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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 MAY 2015 27 OPINION LETTERS Hellas is in crisis Hellas is in crisis although the crisis is not as recent as so many errantly believe. Its roots go way back to the immense plundering by the Ottoman Turks who left the nation with little when part of it gained freedom almost two centuries ago. A century later, more of the mainland gained freedom but not half of Thrace or many islands so the nation continued to struggle. Its governments were all imposed by the meddling, self-styled super powers of Britain, Germany and France, and even Italy, governments which proved to be inept and also puppets to the external interfering nations who never wanted Hellas to be free at all. Then came the genocide of the Ottoman Turks and those who survived left Kallipoli (now Gallipoli) and Smyrna, etc. to flood into mainland Hellas, bringing more economic woes for the struggling nation. Then came WW2 and the extermination of some 14 per cent of the population, the obliteration of most of the nation's infrastructure (trains, factories, roads, bridges, schools, hospitals) and the theft of all of their gold reserves by Angela Merkel's forebears. My own late grandmother's family lost their own fortune in this manner, leaving them to struggle - many to this very day. Since WW2 the internal terrorists, communist fanatics, grubby politicians and thieving bureaucrats have sucked the blood out of the nation, demanding bribes (which they learned from the Turks). That is why my father never received his deserved and legally due military pension - he refused to pay a bribe. But over the years bribery and corruption have become far too common, along with the laziest of self-serving politicians who make some Aussie MPs look almost good. There are also far too many politicians for such a small country, economic issues caused by the low level of taxes paid by the Church and its ongoing demand that the nation pay the salaries of all its priests, and, of course the tax dodging. Now the wealthy not paying a fair share of tax is very common in Australia but in Hellas when the bums are caught the courts allow them to walk away because they are a famous singer or actor or athlete. What message does that send to those in need? My wife has a lovely cousin who lives with her family near ancient Corinth. They have to drive to a local venue every few days to get water because, in 2015, they are still not connected. There are millions struggling to survive. Far too many cannot afford a decent meal every day. Far too many cannot buy the medicines that doctors prescribe. Far too many younger people are struggling to cope. And yet where are the great international agencies out helping them? Where are the do-gooders who are rightly helping Nepal also helping Hellas? I have been asked time after time for monetary donations but my father here and my relations all tell me that such donations would either never reach there at all or would trickle down to cents. We need guidance in HOW to help them. We have the brain power here to help grow business there IF they will listen. We have skills we can share. yet in the meantime, politicians like Joe Hockey and even Tony Abbott and most of the Aussie media laugh and scorn the Hellenic people, with one moron last week comparing a struggling St Kilda to the nation. Professor Kingsbury has just returned from a short visit to our patrida. His ideas are welcome, but what I want to see is how YOU the readers would help get the nation back on track. I personally await reader suggestions on this key issue of the survival of our patrida. Ange Kenos Victoria The proposed Mustafa Kemal memorial According to the 10 March 2015 agenda and subsequent 17 March media release, Hume City Council has declared its "support for a community-led fundraising project to install a memorial in the Broadmeadows Town Park with the words of Ataturk". Our association members and associates - a number of whom are Hume City residents - oppose such a structure. Turkish writer Cengiz Ozakinci has spent a decade researching the purported Mustafa Kemal quote. "The words that appear with the signature 'Ataturk 1934' in the English inscriptions on the monuments ... do not belong to Ataturk," he writes in the April 2015 edition of the Turkish scholarly cultural journal Butun Dunya. Australian organisation Honest History has undertaken its own detailed research. It has concluded that the words are set in stone in Anzac memorials "without proper evidence". David Stephens, secretary of Honest History, said: "They are lovely words but we really don't know that Ataturk ever said or wrote them. It detracts from the dignity of commemoration, whether it is in speeches or memorials, if we keep quoting these wore and putting his name under them without proper evidence. Doing it again and again, as we have done in Australia and Turkey, just sets in stone what may well be a myth." Councillors, any monument cannot include any reference to Kemal's supposed speech. Public memorials are expressions of public memory. To use words that have been demonstrated to have not been made is therefore completely inappropriate. Furthermore, well-documented historical facts state that between 1919 and 1924 Mustafa Kemal was responsible for the persecution, expulsion and genocides of all Christian Armenians, Assyrian and Hellenes native to the territory his forces controlled. - In 1934 his government organised and conducted a pogrom against the remaining Jewish community of eastern Thrace, well-documented as the Thrakya incidents. - Hitler declared Ataturk "his shining star" - From 1923 Hitler consistently praised Ataturk in his speeches. When Hitler seized power in 1933 his official Nazi party newspaper Volkischer Beobachter cited Ataturk's victory as the "star in the darkness" ... and that Turkey was "proof of what a real man can do" - a man like Ataturk, or Hitler. The Third Reich has also produced many idolising biographies of Ataturk. We strongly urge the Hume City Council to look closely LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Who do you think will win the Hyundai A-League championship? Melbourne Victory Melbourne City Adelaide United Sydney FC 57 % 26 % 7 % 9 % THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you feel you’re better off or worse off after the federal budget? Better off / Worse off Vote online now. Go to neoskosmos.com Email your letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org at its support for the installation of such a memorial in the Broadmeadows Town Park. At the very least it would be viewed as an insult and an affront to all those communities affected by Kemal Ataturk's legacy. President of the Australian Federation of Committee of Pontian Associations Nikos Amvrosiadis and president of the Coordinating Committee of Pontian Associations Melbourne for the Commmemoration of the Genocide of the Greeks of Pontos Kostas Antoniadis Mustafa Akinci Congratulations are in order to the Turkish Cypriot people for electing into office Mustafa Akinci as their new leader. His landslide victory on Sunday offers a new hope for peace. It was wonderful to see the masses of young people turning their backs on nationalistic aspirations. The people have spoken and did a ‘Tsipras Revolution’; threw the old mindset out and replaced it with common sense. Direct Democracy has demonstrated that it's alive and well and those who think otherwise are badly mistaken. The victorious euphoria on people’s faces spoke a thousand words, sending a clear message to Turkey; things are changing and TCs now demand the freedom to determine their own destiny. Mr Mustafa Akinci's election win provides hope where all others have failed miserably. We wish both sides to use reasoning, commonsense and wisdom to negotiate in good faith for a reunited Cyprus. Before that can happen however, there remains a major obstacle; Turkey's occupational army.That's where a true leadership can shine. Mustafa Akinci can make it happen but only if he truly wants to reunite a new demilitarised island on the basis of one nation; one citizen- Have Your Say Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Rural Press Printing, Ballarat. NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Contacts Reception Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Email: email@example.com Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.neoskosmos.com Advertising letters Email: email@example.com NEOS KOSMOS - English Publisher: No. 5577 Address: Level 1, 169 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 Subscriptions Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Letters should not be more than 200 words and they must indicate your full name, address and a day time telephone number for verification. 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 Helen Velissaris, Michael Sweet, Nelly Skoufatoglou, Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Alexandra Manatakis, Billy Cotsis Theodora Maios ship, equality and justice for all governed by Rule of Law - one nation for all Cypriots irrespective of ethnicity or religion. The political climate is perfect and this is the last opportunity - if lost, it would be lost forever. It is also a perfect chance for Turkish Cypriots to free themselves from Turkey's yoke - a popular UN/EU-recognised referendum would do just that. Then Cyprus would truly belong to all Cypriots equally for generations to come. Let logic and common sense guide the road to prosperity and political stability. Andreas C Chrysafis Cyprus Speak Greek The Speak Greek in March campaign earlier this year was a humble attempt by a group of individuals and academics in Melbourne concerned with the maintenance of the Greek language and promoting the importance of speaking Greek. No one can deny the significant decline in the number of students who both choose to study Greek and who speak Greek in Australia. In an attempt to continue this campaign so that it does not lose any interest or momentum, and as a concerned Greek schoolteacher, I would like to propose a suggestion which I feel will have a significant impact on the whole issue of Greek language maintenance. The idea, if further explored by any Greek station or community organisation, may induce Greek Australian youth to tune into Greek radio and attempt to speak Greek. For the last couple of decades it hasn't been happening. That is the awful and uncomfortable truth. I would like to propose the creation of a weekly radio program either to be aired on the SBS Greek Radio program or 3XY radio program called Μιλάμε Ελληνικά. This particular radio program would be primarily targeted to the second and third generation Greek Australian age group and in particular Greek Australian students. The objective would be for Greek Australian students to call the radio program and communicate in Greek about a given topic. The radio presenter would engage in a conversation or dialogue with the caller. I suggest that the program be aired after 5.00 pm because many students who attend Greek language schools do so after 5.00 pm. Perhaps each week the radio presenter could call a particular Greek school in Melbourne which operates after school hours and speak to students who study at that particular Greek school. Students who attend a Greek school would be given prior notice so that they could prepare for the phone interview (with the assistance of their teacher and parents). The questions that would form part of the interview would be very basic and the presenter needs to bear in mind that he/she is communicating with students who either do not speak Greek fluently or are studying Modern Greek as a second language. Perhaps the radio presenters could be Greek school teachers as well. The reasoning behind this idea is that many second and third generation Greek Australians do not listen to Greek radio programs at all and such an initiative could create interest in listening and tuning to that Greek radio. Kon Bouzikos 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. 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