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    Hydra: Summers on my Father’s Isle

    For this month’s column, I wanted to avoid discussing the existential situation in Greece and instead walk down the road of nostalgia, recalling my late father, John Alexander Billinis, and his island, our beloved Hydra.  I wrote...

    • Posted May 18, 2015
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    Another Lesson from 1821

    Once again this year I listened as my daughter’s Greek School here in the Northside of Chicago extolled the bravery and the unity of the “Heroes of 1821.” While my wife and son, knowing just a wee...

    • Posted April 11, 2015
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    Greece: Where the Sidewalk Ends …and the IDs Look Fake

    I pondered a great deal as to what to write in my monthly column. Given the events of January 25 (Greek election), there is certainly much to talk about. I prefer not to. Instead, I offer a...

    • Posted February 18, 2015
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    The Eloquence of Humble Architecture: Homes Lost …and Refuge Gained

    Stone by stone we built, A poor corner. Our lives we enclosed, in Kokkinia (Pireaus) . . . . . . But the evening, when it came, It brought the dreams. It brought us to Pergamum ,...

    • Posted December 24, 2014
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    Modern Greece and Greeks …In Whose Image?

    Many Greeks and foreigners consider today’s Hellas to be the resurrection of a lost ancient polity, Classical Greece. The Greece that emerged from Ottoman rule after a chaotic, heroic yet haphazard war of independence received a measure...

    • Posted November 14, 2014
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    Should “Hellenes without Borders” be allowed to vote in Greece?

    My vote on this, for what it’s worth, is “No.” I am not making light of this desire of many Diaspora Greeks to vote and to participate politically in the affairs of the homeland. Not at all....

    • Posted October 19, 2014
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    Rhodes Riches: An NGO Model for Greece

    In the course of living and writing in Serbia, I had the great fortune to be invited by Rhodes International Culture and Heritage Society (Rhodes RICHES), a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Rhodes, to the lovely island...

    • Posted September 13, 2014
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    My Favorite Greek Road Trips: Athens to Nauplion

    When we lived in Athens several years ago, just before the cracks in the Greek pavement were beginning to appear, one of our favorite things to do on the weekends was to get out of the city....

    • Posted June 6, 2014
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    Unofficial Histories: 1821

    This past weekend we celebrated our ancestors’ Revolution against the Ottoman Empire with a parade down Halstead Street, in Chicago’s Greektown. The last time we were there, it was just my wife and I, but this year,...

    • Posted April 16, 2014
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    Skopje (FYROM) 2014

    In choosing the title, “Skopje 2014,” I am referring not to the costly, kitsch Vegas-on-the-Vardar reconstruction of downtown Skopje, but rather the state of the Slav Macedonian state in 2014.  This country is in existential peril and...

    • Posted February 16, 2014
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    Edifice Complex: Erdogan and Agia Sophia

    Memo To: “Sultan“ Erdogan From: Emperor Justinian Subject: Agia Sophia YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT! It was not three months ago, when writing to express my outrage at the conversion of Trabzon’s Agia Sophia Cathedral-Museum into...

    • Posted December 14, 2013
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    Rigas Pheraios: My Kind of Hero

    I “met” him rather early in life, through his immortal words of the Thourios Ymnos, drummed into our heads by our Greek School Teacher in anticipation of the March 25th Celebration. In the Pantheon of Modern Greek...

    • Posted November 13, 2013
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    A Partisan Chat: Alexis Parnis

    “You see, I still live like a partisan,” as he showed me his house on the slopes of Mt. Hymnetus, in the rapidly suburbanized and gentrified suburb of Peania, outside Athens. The modest house with an attached...

    • Posted October 10, 2013
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    Ghosts of Communist Greece in Serbia

    In spite of a very different climate, in Serbia you are really never far from Greece. The culture, the history, the religion, and even the DNA are often eerily similar. Greek-Serbian interaction goes back from the Byzantine...

    • Posted September 7, 2013
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