“Well, you just explained yourself rightnow. Since it appears that you are a slav then your history IS selective. Only believing what has been taught to you since birth.....untruths like: the slavs were once a great and noble people that have always lived there....that those mean old Albanians came and took their land and after trying to wipe out the Albanian virus and failing, the slavs now play victim instead of bully.
The truth IS slavs come from what is now Russia. Albanians are descendants of Illyrians who are the original inhabitants of the Balkans. I've done my share of unbiased research, unlike you "dr."”
drmatorski on Aug 1, 2011 at 00:29:09
“Oh dear Lord... talk about someone with selective history. Not one legit historian backs the Illyrian claim. NOT ONE! I actually work in the field and get paid serious money for it. I'm sure you've done your "research." I'm not getting into it on a forum page with you. My family came from Russia in the 1700's. So I'm not a Kool Aid drinker. Seems you have a problem...a serious one....you have no clue what my nick means so get a clue...”
“Another truth denier. You have a selective understanding of history. Sad, just sad.”
lepantos on Aug 2, 2011 at 07:11:05
“Arbereshe, a truth here, a truth there, and a lot of hogwash in between does not make a balanced view. Your comments are so biased, that they would be more appropriate for a CIA or US troop "background manual", than anyone that lived those events at the time. The point remains that the policy of displacing populations, and creating pseudo-states whose independence and legitimacy are guaranteed by the "Big Powers" is a flawed long-term solution, and is a solution of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. It creates more problems than it solves. This has been proven over and over again.”
drmatorski on Jul 31, 2011 at 19:12:10
“Oh really? I'm from there, worked there, etc... Nice try. What's sad is you became a product of going native...”
“Wow, just wow. Ninety-nine percent of the comments on this thread so deluded. Have any of you even been to the Balkans??!?!?
Have you all conveniently forgotten how the Serb military and police systematically killed Albanian women, children and seniors just 12 years ago?!? How they forced families out of their homes across borders simply because they were Albanians? Homes that were then looted and then destroyed.
Here are some photos to refresh your memories. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/5083978/Dren-Caka-sole-survivor-of-a-Kosovo-war-massacre.html
I worked there for 5 years for the USGOV and am very familiar with the region.
NO one is trying to wipe Christianity there. The vast majority of Muslims who live there are secular Muslims.....most drink alcohol and some even eat pork.
Albania does have its share of problems but then what country doesn't?
The KLA no longer exists.
The Kosovar Albanians have reached out to the Serbs living in Kosovo many, many times in order to have them join the Kosovar society but they are constantly rebuffed because they have a victim mentality. The Serbs there are used to being in charge and now that they aren't, they prefer to play the victim and whine.”
oxi on Jul 31, 2011 at 18:23:33
“Are you Muslim?
If not, go back to your nap!”
Emmanuel Gonot on Jul 31, 2011 at 18:20:26
“Serbians - ethnic cleansers, simple as that. Current crisis - a minority trying to usurp a country's authority. Think of it this way: what would you Americans do if a group of Mexican-Americans living near the US-Mexican border would forcibly cease border check points, put up roadblocks, kill a US customs officer -- all to ensure the free transit of contrabands or illegals into the US?”
“Nobody here, certainly not me, denies that crimes were committed by individuals or groups who were ethnic Serbs. For those crimes, Serbian government arrested president of Serbia and sent him to Hague, Serbian government arrested top military and police generals and sent them to Hague, Serbian government arrested soldiers and police officers ...
Who was arrested and sent to Hague for the fact that out of 50 000 Serbs that use to live in Pristina, now only few dozens remain? Who was sent to Hague for the fact that there are more then 100 000 refugees, mostly Serbians, who still can not return to their land?
KLA does not exist, but where is the KLA leader now, and what is he accused of? He is the prime minister of Kosovo's interim government and is accused of orchestrating human organs trafficking? Take a look at Dick Marty's report accepted by Council of Europe. Other KLA members hold high political and police position within mr. Thaci's government.
Secular Muslims? How can that be? A Muslim is follower of Islam, by definition, Muslim can not be secular, right?”
drmatorski on Jul 31, 2011 at 16:01:57
“Trying to rewrite history yourself because you were treated well by the Albanians is also trying to delude the conversation. As someone who also worked in the region and saw how the Albanians tried to manipulate things and saying they lost relatives and never could prove it is something you probably chose to ignore as well. BTW, where are those 100,000 deaths that everyone claimed took place to get involved? That's right, that number isn't even close. Why don't you tell everyone that their recent KLA hero who was their leader is being investigated for an organ trafficking scheme? Or how about that the KLA used terrorism to get in an eager CIA involved in the Balkans because they thought they could "work" with the Albanians? I thought so... The problem is that since the US is so about how people are mistreated, why don't they take Kim Jong Il in North Korea out? Or how about solving the crisis in Sudan? Some of us are little smarter than you think so trying to pull that stunt is just silly....or you could be an Albanian? Or how peace loving were the Albanians in 2004 by burning churches? See clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkgHkxIfgBc”
I have Lebanese-American friends who swear that this hummus is as good as their mothers'.”
Trittydi on Apr 5, 2011 at 14:39:52
“This is very similar to what I make. The only difference is I have never tried adding parsley before (I'll certainly try it now) - and we always add roasted red pepper, which we roast ourselves whenever we can. The canned versions simply don't have the same lovely flavor.
“Good post, Mr. Safi. However, you left out one other Sufi group....the Bektashis of Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia. They have always been considered the progressive form of Islam there and also the most educated and enlightened.”
hp blogger Omid Safi on Apr 2, 2011 at 14:43:24
“dear Arbereshe, thank you. I didn't mean to include an exhaustive list of all the various mystic groups. I do have a lot of respect for the Bektashis, and in fact take my students to Haji Bektash Veli's shrine in Cappadocia.”
“The recipe name is a bit deceptive. It's called Beef A La Lindström yet it contains pork. This is very frustrating for non-pork eaters at restaurants.”
Danish5666 on Nov 13, 2010 at 19:33:41
“Bad translation, the correct is Meat a la....”
hp blogger Kalle Bergman on Nov 12, 2010 at 16:19:31
“Dear Arbereshe - just leave the pork out. In fact most of the Beef A La Lindström served in restaurants are with beef only. The added pork was first introduced to me by Über Chef Mr Leif Mannerström - and it makes it just a little bit lighter in texture.