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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 October 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER 2015 27 OPINION OPINION ALEXIS PAPACHELAS End of an era We are experiencing the real end of an era in a way that is unrelated to ruling SYRIZA and political developments. A political system that governed the country for decades is collapsing. The reasons are biological and economic, among many others. The debt crisis and the events that followed dealt a death blow to the status quo, and nothing will be like it was before anymore. The old parties have either disappeared or are in the process of gradually doing so, and the rest of the system is starting to come down after them as it has LETTERS Need to stand up Even more Australian politicians getting together to support the return of the stolen Parthenon pieces to Hellas. Must be an election in the wind. But what have any of these characters and organisations achieved in the years that they have lauded themselves in the media? No disrespect to Mrs Elly (Red) Symons, but her friends on this issue are there for their own sakes. Has anyone approached the Pope to return those pieces which the Vatican holds? Pope Francis is a wonderful man who may well listen and act as a way of showing his own moral support for the beleaguered Hellenic people. Or what about those pieces in the Louvre which I confess I deliberately touched in my own show of defiance to their holding that which belongs in Hellas, and not Paris. Thankfully one German museum is considering giving back what they have but what of others? And what of Elgin's descendants who also have pieces in their stately manor? As to the ambassador I am not a fan. India and Israel demanded and received items that were in Australia but which had been stolen from them. Yet when there was a display of artefacts in Bendigo he failed to do a thing, responding to my written request with words of weakness and defeat. But at least he did respond on that request. Our so-called leaders need to be shaken up but we also need to stand up with them and let all know that the most significant part of Hellenic heritage needs to be in Athens and not scattered around the globe on foreign soil. The Parthenon was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It belongs in the heart of the Hellenic Republic. Ange Kenos Victoria The Greeklish Project I read a letter regarding the Greeklish Project (Neos Kosmos Saturday 20/6. I am sorry but I totally disagree with it. To make a Greeklish Dictionary is a waste of time and money. We would be better off using our resources to help Greeks who speak English incorrectly, rather than encouraging this incorrect use of the Greek and English language. I find that these words are not at all 'quirky' or 'a beautiful blend of Greek and English' as your article states. This incorrect use of the English language does not need to be endorsed by creating a dictionary that promotes its use. I am a first generation Greek. I've been in Australia 56 years and have always tried to speak correct English and correct Greek but never 'Greeklish'. I pride myself on attempting the correct use of both languages and not mixing the two. I agree with Greeks who recently came from Greece. Greeklish is cannibalising the original language and should not even be used as a term to identify a language with. Please Mr Gold, do not spoil our beautiful Greek language or promote the incorrect use of the English language. Eftihia Barberoglou Victoria Revolution and the mind As a thinker and a writer in support of justice and rule of law, but also a strong believer on equality on the basis of one-man-one-vote and one citizenship, I find myself perplexed by the recent cunning and shocking statements made by the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Mustafa Akinci. He publicly announced that: "The Turkish Cypriot community must find the ways of being able to have the majority of property ownership and population in its own area." In my opinion, the above simply means that Turkey NEVER changed its tactic and ambitions for a twostate-solution; one state for the Turkish Cypriots and another for the Greek Cypriots. Mr Akinci has proven himself to be (for one more time) just another mouthpiece for Ankara. What is the point of negotiating with such a representative who does not have the power to make a decision contrary to Turkey's policy? So let’s stop this game of deceit once and for all. How the government plans to spin those Turkish Cypriot ambitions we shall wait and see. One think it's for sure. No such revelations can be made while negotiations are on the table; not unless there is some truth in them. There is a dangerous game being played at the moment, and unless Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you think the Greek government was right in increasing the cost of visiting the Acropolis? 37% YES 63% NO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Is Australia’s recent plan to kill two million feral cats by 2020 the right way to save species in danger of extinction? 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 News editor: Journalists: Christopher Gogos Michael Sweet Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis, Zoe Thomaúdou, John Pyrros, Nelly Skoufatoglou, Panos Apostolou, George Stogiannou Contributors: Dean Kalimniou, Theodora Maios, Dr Panayiotis Diamadis Proofreader: Angela Costanzo Graphic design: Peter Kelidis been too sluggish to survive the changes. It was perfectly clear who was running the country 10, 20 or 30 years ago. When a politician or state employee heard that "X wants so and so done", it would be done. X could have been a publisher, a businessman or a banker. The country was run by an exclusive club that had its own rules and sensitive balance of power. At some point, however, the club started to grow by taking in no small number of thugs and bottom feeders who wanted a piece of the action. After a while, no one could remember the rules anymore because they had been flout- ed again and again by the brasher members of the club. Today, this club is finished. Some of its members have died, others went bankrupt and others still are behind bars. The people were always more or less aware of what was going on behind the scenes but didn't really care as long as their standard of living was retained at a high level - albeit artificially. When the bare minimum standard of living could no longer be ensured, the curtains fell and the club was exposed. To be fair, a lot of good was also done in those 40-odd years since the end of the dictatorship. Greece today is nothing like it was in 1975, in any respect. Given the positive changes, now is the time for a restart. Mone y and pow- er always change hands eve ry half-century or so and the case here is no different. I can mention quite a few names that would have meant a lot 50 years ago and now are nothing more than street names. That's healthy. hange hands eveThe big question, howev- er, is what or who will replace the dead club and what the rules will be. In a country where the institutions are dysfunctional and everything is more or less in a state of chaos, the risk of all this money and power falling into dangerous hands is more er, is whatorwho will than apparent. We should be wary of coming to the point when we pine for the old club just because we're terrified of the new one. * Alexis Papachelas is executive editor of Kathimerini newspaper. Email your letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org the government makes radical decisions and change its present tactics, we would lose half of Cyprus to Turkey and also hand them on a platter half of our natural resources - and that is exactly what they are after. This would be done with the blessing of the EU, the UN and America; they are all part of the game. The IMF has already an ac- tive role and has become a crucial player on this matter handed to it by the government. It is one thing to negotiate with a smiling gentleman and another to gamble the integrity of the nation by trusting those smiles. The government has failed to see behind those public relations ‘"good intentions’ cleverly concealed by a forked tongue. We may be half-asleep but we are certainly NOT half-dead. Andreas C Chrysafis Cyprus Tough austerity The EU demanding tough austerity on Greece and then leaving Greece with so few resources to deal with the biggest European refugee crisis since WW2 is irrational. The consequences of this will be felt way beyond Greece. The provisions being supplied by the EU are woefully late and still inadequate. Nick Rodintsis 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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