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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 March 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2016 23 OPINION LETTERS 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete My colleague, Ian McPhee, who subscribes to Neos Kosmos, noticed your piece on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete. You might be interested in the activities of Lt. Col. Thomas James Dunbabin (1911-1955), an Australian who served as SOE Field Commander for the British army on Crete; he arrived there in May 1942 and helped arrange the evacuation of the last allied soldiers following the German invasion. Tom Dunbabin is perhaps better known for his career as an archaeologist: he worked extensively in Greece, spoke Greek fluently and had a great fondness for Greece, its people and the Cretans in particular. His work The Western Greeks (Oxford 1948) remains the seminal study of ancient Greek settlement in Sicily and South Italy. An edited version of Tom Dunbabin's (unfinished) memoir of the two years he spent during the war in the mountains of Crete has recently been published by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies, in both English and Greek, edited by his nephew (also Tom Dunbabin): Tom J. Dunbabin: An Archaeologist at War (English/Greek) Ed. Tom Dunbabin Society of Cretan Historical Studies Heraklion 2015 ISBN978-969-9480-31-4 We thought this might be of interest to you and your readers, Yours sincerely Gillian Shepherd Lecturer in Ancient Mediterranean Studies Director, A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies Elder abuse Poppy Hearn, ex-AGWS, has made this a top right for many years, seeking to do what she can to stop elder abuse. To garner more rights for the abused. To inform people about what can happen. To bring action against those whose primary motivation is their own pockets - yes, even offending and abusing their own parents. And our own community is not innocent, with greed not being confined to any single ethnicity or community. Some abuse by helping themselves to what their parent or grandparent owns, and selling for money. Some openly lie, claim they want a particular item as a souvenir, and sell it for a prof- it. Such as the girl who told her yiayia she wanted both of her antique clocks to remember her by and her antique sewing machine, only to cash out those items within two weeks. Then there are those who claim to care so much for mama or yiayia that they convince them to give them power of attorney. And then change their will over to themselves, take over all property and eventually turf the older relative out onto the street. One elderly gentleman found his only child, his daughter, helping herself to his bank account and then taking back gifts he gave to her children because “everything was hers”. Ahh, there are so many sad stories but we need to face up to them and to protect our parents and grandparents, and to educate our children and grandchildren never to do any of this to us. Ange Kenos Melbourne Well said, Elena Piakis Unfortunately there is a minority within our community and the broader community in general who can't understand the plight of these wretched refugees. Some have a genuine love and urge to protect Greece, and this is actually admirable. Alas, sending the refugees back is a wee bit overboard and solves nothing. The crisis will eventually pass, but in the meantime, most of us are proud of what each island has done. I was in Lesvos myself last year and I did my bit. As did my mum and her friend, Mrs Xrisafia Kametopoulos, who both received an AHEPA award recently for their support; and a nurse I know, Helen Zahos, who was a wonderful contributor recently. From my end, I am a descendant of refugees. Imagine if no one had helped my grandparents? The Greeks in Lesvos last century did. This filotimo is incredible. I am proud of the Greek nation for helping refugees. Yes we want to keep Greece Greek, yes we want to solve our economic crisis, but we also value human lives and karma. Billy Cotsis Sydney Good riddance There is definitely something rotten in Cyprus that contaminates people's brains to act so corrupt and so brutal that shows no respect for this beautiful country or society at large. As long as they steal millions (at tax- payers’ expense) some people in authority don't give a damn about the country or its citizens. Greed rules their everyday actions and corrupt brains. The latest corruption waste/ rubbish scandal that involves millions in thievery by Larnaka's mayor and his crony accomplices - just like Vergas the ex-Paphos' mayor (now locked up) of the same magnitude. It's incomprehensible to ordinary citizens who believe that elected persons are there to act in their best interests or the country. It does not seem so. The system has developed a nauseating stench for many years now. But, there is hope in the horizon. A Revolution of the Mind has now started and people speak out against wrongdoing and corruption. Well overdue in my mind and that's good news. The newly-elected mayor of Paphos Mr Phedonas Phedonos and Mr Odysseas Michailides, the new auditor general, have set the trend of this new revolution; a revolution that I have been speaking about for years now. This Revolution of the Mind has started and citizens now demand transparency and they are no longer afraid to speak out against bad authority, injustice or corruption. Soon other cities will follow suit and prominent names including politicians would be exposed to meet the same humiliating fate of their illicit activities. Good riddance. Justice in Cyprus has finally has come out of hibernation. Andreas C Chrysafis Cyprus Frustrating I want to talk about Greek soccer/football and how sad and frustrating it is of the news that the cup has been cancelled. Completely understandable under the circumstances but its sad for the Greek competition and its true supporters. Email your letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org As an Australian of Greek descent I have a suggestion. Why don’t they play the Greek cup games in Australia? Melbourne, to be exact, with its large Greek population. We will have the national team of Greece touring yet again but I'm talking about real meaningful games, the cup competition of Greece. Greek soccer fans have regretfully time and time again showed great disdain to a game they supposedly love. Olympiakos have missed on the opportunity of becoming both the cup and championship team because of such fans. In Australia we will do things differently with a guaranteed result and festive atmosphere. Now you might say well it's a Greek competition, why is Australia hosting it? Well, it will be a success for one thing and Australia also is involved in the Eurovision, are we not? Last time I checked Australia the continent is fairly distant from Europe yet we participate in it. I want to start a petition with the help of Neos Kosmos to get the Greek cup here and play it. Australia is a great sporting nation and we have held and continue to hold many successful sporting events, from the Olympic Games to tennis tournaments we can do everything successfully and better. Kristos Pirtsios Melbourne The forgotten genocide April 24 marks the ‘Great Crime’, that is, the Armenian genocide that took place under Turkey's Islamic Ottoman Empire during and after WWI. Out of an approximate population of two million, some 1.5 million Armenians died. If early 20th century Turkey had the apparatuses and technology to execute in mass - such as Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you think that Greece will benefit from the refugee resettlement agreement with Turkey? 9% YES 91% NO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you think Greek defence minister Panos Kammenos should resign over his ‘Macedonia’ blunder? 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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Christopher Gogos Editor-in-chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis Journalists: Nelly Skoufatoglou, Panos Apostolou, Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis, Eugenia Pavlopoulou, George Stogiannou Contributors: Dean Kalimniou, Michael Sweet, Theodora Maios, Pavlos Andronikos, Anastasios Tamis Sub-editor: Angela Costanzo Graphic design: Peter Kelidis 1940s Germany's gas chambers - the entire Armenian population may well have been annihilated. Most objective American historians who have studied the question unequivocally agree that it was a deliberate, calculated genocide. More than one million Armenians perished as the result of execution, starvation, disease, the harsh environment, and physical abuse. A people who lived in eastern Turkey for nearly 3,000 years [more than double the amount of time the invading Islamic Turks had occupied Anatolia, now known as ‘Turkey’] lost its homeland and was profoundly decimated in the first large-scale genocide of the twentieth century. At the beginning of 1915 there were some two million Armenians within Turkey; today there are fewer than 60,000. Despite the vast amount of evidence that points to the historical reality of the Armenian Genocide, eyewitness accounts, official archives, photographic evidence, the reports of diplomats, and the testimony of survivors, denial of the Armenian Genocide by successive regimes in Turkey has gone on from 1915 to the present. Indeed, evidence has been overwhelming. US Senate Resolution 359 from 1920 heard testimony that included evidence of "[m]utilation, violation, torture, and death [which] have left their haunting memories in a hundred beautiful Armenian valleys, and the traveler in that region is seldom free from the evidence of this most colossal crime of all the ages". In her memoir, Ravished Armenia, Aurora Mardiganian described being raped and thrown into a harem (which agrees with Islam's rules of war). Unlike thousands of other Armenian girls who were discarded after being defiled, she managed to escape. In the city of Malatia, she saw 16 Christian girls crucified: "Each girl had been nailed alive upon her cross, spikes through her feet and hands, only their hair, blown by the wind, covered their bodies." Such scenes were portrayed in the 1919 documentary film Auction of Souls, some of which is based on Mardiganian's memoirs. Continue reading to see how the Armenian genocide may be the tragic culmination of the current persecution of Christians under Islam, some of which has indeed reached genocidal proportions. Raymond Ibrahim Nicosia The Neos Kosmos Facebook page and Twitter page give our readers a great way to interact with Greeks of the diaspora and those in Greece. Check out our Facebook page at facebook. com/neoskosmos to let us know what you think by posting some of your own comments and feedback. 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