Category Archives: Commentary & Politics

Turkey’s Great Musical Gamble

Another article from the New English Review on an interesting subject. I can only imagine that the situation has got worse sincein the middle east in general since this was first written. By Geoffrey Clarfield. First published in the New … Continue reading

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The Byzantine Scribe

My thanks to Geoffrey for giving me permission to post this article. By Geoffrey Clarfield First published in the New English Review, August 2010. Many years ago, while walking through the grounds of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian’s greatest temple, the … Continue reading

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The destruction of the idols: Syria’s patrimony at risk from extremists

Very sad to read but no real surprise. by Patrick Cockburn First published in The Independent 11 Feb 2014 Islamic fundamentalists in Syria have started to destroy archaeological treasures such as Byzantine mosaics and Greek and Roman statues because their … Continue reading

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Istanbul Patriarchate purchases world’s third oldest church

The world’s reputedly third oldest church, the Byzantine Başmelekler Church, or Taksiyarhon Church, was purchased by the Istanbul patriarchate on Sept. 10, the head priest of Halki Seminary, Professor Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, has announced. First published in Hurriyet Daily News The … Continue reading

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Bankers at the Gates

FEW Greeks have a good word to say about the European banking system these days. They believe it’s the real reason for their current crisis, having pushed easy money on their politicians and now demanding a pound of financial flesh. … Continue reading

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Turks sense dawn of new era of power and confidence

This week the Turkish President, Abdullah Gul came to Britain on a successful three day State Visit. Turkey is a rising power and this was demonstrated in a number of ways this week. Perhaps the two most relevant being its … Continue reading

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Rowan Williams and the PM: when the turbulent priest turns on the ruler

Turbulent priests, schisms, revolts .. nothing changes. David Cameron is not the first leader to find himself profoundly at odds with his country’s leading cleric, writes Michael White by Michael White First published in The Guardian 9 June 2011 Learned … Continue reading

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Happy Turks

Real democracy is an intricate everyday process, as Turkey has found and continues to learn, writes Abdel-Moneim Said First published in AL-AHRAM It had been at least 10 years since my last visit to Istanbul, the capital of the Byzantine … Continue reading

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A new evaluation of Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire

An interesting article written from a Turkish perspective. First published in Today’s Zaman by GÖKNUR AKÇADAĞ All research dealing with contemporary mindsets has to hark back to past states and civilizations. It is not possible while following this methodology to … Continue reading

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The Patriarchate is ecumenical

First published in Hurriyet Daily News Friday, November 19, 2010 By MUSTAFA AKYOL BRUSSELS – What brought me to the European capital this time is an international conference organized by the Archons. Never heard of the Archons before? I, at … Continue reading

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The last Orthodox patriarch in Turkey?

A very interesting report from CNN. First published on CNN.com on 27 August 2010. Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the living embodiment of an ancient tradition. From his historic base in Istanbul, Turkey, the 270th Patriarch of … Continue reading

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Rome: the decline and fall of the eastern empire

This is actually a pretty good potted history of the Byzantine Empire. First published in Forth Magazine Fri 11 Jun, 2010. By Chris Gray. ‘PEOPLE MAKE their own history, but they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, … Continue reading

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Not quite Byzantium

This article is controversial, but so is much of what is written about Greece at the moment. The situation appears not only to be financially painful, but national pride and sensitivities have been hurt as well. EU demands for austerity … Continue reading

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Centre for Hellenic Studies King’s College London: a new future?

It would be nice to think that all those who joined the petition to save the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at King’s College London were able to sway the mind of College Principal Rick Trainor. Whatever the … Continue reading

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The Greek-Macedonian dispute – time to return to the drawing board?

This is a long but interesting piece by Spyros A. Sofos, a Senior Research Fellow in International Politics at the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence of Kingston University, London. For those who have an … Continue reading

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