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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 March 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 MARCH 2015 27 OPINION LETTERS Ataturk memorial Recently the City of Carson in California denied a monument of Ataturk to be erected in the city. To all those who protested against the Ataturk memorial in Hyde Park and received a ‘silly’ reply yesterday from the ANZAC Memorial, feel free to forward the following news item to them and remind them that it is in fact wrong to be erecting monuments in honour of a genocide perpetrator: Voting unanimously, the Carson City Council opposed a monument on March 4, 2015 commemorating Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the city's International Sculpture Garden, which aims to honour world leaders who have promoted peace during their lifetimes, reported the Armenian Council of America (ACA). "In an unprecedented show of opposition to the proposed monument, the Armenian American community including the ACA, Armenian National Committee (ANC) and the Armenian Caucus of the Service Employees International Union Local 721 (SEIU 721) filled the Council Chamber to express, in solidarity, their vehement opposition to the project," said ACA Chairman Sevak Khatchadorian. "The proposed monument glorifies Ataturk, a man deemed by historians as a dictator and promoter of ethnic cleansing of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and other minorities; a movement that provided the basis for the persecution of minorities in Turkey." Barry Heads II, representing the office of Assembly member Mike Gipson, read a letter written by Assemblymember Gipson and co-authored by Assemblymembers Atchajian, Gatto, Wilk and Nazarian. "The proposed moment ... is incredibly insensitive and insulting to the memories of those who died, and their surviving families," the letter read. "To erect a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ignores the sensitive political context behind this controversial individual, and goes against the stance taken by our representative bodies at the state and federal level. Out of respect for those who perished and the loved ones they left behind, we voice our opposition." Speaking on behalf of the Turkish community was Consul General of Turkey, Raife Gulru Gezer, who listed the names of political and religious leaders who have praised Ataturk. She continued by citing names of Armenians who were honoured by Ataturk and insisted that the monument would be commemorating a remark- able leader and founder of the modern Republic of Turkey. Aris Aganos, founder of the American Hellenic Council, shared with the Council his memories of the haunting stories told by family members about the burning of Smyrna by the Turks. Onoufrios Gorozidis Victoria Cyprus and IS The geopolitical changes in the Eastern Mediterranean have become like shifting sand; land is gained and lands are lost; souls vanquish and lives perish at each day's passing. With the Assad 'regime change’ and jihad atrocities in Syria and Iraq, stability is shaky to say the least. Evidently, accordingly to military experts, the greatest danger of all is the war against ‘Islamic State’ extremism. It is envisioned that it will take a generation to eradicate it. Such assertions announced by the USA and EU governments offer reasons for serious concerns about world safety and stability. As a Christian nation, Cyprus is quite vulnerable with the presence of 400,000 Anatolian Turks imported by Turkey to change the demographic character of the island. The threat becomes real by Ankara's admittance that 10 per cent of IS terrorists are considered to be Turkish Sunni nationals. Under those terms, if a tiny 3 per cent of those settlers are radically brainwashed for jihad, then a disturbing picture emerges; one that could transform the island forever. It is encouraging, however, to note that the government has recently recognised the IS threat Cyprus is facing. Insofar as foreign policy is concerned, the Cyprus government has now moved in a new direction. Like all other countries, the government has the right to make alliances and agreements with anyone it chooses that would best serve its own interests. Seeking to make new agreements in a wider political spectrum and abandoning the 40-year old failed foreign policy of the past, it's a wise move and well overdue in most people's minds. There is now a strong triangle, formulated by agreements between Cyprus with Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Syria and Greece. That triangle offers a good protection umbrella for Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean waters against provocateurs and opportunists such as Turkey. With Russia on board, Cyprus has now secured a powerful ally where others botched. Establishing a Russia naval base would not only encourage greater Russian investments to help kick-start the economy but also, and most importantly, it would act as a deterrent to those who plan the destruction of Cyprus, namely: Turkey or the Islamic State terrorists. They would think twice be- fore attempting to make their next aggressive move for the Islamisation of the island. That's what the Republic of Cyprus desperately needs; a strong ally so all people - both Greek and Turkish Cypriots - would start to feel safe and secure again in a democracy as one unified country. Andreas C Chrysafis Nicosia The colonial wars The colonial wars of the 19th century are continuing everywhere in one form or another. The present non-stop wars in the Middle East are all about keeping the areas of the former Ottoman Empire weak and controllable. As one USA general said when visiting Israel: "It’s in America’s interest for turmoil to exist in the Middle East." The prize for the colonial powers is still the vast areas of Russia. Napoleon and Hitler failed to get control because they were foolish little boys who did not understand how to use the greatest weapon in war time. The way to undo any society is to start a civil war and sit on the sidelines and cheer. The reality is Ukraine is just another Slav country with some people who are Catholics and others Orthodox. If turmoil breaks out in Russia and the present government is destroyed, Russia will go into the Stone Age, like most Middle East countries. As many as 50 million people will leave Russia and be welcomed into the west. These people will be the educated young and the old with capital. The west will gain billions overnight. In centuries past every winner of Email your letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org war took slaves to use or sell as part of the booty. Today people surrender to the invader just to escape turmoil. The winners of war only take those that bring benefits, the rest are left to die in camps. The initial civil wars bring opportunities to sell guns to both sides. R. Omios NSW Valentine facts of interest With respects to Nelly Skoufatoglou's article about Valentine's Day (14/2/15), there are certain things that need to be clarified regarding her history lesson endnote. Firstly, the hagiography and manuscript evidence regarding the life of St Valentine, the priest-martyr of Rome, is unclear and contradictory. What we can be certain of is his name and where he is buried, because even the time and reason for his martyrdom are in dispute. Consequently, the Roman Catholic Church removed his name in 1969 from the ‘General Roman Calendar’ of feast days due to the aforementioned ambiguities of his hagiography, and thus relegating his feast to the discretion of local churches to commemorate. Within the Eastern Orthodox Church this not so well-known saint is commemorated on 6 July, and he is one amongst many saints named Valentine or Valentina who are honoured within Orthodoxy. Secondly, it was only the Church of Greece amongst other Greek and Eastern Orthodox jurisdictions that called into question the validity and nature of the present-day phenomenon of Valentine's Day. The concern they expressed was the absence of the commemoration of St Valentine himself, and exactly how people were remembering and honouring him. They also questioned the weak link between his life (which is still a mystery to this day) with the traditions and stories others Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Should the pension age rise again, seeing as our life expectancy is predicted to rise to 96? 24 % YES 76 % NO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Does Greece have the right to ask for war reparations from Germany 60 years after the end of WWII? YES/NO Vote online now. 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By submitting your letter to us for publication you agree that we may edit the letter for legal, space or other reasons and may, after the publication in the paper, republish it on the internet or in other media. 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 have ascribed to him with the present-day secular customs. The other concern the Church of Greece had was that Valentine's Day was another example of the imposition of Western culture, modes of behaviour and commercialism that obscure and override Greece's and other Orthodox nations' unique culture, identity, traditions and beliefs. On this point they were particularly concerned, as Valentine's Day in its current form not only seeks to promote a commercialist agenda, but promotes a crass and shallow sense of love based on mere show, eroticism and emotionalism rather than on substance and authenticity. Consequently, the Church of Greece reiterated Orthodoxy's stance regarding love as not something confined to one specific day of the year, but an ongoing, lifelong reality which we must manifest everyday, and show towards all peoples without qualifications or conditions. And that this is even more so for those who are married, as the Orthodox wedding service highlights and even cites regarding the fruit of the couple's union, their children. To this effect, the Church of Greece designated the feast of Sts Priscilla and Aquila (13 February) as a paradigm for an ‘Orthodox Valentine's Day’. The choice of this married couple who are Saints of the Orthodox Church was not only due to the reliability and details of their hagiography, unlike Valentine the priest-martyr of Rome, but to emphasise the qualities of love that Priscilla and Aquinas had towards each other and towards others. Their story without doubt is an inspiration in the desert of today's extreme egotistical, shallow, narcissistic, self-centred and self-motivated individualist culture. This couple endured illness, expulsion, persecution, poverty, joy, hard work and much more together. And they extended this genuine love they had for each other towards other people without preference or condition via hospitality, charity and community service. All without the expectation of that love being reciprocated, nor with the expectation of gaining converts for Christ, but as an example of what God's love within the world is and what love between two people truly should be. Mode of Life Project www.modeoflife.org Brilliant article Hamish Cambell's recent article in Neos Kosmos titled 'Who will stand up for those dead’ is a brilliant article that every Hellene should know just as I am certain that the descendants of the Armenians and others slaughtered by the Turks have all absorbed this history into the knowledge of their current generations. Yet, most sadly, hardly a word of this is getting out there as people praise Russell Crowe as some sort of hero. The truth about the evil of Turkey back then is barely known by most who have come to believe the Crowe movie as some sort of historical truth. That is why the Turks love it, because it puts down the Hellenes, and the racists who adore their leader Enver Erdogan flock to such hatred just as they support IS and refuse to take action against those criminals. But we all need to know and we need to ensure that this history is not forgotten nor ignored. Only this past week there was an attempt in one US city to put up a statue to Ataturk. Thankfully it did not proceed but who knows what Russell Crowe may seek to do as he moves forward in his absolute ignorance of modern Hellenic and Armenian history. 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. 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.
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