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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

In anticipation of the 9th Int'l Conference on "EU, Turkey and the Kurds"

Dear Ladies & Gentlemen:

I hope you address the following questions at your 9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON "EU, TURKEY AND THE KURDS" to be held later in 2012.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

An excellent answer to Turkey's propagandist Amanda Paul

Charalambos Constantinides provides a truly excellent response to Amanda Paul, a journalist for AKP's, and thus the Turkey's state's, mouthpiece. Thank you Charalambos & congratulations! A must read!

Some reporters underestimate the memory and the knowledge οf their readers. Amanda Paul, for example [a journalist for AKP's mouthpiece, Today's Zaman], has come up with the unfounded, arbitrary statement that during the intercommunal talks "Greek Cypriots have been going at a slower pace than the Turkish Cypriots want".

Saturday, June 16, 2012

ROS-LEHTINEN: Time for Turkey to leave Cyprus in peace

Friday, June 15, 2012 | Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

Since its invasion of Cyprus in 1974, Turkey has claimed that it was acting as a protector and guarantor of the island’s security. But a closer examination of its actions on Cyprus indicates motivations of a very different character. Turkey’s invasion resulted in hundreds of thousands of Greek Cypriot refugees, who have been unable to return to their homes for almost 40 years. The international community has repeatedly condemned the illegal military occupation of Cyprus by Turkish troops. The United Nations Security Council has passed 75 resolutions calling for Turkey to allow Greek Cypriots to return to their homes and to withdraw its troops from Cyprus. Yet Turkey continues its occupation.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Why Islamism cannot be pluralistic - by Burak Bekdil

The shortcut answer is that Muslims can defend pluralism but political Islam will not -- unless, of course, for deception. Pluralistic thought has an avenue to survive in Islam the religion, but it does not have a space to breathe in Islam the political ideology. That is the heart of the matter in the political war between secular and non-secular Muslims; between Muslims who peacefully practice their faith and Islamists who violently and non-violently enforce their practices on others.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Letter to Hecate

to: Catherine.ASHTON
date: Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM
subject: Apathy or even worse?

To: The Honourable Catherine Ashton Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Dear Catherine,

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Confronting "independent" international experts

Responding to a number of inaccuracies and clear distortions of the truth in  Aphrodite’s Gift: Can Cypriot Gas Power a New Dialogue?  prepared by the International Crisis Group  Mr Charalambos Constantinides  addressed the following e-mail to ICG. An excellent read!

I have read with interest your above referenced report, but I was buffled by the repeated reference to the Greek Cypriot government when you should be referring to the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.

I am sure you know that the Greek Cypriots represent one of the two communities, be it the largest one (82%) living on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, which comprises the whole of the island of Cyprus, save for the area covered by the two Sovereign British Bases.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Both Republics, Turkey (RoT) and Cyprus (RoC) are in need for a constitutional overhaul, Aristotle's very definition of a 'revolution'. Both Republics are unitary states struggling with properly addressing the rights of their largest ethnic minority community. Both ethnic minorities constitute circa 20% of the respective populations. Both suffered, and in the case of Turkey still suffer, at the hands of the majority. In both, Turkey has the power to enforce/influence a solution. It seems to me these two problems should be studied in unison. No?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

No less for us than for the Kurds

Kudret Ozersay
"We will never accept less rights for the Turkish Cypriots in the Republic of Cyprus than Turkey sees fit for the Kurds of the Republic of Turkey!"

That would be some statement, wouldn't it?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tell Turkey: End the Occupation of Cyprus Now

Nearly 38 years ago, Turkey illegally invaded the island of Cyprus, seizing 38% of its land and forcing hundreds of thousands of Cypriots from their homes. To this day, there are some 40,000 Turkish troops occupying the northern part of Cyprus. That’s more troops than the U.S. has in Iraq and almost half of the troops the U.S. has in Afghanistan. With tens of thousands of armed troops in an area about the size of Rhode Island, occupied Cyprus is one of the most highly militarized areas in the entire world.

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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.