A sad day for our Europa Donna Cyprus family

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Today is a sad day for our Europa Donna Cyprus family. We lost one of our founding members and member of our Board for the last 15 years, Eleni Kourri, our Nitsa. I choose to write this in English to share this sad news with our Europa Donna European family as Nitsa was an active ED member attending the advocacy training, all the Pan European conferences, and was one of the first Cypriot women who spoke out for women with ... Read More »

C. K. Williams in The New Yorker

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The poet C. K. Williams, who died on Sunday, at the age of seventy-eight, published his first poem in The New Yorker nearly fifty years ago. The New Yorker – By David Haglund * It ran in the April 2, 1966, issue, and was titled, “The World’s Greatest Tricycle Rider.” It begins: The world’s greatest tricycle rider is in my heart, riding like a wildman, no hands, almost upside down, along the walls and over the high curbs and stoops, his bell rapid-firing, ... Read More »

Remembering EL Doctorow, the conscience of the USA

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Novelist EL Doctorow has died in a Manhattan hospital from complications of lung cancer. He was 84. The Conversation – Michael Wutz * He was the recipient of many distinguished literary prizes, among them the National Book Award, two National Books Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Humanities Medal, and most recently, the Library of Congress Prize for American fiction. Shortly after the news of ... Read More »

Sir Nicholas Winton, rescuer of 669 Jewish children during the Holocaust, dead at 106

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“Who’s helping the children?” Emily Langer That was the question that Nicholas Winton, a 29-year-old English stockbroker, asked when he found himself in Prague in 1938. As war loomed in Europe, humanitarian groups had initiated efforts to aid Jews, political refugees and other groups endangered by Hitler’s advancing threat. But Winton found no such effort under way specifically for the children of Czechoslovakia. I knew that for every Jewish child safely deposited on the platform that day, there were hundreds ... Read More »

Obituary Tariq Aziz

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Tariq Aziz, former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq has passed away. Twelve years of suffering in Iraqi jails have ended and he can finally  rest in peace. The Brussells Tribunal – by Hans von Sponeck & Denis Halliday * Unwell, deprived of adequate medical help and abandoned by the outside world, he was held hostage by Iraqi governments following the illegal invasion of Iraq by the US and the UK governments in 2003. Tariq Aziz was needed by a struggling authority as ... Read More »

‘King of the Blues’ Blues Legend B.B. King Dead at Age 89

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LAS VEGAS – B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. AP – ABC News – By KEN RITTER Associated Press His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT. He said funeral arrangements were underway. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg ... Read More »

Fraser didn’t move left, the party moved right

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Vale Malcolm Fraser, I didn’t know him well. Who did, really, outside his family? But if I may one brief personal reminiscence, it is of the last time I saw him to speak to for more than a few minutes, about a decade ago when I spoke at the opening dinner of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. The Sydney Morning Herald – Peter FitzSimons It was a time when John Howard’s government was at its furthest extreme and I finished the ... Read More »

Malcolm Fraser obituary

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Former Australian prime minister came to power in controversial circumstances after the dismissal of the Whitlam government but became a vocal proponent for progressive causes The Guardian – Christopher Zinn The Australian politician Malcolm Fraser, who has died aged 84, transformed himself from the patrician Liberal behind the historic dismissal of the Labor government in 1975 to a vocal proponent for progressive causes often at odds with his own party. He became increasingly estranged from former colleagues, with views, and latterly ... Read More »

Fraser’s politics didn’t shift much after 1975, but the rest of Australia’s did

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Malcolm Fraser’s commitment to human rights never changed – the rest of the country shifted so far right he seemed to undergo a transformation The Guardian – Julian Burnside Malcolm Fraser died in the early hours of 20 March, 2015. He was 84. He will be missed by millions of Australians. In the couple of hours after his death was announced, I received messages of grief and condolence from many people who have always associated themselves with Labor. It’s a remarkable ... Read More »

Journalist chronicled contribution of Greeks to building the nation

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Kosta Nikolopoulos Journalist, Greek community activist 16-11-1947 – 16-1-2015 Political journalist Kostas Nikolopoulos, who has died in Melbourne aged 67, was one of the most influential and respected voices of Melbourne’s Greek community, and an elder statesman of ethnic media in Australia. He was a tireless community activist whose contribution to public life transcended the pages of the Greek-language newspaper Neos Kosmos, where was deputy editor for the past 20 years. The Age – Victoria Kyriakopoulos and Fotis Kapetopoulos In a ... Read More »

Vale Faith Bandler: anti-racist intellectual and activist

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Mrs Faith Bandler has died. We mourn our loss and honour her life. Her death on Friday marks the end of an era. At the age of 96 years, she outlived all the other black political activists of her generation in Australia. Her life was remarkable for a woman of colour in this country during this last century. The Conversation – Victoria Grieves Born in 1918 of Wacvie Mussingken from Vanuatu and Ida Venno of South Asian and Scottish descent, her ... Read More »

Tom Uren was an Australian champion

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As a survivor of the Burma railway, Tom Uren saw a lot, suffered a lot and had a deep well of compassion. He went to Hell but wasn’t defeated spiritually. His life stands as testament to his beliefs. The Sydney Morning Herald – Martin Flanagan * I first met Tom Uren in 1987 when I rang and asked if I could do a story on him. “I’m interested in boxing,” I said. He said, “I don’t talk about boxing.” I said, ... Read More »

Colleen McCullough: we’ll celebrate a woman for anything, as long as it’s not her talent

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The Australian’s obituary of Colleen McCullough is a sad reflection of how women’s lives are valued The Guardian – Rebecca Shaw Obituaries are a funny thing. How do you sum up a person’s entire life in just a few words? How do you put their essence on a page, touching on their achievements, and their greatest moments, while also keeping it personal? The first paragraph seems to be crucial. When Bryce Courtenay, one of Australia’s most beloved and successful authors died ... Read More »

Greek singer Demis Roussos dead at 68

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GREEK singer Demis Roussos, whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, has died in Athens at the age of 68, a hospital confirmed. Herald Sun AP NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK The hospital said the singer died following a lengthy hospitalisation, but did not give an exact cause of death. For many an iconic presence with a colourful dress sense — Roussos ... Read More »

Graeme Hugo, distinguished demographer and academic, dies aged 68

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One of Australia’s most distinguished demographers, Professor Graeme Hugo, has died at the age of 68 after a short illness. ( ABC ) Regarded by his peers and students as an academic giant, the University of Adelaide professor was also director of the Australian Migration and Population Research Centre. Professor Hugo was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to population research in 2012. He was also recognised as a generous public intellectual and was a ... Read More »

Vale Kostas Nikolopoulos

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“Institutions and organizations are not eternal. People are.” Agora Dialogue – Dean Kalimniou It was with these words that the late and much lamented journalist Kostas Nikolopoulos accosted at me at the Greek Film Festival last year, Kostas’ propensity to apparate seemingly out of the ether, flash a smile as enigmatic as that of a Cheshire cat, pose a contentious conundrum and then reduce me to a quivering mass of inarticulation as he would then expound his own theories, was ... Read More »