FROM THE GREEK NEWS FAMILY A
HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR
1.- Skopje renames airport "Alexander the Great" :Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis
issues strong warning. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) approved on Thursday the renaming of the Skopje airport after
Alexander the Great in a move Greece said will harm the country's ties with its neighbors. FYROM Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki
confirmed the name change and pointed out that the historic military leader was an international figure and not the property of one country.
2.- Ecclesiastical Affairs Worldwide in 2006 By H.E. Spyridon, former Archbishop of America 2006 was, for Greek
Orthodoxy, a year rich in both ecclesiastical events and activity behind the scenes. However, it did not bring about any eminently important and
historic developments. At the same time, several chronic issues of major significance were once again shunted, unsolved, to the new calendar year.
3.- British Foreign Office 1976 archives on Karamanlis unveiled Documents referring to the late Greek statesman Constantine
Karamanlis dating from the year 1976 were unveiled on Friday, when the British Foreign Office confidential archives for that year were
automatically declassified with the passage of 30 years. Of particular interest for Greece are the reports by the then British ambassador to
Greece Sir Brooks Richards on the domestic situation in Greece and the efforts by Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis to make Greece a member of
the EEC and improve Greek-Turkish relations.
4.- Regina Pagoulatou, 1920-2006 Regina Pagoulatou, an author of more than 17
books and a columnist of many Greek American newspapers, passed away in New York, on December 23. She was 86. Known for her "sharp pen", Regina
Pagoulatou was one of the strongest voices of the community, often criticizing the "bourgeois Gentilhomme" of our organizations and the "un-tasty
celebrations" of Greek Letters Day. She was born in 1920 in the village of Valsamata, Cephalonia and she attended High School in Amaliada,
Ilia. She immigrated to the United States in 1963.
5.- Hellenic Center to Be Created At Kimisis Church The holiday season
generates growth and new directions. Unexpected surprises occur. On Sunday, December 24th, a unique moment in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
America happened at the Kumises Tis Theotokou Church of Southampton, Long Island, New York. A filled parish was present to hear Ms. Coula Johnides
pledge one million dollars for the establishment of the first Center of Hellenic Learning in Eastern Long Island.
6.- AHEPA Mourns
President Ford's Passing - Gus J. James, II, international president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA),
a leading association for the nation's 1.2 million American citizens of Hellenic heritage, issued the following statement about the passing of the
38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford, on Tuesday, December 26, 2006: "We mourn the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford.
He served our nation with dignity and integrity at a crucial time in our history. "We're proud and honored that President Ford was a member
of our organization. He demonstrated significant outreach to the Greek-American community and truly fulfilled the ideals and principles of what it
means to be an Ahepan." The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and
family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.
7.- Ledra Bridge Demolition Commences Turkish
forces started On Friday the demolition of a footbridge, that was the stabling point in the reopening of Ledra Street crossing in Nicosia. The
demolition is expected to be concluded within a ten day period. Cypriot Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashardis announced that the
government submitted through the United Nations a proposal for dialogue with the Turkish Cypriot side, aiming at the opening of a crossing point at
Ledra street, one of Nicosia's commercial streets.
8.- AHI Executive Director N. Larigakis Completes Annual Trip to Greece
On November 22, 2006, American Hellenic Institute (AHI) Executive Director Nick Larigakis, began his annual trip to Athens by first
visiting Istanbul as part of the Archon pilgrimage on the occasion of the historic visit between Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Bartholomew (see
AHI Press Release No. 89, December 18, 2006).
9.- University of Maryland Hellenic Studies Endowment The Ambassador of the
Hellenic Republic, Mr. Alexandros Mallias, signed on behalf of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, a Memorandum of Understanding for the
establishment of a Hellenic Studies Endowment of the University of Maryland. Present at the signing ceremony that took place at the Embassy
were the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Hellenic Studies Program Professor John S. Baras, and the other members of the Committee, Ms. Mary
Baras, Mr. Alexandros Alexandrou, and Mr. Eleftherios Karmiris.
**** Hellenic Concerns: "The Semantics
of Hellenism"- By: Yvonne A. Montesantos
**** Archbishop Demetrios' New Year Message
*** Athens and Cyprus Exchange market