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Middlebury Institute Honors Japanese-Speaking Greek-American Kafatos

Lefteris Kafatos will be one of three recipients of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies' Young Alumni Achievement Award from the Monterey, California school on May 16 this year, noted for his achievements and making an impact on the world in his field.

A graduate of the class of 2010, he is a Greek-American who went to Japan after graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, taking part in the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Program and spent nine years living and working in Japan, primarily as a translator.

While working as a reporter, he had the opportunity to interpret for a pair of kamikaze pilots who had survived the war, and this experience led to his pursuit of studies at the Institute.

After graduation, he began interpreting for the Office of Language Services (LS/I) at the U.S. State Department on a freelance basis, then jumping to working in the automotive industry before coming back to the State Department, serving on many diplomatic assignments. He believes language is one of the most powerful and human ways of bridging cultural divides. He also likes learning languages, visiting Greece, and also working on his yoga.


WASHINGTON, DC – AHEPA deeply mourns the passing of Past Supreme President and co-founder of AHEPA National Housing Corporation (ANHC) Nick Smyrnis.

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ANKARA - Turkey's swiveling between offering diplomacy or gunboats and demands that Greece take troops off its islands near Turkey's coast is roiling the waters between the countries and plans to hunt for energy.

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NEW YORK – Grammy-nominated artist Eric Alexandrakis announced his latest release due out on February 1, titled Good Girls Never Waltz With Me, another new genre-bending addition to his critically acclaimed TERRA series of releases.

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ATHENS – Five members of the World Hellenic Interparliamentary Association (WHIA), with Rhode Island State Senator Leonidas Raptakis as head of the group, visited Evros on January 12-13.


Despite Huge Volcano Blast, Tonga Avoids Widespread Disaster

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The blast from the volcano could be heard in Alaska, and the waves crossed the ocean to cause an oil spill and two drownings in Peru.