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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 March 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015 27 OPINION LETTERS Our National Day parade Regarding our National Day parade, I've always said that our children should gather in the park behind Parliament House, with the official parade to start from the Melbourne Community building, continue through Lonsdale Street, then left into Swanston Street, stopping in front of the Town Hall of Melbourne and the mayor to offer the city's key to the best student of the sixth form of high school as a mark of respect and recognition of the contribution that Greek Australians have made to our city, our state and our country. And then to continue to the Shrine of Remembrance. At the same time we should have a variety of ‘floats’ participating, symbolising elements of the revolution, etc. This parade can really become something great like the parade of the Irish in New York. All we need is to believe in ourselves, to have courage and great imagination and determination. An eminent group of experts, along with community leaders, are needed to do a feasibility study for this. Representatives from the Melbourne City Council need to be brought into the conversation along with both the ALP’s and Liberal Party’s representatives for their cooperation and assistance will be of vital need to make this possible. After the march to the Shrine, we can all go to the Sydney Myer Music Bowl for a Greek concert, Greek dancing exhibition and live theatrical sketches, all performed by our youth groups and Greek Schools. In this way, we as a community will be fully able to celebrate our national day of Hellenic Independence. Savvas Grigoropoulos Victoria Closer ties with Russia, China and India It's about time that closer ties with Russia, China and India be pursued, as these are countries which have always been very pro-Greek and have respected our culture, our history and what we have to say within today's world. And I would add that they have been very supportive of our position regarding crucial national and foreign relation issues. For too long we Greeks have been foolish enough to believe the lies of our so-called Western allies, our supposed ‘friends’ like the British, French, Germans, Americans and company for the last 194 years. We have merely substituted the Turk and Islamic law and submitted instead to Western culture, Western finance, Western modes of behaviour, Western linguistic idioms and the infantile ‘ideological’ and ‘intellectual’ movements of right-left wing politics and all the ‘isms’ you can poke a stick at. We are still not free, and one only has to compare a newspaper from 150 years ago with a present day newspaper and see it's the same issues; keep Greece weak and under the thumb, prevent Russia from gaining access to the Mediterranean, promote sectarian violence in the Balkans and the Middle East, particularly keeping the Arabs weak and inflamed with religious fanaticism. Some things never change. And for those who doubt, look at the conditions that are being imposed on both Greece and Cyprus over this so-called ‘financial crisis’, conditions which predominately remain in secret and unknown to the general public. And I hasten to add, that it is interesting to note that this ‘crisis’ comes to the fore when both countries are sitting on some of the world's largest oil, gas and gold deposits, amongst other resources, and which can pay off its so-called debt 50 times over. This alliance with the West, and more specifically EU membership, has not helped resolve or given leverage regarding pressing national and foreign relation issues, such as; Northern Epirus, FYROM, the right of Greeks and Orthodox Christians in Turkey and the Middle East in general, Turkish sponsorship of jihadist groups within Greece like Al-Qaeda or Turkish sponsorship of illegal immigrants to flood into both countries (many of whom are partial towards Islamist ideologies), the Aegean and territorial waters, occupied Cyprus, the reopening of Halki, the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to name a few issues where our Western friends have not been very supportive of us. Businesses which, I may add, were not interested in developing local industrial capital as EU membership promised, but were more concerned about securing markets to dump their product and increase profit margins. Of course there are similarities to the Australian context in that over the last 30 years, much of our industry, particularly manufacturing, went abroad. Legislation affecting small/medium business and agriculture has made the task of creating jobs and wealth more cumbersome, and the obstacles they are creating are cultivating a similar culture to Greek-Cypriot political and economic ethos (or lack thereof). It is only by virtue of Australia's mineral resources supplying developing Asian economies (which have taken many of Australia's industries) and the export of agricultural goods to the Middle EastNorth Africa that has saved the Australian economy. But the efforts of successive Liberal and Labor governments since Keating to wind down agricultural production in a number of quarters, corporatise farming and cut regional services is a recipe for disaster, as many farmers are abandoning the land and foreigners are buying up the farms; (particularly those who wish to experiment with GM foods, or divert our food supply overseas, while Australians will have to pay top dollar for food grown here). With reference to the new Russia-Cyprus agreement, and the recent talks between Tsipras and Russia, it is certain that a better deal can be secured for Greece and Cyprus in terms of economic development and national security issues, as our ‘European friends’ have not been forthcoming with support either over the last 194 years, which have seen one betrayal after another; whether it be the Asia Minor catastrophe, Cyprus, being drawn into World War II, the Civil War, Northern Epirus and many more issues. Consider that more Greeks have been killed and uprooted from their place of origin over these last 194 years than the thousands of years in which Greeks have existed. Truly we are not free, we have merely substituted the tyranny of Email your letter to: email@example.com Turkish rule and Sharia Law for enslavement by the West. But that unfortunately is the story of Greece, stuck between the West and the Islamic world, both of which seek to oppress or destroy us. But we of course are too blinded by our arrogant individualism and petty differences to notice this reality and foolishly believe, according to Western imported ideas, that our differences are based on left-right wing political ideologies and who happens to be correct… Submitted by Mode of Life Project Victoria Ataturk’s Memorial I wish to express my shock and outrage at the recent erection of a monument in honour of a person responsible for committing mass atrocities during the early part of the 20th century. I refer to the monument erected on the 19th of February 2015 outside the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park, in honour of Mustapha Kemal 'Ataturk'. To think that the NSW Government funded and approved the erection of such a monument is unfathomable. What will the state of New South Wales do next? After the end of the First World War, Mustapha Kemal and his supporters (Kemalists), were responsible for some of the most heinous acts committed against defenceless minorities in Turkey. It included mass killings, deportations/death marches, rape of women and burning of villages and religious property to name but a few. The victims were mainly Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians, but included Yezidis and also Jews. The atrocities were widely reported in the Australian print media. Countless newspaper reports of these atrocities exist, not to mention eye-witness accounts by government and non-government officials. The actions of Mustapha Kemal have been Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Will you actively try to speak Greek in your household for the Speak Greek in March campaign? 81 % YES 19 % NO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Should the pension age be raised again, seeing as our life expectancy is predicted to rise to 96? Yes/No Vote online now. Go to neoskosmos.com Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Rural Press Printing, Ballarat. 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Editor-in-Chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis Graphic Design: Peter Kelidis Fotis Petsinis Contributors: Dora Kitinas-Gogos Christopher Gogos Journalists: Proof Reader: Angela Costanzo Maja Jovic, Helen Velissaris, Michael Sweet, John Pyrros, Nelly Skoufatoglou, Anastasia Tsirtsakis officially recognised and affirmed as acts of genocide by many countries worldwide. I therefore find it inconceivable that a monument would be erected in honour of such a man. I wish to also point out that the statement attributed by Ataturk on the memorial, was in fact recently shown not to have been addressed to the mothers of Australian soldiers. In fact there is no real evidence to prove that Ataturk made the statement, as attested in an article of September 8, 2014 in the Sydney Morning Herald by Peter Stanley and David Stephens titled "Ataturk's 'letter' expressed admirable sentiment, but it is not necessarily good history." Furthermore, War memorials are meant to be a tribute for those who died in battle for their country. To have a memorial in Australia of an authoritarian rulernext to a holy shrine such as the Hyde Park Memorial, is outrageous. Australia nearly went to war against Ataturk in September 1922. We wouldn't have a memorial to Mussolini or Hitler surely. I take offence to the existence of this monument and ask the Government of NSW remove it as soon as is practically possible. There is absolutely no need for a monument that publicly displays a person who committed crimes of humanity. Yours sincerely, Kon Bouzikos Victoria Hellenic presence at International Airshow Being a volunteer at the International Airshow is a marvelous experience and one that I thoroughly enjoy every two years. But this year I was absolutely delighted and thrilled to see Hellas represented. With a special commemoration to the efforts of those who have fought to keep Australia safe over the past 100 years there was also a Hellenic presence, and one that proved to be popular and educational at the same time. There it was, the Hellenic flag flying proudly in the wind over a time capsule of history, a recreation of our great past when Hellenes hurt the Germans like no other small country could have and without the might of the US military. Located within the 100 years of War recreation village, a band of Hellenic Victorians and one Scotsman set up a post that would have been common in WW2, with the addition of Cretans - the people who destroyed Hitler's paratroops. With weapons, tents, sacks, period costumes and more, the set was just perfect. Out the front a number of small display boards depicting how many Hellenes were killed and by which enemies in WW2, how world leaders regarded the manner in which Hellas stopped the Germans in their tracks for longer than anyone could have imagined possible... Led by Jim, this amazing re enactment group proved to be a hit amongst visitors, most of whom had no idea of the part that our recent forebears played in hurting German's advances. All of the items on display were personally funded by Jim and his volunteers and the authenticity took my breath away. But if you missed them, they are coming to the Barwon region soon. Ange Kenos Victoria 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, spelling and style. Letters that use inappropriate language will not be published. All letters published will include the author’s name and location. 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