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My Dad Was a CIA Spy in Greece — But Not a Thug

by Leslie Absher When I was just a baby, my father was sent to Greece for his first field assignment with the CIA. It was the summer of 1966 when we arrived, nine months before the military coup led...

Greek Singer Antonis Kalogiannis Dies at 81

Renowned Greek singer Antonis Kalogiannis passed away from cardiac arrest at the age of 81 at his house in Athens on Thursday. Kalogiannis was known for his powerful renditions of songs written by the famed composer Mikis Theodorakis. Born in the...

Woman Hit with Stiff Fine For Leaving Flower for Victims of Greek Uprising

A woman was fined 300 euros ($355.96) by Greek police on Tuesday after she left a flower at the site of the uprising at the Athens Polytechnic. In 1974, 24 young people resisting the right-wing military dictatorship in Greece...

Greek President Sakellaropoulou Commemorates Struggle Against Junta

President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou attended an event held on Friday for the heroes of the anti-dictatorship struggle, which was held in the former detention centres of a Greek military police interrogation unit that operated during the...

Athens Polytechnic Uprising: How Greek Students Overthrew a Coup

As of November 1973, it had been six and a half years since Greece had been placed under strict military rule. Opponents of the junta which took over in the April 21, 1967 coup had been tortured, jailed, exiled, or put...

Greek Student Who Set Himself on Fire for Freedom Remembered

Kostas Georgakis, a Greek student of geology who was attending university in Italy, set himself on fire in Genoa on September 19, 1970 as a protest against the Greek military dictatorship of the time. The 22-year-old's last words were "Long...

July 24, 1974: When Democracy Was Restored to Greece

The five days between July 20 and July 24, 1974 were the most turbulent, and the most decisive, in modern Greek history. The Turkish invasion to Cyprus, the collapse of the seven-year-long military junta, and the birth of the...

April 21, 1967: A Date Most Greeks Want to Forget

                                       (Makarezos, Pattakos, Papadopoulos) For the army colonels who overthrew the government and established a seven-year long cruel dictatorship, April 21, 1967...