Diaspora

Speak Greek In March

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Not a few things made a profound impression upon me at the launch of the Speak Greek in March campaign, which took place last Sunday at the new improved Greek Orthodox Community HQ. Dean Kalimniou The first was the blessing of the whole endeavor by the articulate and functionally grecophonic second generation priest, Father Eumenios. In perfect Greek, tinged with ... Read More »

What happens to migrant women when there’s no happily ever after

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Forced underage marriage, trafficking, female genital mutilation and domestic violence – this doesn’t sound like the “lucky” country. However, the harsh reality is that there are serious concerns in these areas and some have referred to domestic violence as a national epidemic in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald - Pallavi Sinha Rita (not her real name) came to see me after ... Read More »

Zografos: The Architect Of Autonomus Epirus

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During the month of February, when Epirotes around the world commemorate the declaration of the autonomy of Northern Epirus, now  part of the Republic of Albania, my thoughts often turn to one  of them most remarkable of the Greek people, one time Greek foreign-minister, businessman and president of the Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus,  Georgios Christakis-Zografos. Dean Kalimniou His portrait, ... Read More »

Speaking Greek At The March

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It was a few years ago now that I was engaged in marching towards the Shrine of Remembrance, clad in full revolutionary regalia. Dean Kalimniou Two elderly women, who were marching directly in front of me, were busy chatting to each other in an idiom that appeared to be that employed by sundry Slavs residing in the geographical region of ... 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 ... Read More »

Los Conquistadores Griegos

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“We came to serve God and to get rich, as all men wish to do.” – Bernal Diaz del Castillo When asked by a priest as to his motivation for conquering the Inca Empire, and when he intended to begin the work of converting his vanquished subjects to Roman Catholicism, the infamous Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro is said to have ... Read More »

The Year of Speaking Greek Dangerously

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Καλή Χρονιά. Owing to the indifference of my educators, up until the age of ten, I labored under the misapprehension that the term «Οράιτ» (alright), optionally suffixed with «ρε μάιτ» was acceptable Greek. Similarly, it took a visit from my grandmother in Greece when I was thirteen to disabuse me of my deeply held conviction that μαρκέτα, was not the ... Read More »

Searching for Philotimo

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What’s in a word that may hold a secret for a person, or a whole nation? The Huffington Post – Manos Hatzimalonas, Psychologist, Founder of the Philotimo Foundation A word known hitherto almost exclusively to Greeks has suddenly gained international momentum through a video produced by a US based organization championing the catalytic role played by Greece during WWII. The video features ... Read More »