Saturday, November 22, 2014

Beware Cyprus repeat at Faslane by GEORGE KEREVAN | The Scotsman

HMS Ambush at the Faslane naval base. Picture: PA12-7-2013 - BRITAIN has previous form with sovereign base areas, but this time it could be used to exact a heavy price in any independence talks, writes George Kerevan

DOWNING Street has been quick to pour cold water on media reports that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is toying with the notion of declaring the Trident nuclear submarine base in the Firth of Clyde a “sovereign base area”, in the event of Scottish voters opting for independence. Effectively, this would mean Faslane and its nuclear stockpile remaining under British sovereignty, controlled by the MoD itself.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey's Bark and Bite | Burak Bekdil

November 21 2014 - Turkey's prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, expressed pride on Nov. 11, that "Turkey was the [world's] loudest voice against Israel's actions."

"From here, I once more call on Israel and Israel's brutal rulers: Don't you dare considering resuming these attacks against al-Quds [Jerusalem] and the al-Aqsa Mosque, regarding ... internal turmoil and tension in the Islamic world as an opportunity. Even if everyone remains silent, the government of the Republic of Turkey will not keep silent," Davutoglu said.

"Moses is Moses, Jesus is Jesus and business is business," a Western ambassador in Ankara said after shyly smiling at Davutoglu's televised speech. He was right.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Vision or Nightmare?

Leadership requires vision, then working your way backwards to determine the steps that can make it happen.

BBF or better known as BA is a UK-US designed, "Turkey"-produced nightmare.

Trying to get there is like a labyrinth, a maze with an entry but no exit. And that is why after 40 years we are still at the entrance & every attempt to find an exit has failed. An exit does not exist. This feature was no mistake. It was the very design.

European Parliament resolution on Turkish actions creating tensions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus

10-11-14 The European Parliament,
–   having regard to its resolution of 12 March 2014 on the 2013 progress report on Turkey(1),
–   having regard to the General Affairs Council conclusions of 17 December 2013,
–   having regard to the statement of 7 October 2014 by the spokesperson for the President of the European Council,
–   having regard to the Turkey Progress Report 2014, of 8 October 2014,
–   having regard to the European Council conclusions of 24 October 2014,
–   having regard to Rule 123(2) and (4) of its Rules of Procedure,

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Turkey's Kurds & Cyprus' tCypriots

As either unitary state or federation solutions are discussed as replacements to Cyprus' 1960 and Turkey's 1923 unworkable constitutions, should we abide by "if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurdish community (circa 23% of population) then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' tCypriot community too (circa 15%), and vice versa." Is the adoption of this fair logic the catalyst to securing just solutions for both UN countries.