, the current Zionist sovereignty over the land.

    http://www.twf.org/News/Y2002/0401-NetureiKarta.html

    Weiss also also asserts that

    The vast majority of Jews rejected Zionism when it first began. In the early part of the [2oth] century, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem (not to be confused with the Chief Rabbis of the State of Israel), Rabbi Yoseph Chaim Zonnenfeld negotiated with King Hussein in order to help the Orthodox Jewish community escape the Zionist machinations. This resulted in the assassination by Haganah operatives in 1924 of the Rabbi’s advisor, Dr. Jacob Israel de Haan.

    Aside from that, it is still possible to convert to Judaism, albeit it requires a few more hurdles than converting to Christianity.

    Also, on a different though related topic, Jesus may have started out as Jewish, but we must remember he was excommunicated. Wouldn’t that make him an ex-Jew?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @noname27
  110. sb says:
    @Steven80

    A statue of Bill Clinton in the main square eh ..?
    I’ve heard the statue allows anyone who so desires to kneel down and assume the Monica position

    • LOL: noname27
  111. @Mustapha Mond

    ‘…As you will recall, Morsi, the only democratically elected Egyptian leader in recent times (or ever), immediately embraced the Gaza tunnels and apparently openly provided aid to those employing same to bring relief to the people of Gaza…’

    It’s too bad the swine had to murder Morsi. He could have written memoirs worth reading.

    People come and go. A good book lasts.

  112. @Priss Factor

    So, an Armenian is an Armenian whether he’s Christian, Muslim(though rare),

    If an Armenian becomes a Muslim he becomes a Turk. It is as simple as that. Armenian means Christian.

    The problem with Christianity is it’s open to everyone.

    For Europeans – in Europe,Australia and New Zealand – and Americans to a lesser extent Christianity is not open enough to everyone. That is why they have added to it secularism to accommodate others, like LGBT. The other day I heard a rich musician say : I am fiscally conservative but socially liberal (on sexual matters ).

    In contrast, only Jews can lay claim to their own Covenant. Whiteness can be secured only if whites, like the Jews, form their own unique covenant with the almighty and the mysterious.

    Do you want to isolate whites and reduce them to a sect ( with a smaller cultural space ) contrary to their nature of getting involved in the affairs of others and running the world ?

  113. @Talha

    Whoa! How did you fall off my ignore list? Oh well…there you go, back in.

    Good move! What you can’t answer you might as well ignore.

  114. Sirius says:
    @Talha

    Well, basically because I was responding to that one post and wasn’t aware of other posts. Not to worry, it didn’t take much of my time.

    Nevertheless, it was worth checking out this anti-Islam propaganda outlet “Islam watch” if for no other reason than to be aware of it. I’m bemused by just how often I come across useless websites that people go out of their way to create. This one claims to be ex-Muslims trying to lead Muslims out of Islam, but I usually suspect that someone is pushing the anti-Islam line in order to promote the Zionist line.

    The article, by the way, cites Bernard Lewis, a Zionist historian who is far more sophisticated in his attacks on the Islamic legacy. There are plenty of good Western scholars on Islam out there, like say, John Esposito, but such sites never seem to cite them. Gee, I wonder why.

    Anyway, I didn’t really spend that much time on it either. It didn’t take me long to determine it wasn’t a credible source of information.

    • Replies: @Talha
    , @AnonStarter
  115. denk says:

    Remember that guy having a bromance with Biden ?

  116. JM says:
    @Sirius

    You trying to transform quantity into quality?

    The posted piece is quite enough, thanks. It is riddled with errors; it’s old shit that sought to undermine the primacy of Europe in the creation of the modern world. It started with fake Marxists over half a century ago. One example that springs to mind was the ‘powerful invention of navigation’…in the form of the Chinese geomancer. Lol! Marx never entertained such bullshit. Your hero is part of the Globalist mainstream and would likely be richly rewarded as such.

    • Replies: @Sirius
  117. Clyde says:

    Dinh — You are very good on travel. I also like Mark Wiens, is on youtube, he eats and videos the local food as he travels. Mikey Chen can be good. Paul Theroux is the master!

  118. orionyx says:
    @Priss Factor

    Christianity has been a long, long wrong turn for Europe. I have Greek friends who say that perhaps Greeks were better off when they had 12 indigenous gods than they are now that they have 3 foreigners.

    They are right: the ancient Greeks took Reason seriously, the mind of Man, and not the myths of gods. They were the proto-Europeans, and now that their greats are being reviled by the pygmies in academia, the media and the law, we should cleave more closely to them and their successors, the great European thinkers, mathematicians, artists, scientists and innovators who had – and have now – no equal anywhere else.

    We should teach our children to study them, admire them, and strive to emulate them. And at the same time, we should teach them to turn their backs on the toxic sludge that Americans call culture. That includes the pathetic embers of Christianity.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  119. @Sirius

    ‘If you have a link to a good translation please share it.’

    Likewise.

    The absence is actually one of those things that makes it clear something is going on. In a world where things are as we are told they are, that essay would have been properly translated long ago.

  120. @Dumbo

    ‘Where next? My suggestion would be to go further east and try Hungary, Ukraine or Russia. I think it’s cheap too, and interesting.’

    As of five years ago, Romania was very, very cheap. Like, a cab anywhere in Bucharest was $2.50.

    I had a good time — but we had Romanian friends, so your experience may vary.

  121. @Sirius

    ‘…This resulted in the assassination by Haganah operatives in 1924 of the Rabbi’s advisor, Dr. Jacob Israel de Haan…’

    Shades of things to come. At the time, the killing was passed off as an act of Palestinian terrorism.

    ‘…At first, the Palestinian Jewish society, the Yishuv, readily accepted the theory that the assassination had to be blamed on Arabs, and didn’t doubt the Zionist leadership’s reassurances that it had played no part in it.[11] With time doubts started rising, until finally, in 1952, Yosef Hecht, the first commander of the main Jewish pre-state self-defense organisation, the Haganah, told the official Haganah historian in a testimony what had actually occurred…’

  122. gsjackson says:

    I’ve been in Tirana for five weeks. Loving the diaper-free life and bustling cafes (a handful of stores, banks and Toptani Mall might make you put a diaper on, though in the mall you can take it off once you’re past the door guard). Technically you’re not supposed to wear one outside (but no rule against inside — makes about as much sense as anything in Crazy Time), but it’s a rare cop who will bother to say anything, and if you’re a tourist he won’t bother to fine you because the fines are done through your electric bill. Just say you’re an American and they let you pass on diaperless.

    The English in many cases might be more rudimentary than your current impression, and result in a bit of miscommunication and surprise at what the waiter brings or the actual cost. As GB Shaw said: “The main problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

    If you ever want to you can go back to Serbia without a test, once you’ve been in Albania a while. Serbia’s new PCR requirement excludes four adjacent countries, including Albania and North Macedonia.

  123. noname27 says: • Website
    @Druid

    Great channel and he’s a real character.

  124. Mir Mangess Mr. Dinh.

    I thought that you were going to Israel after leaving Egypt.

    What happened?

  125. @Ukraine Tiger

    there is nothing that can be done.

    There is plenty that can be done, the question is will the persecuted among us have the guts to do it.

    • Agree: stevennonemaker88
  126. Che Guava says:

    The same kind of transition also proceeded in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the southern Phillipines.

    In most cases, it is due to Saudi Wahhabist madrassas, but that is not the whole story.

    One of the ignored things of history there
    is that, after ‘indepencence’ for Java, and the replacement of the Dutch East Indies empire by the Javanese empire of now, an Islamic state centred on Sumatra persisted to the west.

    Details on it, and how the new Javanese empire made it part of the empire, are obscure. However, I would expect that the women of that Islamic state dressed the same as Malaysian, Singaporean, and Javanese Malay women of the time, that is, not particularly modestly.

    That is before my time, but having spent five years growing up in the region, retain an interest.

    • Replies: @Sirius
  127. Che Guava says:
    @Sirius

    I replied to you, you may find it of interest, at one hundred and something. Mr. Unz’s system is great, but the timeout on any replies that take time to compose is the weak point.

  128. Sirius says:
    @JM

    Well, I just showed you he’s not averse to discussion. You can make what you want of it.

    For the other point “undermine the primacy of Europe in the creation of the modern world”, do you care to elaborate?

    Also, not everyone I quote is my hero and he’s certainly not part of the mainstream, nor does it mean everything in his presentation is something I agree with. If anything Casagranda been marginalized by the mainstream. If you listen to him you would understand that, especially his talks on Iraq (he’s highly critical of US policy) and activism in the US. My main beef with him is that he doesn’t blame the powers behind the façade of “US patriots”, but that could be to keep his academic job.

  129. @Alfred

    A very beautiful young woman. Thank you for that.
    I like head coverings because of the implied humility. Humility and chastity are virtues. The Romans, prior to their degeneracy, would never kiss their wives in public let alone hold their wives hand. Many ‘modern’ countries continue to behave this way. In my opinion, this type of ‘social conservative’ morality is not only desirable but an ideal. It has nothing to do with Islam, in my opinion.
    Humility, chastity, proper moral conduct and kindness to ones fellow human beings transcends space and time. They never go out of fashion and never stop being cultural ideals.
    We need to go back to this.

    • Agree: stevennonemaker88
  130. Now, I have no illusions about China and its massive corruption and political repression. But let’s stop pretending that the US is a ‘city on a hill’ or a ‘liberal democracy’ governed by Rule of Law. The US is a Jewish-supremacist gangster state where the real law isn’t the Constitution but “If Jews want it, they get it.” 2020 was a spectacular demonstration of what Jewish Power is capable of to get the results it wants. These insane Jews didn’t hesitate to ruin the economy and destroy countless livelihoods and then humiliate/punish America with George-Floyd Riots to get their way. And what did the authorities do? Even though innocent people were being attacked, they poured gasoline on black rage to discredit Trump’s America.
    ————————————————————
    Fantastic.
    Thank you. We need to trumpet this from the hills. It should be required reading for all Americans.

    I would add that as far as I can recall there was a Catholic organization that pressured Hollywood on moral issues. I believe it was pre-WW2. What changed? Well, obviously in the past not everyone was outside a theater protesting. However, no one was undermining and attacking these protesters. Clearly, Euro-Americans suffered an ideological split where enough supported degeneracy as promoted by Hollywood and Jewry. We can’t blame an immivasion for certain cultural changes. If we continued to protest and even boycott events then we could reclaim our culture. If enough of use change our purchasing habits, viewing habits, etc then we can push back. I believe many are doing so and more will join them. It’s going to be a long battle but I believe we are at a critical point because the mask is off and Jewish Racist Supremacism is visible to all.
    I would add that we have been tag teamed by the Deep State and Jewry. I came across some research by a guy who was a music writer and columnist on the West coast back in the 70’s. He became fascinated by Laurel Canyon and kept digging. What he put together was a picture that clearly showed all the pop bands were either members of elite American families or the sons-daughters of military familes. Morrison’s father led the false flag event in the Gulf of Tonkin. Morrison had never show any interest in music then suddenly became a star. His death in Paris is mysterious and it is more likely he simply tired of his mission and wanted out. By leading the ‘counter-culture’ through Mk-Ultra’s like Morrison, the Deep State was able to control and neuter the anti-war movement but more successfully they attacked traditional moralilty, religion, the family and apple pie. Over 5o years they have acquired power beyond their wildest dreams.
    Together with Jewish Wall St. and academia they are masters of a house that they are so incompetent in managing that I very much doubt the system they built will last another 20 years. They have destroyed America’s economy, loaded its people with debt and built a massive military empire that they can no longer afford. Now their solution is to go to full State Terror and designate 75 million ‘domestic terrorists’.
    This is called, I am an idiot who has run out of ideas and all they have is guns that they can’t trust with real bullets.
    Saigon in ’75 is right around the corner. Watch the small hats kick the women and children out of the way as they run to the front of the line.

    P.S. (thanks Mr.A. Neumann for the date)

  131. Talha says:
    @Sirius

    I’m bemused by just how often I come across useless websites that people go out of their way to create.

    Dime a dozen.

    but I usually suspect that someone is pushing the anti-Islam line in order to promote the Zionist line.

    Yup.

    The article, by the way, cites Bernard Lewis, a Zionist historian who is far more sophisticated in his attacks on the Islamic legacy.

    I actually appreciated the late Mr. Lewis; he was surprisingly refreshing for a person who was antagonistic about Islam. He didn’t make up lies like so many others do, I can respect that. My criticism of him (from an academic perspective) was that he often neglected the Maliki school of law when doing comparisons, he generally stuck to the Hanafi and Shafi’i (more so on the Shafi’i). He had some positive things to say about Islam as well (even when he was giving a lecture in an Israeli university where he would have no reason to do so), so that must be pointed out.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Sirius
  132. @Malla

    Deport both sides of the melee, along with their families, and bar them from ever re-entering the country.

    • Agree: Alfred
  133. @Sirius

    … but I usually suspect that someone is pushing the anti-Islam line in order to promote the Zionist line.

    Usually, this is the case, though there are more than a few who remain completely unconscious of the fact that they do so implicitly rather than explicitly.

    Zionism affirms race rather than religion/ideology as the foundation upon which society is established. As such, any variety of racial nationalism is essentially a corollary of Zionism, however much it may differ in its particulars.

    We have a lot of de facto quasi-Zionists here. Guys like Jared Taylor, who openly admire Israel, are at least honest about it.

    Your contributions are much appreciated, Sirius.

    Thanks for sticking around.

    • Agree: Talha
    • Thanks: Sirius
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  134. Sirius says:
    @Talha

    I actually appreciated the late Mr. Lewis

    I didn’t.

    You might want to read Edward Said’s critique:

    https://www.nybooks.com/articles/1982/08/12/orientalism-an-exchange/

    Or Hamad Dabashi:

    Lewis was an ideological functionary, an intelligence officer, on par with Francis Fukuyama and Samuel Huntington, competing for the ears of powerful people to tell them how to hate Muslims more persuasively.

    [Edward] Said enabled the moral authority of a generation of critical thinkers. Lewis taught military strategists how and why to rule Arabs and Muslims more effectively.

    You may be underestimating the damage Bernard Lewis did, or his role not as a scholar but as an opportunistic actor in the conflict and promoter of the Zionist entity and later on, the destruction of Iraq (the man managed to live 102 years).

    Dabashi also points out also that one of Lewis’s greatest admirers was none other than Benjamin Netanyahu: “We will be forever grateful for his robust defense of Israel”. That has to say something. War criminal Dick Cheney and Mike Pompeo were also fans.

    You’d be better advised to focus on the works of an Edward Said or a John Esposito.

  135. Sirius says:
    @Che Guava

    I suspected as much. Somehow what started as a protest movement in some countries became a promoted ideology in others, especially when it comes to Southeast Asia.

  136. @orionyx

    I have Greek friends who say that perhaps Greeks were better off when they had 12 indigenous gods than they are now that they have 3 foreigners.

    As wondrous as Greek mythology is, once a civilization reaches a certain point it’s difficult for the educated to keep believing in gods such as the Olympians.

    In contrast, the Judaic concept spirituality is deep and mysterious to survive the accumulated knowledge of high civilization.

    Even today, educated people turn to God, but who could believe in gods like Hera or Ares?

    Perhaps, Greek mythology could have advanced and become more abstracted and mysterious, thus qualifying as a living religion for the educated. But it didn’t happen.

    Greeks and Romans soon came to regard them as culture, custom, and rituals than matters of faith. No wonder Christianity filled the spiritual vacuum.

  137. Anonymous[144] • Disclaimer says:
    @sarz

    “Khomeini’s family had lived in Kashmir or came from Kashmir. (There are many Iranian connections in that part of the world.) Kashmir’s noted religious cleric Ayatollah Aga Syed Yusuf dispatched a letter to Ayatollah Khomeini (when Khomini was in Najaf), asking him to visit Kashmir. Khomeini’s reply came as a pleasant surprise and got historians busy tracing his links to Kashmir. “I would have loved to visit Kashmir, which apparently is my ancestral place,” read the letter.

    When the letter reached him, Aga asked Ayatollah Khomeini for more details about his ancestors. He replied that he does not know much except the fact that his grandfather had migrated from Kashmir to Iran about 130 years ago. Aga Syed Mohammad Fazlullah, Aga’s eldest son, was enrolled at a religious seminary in Najaf at that time. He was entrusted with the task of handing over Aga’s letter to Ayatollah Khomeini.

    “While in Najaf, I frequently visited Imam Khomeini. When I came to know about his Kashmiri ancestors through his letters to my father, I asked Imam about it,” Aga Fazlullah recounts.”

  138. @AnonStarter

    ‘…As such, any variety of racial nationalism is essentially a corollary of Zionism, however much it may differ in its particulars…’

    I’d disagree with that. The French or the Danes, for example can be racial nationalists all day; so can the Mexicans, the Koreans, and most other peoples.

    Barring extravagant notions of their national frontiers, the harm inflicted on others will be minimal. In fact, most peoples are de facto ‘racial nationalists’ — it doesn’t necessarily cause any harm; indeed, at least arguably, it does quite a bit of good.

    Zionism is different. They don’t want to be racial nationalists where they are; they went someplace else and declared themselves racial nationalists there — and tough-o for the actual inhabitants. It would be as if the Japanese decided to be racial nationalists — in Spain.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  139. @Sirius

    ‘Dabashi also points out also that one of Lewis’s greatest admirers was none other than Benjamin Netanyahu: “We will be forever grateful for his robust defense of Israel”. That has to say something. War criminal Dick Cheney and Mike Pompeo were also fans.’

    It all does raise an interesting question. On the one hand, there is disinterested academic discussion of points of purely academic interest; for example, did Urban II initiate the First Crusade or was it a popular movement that he rushed to associate himself with?

    We could go on about that at great length, and if you disagree with me, that’s nice, and I’ll consider your arguments and possibly modify my position in light thereof.

    …and isn’t that nice?

    On the other hand, there are matters that are of considerable moral significance right now — the Zionist entity, for example. When it comes to those, should we honestly consider the arguments of those who would support evil incarnate — or should we merely seek to win the rhetorical battle along with the physical one?

    If it’s 1943, does one want to consider that Goebbels may have a point? Or is the overriding consideration merely what will best serve to fight the good fight?

    Is Bernard Lewis a voice to be taken into consideration and respected — or that voice the Serpent, who will weaken us, and cause us to fall further into perdition?

  140. RWS says:

    (In South Korea, graffiti are most noticeable around American military bases, as sprayed by Yankee soldiers.)

    One would think that an apparent American citizen, writing in intelligible English despite occasional solecisms, would know that “Yankee” is not a synonym for “American”. Really irritating.

    A somewhat interesting article nonetheless. Quite different from my now-dated impressions of Albania.

  141. @Colin Wright

    In fact, most peoples are de facto ‘racial nationalists’ — it doesn’t necessarily cause any harm; indeed, at least arguably, it does quite a bit of good.

    Perhaps I should clarify what I intend to mean.

    While it’s impossible to deny the value of naturally occurring ethnic homogeneity, I approach the matter of social administration from a moral and ethical perspective. Societies degenerate as a result of their failure to sustain moral and ethical principles upon which they are purportedly established. By “racial nationalism,” I distinguish the perspective that advances race as the determining factor of said principles from those that do not do so.

    Like Zionism, racial nationalism is much like a religion — a religion in which racial/ethnic determinism supersedes moral and ethical principle as a basis for social administration.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  142. @Sirius

    Lewis may have been a nemesis, but this is the very reason that certain aspects of his work merit attention. If even Bernard Lewis informs us that dar al-Islam was not the ever oppressive ethos for Jews and Christians which polemicists such as Gisèle Littman would have us believe it was, that finding deserves a place in the toolbox.

    • Agree: Talha
    • Replies: @Talha
  143. @AnonStarter

    ‘…Like Zionism, racial nationalism is much like a religion — a religion in which racial/ethnic determinism supersedes moral and ethical principle as a basis for social administration.’

    Still. In a normal racial/ethnic state moral and ethical principle don’t necessarily conflict with racial/ethnic determinism.

    All 250,000 Icelanders can be just as moral as pie — and racially/ethnically determined. As long as they mind their immigration policies, there need be no conflict ever.

    Israel’s the exact opposite. Her racial/ethnic nationalism is necessarily in conflict with any separately defined set of moral and ethnic principles.

    This is the essential reason why babble about a ‘good’ Israel is so futile. The concept is an oxymoron. There can never be a good Israel.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
    , @Sirius
  144. Talha says:
    @AnonStarter

    That is exactly the reason why I actually find him useful, to point out that; though he was no friend of Islam, he could – at the least – point out some positive features and which these other people cannot bother themselves to do. And again, I never found him lying in his writings or lectures, and one must at least recognize that in an industry where fabrication is par for the course.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  145. @Colin Wright

    In a normal racial/ethnic state moral and ethical principle don’t necessarily conflict with racial/ethnic determinism.

    We’re not understanding terms the same way.

    As I wrote previously, “By ‘racial nationalism,’ I distinguish the perspective that advances race as the determining factor of said principles (morality and ethics) from those that do not do so.”

    There’s a big difference between naturally occurring ethnic homogeneity and the proposition that such a phenomenon necessarily determines one’s sense of morality and ethics, or lack thereof. A proponent of racial/ethnic determinism would have us embrace the latter as reality.

    It’s doubtful most Icelanders assert that their sense of morality arises from being Icelanders (or even from being Europeans). I say “most” since there are likely to be those who hold otherwise, much as Zionists do with respect to Jews.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  146. @Sirius

    I agree.
    Lewis was a deceiver, manipulator and blatant liar.
    He read Ottoman Turkish very well, was very familiar with Turkey’s national archives and spent time researching there. Yet he never wrote anything that relied on the grunt level research he used. I strongly suspect his real purpose was to aid the Turks in throwing dirt over anything that might be used as evidence of the genocide that the Turks perpetrated on Armenians and Assyrian Christians at the end of World War 1.

  147. @Charles Martel France

    “After the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser the way became more open for Islamists “

    Well, yes. Nasser had the guy who wrote this, Sayyid Qutb, theorist of the Muslim Brotherhood, hanged.

    ” … [the] family provides the environment under which human values and morals develop and grow in the new generation; these values and morals cannot exist apart from the family unit. If, on the other hand, free sexual relationships and illegitimate children become the basis of a society, and if the relationship between man and woman is based on lust, passion and impulse, and the division of work is not based on family responsibility and natural gifts; if woman’s role is merely to be attractive, sexy and flirtatious, and if woman is freed from her basic responsibility of bringing up children; and if, on her own or under social demand, she prefers to become a hostess or a stewardess in a hotel or ship or air company, thus using her ability for material productivity rather than the training of human beings, because material production is considered to be more important, more valuable and more honourable than the development of human character, then such a civilisation is ‘backward’ from the human point of view …

  148. Sirius says:
    @Colin Wright

    and @AnonStarter

    I agree in the sense that Zionism is a unique form of nationalism. It sought to create a race out of a religion in a homeland that didn’t yet exist.

    “To make Palestine as Jewish as England is English” was one of their slogans.

    The peoples who were supposed to be united by this nationalist Zionism weren’t even in southern Syria/Palestine when the official Zionist movement began 1897.

    In any universe that should be considered the height of absurdity, but somehow, not in ours.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @AnonStarter
  149. Talha says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    “…using her ability for material productivity rather than the training of human beings, because material production is considered to be more important, more valuable and more honourable than the development of human character, then such a civilisation is ‘backward’ from the human point of view…”

    I hadn’t seen this quote before, but 100% agree that; any culture in which the title “mother” has lost its sacred/sacrosanct meaning, then that culture is whistling past the graveyard no matter what its other accomplishments.

    There is an 80-something old lady that is our neighbor that brought us some homemade cornbread this week. I have no clue where her son is, but he lives in some other state. My sons and I make sure her driveway and path is clear of snow and help with her yard – we don’t ask for anything in return, but sometimes she gives my sons a little bit of cash.

    Mark my words; any culture that is negligent and bereft of the prayers of its mothers on their behalf is going down.

    Peace.

    • Agree: Truth, AnonStarter
    • Replies: @Talha
    , @Colin Wright
  150. Talha says:
    @Talha

    I am reminded about this article:
    “Man who donated his mother’s body to an Arizona center for Alzheimer’s research discovers it was sold on to the US Military for $6,000, strapped to a chair and blown up in ‘blast test’”
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7303455/Man-donated-moms-body-dementia-research-learns-strapped-chair-blown-up.html

  151. @Talha

    Domination of academia is imperative for the Zionist; in particular, domination of the field of Islamic studies. Lewis was able to present himself as an authority on the subject because a good deal of what he presented was incontestable history.

    A devoted Muslim familiar with this history can easily acknowledge the long, slow decline of the millennial Muslim world and its currently lamentable condition, but he’s not likely to provide an analysis or prospective remedy that comports with the neocon agenda.

    That’s Lewis: someone for whom historical accuracy was merely an instrument by which to manipulate potentates in favor of Israel.

    • Replies: @Sirius
  152. @AnonStarter

    ‘…There’s a big difference between naturally occurring ethnic homogeneity and the proposition that such a phenomenon necessarily determines one’s sense of morality and ethics, or lack thereof. A proponent of racial/ethnic determinism would have us embrace the latter as reality…’

    I see your point. At the same time, a Japanese, say, would see certain virtues and patterns of behavior as quintessentially ‘Japanese’ — racially determined, in brief.

    …and this is not necessarily a problem, because where the Japanese are is largely Japanese, and largely has been for hundreds of years.

    Conversely, Jews can hold values that are perhaps no more exclusivist and supremacist than those practiced by the Japanese, and it is a problem, because they would put these values into practice in a land that is not theirs, and is inhabited by others.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  153. @Sirius

    ‘In any universe that should be considered the height of absurdity, but somehow, not in ours.’

    It’s not just absurd but viciously absurd. There are quite a few beliefs, dogmas, and sects I find absurd — but they’re harmless enough. Want to worship Panamanian tree frogs? Knock yourself out. It won’t impinge on my life unduly.

    Not so Zionism. It is not just an absurdity, but a vicious absurdity. It winds up costing not just the Palestinians, but virtually all of us. Even the Jews themselves are dragged down off of that self-regarding pedestal they used to be able to occupy without any necessary harm to the rest of us. Albert Einstein is replaced by Jonathan Pollard.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  154. @Talha

    ‘“…using her ability for material productivity rather than the training of human beings, because material production is considered to be more important, more valuable and more honourable than the development of human character, then such a civilisation is ‘backward’ from the human point of view…”’

    I would say that if a woman actually wants to do this or that, she should feel free to pursue that goal, and indeed, in the West women have long been freer to do so than is perhaps fashionable to admit. I cite Madame Curie, Berthe Morisot, Leni Riefenstahl, Hannah Reitsch, and Julia Morgan among others. If you actually want to do it, knock yourself out. Men, like as not, will prove reasonably welcoming.

    The difficulty is that women do tend to conform to social expectations more than men, and if we begin telling women they should have careers rather than bear and raise children, they are likely to conform to those expectations regardless of their natural inclinations.

    Then since it is precisely the women from the most important classes of society that will do this — and cease having children — we will be in a lot of trouble. It will be the least successful, the most maladapted, the most alienated who will inherit the earth.

    …and they’ll make a mess of it.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Talha
  155. @Sirius

    I agree in the sense that Zionism is a unique form of nationalism. It sought to create a race out of a religion in a homeland that didn’t yet exist.

    The term “Judaism” was coined in the 16th century by non-Jews to describe the religion of Jews. Jews themselves never used such a word for most of their history, though their religion certainly existed long beforehand.

    The religion is inherently ethnic, requiring assimilation into an ostensibly Jewish bloodline. Race and religion have been grafted into each other since Judaism’s inception.

    Zionism departs radically from original Judaism with respect to the fulfillment of messianic prophecy. Zionists aren’t waiting for God, they want to play God here and now.

    We could easily endorse a nationalism that, unlike Zionism, does not aim to subjugate other nations to its hegemony, one that respects the inherent rights of other nations and works to establish, at a minimum, a pragmatic entente among them. Indeed, such a nationalism would stand head and shoulders above that of Zionism.

    • Replies: @Sirius
  156. @Colin Wright

    Conversely, Jews can hold values that are perhaps no more exclusivist and supremacist than those practiced by the Japanese, and it is a problem, because they would put these values into practice in a land that is not theirs, and is inhabited by others.

    It’s even worse than this.

    Drawing upon its essentially Talmudic heritage, Zionism reaches well beyond the Promised Land of Genesis, demanding subordination of the world to Israel. As such, the Zionist must maintain a foothold anywhere and everywhere he is able to do so, exploiting every available opportunity to further that objective.

  157. Dumbo says:
    @Colin Wright

    I don’t see what’s so absurd or unusual about it. Tribes have been displaced by other tribes from geographical regions since the beginning of time. The history of the world is the history of one tribe in one place who invades another place and ends up supplanting (or mixing) with those that were there before.

    The only unusual thing about Israel is the timing, and the way it was done, not by direct military invasion but by a mix of immigration and collusion with other countries or empires. But, agreeing or not with the idea that Jews displaced Arabs from that part of the world, this is something that has happened and still happens all the time. Witness China and Tibet.

    I don’t agree much with Israel’s current policies, but, as they say, I prefer them “over there than over here”.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  158. @Dumbo

    ‘I don’t see what’s so absurd or unusual about it…’

    There are two errors implicit in your reasoning.

    The first error is that merely because something has happened before does not make it okay. That others have stolen cars in the past does not make it okay for me to steal cars now.

    The second error is that the Jews are sinning by their own values. Genghis Khan could slaughter whole cities and feel pretty good about it; that’s the sort of thing steppe nomads did. The Jews of the Zionist entity pretend to Democratic, humanitarian values; they’ve signed the UN Charter and the Hague Convention and all the rest of it. They are condemned in their own eyes.

    We can forgive a dog if he steals a piece of meat off a counter; he’s just being a dog. If you do it, it’s a crime.

    Ditto for the Jews of the Zionist entity.

  159. Sirius says:
    @AnonStarter

    The term “Judaism” was coined in the 16th century by non-Jews to describe the religion of Jews. Jews themselves never used such a word for most of their history, though their religion certainly existed long beforehand.

    This is one main reason why I read the Unz Review. I learn something new every time if not only a different perspective. I have never heard this before. Do you have some sources? And what did Jews call their belief before the 16th century?

    On a similar note, I remember Gilad Atzmon asserting that prior to modern times (around the late 1800s or 1900s), there were no known Jewish historians after Flavius Josephus (1st century CE). Is that true or did I hear it wrong?

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  160. Sirius says:
    @AnonStarter

    I couldn’t have described it better.

    • Thanks: AnonStarter
    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  161. Talha says:
    @Colin Wright

    I cite Madame Curie, Berthe Morisot, Leni Riefenstahl, Hannah Reitsch, and Julia Morgan among others.

    Sure, but exceptions to a general rule do not negate the general rule. If a society tells women, in general, that other pursuits are more important than motherhood and far too many follow suit, it will lead to disaster. There has to be some sort of a balance in encouraged and maybe we shift things in society to make it easier for women to enter college and the workforce later in life after having had children.

    We had exceptions too:

    But not too many women should be trying to prioritize being like her in lieu of raising a family (although she was able to do both).

    Peace.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  162. So true, Dublin pubs closed . . . . The place that Joyce so accurately said “A good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub.” Now, in 2020-2021, the puzzle would be to find an open one. We are in too deep to abandon all hope now, while all seems lost, we’ve crossed the Potomac before.

  163. @Sirius

    Do you have some sources?

    How Christians Invented ‘Judaism,’ According to a Top Talmud Scholar

    Correction: First appearance of term was 12th c., common usage beginning in 16th c.

    Indeed, the term is not found in the Torah, Prophets or Writings, the Mishna or Talmud, the works of the early medieval Geonim, of Rabbi Judah Halevi or of Maimonides. None of them knew of the existence of such a thing as “Judaism.” The term’s first appearances date from the 12th century (for example, in the “Midrash Sekhel Tov,” by Rabbi Menachem Ben Shlomo), and even then it denotes not a particular culture or a particular religion but a condition – that is, the condition of being a Jewish person.

    It was only beginning in the 16th century that the term trickled slowly into use as denoting religious belief – as something that occurs in the individual’s heart. Not coincidentally, all this arrived together with the Reformation, which split the Church and necessitated a reorganization of theological and meta-theological concepts in Europe.

    And what did Jews call their belief before the 16th century?

    By Boyarin’s estimation, they didn’t have a name for it. The term was a post-Reformation construct.

    On a similar note, I remember Gilad Atzmon asserting that prior to modern times (around the late 1800s or 1900s), there were no known Jewish historians after Flavius Josephus (1st century CE). Is that true or did I hear it wrong?

    This depends on what we mean when we say “historian.” It’s a good question, for which I have no immediate answer.

  164. @Sirius

    One word concerning the Said-Lewis contention …

    While Edward Said played a significant role in raising consciousness of ethnocentric positions often inhering to the field of Islamic Studies, the concern with work such as his is its potential use as a weapon to chill academic liberty in the same discipline. I don’t imagine it’s what Said intended, but it’s vital to allow non-Muslim scholars in that field the freedom to draw conclusions as they see fit, whether we find them erroneous or not.

    I’m reminded of Tom Holland’s documentary Islam: The Untold Story, which drew heavily upon the thesis of Patricia Crone and Jonathan Cook’s Hagarism, dismissing out of hand the authenticity of Islamic source material content. While I disagree with Holland, I think the effort to silence him and cancel the screening of his film was shameful, an indication of profound insecurity in one’s faith.

    Truth stands out clear from error. That’s something we’re told by God. I find no words commanding us to compel one’s acceptance of truth.

  165. @Talha

    ‘…But not too many women should be trying to prioritize being like her in lieu of raising a family (although she was able to do both)…’

    This is the absurdity I perceive.

    Far more than men, women rely on consensus, tend to conform, etc. I remember watching in astonishment as some conclave of Women’s Libbers hammered out the exact position all were to take on some trivial question. Men would have just assumed a certain level of discord and got on with the main project.

    …and other examples abound. Women will do as they’re told — far more than men will.

    Well, fine. It doesn’t bother me. It’s not good or bad, it’s just the way it is.

    The problem comes when women — at least women from the successful, socially integrated classes — are told they must all have careers. They obediently do so, even as it leads to them being miserable and childless at fifty, and simultaneously creates societies that almost necessarily are doomed to collapse, since their leading elements are failing to reproduce themselves.

    It’s all quite unnecessary, isn’t doing anyone any good at all, and certainly isn’t making very many happy. All these career women coming home to their goddamned cat. It’s pathetic.

    • Agree: Talha
    • Replies: @Talha
  166. @YetAnotherAnon

    Well, yes. Nasser had the guy who wrote this, Sayyid Qutb, theorist of the Muslim Brotherhood, hanged.

    What do you mean ? Anwar Al-Sadat released the members of the Muslim Brotherhood from prison,after the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser, to use them against the leftist forces in Egypt. Their release had nothing to do with any kind of new era of freedom, religious freedom.

    Gamal was very friendly towards Sayyid Qutb and tried to persuade him to abandon his extremist path but Qutb refused and you know the rest of the story. Qutb was once engaged but never married. He had poor health almost throughout his life and suffered a lot. That led him to have a darker look at life and humanity.

    This is part of the Egyptian series ” Al-jama’a /The Brotherhood) portraying the last days of the stubborn and terrorist Sayyid Qutb.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  167. Talha says:
    @Colin Wright

    AE has a thread about how there is more support for preferential hiring of women than for minorities; interesting, right?
    https://www.unz.com/anepigone/affirmative-opposition-to-racial-favoritism/

    What you wrote reminds me of a tweet I saw from a guy who had attended his 90 something year old grandmother’s birthday. He said there were close to 60 people there including all of her children, their wives, their children and their wives and their children and their wives and – I think – even their children.

    She was crying tears of joy looking over all the life she had helped bring into the world. And though she had worked here and there over her lifetime, nobody had even asked about this or cared one bit.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Talha
  168. Talha says:
    @Talha

    their wives

    Should have said “spouses”. It’s not like this lady magically only produced male children.

  169. Awash says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Why do dictators kill writers? Qutb was a good writer and able thinker. He was in prison, and Nasser could have allowed him to live and write. You don’t have to agree with ideas of a prisoner to let them live.Most probably Qutb would have moderated his view with age. In any case you fight ideas with ideas and not murder. The kiliing of Qutb made him a star of story because no one has control over stories.

  170. Awash says:
    @brabantian

    Why does it matter whether he is Jewish or not? He is a dictator, that is what is wrong with him. Most importantly it’s the Egyptians who restless and impatient brought their elected president down in cooperation with the military. They could have waited a year to defeat Morsi at the polls. But no why wait when they can have a beautiful coup and a dictatorship under el sisi. They must enjoy it now. You made it, you eat it.

  171. @Charles Martel France

    ‘…This is part of the Egyptian series ” Al-jama’a /The Brotherhood) portraying the last days of the stubborn and terrorist Sayyid Qutb…’

    The series would appear to be Egyptian government propaganda.

    However, you did get me interested in reading more of Qutb. I believe I’ll go as far as acquiring his memoir of his childhood.

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  172. @Colin Wright

    The series would appear to be Egyptian government propaganda.

    Propaganda as far as the timing and permission to film it is concerned. Other than that the content is as close as you could get to reality. The scenarist Wahid Hamed* who died recently was a serious guy. He made an extensive study about his subject and the end result was a big success in the Arab world. The brotherhood who in the beginning feared of being scrutinized and exposed in the public eye or even being unfairly portrayed learned to live with the series and got, not unexpectedly. some sympathy from the public.

    It is very difficult not to feel for Seyyid Qutb ( a man of poor health who loved books ) despite the fact that he inspired many people to act subversively and violently. He gave Gamal Abdel Nasser no other choice but to hung him.

    * Wahid Hamed made part 1 and part 2 of Al-jama’a available to the public on tv and he completed writing part 3 before he passed away. I am not sure what the authorities are going to do with it.

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  173. @Charles Martel France

    ‘…It is very difficult not to feel for Seyyid Qutb ( a man of poor health who loved books ) despite the fact that he inspired many people to act subversively and violently. He gave Gamal Abdel Nasser no other choice but to hung him…’

    Well, you may or may not be Brian the Vile. However, that’s not your first slip. You’re definitely not a native English speaker — and I think we can summarily dispense with the improbable proposition that you’re French.

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  174. @Colin Wright

    Well, you may or may not be Brian the Vile. However, that’s not your first slip.

    What do you mean ? Did I say something that you do not like ? I am not a native English speaker as you put it rightly.

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