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Greek diaspora commemorates the bicentennial

On 25 March 2021, Greece will commemorate the 200th anniversary of its national day. This bicentenary will be marked with great pomp and ceremony not only in Greece but in …

Fake news was a thing long before Donald Trump — just ask the ancient Greeks

The idea of “news” is a pretty new thing. So is the concept of “fake news”, as in false or misleading information presented as news. Accordingly, we don’t expect to …

Our yiayia, SBS presenter Angela Pirdas remembered as a doting grandmother

Angela Pirdas, known as ‘Kikitsa’ to her dearest friends, succumbed to cancer on 1 March.Despite her illness, her death caused shock in the community. A much-loved member of the diaspora, …

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Opinion: Balancing traditional Greek culture and its modern Australian counterpart

There has been an ongoing ‘back and forth’ between generations of Greek-Australians regarding their sense of identity and how cultural practices should be preserved. Whether some people believe there is …

Counsellor explains why it takes so long for victims to come forth

As a senior sexual assault counsellor working with Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, I often sit across from people on the worst day of their life. The trauma of being …

A degree promises a better life but social mobility has a downside too

Higher education has long been associated with the promise of a good life. Participation, however, has no guarantees. Former prime minister Gough Whitlam argued that Australia’s higher education system was …

Byzantine ecclesiastical music, where tradition is a way of life

As far as I can remember, Byzantine music has been part of my life. One of my earliest memories is of waking up to the smell of incense and listening …

Costa had ‘a warrior approach to the Cypriot cause’

Tributes flow in the Greek and Cypriot community of Melbourne for Costa Prokopiou, who passed aged 78 this week. The former chair of the Constitution of the Pan-Australian Coordinating Committee …

An ancient Greek approach to risk and the lessons it can offer the modern world

Most of us take big and small risks in our lives every day. But COVID-19 has made us more aware of how we think about taking risks. Since the start …

Protecting our Greek inheritance: The fragility of democracy

Just over a month ago, the United States Capitol Building, the seat of American democracy, was attacked by a vicious mob, unbelievably encouraged by the (now former) U.S. President Donald …

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