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FYROM is facing the facts that Macedonia is one and Greek

Posted by satyrikon στο 20 Οκτωβρίου, 2008

American Chronicle

Letters to the Editor

October 20, 2008

Hostile attitudes like FYROM nationalist (Risto Stefov on the American Chronicle) are a perfect examples of the propaganda and downright hate that is being posted online against the Greeks and the Greek American Community .We all know that the majority of people that read these articles know the writings come from a racist and biased self proclaimed Macedonian who hasn’t even lived in FYROM. Then again there are some others (the minority ) that really do believe what is being said about the Greeks online because they are historically challenged or are just racist’s themselves. This is unacceptable ! Here let me break it down for you all to read and understand (in layman terms).

The Prime Minister Dora Bakoyannis of Greece and about 99.9 % of the Greek Community likes to say that these «Macedonians» do not exist. In reality what the Greeks are saying is that they refuse to call these people «Macedonian» (not that there isn’t a super TINY FYROM community and neighborhood in Greece). Then again aren’t there little communities /neighborhoods of various nationalities that clique together just like this everywhere around the world? The answer is «yes».

To define the tension in a simple form rather than technical calling these FYRO-mians «Macedonian» implicitly undermines Greece’s own Macedonians historical identity and it is also a security threat to the country!

About 10 years ago the FYROM government helped organize this small minority group into the «Rainbow party of Greece» (based in Florina Macedonia). Notice Florina sounds Greek right ? Anyways, up until quite recently the FYROM government had claimed Greeks were oppressing hundreds of thousands of «Macedonians» ? OK What is that all about? Listen we all know Greece is a very tiny country with a small population itself and this » Rainbow Party» is less than 1% of the population. Imagine if a group tried to do this in the USA ? Not. There is also a huge patern of hostility, propaganda and outright lies being written and directed at the Greek American Community . I will break it down and simlify it for all of you all to read here in my article.

The first would be to deny that modern Greeks are even related to ancient ones . It’s preposterous to ask isn’t it? FYROM citizens do this and write this online (Ex Risto Stefov here on the American Chronicle) despite TONS of archaeological evidence and fact that Greek speaking people with Greek names knowing the Greek language have lived in Greece and in Macedonia for 4,000 years .

The Slavic’s did not arrive in the region of Greece until 600 AD. In addition, FYROM citizens could easily be much more recent immigrants from Bulgaria or other Slavic states whose numbers are in the hundreds of millions. Whereas tiny Greece is the ONLY native homeland for the Greek people . There are about 10 million Greeks .To make the the argument that FYROM-ians are the «REAL » Macedonians make it even less realistic and preposterous. You have to rationalize and ask yourself this ;»What do the FYROM-ians have in common with the ancients over the Albanians, Bulgarians or Turks?» These were other ethnic groups that have lived on Macedonian lands through history. Modern Greeks can still make sense of the «Koine Greek language» that Alexanderthe Great spoke and also spread to the world that he conquered . Those that speak the Katharevusa language better than those that speak Demotic.

The FYROM nationalists on the other hand speak a Bulgarian-Serbian hybrid that wasn’t even formalized until the 20th century and this is based on Cyrillic. Fact. FYROM-ian’s can’t read a single inscription from ancient Macedonian artifacts that have been dug up by archeologists which are written in (You guessed it !) «Koine Greek! Even their native spelling of «Macedonia» is different. They are «Macedonians» that don’t even speak the language ancient Macedonians spoke. This language was Greek.

Secondly is to deny that ancient Macedonians were even Greeks .Can you imagine? Ok Let’s bring up the Athenian orater Demosthenes who proclaimed that Macedonians were «barbarians «. Sounds so negative right ? Barbarian! Well, what they don’t tell you though the writings is that during any period of conflict between democratic Athens and the Kingdom of Macedonian the Greek city states were generally fighting all of the time. What also isnt being mentioned is that the ancient Greeks used the term «barbarian» as an example like being «un- American» . There are many examples of this in Greek writings. In fact even Socrates once called the Athenians «barbarians» and the list of so called «barbarians » goes on and on …. Get it? Then there is the issue of the Hellanodikai .These were the judges who decided if competitors were Greek enough to compete in Olympics. There are records of Macedonians voluntarily competing in Olympics will before Alexander the Great . See link below http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Macedonians#Participation_in_panhellenic_events

Quoting Alexander’s the Greats own views on his ethnicity at a speech he gave on being admitted to the Olympic games . You will never see this on a FYROM website .

«Men of Athens ,Had I not greatly at heart the common welfare of Hellas I should not have come to tell you; but I am myself Hellene by descent, and I would not willingly see Hellas exchange freedom for slavery….If you prosper in this war, forget not to do something for my freedom; consider the risk I have run, out of zeal for the Hellenic cause, to acquaint you with what Mardonius intends, and to save you from being surprised by the barbarians. I am Alexander of Macedon. (Herodotus, The Histories, 9.45)

Another tactic of propaganda and lies (posted online etc etc ) by FYROM’s so called journalists is the sence of » victimhood». They sob and write about how Greeks are opressive to them . Greece is an entirely different country! No one has been opressed! The facts of what they are really sobbing about is their insecurities about their own ethnic identity . Greece is the super «bad-bad» guy here because well they won’t or ever give up their own identities. The FYROM government has just realized their aren’t many FYROM nationals in Greece and thats a fact . Oh wel…Nice try but it’s not working . I invite you all in the free world to go visit Greece and you shall see for yourself too! Also , what is being argued for some time is that FYROM national «refugees» should be allowed to return to Greece and given «reparations». What is that all about ? A case in point to show how manipulative the FYROM-ians are with words. No one is a victim here not one FYROM-ian .What you don’t read is that those poor victimized «refugees» were Tito backed Slavic communists in Greece that tried to take Greece by force in the mid-20th century. Yes ! This is fact . When Greece had a civil war there where hundreds of thousands of Greek people that had died. hence it’s like asking Greeks to give reparations to the Nazis who wanted to take their whole country away !

The final grand finale of a method is to just throw and post insults online at Greeks and the Greek community .(Example Greeks are racists , Greeks are Nazi’s Greeks are commiting gerocide and Arian) How can you show empathy to these people ? Unfortunately when FYROMIAN ‘s become that hostile there really isn’t much room for any empathy. The Greeks and the Greek American community will not be ethnically cleansed or lectured by a 16 year old country that has all sorts of internal minority problems themselves. If they want something from Greece at this juncture all I can say is» MOLON LABE!». The Greek phrase Molōn labe! (Μολὼν λαβέ; approximate Classical Greek pronunciation [moln labé], Modern Greek [molon lave]), meaning «Come and take them!», is a classical expression of defiance reported by Plutarch in response to the Persian Army’s demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons.. It is roughly corresponding to the modern equivalent English phrase «over my dead body». It is an exemplary use of a laconic phrase.

Macedonia is one and Greek!

Gena Strickland

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Η ΠΑΡ’ ΟΛΙΓΟΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΟΕΣΚΙΜΩΙΚΗ ΟΜΟΣΠΟΝΔΙΑ

Posted by satyrikon στο 17 Ιουλίου, 2008

Το 1629 η τοτε διοικηση των εσκιμωων

εκανε μια προταση στους υποδουλους ελληνες:

να τους βοηθησει να ελευθερωθουν απο τον τουρκικο ζυγο υπο τον ορο μετα την απελευθερωση τους να δημιουργησουν την ελληνοεσκιμωικη ομοσπονδια.
Το περιστατικο αυτο αναφερεται στο βιβλιο του γνωστου

αγγλου ιστορικου Αρνολντ Τουνμπι

ο οποιος στο σχετικο βιβλιο του

“Η δραση των εσκιμωων φιλελληνων στην ελλαδα”

στη σελιδα 185 αναφερει”Ειναι αξιοσημειωτη η δραση των εσκιμωων φιλελληνων πριν την επανασταση του 1921 και αποριας αξιον πως κατεστη δυνατη αυτη σε μια περιοδο οπου λιγα πραγματα ηταν γνωστα γι αυτους”
Συνεπως αντιλαμβανεται ο καθε καλοπιστος αναγνωστης οτι πολλες αποπειρες προσεταιρισμου των ελληνων εγενοντο στο παρελθον και απο αλλους λαους εκτος των αλβανων η αρβανιτων φιλων του ελληνικου εθνους.
Με γνωμονα αυτα τα περιστατικα ειναι αναμφιβολα δυνατη σημερα

και η δημιουργια μια μεγαλης ελληνοτουρκικης ομοσπονδιας η οποια θα αποτελεσει παγκοσμιο προτυπο και θα ανατρεψει και τις θεωριες για την συγκρουση των πολιτισμων και των θρησκειων.
Επισης ο ελληνικος λαος εχει να διδαχθει πολλα απο τον πολιτισμο που αναπτυξαν οι τουρκοι οι οποιοι αποτελουν το προτυπο αρετης και ηθικης σε παγκοσμια κλιμακα.
Κι αυτο διοτι οπως και οι αλβανοι εχουν αναδειξει φιλοσοφους,ποιητες, και γενικοτερα πνευματικους ανθρωπουσ απο την αρχαια εποχη εως σημερα.
Ας μην ξεχναμε τον περιφημο ραψωδο ΟΜΕΡ

ο οποιος οντας μογγολικης καταγωγης ητοι αληθινος τουρκος

τραγουδησε τις μαχες που εγιναν στην εξωτερικη μογγολια και τις περιπετειες του πολυμηχανου ΟΝΤΕΡΣΥ

ωσπου αυτος να φτασει στο βασιλειο του στην ΑΧΑΝΙΑ.
Ειναι λογικο λοιπον σημερα,εφτασε αλλωστε το πληρωμα του χρονου να διδασκονται τα παιδια των ελληνων την τουρκικη γλωσσα και ιστορια

ωστε να αντιληφθουν

τα μεγαλα πνευματικα και υλικα επιτευγματα του τουρκικου λαου.
Δυστυχως ομως υπαρχουν και μερικοι ελληνες,

μειοψηφια ευτυχως,

που δεν μπορουν να αντιληφθουν τα πλεονεκτηματα των συζητησεων

για την εφαρμογη αυτων των προοπτικων και δεν χανουν ευκαιρια να

σπιλωνουν τους προοδευτικους ελληνες που αγωνιουν

για το αυριο της ομοσπονδιας

με την αλβανια η την τουρκια.
Η μεταρρυθμιση,ο εκσυγχρονισμος και οι λοιπες εννοιες προοδου της ελλαδας ειναι αγνωστες σε αυτους.
Συνεχως δε δημοσιευουν κειμενα με διαμαρτυριες και αποψεις

οι οποιες δεν στηριζουν την διαφορετικοτητα του ελληνα μεταναστη,την διαφορετικοτητα του καθε πολιτη της ομοσπονδιας

με αποτελεσμα να κατηγορειται η ελλαδα για ρατσιστικες συμεριφορες

εναντια στους ελληνες μεταναστες οι οποιοι αγωνιουν για το αυριο,

οι οποιοι ταλαιπωρουνται για να βγαλουν αδεια παραμονης σ αυτη τη χωρα,

οι οποιοι υποφερουν απο την στυγνη εκμεταλλευση των ξενων εργοδοτων τους.
Εμπρος λοιπον να φανερωσουμε την αληθεια για το τι συμβαινει στην ελλαδα

και να απομονωσουμε τους λιγους ρατσιστες που υπαρχουν και βυσσοδομουν

εναντιον των ελληνων μεταναστων.


Ζητω η ελληνοεσκιμωικη ομοσπονδια!!!!!

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ΠΡΟΕΚΛΟΓΙΚΑ ΚΟΛΠΑ ΤΟΥ ΟΜΠΑΜΑ:ΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ ΣΤΗΡΙΞΗΣ ΤΟΥ ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΟΥ ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΕΙΟΥ

Posted by satyrikon στο 23 Ιουνίου, 2008

ΚΑΘΕ ΦΟΡΑ ΠΟΥ ΟΙ ΗΠΑ ΒΡΙΣΚΟΝΤΑΙ ΣΕ ΠΡΟΕΚΛΟΓΙΚΗ ΠΕΡΙΟΔΟ ΚΑΠΟΙΟΣ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΥΣ ΥΠΟΨΗΦΙΟΥΣ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟΥΣ -ΕΙΔΙΚΑ ΟΙ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΚΟΙ – ΠΡΟΚΕΙΜΕΝΟΥ ΝΑ ΠΡΟΣΕΤΑΙΡΙΣΤΕΙ ΤΟ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΛΟΜΠΥ ΤΩΝ ΗΠΑ , ΠΡΟΒΑΙΝΕΙ ΣΕ ΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ ΥΠΕΡ ΤΩΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΩΝ ΘΕΣΕΩΝ ΠΑΝΩ ΣΕ ΔΙΑΦΟΡΑ ΘΕΜΑΤΑ,
ΚΑΙ ΜΕΤΑ ΤΙΣ ΕΚΛΟΓΕΣ-ΑΦΟΥ ΒΓΕΙ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟΣ-ΓΡΑΦΕΙ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ ΣΤΑ ΠΑΛΑΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΥΠΟΔΗΜΑΤΩΝ ΤΟΥ.
ΕΤΣΙ ΚΑΙ ΤΩΡΑ Ο ΥΠΟΨΗΦΙΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΚΩΝ ΜΠΑΡΑΚ ΟΜΠΑΜΑ ΣΕ ΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΣΤΗΡΙΖΕΙ ΤΙΣ ΘΕΣΕΙΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΟ ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΕΙΟ ΤΙΣ ΟΠΟΙΕΣ , ΒΕΒΑΙΑ ΔΕΝ ΘΑ ΘΥΜΑΤΑΙ-ΟΤΑΝ ΕΚΛΕΓΕΙ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΗΠΑ.

Obama calls for religious freedom for

Ecumenical Patriarchate

New York, NY
6/19/2008

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has voiced his support for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, calling on the Turkish government to grant religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Obama’s remarks came in an interview with the Greek bureau of Voice of America, Greek media reported over the weekend.

«[Obama] called on Turkey to give religious freedom to the institution, return the property to the patriarchate and allow the opening of the theological school on the island of Halki,» Greek daily To Vima reported.

Ankara does not recognize Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s international role as the spiritual leader of hundreds of millions of Orthodox Christians worldwide. It rejects his use of the title «ecumenical,» or universal, arguing instead that the patriarch is merely the spiritual leader of Istanbul’s dwindling Orthodox community.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul dates back to the 1,100-year-old Orthodox Greek Byzantine Empire, which collapsed when Muslim Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople, today’s Istanbul, in 1453.

Turkey has also been resisting EU pressure to reopen the Halki Seminary on the island of Heybeliada near Istanbul, which was closed to new students in 1971 under a law that put religious and military training under state control. The Theological School once trained generations of Greek Orthodox leaders, including the current Patriarch. The Seminary remained open until 1985, when the last five students graduated. An ethnic Greek but a Turkish citizen, Bartholomew says the Orthodox community could soon die out in Turkey if the Seminary is not reopened.

 This article appears in Today’s Zaman.

Obama calls for religious freedom for Fener patriarch

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Η ΚΑΤΑΠΙΕΣΗ ΤΩΝ ΘΡΗΣΚΕΥΤΙΚΩΝ ΜΕΙΟΝΟΤΗΤΩΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΟΙ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΡΟΦΕΣ ΤΩΝ ΧΡΙΣΤΙΑΝΙΚΩΝ ΜΝΗΜΕΙΩΝ

Posted by satyrikon στο 6 Απριλίου, 2008

ΟΙ ΕΛΛΗΝΕΣ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΟΙ ΤΑΓΟΙ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ ΣΕ ΟΛΟΥΣ ΤΟΥΣ ΤΟΝΟΥΣ ΔΙΑΚΗΡΥΤΤΟΥΝ ΤΗΝ ΒΟΗΘΕΙΑ ΠΟΥ ΠΡΟΣΦΕΡΕΙ Η ΕΛΛΑΔΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑ ΩΣΤΕ ΝΑ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΕΙ ΜΕΛΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΥΡΩΠΑΙΚΗΣ ΕΝΩΣΗΣ.

ΤΗΝ ΙΔΙΑ ΩΡΑ Η ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑ ΣΕ ΑΝΤΑΠΟΔΟΣΗ ΤΩΝ ΖΕΙΜΠΕΚΙΚΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΥΜΠΑΡΙΑΣ ΠΡΟΒΑΙΝΕΙ ΣΕ ΠΡΑΞΕΙΣ ΚΑΤΑΠΙΕΣΗΣ ΤΩΝ ΘΡΗΣΚΕΥΤΙΚΩΝ ΜΕΙΟΝΟΤΗΤΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΣΕ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΡΟΦΕΣ ΤΩΝ ΧΡΙΣΤΙΑΝΙΚΩΝ ΜΝΗΜΕΙΩΝ.

ΙΔΟΥ

ΤΟ ΕΓΓΡΑΦΟ ΠΟΥ ΑΠΟΣΤΕΛΛΕΙ ΣΤΙΣ 2/4/08

ΤΟ American Hellenic Institute

ΠΡΟΣ ΤΟΝ Mr. Michael Cromartie, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom regarding the 2008 International Religious Freedom Report

ΚΑΙ ΣΤΟ ΟΠΟΙΟ ΑΝΑΦΕΡΟΝΤΑΙ ΛΕΠΤΟΜΕΡΩΣ ΟΙ ΠΑΡΑΒΙΑΣΕΙΣ ΤΩΝ ΔΙΚΑΙΩΜΑΤΩΝ.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    CONTACT:Nick Larigakis
April 3, 2008                                                                                                      (202) 785-8430                                           

No.  22/2008                                                           


AHI Sends Letter to

U.S. Commission on

International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC—On April 2, 2008 AHI sent a letter to Mr. Michael Cromartie, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom regarding the 2008 International Religious Freedom Report. 

        In it, there are examples citing the little progress that has been made in the area of religious freedom in Turkey, including injustices made against the religious minorities in Turkey, the status of the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Halki Patriarchial School in Turkey, and the destruction of the symbols of religious heritage in the Republic of Cyprus. 

The text of the letter is  attached below .

 

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                          April 2, 2008

Mr. Michael Cromartie
Chair
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
800 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 790
Washington, DC 20002

Dear Mr. Cromartie:

On behalf of our nationwide membership, I write to you at this time in order to bring to your attention a number of items for consideration as the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) prepares  the 2008 International Religious Freedom Report.

Specifically, we bring to light that there has been very little progress made in the area of religious freedom in Turkey since the Commission’s 2007 Annual Report and we encourage you to update cases of extremism and suppression of religious freedom.

In 2007, religious minorities faced hurdles and increased intolerance that included:

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          • the brutal murder of three Christians in Malatya on April 18, 2007;
          • the murder of Hrant Dink, an Armenian Christian,  by an extremist youth in January 2007;
          • Arat Dink, son of Hrant Dink, being sentenced to one year “conditional” jail for “desecrating Turkishness.” Arat received threats and ultimately fled Turkey in November 2007;
          • an Italian Catholic priest, Adriano Franchini, was stabbed in the stomach by an extremist youth in December 2007; and

            • the new Turkish Foundation law of 2008 does nothing to change the legal position of non-Muslim religious community.  It only makes life slightly easier for the community foundations allowed to some of Turkey’s non-Muslim communities, which the Turkish Republic has always understood in ethnic/religious terms.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate

The Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul’s Fener District – the seat of the most senior cleric in the Orthodox world – has no legal status and does not own its own headquarters. A community foundation owns the land and the older buildings – including the Patriarchal Church of St George. But the legal status of the new patriarchal offices – which the Turkish authorities allowed to be rebuilt only in the late 1980s, nearly fifty years after they were burnt down – has never been clarified. The building is not listed on the land register.

The Turkish government has tolerated assaults against its Greek Orthodox Christian religious minority, the Ecumenical Patriarchate and continues the illegal closure of the Greek Orthodox Halki Patriarchal School of Theology in Istanbul.  These actions violate U.S. principles on freedom of religion.  The U.S. law expressed in Section 2804 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Appropriations Bill, calls for the Turkish government to safeguard the Ecumenical Patriarchate, its personnel, and its property, and to reopen the Halki Patriarchal School of Theology.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in North America led a panel discussion at the U.S. Helsinki Commission on March 16, 2005 which presented a clear picture of how religious human rights violations by the Turkish government have been working to exterminate the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Christian community in that country.  The panel briefing “highlighted Turkey’s systemic efforts to undermine the Orthodox Church, violating numerous international treaties to which it has agreed.”

       

        Archbishop Demetrios and Dr. Anthony Limberakis detailed the severe restrictions on property ownership which have allowed the government to confiscate nearly 7,000 properties from the Ecumenical Patriarchate since 1936.  Behind them stood placard-size photos of one of the seized properties, an orphanage on Buyukada island which once housed hundreds of homeless children.

As you know, under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, (22 U.S.C.A. § 6441, 6445) (“IRFA”), the President is obligated to oppose violations of religious freedom in any country whose government “engages in or tolerates violations of religious freedom and promote the right to religious freedom in that country.”  The Act further obligates the President to take one or more of 15 enumerated actions with respect to any such country. 

                                               
Former  U.S. Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman Congressman Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) stated:  “The concern of this Commission is the protection of religious rights and freedoms. Turkey’s treatment of the Ecumenical Patriarchate violates its obligations under international human rights law.”

Mr. Smith blamed Turkey for systemically attempting to prevent the activities of the Patriarchate by disallowing the opening of the Halki Theological School forcibly closed in 1971, destroying churches by creating hurdles preventing their repair, denying the Patriarchate the opportunity to purchase and or sell property and not recognizing the Patriarchate’s ”Ecumenical” status, in effect, denying its universal status.                                                   

Turkey should be proud to have this historical religious institution on its soil and to allow it to flourish.  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is a Turkish citizen who served in the Turkish Uniform Services.  The Ecumenical Patriarch lives a pious life of honesty and humility.  He performs his work diligently and conducts beautiful customs and traditions.

The Commission can apply pressure on Turkey by highlighting in its report the need for Turkey to reform immediately its official practices and bring them into line with democratic and civilized norms.  We also urge the Commission to call on Turkey to:

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      • live up to its obligations under the Treaty of Lausanne, which include allowing the free exercise of religion by Turkey’s ethnic Greek minority;
      • acknowledge His All Holiness Bartholomew I as the 270th Ecumenical Patriarch and spiritual leader of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians (including over five million in the U.S.) and accord him and the Patriarchate all due protections;
      •         call for the immediate reopening  of the Halki Patriarchal School of Theology (closed since 1971); and

        • permit people to work at the Patriarchate without being a Turkish citizen. 

Ongoing Destruction of the Republic of Cyprus’ Religious Heritage

        Since the 1974 illegal invasion and continuing occupation of the northern area of Cyprus by Turkey, many symbols of Cyprus’s religious heritage have been destroyed, looted or vandalized, and many have been stolen for sale abroad.

The Turkish policy of pillage, destruction and disrespect for Cyprus’ religious heritage in the occupied are has led to incalculable historical loss, which includes:

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        • 520 Greek Orthodox churches and chapels, and 17 monasteries in the occupied area have been pillaged, vandalized or destroyed.  There are more than 15,000 ecclesiastical items from these sites for which there is no accounting.

Churches, chapels and monasteries throughout the occupied area have been exploited, including:

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        • 133 have been converted to military facilities, stables and night clubs;
        • 78 have been converted to mosques;
        • 28 are used for purely military facilities;
        • 13 are used as medical storage facilities;
        • 13 are used as stockyards or hay barns;
        • Agia Anastasia church in occupied Lapithos was converted into a hotel and casino;
        • Panagia Chrysotrimithiotissa church (dating back to the Middle Byzantine Period) in occupied Trimithi was converted into a school;
        • Sourp Magar Armenian monastery, which was founded in the Medieval period, was converted into a cafeteria; and
        • A church dating from the 15th century and located in the District of Ammochostos was completely destroyed.

Additionally, there is an endless list of continued Turkish suppression of religious minorities that need to be updated in the upcoming U.S. Commission 2008 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

 

In conclusion, we recommend that you urge in your report to have the President designate Turkey as a country of particular concern under IRFA for severely violating religious freedom and to impose appropriate sanctions.  Failing to do so makes the U.S. complicit in Turkey’s insidious efforts to extinguish its Orthodox Greek minority and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is a mathematical certainty if events continue to proceed unimpeded. 

       
       

 

I  thank you for your consideration of these facts.

                                                Sincerely,


                                                        /S/
                                                Nick Larigakis


cc:     USCIRF Commissioners
        Patricia Carley, Acting Deputy Director for Policy, USCIRF
        David J. Kramer, Assistant Secretary of State, Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

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      John Hanford, Ambassador-at-Large, Department of State Office of International Religious Freedom

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        For additional information, please contact Nick Larigakis at (202) 785-8430 or at pr@ahiworld.org. For general information about the activities of AHI, please see our website at http://www.ahiworld.org

 

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ΤΟ ΑΜΕΡΙΚΑΝΙΚΟ STATE DEPARTMENT ΞΕΠΕΡΑΣΕ ΚΑΙ ΤΟΥΣ ΣΥΓΓΡΑΦΕΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΒΙΒΛΙΟΥ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑΣ

Posted by satyrikon στο 25 Μαρτίου, 2008

ΣΤΗΝ ΑΛΛΟΙΩΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ .

ΤΟ STATE DEPARTMENT

 ΣΤΟ SITE ΠΟΥ ΑΝΑΦΕΡΕΙ ΤΙΣ BACKGROUND NOTES ΓΙΑ ΟΛΕΣ ΤΙΣ ΧΩΡΕΣ ΤΟΥ ΚΟΣΜΟΥ

ΠΡΟΧΩΡΗΣΕ ΣΕ ΜΙΑ ΑΝΕΥ ΠΡΟΗΓΟΥΜΕΝΟΥ ΑΛΛΟΙΩΣΗ, ΜΕΣΑ ΑΠΟ ΠΑΡΑΛΕΙΨΕΙΣ ΚΑΙ ΔΙΑΣΤΡΕΒΛΩΣΕΙΣ,

ΤΩΝ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΚΩΝ ΣΤΟΙΧΕΙΩΝ ΠΟΥ ΑΦΟΡΟΥΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ.

ΑΥΤΟ ΚΑΤΑΓΓΕΛΕΙ ΤΟ American Hellenic Institute

ΜΕ ΤΟ ΠΑΡΑΚΑΤΩ ΚΕΙΜΕΝΟ.

ΤΟ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΥΠ.ΕΞ. ΠΟΥ ΒΡΙΣΚΕΤΑΙ?

ΤΑ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΑ ΚΟΜΜΑΤΑ?

ΟΙ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΟΙ ΜΑΣ?

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              CONTACT : Nick Larigakis

March 25, 2008                                                                                                                           (202) 785-8430

No. 18/2008

Op-Ed

State Department Web Info on Greece

 Needs Improvement

Washington, DC — The following Op-Ed appeared in the National Herald, the Greek News and in the Hellenic News.

Op-Ed

State Department Web Info on Greece Needs Improvement

By Gene Rossides

March 4, 2008

        Although the State Department’s “Background Note: Greece” on its website is more accurate than the false and misleading “Background Notes” on Cyprus and Turkey, it still needs substantial improvement.

People and History       

Surprisingly, in the sections on “People” and “History” there is no mention of Greece’s Golden Age under Pericles and the birth of  democracy and the origins of Western Civilization.  I suggest the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs which issued the Background Note in November 2007 read the proclamation of the Congress and White House on the occasion of Greek Independence Day which details the origins of democracy and western civilization in Greece.       

Regarding Greece’s actions in World War II, the “Background Note” fails to state that Greece said NO (OXI) to Mussolini’s demand to surrender on October 28, 1940 when Britain was fighting the Axis Powers alone.       

It does state that “Despite Italian superiority in numbers and equipment, determined Greek defenders drove the invaders back into Albania” and that “Hitler was forced to divert German troops to protect his southern flank and overran Greece in 1941” and that “Following a very severe German occupation in which many Greeks died (including 90% of Greece’s Jewish community) German forces withdrew in October 1944, and the government-in-exile returned to Athens.”       

The reference to “many Greeks died’ fails to state that 600,000 Greeks died, a staggering 9% of the then seven million population.       

The Background Note also fails to state that Greece’s defeat of Mussolini’s forces was the first defeat of the Axis Powers and that Hitler’s decision to invade Greece delayed by several weeks the start of Barbarossa, Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, and that military analysts have stated that the delay caused the Germans to lose the battle for Moscow because of the Russian winter.  A New York Times editorial note by Karl E. Meyer stated that Hitler believed that the several weeks it took Germany to subdue Greece was responsible for his losing the war against the Soviet Union. (See New York Times, April 16, 1994, A20; col.1.)        

The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs should also give consideration to including a quote from the late General Andrew J. Goodpaster, former Supreme Commander of NATO and military attaché to President Dwight D.Eisenhower, who called Greece’s actions against the Axis Powers a turning point in World War II.       

The Background Note fails to mention the Truman Doctrine of March 12, 1947 of aid to Greece and Turkey after the United Kingdom told the U.S. it could no longer afford to give such aid to Greece in its struggle against the communist insurgents. Nor does it mention that Greece with U.S. military aid under the Truman Doctrine and military advisors under General James A. Van Fleet, but no U.S. combat soldiers, defeated the communist insurgency which ended in 1949.       

The State Department should also consider adding to its “Background Note” that General Goodpaster called Greece’s defeat of the communist insurgents under the Truman Doctrine a turning point in world history.       

State’s website omits to detail Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s failure to stop the Greek dictator Gen. Dimitrios Ioannides coup against the elected government of President Makarios of Cyprus and the attempt to assassinate Makarios.

The Aegean maritime boundary

          The statement that “Greece and Turkey have unresolved disagreements regarding the Aegean maritime boundary” is highly misleading and amounts to a cover-up of the U.S. failure to adhere to the rule of law.  Greece stands by the treaty-defined maritime boundary between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean.  It is Turkey who has made an outrageous claim to one half of the Aegean Sea and refuses to take its maritime boundary claim to the International Court of Justice at the Hague for a binding ruling.         

The U.S. should publicly state that it accepts as final the treaty-defined demarcation of the maritime border between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea. The relevant agreements are the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, the Italy-Turkey Convention of January 4, 1932, the Italy-Turkey protocol of December 28, 1932 and the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty, under which the Dodecanese Islands and adjacent islets were ceded by Italy to Greece.       

 The U.S. is a signatory to the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty and is obligated by U.S. law to carry out its provisions.  Yet the State Department has refused to declare publicly what the law is and should do so now.  The U.S. should also vigorously repudiate any challenge to the treaty-defined boundary and should urge Turkey to submit its claim to the International Court of Justice in the Hague for binding arbitration.       

The State Department has failed to support H.Con Res 199, which is the legislation regarding the Aegean Sea boundary.  This legislation was introduced by Congressman Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ) on August 2, 2007 with five co-sponsors : Gus Bilirakis (R-FL); Carolyn B.Maloney (D-NY); James P.McGovern (D-MA) Frank Pallone (D-NJ); and Diane E. Watson (D-CA). It was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe.       

 How can the State Department have a Background Note on Greece which does not mention the above treaties and what the law is?

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)       

A sad chapter in U.S. diplomacy is the decision by a handful of advisors to President Bush, including NSC advisor Stephen Hadley and Secretary of State Rice, to recommend that the U.S. recognize the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fyrom) as Macedonia, a few days after the November 2004 election.  It was done unilaterally without consultation with the Congress or the Greek American community or with Greece, whom they knew strongly opposed such a move.  How can a Background Note on Greece not mention this diplomatic blunder which is coming to the forefront again because fyrom refuses to negotiate the name issue in good faith with Greece and UN mediator Matthew Nimetz, particularly since the U.S. action in November 2004?       

The issue of FYROM’s admission to NATO will be discussed shortly and Greece has stated it will veto FYROM’s admission if the name issue is not satisfactorily resolved.  The U.S. should publicly state in the interests of the U.S. that it supports Greece’s position. 

Greece’s Strategic Importance to the U.S.

        A glaring omission in the Background Note on Greece is the failure to discuss the overall strategic importance of Greece to U.S. interests in the region – Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.       

The last paragraph under the heading U.S. – Greece Relations states: “In 1953, the first defense cooperation agreement between Greece and the United States was signed, providing for the establishment and operation of American military installations on Greek territory.  The United States closed three of its four main bases in the 1990’s.  The current mutual defense cooperation agreement provides for the operation by the United States of a naval support facility that exploits the strategically located deep-water port and airfield at Souda Bay in Crete.”       

 The Background Note fails to state that Souda Bay, Crete was central to the U.S. Sixth Fleet’s projection of power in the Eastern Mediterranean in the first Iraq war in 1990-1991 and is central today for the U.S. in the second Iraq war.        

There are substitutes for the Incirlik airfield in Turkey.  There is no substitute for the Souda Bay naval base and adjacent airfield.  Mr. Nick Larigakis, Executive Director of the American Hellenic Institute was given a tour of our facilities at Souda Bay and reported on its importance to the U.S.       

The first paragraph of the section on U.S. – Greece Relations fails to mention that the U.S. and Greece were also allies in World War I, and with Britain and France the only U.S. allies in every major conflict in the twentieth century.

The Greek merchant marine       

Another important omission in the Background Note is its failure to mention the important role of the Greek merchant marine.  It is officially tied to NATO in times of war.  In the first Iraq war it was a major player in the transport of logistical supplies to the area and has also been important in the present Iraq war.       

The United States should stop taking Greece for granted and should recognize that Greece is the strategic, political, economic and diplomatic key for the U.S. in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.       

Write to and call Secretary Rice and request that she correct State’s Background Note on Greece.                               

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Posted by satyrikon στο 26 Φεβρουαρίου, 2008

Δεν είναι παράξενο που οι Τούρκοι ανακαλύπτουν η κατασκευάζουν μειονότητες σε όλα τα κράτη του κόσμου.

Το Κόσοβο ,βέβαια , δεμ μπορούσε να αποτελέσει εξαίρεση απο την εφαρμοζόμενη στρατηγική της Τουρκίας.

Η τακτική της είναι και αυτή γνωστη: Η μειονότητα έχει την στήριξη της Τουρκίας πολιτική και οικονομική κατά κύριο λόγο.

Διαβάστε ΕΔΩ άρθρο της Τουρκικής εφημερίδας Turkish Daily News που δείχνει τους τρόπους με τους οποίους οι Τούρκοι στηρίζουν και επεκτείνουν τον Παντουρκισμό.

Είναι ντροπή για την Ελληνική Πολιτεία και τους Πολιτικούς που μας κυβερνάνε να ασκούν μυωπική και κομματική πολιτική για τον Απόδημο Ελληνισμο, τον οποίον έχουν εγκαταλείψει στην τύχη του.

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