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Forum: Politics Today, 09:09
Replies: 46
Views: 1,978
Posted By Ismail
Considering that Hoxha founded a communist party,...

Considering that Hoxha founded a communist party, led a revolution, and actually witnessed the rise of Castro, I'd say his words have some relevance, especially since he was addressing a delegation...
Forum: Politics Today, 05:50
Replies: 46
Views: 1,978
Posted By Ismail
People bring up Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky when...

People bring up Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky when discussing Cuba, I don't see why Hoxha (who actually commented on Castro) should be exempt.
Forum: Politics Today, 03:52
Replies: 46
Views: 1,978
Posted By Ismail
I already explained the relevance of Fidel's...

I already explained the relevance of Fidel's gushing praise for Chinese "socialism" earlier.

As for the quote I just gave, if Fidel says his revolution had nothing to do with communism or "class...
Forum: History Today, 03:44
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
Albania's "hideously mismanaged economy" achieved...

Albania's "hideously mismanaged economy" achieved some of the highest growth rates in the world. It obviously didn't require "propping up" by the Soviets (cf. total rupture of diplomatic and trade...
Forum: Politics Yesterday, 13:19
Replies: 46
Views: 1,978
Posted By Ismail
"The Cuban Revolution was made not by any class,...

"The Cuban Revolution was made not by any class, but rather by the youth. They began it, and the people joined in. The peasants were the first to join forces with the youth. The Revolution was made...
Forum: History Yesterday, 02:22
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
This just reflects your own ignorance. If you...

This just reflects your own ignorance. If you mean it was a "satellite" of the USSR under Stalin, this is incorrect. Even though Albania carried out its revolution without the assistance of the...
Forum: History 22nd April 2014, 21:04
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
It didn't invade foreign countries, prop up...

It didn't invade foreign countries, prop up reactionary regimes, be on the receiving end of a proxy war, or engage in demagogic claims to being "non-aligned." And Albania was so much the better for...
Forum: History 21st April 2014, 22:45
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
Apparently Albania really doesn't have enough...

Apparently Albania really doesn't have enough history for this, if we are to believe Alexios who claimed that Albanian history apparently began in WWII and remarked sarcastically that it had "real...
Forum: Politics 21st April 2014, 00:57
Replies: 46
Views: 1,978
Posted By Ismail
I just said why. Cuba didn't merely maintain...

I just said why.

Cuba didn't merely maintain relations with the USSR, it was a neo-colony of Soviet social-imperialism. There are a number of works on the subject, Cuba: The Evaporation of a Myth...
Forum: Politics 20th April 2014, 01:58
Replies: 46
Views: 1,978
Posted By Ismail
They aren't out of context. In the case of...

They aren't out of context. In the case of Castro's speech heaping praise upon China, I quoted the entirety of said speech. As for his comments on Gorbachev see his "spoken autobiography":...
Forum: History 19th April 2014, 20:45
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
There are various sources on the treatment of...

There are various sources on the treatment of homosexuals in countries like the USSR, GDR, Czechoslovakia and the like. They mention mental institutions and attempts to "cure" homosexuality. As far...
Forum: History 19th April 2014, 00:57
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
I already gave the reasons on the first page of...

I already gave the reasons on the first page of this thread.

I actually don't recall homosexuals being sent to mental institutions in Albania, only labor camps. In the USSR after the 50s, and in...
Forum: History 18th April 2014, 21:36
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
Out of everything being discussed in this thread...

Out of everything being discussed in this thread (claims that Hoxha was a homosexual, the class character of Albania under him, his "authoritarianism," etc.) you've suddenly decided to latch onto the...
Forum: Literature & Films 18th April 2014, 02:28
Replies: 603
Views: 23,174
Posted By Ismail
They Shall Not Pass, the autobiography of Dolores...

They Shall Not Pass, the autobiography of Dolores Ibárruri (a leading member of the PCE.)

An excerpt on visiting Paris as part of a Spanish delegation to convince the French government and the...
Forum: History 17th April 2014, 23:43
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
It's not relevant, but since 9mm/Inertia actually...

It's not relevant, but since 9mm/Inertia actually misquoted it (claiming that Hoxha specifically described "black" music as "jungle music") it appears I have to discuss it as well.

I barely post...
Forum: History 17th April 2014, 23:29
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
Calling Albania a "shithole" as a justification...

Calling Albania a "shithole" as a justification for writing it off is something I consider chauvinistic, yes.

Also Hoxha never called jazz "jungle music." This is the quote:

"Our social opinion...
Forum: History 17th April 2014, 23:09
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
You've put forward practically nothing else but...

You've put forward practically nothing else but snide remarks about Albania and Albanians. The only other thing I could accuse you of is trolling.

Is this because you've never actually addressed...
Forum: History 17th April 2014, 22:28
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
This is absurd and clearly chauvinistic. Albania...

This is absurd and clearly chauvinistic. Albania has plenty of history. Your claim is no more valid than racists who claimed that Africans "had no history" before colonialism. Furthermore you are...
Forum: History 17th April 2014, 18:44
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
Except you've attacked Albania and Albanians...

Except you've attacked Albania and Albanians before, and you still haven't clarified your posts.

Again, this post makes no sense coming from someone like yourself. Who decides who is "irrelevant,"...
Forum: History 17th April 2014, 05:00
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
Is it because you harbor some strange grudge...

Is it because you harbor some strange grudge against Albanians that you don't want to divulge? In March you called Albania "the Biggest Little Country in the World" and in November said that "Albania...
Forum: History 16th April 2014, 17:24
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
For the record, Nexhmije wrote a two-volume work...

For the record, Nexhmije wrote a two-volume work titled Jeta ime me Enverin (My Life with Enver) in the late 90s. She notes that she had a romantic relationship with Enver during the war and that...
Forum: History 15th April 2014, 18:24
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
Albanian law and psychology viewed homosexuality...

Albanian law and psychology viewed homosexuality as the remnant of patriarchal and backward class societies, thus trying to provide a materialist analysis of the phenomenon. I never defended the...
Forum: History 15th April 2014, 07:34
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
The East German revisionists decriminalized...

The East German revisionists decriminalized homosexuality in the early 70s, which isn't surprising considering the fact that German homosexuals actually had a history of being organized and...
Forum: History 15th April 2014, 06:09
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
Beyond a part of the legal code attacking...

Beyond a part of the legal code attacking "sodomy," no, he didn't. There was never any homosexual "identity" (so to speak) in Albania. Homosexuality simply wasn't discussed outside of very specific...
Forum: History 15th April 2014, 05:44
Replies: 83
Views: 3,412
Posted By Ismail
That's not my point. You'd be hard-pressed to...

That's not my point. You'd be hard-pressed to find any mention of homosexuality in Albanian publications during the socialist period. Muho Asllani, who worked with Hoxha, said in a recent interview...
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