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Who dares abolish the Archbishop’s name day?

ALL SCHOOLS in the Republic of Cyprus had a holiday last Thursday because it was Archbishop Chrysostomos’ name-day. In 21st century Cyprus children still get a day off school to celebrate a living priest’s name-day. This is not a celebration of a national hero, a great benefactor or some fount of wisdom (the name-days of such people are not honoured), but of an undistinguished priest who managed, through sordid wheeler-dealing, to become head of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus. Why are the schools of a supposedly secular state honouringRead More


Never-ending story of demagoguery and fairytales

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LAST WEEK TUESDAY the general manager of Noble Energy (Cyprus) John Tomich put an end to the fairy-tale about the construction of a LNG terminal in Cyprus – a fairy-tale that had been served to the people of this country by all our political wizards in the last three years. Speaking at The Economist conference in Nicosia, Tomich surprised our politicians and journalists by stating that the quantities of gas found did not justify the construction of a liquefaction terminal on land or sea. This served as another reminder ofRead More


Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on the joint efforts by Egypt, Greek Cypriot Republic of Cyprus and Greece to improve relations

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Last Saturday a summit of cooperation was held in Cairo between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece that is hoped to improve Egypt’s relations with the European Union (EU), most of whose members disapproved of the removal of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the military last year. Both Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and [Greek] Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades assured Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that their countries would work as ‘Egypt’s ambassadors’ to the EU in order to improve the country’s ties with the union. Arguing that Egypt’s relations withRead More


RoC says 170-200 Cypriot-plated pickups used in IS Militants after passing over Green Line

Reading an online report on http://basnews.com/ I was staggered to read this headline: IS Militants Using Cypriot Cars in Operations Pishtiwan Jaf BasNews, Athens The article stated that ‘Concern has arisen among security services in Cyprus after they received information that IS Militants are using cars with Cypriot number plates in the war in Syria and Iraq. According to Greek Media, between 170-200 pickups are being used by IS as mounts for heavy machine guns. But the question remains as to how IS militants were able to transport the vehiclesRead More


Random Ramblings

Thank-you, Nicos Anastasiades, for the best Bayram present EVER! On 7th October (the last day of the four day Islamic Kurban Bayram – Feast of the Sacrifice), the Greek Cypriot President, Nicos Anastasiades, gave the TRNC president, Derviş Eroğlu, the best Bayram present EVER!  He threw all of his toys out of his pram, and then withdrew himself and the rest of the Greek Cypriot team from the Cyprus ”peace” talks! If President Eroğlu were a Christian, and it was December 25th, he would be able to proclaim “yes, Virginia,Read More


Is Anastasiades using an excuse for his unilateral withdrawal from talks?

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Does RoC president still think he governs the whole island? Is he saying that he will not talk to Eroğlu until Turkey obeys him? It was announced earlier this week by Cyprus News Agency [CAN] and Cyprus Mail that the Greek Cypriot President of the Republic of Cyprus [RoC], Nicos Anastasiades, has pulled out of talks with the Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu for the time being. The announcement was made by AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou after a meeting at the palace with South Cyprus political party leaders. The island’sRead More


Ozdil Nami expresses his views and concerns via The Washington Times

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Özdil Nami – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Dear Reader, I would like to provide you with information regarding the on-going negotiation process in Cyprus between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sides and also provide general information about our country. In order to fully comprehend the reasons behind the Cyprus problem and the negotiation process to find a lasting settlement, it is necessary to have an understanding about the genesis of the problem. The Republic of Cyprus was founded in 1960 in accordance with international treaties. The Turkish Cypriot andRead More


Political crisis can arise in South Cyprus because of economic situation

Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros reported that  relations between Greek Cypriot administration and opposition parties are getting  tense because of the worsening  economic situation in South Cyprus and a political crisis can arise at any moment. Pointing to the bad relations between the sides at present, the newspaper reported that all the signs are indicating that a big conflict is approaching  with  consequences that is hard to estimate. It also reported  that the conflict between the administration  and the opposition concerning the law on the sales of mortgaged properties might bringRead More