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AHEPA E-News Greek American News Digest. Kanter Presented with Inaugural AHEPA Human Rights Award. AHEPA Expands Footprint in Europe

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Kanter Presented withInaugural AHEPA Human Rights Award
AHEPA presented Enes Kanter, a professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers, with the 2021 AHEPA Human Rights Award, April 30, 2021, announced Supreme President George G. Horiates. Supreme President Horiates and Past Supreme Counselor Gregory Stamos presented the inaugural award to Kanter, who is of Turkish descent.
“It’s an honor to accept the first Human Rights award from @OrderOfAHEPA,” Kanter wrote in a tweet. “This is a huge step forward for building strong bridges between Turkey and Greece. Huge thanks to the Greek-American community.”
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AHEPA Expands Footprint in Europe
AHEPA welcomes its newest chapter in Europe, “Ioannis Kapodistrias” Chapter located in Geneva, Switzerland. Brother Alexandros Timotheou, a transfer member from Photios Photiades Chapter CY-4, Idalion, Cyprus, is the Geneva chapter’s first president. Its membership is comprised mostly of financial industry professionals.
With this latest addition, approved by the Supreme Lodge, AHEPA’s presence in Europe continues to grow and expand. More than 50 AHEPA chapters with approximately 1,400 members are active in nine European countries. Welcome, Brothers!
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Greek American News Digest

Olympia Dukakis, Oscar Winner for ‘Moonstruck,’ Dies at 89New York Times (May 1)
A veteran of the stage who also had a long list of film and TV credits, she was best known for playing characters who were worldly wise and world-weary. read more
More coverage: Hollywood Reporter“Like old times again” as Greece re-opens bars and restaurantsReuters (May 3)
Greece allowed restaurants and bars to open from Monday as it took a further step towards easing coronavirus restrictions ahead of the planned start of the tourist season on May 15. read more‘We Cannot Wait Until June’: Greece’s Reopening GambleNew York Times (May 4)
In easing its restrictions, the country, largely dependent on tourist dollars, has jumped ahead of a broader European Union plan to welcome visitors from outside the bloc. read morePresident Biden Sends Message of Solidarity to Orthodox ChristiansThe Greek Reporter (May 4)
US President Joe Biden expressed his solidarity with the Orthodox faithful who have been prosecuted in the past and remain under threat today, in a message sent to coincide with Orthodox Easter on May 2. read more
President Biden’s statementAfter Another Cyprus Talks Collapse, Anastasiades Walking AwayThe National Herald (May 3)
After the first round of soft talks in four years about how to reunify Cyprus fell apart in hours, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said he won’t sit down at the table again as long as Turkey and Turkish-Cypriots insist on two states. read moreMelina Kanakaredes “Returning Home” in Latest TV Project About a Greek Family Candy ShopThe Pappas Post (May 4)
In more ways than one, television star Melina Kanakaredes is returning home with her latest on-screen project called “Greek Candy,” a half-hour comedy series that is being developed for a free streaming service called IMDb TV, which is an Amazon service available online. read more
Commentary | The Iniochos military exercise in Greece is bad news for IranDefense News (May 1)
Greece hosted the Iniochos 2021 military exercise in April, welcoming military forces from the United States, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus and a number of other nations. In addition to improving military readiness and strengthening the ability of the respective militaries to work together, the exercise sent an unmistakable message to Iran that it has failed to isolate Israel. read more
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