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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 MAY 2015 27 OPINION LETTERS Independent Community There is nothing wrong with making up with the Archdiocese. There is nothing wrong with paying the Archdiocese its 5 per cent of the Sunday collections and their fee for church weddings, etc. But the Community must never change its constitution and give legal rights to the Archdiocese. The Community must never participate in any way in the clergy laity congress, as this will give legal rights in the life of the community to the Archdiocese. The Community must remain totally free and independent. By fighting amongst ourselves we fall into the trap of giving the Archdiocese the opportunity to devide and rule which has resulted in other states of Australia, of the Archdiocese taking over communities and the ownership of their properties totally. We do not have the right to take away the democratic human rights away from our children and grand children. Savvas Grigoropoulos Victoria Greek connections Could Ms Mirabella kindly refrain from using the Greek community and her heritage in her preselection campaign? I am embarrassed that she has extreme conservative tendencies which aren't representative of the Greek Australian diaspora. Community and connection to your constituency. Melina Smith Victoria Peter Williams We would like to thank Neos Kosmos for writing the articles about our friend and fellow dancer Peter Williams. The Greek community was well represented at his funeral which was much appreciated by his close friends and family, particularly those who were in the dancing fraternity of Melbourne. Australian-Greeks Group Victoria Thanks Neos Kosmos I would like personally to thank Eugenia Pavlopoulou and Neos Kosmos for sharing my story with the Greek community. I was touched and humbled by the number of donations and well wishes received from your readers and would now like to personally thank them for their donations and thoughts in helping me with my journey ahead to beat multiple sclerosis. I would hope that you kindly notify your readers that I will embark on my journey on Sunday 24 May and that their help was greatly appreciated. I will return back to my two children on June 28 ready for my recovery. I have now reached my overall target of $70,000 to help me get to Russia. I would like to personally send a big ‘thank you’ for all your support and generosity in bringing me closer to my journey of hood health. I am honoured and privileged to have such great support behind me within the Greek community in Melbourne. This assistance has made a significant impact in achieving my goal. Again, thank you for your generosity and support. Yours sincerely, Poppy Siachos Unscientific article I refer to your recent article about bilingual people in interracial relationships This is one of the most unscientific articles I've ever read in Neos Kosmos. The author's misinterpretation of facts in order to fit his/her preconceived notions makes this article impossible to believe. Being bilingual and being in an interracial relationship are two very different things and not necessarily synonymous. The author of this article decided to add his/her own preconceived views ('cultural Marxist', one may even say) of interracial relationships and slip them in between quotes about bilingualism in order to give them credibility. Ridiculous pseudo-scientific quotes like: "people coming from parents of different nationality and cultural background are reportedly more sexual and based on their lovers' evaluations, better lovers." and "bilingual people, especially in interracial relationships, are more open-minded, create stronger bonds and are more sexually active, while their children are healthier and think faster" are garbage, cringeworthy and baseless. No doctor ever made such a claim about people in interracial relationships. These type of quotes be- long in Kardashian Hollywood tabloids and not in a respectable Greek Australian newspaper. Also, the fact that this article has no author’s name makes it very suspicious indeed. I would like to add an academically referenced quote by Dr Harry T. Reis (professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and relationship science expert) about interracial relationships that readers of this particular article may find interesting: "There is a 67 per cent divorce rate for interracial couples in particular … indicates that interracial couples face special struggles in trying to maintain their relationships." As a long time reader, I expect better from Neos Kosmos. In the near future you should focus more on promotion of Greek culture towards the Greek community in Australia (eg: maintaining/learning the Greek language, for young second, third generation Greek Australians) as there has been a rapid drop in Greek education among the Greek Australian communities in recent years, and as a consequence many younger Greek Australians are becoming assimilated into the broader, numerically superior Anglo Australian community. Please avoid articles like these in the future as you risk losing your readers and insulting their intelligence. Angela P. Victoria The Water Diviner bashing I'm just a little concerned by The Water Diviner bashing that has been constant in (local Greek) social media and the Greek press for a few months now. I share the concerns of some very valid points, not least from a range of fantastic academ- Email your letter to: email@example.com ics and servants to the cause of the Hellenic Genocide. What I wish to raise is the following: the script was cowritten by a local Greek and features a few Greek actors including the young boy. It is a film dealing with the fallout from Gallipoli, about an Australian family man which also touches on what the period meant to the vanquished Ottoman Empire. It is not a film about the genocide (in fact, the Greek military is seen as winning in its brief foray in the movie!). I initially was offended by the film but soon realised what it wasn't, a movie on the destruction of the Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian communities. Personally, I felt it did humanise the Turkish side, not all Turks in that war are bad! Please do not detract from what the film is about. Blaming Russell Crowe for the fact it is not a film about the genocide is wrong. I support Aussie filmmaking and we should respect the Greek contingent in this film. If people are concerned about the genocide, help us promote the message in a constructive way, to reach out to Turkey and the broader community. In case anyone wishes to yell at me for my comments, read the next bit carefully. Pappou and Giagia are from Aivali and Smyrna respectively and I have written about their loss and that of the Hellenes in that disgusting period. I have been to my village, broken-hearted by what remains. I have been to Smyrna. Please take the time to visit Asia Minor if you get the chance. I organised the first Hellenic Genocide lecture at my university in the 1990s and have lobbied people for years about this issue. I also consistently extend the olive branch of friendship to Turkey to help bring a sense of justice to this period. Along with WWI, it was the most Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you feel you’re better off or worse off after the federal budget? 34% Better off Worse off 66% THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Should Australia remain in the Eurovision Song Contest? 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 Helen Velissaris, Michael Sweet, Nelly Skoufatoglou, Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Alexandra Manatakis, Theodora Maios heart-rending period the world had ever witnessed to that point. If people wish to be keyboard warriors and slag the film, then that is your prerogative. We should also stop some of the email darts being sent to the Greek writer. Imagine how he feels and think of his family. If people wish to look at the constructive ways to support justice for that period and various other Hellenic causes, then please channel your efforts to a more useful means. This includes making a film about the realities of that era that is not about Gallipoli. Kind regards, Billy Cotsis, writer PS: I reiterate, if anyone wishes to complain about my response, keep in mind my heritage. Euphoria and the negotiations The negotiations resumed again in a mood of utter euphoria. We are all hoping that a fair solution can be achieved on the basis of Rule of Law, justice and equality for all Cypriots living in one unified country and not two states. I hope the new TC leadership does not disillusion Cypriots again like Mr Eroglu did with his cunning Turkish games that wasted five years. Like a zoo, the mass media on the other hand congregated to report on the negotiations as if it were manna from heaven. When the talks ended, Mr Akinci announced euphorically that "no one will need to fill in visa forms from now on". Not good enough Mr Akinci and Mr Anastasiades! It is not necessary for Cypriots to have ‘visas’ to move about freely in their own country. The occupied area of the Republic is not a separate country; it is occupied by Turkish troops and unless they and the settlers are removed, there will never be a solution. Citizens are not stupid and can no longer be fooled by petty political gestures that amount to nothing. If Mr Akinci truly means what he says, instead of offering trivialities he could have announced real gestures of peace such as: Drop all charges against Koray Basdogrultmaci and Cinel Senem Husseyin, the young couple who were apprehended for flying Cypriot flags outside their shop in Famagusta and also drop the additional new charges for ‘conspiring against the TC state’. It is not illegal for Cypriots to fly their country's flag; a flag that was decided and approved by both the Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Mr Akinci could also have ordered the removal of the massive provocative Turkish flag - a symbol of Turkey's occupation - carved out on Pendadaktilos that generates hatred and division between the two people. That he did not! Those are genuine gestures of goodwill, Mr Akinci, and all Cypriots would respect you for initiating such moves of reunification. This is the last chance to reunite all Cypriots in their own country but also the last chance to see whether the Turkish Cypriots can be saved from extinction as a Cypriot secular community or not. A good start but actions speak louder than words and we shall wait and see. Andreas C Chrysafis Cyprus 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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