EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): The AHEPA Organization spent its first 100 years running away from any major political issue affecting Greece and Cyprus. They were nowhere to be found during decades of struggle the Greek-American community gave for Cyprus and the Name of Macedonia. Why? Because they were a non-profit and their Charter prohibited political action, they said. They were afraid to lose their non-profit status, they explained. Meanwhile, many other non-profit organizations (Jewish, Armenian, etc.) did everything possible to help their maternal homelands. Not AHEPA… They were strictly “cultural” and “educational”…
Recently things seem to have changed. AHEPA re-emerged as a pawn of the State Department. Obviously, they consulted different lawyers and changed their charter? They now appear to be supporting the relationship between the two countries only when it fits the plans of the State Department. Many Jewish organizations are ready to show their teeth to the State Department establishment in order to support Israel’s causes. Not AHEPA… They will support “deep state” causes (in their “screwed-up” mentality “deep state” equals America). And they do not give a dime for the real interests of Greece.
EXAMPLE: Recently they visited Alexandroupolis – just because the “intelligence operative” Jeffrey Pyatt (sorry, he is not a diplomat and he proved it) said so. Our main photograph and the news below say it all… They visited American and Greek soldiers at the local base and stressed the geostrategic importance of Alexandroupolis. Oh, I forgot, they cut the ribbon for an AHEPA museum…
QUESTION: Three times over the last four months, both Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov stressed to PM Mitsotakis and FM Dendias the dangers Alexandroupolis poses (and they named the town specifically), explaining that this base is aimed at Russia and it is a major threat to its security. We are hoping a wider war will be avoided but in case our worst fears materialize, Alexandroupolis will be a prime target of Russian hypersonic missiles – and we all saw how effective these missiles were in Western Ukraine… What would AHEPA do when the missiles kill hundreds of Greeks and Americans in Alexandroupolis? They would shamelessly start fundraising along with GOARCH, pocket some of the proceeds (GOARCH pockets 80% of fundraising!!), and send the rest of the money to the victims? Who would want their money then?
Do they realize that both Israel and Turkey stayed neutral in the Ukraine-Russia conflict? Why did they do that? Because they have a serious interest to keep their relationship with Russia on working terms, functional… Does AHEPA think that Greece, with 1,000 years of cultural and other ties with Russia and with the same common geopolitical enemy, Turkey, does not have the same or even bigger reasons to maintain a good relationship with Russia – despite a general disagreement with the invasion of Ukraine?
Does AHEPA realize how many times during the last 50 years the Russian intervention in the UN Security Council saved the day for Cyprus? What will they do next time we need Russia to oppose the British and State Dept. plans to make Cyprus an eparchy of Turkey? They will do NOTHING because they do not care about Cyprus. They only care about their country clubs and their “photo-ops”…
Dear AHEPA “leaders”, in the first year you tried some political action, your 101st year, you managed to damage the interests of Greece… Never mind that the puppet Mitsotakis did the same. Your position as AHEPA, as an organization of the Greek Diaspora, should be based on different criteria. Greek Diaspora has always been the “Noah’s Ark of Hellenism”. But you are a clueless county club of people who do not really care about Greece or Hellenism.
One hundred years ago, at the year of your inception, after the Great Catastrophe of 1922, which was a result of the Bolsheviks of Russia helping Kemal Ataturk to expel millions of Greeks from Asia Minor by committing Genocide (many of the victims were your grandfathers!!), Winston Churchill, then a minister in the British government, was asked why the Allies did not support Greece against Ataturk – and his answer was stunning: “This is the price the useful idiots have to pay in order for our goals to be achieved!!!”… Do I need to remind you that in 1919 Greece had sent two full divisions of war-ready men to fight the Russians/Bolsheviks in Crimea/Ukraine?
AHEPA “leaders”, you are the “useful idiots” now and you should be ashamed!!
BELOW enjoy the AHEPA “photo-ops”… We are hoping not to have to republish these photos when our worst fears materialize…
Led by Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas, the annual AHEPA Family Leadership Excursion is underway in Greece. In a series of high-level meetings with government officials, the delegation met with: President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (more here), U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt, President of the Hellenic Parliament Konstantinos Tasoulas, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias, Health Minister Thanos Plevris, Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Katsaniotis, and Secretary General for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy Prof. John Chrysoulakis.
The delegation also received a detailed defense briefing by Greece’s Minister of National Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos and General Konstantinos Floros, who is the chief of the Hellenic National General Staff, at the Ministry of Defense (Greek Pentagon).
At each meeting, the officials conveyed appreciation and commended AHEPA and the Daughters of Penelope for the important roles the organizations play in strengthening and promoting U.S.-Greece relations. They also congratulated AHEPA on its centennial anniversary.
“We are very grateful for all of the government officials’ time and thank them for their recognition of the AHEPA family’s work,” Supreme President Kokotas said. “We appreciated the fruitful discussion that aimed to advance the U.S.-Greece strategic partnership, especially people-to-people ties.”
Prior to arriving in Athens, the delegation visited Alexandroupoli for the dedication of an AHEPA Museum. The renovated building where the museum is housed in a post-World War II former AHEPA medical center built in 1948. The delegation also met American and Greek military personnel (pictured) working at the port to transport equipment to the region
Accompanying Supreme President Kokotas on the Greece portion of the trip are: DOP Grand President Kathy Bizoukas, Chairman of the Board Nicholas A. Karacostas, PSP; AHEPA Canada President Emmanuel Constas, Supreme Vice President Louis G. Atsaves, Supreme Secretary Savas Tsivikos, Supreme Governor Yiannis Mitropoulos, PSP George G. Horiates, DOP Hellas Liaison Maria Sofianou, AHEPA District 25 Governor Kostas Varsamis, AHEPA Executive Director Basil Mossaidis, and DOP Executive Director Elena Saviolakis.
Η ηγεσία της AHEPA και της AUSA στο λιμάνι της Αλεξανδρούπολης
Το λιμάνι της Αλεξανδρούπολης επισκέφθηκαν μέλη της ΑΗΕΡΑ και τις ΑUSA από ΗΠ και Ευρώπη, σε μια κίνηση που πιστοποιεί τις άριστες ελληνοαμερικανικές σχέσεις και αναδεικνύει την πολύτιμη προσφορά της χώρας μας στις ειρηνευτικές επιχειρήσεις.
Οι επίσημοι προσκεκλημένοι συναντήθηκαν με προσωπικού του Αμερικάνικου Στρατού και Έλληνες αξιωματικούς των Σ.Α. που εδρεύουν και εργάζονται στις νέες εγκαταστάσεις.
Ξεναγήθηκαν και ενημερώθηκαν από τους ανώτερους αξιωματικούς για τη δραστηριότητες της βάσης αλλά και για την τεράστια γεωπολιτική αξία που έχει το λιμάνι τόσο για τη ΝΑ Ευρώπη όσο και για τη Μεσόγειο.
Παρόντες στην πολύ σημαντική επίσκεψη ήταν ο Ύπατος Πρόεδρος της ΑΗΕΡΑ Jimmy Kokkotas, ο πρώην Ύπατος Πρόεδρος Γιώργος (George) Χωριάτης, ο Γενικός Γραμματέας Association of the US ARMY στην Ελλάδα Ανδρέας Ζαπουνίδης ο Ύπατος Ταμίας Savvas Tsivikos, ο εκτελεστικός διευθυντής Basil Mossaidis, o Πρόεδρος της επιστροπής Εθνικών Θεμάτων AHEPA Zenon Christodoulou ο Ύπατος Κυβερνήτης Ευρώπης Γιάννης Μητρόπουλος o Κωνσταντίνοs Βαρσάμηs Κυβερνήτηs της Περιφέρειας Ελλάδας ΑΗΕΡΑ και ο Χρήστος Καραπιπέρης Αντικυβερνήτης, η κ. Δήμητρα Κιακού μέλος της Association of the US ARMY και πρόεδρος του γυναικείου τμήματος “MeTera” Θυγατέρων της Πηνελόπης από τη Στουτγάρδη, καθώς και αρκετοί αξιωματούχοι της ΑΗΕΡΑ από την Αλεξανδρούπολη και την υπόλοιπη Ελλάδα.
Ακολούθησαν τα εγκαίνια του Μουσείου προσφοράς της οργάνωσης ΑΗΕΡΑ, «ΑΗΕPA Relief Museum».
Το ιστορικό αυτό κτίριο, παραδόθηκε στους κατοίκους της πόλης το 1946, ως δωρεά από το «Greek War Relief Fund», του οποίου ιδρυτικό μέλος ήταν η ΑΗΕΡΑ, για να στεγάσει τις υγειονομικές ανάγκες πρωτοβάθμιας φροντίδας.