Diaspora

Golden Dawn visit dismays Australia’s Greek community

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Greek Australians vow to stop neo-fascist party from spreading hate as extremist group steps up efforts to tap diaspora for support A planned visit to Australia by members of the European parliament representing Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has been met with embarrassment and dismay by leading members of the country’s Greek community. Days after the extremist group announced that ... Read More »

Dr. Simon Payaslian of Boston University to Speak at Fresno State

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Dr. Simon Payaslian, holder of the Charles K. and Elizabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature at Boston University, will give a talk on “The Origins of the Armenian Community in New England and the Construction of Armenian-American ‘Cultural Congruence,’” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12, in the University Business Center, Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191, ... Read More »

Tamata

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The recent theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewellery and other votive items dedicated to the Panayia from the monastery of Panayia Kamariani has shocked members of the Greek community, not only for the apparent brazenness of the crime, but also the unlikely amount of air time it received in the local media. «Tάματα» or the dedication ... Read More »

Exodus: Why Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

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The mob howled for vengeance, the missiles raining down on the synagogue walls as the worshippers huddled inside. It was a scene from Europe in the 1930s – except this was eastern Paris on the evening of July 13th, 2014. Thousands had gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. But the protest soon turned violent – and against ... Read More »

Not All Jews Support Israel

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To both Jews and non-Jews the idea of an anti-Zionist Jew can sound like a contradiction in terms—an abuse of Rabbi Hillel’s most famous ethical aphorism, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me.” But for Sam Weinstein, and for around 30 others, me included, tucked together in a small Jewish bloc at Saturday’s Gaza demo in ... Read More »

Cultural Cooperation

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As the guns were finally silent, Romanian diplomat and President of EUNIC in London Mr Dorian Branea tells Venetia van Kuffeler how he knew it was time for cooperation, and his calling for public service 1. How long have you been President of EUNIC in London? Can you give me a brief rundown of your career and how you got ... Read More »

How much “loving kindness” can we show to Asylum Seekers?

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Leadership, compassion and integrity are impressive words commonly heard in politicians’ speeches or read in the newspapers. While they are key qualities expected of our leaders, and key indicators of their ability to deliver on promises, it appears they are too often just a means to say one thing but do another. For instance, during question time in Federal Parliament on ... Read More »