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Recognising genocide

Genocide is the responsibility of the entire world – Ann Clwyd Dean Kalimniou – 22 May 2013 A few weeks ago, an article penned by John Williams appeared in Quadrant entitled, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Greeks from Gallipoli, April 1915.” This marks a rare moment where a mainstream publication has attempted to draw attention to an aspect of the Gallipoli ... Read More »

The Byzantines of Cornwall

In the far off land, a monument in the Landulph parish church commemorates the Palaeologus family Dean Kalymniou – 20 Apr 2015 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 ... Read More »

Orlov: First draft at a Greek revolution

“The Orlov rebellion … was absurd in conception, devoid of genuine libertarian teleology and brutal and chaotic in execution.” – J. C Alexander Dean Kalimniou – 8 Apr 2015 In the popular Greek imagination, there was the fall of Byzantium and then, 400 hundred years of continuous darkness in which the Greek nation gradually lost its civilisation and spirit, oppressed ... Read More »

Our parade of the Shrine

“This was no militaristic or nationalistic parade. Instead, it had the feel of a street party,” says Dean Kalimniou Dean Kalimniou – 13 Apr 2015 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: ... Read More »

The 100th anniversary of the liberation of Epirus

“The Greeks of Epirus are in desperate straits. They are persecuted, tortured, robbed, beaten and conspired against. Greeks are murdered daily in the street…“   DEAN KALIMNIOU Neos Kosmos Newspaper – 22 Feb 2013 When Giorgos Hatzis wrote this letter of protest to the head of the Ottoman Reform Commission in Epirus, in 1912, the whole of Epirus was still part ... Read More »

The Three Hierarchs

Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and renowned John of the Golden Speech, patron saints of all Orthodox students DEAN KALIMNIOU – NEOS KOSMOS ENGLISH EDITION – 31 JANUARY 2015 In the top drawer of my desk resides a stained chromolithograph icon of the Three Hierarchs. This was given to me by my grandmother when I was studying for my ... Read More »

Pappou Niko’s eternal exile

“It was all for nothing, all my struggles, all my privations and I’m alone. I try to figure out the reason for this and each time, I am more and more at a loss.” – Nikos Syrmos DEAN KALIMNIOU My youthful recollection of pappou Niko is of an exceedingly tall old man, possessed of severe eyebrows perpetually pressed into a ... Read More »

Diatribe: Saint Demetrios

      Saint Demetrios’ popularity in the Orthodox faith as a warrior saint is strange considering the Church’s pacifist teachings  Dean Kalimniou – Neos Kosmos – 20 Oct 2014 The traditional iconography of some of the ‘warrior’ saints of the Orthodox Church has always disconcerted me a little. Saint Eustathios, Saint Minas, Saint George and Saint Dimitrios are invariably ... Read More »

Tamata (Offerings)

The recent theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewellery and other votive items from the monastery of Panayia Kamariani shocked members of the Greek community DEAN KALIMNIOU – 25 Aug 2014 NEOS KOSMOS 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 ... Read More »