Diaspora

The Byzantines Of Cornwall

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In the common consciousness of the Greeks, Byzantium and its last ruling dynasty, the Palaeologus family came to an end on 29 May 1453, when the last Emperor, Constantine Palaeologus, fell in battle, fighting Mehmet the Conqueror and his marauding hordes. Dean Kalimniou Constantine’s body was never found giving rise to the popular legend that an angel had taken him ... Read More »

Spoken word artist Luka Lesson is owning his language

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Luke Lesson is a man of many hats. As well as being an internationally acclaimed spoken word poet and published author – his debut collection of poetry The Future Ancients was released back in 2013 — the Australian is also an adept MC. Lesson’s recent second album, Exit, blends all his literal and music flair together. He talks about the ... Read More »

Parade

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Every year while attending the Greek Community’s annual 1821 Revolution Commemoration at the Shrine of Remembrance, I am reminded of the verses of Epirote poet Panagiotis Noutsos’ brilliant poem ‘National Magma,’ (Έθνους Μάγμα). Noutsos writes: «Δεν είναι εδώ το Σούλι, εδώ ναι το μαγιασούλι! Σούλι, καψούλι, μαξούλι, μαγιασούλι, ζητωζητωζητωκραυγάζουν ούλοι!» In his own unique way, by employing wordplay in an ... Read More »

Turkey, Armenia and beyond

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In 2003-04, the late Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink wrote a series of articles on the psychology of the Armenian diaspora. Hurriyet – William Armstrong – william.armstrong@hdn.com.tr The series, titled “On Armenian Identity,” caused a stir by suggesting that diaspora Armenians were blinded by such hatred that it had become like “poison in their blood.” Rather than waiting for Turkey to change, ... Read More »

Speaking Greek In March, In Olbia

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Kαι τώρα πώς εξέπεσαν, πώς έγιναν, να ζουν και να ομιλούν βαρβαρικά, βγαλμένοι -ω συμφορά!- απ’ τον ελληνισμό.»  Cavafy. Dean Kalimniou If Cavafy’s poem «Ποσειδωνιάται»  is anything to go by, the phenomenon of diasporan Greeks feeling concerned about losing their mother tongue in their adopted countries is neither a product of the post-colonial, globalised capitalist world or a product of ... Read More »

Food For Thought: Greek-Australian Women And Education

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Is it possible in this day and age to articulate or identify a particularly Greek-Australian attitude to girls and education? Agora Dialogue - Dean Kalimniou This was the question I asked myself as I listened to a distinguished group of panelists and guests, comprising, State Minister for Families and Children and Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, Dr Vivianne Nikou, ... Read More »

Journalist chronicled contribution of Greeks to building the nation

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Kosta Nikolopoulos Journalist, Greek community activist 16-11-1947 – 16-1-2015 Political journalist Kostas Nikolopoulos, who has died in Melbourne aged 67, was one of the most influential and respected voices of Melbourne’s Greek community, and an elder statesman of ethnic media in Australia. He was a tireless community activist whose contribution to public life transcended the pages of the Greek-language newspaper ... Read More »

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 »