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Catastrophe

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

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 »

What crisis?

DEAN KALYMNIOU Crisis? What crisis? This is the caption posted by a Facebook ‘friend,’ below a photograph of a stereotypical Aegean beach. All the accoutrements of a ‘perfect’ holiday are present: the impossibly blue waters, the sun-bleached pebbles, the pastel multi-coloured beach umbrellas, the oiled skin of the southerners in various gradations of burn, a half-finished frappe fermenting within arm’s ... Read More »

ISIS the product of the so-called Free Syrian Army strikes again!

Introductory Remarks What can be said? Simply it is a pity that those political leaders within the West and the Arab Gulf countries who are responsible for supporting Jihadist scum like ISIS are not its victims…..But if history is anything to go by, such criminal acts do not go unpunished or remain isolated and confined to their particular scene. And if ... Read More »

Europe could switch stance on Syria due to ISIS threat

  By REUTERS 19/02/2015 The EU currently imposes sanctions on officials, businessmen, institutions and trade, and bans the import of Syrian oil or petroleum products. Beirut/Paris: Some European Union countries which withdrew their ambassadors from Syria are saying privately it is time for more communication with Damascus even though Britain and France oppose it, diplomats said. Those states have become ... Read More »

Orphaned Girls and 12 Nuns Abducted from Maaloula’s St Thecla Convent – The Farcical Tragedy of the Syria Crisis Continues

These last few days have been a rather interesting one for the conflict in Syria. A conflict that we should cite has run a course of some 3 years, which initially was presented to the world by America, Israel and certain Gulf Arab and European countries as a popular uprising against Bashar Al-Assad’s regime that would herald democracy, freedom and ... Read More »

Sydney’s Syrian Christians Fear for Lives of Family and Friends

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese, 4 Oct 2013 Syrian-born Father Rahal Dergham, Migrant Chaplain to the Archdiocese of Sydney’s Syrian and Iraqi community has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to resettle 500 Syrian refugees as part of its humanitarian refugee program. “The news is a cause for joy and fills us with happiness. When compared with the more than 2 million ... Read More »

CRISIS IN MAALOULA: A TOWN WHOSE NAME MEANS GATEWAY TO HEAVEN

MODE OF LIFE REFLECTS ON EVENTS IN MAALOULA It is with a heavy heart and much suppressed anger, that we at Mode of Life look upon the developments regarding our fellow Orthodox Christian brethren across the Middle East and in Africa. Some of whom are either family or close associates, which amplifies that sorrow and anger that dwells within our ... Read More »