Showing posts with label Orthodox Christians. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Orthodox Christians. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This Lebanese Film Looks Hysterical

Laughter might be the only tool to fight hatred."In a remote Lebanese village, Muslim and Christian women band together to prevent their men from killing each other."


Monday, March 12, 2012

Turkey's Deep State

The March 12 New Yorker magazine is getting some buzz for a piece on Turkey's secular "deep state" that author Dexter Filkin calls...
"a presumed clandestine network of military officers and their civilian allies who, for decades, suppressed and sometimes murdered dissidents, Communists, reporters, Islamists, Christian missionaries, and members of minority groups—anyone thought to pose a threat to the secular order, established in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal, or Atatürk. Friends and colleagues say Erdoğan worried that the deep state would never allow him to govern. But, to the surprise of many, he has pulled Turkey closer to the West, opening up the economy and becoming a crucial go-between for the West with Palestine, Iran, and Syria," says Filkins in this week's edition, the one with Mitt Romney in a car on the cover.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Merry Christmas Chant

May blessings shower on you and yours today and always!
Have patience with this lovely video because at the end of it, you realize that daily war news from the Middle East overshadows so much good there - of all faiths.
Imagine the life of Christians in Syria, Iraq, Egypt & nearby places.
Source on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvjiVam2HO4

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Δrachma βlues

Sarcasm from London aside, read this NYTimes opinion piece for ignored historical perspective on Greece. It posits that the Lausanne Treaty is a big factor in the Greek mindset today. (Plus 1940s civil war & 1960s-70s military rule.) The treaty was Europe's solution circa 1922 that condoned the movement of an estimated 400,000 Muslims from Greece and more than 1.2 million surviving Greek Christians from Turkey - including members of my family. Today, the author says, because Greeks were lorded over by Ottomans for 400 years, they won't be controlled by central bankers nor any authority including government. The Times recommends a journalist's book we have: "Twice A Stranger: How Mass Expulsions Forged Modern Greece & Turkey," by Bruce Clark.
You can't blame the population's tax evasion on prior oppression, but some Greeks are beyond frustrated or defiant. Watch the Prism GR2010 episode "Roads, Rage & Relics" (under the lawlessness theme) to see regular Greeks blowing off tolls and exhibiting societal breakdown in action.