W.H.I.A President John Pandazopoulos’ Statement on the International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination

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ΠΑΓΚΟΣΜΙΑ ΔΙΑΚΟΙΝΟΒΟΥΛΕΥΤΙΚΗ ΕΝΩΣΗ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΣΜΟΥ (Πα.Δ.Ε.Ε)
WORLD ΗΕLLENIC INTER-PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION
(W.H.I.A)

W.H.I.A President John Pandazopoulos’ Statement on the International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination

“It is important in these economically difficult times that we value basic human rights-respect and tolerance for all irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion or country of origin. These are values that have ensured the survival and progress of the Hellenic diaspora. As a diaspora we have had to fight racism, intolerance and prejudice. As a result many of our Hellenic community leaders have been pioneers in racial equality, anti-discrimination, racial and religion tolerance and promotion of multiculturalism. These endeavours have strengthened our community under an understanding that our culture and religion are not barriers to our progress with an understanding that we are also citizens of the countries in which we live in accepting our responsibilities to be good hard working citizens that support the laws and institutions of the lands in which we live.
As a result we have been able to flourish with our churches, community centers, schools and Greek language publications. These have not weakened the nations in which we live but instead have made them stronger through everyone working in the interests of our nations, through linking us with other parts of the world and broadening our minds. These have all been good for our countries and also been good for Greece and Cyprus.

The diaspora now has a more significant role to play in support of Greece and Cyprus as they undertake their difficult economic tasks. This environment of multiculturalism, tolerance and mutual respect allows us to talk openly about how we can support the economic growth of Greece and Cyprus through trade, investment and tourism. It is important that this and Greece’s economic recovery is not undermined by the emergence of extremism in Greece which turns away tourists, investment and trade.

As Hellenic heritage legislators we TOTALLY oppose such extremism and do not welcome any of this BAD POLITICS in Greece or it coming to any of the countries in which we live. We have members from a diverse range of political beliefs but we are all united against extremism, racism, intolerance and violence. These are the same reasons that we became involved in politics in the first place – to support our communities and to build the institutions that allow and sustain diversity, tolerance and mutual respect. It is no surprise that many of our members have been Ministers responsible for Multiculturalism and Citizenship, spokespersons for their Party’s or Chairs of Parliamentary Committee’s on multiculturalism.

Today we remember the struggles for equality from pioneers of diverse backgrounds many being Greek. Those that changed the rules to make it better for us and future generations. It is also a day to remember our role in maintaining this which can be fragile particularly in difficult economic times.”

ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΑ το νέο CD του Βασίλη Σαλέα και του Βασίλη Παπαδόπουλου “Ελλάδα γειά σου”

Στίχοι: Βασίλης Παπαδόπουλος
Μουσική: Βασίλης Σαλέας

ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΑ το νέο CD του Βασίλη Σαλέα και του Βασίλη Παπαδόπουλου “Ελλάδα γειά σου”.

Σαράντης Σαλέας – Ο Πετεινός

Βαγγέλης Κονιτόπουλος – Φιλιά Σε Όλα Τα Νησιά

Evdokia – Pame Sto Xwrio Mas:

Nikos Aliagas – O Lagos

Eleni Vitali – Paidi Mou Splaxno Mou

Manolis Mitsias – Pente Poulia Sta Sirmata

Glykeria – O Platanos

Antonis Vardis – H Fysi Ekdikeitai

Sarantis Saleas – Pateras Gio Symvouleve

Dionysis Savvopoulos – Ferte Mou Mia Variopoula

Themis Adamantidis – Paratata Koritsi Mou

Xristos Dantis – Ena Kokkino Foustani

Antonis Remos – Veggalika Polyxroma

Vasilis Papakonstantinou – Ax Re Mariw

Dionysis Savvopoulos – Ellada Geia Sou

Tolis Voskopoulos – Na Zisete

Τραγουδούν: Διονύσης Σαββόπουλος, Βασίλης Παπακωνσταντίνου, Αντώνης Ρέμος, Τόλης Βοσκόπουλος, Ελένη Βιτάλη, Μανώλης Μητσιάς, Γλυκερία, Αντώνης Βαρδής, Σαράντης Σαλέας, Θέμης Αδαμαντίδης, Νίκος Αλιάγας, Ευδοκία, Βαγγέλης Κονιτόπουλος Πατριωτικά, χαρούμενα, αλλά και συγκινητικά τραγούδια δια στόματος μεγάλων καλλιτεχνών, σε στίχους του Βασίλη Παπαδόπουλου και σε μουσική του Βασίλη Σαλέα.

Κάθε χρόνο στις 25 Μαρτίου τιμούμε και γιορτάζουμε τον ξεσηκωμό των υπόδουλων Ελλήνων κατά του Τούρκου δυνάστη για ελευθερία και αυτοδιάθεση.

Εκ των πραγμάτων είναι η πιο σημαντική ημερομηνία στην ιστορία της Νεώτερης Ελλάδας, ως αφετηρία της εθνικής παλιγγενεσίας.

Με αφορμή τον μεγάλο αυτό εθνικό εορτασμό, η εφημερίδα χαρίζει στους αναγνώστες της τραγούδια που ξυπνούν το ελληνικό αίσθημα και τονώνουν το ηθικό φρόνιμα, την αγάπη προς την πατρίδα και τους προγόνους μας, σε αυτούς τους δύσκολους καιρούς, που όλοι οι Έλληνες δοκιμάζονται. Κορυφαίοι καλλιτέχνες όπως οι Δ.Σαβόπουλος, Β.Παπακωνσταντίνου, Α.Ρέμος, Ε.Βιτάλη, Τ.Βοσκόπουλος, Μ.Μητσιάς, Α.Βαρδής, Γλυκερία, Χ.Δάντης, Θ.Αδαμαντίδης και αρκετοί άλλοι συνθέτουν ένα εκρηκτικό μουσικό CD με 18 τραγούδια.

«Ελλάδα σ’αγαπάμε, για σένα τραγουδάμε, παντού όπου κι αν πάμε, μαζί σε κουβαλάμε».

Με αυτό το στίχο υπογράφουν αυτό το CD που έχει τίτλο «Ελλάδα γειά σου» ο Βασίλης Σαλέας και ο Βασίλης Παπαδόπουλος λέγοντας ότι ήταν ένα όνειρο ζωής η έκδοσή του.

Escape and Evasion in Enemy-Occupied Crete 1941-43 28 March 2013

Talk by historian Ian Frazer, former Lecturer at Otago Univesity and co-author of ‘On the run – Anzac escape and evasion in enemy-occupied Crete’.
In the Battle of Crete in May 1941, the 2/7th Australian Infantry Battalion, fought with much honour, including a last-ditch stand at ‘42nd Street’ in the final days of the battle.

Fighting in the rear-guard, they were denied evacuation at the last minute and forced to capitulate.

Large numbers went on the run as evaders and escapers.

Some managed to escape Crete by themselves; many more were rescued by the British secret services.

This story, which spanned more than two years after May 1941 is not so well-known.

It was another outstanding chapter in the history of the Battalion.

This talk is a tribute those soldiers and the brave Cretan families who gave them shelter and eventually helped them escape

Thursday 28 March – 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start.

Light refreshments served between 5.30pm and 6pm. Talk begins promptly at 6pm.