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Is Albania, believe it or not, for here, you can walk around, sit inside cafes, bars or restaurants, worship at a packed church or mosque, and travel by crowded buses between cities, etc.

Though you’re supposed to wear a mask in public, most folks do so with their nose sticking out, because it’s hard to breathe otherwise, and unhealthy, too. That’s good enough for the easy-going cops.

All these people can enter Albania without a visa, vaccine passport or even a negative Covid test, and stay up to a year: European Union citizens, North Americans, most South and Central Americans, Turks, Kuwaitis, Israelis, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, South Koreans, Malaysians, Singaporeans, Australians and New Zealanders, plus a few more.

After decades of Communist isolation, Albanians are happy to reclaim their Western heritage. A bookcase is painted on a downtown high-rise. Among the authors featured are Homer, Aeschylus, Cervantes, Dante, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekov, Twains, Dickens, Balzac, Hugo, Flaubert, Kafka and the Brothers Grim. Albanian giants such as Kadare, Agolli, Fishta, Arapi and Poradeci are also honored. Unlike elsewhere, the Western canon is not assailed or canceled, but upheld and extolled.

Sidewalk book vendors are common, so Albanians are obviously reading, and not just junk either. I’ve seen volumes by Camus, Dostoevsky, Orwell and Hitler, etc. Albanian minds can still stay open.

In an old man’s bar with plenty of character, there are five wine bottles with labels showing a portrait of Mussolini, JFK, Lenin, Hitler or Stalin. Sharing the same shelf are skull and penis shaped liquor containers, and a laughing buddha.

In a more Jew-screwed nation, this goofy display would undoubtedly trigger complaints, protests and maybe even a riot that burns up half the street, if not much of downtown. Luckily, I’m in Albania.

There’s a Frederic Chopin monument here. Born in Poland, Chopin spent nearly all of his adulthood in France, and had nothing to do with Albania. As an important cultural figure, however, and not just in the West, but globally, why shouldn’t Chopin be celebrated in Tirana?

Those who reject even the best of their heritage are lobotomizing themselves. Go for it!

In my building, I’m friendly with a man roughly my age. Introducing himself, he said, “Just remember me as the guy with the hat,” and sure enough, he always wears the same baseball cap.

Like many Albanians, he has emigrated, but returned after only a few years in Greece. Vaguely dreaming of America, he entered the immigration lottery, and actually won, but by then, he has changed his mind.

“I have a cousin in Illinois,” he said. “He told me Albania is better.”

“I agree,” I laughed.

“Really? I should tell people you said that.”

“In every American city, there are homeless people all over. If you go to San Francisco, for example, you’ll see homeless people all around City Hall, right in the center! Many of them have gone crazy. Many are on drugs. They shit in the streets!”

“Hmmm.”

“There are almost no homeless in Tirana.”

“We have family. We take care of each other.”

“There are beggars here, but not too many.”

“Most of them are Gypsies.”

“Is your cousin in Chicago?”

“I’m not sure. Maybe just Illinois. Every year, he comes to Albania and stays for six months. He wants to retire here.”

“Does he have children?”

“Three. Two boys, one girl. They are big.”

“Have they been back here?”

“No, they work, all the time. They have good jobs, but they can’t get married,” he chuckled.

Near us, there were half a dozen boys playing. Hearing English, they decided to join in, but their vocabulary was limited to just “hello!” and “hi!”

Walking down a side street, I heard “hello” repeatedly, but there was no one in front or behind me. Perplexed, I finally looked up to see two small boys inside a sixth-floor window. “Hello! Hello!” I returned their greetings, waves and smiles.

My North Macedonian friend, Alex, has a peculiar habit. As we wandered through the back streets of rarely visited towns like Veles and Shtip, little kids would sometimes get very excited to see me, so Alex had to answer their questions. When they asked Alex where he was from, however, he’d also say, “Америка!”

“Why did you say that?” I asked.

“It’s more exciting for them! If I told them I was North Macedonian, they’d think, Who cares? Now, they can go home and brag about seeing two Americans today!”

Though Albania is wide open, there are very few tourists here. In 2 ½ months, I’ve only seen eight Orientals on the streets, plus two Chinese cooks inside restaurants. I’ve chanced upon American English maybe ten times, but Italian just twice. Once, I ran into a group of Turks. I’ve never gone this long without seeing a single black.

It has been raining too much, but with more reliable sunshine, visitors will come. Ali, a taxi driver, certainly hopes so.

Impulsively one morning, I paid Ali $24 to take me to Durres, 24 miles away. It’s a pretty good deal, and Ali could surely use my business. Too often, I see him just standing around near the Swiss Embassy, his usual spot. This also gave us a chance to chatter.

Like the man with the hat, Ali has also gone abroad. He spent six years in Australia.

“Wow! How did you get a visa for that?”

“I paid,” meaning to the right people.

After sweating his ass off at various menial jobs, and saving almost nothing, Ali returned to Tirana, his hometown.

Here, Ali got a job driving trucks, then buses, before becoming a cabbie 15 years ago. Until the Covid mess, everything was going fine.

Ali also got married then, so his son is almost 14, and his daughter, 10. He showed me their photos.

“Nice kids! Are they good students?”

“No,” Ali laughed.

As his name indicates, Ali is Muslim, but only nominally.

“It’s Ramadan,” I noted, “but all the restaurants are busy. Nobody is fasting!”

“Some people are. My kids are fasting. I’m not.”

“They’re better Muslims than you are!”

Ali just shrugged.

After the collapse of Communism in 1991, thousands of Albanian boat people fled to Italy from Durres. This ugly, chaotic exodus lasted until the end of that decade.

Now, Durres is a very pleasant city with an elegant seaside promenade. Before Covid, ferries departed often for Bari, Ancona and even Trieste (where James Joyce spent nearly a decade). Soon, buses will resume their daily routes to Athens.

Basking in sea breeze-tempered sunshine, I watched parents pushing strollers, a stern boy bouncing a ball and three tots on swings. Busking, a beer bellied, middle-aged man tooted his clarinet. A stand briskly sold “Petulla te Gjyshi” [“Grandpa’s Fried Dough”].

As you’re tucked into your novel nightmare, Albanians have quite impressively exited theirs. How bad was it?

An escapee risked being shot or jailed for years, and if he manages to get out, a family member would be arrested instead. For trying to flee, poet Uran Kostreci was locked up for two decades.

Just getting into Albania was very difficult. Defining the border as “a checkpoint against foreign ideology,” Enver Hoxha declared that “The People’s Republic of Albania is closed to enemies, spies, hippie tourists and other vagabonds.”

ORDER IT NOW

First of, Albania was not a republic, much less a “people’s republic,” and there’s no ideology more foreign to Albania than Jewish Marxism, in any permutation. A fanatical us-against-them mindset is the Jewish core. A dictator, Hoxha ruled Albania for 40 years, until his death.

Of the hundreds of Hoxha statues that once dotted this poor land, only one remains that’s not damaged. A ten-foot bronze, it lies in the basement of the former museum in Labinot, a Communist stronghold.

In 1975, the Albanian government posted this guideline:

  1. The border authorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs do not allow the entrance into the People’s Republic of Albania of all those foreigners who, with their appearance go against the norms of the socialist aesthetics, such as men with long hair like women, with exaggerated sideburns, with irregular beards and with inappropriate clothing, and women with mini and maxi skirts.
  2. Persons with extravagant clothing and irregular appearance […] may enter into the People’s Republic of Albania only if they choose to be adjusted (to cut their hair, to dress normally) […]

To facilitate such adjustments, a barbershop and a store with socialist-approved clothing were available at Albanian borders.

Even eight years ago, Albania was still a wreck, apparently, at least according to an unsolicited account I just received.

Reading about me being sick in Tirana, a reader emailed to say that he had come here in 2013, to be somewhere “as ugly as [he] felt”!

An American living in France, he had spent a year in “herpes hell,” which he had gotten from “an attractive empty vessel who worked in the Paris fashion scene.”

Bald, loveless, with “a ruined penis” and nearly broke, he thought about killing himself, then “had a better idea”:

I would identify the most miserable country on Earth and I would go there. Anything but suicide. I wanted to be somewhere as ugly as I felt. I wanted to see bleak, closed, hard faces. I wanted to see mute wifebeaters and battered women caked in whore makeup. So I went to Albania. I wandered around Tirana with sores on my dick for a few days, considering suicide. One day I found this weird field next to the train station, just a big garbage-strewn negative space at the heart of the city. There were fetid ponds, plastic bags everywhere, and little paths through the half-dead grass. An old Balkan crone squatted next to one of the paths with a few carrots and onions spread out on a scarf in front of her. Men in tracksuits with brutal pimp faces came and went. I went to the center of the field, squatted down, and dug through the trash a little. I found a broken teacup, an old domino, and a playing card. It was Christmas Day. I felt like I was at the negative center of the universe. Here I was, at ground zero of our ruined Jew world with pus coming out of sores on my dick surrounded by the most ugly and corrupted goyim on Earth, the despised and despicable Albanian race.

That’s some beautiful writing about an ugly situation. Today’s Tirana, though, is nothing like that.

Though many of the buildings are drab, each Tirana street is lively with cafes, bars, restaurants and shops, and the people are very pleasant, mellow and lovely.

Most are slim and not misshapen. Children are well behaved and not agitated. Young men don’t sneer or bluster. Many women are confidently beautiful. The old are dignified.

Though Albania is one of Europe’s poorest countries, with an extremely high emigration rate, its social fabric is more intact than in more advanced nations. Its great men are justly revered. It’s also freer and more open, and as safe as any, with no mugging or riot around any corner.

Unlike in Philadelphia, I don’t wake up each morning to news of another murder or two. There were 499 in the City of Brotherly Love in 2020!

The United States will never catch up to Albania.

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

 
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  1. One-off says:

    Unlike your correspondent, I’ve always found the Albanian people to be generally attractive with their angular, sculpted features and blended Balkan and Mediterranean complexion and hair. It is a tell so many who migrated to America and the West have seen the handwriting on the wall and returned home. From what I gather, the exception seems to be those who left for Italy. They seem to want to stay put.

    Only the Kims sealed their nation more tightly than Xoha, who only permitted rare glimpses of party gatheribgs, folk festivals and smiling children on donkey carts in the streets of Tirana. It is so odd so see the United States staggering into the we same world Albania is exiting. I need to escape here a while to see happy people again—while we still can..

    • Replies: @awry
  2. Great article,but how they make their money?

  3. “The United States will never catch up to Albania.”

    What a closer!

    Gotta love that Linh style.

    And he’s really been cranking them out now that he’s well over the (presumed) Covid.

    So glad Linh’s back, healthy and in great form…….

    • Replies: @lloyd
  4. WHAT says:
    @Zarathustra

    Drug trade, organ trade and human trade, that’s how. Albania is a decease.

    • Replies: @Iris
    , @Z-man
    , @Escher
    , @anon
    , @Kommando7
  5. Freedom = low standards. The results speak for themselves.

    • Troll: HammerJack, Clyde
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  6. Yawn. “The United States will never catch up” with the number of persons who don’t want to move to Albania because there is nothing there worth fighting over. Or as they say in Bombay, an Indian can make it anyplace but home.

    American subject matter even feeds the vicariously autonomous virtue signalling Dinh who for these reasons won’t let it die, even while saying it’s dead.

    • Agree: JohnPlywood
    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @Biff
  7. I came for Steve Sailer, but I stayed for Linh Dinh.

    • Replies: @Cowboy
    , @Bill P
  8. Anonymous[773] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve only been to Philadelphia once. I ran up the steps to the library that Rocky did, but I was too pooped to do a victory dance at the top. I thought about shouting “Adrien!” but I didn’t. I also visited Independence Hall. The Japanese tourist standing next to me looked around critically, then remarked that the one in Disneyland was better. He meant Knott’s Berry Farm.
    I have a female English Quaker ancestor who landed at Philadelphia in 1686. Her family fled Britain to avoid the King’s Jail, torture and death. One of her children later married a German Anabaptist whose family had fled Europe to avoid being burned alive by Catholics.
    Philadelphia was safer than Europe, pleasant and free in those days and for centuries to come.

  9. Thanks for your work, Mr. Dinh.

    Though Albania is one of Europe’s poorest countries, with an extremely high emigration rate, its social fabric is more intact than in more advanced nations.

    This line really jumped out at me. I see the same thing where I live in Guatemala. Sure there are problems, especially economic. But for all that, people still have strong family values and have not been totally atomized by materialism, feminism, etc.

    It makes all the difference in the world. Life is better in a third world “shit hole” than in the fabled land of the free and home of the brave…

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @PlumAvocado
  10. Iris says:
    @Zarathustra

    In absence of financial monopolies, there exist no state-sponsored, systemic rent extraction from working people in countries such as Albania.

    People don’t have to pay extortionate taxes, or interest rates, to cater for their basic needs such as housing, farmland ownership, education or health. People earn little, but their relative purchasing power is higher and their lives certainly more secure and pleasant than ours in the West.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
  11. Dumbo says:

    It seems that increasingly to be poor is to be free. Well, at least, in terms of countries. Perhaps because there’s not much to steal? I don’t know.

    But there I see a possibility of rebirth of traditional life, even if the middle of the upcoming techno-dictatorial dystopia. Small, poor agrarian religious communities left mostly in peace. Because they’re poor.

    Speaking of Jews. I watched the other day the routine of a female Jewish comedian. What a drag. A tooth extraction would have been funnier. It was all about anal sex and relationships and why losers drive small cars, with just a little bit of anti-catholicism to spice things up.

    I don’t know why they say Jewish humorists are funny. Some, maybe Groucho, but most are not. Just compare them to, I don’t know, any British stand up comedian, Bill Bailey, Dylan Moran, even John Cleese, who don’t need to talk about anal sex to find humour. The difference is massive.

    Of course, this was a female comedian, so females in general are unfunny and can only talk about relationships or sex, even non-Jewish ones. Some actresses perhaps can be funny, but they read other people’s materials. I can’t think of any very funny female writer or comedian. Maybe there is one.

  12. Wally says:

    “Bald, loveless, with “a ruined penis” and nearly broke”

    Holy cow!

    That is descriptive.

  13. Rahan says:

    Mr. Dinh, your essays and travelogues make my day every time!

  14. coco says:

    Thank you.
    I have come to love you as my brother. I wait breathlessly for your next post.
    Your bravery to travel and give those of us in our self made shackles a glimpse of another realm makes you a hero of legendary status in my myopic come to pass.
    I am ” imprisoned” in Hawaii in a life trying desperately to regain 2020’s lost income, and assure my wife big brother is not trying to duct tape our mouths.
    I truly loved your recent literary reviews and hope you will keep them coming. Will you visit Carson McCullers? Have you ever read Richard Farina?
    Do you wake up laughing in the morning at the …..oh well?

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  15. Thanks Linh. Free Albania takes on whole new meaning. Wondering though if after a few drinks at the old man’s bar you have to check if you still have two kidneys when you wake up. If my only contribution to the GDP of Albania was USD 3.44 for two cuppas, a beer and a snack I’d agree it’s a bargain.

  16. Ace says:

    This is most interesting. Albania always seemed like a pit of drabness, repression, and despair during the Cold War. Not that I actually read anything about it, of course. Now here it is quite relaxed about life while the US slips ever deeper into unreason, minority hatred of whites, wars that are beyond stupid, open borders, multicultural delusion, corrupt courts, a lunatic legislature, contemptible corporate whores, a rotten FBI, a worthless press, malevolent central bank, Jewish control, feminist malevolence, and leftist thuggery. Did I leave anything out?

    • Agree: Craig Nelsen
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    , @Irish Savant
  17. Iris says:
    @WHAT

    You are confusing Albania with NATO protectorate Kosovo, which is reputedly the transport hub for Afghanistan-grown opiates.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  18. @Iris

    People earn little, but their relative purchasing power is higher and their lives certainly more secure and pleasant than ours in the West.

    Clearly a lot of people in Albania don’t feel that way, or they wouldn’t emigrate. What Dinh is missing as a tourist as that the country is incredibly corrupt and socially complex. As an Albanian man you are trapped for life in a network of social and financial obligations to family members, gang bosses, and local officials (and one individual may be all three of those). Those relationships can be suffocating for anyone with ambition. It is certainly a life style that has attractions – Albanians do not feel socially isolated and don’t have to compete as hard day-to-day just to survive. It also creates a society more resistant to social innovation, and that, in the modern world, can certainly seem attractive but also means that young Albanians with access to foreign media (even Chinese or Russian media) feel like their country is backwards.

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    , @Sirius
    , @utu
  19. “Most of them are Gypsies.”

    There you go. This is a massively underdiscussed problem in Southern Europe, and increasingly becoming a problem in Austria and Italy. The major downside to life in countries like Hungary and Romania is the growing Gypsy population and the accompanying crime, drain on social services and damage to civic life. Given a choice between blacks or Roma/Sinti as neighbors I would always prefer the former.

  20. A large proportion of Americans today, think freedom is the right shop at Walmart, eat at Burger King and to get a quick Covid shot. How things have changed

  21. @Peter Akuleyev

    Give every Gypsy a free ticket to the USA, give the negroes some real competition at being parasites.

  22. Iris says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Those relationships can be suffocating for anyone with ambition.

    Thank you. This is a fair and philosophical point, which contains a much large-ranging truth:

    – Traditional societies favour the collective and protect the weakest among them but at the expense of some of the individuals’ freedoms. This is why there are less junkies and homeless in the streets of poorer countries, as they remain within the family fold, but individuals sometimes feel suffocated by social pressure.

    – Modern Western societies, especially with the ascent of Anglo-Saxon “liberal” values, purport to favour the individual and individual freedoms. This should normally give great opportunities to the brightest and smartest to achieve and accomplish their professional and economic potential, at the expense of the less gifted who are let down. This is how it was supposed to work anyway, and maybe it did work like that up to the 80’s or 90’s.

    But since globalisation took off, the individualist dream hyped in the West has remained just a dream. No matter how hard one works, it is obvious that the middle classes are disappearing to the benefit of an ever-more powerful plutocracy.

    So Western working people are actually only getting the anxiety and precarity, without the economic security, the worst of two worlds. I can very well understand why the Albanians described by Mr Dinh have returned to Albania after initially emigrating to the West.

    • Replies: @Traddles
  23. Sirius says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Many people head to Western countries thinking life is so much better there and quickly realize that they haven’t found paradise. But some have skills that aren’t needed in their home country. When I was in Albania a few years ago I met an engineer who simply could not find well-paid work appropriate to his skills and sought to move to country where they would be needed and properly remunerated. It doesn’t mean he was generally dissatisfied with his society, and very likely would miss the social fabric in Albania, a fabric that has sadly been eroded in the West.

  24. Sirius says:

    It’s good to see Linh is up and running again.

    I kind of wonder if it’s even worth risking Covid or even catching it just to avoid these questionable vaccines.

    Good health to you, Linh!

  25. @Zarathustra

    Good question. A better one would be, Do they really need to make money? Implicit in what Linh Dinh writes is that social cohesion probably cannot coexist with the overriding imperative to make money. If it could, maybe Albania would be on its slide toward the charms of Philadephia, Detroit or the rest of the dismal urban slums in the USSA.

  26. Dumbo says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Given a choice between blacks or Roma/Sinti as neighbors I would always prefer the former.

    I don’t know… It’s a tough choice… I wonder how Blacks and Gypsies get along… I wonder what could come out of miscegenation between Africans and Gypsies.. LOL… Some kind of superpredator maybe.

    Gypsies know only stealing or panhandling, but, they are usually not violent. Blacks, on the other hand, tend to be violent.

    I hate that they are called “Roma” by the way. This was probably done to slander Romanians and Romans. “Gypsy” is fine. What’s wrong with “gypsy”? It means “Egyptian”, which is better than “Indian untouchables”, which is what they really are.

  27. utu says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    “What Dinh is missing as a tourist…” – A tourist is the key word.

    A man dies and goes to heaven. After several years in heaven, he gets bored and decides to go on vacation to see Hell.
    So he packs his bags and goes on the trip. Upon arrival in Hell, he’s taken on a tour. It’s the most amazing place he’s ever seen: warm, but not hot, the women are beautiful, everyone’s very friendly and even Satan himself stops by his hotel room just to say hello.
    When the guy comes home, he decides to move to Hell, because how amazing it it. So he packs his bags again, and books a one way ticket to 9th circle.
    But upon arrival, he’s stripped naked and thrown into a searing hot pit of lava. As he sinks, he notices Satan walking by and yells out “What the hell?! Last time I was here, it was all women and nice people. What happened?” Satan looks back at him and, recognizing the man, laughs and answers:
    “Don’t mistake tourism for immigration!”

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  28. Dumbo says:
    @The Soft Parade

    No one wants to move to Albania… Which is good, I think, for Albania. At least, no African immigrants there, and I suppose, no Jews.

    America is more and more like a contagious disease. It would be fine if the US contained their toxic culture and influence to their own border and left the rest of the world alone. But no… They want to make the whole world like them. Enough.

  29. Hi Linh, Glad to know you’re feeling better. Prior to your illness, you wrote about sharing a bottle with a couple of possibly homeless guys on a street, don’t remember where. Doing that sort of thing shows your openness and Menschlichkeit, and I admire that. But backwash! Not as dangerous as sharing a needle, but swapping spit can bring on some scary symptoms. Enjoy your stay in Albania,the only country in Europe that isn’t totally terrorized by the plandemic.

  30. Traddles says:

    “Those who reject even the best of their heritage are lobotomizing themselves.”

    Very true. We now have millions of figuratively lobotomized creatures running around, threatening the rest of us and telling us how things should be.

    Even the perpetrators of the Salem witch trials had more conscience, I believe.

    Thank you Mr. Dinh.

  31. Anonymous[661] • Disclaimer says:

    “Children are well behaved and not agitated. Young men don’t sneer or bluster. Many women are confidently beautiful. The old are dignified.”

    Sounds like Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon LOL!

  32. Traddles says:

    “The People’s Republic of Albania is closed to… hippie tourists”

    Even the worst of dictators has a good side.

  33. Steven80 says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    I don’t think so. Most of the East European nations were very happy when they joined the EU, because a lot of gypsies traveled westward. It is truly a blessing.

    There are whole neighbourhoods in Germany , France, Sweden and the UK, populated by Hungarian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Romanian gypsies. I remember years ago, in my grandmothers’ town (I was born in Eastern Europe), there was a person who signed up most of the young gupsies to a western social benefits system and bussed them there for a small fee. Most of them left. My father decided to renovate our country house then, as the town felt much safer. Now, years later, almost all the gypsies are gone. It may not be the same in every town and village, but the trend is clear – there are simply more benefits and things to steal in the West for them.

    I know about many similar cases in the East – this is one of the real reasons people there support the European Union, but no journo will touch this story in an English language media. Now most of the crooks, prostitutes and petty thugs are in Western Europe. Isn’t globalisation great?

    • Replies: @Billy Corr
  34. Great write, Linh! But…

    The United States will never catch up to Albania.

    Impossible. But if it did, it would be a backward step, not progress. Corruption of mores is integral to American progress.

  35. Z-man says:
    @WHAT

    Yeah, Lin Dinh skips over that. Albanian criminals are a big pain in Italy.

    • Replies: @Bugey libre
  36. Mr. Dinh, the first link doesn’t work.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  37. Cowboy says:
    @New Dealer

    Every time I see a photo of Sailer it feels like I’m about to see an episode of “To Catch a Predator”

    • Disagree: YetAnotherAnon
  38. Levtraro says:
    @Ace

    Yes, poverty: a few hundred tent cities, half a million hobos shitting in the streets, 45 million living off food stamps, 12% poverty rate (largest recorded increase in 2020), 14 million American households at risk of eviction. On the plus side in the USA cancer deaths are decreasing, forested areas are increasing, more fisheries are being exploited at sustainable rates or recovering, more households have 1 million or more in assets, less water consumption per head, things like that.

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
  39. anon[807] • Disclaimer says:

    If Albanians don’t yearn for home enough to leave Italy, Italy must be a better place to live.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
    , @Dumbo
  40. @Dumbo

    I don’t know why they say Jewish humorists are funny.

    Probably due to the likes of Jack Benny, George Burns, and Milton Berle. They were legitimately funny comedians.

    • Agree: Traddles
    • Disagree: Thim
    • Replies: @Dumbo
  41. “After decades of Communist isolation, Albanians are happy to reclaim their Western heritage.”

    Do Vietnamese have anything in common with the Han Chinese other than the shape of the eyes? The Turkic lot of Albania has as much in common with the Europeans as do the Israelis!

    • Replies: @ivegotrythm
  42. RudyM says:
    @Anonymous

    I’ve only been to Philadelphia once. I ran up the steps to the library that Rocky did, but I was too pooped to do a victory dance at the top.

    It’s an art museum, not a library.

  43. Z-man says:
    @Iris

    Pleeease, Albania, Albanian Kosovo, same thing.

    • Replies: @Iris
  44. awry says:
    @One-off

    In my country “drunk as an Albanian donkey” was a common phrase. Albania was that weird Stalinist little country, somewhat like Ceausescu’s Romania but more distant and much more isolated. The land of donkeys and bunkers.

    • Replies: @One-off
  45. Dumbo says:
    @Old and Grumpy

    Don Rickles? (he’s funny in Casino)

    Woody Allen? (even though I don’t like him or his persona, his early work was funny, at the time).

    Well, there were some other funny ones, I suppose.

    But, I can’t stand the more contemporary “edgy” ones. Sarah Silverman, Lenny Bruce, Sacha Baron-Cohen. Bleargh.

    • Agree: Annony Mouse
  46. gT says:

    A ruined dick because of sores on his penis, that bloke had it easy. An ex business partner of mine used to complain about how his dick was like an old hosepipe, you know with an old hosepipe the water doesn’t come out just at the front, it comes out at the front and out of all the holes in the hosepipe as well. Well according to this buddy of mine, when he went to the loo the piss didn’t only come out of the front of his hosepipe, it used to come out of the front of his hosepipe and all the holes in his hosepipe as well. Last I heard from him his wife wanted a divorce, he couldn’t understand why because she had put up with all his crap all the years and now when he was old and decrepit, now she wanted a divorce.

    I don’t know what std this buddy of mine had acquired at that time, but it was probably a very bad herpes type 2 variant with lesions that turned into holes. Its definitely no fun pulling your pants down in front of a doctor to inspect your equipment. Apparently in the UK they shove swabsticks up the penis to get samples at the base there to test for std’s in the lab, its the same swabsticks they shove up the nose for covid19 tests these days. Sounds better to get covid19.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  47. anon[216] • Disclaimer says:

    Some travel vloggers on YouTube have “discovered” Albania during the pandemic. It is one of the few countries that still take visitors. They arrived and couldn’t believe how cheap everything is by European standards. From what I’ve seen, cities with old architecture look beautiful like Europe, esp. the little hill towns, but you could see the devastation of communism in some of its larger cities with hideous Soviet style architecture. The people seem very friendly. Food looks a lot like Greek food, lots of grilled meats.

    Thanks to YouTube’s vloggers, I’ve also discovered some countries that I didn’t know much about but wouldn’t mind visiting someday, like Armenia. It’s a really beautiful little country, with a lot of history and even its own script…never knew. Uzbekistan also looks cool, so much history in cities like Samarkand. Iran looks really cool. I’d love to visit Isfahan someday. And Iranian food looks amazing.

    Per Bing’s live tracker, there are 103,000 cases of Covid in Albania, with 2,000+ deaths, out of a population of 2.8m, even though they maintained an open economy the whole time. The Romans conquered Albania in 58AD, Albania was largely Roman Catholic until the Ottomon Turks conquered them in the 17th century. Today they are 60% Muslim, the rest Christian, but I think like Kosovo, the Muslims are governed by secular law and drink alcohol.

    • Thanks: Iris
    • Replies: @awry
  48. @Zarathustra

    Thanks to the Jewish monopoly of the New York City real estate and their exclusive use of the criminal Albanians as building maintenance and cleaning crews. Portuguese and Puerto Ricans have been kicked to the curbside, incidentally, both groups are Catholics. But then again, the Jew has always loved his first cousin Ishmael the Jihadi better than Jesus!

  49. Yes, yes, yes, everyone at this point knows that America is the complete opposite of what it purports itself as and that the rest of the world is enticing. That’s why we follow your writings, which are great, by the way. The more important question is: what happens when a critical mass of people find out? Where do people go?

    It appears America is realigning on racial lines. Mr. Dinh, where does this make you want to domicile? As a fellow Asiatic, I am genuinely curious. Would you find yourself in Vietnam?

    There is no future for East Asians in the American Red-Blue dichotomy. Blue staters feign ignorance regarding the unassimibility of Asians for the sake of virtue signalling, a more dynamic economy, and lower skilled labor wages; privately, they view them as castrated coolies. Red Staters might be more honest regarding the situation of Asians, but will not view them as kin and will rightfully believe that Asians belong in Asia. East Asians remain under the impression that there exist no other alternatives, with China being EVIL, and the rest of Asia being insufficiently liberal and “democratic”. And the longer they remain here, the more ideological commitments they will have made and the more of a psychological burden it will be to repatriate to one’s ancestral land of origin. #StopAsianHate and other rhetorical ploys will only buy so much time; the beneficiaries of any alteration to the racial spoils system in a nod to Asians will likely go to Asian females that pair with Jews, so the population will continue to experience imbalances.

    Given that blacks were forcibly transplated here and Mexican coolies do experience higher wages and have the critical mass required to form lobbies, I find it safe to say that Asians are the only group for whom deliberate immigration to America is probably a mistake. To the extent that the inorganic mix of Indian subcontinentals, Chinese, and Samoans can be considered a “community”, within it exists zero solidarity. Viscerally realizing the ridiculousness of the situation, the females will be in a rush to outmarry. This leaves a surplus of dissatisfied males. Previous generations were such a marginal population that grievances could be squeleched. But once the post 1965 waves comes of age– by which I mean, is of the third generation, realizes the futility of their ancestors moving here, and really is backed into a corner, why wouldn’t they turn to China.

    Mr. Dinh, you have assembled an audience that appears to be mostly non-Asian. For that I commend your ability to trasnscend racial lines to communicate information that truthfully everyone in the world should know. But have you ever thought about whether such people would be on your side in darker times?

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @DrWatson
  50. Linh Dinh is freezing the world for us to examine at our leisure. A real world, with warts and all, not the world of tourist brouchures. His article on the obscured American bartender was the first piece I read, and I was hooked immediately. Thank you sir. When you left America, I thought your travelogues would come to an end. Luckily I was wrong.

  51. @Anonymous

    That wasn’t a library at the top of the steps, but the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the best in the world–you should have gone in!

  52. @anon

    There is some evidence that many southern Italians are of Albanian origin so presumably the new waves of Albanian immigrants feel at home there among their older co-tribalists.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbëreshë_people

    • Replies: @Bugey libre
  53. Iris says:
    @Z-man

    Pleeease, Albania, Albanian Kosovo, same thing.

    No it’s not, since in the Banana Republic of Kosovo it is US secret ops and Mossad who are doing the global-scale illegal drugs trafficking and organ trafficking.

    • Replies: @republic
  54. Dumbo says:
    @anon

    Yes, but and for the Italians?

    Average Albanians might be fine for all I know, but I hear there are a lot of Albanian gangs – as if Italy already didn’t have enough problems with their own local mafias, now they have Albanian mafia, even Nigerian mafia now… What a mess.

    • Agree: Z-man
  55. @stevennonemaker88

    I often wonder how many Central Americans, who came illegally to “the land of the free and home of the brave” (lol), soon realize that they made a horrible mistake, and voluntarily return home? How do the parents who paid big money to the cartels for their children to come here as “unaccompanied” minors, live with themselves when they see the squalid conditions they are living in in way overcrowded, disease-ridden detention camps?

  56. Traddles says:
    @Iris

    “But since globalisation took off, the individualist dream hyped in the West has remained just a dream. No matter how hard one works, it is obvious that the middle classes are disappearing to the benefit of an ever-more powerful plutocracy.”

    Yes, very true. Globalization has been “taking off” especially in the last few decades. Before the 1960’s there were some counterweights which kept it in check. Through the 1950’s and later in some areas, people in the Anglosphere were still very involved, in positive, healthy ways, in their communities–serving on school boards, for example, or being active in organizations such as the Grange or Knights of Columbus, and ensuring that their local communities retained traditional qualities while embracing positive innovations. Corruption and inequalities have existed always and everywhere, in some places more than in others, but there once was a better balance in the West between collective and individual interests. Now, the institutions which served as counterweights have all been captured by the enemy.

    In the “Anglo-Saxon world,” before the decline of Christianity, church and local government authorities did a reasonably good job of helping those weaker families and individuals which you mentioned. With the problems that arose with urbanization and industrialization, and the fading away of church roles, reforming and self-help societies organically stepped in to fill the void. There never was a perfect system, but the activities of these organic organizations, combined with relative individual freedom, resulted in much healthier societies than what we have now.

    Very few people today seem to be interested in joining or creating the sort of fraternal organizations which served so well in the past. We are not only deeply divided now into various tribes within western countries. The way in which we are so atomized, even in our own racial or religious tribes, now enables our globalist masters to rule us very easily.

    • Thanks: One-off
  57. Marckus says:

    Come visit me and come live with me are two totally different things. Ling Ring Ting always writes about this and that country and what a wonderful place with wonderful people blah blah.

    To each his own but you have to live in a country for a while before you embark on these judgements and tastes and opinions differ. One man’s paradise is another’s shit hole.

    One may live in a place for years and love it while another may stay weeks and hate it. And visa versa.

    I always look at these Utopia discovered articles with a jaundiced eye.What one is told and what one comes to expect is usually vastly different from what IS. It behoves Ting Ah Ling to put a spin on his travels but like the MSM its usually b/s for the dreamers.

    I could write a glowing review of LA for example with photos of all the glitter and the wonderful people I supposedly met there. How many people in the know would want to live there ? Mr. Ma probably thought NY was a great place to live, the Big Apple, Yankee dollar, riches, BMW’s and all that. Instead the poor fellow ended up in East Harlem with a nigger stomping his brains into the hard sidewalk. From shit Province Dong in China New York seemed like Utopia. He will have lots of time when he comes out of his coma to review his error in judgement. Maybe………

    Albania sounds like such a nice place we should move all the Negroes and Asians there. I however, will remain in place.

    • Agree: Irish Savant
    • Replies: @Alboboss
  58. awry says:
    @anon

    Albania had the most “excess deaths” last year according to stats in Europe, after Bulgaria and North Macedonia, but of course official Covid death statistics is another thing.

  59. @follyofwar

    I often wonder how many Central Americans, who came illegally to “the land of the free and home of the brave” (lol), soon realize that they made a horrible mistake, and voluntarily return home?

    As the saying goes, the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. The illegal immigrants tend to come from the bottom of society, and are in fact NOT a very good cross section of the entire population. It might surprise some that Guatemala has a couple million people who are middle class, and has excellent health care at a fraction of the price it would cost in a developed country.
    The people who are literally risking their lives to immigrate illegally often have little to lose.

    How do the parents who paid big money to the cartels for their children to come here as “unaccompanied” minors, live with themselves when they see the squalid conditions they are living in in way overcrowded, disease-ridden detention camps?

    Good question. I have know a number of people who were illegals and were deported. To my understanding they did not pay anything to cartels. Maybe some people do, but I don’t have any first hand knowledge of that. Much of the gang activity here that I know of involves extortion of businesses such as taxi drivers, busses, etc.

    It is unfortunate that many of the commenters here do not have the maturity to see that weaponized, mass migration is wrong, but at the same time poor, repressed people who are seeking decent employment and have very hard lives should be treated with empathy. It is possible to oppose mass immigration, while at the same time viewing the immigrants as the humans that they are.

    • Agree: Iris
  60. @Traddles

    Now, the institutions which served as counterweights have all been captured by the enemy.

    Totally Agree. I think this is a huge part of it, but also the general abdication of personal responsibility and the fact that the common people have gone along with and supported it.

    Very few people today seem to be interested in joining or creating the sort of fraternal organizations which served so well in the past. We are not only deeply divided now into various tribes within western countries. The way in which we are so atomized, even in our own racial or religious tribes, now enables our globalist masters to rule us very easily.

    Exactly. I have noticed that most people who are “tribal” actually don’t care very much for their own group, they just disparage or dislike others. Most of the ardent pro whites actually detest other whites, especially the young ones. IF we could all be more proactive and work on building positive community instead of infighting, it would go a long way. I know I am certainly guilty of tending to focus on problems and negative things sometimes, and end up fighting over differences with those I actually share much in common with.

    • Thanks: Traddles
  61. @Anonymous

    interesting history, thank you!

    The first of my paternal ancestors to immigrate to America arrived in 1741 in Philadelphia as well. His name was Johann Emrich Nunnemacher, born in 1696 in Alsace, Germany (now part of France).

    • Replies: @Marckus
  62. republic says:
    @Iris

    Look up the term Greater Albania,it will show how the Albanians think about their neighbors in the region.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    , @gsjackson
  63. Alfred says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    How about gypsy music?

    They can also be called Tzigane – they have not connection to Egypt.


    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @Iris
  64. Alfred says:
    @gT

    Apparently in the UK they shove swabsticks up the penis to get samples at the base there to test for std’s in the lab

    I was told that they put a finger up there and massage the prostate gland first. 🙂

  65. @stevennonemaker88

    It is unfortunate that many of the commenters here do not have the maturity to see that weaponized, mass migration is wrong, but at the same time poor, repressed people who are seeking decent employment and have very hard lives should be treated with empathy. It is possible to oppose mass immigration, while at the same time viewing the immigrants as the humans that they are.

    Yes, yes, yes.

    All media imagery depicts America as an idyllic land of immigrants. Hollywood is the main culprit here, with Netflix next on the list. Many immigrants I know are genuinely surprised to see that people segregate on a racial basis. Again, peering from the outside, there is no way to know of this. If most Americans continue to be brainwashed by the media despite being exposed on a daily basis to reality, imagine how hoodwinked people overseas are. The vast majority of humanity does not have experience with long-term effects of immigration and simply lack a conceptual framework to process what happens over the generations when you move somewhere new and far away and just stay there.

    The key here is analyzing what happens to the descendants of immigrants. If immigrants knew that they were digging a grave for their descendants by coming here, the moral hazard ceases to exist. Why would they care if their presence creates a problem for someone else?

    Most immigrants are ultimately here for economic reasons and likely have no sense of civic duty, but the reason why they so nonchalantly dismiss any suggestion that their progeny will have problems is that there isn’t any publicly available information on the topic. As an Asian that has been in America for 100+ years I’m well aware of how most immigrants, over the long-term, will ultimately fail to adapt to the United States in any meaningful way. The public will never get access to this information, primarily because most of the “voices”– that is, “Asian-Americans” with institutional sanction– tend to be 2nd generation Americans, post 1965. There is an intentional dearth of information transfer between past and current generations of immigrants from Asia because people would know better. By the time the Asians hit the third generation, they’ve likely made far too many ideological committments to America to have it still be psychologically palatable to return to Asia, assuming they aren’t racially mixed by that point. They will also know no other existence besides that of living on the margins of society.

    An examination of Blacks and Hispanics will not deter immigration, because lack of success will always be excused by blaming “Institutional Racism”. Any lack of assimability is thus something that can be remedied by policy in the future and is therefore not an obstacle endemic to America. But according to the logic of America, Asians should have assimilated by now.

    I oppose mass-immigration, if only because its bad for the immigrants themselves.

    • Agree: Uncoy
    • Replies: @stevennonemaker88
  66. Alden says:

    Love your articles Linh Thanks so much

  67. Dumbo says:
    @Alfred

    Kusturica made some good movies about gypsy music, like White Cat Black Cat.

    Yeah, besides robbers, beggars and pimps, they can also be musicians, that’s one good side. But then again, Africans and Jews can be good musicians too. 😀

    Interesgingly, the French “gitanes” or the Spanish “gitanos” may also come from “Egyptians”,

    but

    tzigane (Hungarina) or zingari (Italian) or ciganos (Portuguese), may come from a Greek word meaning “untouchables”.

    Which again, points to their origin in India, to the cast of untouchables.

    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @Bugey libre
  68. Marckus says:
    @stevennonemaker88

    Please review Alfred’s comment #65 so you know what to expect when you go for your test. Please take along the Missus so the Doctor can explain your problem to her. Your Afro friends should also be notified. I have a feeling they will be interested in your diagnosis and prognosis.

    • Replies: @stevennonemaker88
  69. Hi Lin Dinh, Q here. I have a rather dicey operation for you. Feel free to opt out and it will never be mentioned in your file. Never held against you. Ever. I promise. Q. I spoke to Sir Sheepshagger and he too guarantees immunity.

    All of us at UNZ would like you to visit the place(Or just me)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Mujahedin_of_Iran’.

    Settlement in Albania (2016–present)
    In 2013, the United States requested that the MEK relocate to Albania, but the organization initially rejected the offer.[228] The MEK eventually accepted to move about 3,000 members to Albania, and the U.S. donated $20 million to the U.N. refugee agency to help them resettle.[229] On 9 September 2016, more than 280 remaining MEK members were relocated to Albania.[100] The installation is located in Manëz, Durrës County, where they have been protested by the locals.[230]

    These people are trapped in a cult and have nowhere to go. A many of them have escaped but are still living in town as they have no options. Be careful, its a CIA operation. John Bolton (manly Mustache) and in hell John MacCain saigon songbird
    were supporters.

  70. Iris says:
    @Alfred

    They can also be called Tzigane – they have not connection to Egypt.

    Well, although you often mention to having roots in Egypt, you are wrong about that 😉😉

    One of the most beautiful films ever made about Gypsies/Tziganes is a movie called “Latcho Drom”, by French director Tony Gatlif, who is himself a Gypsy (un Gitan).

    In the film, which is entirely musical, Gatlif tells the story of his people, beginning with their ancient migration from Rajasthan to their establishment in different parts of Europe, and in Egypt as well.

    The common cultural denominator of their scattered communities is that almost everywhere they settled, they made a remarkable contribution to local music, from flamenco in Spain to the Taraf in Romania.

    The title “Latcho Drom” means “Safe journey”. The film is a jewel, an enchanting parenthesis for any lover of world music.

    This is the “Latcho Drom” Egypt sequence:

    And the Romania sequence:

    Spanish Gypsy flamenco, both musical and dancing, is just otherworldly, the finest of all.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  71. bayviking says:

    Anybody that claims breathing through a mask is unhealthy is an idiot. They are certainly unpleasant to use during rigorous physical effort. Masks have been understood to reduce the risk of airborne disease spread for almost a century. They are standard practice for surgery for this reason.

    I lived in Sweden in 1964-65. It was a very different country then, less influenced by austerity minded neo-liberal economists. They have never had dedicated school buses, instead they have a comprehensive public transportation system, which students ride free. There were no rules regarding the purchase of cigarettes or alcohol, so mom could send her child to the store to get that. Any child could also ask a pharmacist to weigh out the ingredients to make a bomb. These freedoms surprised me, but I do not believe they exist any longer. Too many health advocates and global terrorists have spoiled it.

    At least Sweden acted more rigorously against Bankers who destroyed the global economy in 2008. They were not as aggressive as Iceland, which sent the bastards to prison and refused to payback some of the British Banks to the shock and horror of Prime minister Brown. But at least the bastards lost their jobs, unlike in the USA, where they are still free to engage in fraudulent activity, so long as they are prepared to pay a fine less than their profits, if they get caught.

    Some freedoms are a very good thing and some are of dubious value. In matters of public health enforcement, safe practices serve the common good, but no one should have the right to commit fraud, as people closest to the cash window of the Federal Reserve do routinely and get away with it. All because they have the politicians in their pocket.

  72. Moron author thinks open borders are a great idea!!!! Diversity is destroying america .

  73. I’ve never gone this long without seeing a single black.

    While driving through the heart of middle-of-nowhere Germany, I passed a bus stop with the darkest African dressed in a white tee-shirt and a Cincinnati Reds ballcap, which I believe were the colours of The Bloods. I doubt the kid was American.

    You and Albania should hope they don’t start popping up more frequently, and it starts by not holding up “refugees welcome” signs and then giving them housing and money when they show up.

    Albania is in discussions to join the EU; while the thought of free money sounds good in principle, it comes with strings that can kill a nation.

  74. Z-man says:
    @republic

    Yes and the Albanian-Kosovo border is probably almost just as porous as the US-Mex border.
    (Irony there) LOL
    Blood is thicker than mud Iris.

  75. I’ve never gone this long without seeing a single black.

    ENVY ACTIVATED.

  76. Escher says:
    @WHAT

    I Have heard Albanians dominate human trafficking in Europe.

    • Replies: @omegabooks
  77. Zach says:

    The writer should ask the locals about the insanity that occurred after the pyramid schemes collapsed in the mid-1990s. I imagine that was a lesson about capitalism which stings to this day.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_schemes_in_Albania

  78. gsjackson says:
    @republic

    My landlord in Tirana said the most remarkable thing a month or so ago. When I talked about CIA mischief in Kosovo, he replied that he assumes the CIA is up to mischief, “but always working for good in the world.” He just laughed when I said that you probably couldn’t find anybody even in the U.S. who would say that. They like us Americans in Albania for the worst of reasons — we helped steal Kosovo from Serbia.

    Linh slightly understates the degree of freedom from covid insanity in Albania. At least half the people never wear masks, despite their being mandated in theory inside and out. Up until about two months ago one cop in 10 (and foot cops are sprinkled liberally within the pedestrian population) might tell you to put one on, then you take it off 50 meters away, but now none even bothers. There will be door guards at the malls telling you to put a mask on, but people just take them off once inside.

    I left Albania two weeks ago to return to Serbia — not such a good move from the covid crazy standpoint. For two months Serbs have not been able to eat or drink indoors at restaurants and bars. Want to eat out? Join the pigeons in the cold and rain. And a new position has been created at the malls — nose guards, who instruct the naughty to pull the mask up over the nose.

    Someone above noted that Albania may be the only country in Europe that hasn’t lost its collective mind over covid. Could be true, possibly excluding Sweden. Albania overreacted in a draconian fashion the first three months, virtually imprisoning people in their homes, but they seem to have since gotten it mostly figured out. It’s almost like human life there.

    • Replies: @Marshall Lentini
  79. @Cho Seung-Hui

    Thanks for your perspective.

    If most Americans continue to be brainwashed by the media despite being exposed on a daily basis to reality, imagine how hoodwinked people overseas are.

    Great observation. It is possible for the media to create a narrative that sticks with most people, even if it is false, distorted, and artificial. We see this with current events, but also with history and other things as well.

    Most immigrants are ultimately here for economic reasons and likely have no sense of civic duty

    True. This is actually one of the arguments against mass migration. Too many people seek to get what they can out of the host. It can also end up harming the immigrants themselves. It is a two way street.

    I think that one of the biggest issues on this topic is immigration vs integration. Living somewhere else, even for a long time, is not the same as integrating. I think the ultimate form of integration is intermarriage. Someone who is serious about integrating into a new country should realize that if they are single the best way to integrate is to marry a local. If they are married and have kids of their own, they should permit or even encourage intermarriage for their children. Once again, it is a two way street.

    • Replies: @Cho Seung-Hui
  80. @stevennonemaker88

    It is unfortunate that many of the commenters here do not have the maturity to see that weaponized, mass migration is wrong, but at the same time poor, repressed people who are seeking decent employment and have very hard lives should be treated with empathy. It is possible to oppose mass immigration, while at the same time viewing the immigrants as the humans that they are.

    I think most people hate the immigration enablers much more than the immigrants. But if you are forced to live alongside some of the more antisocial incomers, like Albanians, Roma or a few other groups, it would be easy to hate them. But then such people aren’t seeking “decent employment”, rather easy money.

    I’ve got no problem with the poor Sikh woman, cleaning hotel rooms to make a living, apart from the fact that she came here illegally and was taking the jobs and lowering the wages of Brits.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/homeless-killer-jailed-least-30-10210730

    • Replies: @stevennonemaker88
  81. @bayviking

    Anybody that claims breathing through a mask is unhealthy is an idiot.

    while wearing a mask for short periods of time is not likely to cause harm, wearing a mask for extended periods of time IS unhealthy.

    They are standard practice for surgery for this reason.

    You should be careful of insulting other’s when you are displaying your own ignorance. The reason masks are used by surgeons is to prevent THEM from contaminating the patient’s open incisions. The risk of serious infection when you are having your body cut open significant. That is why the staff wear sanitary outfits, and the entire environment is sterile. Masks are not warn to prevent the transfer of airborne germs into the staff’s noses.

    The whole idea of forcing healthy people to wear masks is more than just foolish, it is tyrannical and evil. The CDC’s own numbers show that each patient who (allegedly) died from covid had 2-3 other serious, often fatal conditions. The whole “pandemic” is exaggerated to the point of being a hoax. They powers that be are using it for other ends.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  82. @Marckus

    did you reply to the wrong person by accident? act your age

  83. @stevennonemaker88

    Thanks for engaging.

    Living somewhere else, even for a long time, is not the same as integrating. I think the ultimate form of integration is intermarriage.

    True. But this isn’t possible anymore. My kind is rather rare in the United States, but to the extent that you actually meet any Asians whose ancestral immigration predates 1900, you’ll probably find that most of their relatives are actually non-Asian. Specifically, they’re usually white.

    You’re probably wondering: How is this possible? With so much current media animus against Asians, why would there be such a historically high miscegenation rate with whites? The answer is that the racial landscape has been changing in the last 50 years, and not favorably, for Asians. 80 years ago, “Asians” were Chinese and Japanese, and were most certainly not considered normal, legacy, white Americans. But neither were the Irish, Italians, and Jews (IIJ), many of whom lived in ethnic enclaves and whom arrived in America around the same time as the initial batch of Asians. It was easier to “blend” together at that time because the Ellis Island Americans weren’t really considered fully American either.

    Then, a racial realignment occcured, with the Ellis Island Americans becoming “White”, and the legacy Asians becoming “foreigner”. Back to square one.

  84. @JohnPlywood

    “Freedom = low standards.”

    Plumbing you can count on is definitely a feature of Western society. And it’s nice; as is two-ply toilet paper. But I want to live out the rest of my days in a country not run by the Obama/Holder/Jarrett cabal for their totalitarian billionaire sugar-dadies. Even if that country’s sketchy medical system clips off a few of those days.

    • Replies: @JohnPlywood
    , @Biff
  85. India is even free-er!

  86. @Levtraro

    “more households have 1 million or more in assets”

    This statistic is less about ability to accumulate wealth and more about the decreasing buying power of one US Dollar.

    A dollar in 1970 purchased 17 oranges, a dollar in 2008 purchased two lemons.

    A dollar in 1970 was backed by Gold.

    A dollar today is backed by the US military, at a cost of a couple of trillion USD per annum.

  87. @stevennonemaker88

    Surgeons also change masks during lengthy procedures.

    Most likely, many people keep just one mask, the same mask, handy for when and where masks are “required”. Usually the mask lies around on the dash, or in between the seats, or stuffed in a pocket, backpack, purse, etc, until needed.

    • Replies: @stevennonemaker88
  88. Alfred says:
    @Iris

    Thank you. I liked that Egyptian piece very much. But to me, these Egyptians were typical peasants from Upper Egypt (south of Cairo). What we call “Sa’idah”. This was typical wedding music.

    The word literally means “from Ṣa‘īd” (i.e. Upper Egypt), and can also refer to a form of music originating there or to the dialect spoken by Sa’idis.

    Sa’idi people

    My grandfather came from there. Most Copts in Egypt have origins in this area. Historically, Egypt was two kingdoms that were united in 3100 B.C. by the King Menes. All Ancient Egyptian kings wore the double crown.

    I must be a bit thick tonight as I cannot see the connection with India and gypsies. I suspect this style of music predates the Romans.

    • Thanks: Iris
    • Replies: @Yahya K.
  89. R2b says:
    @bayviking

    Those years in Sweden, and decades back, it was never possible for a kid to buy alcohol.
    That’s a lie!
    Maybe lighter beer, but certainly not wine or liquor.
    And not strong beer either.
    You are just lying.
    It’s the same now, with the same strict rules.
    One wonder how a person can lie like that?
    You have no credibilty whatsoever!

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @Alfred
  90. Alfred says:
    @bayviking

    Anybody that claims breathing through a mask is unhealthy is an idiot.

    Anyone who thinks an ordinary mask prevents airborne respiratory infections is a cretin who does not understand that the virus is vastly smaller than the gaps in the fibers of the mask.

    If you breath out cigarette smoke while wearing a mask, the smoke will pass through it with no difficulty. The particles that make up the smoke are huge compared to the size of a virus.

    If you can smell a cigarette at 20 meters, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot also breath in a virus that was released by a person exhaling that far away from you.

    Surgeons wear masks so that their snot does not fall into open wounds. I am so tired of people who spend too much time watching TV. People incapable of critical thinking. Worshippers of that liar Fauci.

    Anyone who thinks that breathing in air with a reduced amount of oxygen and an increased amount of CO2 for a long period is healthy is a nincompoop. 🙂

    • Replies: @Sparkon
    , @Avery
  91. anon[228] • Disclaimer says:
    @WHAT

    Human organ trafficking extends from Balkan to NY and NJ and then the finished products return to Israel. Customers include Israeli rich Arab Indians and god knows may be American. Did Cheney get his heart from there also.

    and comment 38—about having 1 million in asset

    Response- 40 %of American have less than 400 dollars in asset of any kind .

    1 millions??? May be 1 dollar you are talking .

    One health crisis and the family is on dole and in line of a food pantry .

  92. @gsjackson

    Ditto Russia – but it’s Russia so one is still fucked.

    Serbia is pulling its coronamania weight to earn the EU titty.

    North Macedonia just legalized trannies or something, so they may reach the finish-line before either Serbia or Albania, especially if Edi Rama remains in office in the latter.

    I am currently torn between Albania and another country. But I don’t want to be lured in by a siren song of people not wearing masks and all that, then a week later be faced with mandatory Pfizer “vaccination” and no flights anywhere. I believe Albania just received a few hundred-thousand doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and SinoVac – a present from the EU.

    Make no mistake: this alleged freedom can disappear overnight as the native elite get nervous about the EU bailing them out. They all want to make a show of being good goyim who take the Gates hoax very seriously, and every political debate is now framed as “how they handled the pandemic”.

    Everyone wants to be the next Poland, i.e. another obedient little bitch against Russia.

    • Replies: @gsjackson
  93. “I have a cousin in Illinois,” he said. “He told me Albania is better.”

    “I agree,” I laughed.

    Was his name Belushi and/or did he also say –

    “There’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”

  94. @Cho Seung-Hui

    … many of whom lived in ethnic enclaves and whom arrived in America around the same time …

    Then, a racial realignment occcured, with the Ellis Island Americans becoming “White”, and the legacy Asians becoming “foreigner”. Back to square one.

    No one here is going to weep for your “legacy Asians”. You did fantastic work on the railroads and people’s pockees though, be proud of that.

    We like Dinh because he doesn’t pull this “poor us” bullshit, apart from being a good writer.

  95. Articles like this bring me closer to understanding how the was destroyed.

  96. @Zarathustra

    Selling body parts to the Israelis.

  97. @Ace

    One of the pathologies you list – Jewish control – is responsible for all of the others.

  98. @SaneClownPosse

    Exactly.

    Our cloth masks mostly live in the car or hanging by the door, and probably collect many more germs than they prevent…

    Unfortunately they are required in most public places. Maybe they will start keeping mosquitos out with chicken wire. it’s a mad mad world

  99. gsjackson says:
    @Marshall Lentini

    Excellent points, and I think you’ve correctly sized up the political calculations these “governments” go through. The Albanian government went dutifully crazy once, and I certainly wouldn’t bet any money that they won’t do it again.

  100. raga10 says:

    Albania is so bloody fantastic that most Albanians can’t wait to get the hell out; perfection must be boring… Just a few years ago there were so many of them trying to emigrate to Germany that German government run advertising campaign in Albania basically telling them not to bother coming and asking for economic asylum.

  101. @Cho Seung-Hui

    Interesting points! I can confirm that many Americans who came from protestant northern Europe viewed other European immigrants as different. I had a great great grandfather who was a builder and he would not hire Italian craftsmen, and I know that many places would not hire Irishmen. The whole white vs black thing is a relatively recent phenomenon. It really gained steam in the south due to slavery, and later spread to the rest of the country.

    Even grouping all Asians together is quite silly. Japan and the Philippines are so different in almost every way as to defy categorization together. While we all share much in common as humans, the racial divides are often quite subjective, arbitrary, inaccurate, and foolish. And, they play right into the hands of the wealthy who want to divide and rule.

    • Agree: oliver elkington
  102. @YetAnotherAnon

    I agree with you. It’s true that the immigrants are often tools of the wealthy who want to drive down wages and atomize the native population, but many immigrants are decent people, similar to regular whites.

    I read that link you shared. Sad story.. I found it interesting that the murderer, while white, was not British but was Latvian. So we really have one immigrant killing another, as is often the case.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  103. Kommando7 says:
    @WHAT

    And you, Sir, are a wretched practitioner of written English. All the best wishes for success in your 4th grade classes (repeated) this fall.

  104. @Peter Akuleyev

    ‘…Given a choice between blacks or Roma/Sinti as neighbors I would always prefer the former.’

    After my travels in Europe, I defined Gypsies as ‘blacks with brains.’ I didn’t mean that as a good thing.

    …there was a Romanian woman we traveled with for a while. Her English was limited, but whenever she saw a Gypsy, she would say ‘Gypsy.’ I can’t convey how much contempt she was able to pack into those two syllables.

    • Agree: Z-man, Peter Akuleyev
  105. profnasty says:

    I smell a rat. Wait…yeah, rat.
    Homeboy is pushing Muzzies into the United States.
    It’s the Zio-Plan.
    We are Christian by birth. Muslims, you’ve got about 20 countries of your own. Stay the hell out of the US.
    Black Muslims? You’re on thin ice.

  106. Sparkon says:
    @Alfred

    Anyone who thinks an ordinary mask prevents airborne respiratory infections is a cretin who does not understand that the virus is vastly smaller than the gaps in the fibers of the mask.

    The cotton fibers in cotton thread are much larger, broader, and wider than the virus itself, and the fibers are also much larger than any gaps between individual fibers.

    Additionally, the fibers in cotton thread are twisted into a bundle. The thread is not flat but has depth, so the virus must negotiate the entire thickness of thread while avoiding all of its fibers even as it – the virus – is swirling around.

    Note the 100 μm (micrometer or micron) scale on the image indicates that the cotton fiber is about 250 micrometers in diameter, where most gaps are ~5 μm in this image with a couple at 20 μm. Virtually every gap between fibers in the thread is backed up by another fiber.

    The novel coronavirus itself is said to average around 100-120 (nm) nanometers in diameter, or about 0.10 μm – 0.12 μm. Most will be airborne in a blob of moisture, either a droplet or aerosol. It is thought that a fairly large viral load is necessary to become infected, so the bigger blobs are more dangerous than the aerosols simply because they’ve got a bigger potential payload, but fortunately these bigger blobs are easily caught by cotton masks with two or more layers.

    I’ve posted these photos before in discussions where you were participating, Alfred, so you can’t say you’ve never seen it before, but obviously, it went in one eye, and out the other.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  107. Biff says:
    @The Soft Parade

    “The United States will never catch up” with the number of persons who don’t want to move to Albania because there is nothing there worth fighting over.

    When your only talent is fighting I suppose you are not going to fit in everywhere.

  108. @Cho Seung-Hui

    Usual mistake.

    Irish, Hungarians, Slovaks, Poles etc. were never considered “non-white”.
    They were just considered not to be “true, heritage Americans”. American author Willa Cather wrote that a lower middle class British-descended American would, around 1910, be ashamed if his daughter wanted to marry a son of a University professor in Oslo, Norway.

    Norwegians had never been considered “non-white”. Nor did Irish or Poles. The point is they were thought of as some alien, lower class & inferior, irritating culture heritage Americans would rather not mix with.

    But no one in his right mind thought of them as “colored” or “non-white”.

    • Thanks: Colin Wright
    • Replies: @Petermx
    , @Cho Seung-Hui
  109. Petermx says:

    Dear Linh,

    It sounds like a nice country and a lot freer than the USA and Western Europe, the new communist countries run by cultural Marxists. You can tell your friend another American agrees, Albania is probably better than America. I have never been to Albania but I believe it. I have sold my home here and I’m waiting for permission to enter the country in eastern Europe again where I have bought a new home. If someone had said that 35 years ago they would have thought you were nuts.

  110. Yahya K. says:
    @Alfred

    I must be a bit thick tonight as I cannot see the connection with India

    Can’t speak for Gypsies, but I see two key Egypt-India connections:

    (1) Egypt and India are two Ancient Civilizations – almost as old as each other.

    In fact, India may be even older than Egypt. The Indus Valley civilization is estimated to have sprung up around 3300 B.C, which is roughly 200 years before King Menes united Upper and Lower Egypt. This may be a surprise to us Egyptians who’ve always grown up to believe we were the first to develop civilization (“Masr Um El-Dunya”), but both Mesopotamia (3500 BC) and India (3300 BC) precede Egypt (3100 BC). Ancient Egypt, however, caught up fairly quickly to the first-movers and was able to leap-frog ahead of them within a short period of time. This was due to Egypt’s capacity to form a coherent nation-state and move directly from a large village to a wide area with a common culture and national economy. Egypt in effect was able to form the first nation-state in history, which stood in contrast to the the small city-states found in Greece, Phoenicia, Mesopotamia, and India. The critical factor differentiating Egypt from the others was the regular rhythm of the Nile and the communal efforts it encouraged.

    (2) Egyptians and North Indians share some common phenotypic features.

    The skin tone of brown Egyptians is roughly similar to North Indians. Since both Egyptians and North Indians are Caucasoid in cranial features; they share some facial features as well. Of course to a trained eye, one can always differentiate between North Indians and Egyptians. But to someone unaccustomed with both these peoples, they may be difficult to tell apart. I was looking at images of Indira Gandhi and Gamal Abdel-Nasser recently; the similarities in phenotypic features stood out to me, from the the brown skin to the aquiline noses to the black hair lined with silver:

    Most Copts in Egypt have origins in this area.

    Speaking of Copts and Upper Egypt, here’s a funny song by Coptic singer Carmen Suleiman called “Ya Hadret El-Omda”:

    Note: ignore the crazy Saudis.

    Here’s Carmen singing in Hindi as well :

    🙂

    • Replies: @Alfred
  111. The neo feudalist cabal will be targetting Albania for regime change before you know it. Cant have people excersising freedom all willy nilly now!

  112. Petermx says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    I think the term White was primarily used in the USA. All Europeans were White but the term was rarely if ever used. Everyone in Europe was White until after WW II. People referred to themselves and their neighbors as French, Polish, Hungarian or whatever country they came from. Before 1945 most Europeans never saw a Black or Asian face. The first one my mother saw was an American GI in 1945. The world was a much smaller place and a Pole, German or Frenchman was much more interested in his neighbor than far off America.

  113. Bill P says:
    @New Dealer

    Linh Dinh is a typical Vietnamese underneath it all. I know the type — I grew up in South Seattle mostly in the 80s and the Rainier Valley was full of them.

    You’ll never meet a harder, more ruthless guy than a 5’5″ Vietnamese gangster.

    But you’ll never meet a more honest, brave, straightforward Oriental. Not a mama’s boy like Chinese, willing to get his hands dirty, won’t take crap from a black or anyone else.

    A good friend, full of gratitude, and often surprisingly athletic. Smart but humble, with human flaws like the rest of us that often make him a sympathetic character.

    They even treated my broken down, drunken old dad with compassion and decency when he’d hang out at their cafes, despite the fact that he’d always proposition the waitresses.

    I wish I still had some of the Vietnamese friends I made back when I was a kid.

  114. One-off says:
    @awry

    Funny story from a friend in Peru, who freely admits it may be too good to be true. While Albania drew further and further into its bunkers, Radio Tirana became shockingly sophisticated and broadcast in numerous languages and more or less could be heard anywhere. I do know that part is true.

    The Shining Path in the Andes were batshit crazy, and found a soul mate in Xoha. That’s not Judeo-CIA propaganda, either. They were nuts. And when Xoha and Mao had a falling out, these Peruvian Maoists tilted toward Xoha or remained neutral because of his perceived purity.

    Anyhow, and this is the part too good to check, Radio Tirana’s Spanish language broadcast often touted the nation’s donkey population, glorifying the animal as a symbol of Albania’s health and success. The Shining Path, to show solidarity with Xoha, in turn, did its own version of a chicken in every pot and promised the Meztizos and Indians that their first act would be to seize donkeys from ‘wealthy landowners,” I e., peasants who owned donkeys, and redistribute them. To put this into perspective, Shining Path drew heavily from the upper echelons and the highly educated and were promising to take donkeys from poor people and give them to more favored groups.

    So, if this story is true, Shining Path was the forerunner of America’s current Judeocracy

    And to tie this up, did you listen to Radio Tirana or was it jammed in your country?

    • Replies: @omegabooks
    , @awry
  115. @Steven80

    [1] A good-hearted and altruistic Briton resident near Dobrich in Bulgaria, and blessed with with real plumbing qualifications, wanted to train young fellows in juvenile custody the rudiments of plumbing so they could earn an honest living on their release.

    The inmates of the Dobrich “juvy hall” were, without exception, Roma.

    The Brit dropped the idea when told, “Graham, no sane Bulgarian will ever let a gypsy into his home. They will look around to steal what’s worth stealing and also figure out the best way to break in.”

    [2] At immense expense, the fair city of Plovdiv erected immense cricket screens so that travelers on the Istanbul – Belgrade highway might be spared the sight of the immense, sprawling, squalid gypsy *mahala.*

    [3] In Communist times, gypsies clogged up the Bulgarian prison system for “parasitism” – living by begging, cheating and theft.

    [4] Prospective foreign buyers of a rural property near the mighty Danube were taken to meet the village mayor and were cheerfully told, “This is a lovely village; no pollution, no crime, no Turks, no gypsies.”

  116. lloyd says: • Website
    @Mustapha Mond

    If America had become Communist for fifty years under a Hoxha leader, banned people like Linh Dinh, and then got liberated, it might resemble Albania today. Now under fifty years of corporate capitalism, it is an oafish diseased land.

  117. Icy Blast says:

    Linh Dinh, you foreigner, how dare you say such a thing! The United States of America is a Collective Protestant Miracle! You’re just jealous.

  118. Avery says:
    @Alfred

    {“Anyone who thinks that breathing in air with a reduced amount of oxygen and an increased amount of CO2 for a long period is healthy is a …..”}

    https://abcnews.go.com/US/driver-crash-passed-wearing-n95-mask-long-police/story?id=70346532
    [“The crash is believed to have resulted from the driver wearing an N95 mask for several hours and subsequently passing out behind the wheel due to insufficient oxygen intake/excessive carbon dioxide intake,” the post read in part.]

    From what I have read so far, the surgical mask worn by doctors is not very effective in capturing the Covid-19 virus..
    N95 masks are apparently more effective.
    How effective percentage-wise is “effective” I don’t know.
    (N95 is supposed to filter 95% of particulates, but Covid-19 virus? don’t know)

  119. Maybe Albania never closed down because maybe those folks having lived 40 years under Enver Hoxha knew what garbage being locked down would be…. Even Germans didn’t have to put up with Hitler for that long, and even Russians, etc. didn’t have to put up with Lenin and Stalin combined for that long.
    Glad you’re back Linh, and the next time you do write about Albania, please if you can try to relate to any experience you have had with the cultural marker, the Code of Lek (which saved Albania during their wars with Serbia over hundreds of years esp. Battle of Kosovo in 1340s). For instance, did you hear about any blood feuds? (Read Kadare’s “The Wedding” for an interesting take on that).
    As for Albanian criminality, I guess some have watched “Taken” once too often… Bwahahahahahahah!
    (Plus, Linh, you might enjoy Albanian writer Paul Alkazraji’s “The Migrant,” buy ebook on Amazon. Three Albanians trek to Greece…)

  120. @One-off

    Believe it or not when I was a leftist in early 70s I listened to Radio Tirana (short wave) almost every night, in English of course…and Albanian! Weird language for sure (Albania is called Shqiptar in Albanian…spelling?) I missed the Hoxha-Mao fall out, but anyway…. Interesting comment you made.

    • Replies: @anon
  121. @Escher

    Maybe they do, which is why they made the “Taken” series, but the thing is maybe no one has noticed but most Albanians involved with this are highlanders (called Ghegs) who strongly follow the Code of Lek and were also aids to the Nazis when the partisans tried to liberate Albania from the Germans. (When I was a leftist I studied some of Albania’s history and have read Kadare’s novels as well). This Code of Lek allows them to exact retribution on anyone who goes against them, which allows them to deal in criminal behaviors. Most Albanians though are not involved with this (and then there is the movie “War Dogs” about Albanians involved with gun running…). Yes, there is an Albanian Mafia, but there is also an Italian Mafia, a Russian Mafia, a Kosher Mafia, a Japanese Mafia (Yakuza), a Chinese Mafia (Triads), an American Mafia (Cosa Nostra)…. you get the idea….

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  122. @A Half Naked Fakir

    Schweinhund! The Albanians are Indo-Europeans!

    • Replies: @A Half Naked Fakir
  123. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @swami cuckstein

    Hi swami cuckstein,

    Sorry. Here is the correct link.

    I took a mini bus to Vlore yesterday, so didn’t see the comments until this morning. When I’m out, I have no access to the internet (or maps). It’s good to be half lost. You see more that way…

    Linh

  124. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @coco

    Hi coco,

    Many thanks, and many thanks to all those who have left encouraging comments.

    As for those who must resort to name calling to express a disagreement, it’s very sad. You’re only showing how far this culture has sunk.

    Anyway, I’ll try to write more literary reviews, but not right now. After several weeks of too much rain, the sun has been out, so onto the mini buses, I’ll hop, to see more of Albania beyond its capital. Yesterday in Vlore, a one legged man wanted to give me a little crucifix, and no, it wasn’t a hustle. He was just touched to see me admiring his Catholic church.

    Hoxha had 200 houses of worship destroyed, and this in a country of just over two million. That’s why nearly Albanian churches and mosques are new, with many quite ugly, to be honest. This one in Vlore is rather nice, though.

    Linh

    • Thanks: Biff, Iris
  125. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Cho Seung-Hui

    But have you ever thought about whether such people would be on your side in darker times?

    Hi Cho Seung-Hui,

    Thanks for your thought provoking comments. You’re raising many tough questions. As ugly as the racial situation is in the US, it can get much worse very quickly, as the economic situation deteriorates even further.

    As for Orientals assimilating, we must consider a guy like Andy Ngo, for example. This Vietnamese-American is as much a patriot as any. As a public intellectual, Ngo’s fully out in the open, and not faceless, and hiding behind a pseudonym. Ngo’s has even been willing to get beaten up for his beliefs.

    Andy Ngo is not the only Oriental with a strong civic commitment. During the Capitol protest, there were several South Vietnamese flags being waved, so there were clearly Vietnamese-Americans among those protesting the fraudulent election. (American presidential elections have been fake for a long time, though, but that’s another issue.) My friend Chuck Orloski in Scranton also sent me photos of Japanese-Americans protesting the stolen election in that PA city.

    In short, many Oriental-Americans do have a strong sense of civic duty, though this may not save them from being racially targeted as the country sinks into chaos, but this is exactly what America’s rulers want. Though they may go on about fighting racism, they’re stoking all sorts of divisions, including racial ones.

    They’re setting up a battle royale of all against all, but with them alone above the fray, as laughing spectators.

    Linh

  126. @utu

    True. Travel is not least so intense and refreshing and – self-stabilizing, because it allows people to project to the n-th degree. – Travelling means not least, to attach oneself to one sense especially: The furthest-reaching and most encompassing and most deceptive of our senses: Eyesight.

    Ah utu – your hell piece is a quote – what do you quote here?

  127. @Billy Corr

    This is why Bulgarian properties are so cheap – conveniently left out of real estate advertising, of course.

    The one problem I ever had in Poland was a lone Bulgarian gyspy who would stalk the streets of the small city where I lived, often talking to himself, looking crazy.

    One day he was following too closely behind, so I ostentatiously stepped aside to watch him pass. He muttered something in whatever. I said fuck you, come get it. He got mad and repeated what I said in English.

    I told a group Polish gypsies (very rare) at a shawarma place later on – they told me even they avoid Bulgarian gypsies.

    Serbian gypsies seemed partly assimilated, partly wild, though eclipsed by the Muslim immigrants hanging out by Zeleni Venac stealing phones and whatever.

  128. @stevennonemaker88

    The paper didn’t mention her immigration status. Her husband was a suspect for a while because IIRC of his delay in reporting her missing. She’d arrived with a tourist visa and just never returned to India. I’m not sure if his status wasn’t the same.

    London is full of such people. You only find these things out when a tragedy happens.

  129. Alfred says:
    @Yahya K.

    Thank you for that. 🙂

    I guess DNA testing will one day tell us the truth.

    Some researchers believe that the Indus valley civilisation was even older – but that it left nothing behind. Maybe it is under the sea – like much of ancient Alexandria.

    It is fun to watch an Emirati (?) playing Egyptian music with a saxophone. That is a new one for me. Carmen has changed her accent to suit the audience. She is not only pretty but also very smart.

    The word “omdah” is very Egyptian. My male ancestors in Upper Egypt had that honour. My grandfather and his twin brother were sent to school in Cairo (one went to Kings College, London and the other to Heidelberg University). As teenagers, they persuaded their father to move his construction business to Cairo. As kids, they were evacuated by railway when there was a cholera outbreak. The first “passengers” on the railway their dad was building. 🙂

    • Replies: @J. Alfred Powell
  130. PJ London says:
    @Dumbo

    “It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything.”
    Solzhenitsyn

    “You only have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power–he’s free again.”
    ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    “Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career.”
    ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

    “Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realise that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.”
    ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

    “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion”
    — Albert Camus

    Having lived and travelled in poor countries I absolutely agree that freedom and simple human decency are far greater in those countries than the UK, US and Europe.
    If you ever need help don’t go to the rich areas or houses, go to the poor.
    The American and to a lesser extent European worship of money and material things is ridiculous, obscene and degrading.
    It makes them less than human.
    If I had young children (and now grandchildren) I tell them “Go east young man, go east.”

    • Agree: Iris, One-off
    • Thanks: Dumbo, HammerJack
    • Replies: @The Soft Parade
  131. Alfred says:
    @R2b

    This troll, @bayviking, has never heard of Systembolaget. Its current legal status was made in 1955. However, it is much older than that as the photo below proves. It has a monopoly on alcohol in Sweden. It is government-owned.

    There are several laws and rules governing how Systembolaget stores operate, such as:

    All products, including beer cans and bottles (except products that aren’t kept in stock and have to be pre-ordered), are sold individually. Pre-ordered products may sometimes only be sold in quantities corresponding with the minimum order accepted by the manufacturer. Some traditional Swedish shots are also sold in holiday packs.
    Discounts, such as “Buy 1, get 1 free” and “One can 1.50 two cans 2.50” type deals, are prohibited.
    No product may be favored over another, which in practice means that the beers are not refrigerated, since otherwise all beer would have to be refrigerated which is too expensive.
    The minimum age to purchase beverages above 3.5% alcohol is 20 years of age. A main reason to have Systembolaget as a monopoly is to enforce this age limit. Several tests have shown that restaurants and food shops often sell 3.5% beer to people below the minimum legal age of 18.
    People who look under 25 have to show an identity document. This has to be certified identity cards from the Nordic countries, national identity card from an EU country or be a passport.
    Systembolaget is not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages to drunk people or to people that they have reason to believe are purchasing for someone under legal age.

    Systembolaget has a strict monopoly status on alcohol sales to consumers in Sweden, except for restaurant and bars, where alcohol can be sold for immediate consumption (bottles must be opened and can’t be brought home).

    Private import for own consumption is allowed, based on EU regulations and court cases, both at private travel and through postal package.[4] Still Sweden is able to levy taxes on the receiver of alcohol sent in postal packages.
    Other companies (producers and importers) can sell directly to restaurant and bars (EU enforced rule).
    Producers of alcohol, such as vineyards, are not allowed to sell bottles of their products to consumers.
    The only exceptions to the monopoly to consumers are export shops at airports, which can sell alcohol to people checked in for a flight outside the EU.[5] Alcohol can not be sold on boats on Swedish waters, but the shop is opened at the border to international or foreign waters.

    Systembolaget

    • Replies: @Jazman
  132. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @utu

    What I said about Albania, its absence of lockdowns or other over-the-top Covid measures, its few homeless, its safe streets, its welcoming of selected visitors, its friendly and relaxed population, its lively streets, etc., have nothing to do with my status as tourist or immigrant. These are just facts.

    Plus, travel writing is about people passing through a place and making observations, often in comparison to their home country, or other places they’ve been.

    For example, you only have to be here for an hour to conclude that downtown Tirana is much more kid friendly, safe and clean, in comparison to Center City, Philadelphia. You don’t have to spend years here to notice that.

    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @utu
    , @Peter Akuleyev
  133. @Linh Dinh

    Linh,

    Thank you for writing back.

    I think you’re mixing up “assimilating” with “being accepted”. The former does not necessarily lead to the latter and often actually precludes it. People have started realizing this is which why they aren’t even attempting to do the latter anymore.

    An Asiatic that finds themselves here is discouraged from viewing themselves as a continuation of the preceding generations of Americans; in fact, one that attempts to do will be viewed as an aberration. The very fact that we’re using the term “Asian” proves my point that we’re required to discuss this topic within an arbitrary set of predefined terms: you know better than I that telling Vietnamese that Cambodians and Thai are kin because they are also “Asian” will get you nowhere. “Asian” refers to Indian subcontinentals in Britain. It means nothing. So long as people feel the need to use this word, no progress will be made.

    Linh, the future of “Asians” in America at best resembles “Crazy Rich Asians”. The individuals depicted in that are the equivalent of yellow Jews, exhibiting all of the negative characteristics of the Chinese with none of the positives (i.e. an actual sense of rootedness in China proper). They will of course be called “Asian” rather than “Chinese” as a way of hoodwinking you into dropping your guard around them. You will have nothing in common with them but will be expected to outwardly maintain that you think otherwise. This will all happen as subsequent generations of Vietnamese-Americans struggle to maintain the language, culture, and customs in the face of modernity and being dislocated from Vietnam.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  134. @Bardon Kaldian

    Thanks for responding.

    Just becomes someone is “white” by virtue of being “not-black” doesn’t mean they’re a WASP. It doesn’t really mean anything as your second paragraph suggests.

    I specifically used the word “legacy” because the way the “white” word is thrown around contemporarily lumps WASPs and non-WASPs together in a way to obsfucate the fact that a large chunk of the latter has not been here that long, and have only recently become accepted as the cultural equivalent of WASPS. Historically illiterate people tend to view the past as a backwards extension of the present and jump to the conclusion that the Jews and Irish founded this country.

  135. Polemos says:
    @stevennonemaker88

    The reason masks are used by surgeons is to prevent THEM from contaminating the patient’s open incisions. The risk of serious infection when you are having your body cut open significant. That is why the staff wear sanitary outfits, and the entire environment is sterile. Masks are not warn to prevent the transfer of airborne germs into the staff’s noses.

    This is the reasoning behind forcing people to wear masks, though: “my mask protects you; your mask protects me.” By orienting the purpose this way, not-masking/unmasking no longer becomes a personal choice for one’s own health but a potential assault on the health of others and/or callous indifference to their health. People ever so slightly inclined to fascist thinking, who love the power to control others, now get to be their own police, their own law enforcers, with all the zeal of collective righteousness on their side. I see it often, but thankfully I don’t live deep in a city surrounded by such people.

    I’m not saying you’re wrong in any way, but how do you push back against the masker who agrees with what you’re saying about a mask being less about protecting one’s self and more about doing one’s part to keep others healthy?

    • Replies: @stevennonemaker88
  136. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Cho Seung-Hui

    Hi Cho Seung-Hui,

    In 2018, I returned to Vietnam, and would be there right now, if Vietnam was open.

    In late February of 2020, I flew to South Korea, thinking I’d be there maybe a month, but with the Covid situation getting worse, Vietnam closed its borders, so I’m locked out until now, more than year and six countries later!

    Since I’m fluent in Vietnamese and know the culture pretty well, I’m reasonably comfortable in Vietnam, but my younger brother, who came to the US at age 5, would never move there. He’s been back just once, I think, and the highlight of his trip was neither the food nor the culture, but playing golf at some country club.

    His wife is white, and his two sons are just not Vietnamese in any meaningful sense. Accepted or not, my brother is too American to go anywhere else, and he doesn’t even like to travel.

    In the near future, the US will experience even more racial tensions, so will become even more segregated. (Remember that post racial reality, as heralded by Obama’s ascension? What a laugh!) Already, Americans of all ethnicities are moving to places where they can feel safer, at least, if not more comfortable. More and more will simply decide to leave this increasingly absurd, sick and fragmented country.

    If there’s any meaningful resistance to this implosion, I don’t see it. Cheap shots delivered online mostly at scapegoats don’t count, and neither do false hopes pinned on fake saviors.

    I’ve said for a while that many Americans will learn what it’s like to be refugees, and Mexico will need a wall more than the USA, to keep out fleeing Americans.

    The best hope for Americans who won’t or can’t leave is to belong to new nations that are free from the evil axis of DC, Wall Street and Tel Aviv, but they must be willing to fight for such independence.

    Linh

  137. @Sparkon

    Viral load refers to virus quantity in a given quantity of fluid, e.g. blood or sputum. What is currently unknown is the infectious dose for SARS-Cov-2, though one estimate is that it could be exposure to as little as 1,000 particles. 10 breaths of just 100 aerosolised particles might be enough.

    Then again, maybe not. They never proved human-to-human transmission of the so-called Spanish flu in human experiments conducted by the military, including having healthy subjects get right into the faces of flu victims and being coughed at or holding long conversations. Most studies on inter-human transmission routes are inconclusive, and much of what today is believed to be “confirmed” respiratory disease spread by human-to-human transmission still borders on conjecture.

    One wag in UR suggested a meteor burst in the upper atmosphere is raining pathogens down on us. Who are we to question that?

    A lot more speculation goes to zoonotic transmision, primarily via birds. But that doesn’t fully explain why things like the Spanish Flu were so widespread in such short time (almost simultaneously) in the pre-air travel era. The best hypothesis I’ve see is that transmission might be via insects. This would also explain why respiratory viruses are passed so easily within the same household, and, given how filthy some hospitals are, in hospitals as well.

    Mask up if it makes you feel better, but if it’s going to get you, it’s going to get you.

    • Agree: Alfred
  138. utu says:
    @Linh Dinh

    “…its friendly and relaxed population…” – You do not know it. You do not know how friendly they are to each other on daily basis when they have to work with others and compete against each other. Your presence there disturbs the reality around you like in when a photon is trying to ‘measure’ the position of a small subatomic particle (see Heisenberg). You benefit from their extreme Americanophilia and curiosity about foreigners. They bend over backwards for you and yet you pester them with your anti-Western and anti-American innuendos. And most importantly you do not know their language. They communicate with you in their broken English, gestures and grimaces. You do not know how stupid their conversations really can be. This might be the greatest benefit of traveling in foreign countries which language we do not know: a temporary respite from the sea of stupidity surrounding us. But this solution is for the poor. The rich can create enclaves in which they control the environment. They do not need to listed to music they do not like or listen to it when they are not in the mood and they do not need to listed to opinions of people who they do not care for.

    You are smart enough to know that what you write tells more about your prejudices, agenda and longings than the subject you are writing about.

    • Replies: @Polemos
    , @Anon
    , @raga10
  139. @ivegotrythm

    No, Schweinhund! They’re a Turco-Ugric people with some elements of Indo-European race like the Indians of the Subcontinent but aren’t White Christians by any stretch of the imagination… an Enver Hoxha (Anwar Haji) is still a haji with very dubious connection to Europe. Ala Oo Akhbarr!

    • Replies: @ivegotrythm
  140. @Linh Dinh

    Linh,

    Thanks. Actions speak louder than words, so it sounds like you agree with me?

    So do you think most Asian-Americans should move to Asia?

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  141. @Polemos

    Thanks for your post! In a sane world, I never remember anyone using a cloth mask. As far as the type doctors wear, I remember them being used by doctors, dentists, etc. As far as the type you use for work like sanding for example, My mom used them doing projects around the house, but I prefer to do my sanding and woodworking maskless.

    I’m not saying you’re wrong in any way, but how do you push back against the masker who agrees with what you’re saying about a mask being less about protecting one’s self and more about doing one’s part to keep others healthy?

    “sheeple” who follow the corona madness are generally immune to logic anyway : ) . That being said, I would point out:

    1. That masks are used to protect people with OPEN INCISIONS. Not to stop one person breathing in airborne particles. We have a wonderful, God-given immune system that protects us very well; in fact exposure to germs is an important part of being healthy.

    2. The CDC themselves stated that the average “covid death” had 2-3 other, serious and often fatal ailments like pneumonia, heart failure, etc. This is strong evidence that the people being counted are not REALLY dying from covid; and even if they were, the disease is not much of a threat to healthy people.

    3. The government does not have the authority to force people to wear masks, to take vaccines, to stay indoors, or any of these things. Covid is really just the excuse; what we are seeing is the continual creep of tyranny. We are going to have to take a stand against the (((bankers))) eventually.

  142. @Linh Dinh

    If there’s any meaningful resistance to this implosion, I don’t see it. Cheap shots delivered online mostly at scapegoats don’t count, and neither do false hopes pinned on fake saviors.

    Mr. Dinh you have a way with words!

    You just summed up most of the “patriots” and “white nationalists” in two sentences.

    Unfortunately, you are completely correct!

  143. @Cho Seung-Hui

    Great post! I think most of the people who are arguing with you are “punching above their weight” so to speak. They want to boil everything down to a simplistic and binary white vs non-white and pat themselves on the back.

    I think it is ironic that most of the posters who do this are of Irish, Slavic, Italian, etc backgrounds. In short, it is the “other whites” who desperately want to erase the historic, ethnic divides and instead promote the mostly phony white vs nonwhite divide.

  144. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Cho Seung-Hui

    Hi Cho Seung-Hui,

    If you’re an Oriental in Hawaii, you’re probably fine to just stay there, but it’s rather dicey pretty much everywhere else, I’d think.

    I spent decades in Philadelphia, and had friends of all races, but the city is a mess, and only getting worse. During the Black Lives Matter rioting, Italians in South Philly were able to band together to protect their neighborhoods, and the Polish and Irish in Bridesburg managed to do the same, but most other white neighborhoods had been so decayed and weakened over decades, it was pretty much every man for himself. Just lock your door and stay inside, and if the mostly black berserkers wrecked your business, that’s just too bad. If you’re white or Oriental, would you feel safe staying in Philly or raising your kids there?

    Back in the 80’s, there were many Hmongs in Philly, but after several of them were victims of crimes perpertuated by blacks, they pretty much all left. Many Hmongs have settled in the Midwest. People know about the Hmongs in Saint Paul/Minneapolis, but there are also many in Missoula, and they’re very visible as vendors at the weekly farmers’ market. Having become an unproblematic part of the community for over three decades, I’d imagine the Hmongs in Missoula are safe.

    When I speak to Vietnamese-American friends, though, I generally tell them to consider moving to Vietnam. Although it’s still a one-party state with no freedom of speech, and too much corruption, the economy keeps improving year after year, and the mood is optimistic. It’s a lot less totalitarian than in 1995, when I first returned. Most Vietnamese, including those who have repatriated, believe the country has a future. I have a Vietnamese-American friend who just bought a condo there. Because of Covid, he hasn’t been back to the US in about two years, but he’s perfectly fine in Saigon.

    I’m assuming you’re Korean, and if you are, you must have returned for visits? How comfortable are you there?

    Linh

    • Replies: @Cho Seung-Hui
    , @Bill P
  145. Joe F. says:
    @Dumbo

    Interesting comment, Dumbo. Maybe you should flesh it out a little more and submit it as a full essay to unz (or somewhere else…)

  146. @Linh Dinh

    I’m not mono-ethnic, but I’m 100% East Asian. I’ll leave it at that.

    I’ve lived in all of Greater China, Japan, and have visited Korea rather extensively. I spent summers in Asia as a child, and found it preferable to living in the United States, but could not put my finger on why it was so much better and in any event wasn’t in charge of my own life decisions at that point. When I returned, no one in America– even Asian-Americans– knew what I was talking about, or why I missed being there so much. I’m stuck in America now for personal (and COVID-19) reasons, but will be out soon.

    I’m of the belief that Asians can should and will return to Asia. The question is whether they come to this realization before it is it too late. Your brother’s offspring remind of me of the Robert Heinlein novel, “Sixth Column”. The novel, written in 1941, depicts a Pan-Asian invasion of the mainland United States, with all Asian-Americasn being shot on sight because they don’t really fit within the “White-Asian” dichotomy. Of course, I doubt such violence will ever occur, but Heinlein was prescient in recognizing that Asians grown stateside don’t really fit back into Asia smoothly.

    I am not sure about Vietnam, but for East Asian countries, if a hapa makes a true attempt to go “native”, they can probably fit in over the long-term. By “fit in over the long-term”, I mean that their progeny will be eventually fit in fully; I do not mean that suddenly deciding to domicile there will cause one to be mistaken for a local by locals, because that defies reality. Your brother and his kids can do this, but they probably don’t want to. This requires long-term planning of the highest order.

    The biggest hurdle for Asians moving back to Asia is ideological, not cultural and linguistic. One can become fluent– not native– in a language in a couple of years through dedicated work. It’s hard, but not impossible. But that’s the easy part. You’re not just moving from one country to another: you’re moving from a multicultural society to an ethnostate. To do this, people will, at a minimum, need to accept the legitimacy of an ethnostate. But to do so, they will have to accept that most of the relationships they formed stateside were on the basis of a fraudulent worldview and will thus eventually dissapear. This is because its impossible to grow up in America and not be required to socialize with other races and ethnicities; in my case, I wasn’t actually able to meet anyone else of the same ethnic background. I don’t really keep in touch with anyone that I met prior to the age of 18 for this reason, and only a sprinkling of people that I met in my 20’s.

  147. Jazman says:
    @Alfred

    Canada is also funny country they have only two companies that selling beer and alcohol Beer store and LCBO recently they started limited sale of beer in regular stores and also it is pure monopoly

    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Replies: @Johan
    , @NobodyUKnow
  148. Bill P says:
    @Linh Dinh

    People know about the Hmongs in Saint Paul/Minneapolis, but there are also many in Missoula, and they’re very visible as vendors at the weekly farmers’ market.

    Oh that’s who those women I saw selling produce last summer in Coeur d’Alene must have been, then.

    I’d add to your Response to Cho Seung-Hui that the most important factor protecting the safety of minorities (including whites in places like Hawaii) is adherence to rule of law.

    The current trend in blue regions is away from rule of law in favor of poorly-defined notions of “equity” and “social justice.” This has always precipitated ethnic conflict. In fact, after the Japanese defeat and subsequent disintegration of the British Empire, Singapore went through a period of race riots, ethnic strife, and Communist agitation.

    Lee Kuan Yew came to power in the midst of this and then set up a justice system based largely on British law with the added benefit of the Chinese reverence for righteous authority, making Singapore the jewel of SE Asia.

    Rule of law was taken so seriously in Singapore that the country actually arrested and interrogated some CIA operatives for attempted bribery in the 60s.

    Ironically, the people who most benefit from a stable, law-abiding society – namely the plutocratic oligarch class – are those who work hardest to dismantle it. This is because it constrains their power to corrupt, flout the law, and erect obstacles to competition. They are motivated by a desire to amass wealth and power, and little else; if it were otherwise they would not get to the top.

    The implications for Orientals (I’ve been using that term for some time, because it’s more descriptive in American English, and I don’t see how it denigrates anyone) should be fairly clear given US history:

    Allying with the plutocrats may be profitable in the short term, but eventually they’ll kick you to the curb, and don’t think they’ll ever, ever let China tell them what’s what. They’d sooner get us all nuked than give up their grip on power. I think the Cold War made that pretty clear.

    If something came up that made their anti-white campaign inconvenient (e.g. Russian influence started to grow in Europe, which it probably will) these people could pivot within 24 hours and pretend nothing has changed.

    So assuming you don’t leave the US, the best thing to do would be to lobby for an end to mass migration and an immediate halt to the racialization of justice, which will be used against you at some point. Both would vent pressure and hopefully prevent real racial conflict, but unfortunately the horse may have already left the barn.

    • Replies: @One-off
  149. @PJ London

    Agree with Nos. 1 – 5.

    But at 6, you fail saying that people who are not confronted with the material lies of this world are somehow above those having done so, and failed. Those who allege being poor due to a lack of resources still bear the illusion of wealth, as opposed those who have confronted the lie and whose spirit is now consciously poor, contrite and hungry for truth see 1 -5.

    Or do you say the poor are made rich by some secular turn of events? “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 5:3

    • Replies: @PJ London
  150. @Peter Akuleyev

    In my part of America we have Blacks and Gypsies. Gypsies usually play an accordian in the parking lot of the local strip mall and sometimes the women panhandle while holding a baby. I have never worried about getting robbed, assaulted or murdered by Gypsies.

    I can’t say the same about Blacks. I don’t know all the statistics but I would be willing to bet that Blacks although they are only 10-15% of the population in the US commit more violent crimes than Whites, Latinos and Asians put together.

  151. anon[148] • Disclaimer says:
    @omegabooks

    Albania is called Shqiptar in Albanian…

    stamp collectors know this

  152. @SunBakedSuburb

    Plumbing you can count on is definitely a feature of Western society. And it’s nice;

    Not for wildlife and people who enjoy waterways that aren’t foul smelling and aghast with concrete. It was even worse before regulation.

  153. PJ London says:
    @The Soft Parade

    “.. you fail saying that people who are not confronted with the material lies”

    I have carefully reviewed my comment and have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

    • Replies: @stevennonemaker88
  154. Polemos says:
    @utu

    You are smart enough to know that what you write tells more about your prejudices, agenda and longings than the subject you are writing about.

    If this is true for Linh, isn’t it also true for you, too, utu?

    You are more than smart enough. As for Linh, he is a photographer and a poet and, in my judgment, a genuine humanist: knowing he writes from a unique perspective, he also knows how his own limits and engagements complement the limits and engagements of his others, and I don’t see him ignore the dirty or the obtuse, the wretched or the duplicitous. I don’t get the impression that he is aloof and ignorant about the many masks and sur-faces we humans use to hide or minimize. But, yeah, maybe I also read him a certain way because I too am smart enough to know that in trying to listen to others and remember them with authenticity for perpetuity, I am also engaging in trying to make my life involved, attached, touched, and, thus, no longer disconnected, alone, ignored.

    • Agree: utu
  155. Anon[221] • Disclaimer says:
    @utu

    “You are smart enough to know that what you write tells more about your prejudices, agenda and longings than the subject you are writing about. ”

    Ho, ho! yes utu, thanks for telling us about yourself!

  156. @PJ London

    Don’t worry about it, PJ. The Soft Parade posts illegible babble. He starts an argument, throws in a bible verse or two that he doesn’t understand, and calls it a day.

    It’s hard to tell if he is super old, not a native speaker, or just stupid.

    • Replies: @PJ London
  157. raga10 says:
    @utu

    Tourist just hanging around taking advantage of favourable exchange rates and free to do as he pleases has the luxury to concentrate on those parts of reality (usually the positive ones) that he wants. Locals who actually have to make their living there don’t have the same luxury.

    This is not a criticism; just an observation. Fluff pieces written by travelers are not wrong, they are just not a whole picture. A lot of Albanians emigrate; their numbers tell a story that is not complete either, but it cannot be dismissed: this is not a happy country… Happy people don’t emigrate.

    You are smart enough to know that what you write tells more about your prejudices, agenda and longings than the subject you are writing about.

    Exactly. Since there has been some discussion of Gypsies in this thread, let me tell you a little story: I have nothing against them. One of my earliest childhood memories is a band of gypsies with their wagons setting up a camp on the outskirts of my city… I thought it was very interesting and fun!

    They are long gone now, and looking back I suspect they were a pain in the ass for the local residents… but my memories don’t include that part. It’s not that they are wrong – I saw what I saw. But my vantage point was very limited, like that of a tourist.

    • Agree: utu, Colin Wright
  158. @A Half Naked Fakir

    Schweinhund! The Albanians are an Indo-European people, some of whom, but not all, converted to Islam. That did not change their race. Only Ashkenazis changed from Turkics to Semites when they converted, but that was black magic. You know that.

    • Replies: @A Half Naked Fakir
  159. One-off says:
    @Bill P

    Excellent comment.

    Two disagreements;

    1. Linh actually is partially wrong about Asian security in Hawaii. Most Asian-Americans there are mutts, hafa at best, and likely safe in the short-term. There are, though, significant populations of Asians, primarily Japanese but certainly not exclusively, who have maintained their racial integrity after many generations. They know, but will not voice, that the Judeo-corporatist wolf is at the door. My best friend there, a very loyal Democrat and government functionary, is married to a Japanese national. He recently took a hit to his retirement and they moved to her home town, where he will gladly live as a gaijing while fire consumes his former home.

    As an aside, there always has been a huge schism between Asian-Americans and the native Polynesians and hafa. The former wants statehood, the latter is nationalistic and wants a return to the Kingdom.

    The Empire will sell out the Asians who kept their identity. Haoles are onlookers at best.

    2. The degradation of the Rule of Law has greatly benefitted the Rulers. Maybe I misread you, but these are the people pushing totalitarianism. It greatly benefits them.

    • Replies: @Bill P
  160. Nancy says:
    @Traddles

    Isn’t this the ‘bowling alone’ syndrome? Hmmm…. do we get enough ‘socializing satisfaction’ from ‘screen people’ ? Social media – television – etc. ? Have these technologies been shaded, bent, twisted per usual by the Talmudists?

  161. @Cho Seung-Hui

    I’ve heard that for 40 years and have now bought an apt in the old country! Speaking of fiction, try this one from Jack London:
    https://americanliterature.com/author/jack-london/short-story/the-unparalleled-invasion

    I remember reading that in grade school and thinking that it made sense! how easy it is to brain wash kids! Back then China was fully communist and apparently “deserved” extermination for being communist as well as being “yellow”.

    After thinking that I was an american from the midwest for decades, I’ve accepted that the u.s. is not “my” country, not necessarily because I reject it (I sincerely believed in the strength of multicultural diversity – ellis island, give me your poor, hungry and all that), but it has become clear that i will never be so accepted.

  162. Biff says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    “Freedom = low standards.”

    Plumbing you can count on is definitely a feature of Western society. And it’s nice; as is two-ply toilet paper. But I want to live out the rest of my days in a country not run by the Obama/Holder/Jarrett cabal for their totalitarian billionaire sugar-dadies. Even if that country’s sketchy medical system clips off a few of those days.

    I’m not so sure plumbing is better in the west as a whole. Too much regulation leaves too many constipated, and then returning to the streets for relief.

    I also stooped looking at freedom as a measure of liberty(since it has become a meaningless word anyway). I’m much more into “property rights” and “sovereignty “. Two things in sharp decline in the west – especially in America. They are too quick to SWAT your home and “Civil Asset Forfeiture” what ever property they want, and shoot your dog in the process – it’s been a rising exponential curve over the past two decades, simply because it’s so lucrative. At this point, most of the rest of the planet has a higher “sovereignty” index higher than the U.S.

    War and seizing property is the health of the State.

    • Agree: Iris, HammerJack
  163. awry says:
    @One-off

    I don’t remember listening to it, but they were broadcasting to our country, too. I don’t think it was jammed, Radio Free Europe was jammed sometimes, but not with a total success, as a great lot of people regularly listened to it (’80s), the government finally stopped jamming it at one point altogether as a show of liberalization AFAIK.
    Radio Tirana broadcasts were more like a laughing stock, I remember someone telling that they were saying that Albania is “the last land of freedom” (not the most open though).

  164. HalconHigh says: • Website

    Linh

    Didn’t know you had a brother.

    I have a love-hate relationship with golf.
    I remember the 2012 Ryder Cup held in Chicago.

    The Americans had a comfortable lead over the Europeans and then they decided to bring W to the show.
    Bush was escorted around on a cart by none other than Chicago legend Michael Jordan.
    The crowd cheered wildly….I almost got sick to my stomach.

    The USA team promptly blew its huge lead & lost to the Euros.

    Instant Karma gonna get you

  165. HalconHigh says: • Website

    Linh….Here in PHX, there are only 2 places that I have to wear a mask.
    The supermarket and the marijuana dispensary.
    The nose is never covered.
    Haven’t been vaccinated and don’t plan to.

    Didn’t need a mask at the local bar today.
    We smoked some killer hash in the parking lot & then engaged in half-drunken arguments on the outdoor patio over who was the Best Blues guitarist ever.
    The juke box was cranking out some good shit.

    Best you can hope for in Pre-Apocalypse America.

    • Replies: @Iris
    , @Johan
  166. Iris says:
    @HalconHigh

    arguments on the outdoor patio over who was the Best Blues guitarist ever.

    And who was it?

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  167. Steven80 says:
    @Billy Corr

    There are lots of gypsies in the Bakans for the following reasons:

    – The gypsies were sold as slaves in Vallachia and Moldova (now Romania)

    – When the Russian empire conquered the Wild fileds (now Ukraine) they wanted to resettle the land with agricultural population, and forbade gypsies from settling there

    – German states were having “gypsy hunts” now and then to get rid of them

    Naturally, many clans of this tribe settled in the Ottoman empire, which was quite tolerant and didn’t care much as they were not considered as dangerous for the state, and many of them were willing to convert to islam easily. Unfortunately, they are not a minority that can be assimilated. In my opinion, the genetics differences are too significant.

    I think this is the real reason most Balkan countries plus Cypruss still need visas for the US – Americans are quite aware that part of the gypsy tribe will swiftly move to the US to abuse the social security system.

  168. T__T says:
    @Zarathustra

    In thr Netheands the few albanians that are there over taking over the cocaine trade from the morrocan mafia’s. Europeans, especially balkans, are just a little more ferocious and less fearfull then arabs, who are very frightfull if not in a big group. Ottomans were also fond of using the balkan euros in the army to conquer the middle east.

    • Replies: @Bugey libre
  169. DrWatson says:
    @Cho Seung-Hui

    I’d be on Mr. Dinh’s side in a heartbeat, him being truely a man of the world, with his sensitivity, intelligence and sense of humor. However, I would not necessarily be on your side, being the typical doubtful Asian. Although you apparently come across as an intelligent person, you seem to be devoid of emotions, which makes you less compatible with Whites. Nevertheless, if you are a decent person and not a conniving crook (which you don’t seem to) you can count on the benevolence of Whites, at least to some extent.

  170. Johan says:

    Lin Dinh appears a sort of modern Rousseau, favouring the low brows, except that he prefers city dwellers, sometimes uprooted and affected by city dweller’s decline. But Chopin? A socialist state keeping Chopin in honour? Must be a joke, was there some wave of classical music flowing out of some window into his ears when walking the streets out there? And the bohemian culture which accompanied creative culture seems to be outlawed by socialist aesthetic culture. The blockhead haircut being enforced for instance.
    Probably a Liszt, Chopin and George Sand when they would gather there, they would have been looked upon with hostile eyes by the authorities, a Gautier and Oscar Wilde would have been arrested. I can imagine that they want to keep out the twentieth century hippie, pop, rock, LGBT travesty culture though.

    • Replies: @raga10
  171. Johan says:
    @HalconHigh

    We smoked some killer hash in the parking lot & then engaged in half-drunken arguments on the outdoor patio over who was the Best Blues guitarist ever.

    I do sympathize with the Albanian socialist authorities about what they want to keep at bay…

  172. Johan says:
    @Jazman

    Come to Belgium, the Belgians produce tons of different flavours of the common man’s delight, for sale everywhere. The liberal progressive dictators in Belgium will probably start to attack and kill that part of the culture some day, but for the time being it is still deeply part of the culture, and an economic asset.

  173. @ivegotrythm

    No, Schweinhund! Putting lipstick on a pig doesn’t make it a Lady. Be a good Turk and follow the sand niggas like the wannabe sultan Edrogan.

    • Replies: @Inverted Blue
  174. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Iris

    Hi Iris,

    Since you were talking about Gypsy music, I must mention Django Reinhardt as one of the greatest guitarists ever. Simply sublime. Thanks to that fraud Tarantino, though, most people will only think of his stupid film when you say, “Django.”

    In 2000, the Philadelphia Orchestra visited Saigon when I was living there. I had a friend traveling with them, so when she asked if there was anything she could bring me from the US, I requested two CDs, Billie Holiday with Lester Young, and Django Reinhardt with Stephane Grappelli. Back then, the internet in Vietnam was so slow and costly, I couldn’t just go on YouTube to listen to music.

    Linh

  175. Johan says:
    @utu

    Did Lin attempt to paint a picture of a happy country?

    Personally, when I read ‘socialism’, I read ‘low brow peoples dictatorship’. When I read about it in the writings of Shamir or Lin Dinh, I read a socialism ‘keeping out the Western pestilence’, keeping out the over-the- top, as the ‘over-the-top’ Covid measures are characteristic of a generally over-the-top culture.
    It’s relative, and even makes someone who has a horror of socialism like me sympathize, it doesn’t make me want to emigrate, but the painted images give you an idea of a different situation, which when locked up in the pestilence, too lazy to travel, and not inclined to mix with people, you tend to forget. That’s the function of writings like these, they provide food for imagination, pick your own food from it, accuracy and realism is for the poor of mind. Even if Lin would come up with a picture which is about a complete lie, if the lie is good food for the imagination, it’s a good job.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  176. @Traddles

    Now, the institutions which served as counterweights have all been captured by the enemy.

    Boy, have you hit the nail on the head. Excellent comment.

    • Thanks: Traddles
  177. @Gobacktowhereyoucamefrom

    Thanks for responding, but I’m still deciphering your comment.

    What is the “that” that you’ve heard for 40 years, and where are you from?

    My family used to live in the midwest, by the way.

  178. @Gobacktowhereyoucamefrom

    Please send me an email if you can: [email protected]

  179. Anonymous[831] • Disclaimer says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Indeed your right and by the way I enjoy your articles very much it’s refreshing to read something that’s not packed with propaganda or running down China Russia Iran and who ever else they have it on for that day. It may be a culture war but in reality it’s a class war even those out in the streets burning and looting don’t realize that they are destroying themselves the working class.

  180. raga10 says:
    @Johan

    But Chopin? A socialist state keeping Chopin in honour?

    Why not? Chopin, being Polish-born was always revered in Poland – even while it was “communist”.

    • Replies: @Johan
  181. Bill P says:
    @One-off

    Right, they love totalitarianism when they get power, but my point was that it was an orderly, law-abiding society that created the weath that allowed them to get so rich in the first place.

    This is why plutocrats/oligarchs should always be kept on a short leash. They are the epitome of ingratitude, and they can’t help it because it’s in their nature to amass wealth and power no matter what the consequences, even if it means destroying the people and institutions that they relied on while amassing a fortune. They really aren’t ordinary people.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Alfred
  182. @Alfred

    Abraham Seidenberg, “The Ritual Origin of Geometry,” Archive for History of Exact Sciences (1962) 1:488-527 and “The Origin of Mathematics,” ibid (1978) 18:301-342, demonstrates conclusively that ancient Egyptian geometry and math derived from much older Vedic geometry and math.

    The “Indus Civilization” remnants that are dated to 3300 BC are not the beginnings of a civilization but planned urban constructions displaying antecedent technological and social heritage of very great antiquity. Vedic calendrics date from the 6th millennium BC or earlier.

    The weights and measures used at Bahrain by the incipient Sumerian civilization in the 3rd millennium BC were Indus Valley weights and measures — demonstrating the antiquity of trade between Mesopotamia and Vedic India and in which direction the cultural flow flowed.

    Sumerian historical mythology says that their culture was founded by “gods” who arrived in the Persian Gulf from the south.

    The great rise in sea level between 10,000 BC and 6,000 BC drowned vast tracts of coastal land on the west coast of the Indian subcontinent. Looking for the “cradle of civilization”? Look there.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @Alfred
  183. anon[676] • Disclaimer says:
    @Gobacktowhereyoucamefrom

    (I sincerely believed in the strength of multicultural diversity – ellis island, give me your poor, hungry and all that)

    written by a jewess whose family got rich on cheap labor

  184. @Cho Seung-Hui

    my handle: “go back to where you came from”

  185. @anon

    whatever the author’s motivations, many americans truly believed in that american ideal (and also convinced the foreigners that “we” were sincere). part of the deterioration in american culture and vitality we are witnessing is a result of having abandoned such ideals, instead reducing ourselves to brutal no-holds-barred competition where “winning is the only thing” and if anyone’s exploited or falls thru the cracks, it’s on them!

    • Replies: @anon
  186. @Linh Dinh

    I have been to Center City, Philadelphia as a tourist many, many times. Last time in summer 2019. It has always struck me as a pleasant friendly city with great museums for kids, great food and quite safe.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Dumbo
  187. Alfred says:
    @Bill P

    plutocrats/oligarchs … really aren’t ordinary people.

    It seems the Chinese government is well aware of this problem. Here is an article moaning about this. 🙂

    Oligarchs – Bezos, Gates, Page, Brin, Musk, Dorsey – like to think that they are irreplaceable. But they are all a creation of the US Deep State. If they step out of line, they would disappear in a flash.

    Jack Ma’s Disappearance and the Dangers of Doing Business in an Autocracy

  188. Alfred says:
    @J. Alfred Powell

    The great rise in sea level between 10,000 BC and 6,000 BC drowned vast tracts of coastal land on the west coast of the Indian subcontinent. Looking for the “cradle of civilization”? Look there.

    That is precisely what I meant. 🙂

    Some researchers believe that the Indus valley civilisation was even older – but that it left nothing behind. Maybe it is under the sea – like much of ancient Alexandria.

  189. HalconHigh says: • Website

    Iris…I always liked “Red House” by Hendrix but Peter Green is great also.

    Also a shout out to Roy Buchanan.

    Couple patio drunks swore it was BB King.

  190. HalconHigh says: • Website

    Linh

    Thanks for the Django Rheinhardt info.
    Just checked him out playing with Grappelli.

    Great stuff, had some swing or country-western tones to it.

    Used to have some old Kenny Burrell and George Benson albums….somewhat similar.

    Yeah, Tarantino is a fraud, but at least he gave us Salma Hayek in her underwear lol.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  191. Dumbo says:
    @Gobacktowhereyoucamefrom

    Speaking of fiction, try this one from Jack London:

    Wow. You should send it to Ron Unz (with his theory that Covid was created as a bio-weapon against China), he’ll love it.

    I don’t think it’s the case, but, the idea that they will try bio-weapons against China, as they tried to destroy it chemically with drugs before, is not far-fetched.

  192. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Hi Peter,

    If you stay around Rittenhouse Square and Walnut Street, everything is fine, but already around City Hall, things get dodgy. The Gallery Shopping Mall and the area around the Convention Center, not to mention the Greyhound Station, can be very seedy, and we haven’t even left Center City. Tourists don’t go to Kensington, Fairhill, Point Breeze, Greys Ferry or Fishtown, etc, so they never see the flip side of Philly.

    Most tourists avoid the subway. When I taught a class at UPenn, one of the assignments was to take the subway, get off at an unfamiliar stop then write about it. I did tell my students to not do so at night, and if they’re spooked by anything, just get back on the train and go home. One girl couldn’t even get off the subway, she was so intimidated, so she just wrote about riding the subway. It was her first time, and she had been in Philly more than 2 years!

    The subway concourses often smell like piss, and some homeless even defecate down there, so it’s not exactly kid friendly. Since it’s easier to panhandle there and relatively safer, Center City has a higher concentration of homeless than the neighborhoods. Every so often, though, a homeless would be beaten, even to death, because some youths just needed to release tension. At 13th and Pine, I talked to a homeless guy who had been beaten ten times, all by young blacks.

    Any city with 499 murders in 2020 can’t be “quite safe.”

    The Art Museum and the Rodin Museum are on the Parkway, and the Mutter Museum is near Rittenhouse Square, all relatively safe areas. Each evening, however, you can see many homeless line up for food just outside the Free Library, also on the Parkway, but tourists don’t see this, for no one visits a city to go to the library. Inside the Free Library itself, you’ll always find a few homeless half reading a book on Malcolm X or African Art. They’re there mostly because it’s warm, with ready access to bathrooms.

    A Korean-American friend of mine had just come from a job interview, so he had a suit on. Still, he was broke and hungry, to he joined the soup kitchen line. Seeing this, an old black guy said, “Mr. Lee, you can’t do this!”

    “I’m hungry, man!” My friend replied, and eventually got his free food. “And hey, how did you know my name was Lee?”

    My friend’s name is Scott Lee.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    , @stevennonemaker88
  193. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @HalconHigh

    Hi HalconHigh,

    Amazingly, Django Reinhardt could only use two fingers on his fret hand. He had been injured in a fire.

    Charlie Christian is a fantastic, pioneering guitarist who’s not often mentioned. If you haven’t heard Christian, you should definitely check him out.

    Oh, and Christian was only 25 when he died…

    Linh

    • Replies: @Biff
  194. @Dumbo

    It seems that increasingly to be poor is to be free. Well, at least, in terms of countries. Perhaps because there’s not much to steal? I don’t know

    Poor countries are freer and more pleasant places to live because Jews and Negroes aren’t attracted to poor countries with nothing to steal.

  195. @Johan

    The Gen Y who live with their parents at age when I was in Dubai really don’t understand what being an expat is.

    For example, I’m like the character in MOSQUITO COAST without the inventions or insensitivity to bring a family to some jungle on a whim-I was a young man when I left the USA.

    Being a tourist is not the same as having a job opportunity, a spare room, a suitcase & enough money to get through airport customs.

    Going to France’s Disneyworld is not the same as scrounging overseas.

    But it is worth it.

    I laugh at the townies or locals who speak of “primitive Islamic shitholes” when I cleansed my palette of the taste of Cholos and white trash tweakers watching the sun set off the Gulf of Oman in Dubai.

    At one point the Polish-American kid I knew at college from Flint asked me “did I feel safe there” when he was the one who hid in house at night like a peasant in Transylvania.

    You’re the ones who have to avoid certain bad streets at night, not me. I’ve never worried about walking down the wrong street in Dubai or Asia. I did so quite a few times in the USA in Phoenix & Los Angeles.

    You’re the ones who sisters or daughters worried about rape by blacks in public school systems. Nobody will rape your daughter in a Dubai or Asian school.

    You speak of the horrors of socialism when every social democracy in Western Europe creates better infrastructure, better public transport & superior standards of living in countries like Norway where oil is used as a windfall while in oil rich states like Texas & Oklahoma the poor whites living in stark hillbilly poverty elect the next politician who promises a few jobs if only the oil companies can have a few more tax cuts…

    Only the expat who is bereft of US media & does not care anyhow because a tropical sunset or a swim in the sea is better than staring at the asses of some Armenian whores whose Dad probably aided & abetted OJ in severing his wife’s head sees the USA clearly.

    • Replies: @Johan
  196. @Jazman

    Actualky, the Beer Store is privately owned by all the breweries and has nothing to do with the provincial government. The LCBO is government-owned and run but is specific to Ontario. Other provinces handle the sake of alcohol differently.

    In Alberta, liquor can be sold in grocery stores and elsewhere.

    In Quebec, they have the equivalent of the LCBO, known as Société des alcools du Quebec, or SAQ.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
  197. Corvinus says:

    Lol, Albania’s roots are NOT western. Thanks for the propaganda piece.

  198. Johan says:
    @raga10

    Like alluded to, if any such men would be alive in a socialist or communist state, their hair would be cut short (if even metaphorically), the low brow’s dictatorship would cut him short of everything.. he would not even enjoy patronage from an elite… They just add these man to their canon of the great so to inflate their conceited self-image, unable to support and give fertile soil to them themselves.

  199. Johan says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    You speak of the horrors of socialism when every social democracy in Western Europe creates better infrastructure, better public transport & superior standards of living in

    The social democracy Western European style takes from a man his money so that instead of deciding himself how to spend it, through his own preferred organizations and investments, the far away big government bureaucracy comes to spend it. This consists by now of a huge industry wasting money. Also in the Western European type of socialist-democracies (where I live) there are two types of people who know best how to get access to the money, elites, who use it for their useless elite projects, and by now immigrants.
    Even more, with the current type of greed capitalism and excess materialism, socialist policies will eventually mean that you are forced to fund greed based capitalism and excess decadent materialism. National healthcare by now means to be forced to fund big greed capitalist industry, and the whole of the sideways related greed capitalist industry. Big socialist government in the Western European countries cracks down at small scale enterprise and endeavours from below, it favours the solutions provided by big capitalist industry. Socialism Western European style allows a clique of the corrupt to have an image of those who do good, it is heavily intertwined with the greed capitalist sector.

    These are not superior, but decadent, and it makes people into dependent slaves. It ever works negative in relation to the willingness and possibility of smaller forms of bottom up self-organization, and to give direction other than from the top level. Ever more policies, rules and bureaucracy.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  200. anon[148] • Disclaimer says:
    @Gobacktowhereyoucamefrom

    Imagine that China had taken in 700 million migrants in the last 50 years, so that their population was now one third non-Chinese. Imagine that most of these migrants were a huge financial drain on the native population and they committed higher levels of crime and violence. Imagine that these migrants got preferential treatment in employment and higher education compared to the ethnic Chinese who actually built the country. Imagine the Chinese govt repeatedly took the side of the migrants over the ethnic Chinese and tried to intimidate any of them from speaking out over the ongoing migrant invasion.

    If you were one of these migrants would you be at all surprised if the native Chinese people told you to go back where you came from?

  201. @Peter Akuleyev

    I recall running into large communities of gypsies while living in Greece during the 1980s and early 1990s. I remember thinking that Greece, second poorest country in Europe except for Albania, was going to be overwhelmed by the problems these people would cause in absence of any “management policy” from the government. Turns out that it was the breakup of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact, and the ensuing flood of refugees from Russia and the Ukraine, that caused the most problems. One wonders if that is still the case, or has the “gypsy problem” re-emerged?

  202. @follyofwar

    ‘How many Central Americans, who came illegally to “the land of the free and home of the brave” (lol), soon realize that they made a horrible mistake…’

    But they don’t have to live alongside death squads anymore. Or gigantic spiders…

  203. Dumbo says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    I visited only once and it seemed to be very dodgy, dirty, ugly and full of black and homeless people, and even the Museum of Art (the one with Duchamp’s stuff) was a disappointment.

    (To be fair, Las Vegas seemed the same way, if you venture anyway far from the Strip).

    I guess people just have different perceptions.

    Linh Dinh lived there many years and he should know better.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
  204. Dumbo says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Each evening, however, you can see many homeless line up for food just outside the Free Library, also on the Parkway, but tourists don’t see this, for no one visits a city to go to the library.

    This is a typical American tradition, that public libraries are really hotels and lavatories for homeless people. I don’t know why that is, as they don’t even read (but I guess some look at porn on the Internet). But in all or most large American cities, public libraries have become almost impossible or at least not so comfortable to visit, because of the large amount of homeless people (an exception are university libraries, which are OK).

    It’s not the same in Europe , where libraries still have the purpose of lending books. And people use them. (Or even in Canada, at least in Montreal! Where there are a lot of homeless people, but for some reason they don’t go so much to the library)

    Also, America seems to have more homeless people than anywhere else, but I don’t think it’s (just) for economic reasons. I think the country has more mentally ill people than anywhere else too, and many homeless people are really mentally ill people abandoned by their family or the state (or if not, drug addicts).

  205. Dumbo says:
    @NobodyUKnow

    In Quebec, they have the equivalent of the LCBO, known as Société des alcools du Quebec, or SAQ.

    It’s just a government scam to monopolize and tax alcohol (except for beer). Wine and spirits are much, much more expensive in Quebec than in Europe. You can’t even get a decent bottle of wine for less than 10 or 15 bucks, the same that in Europe would cost you 3 euros.

    Cheese is also very expensive in Quebec, but in that case, I’ve heard that is because of taxes to protect local farmers. Which at least makes some sense, I suppose.

  206. @anon

    hey, i’m not saying you’re wrong, at least in your example. there is a maximum number of people any society can assimilate before the character of that society is changed for the worse for the people who were there first (just ask the natives). that said, i think that mr “cho seung-hui” and me too were here before all that…

    there’s a guy earlier who said that he’d defend an upstanding guy like linh but why does an asian american have to constantly prove himself to be upstanding? how come that qualification appears not to apply to “regular” americans? even if everyone is a reasonable guy like that fella earlier, linh in america is in greater danger than he is in asia – only a few who know him personally or have read his works will know he’s a “good” guy. everyone else will assume something else.

  207. @Anonymous

    Who would object to Anabaptist being burned alive?

  208. @Linh Dinh

    Thanks for all your perspectives.

    I belatedly realized I have no county about the time Obama was re-elected. I thought, so this is what it’s like to be a Jew, making out for yourself always with an eye out for an exit plan when it becomes necessary. Except of course I was not myself seeking to weaken the host.

    There is a greater awakening now by white people who realize this is FUBAR, but who have as yet no plan to survive it or even imagine what shape an attractive geographical arrangement would be.

  209. Biff says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Charlie Christian is a fantastic, pioneering guitarist who’s not often mentioned.

    Although Charlie didn’t invent the electric guitar, but was him that really pioneered it into a full band format simply because his single note jazz style playing on a regular acoustic guitar didn’t have the volume to compete with other horned instruments in a jazz ensemble.

    John Hammond discovered Charlie in Oklahoma, and flew him out to California to audition for Benny Goodman. Goodman, however, showed no interest in hearing Christian play. Hammond’s style of persuasion was to set up Christians guitar/amp prior to Goodman’s concert. When the band was ready to play Christian took to the stage. Goodman was enraged, but felt forced to let the guitarist play. Forty five minutes later the band was met by the greatest ovation the Goodman group ever received. That night sealed the two musicians together until Christians untimely death due to complications from tuberculosis. In early 1942 while convalescing at Seaview Hospital, Staten Island, he contracted pneumonia and died 2, March, 1942.

    Christian would also frequent Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem and sit in with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, and Charlie “Bird” Parker. Along with Christian himself, they are considered to be the founders of “bebop” jazz.

  210. Just be careful when you buy gas in Albania…

  211. Alfred says:

    There seems to be a little confusion about the origins of Albanians. Here is the most famous Albanian of all time. They are no more European than the Turks.

    Muhammad Ali took over Egypt after the French Army retreated – and did not get further than Gaza during their attempt to return to France. This army had been abandoned by Napoleon. He ruthlessly suppressed the Mamaleek (largely Albanians). He modernised Egypt. His army conquered Cyprus and Greece. The British saved the Turks – that happened many times in history.

    Muhammad Ali of Egypt

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Inverted Blue
  212. Dear Linh Dinh,

    First of all, you are doing a great job and once again I take great pleasure reading you. Just one thing. Close to me is one of my best friend who happen to be gendarme ( nobody’s perfect) I read him, (in French) some lines of this piece, and he asked me what you meant with ” The old are dignified”.

    If you have a couple of minutes…

    Otherwise, I advise you to check (if it hasn’t been done already) about the Bektashi sufi cult which is extremely interesing as an heterodox form of Islam. Shabbataï Zevi even finished his life sheltered in Albania among these people.

    A couple of years ago, while working on a construction work, I met an Albanian (catholic) and asked among many questions if he knew something about Bektashi. His answer was rather astonishing: “They have tremendous power like if you jail one of them, you just can’t keep him locked cos he would escaped (suggesting some magic), otherwise they are very benevolent socialy and generous toward the poor.”

    Taker care of yourself, God bless you.

  213. @T__T

    In France the Albanian mafias are powerfull. The police has a hard time with them, especially because they use very local dialects for which it is very hard to find a translator when they phone tap them. Otherwise, many Albanian are hard working , nice people, well adapted to our society.

    Thank you for your comment

  214. @Johan

    As a Swede, your best example of where that goes wrong is Minneapolis.

    The fathers of Minnesota as you know were exiled Swedish socialists (Thurman, Charles Lindberg’s father, David Soul from Starsky & Hutch’s Lutheran Minister father Solberg a redoubted socialist) & at first Minnesota worked.

    The socialism in Minneapolis was intended to cope with alcoholic Finnish immigrant laborers gone wrong like Aileen Wurnos the serial killer.

    Then the minorities from Chicago got wind of it & moved to Minneapolis.

    At the same time, the Swedish-American Lutherans decided to import Somalians.

    Well, look at what you have now.

  215. @Dumbo

    Hello Dumbo,

    From what I know, the Gypsies come from Rajastan. I don’t think the Rajastanis are untouchable… India is huge and they seem to constitute another traditionnal society whith it’s own set of rules. Maybe you know more…

    You might check that great movie which traces the origins of the Gypsies and their migration. The music is ubiquitous during the trip from Rajastan to Spain:

    Have a good day

  216. @Z-man

    Sorry Z Man but Linh is in Albania, not Italy… Albanian criminals are a big problem in France to whereas I know many Albanians who are just good people, hardworking, serious…
    Take care

  217. @Commentator Mike

    furthermore, Italy under Mussolini invaded Albania:”The politics of Zogu was authoritarian and conservative with the primary aim of the maintenance of stability and order. He was forced to adopt a policy of cooperation with Italy where a pact had been signed between both countries, whereby Italy gained a monopoly on shipping and trade concessions.[91] Italians exercised control over nearly every Albanian official through money and patronage.[92] In 1928, the country was eventually replaced by another monarchy with a strong support by the fascist regime of Italy however, both maintained close relations until the Italian invasion of the country. ”

    From wikipedia

    Have a good day

  218. @Linh Dinh

    Any city with 499 murders in 2020 can’t be “quite safe.”

    You are certainly right. However, I want to make the point that people often envision something far more dangerous. People think that going to one of the world’s most dangerous cities is a death sentence. In reality, 500 murders in a city of over 1.5 million works out to one murder per million per day. Still too high, but not like “everyone is killing each other all the time”. Also, your chances of being attacked or killed are not a random roll of the dice. If you are careful and avoid careless/ foolish behavior (like walking alone late at night or dealing drugs) your chances of being a victim fall drastically.

    In short, people think that a city with low crime is “safe” when in reality, you can be a victim of crime almost anywhere. They think a city with high crime is “dangerous” when in reality, you can live there your whole life and never be a victim. Statistically, they are correct, but each individual’s actual experience can vary greatly.

  219. mh505 says:
    @Linh Dinh

    They’re setting up a battle royale of all against all, but with them alone above the fray, as laughing spectators.

    Dear Linh,

    I wouldn’t be too sure about that. Although (too) long ago, there was a time when the guillotines were rolled out and quite a few heads of the then-elite were lopped off.

    All that is needed – admittedly a large order in these sheeple days – is another Danton or Marat and the deplorables may well unite.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  220. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Alfred

    Hi Alfred,

    You forgot Skanderbeg (1405-68) and Mother Teresa. Albanians trace their roots to the Illyrians, so they were in the Balkans long before the Slavs.

    Before the Ottoman conquest, Albanians were Christian, and even today, nearly 40% of them are Catholic or Eastern Orthodox. Native to the heart of Europe, and nestled between Greece and Rome, Albanians are as European as anybody.

    The Roman Emperor Diocletian (244-311) was born in Dalmatia, a province whose name was derived from the Illyrian tribe, Dalmatae, so Diocletian was Albanian.

    Constantine the Great (272-337) was born in Dardania, so he too was Albanian.

    The Ottoman era was but one episode in the long history of the Albanians.

    Skanderbeg is Albania’s greatest hero, and he’s revered for having fought successfully against the Turks.

    Linh

    • Disagree: TheTotallyAnonymous
    • Thanks: Alfred
  221. bayviking says:
    @stevennonemaker88

    We know that Covid-19 is highly contagious. We now know not so much from surfaces, but the shared air we breath. Those numbers are rapidly dropping thanks to the vaccines. But the reasons why masks are recommended are exactly the same reason surgeons wear them, to reduce the risk of infection through water vapor and mini-droplets expelled during breathing. No one can say at any given moment who is infected and who is not. That is why it is good public policy.

    Last Sunday Sixty minutes showed China welding doors shut of infected people’s apartments. They shut the infect rate down very quickly compared to us, with no national policy. If it comes to that in our country I would agree with you. But asking everyone to be considerate and play it safe is a perfectly reasonable requirement, enforced in all major national stores and most businesses. So do the usual, forget the businesses and blame the Democrat Government, you pathetic idiot.

  222. @bayviking

    Last Sunday Sixty minutes showed China welding doors shut of infected people’s apartments.

    So how do they supply them with food and medical care? Don’t these people need to go for checkups and visits to the hospital? Surely there must be a better way.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  223. @Linh Dinh

    Your endorsement of the fake Albanian nation is disappointing.

    Skanderbeg was half Serb and half Greek (mother and father respectively) and he communicated in Serbian.

    No, Albanians are not Illyrians. There’s literally no written record of “Albanians” existing at all until the 13th century, and it was only till the late 19th/early 20th century they were even called “Albanians”. Till then, they were known as Avranites, Arnauts, Shqiptars, etc.

    Mother Theresa is also a massive fraud and she’s increasingly becoming exposed as such.

    Albania is an artificial creation and a fake country whose existence is inherently unnatural as it was designed by Austria-Hungary to sabotage Serbia and block it from accessing the Adriatic/Mediterranean Sea. The artificial creation was concretely supported by Italy and other Western powers at the end of the 1st Balkan War to practically “create” “Albanian statehood” to block Serbia accessing a water port.

    Albania is doomed to expire at the first geopolitical opportunity that Serbia and Greece will get to partition it and put an end to the injustice of its existence.

    I can elaborate more and debunk you on your nonsense further if need be.

    Otherwise, your literary and other writings are still good and it truly does seem like the USA has degraded and gone to shit so far (perhaps even further than many of the skeptics think) that even the fake country of Albania would is a better place to live in.

  224. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @mh505

    Hi mh505,

    The first significant assassination will inspire others, but it has to be a genuine target, not a disposable puppet. If Biden was knocked off, for example, it would mean little, for he’s just a mumbling and stumbling zombie.

    It’s a grand joke on Americans that their masters don’t even care to prop up a more credible buffoon.

    For any resistance to gain traction, you will need many martyrs, that is, people who aren’t afraid to die. What we have, though, is a cowed population that’s afraid of losing its smallest perks even, so it obeys, kisses asses and self censors constantly. Pseudonymously online, some will froth at the mouth most impressively.

    There is no resistance if nearly everyone is hiding like naked mole rats.

    Linh

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  225. Anonymous[358] • Disclaimer says:
    @Commentator Mike

    And it seems everyone still believes the MSN’s I wonder what it will take for people to finally understand that the news is like a comic strip just to form and cement the views of the readers, you would think after the endless phony Bin Laden tapes that people would get the message but it’s more than plain old habits are hard to break..

  226. @TheTotallyAnonymous

    Something else. In 1999 Albania committed aggression against Serbia by allowing mercenaries and terrorists trained in their camps to attack Serbian territory and pounded Serbian positions with its artillery. This is unheard of, and by all rights Serbia should be in a state of war with Albania. If it weren’t for NATO supporting this aggression, Serbia (or then Yugoslavia) would have been within its rights to respond by occupying Albania. Same holds for Macedonia if it allowed terrorists to attack Serbia from its territory. This would be the same as if Serbia had recruited mercenaries and terrorists, trained them, and then sent them across the border to attack Romania while pounding Romanian positions. Surely this was against all rules of international law and a crime of war by Albania against Serbia (and by Macedonia if it acted so, as I’m not too familiar with what went on). But of course in this modern world everybody does whatever they want if they can get away with it.

  227. @Alfred

    Albanians are as European as every other Balkan nation. Genetically:

    And linguistically Albanian/its proto language is Indo-European and has been spoken in the Balkans since at least the Romans. Albanian is compromised of mostly Latin borrowings, from as early as Classical Latin.

    Albanians all were Christian (many still are) and in the Balkans long before any Turks.

    You have no idea what you’re talking about…

    • Replies: @Alfred
  228. @A Half Naked Fakir

    Albanians are as European as every other Balkan nation. Genetically:

    This is a PCA plot. It shows how related different people are.

    And linguistically Albanian/its proto language is Indo-European and has been spoken in the Balkans since at least the Romans. Albanian is compromised of mostly Latin borrowings, from as early as Classical Latin.

    You sound scientifically and historically illiterate.

    • Replies: @A Half Naked Fakir
  229. @Dumbo

    Of course he knows better, that was my point – a short stint as a tourist can give you an inaccurate impression. That said, Philadelphia is underrated as a place to visit. Great restaurants that are much cheaper than New York or Boston, beautiful parks, and the upscale rich neighborhoods like Chestnut Hill are among the most prosperous idyllic neighborhoods in the world (which allows you to understand how the elite can live in complete happy ignorance of what is happening in places like North Philly).

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  230. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Hi Peter,

    If you haven’t visited it already, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is worth checking out. The building itself is magnificent. Frank Furness is a great Philly architect who’s unjustly overlooked. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park is either stupendous or absurd, you decide. Not many people know this, but Netanyahu graduated from Cheltenham High School in suburban Philadelphia.

    Ezra Pound went to UPenn, but there’s no plaque or monument to acknowledge this. Pound did talk about Jews a bit…

    The Italian Market, where I lived, should be renamed the Italian, Mexican and Oriental Market. A slice of the Third World, it’s lively, colorful and just big enough for an interesting stroll. At one end are Geno’s and Pat’s. After Joey Vento died, his kids removed his infamous signs, “When ordering, speak English,” as if people were ordering in any other language.

    Walking by, I saw Giuliani shaking hands with the two cooks during a campaign stop, and Vento arguing with some Mexican guy.

    Mexican guy, “I find what you say offensive!”

    Vento jabbed his finger into the man’s chest, “I find you offensive!”

    Somebody was smart enough to pull Vento away. Vento means air, by the way. It’s very appropriate for a little guy with lots of hot air.

    If you’re adventurous or maybe just suicidal, Walt Whitman’s house is across the river, in Camden. His grave is in Camden too, but it’s not much to look at. Whatever you do, don’t walk around Camden.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Peter Akuleyev
  231. @Cho Seung-Hui

    Scandinavians were settling in Delaware by the late 1600s. To this day there are many names there indicating that origin. Irish and others from the British isles, similar, mostly below New England until the later 1800s. It was religion, not ethnicity, that differentiated the Irish who came in the 1800s. Unfortunately cholera was also associated with them because of the poverty. In the Archives, I worked on Ellis Island files from the early 1900s. In no case were any Europeans, including Jews, Greeks, and various Meds and Syrian Christians, listed as anything other than ‘white.’ As Darwin noted, there was a long tradition of this sort of grouping despite obvious differences. Persons from the Indian subcontinent were “Hindus” because most of them were, and the term “brown” wasn’t in use. There were quite a few Orientals, and whole files described the Chinese villages in detail, because many incomers often pretended to be someone already living in the U.S., and were returning to the U.S., but were actually new (illegal) entrants. So they had people who could describe a particular village and its population in order to identify people coming from it illegally. I think the term used as far as race in the files, was “Oriental” but I’m not sure because that was also used in a poetic sense for persons from the Middle East wearing long robes. Just wearing western clothes turned the Middle Easterners into another category, it seems.

  232. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Linh Dinh

    Vento means “wind,” of course. Ventana, window. Was thinking about Joey’s hot air…

  233. Alfred says:
    @Inverted Blue

    You have no idea what you’re talking about…

    I make no claims to being knowledgeable in this area. However, anyone with half a brain will understand that they are not culturally European. The Turks used them to suppress and collect taxes from the Greeks, Serbs, Bulgars and others. They were mercenaries since time immemorial. Hence their preponderance in the Mamaleek of Egypt, for example.

    The reality is that they are not a civilised people. They have always been parasites. Always into the white slave business and the drug business. The UK is discovering their virtues. They are a lot smarter and more violent than Blacks.

    Here we tell the story of how ultra-violent Albanian gangsters arrived in the UK to seize control of the underground sex trade before taking over a multi-billion cocaine market to make them Britain’s most feared criminals.

    Mamluk means “owned” in Arabic – i.e. not free
    Mamleek is the plural version.

    Mamluk (Wikipedia)

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  234. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Linh Dinh

    Hi all,

    This week, I spent a couple of day in Shkoder, where there are many Catholics. I met a man who seemed very knowledgeable, and whose self-taught English was very good. He told me that 40% of Albanians are Christians. I’d read somewhere that 60% of Albanians are Muslims, so the 40% for Christians didn’t sound unreasonable.

    Estimates vary widely. Quora claims that 85% of Albanians are Muslims, while Wikipedia claims 58%. The highest claim for Christians, though, is only 30%, with most settling for less than 20%, so my “nearly 40%” is definitely wrong. I just want to clarify that here. Sorry about that.

    For a supposedly Muslim country, though, Albania hardly feels like one, and I had just been to Lebanon and Egypt for comparisons. In 2019, I also visited Malaysia, and in 2016, Turkey. In all those other Muslim countries, I saw many more mosques and heard prayer calls several times daily. Here in Tirana, I may have heard it, indistinctly, from a far distance, half a dozen times in three months. I’ve heard church bells more!

    Those decades of officially enforced atheism must have had an enduring effect, I think.

    In Tirana, Kamez, Durres and Vlore, I’ve seen very few women with their heads covered. I saw more in Shkoder, but still not in the majority. Far from it. They were mostly rural people in town to sell their produce.

    Even with less than 20%, Christians are still visible enough here, with churches all over.

    Linh

  235. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Alfred

    The Turks used them to suppress and collect taxes from the Greeks, Serbs, Bulgars and others.

    Hi Alfred,

    Albanians have long considered Slavs and Greeks their eternal enemies, so were happy to collaborate with Turks to, as you say, suppress Greeks, Serbs and Bulgars.

    You say that Albanians are “not civilized,” yet you’ve also mentioned the Albanian Muhammad Ali, a rather enlightened ruler of Egypt, no? Ali may have been the best Egyptian leader in two centuries…

    Linh

  236. mh505 says:
    @Linh Dinh

    There is no resistance if nearly everyone is hiding like naked mole rats.

    Especially when hiding behind triple-masks 🙂

    Still, things will happen. Not tomorrow, not next year; maybe not even in 5 years. And I agree with you that the impetus is not likely to come from the US.

  237. @Linh Dinh

    Thanks for keeping an open mind when visiting Albania. Not unexpected, but sadly people on here froth at the mouth, repeating nonsense propaganda and historical untruths at the mere mention of anything to do with Albania/Albanians.

  238. @bayviking

    ‘…But asking everyone to be considerate and play it safe is a perfectly reasonable requirement, enforced in all major national stores and most businesses…’

    You say ‘asking,’ but you mean ‘telling,’ don’t you?

    What’s the point of conversation if you can’t even write a sentence without lying?

    • Agree: Alfred, RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Cowboy
  239. @Linh Dinh

    ‘…Albanians have long considered Slavs and Greeks their eternal enemies, so were happy to collaborate with Turks to, as you say, suppress Greeks, Serbs and Bulgars…’

    Note that to my knowledge, a great, great many Greeks and Serbs converted to Islam. So, presumably, did many Bulgars.

    In doing so, of course, they became ‘Turks.’ ‘Turk’ is really more of a religious than a genetic category. By this point, ‘Turk’ refers largely to those elements of the indigenous populations of Anatolia, and the Aegean, and the Balkans that converted to Islam at some point — and subsequently had to flee to what is now Turkey. Meantime, those elements of the population that hadn’t converted wound up having to go the other way.

    You can look at them and see this. A ‘Turk’ from southwest Turkey is visually indistinguishable from a ‘Greek’ from Rhodes or Crete — at least to me he is.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  240. Alboboss says:
    @Marckus

    Albanians suffered enough from foreign nvasionsand they always fought for survival. West is a colonial piece of Shit so you keep Blacks home and enjoy your multiculti culture.Racists like you suppose to be eradicated

  241. James Belushi is as typically Albanian as you could possibly get.

    He’s a little swarthy & certainly does not look Nordic but he is clearly European.

    If anything, the Phenotype of Albanians looks Slavic. You see that in Belushi-the wide-set eyes, the high hairline.

    So to argue that Albanians are not white is a little silly.

    Albanians are actually slightly whiter than Sicilians or Maltese, who although Christian got more of an Arab admixture in their gene pool.

  242. Alboboss says:
    @TheTotallyAnonymous

    Hundreds of letters and Historians described him as a Pure Albanian Scanderbeg described himself as a pure Albanian.Serbs sucjed sulltan dick by giving women to Turks whike Greece was liberated from Albanians

  243. Alboboss says:
    @Commentator Mike

    Hundreds of letters and Historians described him as a Pure Albanian Scanderbeg described himself as a pure Albanian.Serbs sucjed sulltan dick by giving women to Turks whike Greece was liberated from Albanians. Serbs attacked first abandoned villages of Albania and then 40 Serbs disappeared.

  244. @Jeff Stryker

    London was a much better place when Maltese pimps ran Soho and there were no Albos in sight. But the good old days ain’t coming back. Ever.

  245. Dumbo says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    Albanians are actually slightly whiter than Sicilians or Maltese, who although Christian got more of an Arab admixture in their gene pool.

    You keep saying that, but, it’s not true. Well I don’t know about Maltese, but Sicilians, it’s not true. Their Arab admixture is small, despite what Tarantino says. They are much more Greek than Arab, and have little Subsaharan blood.

    The genetic contribution of Greek chromosomes to the Sicilian gene pool is estimated to be about 37% whereas the contribution of North African populations is estimated to be around 6%.

    https://mathildasanthropologyblog.wordpress.com/2008/09/06/sickle-cell-and-y-dna-in-sicily/

    This is from years ago, this might have changed because now the island received a veritable invasion of Africans.

  246. gT says:
    @Commentator Mike

    Soon Albania and Croatia will have no-one to protect them, because the US and Europe are going down. Then the Serbians will get some payback. You cannot keep a good dog down, Serbia was always the military and industrial powerhouse in that region.

    The partition of Yugoslavia was necessary, Yugoslavia had previously been so strong that they could even oppose Stalin, so the West rightfully decided that to divide and rule Yugoslavia was in the West’s best interests.

  247. Alfred says:
    @Linh Dinh

    you’ve also mentioned the Albanian Muhammad Ali, a rather enlightened ruler of Egypt, no? Ali may have been the best Egyptian leader in two centuries…

    I hate generalising but the Albanians have a certain “reputation” – like the Jews, the Gypsies, the Chinese, the French, the Germans and so on. Not all Germans are systematic hard-working people for example.

    It does not mean that Albanians are not a hospitable people in their own country and to a stranger like you. 🙂

    Muhammad Ali was a ruthless tyrant – which is what Egypt needed in order to dispose of the Mamaleek (mostly Albanians) who had ruled the country for centuries. The Ottoman Turks sent Muhammad Ali to Egypt to regain control of the country after the French had fled. Muhammad Ali was brought up in the family business of collecting taxes in Ottoman Greece. I can scarcely think of a more cruel occupation. Children were frequently taken away from the families. Indeed, life was so harsh that parents often offered their sons to the Ottomans in lieu of taxation.

    Muhammad Ali invited the leaders of the Mamaleek for a feast at the Cairo Citadel. When they were disarmed and enjoying themselves, soldiers burst in. They were all slaughtered. One Mamluk is reputed to have found a horse and escaped by leaping over the battlements. Probably a fairy tale.

    To recruit soldiers, the army of Muhammad Ali ventured into the south of Egypt on raids to press gang boys of military age. It was not unknown for a mother to piece the eyes of her son so that he does not get taken away. This is not a fairly tale.

    In my family’s ancestral village, the houses were organised in a pattern to make it difficult for the soldiers to penetrate. There was a huge fight between the villagers and the soldiers. The more important families were in the centre – so that their boys were the least likely to be taken away.

    When Muhammad Ali had gained full control of Egypt and had built up a sizable army – with French officers responsible for the training – he proceeded to invade the territories of his Ottoman masters – Cyprus and Greece. The British Navy interceded and Muhammad Ali was forced to withdraw. The British, like today, wanted the Turks to remain a threat to the Russians. 🙂

    I stress here that Muhammad Ali had absolutely no reason to invade Cyprus and Greece. He, like the scorpion in the fairy tale, just could not help himself. The Ottomans were weak and he decided to help himself. 🙂

    It is undeniable that the Americans have constructed a huge military base in Kosovo – a place ruled by Albanian gangs and terrorists. It is also undeniable that the USA presence in Afghanistan is largely for the purpose of controlling the heroin trade – as was the case in your Indochina and its Golden Triangle. The French Surté was replaced by the CIA in that trade. This heroin arrives by aircraft in Kosovo and is passed on to the Albanians who control this trade in the rest of Europe.

    I am not saying that all Albanians are drug dealers or terrorists. I am simply stating that some of them are very good at that sort of thing. I am sure that they have corrupted the British police and that they are cooperating in eliminating any competition to their lucrative businesses in the UK. When you control the hundreds of illegal brothels near London, it is easy to corrupt the police. A lot of violence goes unreported. The owner of an illegal brothel in London is unlikely to go to the police if the Albanians beat him up or threaten his family – because he is an unwanted competitor.

    It is notable that the media in the UK has almost stopped writing about these Albanian gangs. I can only conclude that they provide either money or kids to the paedophiles who control that unfortunate country.

    It is a shitty world out there. 🙁

    PS

    In the 1960’s. My father was prospecting for minerals in the deserts of the north of Sudan. The family had once owned a tiny gold mine on the Egyptian side of the border – Um Garayat mine. My father had worked there as a teenager.

    He entered a general store (not exactly Walmart). While he was being served by the Nubian proprietor, a European-looking man entered and left. My father asked the proprietor who was that man. He was told that he was a Mamluk. It seems that some of them managed to flee to Sudan and their descendants were still around. An incredible feat IMHO.

    PPS

    FWIW, in a much earlier ear, the Mamaleek had defeated the Mongols and prevented them entering Egypt. They saved Egypt from the fate of so many other civilisations.

    • Thanks: Linh Dinh
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  248. Alfred says:
    @Colin Wright

    ‘Turk’ is really more of a religious than a genetic category. By this point, ‘Turk’ refers largely to those elements of the indigenous populations of Anatolia, and the Aegean, and the Balkans that converted to Islam at some point

    Correct. It is a cultural and religious category – as for the Albanians.

    The idea that a numerically small army – without women – invades another country and changes the race of that country is beyond the ridiculous. The Chinese didn’t become Mongols because they were occupied. The Egyptians didn’t become Arabs because most of them changed religion. The Byzantine didn’t become Turkic because Soleiman the Magnificent defeated them. Almost nothing changes for the peasants in those countries. The peasants were 99% of the population at that time.

    DNA-based tests shake Turks’ beliefs in their “Turkishness”

    I just found a website that is a bit of a joke:

    Turkish Women With Blonde Hair For Marriage

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • Thanks: Linh Dinh
    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Wielgus
  249. @Inverted Blue

    Of course, the Albanian language is from the Indo – European family but the population at large is not Muslim for nothing… it’s large amounts of Turkish blood. But even with that corruption, Albania can never be truly European so long as they practice Ala Ooo Akba!

    • Replies: @Inverted Blue
  250. Biff says:
    @Alfred

    I just found a website that is a bit of a joke:

    Surfing for jokes are ya?

  251. Cowboy says:
    @Colin Wright

    What’s the point of conversation if you can’t even write a sentence without lying?

    bayqueen is following the DNC handbook. Lie till they buy. Fake it till you make it law.

  252. @A Half Naked Fakir

    You appear to have completely ignored the graph I replied to you with. I literally just proved to you that Albanians don’t have Turkish blood. Albanians genetically cluster with other southern Europeans, and are most closely related to mainland Greeks. If Albanians have all this Turkish blood… why do all genetic tests say the opposite?

    https://www.researchgate.net/figure/PCA-plot-generated-with-EIGENSOFT-31-32-with-representative-modern-West-Eurasian_fig1_322855628

    As can be seen in the graph, non-mainland Greeks are more related to Turks. Remember Turks are largely descended from native Anatolians.

    Converting to Islam has nothing to do with genetics. Ottomans did not colonise Albanian lands with Turks. They used local rulers to administrate the region. It’s the same story with Bosniaks.

  253. The Turkish blood isn’t literal but metaphorical as in the practice of Islam in the sea of Christianity and so long as any significant number of Albanians remain Muslims it isn’t part of the cultural Europe, plain and simple.

  254. TheBoom says:

    Linh, it would be great if you would incorporate the indepth personal profiles like you used to do about working class people in the US. I like the articles you are now writing but you have an ability to use the profiles to address much larger issues and make the characters come alive. The only such profile I can think of that you have written recently was of your friend Alex(?). it would be enlightening to find out what they show about other countries such as Albania

  255. @Jeff Stryker

    Albanians and sicilians are non-european peoples in general.

    • Disagree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  256. @Bill tyler

    John Belushi & Joe Pesci look white to me.

  257. @Linh Dinh

    I have been to Camden. I decided to walk a few blocks into the wasteland after visiting the aquarium. What a disaster. No tourist would ever think that is a pleasant place to visit. The air literally smelt of feces. Maybe they should show young Albanians videos of places like Camden or Scranton, that might convince them to stay put.

  258. @Commentator Mike

    All correct. Just this part though:

    Surely this was against all rules of international law and a crime of war by Albania against Serbia (and by Macedonia if it acted so, as I’m not too familiar with what went on).

    Albanians did similar to Slav Macedonia in 2001 what they did to Serbia in 1999, but NATO gave Shqiptars ridiculous amounts of power in North Macedonia, so even though N. Macedonia is now in NATO which temporarily guarantees its territorial integrity, there is a de-facto Albanian occupation and usurpation of disproportionate amounts of power, land and territory there.

    • Agree: Alfred
  259. Wielgus says:
    @Alfred

    Many Turks and Greeks are physically interchangeable. I once observed that Turks were Muslim Greeks and Greeks Christian Turks, and it was only partly a joke.

  260. @gT

    I don’t know. They can still do a lot of damage even if going down. They obviously can’t do much to big powers like Russia and China except bark at them like the rabid dogs that they are but they like to take their frustrations out on smaller nations like the Serbs. The Nazis were killing and torturing civilians even when it was obvious that they were losing the war and Hitler was ordering executions from his bunker in Berlin while surrounded by the Red Army.

  261. @gT

    Yugoslavia had previously been so strong that they could even oppose Stalin

    Not really “strong”, just not worth Stalin’s time and effort. As long as they weren’t pro-Western, “non-aligned” Yugoslavia was actually more useful to the USSR during the Cold War than yet another economically dependent satellite would have been, just as “neutral” Austria was quite useful to the West.

    • Agree: Wielgus
  262. @Wielgus

    You are both exactly right. Turkey’s rulers know that a large proportion of their people have substantial Greek genes, as well as Italian and Armenian, and to a lesser extent Jewish.

    Mister Turkish Patriot and Would-Be Caliph / Conqueror Erdogan himself is Greek, and he knows it.

    Turkey’s rulers are so afraid of their people confirming that they’re often mostly non-Turkic, that the country has banned home DNA tests:

    https://ahvalnews.com/turks/dna-based-tests-shake-turks-beliefs-their-turkishness

    • Replies: @Wielgus
  263. @Linh Dinh

    As for Orientals assimilating, we must consider a guy like Andy Ngo, for example. This Vietnamese-American is as much a patriot as any. As a public intellectual, Ngo’s fully out in the open, and not faceless, and hiding behind a pseudonym. Ngo’s has even been willing to get beaten up for his beliefs.

    Linh, I’m pretty sure that Ngo has fled the United States and is now in Scandinavia.

  264. Wielgus says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Some of the most ferocious Turkish nationalists come from the Black Sea, but the chances are good that many of them have some Greek or even Armenian ancestry.
    Some years back, Erdogan denied claims that made it into some of the Turkish media that he had Georgian ancestry. I have not seen the Turkish media mentioning Greek ancestry in his case, but it would take a bold and rather foolish journalist who would do that.
    On occasion Turks with Asiatic features are found, especially in inner Anatolia. A few of those I have known personally have a suggestion of epicanthic folds on the eyes. Whether this is inherited from Central Asian Turks who originally came to Anatolia a thousand years ago, or is the result of more recent population movements like Timur’s army is hard to say.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  265. @Wielgus

    ‘Many Turks and Greeks are physically interchangeable. I once observed that Turks were Muslim Greeks and Greeks Christian Turks, and it was only partly a joke.’

    My observation exactly.

    Aside from everything else, I’ll point out the Ottomans were big on people-moving, so it’s a surety that genetically the ‘Greeks’ and the ‘Turks’ were well shuffled.

  266. @Wielgus

    ‘…On occasion Turks with Asiatic features are found, especially in inner Anatolia. A few of those I have known personally have a suggestion of epicanthic folds on the eyes. Whether this is inherited from Central Asian Turks who originally came to Anatolia a thousand years ago, or is the result of more recent population movements like Timur’s army is hard to say.’

    Yeah. One of the less defensible conceits of history is the ‘Turkophile’ movement where Turkey sees itself as the natural leader of the Turkic peoples.

    It’s about like Obama deciding he’s spokesman for white America. The Turks are mighty fine, and my wife and I have every intention of going back to their mighty fine country — but ‘Turkic’?

    Well, not really. I’d define them as the descendants of — yes — Turkic tribesmen…and those inhabitants of Anatolia, the Aegean, and the Balkans who adopted Islam at some point. And other points. The Ottomans weren’t too picky, genetically speaking.

    As I’ve indicated, I like them — I actually have a Turkish flag hanging in the stairwell — but let’s not try to play the racial purity card. It’s not a winner.

  267. Anonymous[144] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alfred

    As you know, the Mamluks were originally a slave military class usually recruited from the Crimea that took power and became the rulers. But in Egypt today, “Masri Mamluk” does not mean that someone is Turkic, or a slave, but that someone is upper class, whereas “Masri Fellah” means a common or lower class Egyptian.

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