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Endy Zemenides is the Executive Director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC), a national advocacy organization for the Greek American community. To learn more about HALC, visit www.hellenicleaders.com
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    What If Greece Did Not Say “OXI”?

    Most of us are at least one generation removed from World War II, but generations of Greek Americans have lived OXI Day over and over and over again.  This cycle continues this year through programs in Greek...

    • Posted October 26, 2019
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    Turkey’s False Promises on Halki

    During a recent press conference on international religious freedom, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the “immediate reopening” of the Halki Seminary, a seminary Turkey ordered closed in 1971. Some may consider this call in...

    • Posted July 12, 2019
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    A Paradigm Shift

    In its review of John Julius Norwich’s “The Middles Sea: A History of the Mediterranean” the Los Angeles Times lauded the historian’s book as “A sweeping saga of human turmoil. . .” Turmoil.  There is perhaps no...

    • Posted April 25, 2019
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    A Legacy that can only be Captured by Poetry

    In January, Hellenism lost a true giant when Nikos Mouyiaris passed away.  Multiple tributes, articles in the Greek and Greek-American press, and statements from the governments of Greece and Cyprus have detailed his professional and civic achievements...

    • Posted March 13, 2019
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    Turkey cannot get both the S-400s AND the F-35s!

    The week after the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue kicked off, Turkey violated Greek airspace hundreds of times.  The Hellenic Air Force intercepted the Turkish jets — which promptly turned back to Turkey.  These continued provocations by Turkey have...

    • Posted January 2, 2019
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    γνῶθι σεαυτόν: A Debate Over the Future of Hellenism is Long Overdue

    As the news about Amazon picking Long Island City as one of its two new headquarters locations came through, opposition on social media flashed photos of restaurants closing in Astoria and Greek restaurants being replaced with national...

    • Posted December 2, 2018
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    What do we really want on the Macedonian Issue?

    When Phillip II assumed the throne of Macedonia, his kingdom faced existential threats.  He had just taken over a kingdom whose predecessor fell in battle; the same battle cost Macedonia most of its army.  Youth, inexperience, a...

    • Posted October 16, 2018
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    Turkey’s Terrible – But Predictable – Turn

    The Washington Post recently adopted the motto “democracy dies in darkness”. But democracies can also die in broad daylight.  That’s what many observers fear is happening in Turkey. – The Council on Foreign Relations’ James Lindsay, on...

    • Posted April 22, 2017
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    Delphi and The Diaspora

    I had the privilege of being a participant at the second annual Delphi Economic Forum the beginning of this month.  One of the panels on which I participated was titled Linking Diaspora and Homeland.  This subject resulted...

    • Posted March 17, 2017
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    Cultural Literacy as a New Year’s Resolution

    Most people reading this have probably made a resolution to better themselves in some way in 2017.  We all have thought of how to make ourselves healthier, more efficient, happier.  Those reading this magazine share an interest...

    • Posted December 30, 2016
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    Distrust but verify

    The famous American author Mark Twain supposedly said: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes”. As I engaged with senior Obama Administration officials during the annual PSEKA Cyprus Conference, this saying kept coming to mind. To...

    • Posted June 26, 2016
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    The Turkey You Should All Know…

    Less than four years ago, those in the community seeking a more conciliatory (or submissive, depending on your point of view) approach towards Turkey on national issues were particularly outspoken. The head of one cultural organization claimed...

    • Posted April 30, 2016
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    Happy 2016?

    To say that 2015 was a fascinating year for Hellenism would be an understatement.  We ushered in the New Year with an election in Greece, Turkey maintaining its invasion of the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone...

    • Posted January 10, 2016
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    A Bi-partisan Blunder in the Middle East

    The complete undoing of the Middle East – a failed “Arab Spring”, the rise of ISIS, sectarian conflicts raging out of control – have been met first and foremost with partisan bickering here in the United States....

    • Posted December 5, 2015
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    A Dinner in Europe

    Students of American constitutional history may find much familiar in the present economic and political crises in Europe. The original United States of America may have been even less united than today’s Europe: they often argued amongst...

    • Posted October 26, 2015
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    GREECE SHOULD LOOK WEST – BUT BEYOND EUROPE

    Over several meetings with community leaders over the summer, senior Obama Administration officials professed the U.S.’s commitment to keeping Greece in the euro and an integrated Europe, and to answer the following question in the positive: “Does...

    • Posted September 25, 2015
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    No Silver Bullets for Greece

    Analyzing and opining on the Greek economic crisis (never mind advocating in Washington D.C. for Greece) has been one of the most frustrating endeavors one could be engaged in. The stunning lack of honesty at all levels has not...

    • Posted June 28, 2015
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    Not yet time for Euphoria on Cyprus

    After a dinner with President Nicos Anastasiades of the Republic of Cyprus and Mustafa Akinci – the new Turkish-Cypriot community leader – the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide announced the resumption of...

    • Posted May 18, 2015
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    DON’T LOOK TO KOLOKOTRONI, BUT TO THE GREEK WAR RELIEF FUND

    After five years of crisis, it is unclear that worldwide Hellenism has risen to the occasion with regard to the challenge facing Greece.  To be clear, we have seen substantial humanitarian efforts on multiple fronts – by...

    • Posted April 11, 2015
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    Debt, Democracy, Dignity

    The results of the Greek elections have garnered Greece more attention than any time since the onset of the euro crisis: the stakes so high, the drama gripping, and the characters fascinating. Two weeks into the new...

    • Posted February 18, 2015
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    UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS

    On Tuesday, December 16th, Senator Robert Menendez gave a rousing speech on the floor of the Senate about the violation of international law and human rights on the island nation of Cyprus.  Just one day later, as...

    • Posted December 24, 2014
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    Greece subsidizing Western National Security

    At the end of October, Greece’s Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection Vassilis Kikilias visited the United States to coordinate anti-terrorism policy with the Department of Justice, the CIA, FBI, State Department and National Security Council....

    • Posted November 14, 2014
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    Who Lost Turkey?!

    Over the past few weeks – and in some circles, over the past year – a debate has raged on over who has lost Turkey.  After all, Turkey was for many Westerners the great Islamic hope, a...

    • Posted October 19, 2014
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    Past As Prologue: Why The Centenial Of Genocides In Turkey Is Relevant Today

    2015 will mark 100 years since genocidal policies against Turkey’s Christians – Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks – began.  Beginning under the Ottomans and continuing through the birth of the Republic of Turkey, millions of Christians were killed in...

    • Posted September 13, 2014
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    Travel with a Purpose

    Greeks in the diaspora are finalizing their plans to travel to the homelands this summer, and “Travel to Greece and Cyprus” campaigns are in full swing. These campaigns tend to focus on the help we can provide...

    • Posted June 7, 2014
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