Diaspora

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 »

Key of Sea

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The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM – 7:15PM, Wednesday 01 October 2014 Join us for an emotional night of storytelling and song. The Key of Sea produces creative projects – albums and journals – that celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. The albums pair established artists with musicians escaping war, hardship or persecution. In this intimate evening, we’ll hear from Danny Katz, Oslo Davis, ... Read More »

Rise in attacks against Aussie Muslims

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A mother has been spat on, a baby’s pram kicked, a pig’s head has been impaled on a cross and mosques vandalised in a worrying escalation of attacks against Australian Muslims. A church and a Catholic school had also been targeted in “hate crimes”, with the incidents reported on the Facebook page Islamophobia Register Australia, created on September 16, just ... Read More »

Thessalonian Jews

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The recent event commemorating the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, organized by the Thessaloniki Association “White Tower,” with the support of the Jewish Community Council in the Victorian Parliament, was unique in the annals of Greek community endeavor. For the first time, Greeks and Jews came together to celebrate the history of a vibrant community that came to Thessaloniki in search ... Read More »