Seminar on the Greeks The politics of the Greek Orthodox Community of

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The second of an exciting six-part seminar series takes place at the Greek Centre on Wednesday with the presentation of Christos N. Fifis’ talk, titled “The Politics of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), 1928-1959”.The talk focuses on the history of the community in Melbourne from its inception in 1897 to represent the Greek settlers n Melbourne and Vicoria and provide them with services. Internal and external strife, divisions and disputes were not uncommon and the GOCMV experienced some dire times of strife and divisions in the period between 1928 and 1959 due to internal and parochial antagonism, political disagreement and disputes with the Church authorities which often deteriorated its ability to perform its role.Mr Fifis, a former senior lecturer in Modern Greek Studies at La Trobe, writer, broadcaster and prominent member of the community will highlight the development of the Greek diaspora at a crucial time in its history.READ MORE: If I were Prime Minister’ | Christos FifisThe seminar series is offered by La Trobe University’s Greek Studies and the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora in conjunction with the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria. Other talks worth watching out for include:* Wednesday, 21 August: Konstandina Dounis: “A parallel Universe: Growing up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60s”* Wednesday, 18 September: Dimitri Gonis: “Three Greek pioneers: Mick Adams, Vlase Zanalis and harry Corones”* Wednesday, 9 October: Peter Yiannoudes (in Greek): The History of Greek Cinema in Australia”* Wednesday, 6 November: Dr Toula Nicolacopoulos and Dr George Vassilacopoulo: “Post-60s Greek-Australian Youth Activism”READ MORE: Christos Fifis and the first Greek Community of AustraliaThe Greek Centre is at 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.last_img read more

Turkish President Erdogan threatens Cyprus and warns he would take the same

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Cyprus on the 45th anniversary since the Turkish invasion of the northern part of the island.“The Turkish army will never hesitate to take the same step as 45 years ago if needed for the lives and security of Turkish Cypriots,” President Erdogan said on 20 July in a written statement issued by Turkey’s Presidential Communications Directorate.“Turkey launched the peace operation in Cyprus to protect rights and interests of Turkish Cypriots who are one of the equal owners of the island.“The entire world is watching our determination. No one should doubt that the heroic Turkish army, which sees [Northern] Cyprus as its homeland, will not hesitate to take the same step it took 45 years ago if needed for the lives and security of the Turkish Cypriots.“Those who think the wealth of the island and the region only belongs to them will face the determination of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots.”Mr Erdogan added that Turkish Cypriots are an integral part of the Turkish nation.READ MORE: The second Turkish invasion of CyprusCelebrations following the invasion that lead to bloodshed, confiscation of people’s property and belonging and missing people that have yet to be found took place on the northern part of the island that has been occupied by Turkey for 45 years.Turkish leader Mustafa Akinci laid a wreath at the memorial of Ataturk at the coastal town of Girne. In the memorial book, he wrote that the Cypriot Turkish leadership “continues both its development efforts and also its efforts to maintain permanent peace on the island in line with your [Ataturk’s] principle of ‘Peace at home, peace in the world’.”Thousands of Turkish Cypriots attended a dawn vigil in the northern part of the island. The island’s self-proclaimed prime minister Ersin Tatar and veterans from the occupation of the island attended the ceremony at a beach in northern Cyprus where the Turkish forces first invaded the island.READ MORE: Turkey says: ‘President Erdogan’s words were taken out of context‘“We have gathered here to celebrate the freedom and peace that came at the dawn of July 20, and to commemorate those who died and suffered for this cause,” Fevzi Tanpınar, the head of Dawn Vigil Organization Committee said during the event. Addressing Greek Cypriots, he said: “Never forget that your fate will always depend on our fate on this island. Notice that our freedoms are inextricably tied to your freedom. Never forget that peace is the only way to live as good neighbors on this Island and live.”last_img read more