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Dialogue

Exclusion of Greek from the Liquorland sign in Oakleigh marks height of ingratitude

One of the elements that make Melbourne special for me, is its plethora of signs in other languages and alphabets that can be found identifying businesses. From Chinese characters employed …

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Greek fires: The predatory political economy behind a recurring human disaster

After wildfires struck coastal resorts and suburbs around Athens, the images of the destruction show the trail of devastation and death left behind. The world is understandably shocked. But fires …

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United we stand

Last Wednesday morning, when we were all still in shock after the devastating fires that claimed so many lives in Attiki, I was called to speak to Jon Faine’s show …

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When a Greek business closes or vanishes, we feel we are all diminished

My Melburnian geography is one of lost Greek landmarks. As I drive down the main drag of my suburb, I look at the thriving Greek restaurants and commemorate the demise …

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Vote in Greek elections? No thanks!

Do you remember the Greek elections of January 2015? It seems like it was decades ago, the way Greek politics work. But I remember it as if it was yesterday. …

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SEXPO: ‘You’re Greek, oh my God! Do your parents know you’re here?’

“We are going to move you to a bigger booth.” It was the head of SEXPO and he was ringing me on the morning of Sydney SEXPO to tell me …

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Valdman’s Greek tragedy is sympathetic not condescending

The almost apocalyptic catastrophe afflicting Athens recently is truly immense. Over 80 people have perished and hundreds more have suffered terrible wounds reminiscent of the 1922 Smyrna conflagration. Is this …

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Mati – Rafina: the day after

I was there on Tuesday morning. At Mati and at Kokkino Limanaki (‘red harbour’) in Rafina. Or what is left of them. A seaside resort with minimal access to the …

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Famagusta Regina: The work of Cypriot poet Kyriakos Charalambides in context

Ours is a world based on speed and consumption, or rather, speed of consumption. Daily, we are assailed by messages telling us which products to buy, which stars to emulate, …

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Patriots and pawns

To say that the agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), that sees the latter changing its constitutional name from ‘Macedonia’ to ‘North Macedonia’ did not …