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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 September 2014
Our story, ‘From love story to Arabian nightmare’, pub- lished on Saturday 13 Sep- tember, received a number of comments on Facebook. Here's what you had to say: Manny Stratis said: No woman deserves to be disre- spected in any way or form no matter what, full stop! Any man that thinks it’s OK to abuse a woman is not a real man, real men don't beat on women. John Theodosakis said: This is another fine example of a society influenced by patriarchal values and tradi- tions. Unfortunately, women have always suffered some degree of oppression through the course of human history and to suggest in any shape or form that it's cultural and therefore it's OK is simply wrong! Fotini Tina Mamatas Dad- dario said: Alexandra’s story isn't about religion. It's about oppression, domestic violence and deprivation of civil liber- ties. Good on her for vocalis- ing her plight. It's important to give other women in op- pressive abusive relationships a hope that they can get out eventually. In saying this I'm a huge believer of personal agency. Love is love but she made the choice to marry, she made the choice to live with his family. She is an edu- cated woman who knew bet- ter. Yet she still put herself in that situation. All abusive and violent men are charm- ing, will make promises, will swoon you just to trap you in their web. What did she hon- estly expect? Life is no fair- ytale. She rendered herself powerless as a result of being blinded by the the rosy glow of ‘love’, the charms of a man and the naivety of youth. Michelle Darmanin said: My fiancé is Arabic and fol- lows Islam. He is my super- hero and his family protects measifIamtheirown.Iam truly blessed. Please do not al- low this story to judge Islam nor Arabs as every nationality has their faults and every reli- gion has great morals. There are good and bad people in every nationality and religion. Mary Tsonis said: Muslims and Christians do not mix. But it doesn't mean I don't respect them as people either. They believe in their beliefs and I believe in mine. 90% YES 10% NO LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Are you following the progress of the excavation at Amphipolis in Greece? THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you support the decision of the Australian government to send military personnel to Iraq? Vote online now. Go to neoskosmos.com Have Your Say Designer: Peter Kelidis Journalist: Michael Sweet Journalist: Helen Velissaris Journalist: Maja Jovic Journalist: John Pyrros FIND US ON - FACEBOOK.COM/NEOSKOSMOS FOLLOW US AT - TWITTER.COM/NEOSKOSMOS The Neos Kosmos Facebook page and Twitter page give our readers a great way to interact with Greeks of the diaspora and those in Greece. Check out our Facebook page at facebook. com/neoskosmos to let us know what you think by posting some of your own comments and feedback. 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Contacts Reception Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Level 1, 169 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 LETTERS Email your letter to: email@example.com Please note that the submission of a letter does not guarantee that it will be published. We reserve the right to edit your letter for clarity, grammar, spell- ing and style. Letters that use inappropriate language will not be published. All letters published will include the author’s name and location. Comments posted on Neos Kosmos’website, facebook and twitter pages can also be included for submission at the editors’ discretion and will be edited accordingly. Publisher: Christopher Gogos Editor-in-Chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis Editor: Kostas Karamarkos Αrt Director: Fiona Bechaz A cooking guide by Nikolaos Tselementes. of origin and probable food preferences. Fusion cuisine also ap- pears within the writings of the ancients. Mithaecus, a cook and cookbook author of the late 5th century BC, was a Greek-speaking native of Sic- ily, who is credited with hav- ing brought knowledge of Si- cilian gastronomy to Greece. Being expelled from Sparta as a bad influence, he even crops up in Plato's dialogue Gorgias. Mithaecus is the earliest cookbook author in any lan- guage whose name is known. One recipe survives from it, thanks to a quotation in the Deipnosophistae of Athe- naeus. It is in the Doric dia- lect and describes, in one line, how to deal with the fish Ce- pola macrophthalma, known in modern Greek as kordella and in ancient Greek as Tainia: Tainia: gut, discard the head, rinse, slice; add cheese and oil. The addition of cheese seems to have been a controversial matter; Archestratus, another food writer is quoted as warn- ing his readers that Syracu- san cooks spoil good fish by adding cheese. The same Archestratus pioneered poetic food writing, a genre that ap- pears to have died out in the modern world and is in dire need of resuscitation. His hu- morous didactic poem Hedy- patheia (Life of Luxury), writ- ten in hexameters, advises the gastronomically inclined reader on where to find the best food in the Mediterrane- an world. The writer, who was styled in antiquity the Hesiod of gluttons, pays great atten- tion to fish, although some of the early fragments refer to appetisers, and there was even a section on wine. As can be seen, most of our knowledge of Greek food writ- ing comes from the work of Athenaeus Deipnosophistai, meaning dinner table philos- ophers. Though the author of a treatise on a species of fish known as the thratta, Athe- naeus’ most famous work in- cludes extensive quotations of other contemporary writers. Thus we learn from him that Timachidas of Rhodes com- posed a work entitled Deipna, or Dinners, which included a section on the correct way to mix Rhodian wine. Similarly, Epaenetus is extensively quot- ed as the author of a treatise On Fishes and another On the Art of Cookery. Similarly, the description by Hippolochus, a Macedonian writer, of a wed- ding feast as quoted by Athe- naeus is vital in advising us as to how meals were repaved in the northern Greek kingdom. The brilliance of Athenaeus lies not only in his remark- able description of what may be considered the first pat- ents but also in proving the ancient provenance of Mas- terchef. He mentions that in 500 BC, in the Greek city of Sybaris in Sicily, annual culi- nary competitions were held. The victor was given the ex- clusive rights, not to a televi- sion show or a spin off restau- rant but rather, to prepare his dish for the state, for one year. Unlike the Romans or ear- lier Greeks, Byzantine cook- books seem to be rare indeed. In fact, the only very tempt- ing references to Byzantine cooking are found tucked into diplomatic reports and biog- raphies of the Imperial fam- ily. We know that the Empress Lupicina of the Danube Valley was a cook, and that Theodo- ra, wife of Justinian, imported cooks from Persia, India, Syr- ia and the Greek mainland to serve at her court. The last proper cookbook to come out of Byzantium was that of the doctor Anthimus, shortly after 500 AD. Howev- er, we do have a description of omelettes that were very pop- ular throughout the Empire and were known as sphoun- gata, ‘spongy’, penned by Theodore Prodromos. And of course these recipes, emerg- ing from the darkness of the obscurity of centuries past, are infinitely fresher and more ap- pealing than those emerging from the pretentious pages of Kyria Vefa, hapless erstwhile star of ANT1 television morn- ing shows and author of cook- books, in the most Tselemdri- an of traditions. * Dean Kalimniou is a Mel- bourne solicitor and freelance journalist. Then there are those who believe in the extreme right ideology (and may not even strongly condemn incidents of extreme violence), but them- selves would never cross the line and take illegal action; these people cannot be clas- sified as criminals and their political views cannot and should not be a matter of con- cern for the justice system. Nevertheless, they may be considered the oxygen of the violent far right, and are the platform that supports their existence. This group of people poses the biggest challenge for the democratic state. While far right and Nazi ideology oppos- es every aspect of democracy, the very essence of democracy is to avoid criminalisation and persecution simply because of (even adverse) ideologies. Free- dom of thought and ideology are the essence of democracy. The weapons against extrem- ism must be political educa- tion, dialogue and the re-en- forcing of social bonds. This is the path we must take to ad- dress a final category of citi- zens: the circumstantial voter or supporter. These are citizens who feel trapped inside the po- litical system, who suffer real grievances and vote for or sup- port far right or neo-Nazi par- ties as a form of protest. They do not agree with the far right rhetoric, and they do not see themselves as affiliated to the ideologies, yet they choose such par- ties as an alternative and a protest against (in their eyes or objectively) the failed political system. In their case too, more democ- racy and power to the peo- ple is a good starting point. Democracy is not weak or defenceless in Greece. As the meaning of its name tells us (demos means ‘peo- ple’, cratos means ‘power’) it is the power of the people and in those people rests its power. Greek citizens who know their history, who are a living part of the so- cial tissue, who are active in building a better future for Greece and aware of the country's developments, are the best defence and combat mechanism against any kind of violent extrem- ism. It is time for Greeks to awaken, take responsibility and realise that in democ- racy there is no place for any type of extremism and fascist violence. *Maria Alvanou is a crimi- nologist and an expert on ter- rorism and extremist violence. This article was first pub- lished in Open Democracy.
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