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An elegy to Istanbul: destroying the last remnants of metropolitan culture

An elegy to Istanbul: destroying the last remnants of metropolitan culture

By | January 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm | 2 comments

A few weeks ago a traffic jam forced me to walk through Tarlabasi, an old Greek quarter located in Pera district of Istanbul (Konstantinoupolis). While central Pera (Beyoglu) was where the turn of the century bourgeois lived, surrounded by elite stores and chic cafes, Tarlabasi...

Posted in: Featured, Konstantinoupolis, Turkey

Ikaria: Always Closer to the Sun, and Far Away from Men

Ikaria: Always Closer to the Sun, and Far Away from Men

By | July 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm | No comments

A report in the Italian newspaper Libero's web site last Monday that a small Aegean island, Ikaria is considering leaving Greece created havoc in media. Der Spiegel English says: A full century after the North Aegean island of Icaria gained independence by expelling its Turkish...

Posted in: Featured, Greece

The Netherlands go where Turkey is coming from

The Netherlands go where Turkey is coming from

By | April 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm | 4 comments

Fréderike Geerdink “Abdullah Gül has no right to speak”, I hear all the time as a reaction to President Gül resisting the ideology of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, which discriminates against people and marginalises them. That’s because Gül has a problem handling...

Posted in: Armenians, Christians, Featured, Greeks, Kurds, Minorities

“We are all Greeks”

“We are all Greeks”

By | February 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm | No comments

The pan-European call is addressed to all Western Europe citizens in response to the economic crisis and acute problems facing the Greek community. Social networks with the slogan “We are all Greeks” indicate that the measures passed on Sunday February 12th are imposing...

Posted in: Featured, Greece

Smyrna: Destruction of a cosmopolitan city – 1900-1922

Smyrna: Destruction of a cosmopolitan city – 1900-1922

By | February 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm | One comment

An interesting and powerful documentary by Maria Iliou on destruction of Smyrna (Izmir) in the eve of the foundation of Turkish Republic. (English with Greek subtitles) Smyrna: Destruction of a cosmopolitan city Ταινία που αναφέρετε στην...

Posted in: Armenians, Christians, Featured, Greeks, Smyrna

Συγκλονίζει το χαμένο βίντεο από την καταστροφή της Σμύρνης

Συγκλονίζει το χαμένο βίντεο από την καταστροφή της Σμύρνης

By | February 2, 2012 at 12:01 am | No comments

Άλλοι θεωρούν πως είναι ένας απλός συνωστισμός σε λιμάνι. Άλλοι πάλι πιστεύουν ότι αυτό το βίντεο αποτελεί ένα χαμένο και εξαιρετικά πολύτιμο ιστορικής...

Posted in: Greece, Greeks, Smyrna

Greek Orthodox Community in Turkey accepts aid from Red Crescent for new immigrants

By | April 13, 2011 at 2:09 am | No comments

Yesterday Turkish Red Crescent delivered 8 tons of humanitarian aid to the representative of Orthodox Patriarchate, Father Dositheos Anagnostopoulos. The aid material consist of food items, stationary and toys to be delivered to needy. Turkish Red Crescent has also delivered aid...

Posted in: Featured, Greeks, News

Smyrna 1922 – Rare footage of Greek Exodus

Smyrna 1922 – Rare footage of Greek Exodus

By | April 11, 2011 at 11:09 am | 3 comments

In 1922 Greeks of Asia Minor had to flee their last refugee, Smyrna. Here's some rare footage from YMCA and YWCA on their relief efforts. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSqsTQJzybA And some more International footage on Asia Minor...

Posted in: Featured, Greeks, Smyrna

Three Schools Less is Three Buildings More

Three Schools Less is Three Buildings More

By | April 6, 2011 at 3:59 am | No comments

In Istanbul numbers of native Greeks are decreasing while Greek Nationals' are on a rise. For decades being a Christian minority in Turkey was a "crucifying" experience like living in Greece in 2011. Year after year the Greek population of the city lessened due to...

Posted in: Featured, Greeks, Minorities, News, Turkey

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