YES! “…the first act of mass defiance against the ongoing purge.”

6 Jul

This is the Turkey and the Turks I learned to love in the late 90s and aughts.  More power to them.  Hope it slowly starts to amount to something.


The March for Justice opposing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan near Izmit, Turkey, this month. Credit Umit Bektas/Reuters

Full article from the Times: “Turkey’s 250-mile Protest”.




That I would ever be posting anything put out by the American Hellenic Council (whoever they are*) is kind of surreal…

20 May


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The Times story with video:  “Erdogan Security Forces Launch ‘Brutal Attack’ on Washington Protesters, Officials Say”

The AHC release:

Los Angeles, CA – The American Hellenic Council joins with community organizations, such as the Armenian National Committee of America and the Armenian Assembly of America in condemning Tuesday’s unprovoked violence by Turkish security forces against American citizens in our nation’ capital.

Click here to read full report from the New York Times

The unprovoked attack against peaceful demonstrators by the security detail of Turkish President Erdogan in the Nation’s Capital which sent several demonstrators to the hospital is an event that cannot be tolerated anywhere, particularly in the US with its tradition of free speech and protection of peaceful demonstrations. This kind of attack is a pattern that is perpetrated by Erdogan’s forces against Turkish citizens themselves.

We stand for the right of free and peaceful expression, dignity, human rights and protection of citizens in the US and other countries. Attacks like these are totally unacceptable for any visiting head of state, including Turkey.

We urge all Greek-American organizations to condemn this latest act of Turkish hate and call upon Congress and the Trump Administration to follow the examples of Senator John McCain (R-AZ), House Foreign Affairs Chairman Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) in condemning this assault on American citizens

Take action and demand that you’re Representative condemn this assault on American values

The American Hellenic Council is a non-partisan advocacy organization, which champions Hellenic values and culture. Our primary goal is to promote Hellenism in the United States by supporting the cultural activities of the Hellenic-American community of Southern California and to raise public awareness of issues concerning the Eastern Mediterranean. AHC promotes democracy, human rights, and peace in Southern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, by informing the American public and public officials about on-going issues and conflicts, specifically pertaining to Greece and Cyprus.


*I say “whoever they are” because half the time if you dig into this kind of group’s background, they’re fronts — or attempted fronts — for American chapters of GoldenDawn, but these folks don’t sound like that.

This looks like the real latest thing: Turks making a spectacle of themselves — or —  the New Turkey: a Nation of Club Bouncers.


The Horde

16 Apr

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I’m afraid if he wins.  I’m even more afraid if he doesn’t win.  Sorry, but I don’t see much hope for a people who can only form that kind of political culture.

Oh, here we go again…

28 Feb


Do f*cking Anglo-Saxons never tire of the end of Frenchdom genre? (which always just sounds like pure jealousy mostly).  I spent four of the most heady, sensuous, verbally stimulating and intelligent, beautiful months of my life in and around Albi and Toulouse.  I’ll take Albi over, say,  Colchester any day.


My 2016 man of the year

15 Feb

Omar Daqneesh


“First they came for the Socialists…”

30 Jan


JFK Airport yesterday.

The full poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller :

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

“Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

“Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”


Belgrade: do we have a problem?

19 Jan

Novak Djokovic, the six-time men’s singles champion at the Australian Open, was defeated in five sets in the second round of the tournament in Melbourne on Thursday. Paul Crock/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 1.56.46 PM.png

MELBOURNE, Australia — In one of the biggest upsets in Australian Open history, Novak Djokovic, a six-time champion in the tournament, was defeated in five sets in the second round by Denis Istomin, a wild card from Uzbekistan ranked 117th in the world.

With Istomin’s stunning 7-6 (10-8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 victory, Djokovic, ranked No. 2, suffered his earliest defeat in a Grand Slam tournament in nearly nine years.

It was also the latest blow to Djokovic’s battered aura of invincibility. In June, after winning the French Open for the first time, the elastic Serb held all four Grand Slam singles titles at the same time. Now, he is the reigning champion only in Paris.

“He was an underdog, but he didn’t show any nerves in the big moments,” Djokovic said about his opponent after the match. “Surely he didn’t play that many big matches, but just everything came together for him. It was the right moment for him, the right day, and he was better.”

Djokovic was upset in the third round of Wimbledon last year by an American, Sam Querrey, surprised in the final of the United States Open by Stan Wawrinka, and then shocked on Thursday afternoon by Istomin, who made it into the Australian Open only by winning an Asian wild-card event.


Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, ranked 117th in the world, gave Djokovic his earliest defeat in a Grand Slam tournament in nearly nine years. Credit Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

But although Djokovic and the other members of the so-called Big Four have dominated tennis over the last decade, there is great depth and danger at the lower levels. Istomin, a 30-year-old in wraparound sunglasses, made it clear from the start that this could be a struggle. The opening game required 16 minutes before Djokovic won it and raised both arms in celebration.

But Istomin would be the one exulting nearly five hours later, when he finished off the biggest win of his career with a powerful first serve down the middle that Djokovic, one of the best returners in history, lunged for and reached with his backhand but could not manage to put back in play.

“First of all, I feel sorry for Novak; I was playing so good today,” Istomin said after the match. “I surprised myself as well.”

“So many lines!” Djokovic complained at one frustrated stage as Istomin hit another winner.

But though this might have been vintage Istomin, it was far from vintage Djokovic. At his best, the 29-year-old is one of the most consistent baseline players in history. On Thursday, he had more unforced errors (72) than winners (68), and he also looked tentative at some major turning points.

“There was intensity, of course,” Djokovic said. “We played four-and-a-half hours. It’s just that, you know, it’s one of these days when you don’t feel that great on the court, don’t have much rhythm, and the player you’re playing against is feeling the ball very well. So, you know, that’s sport.”

His defeat leaves Andy Murray, the world’s No. 1 player, as the favorite to win his first Australian Open title. But Istomin’s big moment will give many lesser-ranked men faith that they, too, can play the match of their lives in Rod Laver Arena.


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