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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 »

The Ethnic cleansing of Greeks from Gallipoli in 1915

Gallipoli coastline

There were 32,000 Greeks living on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. By 1919 there were none. Historian John Williams explains how the Turks sanctioned the genocide of thousands. The facts are that in a period which began after the last of the Balkan Wars and extended throughout the First World War almost half a million Greeks were among the upwards ... Read More »

Orlov: First draft at a Greek revolution

Image from the Orlov Revolt

“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 great Church … in captivity

St George-Ecumenical Patriachate-Phanar-Istanbul

ALEXANDER BILLINIS Forgive me for borrowing from the title of Byzantine historian Sir Steven Runciman’s inimitable book on the Patriarchate during the Ottoman era, but the term is apt, I fear, when describing today’s Ecumenical Patriarchate. As diaspora Greeks, we are under the jurisdiction of this ‘captive’ Patriarchate. While the Patriarchate’s state of thrall to the Turks is not the ... Read More »

We must not forget Armenia’s suffering

Armenian Orthodox believers stand with Armenian flags at a cathedral in Moscow in 2012 to mark the anniversary of the mass killing of the Armenian people by Ottoman Turks

Armenia has arguably produced more martyrs than anywhere else, given that the victims of the genocide were killed in hatred of the Faith By Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith – Wednesday, 4 February 2015   Early February is a good time, liturgically speaking. On Monday we celebrated the lovely feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, when candles were blessed, marking the ... Read More »

The 100th anniversary of the liberation of Epirus

Ioannina_liberation_1913

“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 Fantasy and Falseness of Russell Crowe’s film – “The Water Diviner”

When is a Holocaust not a Holocaust

THE WATER DIVINER: FANTASY NOT HISTORY By Dr Panayiotis Diamadis – Neos Kosmos English Edition: Saturday 10 January 2015 “Satan’s army: the dark side of The Water Diviner”, “Bizarre”, “Disgusting”, “Lies” and “Disgraceful”. –These are some of the responses to the depiction of Hellenes and Orthodox Christians in The Water Diviner, screenplay and novel by Andrew Anastasios and associates. Anastasios ... Read More »

SMYRNIAN TEARS

Two families, Girdis and Caristinos, were torn apart by the catastrophe of Smyrna 100 years ago: Asa K. Jennings, and their grandson Prof Con Aroney tell their story 16 May 2014 – Neos Kosmos Newspaper MAJA JOVIC Almost one century after the Catastrophe of Smyrna, it was the oral history, the stories told by his grandmother Eugenia Caristinos (nee Girdis) ... Read More »

The Asia Minor catastrophe – An Overview by Neos Kosmos

An overview of a historical event that changed the face of modern Greece Neos Kosmos – Published 24 Sep 2013 This month marks the 91st anniversary of the catastrophe of one of the great cosmopolitan metropolises of the Mediterranean sea, Smyrna. The month of September also marks the beginning of the end of the 3,000 year long presence of Greeks ... Read More »