Historical

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 »

Yiddish singer brings to life voices silenced by the Holocaust

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Norwegian Bente Kahan will appear in Tel Aviv and London this month to commemorate 70 years to the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. The Times Of Israel – BY JENNI FRAZER LONDON — For Israelis and Anglos alike, Bente Kahan’s multi-lingual abilities are a thing of wonder. Born and raised in Norway, a graduate in performing arts at Tel Aviv University and at New York’s ... Read More »

First Turkish Cypriot Head Boy for ES

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A Turkish Cypriot pupil has, for the first time in the English School’s long history, been elected as Head Boy. InCyprus – Onat Ataman was voted Head Boy at elections at the school earlier this week. Reacting to the news, Akel welcomed the move saying: “This development shows the progress made in relations between pupils from the two communities.” It ... Read More »

ISIL shot, hammered away Iraq’s ancient Hatra

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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants at Iraq’s ancient city of Hatra destroyed the archaeological site by smashing sledgehammers into its walls and shooting Kalashnikov assault rifles at priceless statues, a new militant video purportedly from the group shows. Hurriyet - BAGHDAD – Associated Press Militants attacked Hatra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, last month, officials and local ... Read More »

Remembering the Forgotten Genocide

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Syndicated News Barnabas Aid AINA - In 1900 Christians constituted around 32% of Ottoman Turkey’s population. Just 27 years later the figure was down to about 1.8%. In early 1915, a fatwa was issued against non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire. Muslims were called to fight the Christian minorities with whom they had been living as neighbours, albeit not on equal or ... 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 »

50 Years Later… Once More, Nonviolence

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“Once more the method of nonviolent resistance was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary.” –Martin Luther King Jr. The Huffington Post – Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer, The King Center On Wednesday, I stood on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery before thousands of people and repeated these ... 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 »

Retired CIA Agent Confesses On Deathbed: “I Killed Marilyn Monroe” 

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Norfolk, Virginia| A 78-year old retired officer of the CIA, Normand Hodges, has made a series of astonishing confessions since he was admitted at the Sentara General Hospital on Monday. He claims he committed 37 assassinations for the American government between 1959 and 1972, including the actress and model, Marilyn Monroe. World News Daily – by Barbara Johnson Mr. Hodges, who ... Read More »