Mother Teresa is going to be declared a saint... and she shouldn’t be
I’m not shocked but honestly I’m so disappointed. I’m a girl who grew up in Kolkata, someone who grew up hearing about Mother Teresa and to be honest I hate the fact that the liberal, white, Western media has held this woman as some sort of paragon of virtue. And she really wasn’t. Here are some things she did:
She was so anti-abortion that she actually used her Nobel Peace Prize speech to rail against population control, family planning and abortion.
She supported Indira Gandhi’s declaration on the state of emergency in 1975, saying “People are happier. There are more jobs. There are no strikes.”
She idolised poverty and suffering, stating that she thought it was beautiful that the poor had accepted their lot in life. But when it came to her, she would check herself into expensive clinics, in the West, in order to treat her own illnesses.
She was also associated with and supported corrupt businessmen such as Charles Keating and Robert Maxwell, as well as the dictatorial Duvalier family and Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha.
She encouraged members of her order to secretly baptise dying patients with no regard for their own faiths.
Her public image was super misleading because
only a few hundred people are served by even the largest of the homes. In 1998, among the 200 charitable assistance organisations reported to operate in Calcutta, hers wasn’t even ranked among the largest organisations- there were others doing a much better job.
In 1991, a journalist visited the home and described the medical care the patients received as “haphazard” and he observed that sisters, who had no medical knowledge, had to make decisions about patient care, because of the lack of doctors there.
Her order did not distinguish between curable or incurable patients, so that people who could otherwise survive would be at risk of dying from infections and lack of treatment. She herself described her houses as the Houses of the Dying.
She reinforced the popular colonialist image of the white woman giving up her life to save the souls of the “wretched” brown people.
There are more shady things about her but I’m over this beatification of Mother Teresa. I’m over her, and I’m over this constant fawning. Kolkata isn’t the “city where Mother Teresa lived”. It has it’s own identity and Mother Teresa doesn’t, at least in my opinion, deserve this honour that the Catholic Church is bestowing on her.
Sabiha Kasimati was an Albanian biologist and scientist. She was from Libohova but was born in Turkey, where her father worked as a doctor; however, she and and her family back to Albania when the country proclaimed its independence. They decided to live in Korça, where Sabiha was the only girl which followed and ended successfully the French Lyceum of Korça, the most renewed school of the country. She was schoolmate of the dictator Enver Hoxha, and it’s been suspected he had a crush on her, which would have contributed to her death. People who had met said she was vibrant and joyful, and a very beautiful girl. She often mocked her classmates, less intelligent and cultured than her and who most likely did not like the presence of a girl who, in addition, surpassed them.
After some time spent firstly as a French and Moral teacher at Korçe and then as a Biology teacher at the Albanian-American school in Kavaje, in 1936 she won a scholarship at the University of Turin, Italy, for Biology, when later get her PhD on Ittiology on 1941, summa cum laude.
She returned in Albanian and continued to work as a teacher and when the Communist Regime was established in 1945 she started a collaboration with the biologist Selaudin Toto, for the purpose of organizing the Institute of Science in Tirana.
On 19th February 1951 the Sovietic Embassy in Tirana was attacked with a Molotov bomb. Sabiha and 22 other people, all of them men and who had mostly studied outside the country during Zog’s reign, were quickly judged and shot and then buried in a common tomb. When in 1994 the tomb was founded again the rest of the 23 people where indistinguishable and they were buried again together as Martyrs of the Country. Eight days after their death the real attacker was found and shot too.
1. Statue of Saddam Hussein toppled in Firdos Square, Baghdad on April 9th, 2003. - After being forcibly removed from office in April 2003 Saddam Hussein was put on trial in Iraq for crimes against humanity. He was found guilty and executed by hanging on December 30th, 2006.
2. Remnants of a statue of Adolf Hitler lie in the destroyed Reich Chancellery in wartorn Berlin, Germany in 1945. - Facing the defeat of the Axis and imminent capture by the Allies or Soviets, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker on April 30th, 1945.
3. A statue of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin being removed from the town square of Gorgi, Georgia. Gorgi was his hometown. - Soviet era monuments such as this were torn down across Georgia in 2010 following a decree from pro-western President Mikheil Saakashvili. Stalin however had died many decades earlier; on March 5th, 1953 of a stroke.
4. A statue of Soviet dictator Enver Hoxha is torn down in Tirana, Albania by an angry mob. - The statue was torn down following the collapse of Albania’s Communist government in 1990. Hoxha died 33 years ago today
on April 11th, 1985
of cardiac arrest.
One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with Enver Hoxha. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to Enver Hoxha.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked Hoxha about it. “Hoxha, you said once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.”
In 1976 the Communist regime of Enver Hoxha in Albania approved a law on the changing of the non-Albanian names (religious names, Turkish or Slavic ones) or simply names not liked by the ideology of the regime. The names could be changed by request of the city council or, in case of newborns, if the name requested by the parent were not approved or liked, the worker at the Civil Register Office could change it as he/she liked.