Saturday, August 22, 2015

Going Back to The Problem is Not Τhe Solution

Turkish Cypriots want to solve their Turkish problem by fully backing a return to 1960. I tell them and their sympathizers, 1960 was laden was provocative privileges which led to Cyprus' woes over the last half century. 1960 is neither enough nor acceptable. We need a solution that solves Cyprus' problem, not Turkish Cypriots' problem, who allowed themselves to be played like fools by the UK and "Turkey". The right solution is a 1963+. In other words, a unitary constitution without zones, without privileges for any minority community, without equality as tCs understand it, and above all without separate votings and other apartheid clauses. It may be hard for Turkish Cypriots to either understand or accept it, but in the end it is in their best interest as well. It's hypocritical to ask for imperialists to get out while at the same time their imperialist ideas to stay. Last, to that pathetic minority of Greek Cypriots that may think that Turkish Cypriots have no rights on Cyprus, I say "kiss my Byzantine ass"!    

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

For Kurdish youth in Turkey, autonomy is no longer enough | The Christian Science Monitor

Youth in Diyarbakir, the Kurdish 'capital' in Turkey's southeast, have been celebrating triumphs on the battlefield and at the ballot box, even as a peace process with Turkey unravels.

By Dominique Soguel, Correspondent AUGUST 17, 2015

DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY — In her flowing dress, leather sandals, and sunglasses, Ozgur Yesha, whose name means “Live Free” in Turkish, looks a lot like an American hippie from the sixties.

The teenager doesn’t strike you as someone ready to rush off to battle. Still, her parents lose sleep over the idea that she might run off with the peshmerga, the Kurdish fighters rolling back Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.

Her ideological zeal exceeds that of her parents and is emblematic of a generational divide among Turkey’s Kurds that is crystallizing in a time of turmoil. In recent months, Kurds have celebrated victories over IS across the border in Syria and made unprecedented political gains in Turkish elections, only to see the unraveling of a three-year peace process between Turkey and the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party, or PKK.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Book essay: The Bloody Truth about Cyprus | Europe News

28 April 2011 - a book essay by Henrik R. Clausen on:
Bloody Truth, Nicosia, March 2009. ISBN 9789963962204 (free PDF book in both Greek and English)

The apparently endless stalemate on Cyprus is getting a thorough treatment in the publication by the organization “Freedom and Justice for Cyprus”.

While the documentation of what went down through the 1960's and 1970's is shocking and brutal, the real coup of the book is that it goes back to the 1950's, once and for all settling the question of who originally created the conflict in Cyprus: It wasn't the 'Turkish' Cypriots. Nor was it Turkey. It was, documentably, Great Britain.

The book has a cover as brutal as the title, an image of Cyprus with blood dripping from the north into the southern part. Based on this, one might expect it to contain a vitriolic anti-Turkish diatribe, but this isn't really the case. In spite of some linguistic excesses, such as the phrase “The Turkish Propaganda Machine”, the book in general sticks to the documentation of events and developments on the ground, and thus becomes a valuable resource for understanding the current stalemate, as well as for assessing the merits of various proposed solutions.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Turkey's Racism Problem | Gatestone Institute

by Uzay Bulut, August 16, 2015 - Turkey's authorities keep saying that the Turkish "security" forces do what they do -- arrest or kill Kurds -- only when Kurds carry out "terrorist" activities, or only when the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attacks targets in Turkey. Nothing, however, could be farther from the truth. Turkey's attacks against Kurds have always been intense, even when the PKK declared unilateral ceasefires.

Regarding 2014, when there were no clashes between the Turkish military and the PKK, Faysal Sariyildiz, a Kurdish MP for the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), said, "During the last year, regarding the Kurdish issue, 3,490 people have been taken into custody, 880 people have been arrested and 25 people have been killed with police bullets."

Saturday, August 15, 2015

We must be free to hurt Muslims’ feelings | Spiked

Except belly dancing & the Americas' discovery! 
Antifon's note: We must be free to hurt Turkish Cypriots' feelings!

12 AUGUST 2015 - Following the hacking to death of yet another Bangladeshi secularist blogger, a Bangladeshi police chief has come up with an idea for how these gruesome murders might be halted: secularists should stop criticising religion. Yes, according to Shahidul Haque, the problem is not the machetes being wielded by the intolerant Islamists who can handle no questioning of their beliefs; no, it’s the blasphemous words being published on the blogs of secularists, atheists and free thinkers. If only these people would stop expressing their beliefs, or their lack of belief, then they wouldn’t run the risk of being slaughtered. They ‘crossed the line’, said Haque. If they would just stop ‘hurting religious sentiment’, then they’d be okay.

Friday, August 14, 2015

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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.