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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