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MOIPOΛΟΙ (Lament) FOR THE FALLEN OF 1940

Lament of the Clarinet

“Death commands respect,” Ismail Kadare, “The General of the Dead Army.’ When the sun rose that day, it could not be seen. All was hidden in the stultifying greyness that try as it might, could not hide the bulk of the mountain looming ominously, as it has done for eternity, over the small stone village perched precariously at its roots. ... Read More »

Syria and the Greek revolution

Flags of Syria and Greece

Two hundred years ago, it was the Greek freedom fighters who sought to enlist the assistance of Syria in their quest for independence DEAN KALIMNIOU Currently, tens, if not hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria have or are travelling to Greece, in order to seek refuge from the brutal war that has blighted their homeland, a war that has ... Read More »

Catastrophe

Aylan Kurdi

DEAN KALIMNIOU On that day, 93 years ago this month, frightened, hungry and brutalised refugees massed on the quayside, frantically trying to save themselves from rape or murder by the crazed soldiers and irregulars who would pick them off from the crowd at random, strip them of everything they owned and attempt to satiate an almost insatiable lust for inflicting ... Read More »

The Barbarian Invasions

Infant sleeping on a cardboard box

DEAN KALYMNIOU “The situation is dire. Waves and waves of illegal immigrants are flooding our shores. We are dealing with an invasion. We are not safe anymore.” This is the manner in which a cousin from Samos expressed his feelings about the flood of refugees reaching the shores of that island, along with many others, in their thousands recently. Those ... Read More »

The Greek crisis, 173 years earlier

Blessing of 1821 Revolution by Metropolitan Germanos

DEAN KALYMNIOU It is common knowledge that the 1821 revolution secured Greece’s independence. What is generally not known, however, is that the independent state of Greece was set up for financial failure from its very outset. In 1824, a loan of £472,000 pounds was secured on the London Stock Exchange to finance the campaign for independence. This offering was oversubscribed ... Read More »

Waiting for the clouds

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20 May 2015 Dean Kalimniou A Pontian friend relates a remarkable story whereby she once employed the assistance of a Turkish hairdresser in suburban north-west Melbourne for the purpose of taming her unruly tresses. Peering through the mirror, my friend noticed that her hairdresser had, pinned to her undershirt, a familiar triangular piece of cloth. “Do you know what that ... Read More »

Pontian history is Australian history

Australian flag

An excerpt from a speech made by historian Dr Panayiotis Diamadis 5 Jun 2014 Panayiotis Diamadis The evidence from Australian sources is overwhelming: the fates of the indigenous Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian peoples of Anatolia and eastern Thrace constitute a pre-determined plan aimed at their extermination. This plan, which resulted in the deaths of millions, developed and implemented by the ... Read More »

Anzac Parade

Gallipoli coastline

The whole Gallipoli campaign was fought in an area where 35,000 Greek people were forcibly removed from their homes and many were killed 4 May 2015 “Australian soldiers, sailors and pilots saw columns of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek women and children being forced along the countryside in death marches. They saw their pitiful, bedraggled state. The homes, churches, monasteries and ... Read More »