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Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction‏

One of the common features of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey seems to be their intolerance of churches. “Turkey is not converting churches into mosques because there is a need for more mosques… The message conveyed … is that Turkey is an Islamic state and no other religion is tolerated.” — Constantine Tzanos, author. The physical devastation of the ... Read More »

Our great Church … in captivity

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 »

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

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 »

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 »

Australia’s misplaced friendship with Turkey

An opinion piece by military historian Professor Peter Stanley about the NSW resolution into the genocides by the Ottoman Empire 2 Sep 2013 PROFESSOR PETER STANLEY The NSW Parliament recently passed a resolution condemning the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman empire against its Assyrian, Greek and especially Armenian communities during the Great War. The Turkish Consul-General in Sydney, the foreign ... Read More »

Demonstration

When nations are not made accountable for their crimes, their action ceases to be a crime 23 Jul 2013 In a piece describing his stay in Cyprus, Noble Prize winning poet Odysseus Elytis spoke of the timeless essence of being Greek as being situated in a unique feel for the relationship between things, whereupon there was more of the spirit ... Read More »

NOEL BABA: WILL THE REAL SANTA CLAUSE PLEASE STAND UP?

At Christmas time in year four of primary school, I was officially crowned the most unpopular pupil in class. The reason for earning this rather dubious title, is that in response to my teacher’s question as to whether we were cognizant of the identity of Santa Claus, I stated: “Yeah, I know, he was an old Greek priest who lived ... Read More »