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  • HIDDEN MOSAICS: AN AEGEAN TALE by Alexander Billinis

    A Greek and a Turk discover they look alike in HIDDEN MOSAICS: AN AEGEAN TALE by Alexander Billinis

    Like the protagonists of his debut novel, life has been an Aegean odyssey and migration for author Alexander Billinis himself. With a lifelong interest in the region, he’s lived and worked in Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia, traveled...

    • Posted December 5, 2015
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    Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe: Patriot of Two Nations

    Revolutions are often exported. There is no question that the effects of the American Revolution spread far beyond our shores. France followed suit, and several years later, Greeks rose in revolt against a four-hundred-year-old Ottoman regime that...

    • Posted June 23, 2020
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    Pammachon: A Martial Art and Ethos with Roots in Hellenism

    On March 25, this year, as every year, Greeks in Greece and around the world celebrated the dual holiday of Greek Independence Day and Annunciation. This time, it was different. We celebrated at home, via digital displays,...

    • Posted April 13, 2020
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    Nicholas Benachi, Founder of the First Orthodox Church in the US

    On many occasions in this magazine I have focused on Greek communities in the Diaspora or interesting “Hellenes without Borders.” This month, I will do both. We will meet Nicholas Benachi, the founder of the first Greek...

    • Posted February 17, 2020
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    Samos, Where Geography is Destiny

    As the Bicentennial of Greece’s War of Independence approaches, in 2021, I will be highlighting various places, people, and events that played a key role in this seminal event. Today, I will focus on an island. No,...

    • Posted January 13, 2020
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    The World Wide Greek Commercial Web, circa 1815

    WWW of course means something completely different in our digital internet-ubiquitous era. “Web” prior to our disruptive times could mean that of a spider, or some other set of connections. In this case, I refer to the...

    • Posted December 8, 2019
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    The “Case” for AHEPA

    The recent election of New Democracy’s Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Greece has been greeted with a fair amount of relief and optimism by many in Greece, abroad, and in the large Greek Diaspora. It is early days, but...

    • Posted October 18, 2019
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  • Rhigas Pheraios’ “Charta,” Life, and Era discussed at EMBCA Event

    The East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) hosted recently another successful lecture at the 3 West Club in Manhattan. The topic was Rhigas Pheraios’ “Charta,” a reflection of the man, his ideas, and his era 221 years...

    • Posted July 12, 2019
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    Kehila Kedosha Janina and a Chat with Marcia!

    Russel Shorto, a premier historian of New York, calls Manhattan the “Island at the Center of the World.” So, it is, and there are few pleasures like walking the avenues of Manhattan. So much American (and world...

    • Posted July 12, 2019
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    A Grandson’s Visit: Ano Kastania

    While we lived in Greece, a source of succor from the daily reality of life and work in Athens were trips out of the city via Greece’s new superhighways.  A plethora of alpine and seaside jaunts, along...

    • Posted April 25, 2019
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  • Learning and Mentoring Never Stops with Educator Angelo Pappas

    by Alexander Billinis How does a regular guy get 250 people to his half century birthday party on Thanksgiving weekend? I guess that the answer is, you are a guy like Angelo Pappas.   Evangelos (Angelo) Pappas...

    • Posted March 13, 2019
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    The Importance of Being Hydra

    We Hydriots are seldom lacking in pride for our island. It is, after all, a time capsule away from the crush of car and concrete, a cubist amphitheater of perfection surrounding a port where man and nature...

    • Posted March 13, 2019
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    The Battle of the Atlantic: The Gruesome Tale the Numbers Tell of Triumph and Tragedy

    I have always been a textual type. I am a writer, a lawyer, and now a historian in training. I have always been text-heavy. Having said that, I have a business degree, I own part of a...

    • Posted January 2, 2019
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    “Uncle Nick” of Greenville

    I met him through my son. We had just moved to Clemson, South Carolina and I searched for a local Greek community for spiritual and cultural anchorage. After the church service, I saw my son in an...

    • Posted December 2, 2018
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    Maritime Shift

    I have been writing in this column at Neo Magazine for nearly nine years now. Nearly every month, I have had to come up with a topic relating to Hellenism, particularly the Diaspora, to bring to Neo...

    • Posted October 16, 2018
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  • The Macedonia Agreement

    by Alexander Billinis It is of course premature to call the agreement signed, all too symbolically, at Lake Prespa between Greece and its northern neighbor, “North Macedonia,” as a done deal. National parliaments need to weigh in...

    • Posted July 8, 2018
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    How to Talk to your Kids about Byzantium

    A rather odd title to an article, but the reader familiar with my work ought to be familiar with my . . . eccentricities. Perhaps it is not so odd, as Greek parents often talk to their...

    • Posted June 22, 2018
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    In Confronting Turkey, History is on our Side, but Historical Lesson is from 1938, not from the Ancient Past

    Another Greek Independence Day has come and gone. It’s a time for parades, poems, and speeches, recalling the heroes of that era. This year, the Evzones came to Australia, as they have come to key US cities...

    • Posted April 14, 2018
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    The Brothers Macedonian

    A centuries-old conflict in a region known for discord has returned, once again, to the headlines. The so-called Macedonian Question—in this case, most specifically, what name to assign to this former Yugoslav republic—is back in many of...

    • Posted March 11, 2018
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    Stamps of My History

    Moving is never easy. It is a loss of nerves, and in my case, pounds from work and stress, and it always costs more than you anticipate. Things get lost, and broken. Sometimes, however, things do get...

    • Posted January 14, 2018
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    The Case for Cultural Literacy

    On Sunday, October 29, 2017 I had the singular pleasure of addressing members of the Hellenic Cultural Association of Salt Lake City, Utah. For a Utah Greek boy long away from his home community, this was a...

    • Posted December 14, 2017
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    Could Greece become the Linchpin of a Balkan-East Mediterranean Alliance?

    Even in asking the question, I feel a wave of doubt and skepticism. The region is dysfunctional and poor, full of failing states and weak institutions. I know the rot of Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia first hand,...

    • Posted July 11, 2017
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    Nostalgia for My Favorite Athens

    I am not the greatest fan of Athens.  Having lived and worked there for two years, I believe that my impression is based on the hard facts of daily life there. And yet, the city possesses a...

    • Posted April 22, 2017
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    A Letter to Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick

    Dear Readers, please forgive the digression from my normal column “Hellenes without Borders” wherein I usually discuss Greece, the larger Balkan area, and our Diaspora, but I feel that comments made by Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick,...

    • Posted March 17, 2017
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  • EMBCA President Lou Katsos

    Aghia Sophia: Times, Templates & Foundations from Byzantium to Present Day

    by Chris Salboudis EMBCA’s Lou Katsos and John Fotiadis organized an amazing panel discussion entitled “Aghia Sophia: It’s History, Architecture and Cultural Contributions” at the 3 West Club in New York City on December 13th. The discussions...

    • Posted December 30, 2016
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