Diaspora

Turkey’s president comes to Maryland to celebrate Turkish center’s opening

Two decades of praying, planning and building came to fruition Saturday as thousands from across the country and beyond gathered to celebrate the official opening of a $110 million facility in suburban Maryland designed to support and honor Turks and those of the Muslim faith living in the United States… Source: Turkey’s president comes to Maryland to celebrate Turkish center’s opening – The Washington Post Read More »

Taxithi: Untold stories of migration

Writer and performer Helen Yotis Patterson talks to Koraly Dimitriadis about her acclaimed show Taxithi: an Australian odyssey, and why she became obsessed with collecting migration stories from women… Source: Stories of migration | SBS Life Read More »

Taxithi: An Australian Odyssey relates dreams of Greek community

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The unspoken word in this powerful and touching celebration of the Greek community in Australia is “refugee”… Source: Taxithi: An Australian Odyssey relates dreams of Greek community Read More »

Taxithi – An Australian Odyssey – theatre review

An intelligent, insightful and emotion-charged work from Melbourne writer and performer Helen Yotis Patterson awaits those who venture to see this world premiere production. Inspired by untold true stories of love, sacrifice and courage, Taxithi opens the door to the Greek migrant experience to Australia in the 1950s and ‘60s… Continue reading Source: Taxithi – An Australian Odyssey – theatre review | the blurb magazine Read More »

Maria Mercedes’ Greek journey in Taxithi

Embracing her Greek heritage, Maria Mercedes explains that doing Taxithi is not just another job, it’s a gift… Taxithi. “The title means nothing to the majority of people – unless you’re Greek,” said Maria Mercedes with a laugh. “It’s Taxithi, which means journey.” Taxithi is the story of Greek migrants to Australia through the 1940’s to 1970’s. It’s written by Helen Yotis Patterson and is based on her own… Source: Maria Mercedes’ Greek journey in Taxithi – Theatrepeople Read More »

We wouldn’t be mourning lost languages if we embraced multilingualism

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made news shedding tears over the plight of an elderly Indigenous woman. Turnbull wiped away tears during a TV interview with Stan Grant as he told of hearing a Moss Vale woman recall her mother singing to her in the Ngunawal language as a young child… Source: We wouldn’t be mourning lost languages if we embraced multilingualism Read More »

When the poetry ‘voice from outside’ came indoors

In 1983 a handsome bilingual poetry book won the Australia Book Council Award for best book of the year. Tsaloumas’ path to this award was long and anguished… Source: When the poetry ‘voice from outside’ came indoors Read More »

TAXITHI: An Australian Odyssey @ fortyfivedownstairs

TAXITHI: An Australian Odyssey is a world premiere, featuring the untold stories of women who migrated from Greece to Australia in the 1950s and 60s presented by fortyfivedownstairs ..poignant memories and passionate music. Source: TAXITHI: An Australian Odyssey – fortyfivedownstairs Read More »

PiO’s portrait of Fitzroy and its people in poetry

A Greek-Australian poet honours the many brief flickering lives that compose the suburb. PiO’s epic-sized Fitzroy, his 11th book of poetry, yields a history of the suburb through portraits, dramatic monologues and pithy tales. Fitzroy stretches from Robert Hoddle’s road-plan grid over the Wurundjeri people’s habitation to a boisterous crowded suburb of struggling labourers, shopkeepers, and dodgy… Source: PiO’s portrait of Fitzroy and its people in poetry Read More »

This is Manus Island. My prison. My torture. My humiliation

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Iranian Kurdish journalist Behrouz Bouchani writes from Manus Island, where he has been held for 28 months, experiencing ‘profound and annihilating mental torture’ Twenty-eight months ago, with a shattered body which was ravenously hungry and deeply wounded, with bare feet and exhausted soul, I made the trip to the soil of… Source: This is Manus Island. My prison. My torture. My humiliation | Behrouz Bouchani | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

act4greece.gr | A Crowdfunding Program

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The act4greece program is a pioneering initiative by NBG -in strategic cooperation with organizations and foundations of international standing- for the promotion of social and developmental banking. I SUPPORT ACTION Πρόσφερε κι εσύ με ένα κλικ στο www.act4greece.gr Source: Act4Greece It aims to broaden and channel –with absolute transparency and accountability– resources to specific actions which meet the real needs of Greek society and support pioneering and innovative ideas. The various act4greece actions are being implemented by bodies with a ... Read More »

Archbishop of York urges UK to welcome refugees in Christmas message

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The UK must play its part in welcoming as many refugees as it can, the Archbishop of York has said in his Christmas message. Carey Lodge, Christian Today Journalist  Printed in the Yorkshire Post, Archbishop John Sentamu – who himself fled to Britain from Uganda in the 1970s – urged Christians to “show someone some love and kindness” over the festive season. Focussing on refugees fleeing persecution and war, as well as those suffering under benefit sanctions in the UK, ... Read More »

‘We were once strangers’

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HOW should we Jews react to the worldwide refugee crisis? In light of the attacks in Paris, there are those who argue we should close our borders. The Australian Jewish News – Robin Rothfield The attacks resulted in around 130 deaths. This is horrendous and demonstrates the complete lack of respect for the sanctity of human life by the perpetrators of this heinous crime. But consider the situation in Syria. Estimates of the number of deaths from the civil war since March ... Read More »

Melbourne Uni sets up fellowship for Greek researchers

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The university expects to welcome its first Greek researcher in 2016 In an effort to assist Greek researchers during the economic crisis, the University of Melbourne has set up the first Greek Australian fellowship. Neos Kosmos – Anastasia Tsirtsakis The initiative, led by Professors Christos Pantelis and Dennis Velakoulis from the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, will give up to two candidates the opportunity to venture Down Under and train under the professors at Melbourne University. “We’ve managed to secure a fellowship ... Read More »

Forgotten origins of Iraqi music celebrated in award-winning doco

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It’s hard to say what’s most remarkable about an Australian film winning best documentary at the 2015 Baghdad Film Festival. The Age – Michael Dwyer, Music writer Yes, the revelations in Melbourne filmmaker Marsha Emerman’s On the Banks of the Tigris are profound – for Iraqis at home and in diaspora, for the Jewish songwriters it reinstates in the nation’s cultural history, and for an anxious world looking always for signs of unity and reconciliation. But from this distance, the casual ... Read More »

Comment: I’m Muslim and I’m glad Geert Wilders is coming to Australia

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Anti-Islam, far-right politician Geert Wilders has been granted a visa to Australia. And I’m glad – because haters are always going to hate, writes Irfan Yusuf. SBS – By Irfan Yusuf Since the brutal murder of police worker Curtis Cheng in Parramatta last week by a schoolboy believed to have been influenced by extremists, columnist Andrew Bolt has been alleging a conspiracy between politicians and police. On 5 October he wrote: “They treat us like fools. Police and politicians are ... Read More »