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Seven Dead as Buildings Collapse, Tsunami Hits Turkish Coast After Aegean Earthquake

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale struck just under the  Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, causing a great deal of damage in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir (Smyrna) and the Greek island...

Rare 1919 Photo of Greeks in Smyrna Ready to Welcome Hellenic Fleet

On May 14, 1919, thousands of Greeks of Smyrna wore their best clothes and rushed to the city's seafront to get a glimpse of the Hellenic navy. On that day what was for centuries, the Greek metropolis in Asia...

Turkey's Erdogan Elevates Anti-Greek Rhetoric

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rhetoric appears to be coming to an anti-Greek crescendo as he campaigns for his ruling party's candidates in the upcoming March 31 local elections. Speaking in Smyrna (Izmir) on Sunday he used extreme nationalist rhetoric...

Aristotle Onassis: The Triumph of the Ultimate Underdog

Aristotle Onassis was one of the richest men in history and certainly one of the most famous Greeks in the entire world during the 20th century. How did this young boy from Smyrna manage to amass a fortune while becoming...

Turkey's Erdogan Threatens to "Throw Greeks Into the Sea" (video)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his recent spate of hostile rhetoric against the Greek people by threatening to throw them into the sea. The remarks were made during a speech he gave in Smyrna (Izmir) on Saturday. Erdogan quoted...

Erdogan Claims Greeks Burned Smyrna in 1922

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan unofficially kicked off his re-election campaign on Saturday by trying to revise history in claiming that the destruction of the city of Smyrna in 1922 was the work of the Greeks. Speaking at the Chamber of Commerce...

Armenian Genocide Remembered on April 24 (video)

The starting date of the Armenian Genocide is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported from Constantinople (now Istanbul) to the region of Ankara 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals...

Jet Crash Kills Turkish Military Pilots

Turkey's military has confirmed that two of its pilots were killed on Friday morning near Smyrna when their training jet crashed. The SF-260D craft went down after taking off from the Cigli/Izmir 2nd Main Jet Base.  Wreckage was found about three kilometers...

Arson Attempt at Greek Consulate Building in Smyrna

Unknown assailants tried to set fire to the Greek Consulate building in Smyrna on New Year's Eve, a Kathimerini newspaper report says. The "Emmanouil Kapetanakis" house on the historic waterfront of Smyrna, is the building that has been hosting the Greek...

100-Year-Old Shipwreck Discovered in Gulf of Izmir Could Be From ‘Great Fire of Smyrna’

A fifth shipwreck to date was recently uncovered in the Gulf of  Izmir according to Professor Muhammet Duman from Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) Marine Action in Science and Technology Institute. The professor says that the shipwreck is at least 100-years-old...