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Billy Cotsis

Dialogue

17 November, the day democracy died and was reborn in Athens

Fascism and extreme demagoguery has no place in our society. Yet in recent years, we have seen the rise (and fall) of Golden Dawn, Trumpism, Bolsanaro, Erdogan and more. 17 …

Features

Opportunity and adventure: The Greek presence in Africa

There’s no denying that Greeks are everywhere and have had a significant engagement in Africa. Their influence is evident from the first colonies in Egypt, Libya and even Tunisia From …

Dialogue

Nuclear deals and a Hermit Kingdom: How Scott Morrison is endangering Australia

The other Hermit Kingdom, North Korea has announced that it will retaliate against Australia for its ‘nuclear’ subs and the AC/DC alliance, even though we technically have the ANZUS Treaty. …

Features

Top Ten ‘best islands’ in Greece by a seasoned traveller

They say that Greece has 227 inhabited and 6,000 uninhabited islands, each of which has a story to tell. I can truly vouch for this, as I’ve been lucky enough …

Military is not the answer: Government has made a blunder calling in the military to Sydney

The violence we saw on Sydney streets last Saturday, was unfortunate and not representative of the majority of people. I disagree with the protest, however people have a right to …

Features

Greeks of Malta and their continued resilience since ancient times

Flying into Malta I was excited. I had always wanted to be met at an airport by someone holding a placard with my name on it. The Maltese Tourism Authority …

Sport

It’s time to recognise the 1906 Athens Games as official Olympics

Tokyo 2020 was meant to be the fourth time I attended an Olympic Games. Japan and the Games would have been my chance to see my godson, koumbaro and their …

Features

One last heroic stand by a Paleologos against the Ottomans: Peloponnesus/Morea at the end of the Middle Ages

Between 1430-1444, virtually the entire Peloponnese was under the control of the Despot. The new rulers were brothers, Constantine, Demetrios and Thomas Paleologos. Constantine had been the most active. He …

How many countries in the world have Greek as their official language?

English has generally been my passport to access weird and wonderful places on our planet. In Argentina or Thailand for example, it helped me get by as I filled my …

Features

Hellenic Crimea and the ‘discovery’ of a Greek Principality, Theodoro

Having had the pleasure of visiting Greek communities in the Ukraine twice, learning and visiting their towns, I am always fascinated by what a Greek can discover in that part …

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