Diaspora

Tales of Cyprus

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Con Emannuelle’s art is a record of a way of life which no longer exists and the memory of which remains to only a very few. Tales of Cyprus – Dr Jennifer M. Webb* In collecting these wonderful photographs, in painstakingly and so beautifully drawing these iconic scenes and creating these posters, he is paying tribute, with love and gratitude, to ... Read More »

Robber’s Rights

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It was the Goatboy, an incisive former contributor to the august pages of this publication, who, commenting on the state of Greece a few years ago, observed: “Boyfriend, Hellenism is a superseded discourse.” While we in the diaspora have the luxury of proving our dedication to the fold by demanding the return of the Parthenon Marbles from Britain, our Helladic cousins ... Read More »

Giving, Devising, Bequeathing

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The first thing that aged Greek clients ask me when they attend my office for the purposes of making their wills is whether their assets are protected when a concatenation of circumstances causes the surviving partner, usually the male, to become ‘mixed up,’ (μπλεγμένος), with a younger and the inference is, rapacious new companion. For some reason, that companion is ... Read More »

Arab Americans Getting Ready for 2016

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Next week, Arab American leaders and activists from a dozen key electoral states will convene in Washington to map out a political strategy for 2016. Despite the very real challenges facing the leaders who will gather, this generation of Arab Americans can approach the future with some confidence given the progress that has been made the last three decades. Thirty ... Read More »

Erdoğan says America was discovered by Muslims, not Columbus

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America was discovered by Muslims, not by Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has claimed, vowing to build a mosque “on that hill” in Cuba if the authorities of the Caribbean nation grant the permit. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the first LatinAmerican Muslim leaders summit in Istanbul on Nov. 15, Erdoğan slammed colonialism before referring to a ... Read More »

Greeks Who Whistle Dixie

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By now we are used to seeing Greeks crop up in the most unconventional pages of world history. There was a Greek prime minister of Siam, a Greek Protestant king of Romania. A Greek bishop was behind the schism in the Russian Orthodox Church and a Greek was responsible for the assassination of South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd. We ... Read More »

Memento Mori

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The year was 1987. I was accompanying my grandmother on her weekly excursion to acquire groceries, when, passing by the local opportunity shop, we chanced, in the window, upon a rather large 19th century Greek icon, accompanied by a large framed tapestry with the Greek words intricately embroidered upon it: «Το πεπρωμένο φυγείν αδύνατον.» (It is impossible to escape fate). ... Read More »

20 Years of 3XY Radio Hellas

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On Late Night Live a few weeks ago, the sagacious Phillip Adams asked Graeme Blundell if 3XY, a Melbourne radio institution still exists. Graeme in turn mused that it had probably been dissolved. It was to this conversation that my thoughts turned, when I beheld the breathtaking Yiannis Ploutarhos on the stage of Hamer Hall. Clean-cut Yiannis, the sort of ... Read More »

Women bear brunt of Islamophobia

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It is the little things that Sara misses the most: driving around with the windows down, taking her kids to the park, ducking to shops for groceries. The Muslim mother-of-two from Revesby is too scared to leave the house after a spate of anti-Muslim incidents in Sydney. “I’ve seen so many friends report on their Facebook about being abused, I ... Read More »

The Meeting Spot

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“Controversy is only dreaded by the advocates of error.” Benjamin Rush Recently, Neos Kosmos featured an important piece of writing penned by Elena Piaki, a year 12 student of literature who sought to portray “collapsing values, such as democratic or cultural values, that were longstanding in the history of Greece but are collapsing due to a rise in xenophobia and ... Read More »