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- Madeline Singas Confirmed to New York State Court of Appeals
- Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection Fellows Researching Fascinating Greek American History
- “Eye Spy” a Moment: Inside the Lens of Photojournalist Tasos Katopodis
- AHEPA Celebrates 99th Anniversary and Greece’s Bicentennial with its Annual Convention in Athens
All posts by Endy Zemenides
TURKEY’S DISINGENUOUS CHARM OFFENSIVE
The Republic of Turkey’s new Ambassador to the United States, Hasan Murat Mercan, is treating his U.S. hosts to a charm offensive. Travels around the country, pleasant encounters, Iftar dinners, constantly posting pictures on social media –...
- Posted July 3, 2021
THE HARD WORK STARTS NOW
“The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today.” With these words President Biden ended decades of appeasing Turkey over the issue of genocide recognition. Although this move...
- Posted April 30, 2021
Greek Americans Must Lead The Charge Against Xenophobia
Since the outbreak of COVID, about 3,800 hate crimes have been perpetrated against Asian-Americans. Reports have detailed how attackers often blamed their victims for the pandemic. The effect of “China virus” and “Kung Flu” being used in...
- Posted March 23, 2021
Fool Me Once…
Almost like clockwork, the Erdogan regime and its enablers in the United States switched from rhetorically assaulting candidate Joe Biden (in August, Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin accused Biden of “ignorance, arrogance and hypocrisy” and told him “You...
- Posted December 24, 2020
Malarkey on Eastern Mediterranean Tensions
There is a saying attributed to Mark Twain that holds: “A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” This saying represents one of the major problems Greece and Cyprus face...
- Posted October 10, 2020
Five Questions Trump and Biden Should Have to Answer
As the 2020 Presidential election approaches, both campaigns have tried to establish outreach mechanisms to the Greek American community. The Trump campaign has rolled out “Greek Voices for Trump” and the DNC has a “Greek Americans for...
- Posted July 12, 2020
What Thermopylae and Salamis Can Teach Us Today
When the Hellenic Republic established a special commission to celebrate the 2500th anniversaries of the Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis, no one could have foreseen the disruption caused by the Corona virus, an enemy fiercer than Xerxes’...
- Posted April 29, 2020
The Day After
The Coronavirus crisis has pushed discussion of several other topics to the background, and this column will follow suit. As Prime Minister Mitsotakis announced the lockdown of Greece, he declared that “the greatest weapon against the virus...
- Posted March 24, 2020
Turkey’s Libya Gamble
On November 27, 2019, Turkey closed out a year during which it moved significantly towards “rogue state” status by signing an agreement with Libya purporting to declare new maritime boundaries, despite the fact there can be no...
- Posted January 13, 2020
Running Out of Excuses
When asked about sanctioning Turkey over its S-400 missile purchase during the recent NATO Summit, President Trump once again used his typical excuse for leniency on Turkey: “As you know, Turkey wanted to buy our Patriot system...
- Posted December 12, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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