Neville Wran’s urban legacy a blight on Sydney

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”We have lost a great mate,” ran the headlines. No doubt it’s true. But Neville Wran’s death, sandwiched as it was between our two defining acronyms, ICAC and ANZAC, should also remind us just what mate culture has cost Australia, Sydney in particular. I often find myself explaining to foreign friends the nuances of the word mate. How tentacled it ... Read More »

Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love


The Magus of magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to conjure the miraculous in his fiction: plagues of insomnia and forgetfulness, a cluster of magical grapes containing the secret of death, an all-night rain of yellow ... Read More »

‘Palikari,’ a Greek migrant’s story destined to echo in eternity


The documentary was filmed in a number of locations, including Oakland, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Chicago, Illinois. The filmmakers also visited a number of sites in Colorado, where the Ludlow Massacre took place. These included Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs It could have been a scene from Orthodox Easter anywhere in Greece: Relatives, friends and co-workers gathering ... Read More »

Nikos Papadakis obituary

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During three decades as press attache and then head of the press office at the Greek Embassy in London, my father, Nikos Papadakis, became, in many ways, the voice of Greece in Britain. Nikos, who has died aged 68 after suffering a stroke, joined the embassy’s press office in 1976, serving as head of the London office from 1989 until ... Read More »

A Migrant’s Hopeful Dawn

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Sotiris Manolopoulos: Mythomoteur Every origin myth is a tale of creation, describing how a new reality came into existence. In a large number  cases,  myths of origin also justify the established order by explaining just how this order was established by sacred forces, or at least forces that are extra-ordinary. There needs to be some distinction between cosmogonic myths and ... Read More »

Maria von Trapp, of ‘Sound of Music’ fame, dead at 99

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The Trapp Family Singers, pictured in 1948, rehearse. From left they are Baroness Maria von Trapp and her daughters, Johanna, Eleanore, Agathe, Hedwig, Rosmary, Martina, and Maria. Daughter Maria Von Trapp died this week at age 99. (Baltimore Sun) STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Maria von Trapp, a member of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis ... Read More »

Liberal hero Wendy Davis under fire for her selective biography

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Texas Sen. Wendy Davis speaks at an education roundtable meeting in Arlington, Texas, Jan 9. Davis’ rise from a teenage single mother living in a trailer park to Harvard Law School is a centerpiece of her campaign for Texas governor, but some of the details of her personal story may be fuzzier than first thought. LM Otero/AP State Sen. Wendy ... Read More »

Indefensible Kissinger

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As more details come to light, the darker his deeds seem. Can we please stop already with the tributes to Henry Kissinger? As more and more material gets declassified, there are periodic exposures of his uglier deeds. Walter Isaacson’s biography showed in detail how Kissinger had the FBI put wiretaps on journalists and government officials, including some of his own ... Read More »

Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dies after eight-year coma

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Death of Sharon, aged 85, comes as less of a shock to Israel than stroke that felled him at height of his premiership in 2006 Link to video: Ariel Sharon dies aged 85 Ariel Sharon, the controversial self-styled “warrior” who dominated Israel‘s military and political landscape for decades, has died eight years after a massive stroke left him in a ... Read More »