Daily Archives: August 29, 2014

Turkish leader’s grim revision of our legacy


Australians and New Zealanders honour the fallen from both sides of the war at the Anzac Day dawn service at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli / Picture: Ella Pellegrini

TO the thousands of Australians eagerly anticipating attending the Gallipoli centenary commemoration next year, Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk remains a potent historical figure. Not so, however, for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who not only is attempting to write the reformist Young Turk out of history but also openly supports the terrorist organisation Hamas.

Though it’s not in the tourist brochures, this is the reality confronting those who are now visiting Turkey and facing those proposing to make the trip in 2015.

Ataturk, until recently, was credited with dragging his nation out of the mediaevalist Ottoman Empire at the conclusion of WWI and placing it firmly on the path to become a modern secular nation.

Though best-known to Australians for his leadership of the Turkish forces at Gallipoli and his moving words of comfort and reconciliation offered to the mothers of the foreign soldiers lost in battle, he pushed the mullahs firmly into the background, gave his nation the Roman alphabet and promoted equality of opportunity for women.

Cleverly, he thwarted the imams who were concerned he would ban the burqa.

After giving a group of Islamic scholars assurance that he would do no such thing, he announced that henceforth all prostitutes must wear the concealing veil whenever they appeared in public.

Not only is the burqa making a comeback in Erdogan’s Turkey, so is fundamentalist Islam.

Reliant on the votes of rural Muslims, Erdogan is taking Turkey away from the West, straining its relationship with the NATO alliance of democracies and pushing it into the Sino-Russian Shanghai Co-operation Organisation.

Eric Trager from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy says the Turkish leader is trying to use ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to bolster his Islamist credentials at home.

The Brotherhood and Hamas enjoy the support of just three nations — Turkey, Iran and Qatar.

Writing recently in The New York Times, not a newspaper given to widespread coverage of Australian culture and history, reporter Tim Arango explained the importance of Gallipoli to both Australia and Turkey, noting that the evacuation took place after nine months of horrific trench warfare in which more than 40,000 British military personnel were killed, along with nearly 8000 Australians and more than 60,000 Turks.

The legacy of Gallipoli, he noted, now transcends the military and for “Turks and the Australians, the Gallipoli campaign has taken on an out-size importance as the bloody event that became the foundation of a modern national identity.

“The campaign also proved crucial in the careers of two of the 20th century’s greatest statesmen: Winston Churchill, who was demoted for his role in the military disaster, and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, then a young Turkish officer, whose battlefield success at Gallipoli propelled him to fame, which he built on to become the founder of the modern Turkish republic.

“Also taking his place in history was a young Australian newspaperman named Keith Arthur Murdoch, whose role in the Gallipoli story presaged, many decades later, the global rise of another Murdoch newsman, his son, Rupert.”

The NYT reporter said “in defeat, the Australians gained what many historians have described as the first embers of a national consciousness, apart from their British colonial legacy.

A view supported by Rupert Murdoch who told Arango: “(Gallipoli) is certainly seen today as the beginning of a real Australian self-identity.”

But in recent years, the reporter said, Turks have been engaged in an ideological contest over Gallipoli’s legacy. With the rise of the country’s Islamist government under Prime Minister Erdogan have come efforts to diminish the role of Ataturk, who established Turkey under secular principles.

The military, which once enjoyed a predominant role over politics in Turkey, has also been pushed aside under Mr Erdogan.

As a result, he wrote, the Gallipoli campaign is being recast as a holy war and has become one more element in the polarisation of Turkey, split between the secular and the religious.

“The Islamists say, ‘We defeated the infidels,’” said Kenan Celik, a longtime tour guide of Gallipoli’s battlefields. “The Kemalists say the imperialists. It’s two different interpretations.”

Many conservative Turkish municipal governments have been organising free battlefield tours, with a message pushed by guides, Celik told the newspaper, of “how great Islam is.”

“They come from central Anatolia,” Celik said of the flocks of religious tourists in recent years, with a measure of disgust. “They don’t have much education. They’ll believe in anything.”

Recently, two acquaintances confirmed the thrust of the NYT report in conversations with me.

Both had visited Turkey and hired guides to take them to the Gallipoli national park and both, unprompted, told me how their guides, both of whom were historians, had told them that the government was actively dissuading guides from mentioning Ataturk’s role in the Dardanelles campaign.

Both said their guides had said the government preferred a different version of history which credited the Turkish victory to the power of Islam.

This is revisionism on a scale equal to that practised by the former USSR and Communist China.

Modern Turkey has welcomed Australian visitors making the trek to the sandy ravines where many of the best of a generation of young Australians died.

The consoling words of the victor, Ataturk, which make no mention of Islam or Allah, mean as much to mankind today as they did when they were written nearly a century ago.

In dousing the beacon of the Ataturk enlightenment, the current Turkish leaders are dragging their nation backward into the burqaed past of slaves and caliphates, believers and infidels.

It is a tribute to our liberal democracy that we honour Ataturk with a statue in Canberra while Turkey’s current rulers try to devalue his contribution and denigrate his memory.

source: dailytelegraph.com.au

Greek Australian cricketers wanted



Greece has a long history with cricket, dating back to the British control of Corfu.

Three positions are open to Greek Australian under 17s to represent Greece in the International School Cricket Premier League in India

The Hellenic Cricket Federation is calling for three Greek Australian cricket stars to join them in the Third International School Cricket Premier League in India.

The federation is looking for under 17s to supplement their national team, with the kit and accommodation provided. All the federation asks is for the players to pay for the airfare.

The League championship will be played from December 19 to December 23 and will be a chance for aspiring cricket stars to play professionally.

Cricket Australia’s Nick Hatzoglou will be taking over the Australian selection and hopes that the three Greek Australian boys will be able to complement the Greek team well.

As a country deeply embedded with cricket, the Australian boys will provide a strong competitive edge to the Greek team.

“In order for them to get to the next level, or to keep working up the ranking they [Greece] need more assistance and they know that there are players in places like England, Australia, South Africa, that have Greek heritage, and they’re very keen on tapping into that, but obviously not taking over, just so they can be more competitive, especially when they go and play in countries like India,” Mr Hatzoglou tells Neos Kosmos.

Being able to compete internationally for Australia might be a dream for many aspiring cricket stars, but with limited spots and fierce competition at home, tapping into their dual heritage might be one of the quickest ways for these players to get a taste of international play.

In the history of the code in Australia, there may have only been 400 players to be given the opportunity to play in the elite national team.

“In the past they [the Federation] have gone for more high profile, senior players but it’s very difficult with the qualifications. With the under age groups, they can get these young kids as part of the pathway, and then get them qualified and hopefully they get a taste of it and in the future, if they’re good enough and willing, during the cricket off season here in Australia they can go to Greece and play in these tournaments,” Mr Hatzoglou says.

Being a part of the Greek team is a great way for young players to raise their profile but also keep competing during the off season.

Despite what many people might think, Greece is quite advanced in cricket. It might not have such a high profile, like football, but every day it gets converts.

Brought to Corfu by the British in the early 1800s, cricket has enjoyed a healthy fanbase in the island for more than a century. Initially started when the Greeks became curious watching the Brits play in local parks, soon the sport became less of an oddity and more of a local sport. By 1835, Corfu locals had set up two teams to play against the British, and when the British left the island in 1864 the island continued to play the sport. Corfu currently hosts eleven of the fourteen clubs in the country.

It has since spread, with major teams in Athens and Thessaloniki.

“Now they’ve got a long history of three, four, five generations of playing cricket,” Mr Hatzoglou says.

The sport has even seen quite a bit of a resurgence with many of the new immigrants from Pakistan, India and the Middle East entering the code.

The federation plays in division two in Europe alongside countries such as Spain, Belgium and Finland.

Being a part of the national team will be a great way for Greek Australians to tap into their heritage, even if it now becoming quite a distant relation, Mr Hatzoglou says.

“The wonderful thing from the parents of these kids is that these are third generation kids who can tap into their Greek heritage and traditions and culture,” he says.

“By going to Greece or being connected in that way it helps promote the understanding of a big part of their heritage.”

Trials to enter the Greek team will be organised shortly. Those interested are asked to contact Nick Hatzoglou via email Nick.Hatzoglou@cricket.com.au as soon as possible.

source: Neos Kosmos

Greek tax evaders told to cough up by Australian Taxation Office


The Australian Taxation Office is giving Greek Australians till December to declare income and property overseas.

The Australian Taxation Office will be intensifying audits related to overseas income and property assets, as it looks to track down tax evaders.

Greek Australians will have until December 2014 to voluntary declare all assets and added income earned in offshore ventures.

It will be investigating Australians with offshore bank accounts, hoping to find information on capital flows, income from capital services, account balances, offshore accounts and transfers to and from offshore bank accounts.

Any information accessible to ATO will be used to prosecute taxpayers who failed to declare income derived from abroad.

Many Greek Australians are unaware through inheritance that they hold property in Greece and might be fined by the ATO if anything in their name that is accumulating income is not declared.

The ATO plans to offer significant fee reductions for people who voluntary disclose any undeclared overseas income and assets.

Source: AUGreekReporter

Google helping Greek tourism


Greek authorities expect a record 21 million tourists to visit Greece this year including thousands of Greek Australians. Photo: Anthony McPhee.

Google’s initiative to train 3,000 tourism workers through management courses will hopefully help extend the tourist season in Greece.

Internet giant Google will offer management courses to 3,000 tourism businesses on the island of Crete as part of an initiative to promote the sector in Greece, industry union Sete said this week.

“Given the continuing growth in tourism in the past two years, Google has focused on the promotion of tourism services, especially in helping the small businesses that are the heart of the industry,” Sete president Andreas Andreadis told AFP.

The first initiative will begin in early September in the south of the island of Crete and could be rolled out to other areas later, he said.

Tourism is a key sector of Greece’s economy, which the government hopes is on the road to exiting a painful six-year recession as economic confidence improves after four years of austerity reforms.

Sete hopes Google’s initiative will help to extend the tourist season, which runs from June to September, by improving companies’ visibility on the internet using tools such as Google My Business and Google AdWords.

For Google, the world’s largest online search engine, the initiative will help to make its search results more relevant for users.

“Google is interested in growing its own business, and Greek tourism is a growing market,” Andreadis said.

Greek authorities expect a record 21 million tourists to visit Greece this year, nearly double the country’s population and up from around 20 million in 2013.

Improving the Greek tourist industry’s presence online could help to create another 100,000 new badly needed jobs, Oxford Economics said in a report published at the end of last year.

Source: AFP

What happened to Anna?


Anna Banitskas. Photo: Victoria Police.

Police appeal for information to solve cold case of Anna Banitskas who went missing in 1974.

Forty years after she went missing, police are again appealing for information regarding the disappearance of Annastaes (Anna) Banitskas.
Anna Banitskas was 15-years-old the last time her family saw her in 1974.

“It’s the not knowing that’s the worst,” Anna’s sister Loretta Pantou said.

“There are so many options for what could have happened. Did she meet with foul play? Did she choose to leave? Questions like that keep you up at night. Our family has no closure.”

At around 7.00 am on Tuesday 27 August 1974, Anna left her home to catch a bus from nearby Kingsway Drive, Lalor, to work. She never arrived.

“We know it’s been a long time, but we still believe there is someone out there with information relating to Anna’s case,” Detective Senior Constable Craig Hall said.

“Any piece of information, big or small, could help us bring closure to Anna’s family.

“We encourage anyone who may have something to say to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“Hopefully with the help of the public, we’ll be able to give some long overdue peace of mind to the Banitskas family.”

Anna was last seen wearing grey pants, a white jumper and brown shoes on the day of her disappearance.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

source: Neos Kosmos

Guardian: Η Μύκονος νίκησε την Ιbiza και το St Tropez


Η Μύκονος είναι ο μεγάλος νικητής του καλοκαιριού, γράφει η βρετανική εφημερίδα The Guardian στην ηλεκτρονική της έκδοση, υπογραμμίζοντας ότι η επιστροφή των διασημοτήτων στο νησί των ανέμων επαναφέρει την αίγλη της δεκαετίας του 1960 στην Ελλάδα.

Στο ρεπορτάζ αναφέρονται οι σταρ του Χόλιγουντ, οι ποδοσφαιριστές και οι αστέρες του μπάσκετ, που έχουν κάνει μέχρι τώρα τις διακοπές τους στη Μύκονο, πίνοντας σαμπάνια και μετέχοντας στο χορό και στα πάρτι στις διάσημες παραλίες του νησιού, υπενθυμίζοντας ότι η Μύκονος έγινε διάσημη τη δεκαετία του 1960 από τον Τζάκι Ωνάση και την Grace Kelly.

Η επιστροφή των διασημοτήτων, όπως σημειώνει, ανέδειξαν τη Μύκονο σε αδιαμφισβήτητη βασίλισσα του καλοκαιριού μεταξύ αυτής της κατηγορίας προορισμών, δίνοντας στην Ελλάδα «ώθηση» αισιοδοξίας μετά από χρόνια οικονομικής ύφεσης.

Η εκ νέου ανακάλυψη του νησιού των ανέμων από τους διάσημους, τονίζεται στο δημοσίευμα, που φέρνει όλο και περισσότερους αριθμούς από το διεθνές jet set στις ακτές της, οδήγησαν τη Μύκονο στην κορυφή, αντικαθιστώντας την Ίμπιζα ως το «de rigueur» στέκι για διασημότητες και clubbers.

Υπογραμμίζεται, επίσης, ότι 1 στις 5 θέσεις εργασίας στην Ελλάδα εξαρτώνται από τον τουρισμό, γι αυτό και η τουριστική ανάκαμψη προσφέρει τις πρώτες ακτίνες φωτός για έξοδο από τι χειρότερη κρίση, που γνώρισε η Ελλάδα στη σύγχρονη ιστορία της. Η Μύκονος αποτελεί την επιτομή της ανάκαμψης, γράφει χαρακτηριστικά.

Το δημοσίευμα δίνει και μια είδηση:

Σύμφωνα με τα στοιχεία που πρόκειται να δημοσιοποιήσει ο ΣΕΤΕ, οι επισκέπτες της Μυκόνου δηλώνουν μεγαλύτερη συνολική ικανοποίηση από τους κύριους ανταγωνιστές της στη Μεσόγειο, Ίμπιζα, Σαρδηνία και St Tropez. Σε όρους αξίας, το κυκλαδίτικο νησί συγκεντρώνει βαθμολογία 84,2%, σε σύγκριση με 80,5% για την Ίμπιζα και 79% για το St Tropez.


Malaysia Airlines: Νέο στοιχείο για την μοιραία πτήση με 239 νεκρούς


Στις 8 Μαρτίου η πτήση 370 της Malaysia Airlines εξαφανίστηκε από τα ραντάρ Σχεδόν έξι μήνες αργότερα το αεροπλάνο παραμένει άφαντο, παρά τις έρευνες που συνεχίζονται με αμείωτο ρυθμό. Ένα νέο στοιχείο, όμως, ίσως δώσει φως στο μυστήριο με την μοιραία πτήση, που παρέσυρε στον θάνατο 239 ανθρώπους.

Όπως ανακοίνωσε ο αναπληρωτής πρωθυπουργός της Αυστραλίας Γουόρες Τρας ένα νέο στοιχείο για την πτήση της Malaysia Airlines έγινε γνωστό στις αρχές.

Σύμφωνα με τα όσα είπε ο Τρας εντοπίστηκε από δορυφόρο ένα σήμα από τηλεφώνημα που έγινε προς την πτήση της Malaysia Airlines λίγο πριν εξαφανιστεί από τα ραντάρ.

Από την ανάλυση του σήματος που βρίσκεται ακόμα σε εξέλιξη προκύπτει ότι υπάρχουν πολλές πιθανότητες το αεροπλάνο να έστριψε νότια νωρίτερα απ’ ότι υπολόγιζαν μέχρι τώρα οι ειδικοί και οι ερευνητές.

Αν ισχύει αυτό τότε αυτομάτως αλλάζει και το σημείο, στο οποίο έχουν επικεντρωθεί οι έρευνες για τον εντοπισμό του αεροσκάφους. Σημείο ερευνών παραμένει ο Ινδικός Ωκεανός, αλλά όπως αναφέρουν οι πληροφορίες το βάρος θα πέσει σε μία περιοχή ακόμα πιο νότια από εκεί που αρχικά είχαν ρίξει το βάρος οι αρχές της Αυστραλίας.
Πηγή: madata.gr

Ο Μελβουρνιώτης Γιάννου οδήγησε τον Πανιώνιο στη νίκη επί του Εργοτέλη


Ο πρώην παίκτης του ΟΚΛΙ, Απόστολος Γιάννου

Με δύο γκολ στη Ν. Σμύρνη.

Με εκτελεστή τον πρώην παίκτη του ΟΚΛΙ, Απόστολο Γιάννου που σκόραρε στο 15ο και 85ο λεπτό ο Πανιώνιος νίκησε στη Νέα Σμύρνη με 2-1 τον Εργοτέλη, για τον οποίο είχε ισοφαρίσει στο 16′ ο Μέγι και ξεκίνησε νικηφόρα στο φετινό πρωτάθλημα της Σούπερ Λιγκ, επικρατώντας των Κρητικών για πρώτη φορά μετά από έξι χρόνια!
Με τον αγώνα αυτό, ολοκληρώθηκε η πρώτη αγωνιστική, που ξεκίνησε το Σάββατο, και συνεχίστηκε την Κυριακή με τρίποντο του Ολυμπιακού και απώλειες για ΠΑΟ, ΠΑΟΚ και Ατρόμητο.

SUPERLEAGUE: Αποτελέσματα 1ης αγωνιστικής (24/8)
Βέροια – Ξάνθη 3-2
ΟΦΗ – Παναιτωλικός 1-0
Κέρκυρα – Πανθρακικός 2-1
Ολυμπιακός –
Νίκη Βόλου 3-1
ΠΑΣ Γιάννινα – Αστέρας
Τρίπολης 3-1
Ατρόμητος –
Πλατανιάς 1-0
Λεβαδειακός –
Παναθηναϊκός 1-1
ΠΑΟΚ – Καλλονή 1-1
Πανιώνιος – Εργοτέλης 2-1
Η επόμενη 2η αγωνιστική (31/8)
21:30 ΟΦΗ – Βέροια
31/8, 19:15 Ξάνθη –
30/8, 21:30 Παναιτωλικός – Ολυμπιακός
30/8, 19:15 Πανθρακικός –
ΠΑΣ Γιάννινα
31/8, 19:15 Νίκη Βόλου – Ατρόμητος
31/8, 19:15 Αστέρας Τρίπολης – Λεβαδειακός
31/8, 19:15 Πλατανιάς – ΠΑΟΚ
31/8, 21:30 Παναθηναϊκός – Πανιώνιος
30/8, 19:15 Καλλονή –  Εργοτέλης

Πηγή: Νέος Κόσμος

To oνειρικό ταξίδι του Νάιθαν


Λένε ότι «το μήλο πέφτει κάτω από την μηλιά»…
Στην περίπτωση του 16χρονου Νάιθαν Νεοφύτου, μιλάμε για την κυριολεξία.
Ο Νάιθαν είναι γιός του πρώην προέδρου του ΟΚΛΙ, Τζιμ Νεοφύτου, που εκτός των άλλων είναι από τους κύριους χορηγούς και της Βίκτορι, πέρα από την πολύπλευρη ποδοσφαιρική του προσφορά.

Πατέρας και γιος, λοιπόν, βρέθηκαν πρόσφατα στο Λονδίνο.

Μια πόλη που αποδείχθηκε ποδοσφαιρικός παράδεισος για τον 16χρονο Νάιθαν, που δεν προλάβαινε να φωτογραφίζεται με παίκτες που θαυμάζει.
Και φωτογραφήθηκε με όλους:
Τους Βραζιλιάνους Νταβίντ Λουίζ και Γουίλιαν, με τον τεχνικό της Λίβερπουλ Μπρέντον Ρότζερς, και τον επιθετικό των «κόκκινων» Ντάνιελ Στάριτζ.
Εκείνο που είναι σίγουρο, είναι ότι πολλοί θα ζηλέψουν τον Νάιθαν.

Πηγή: Νέος Κόσμος

Greek Day Out a success


The promotion of Greece as a tourist destination was high on the agenda at the Greek Day Out. Photo Supplied.

Thousands of festivalgoers took part in the Sydney event.

Last Sunday’s Woollahra Council and NSW Consulate General of Greece joint cultural day at the Redleaf and Blackburn Gardens at Double Bay, called the Greek Day Out, was met with success.

Thousands of people turned out to enjoy traditional Greek dances, theatrical excerpts from the tragedy Oedipus Rex, live music and songs by Greek bands, and a photographic exhibition highlighting the historical links between Greece and Australia, in light of the involvement of the ANZACs in the First and Second World Wars and their presence in Lemnos and the Battle of Crete.

Furthermore, festivalgoers had the opportunity to enjoy various educational and recreational activities for children, such as reading Greek tales in both Greek and English, an arts and crafts show, Greek shadow theatre Muppets and an exhibition with Greek coins and banknotes.

It is worth noting that the National Greek Tourism Organisation (EOT) distributed brochures and screened audio-visual material highlighting the beauty of Greece and its attributes as a tourist destination.

The five-hour-long festival, which was staged thanks to the efforts of at least 100 volunteers, was concluded with a speech by Emmanuel Alfieri from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, on the economic lessons that both Australia and Greece draw from each other.

source: Neos Kosmos