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Weekly News Update 9/30/2020
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In the news...
Pompeo Concludes Historic Visit in Greece

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo finished a visit in Greece after which he thanked his hosts in Greek via Twitter and left the country with a message of support amid tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Archdiocese Petitions UN to Hold Turkey Accountable

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is petitioning United Nations experts to hold Turkey accountable for its policies to erase Orthodox Christian cultural heritage.

Nicholas Burns: Important That U.S. Stand Behind Greece

One of the nation’s most respected foreign policy experts, former U.S. Ambassador to Greece Nicholas Burns, wrote that his country needs to firmly support Greece amid tensions with Turkey.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Presses Pompeo on Turkish Aggressions

"I sought from the Secretary of State the support of the American government for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Greek community in Turkey and for all religious minorities in Turkey." Read more...

Diaspora Ithacans Rush to Help Devastated Ancestral Homeland

A Greek diaspora community from Melbourne, Australia is rushing to support its beloved island that was devastated by Cyclone Ianos earlier this month. Learn how to support their relief efforts.

Anna Vissi Honors Murdered Activist Zak Kostopoulos With New Song

On the second anniversary of the brutal murder of a Greek American LGBT activist in Athens, one of Greece's biggest pop stars released a tribute song and video called “Tromagmeno Mou,” or “My Scared One.”

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New Permanent Base in Crete for U.S. Navy Ship

During his visit to Greece, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the USS Hershel “Woody” Williams ship will be permanently based in Souda Bay near Chania.

Full Text of New Joint U.S.-Greece Cooperation

On the occasion of Secretary of State Pompeo’s visit, a new US-Greece joint statement has been released and addresses matters such as defense and security, trade and investment, film production, energy and education. Read the agreement.

Customers, Friends Bid Virtual Farewell to Popular Hotel GM

Dozens of customers (and friends) of Hotel Grande Bretagne General Manager Tim Ananiadis — one of the most recognizable faces in Greece — bid him a virtual farewell from all corners of the globe.

Film Festivals to Stream Dozens of Greek Films in October

Two of America's largest Greek Film Festivals are streaming dozens of Greek films online during the first two weeks of October — and one is offering them for FREE! Grab your popcorn and click here for details.

Curated by Gregory Pappas
Last Day to Order "Farewell Anatolia!"


It's been called one of the most important books ever released in Greece. This hard-to-find English translation of Dido Sotiriou's book "Farewell Anatolia" is now available for special purchase. Read more about this best-selling book and get your copy today.

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This Week in Food
Honey Oregano Chicken Thighs With Lemon Potatoes, Feta

In this hearty, flavor-packed meal, roasted potatoes are tossed with green Castelvetrano olives, spinach, feta and a squeeze of lemon, then returned to the oven until the spinach wilts and the cheese has softened. Try the recipe.

Four Fantastic Greek Comfort Foods

Comfort food season is right around the corner — why not get a head start with one of our four favorite Greek comfort staples? Our list comes from some of the most respected chefs on our side of the Atlantic.

This Week in History
On This Day September 28, 2003
Remembering One of America’s Greatest Film Directors

Elia Kazan, one of the greatest (and most controversial) film directors of the 20th century, passed away 17 years ago on Monday. Read about his legacy.

On This Day September 26, 1943
Nazis Massacre Thousands of Italian Soldiers in Kefalonia

One of the largest yet most overlooked atrocities committed by Nazi Germans during World War II — on the Greek island of Kefalonia — remembered 77 years later.

Book of the Week
The Classic Grill

By Nancy Econome

In Vallejo, California as World War II begins, hard-headed Greek-immigrant Achilles Pappayannis is the owner of the successful restaurant The Classic Grill and has big dreams of creating an elegant national restaurant chain. Achilles demands the help of his first-born son Demo who has no passion for restaurant work, vowing instead to become an actor of ancient Greek drama. As it becomes apparent Demo is gay, Achilles is deeply ashamed and increasingly outraged. Second son George, the narrator of the story, is desperate to become his father's business partner but Achilles completely overlooks his enthusiasm and culinary talent. Chrisoula, wife and mother, is conflicted as her dream of an unbreakable family crumbles before her eyes. Each character in the Pappayannis family must weigh personal aspirations against the love he or she holds for the family and the rift their desires will surely cause. Achilles must learn to open his heart and accept his sons and their American dreams - but will it be too late to save the family, his marriage and The Classic Grill?

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