Ruling to Let Migrants Travel Around Greece, Officials Say
Wall Street Journal (April 18)
A Greek court ruled that migrants arriving on Aegean islands near Turkey should be allowed to travel freely around the country, officials said, a decision that could alleviate dire conditions on the islands, but might derail a pact between the European Union and Turkey to keep a lid on arrivals. read more
Stronger Greece can better act as a stabilising force in the region, Pyatt says
AMNA (April 20)
Greece can act as a stabilising force for good in the wider region and the stronger Greece is, the better it is able to do this, U.S. Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt said on Friday, while addressing the Hellenic Air Force 6th Air Power Conference in Athens on "The Strategic Value of Air Power." "The US strategy for our diplomatic and military engagement with Greece is simple: the stronger Greece is and the healthier its economy is, the more Greece can act as a stabilising force for good in the wider region," Pyatt said, in an address to the conference on the use of the armed forces in peacetime. read more
Fulbright scholars celebrate program's 70th anniversary
Ekathimerini (April 24)
On the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Fulbright international educational exchange program in Greece, President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Monday received dozens of Greek and American Fulbright graduates and board members at the Presidential Mansion for a ceremony during which he praised the program's contribution to 'promoting academia and culture.' read more
IMF's Thomsen on Trade, Greece, Integration of Europe
Bloomberg (April 20)
Poul Thomsen, director of the IMF's European department, discusses the European perspective on trade and the integration of Europe. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets." Watch the Video!
Cyprus regains rare Orthodox Christian mosaic stolen in 70s
Associated Press (April 23)
Arare 6th century mosaic depicting the St. Andrew that was taken from a looted church in the Cyprus' breakaway north has been returned after four decades, the head of the island nation's Orthodox Christian Church said Monday. read more
103rd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
Yesterday marked the 103rd anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. AHEPA is disappointed President Donald Trump did not recognize the systematic killing of 1.5 Armenians by Ottoman Turks as Genocide (President Trump's statementon Armenian Remembrance Day).
"We join with the Armenian American community in remembrance of the 1.5 million Armenians who were brutally and
systematically massacred by Ottomans during the Armenian Genocide, and wecall for its proper recognition by the U.S. government." Supreme President Carl R Hollister said. "We also remember all Christian minorities who were murdered during that time period, including Pontian and Anatolian Greeks."
United States Holocaust Museum: Special Focus -- The Armenian Genocide
U.S. Helsinki Commission Co-chair Rep. Chris Smith calls for the U.S. government to properly commemorate the genocide
H.Res.220: Bipartisan Genocide Prevention Congressional Resolution
Join Us! AHEPA Family Capitol Hill Day | May 16
Walk the Halls of Congress and fulfill your civic responsibility with us at the annual AHEPA Family Capitol Hill Day, Wed., May 16, 2018.
Kick-off Reception, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Location: TBD
Salute to Civic Responsibility Reception, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Location: Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 212-10
Join us and fellow advocates from across the United States to educate members of Congress and their staffs on the public policy priorities of the AHEPA family and help grow the Congressional Hellenic Caucus. We will also honor excellence in public service.
Make plans to attend. Please RSVP by Friday, April 27 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AHEPA Applauds Congressional Letter to State on Dropped Charges
AHEPA commends a Hellenic Caucus-led initiative to demand answers from the U.S. Department of State regarding its role in the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to drop charges against members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's security detail who allegedly attacked peaceful protesters in Washington, DC, in May 2017, announced Supreme President Carl R. Hollister.
"We sincerely appreciate the lead of Hellenic Caucus Co-chairs Carolyn Maloney and Gus Bilirakis to garner strong bipartisan support among their colleagues to demand answers from the State Department regarding this disappointing and inexplicable decision by the Justice Department," Hollister said, adding AHEPA welcomed the charges when they were filed in June. "We are grateful to the 33 legislators who signed the letter to Acting Secretary of State Sullivan. We pledge to work with the caucus to ensure an explanation is received."
READ: Rep. Maloney statement
DOWNLOAD: Copy of the congressional letter
Register Today! | AHEPA Family Supreme Convention
Make sure you are caught-up on the details of the 96th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention, July 22 to 27, 2018, Atlantic City, N.J. Harrah's Hotel & Casino will play host for our annual meeting. learn more PDF Register Today!
AHEPA Journey to Greece 2018 Session
Journey to Greece this summer with AHEPA and Webster University! Earn college credit while traveling to a whole host of iconic ancient Greek sites and beautiful Greek locations. The 2018 session runs June 23 to July 21. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2018. Apply Today!
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Hot off the electronic press! Check out the spring 2018 edition of The Ahepan. Catch a recap of from the Third International Leadership Mission, highlights from veterans being honored across the country, and preview the 96th Annual Supreme Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.! And see what our chapters are doing around the world in service to their communities in the Chapter News section! read it here
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14 | Deadline: The Ahepan Summer 2018
16 | AHEPA Family Capitol Hill Day
20 | AHEPA Sunday (AHEPA Legacy promo video)
22 | Supreme Convention Registration Deadline
22 - 28 | 96th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention, Atlantic City, N.J.
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Greece Beats Bailout Targets Again as Debt-Relief Talks Loom
Bloomberg (April 23)
The European Commission confirmed on Monday that Greece beat its bailout targets again last year, strengthening the government's case against demands to bring forward additional tax measures originally scheduled to kick in starting 2020. Europe's most indebted state achieved a budget surplus before interest and other one-time payments equal to 4.2 percent of its gross domestic product in 2017, more than twice the target set by its bailout auditors for a 1.75 percent of GDP surplus, the European Union's executive arm said. read more
Greece's Business Prospects Brighten After Lost Decade
Wall Street Journal (April 24)
As economic growth returns to Greece after a decade of crisis, so are some businesses that once wrote the country off. In late April, food retailer Spar opened two new supermarkets on the islands of Crete and Skiathos, the start of a planned 350-store expansion in Greece. read more
New York: famous 5th Avenue turned blue
The Greek Observer (April 23)
GreekNews Online (April 21)
Over the summer, Cyprus was back in the news. The UN mediator Espen Barth Eide, assisted by American and British diplomats, worked overtime to convince the international community that the "parties" in the Cyprus talks were close to a "strategic agreement" resolving this long standing international problem. The term "strategic agreement" appears to have replaced the term "comprehensive settlement" used in the past. The change in terminology does not change the reality either of the aims or of the anticipated outcome of the UN sponsored talks on Cyprus. Eide's optimistic account was supplemented by warnings to the "parties" that failure to reach a comprehensive settlement would mean the end of the road for the reunification of Cyprus. These warnings had reminders of the final stages of the negotiations that led to the failed Annan Plan in 2004. read more
Editorial | Reed College Bows to the Bullies
Wall Street Journal (April 20)
Reed College announced last week that it will overhaul its core humanities course after students claimed the curriculum's focus on the classics "perpetuates white supremacy." Mark down another school that has succumbed to demands to let politics trump education. For more than 70 years the 1,500-student private liberal arts school in Portland, Oregon, has required every freshman to take a yearlong course covering the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman canon (Humanities 110). read more
Plato, Ancient Greek Heroes Celebrated in Newly Reinstalled Getty Villa
The National Herald (April 24)
To celebrate the long-anticipated opening on April 18 of the newly reinstalled galleries for its antiquities collection at the Getty Villa, an elegant grand reception took place the day before at the Villa groundsf or more than 700 guests. It was one of the premier events of the Los Angeles spring cultural season.
"The reinstallation of the Villa presents the antiquities collections in a historical sequence that allows visitors to follow the evolution of Greek and Roman art over some 6000 years" said Getty Museum Director Timothy Potts. read more
Ex-Guns N' Roses Drummer on New Band With Constantine Maroulis: 'I'm Finally Working With a Real Superstar Again'
Billboard (April 23)
Imagine growing up as a rock and roll fanatic, thrashing around in your childhood bedroom with a tennis racket and plastic microphone, screeching out the chorus to Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" until your mom bangs on your floor with a broom begging you to keep it down. Now flash-forward 30 years and picture yourself doing the same thing, only now GNR's original drummer, Steven Adler, is sitting behind you bashing out the familiar strains of all your Appetite for Destruction favorites. "Of course, Guns N' Roses was the soundtrack to my youth," Constantine Maroulis, 42, of American Idol and Rock of Ages fame tells Billboard... read more
AHEPA Family Participates at NYC, Boston Greek