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By Peter Stevenson MEMBERS of Volunteer Doctors Cyprus have treated around 350 people at their free clinic in Nicosia since it opened three months ago, while two more, one in Paphos and one in Polis are due to open today. Limassol also has a free clinic, which was opened only last month, and plans have been drawn ...
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SOME 10 days ago, foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides raised expectations by announcing the possibility of a deal with Turkey for the opening of the fenced off area of Famagusta, for the return of its inhabitants. In exchange the Cyprus government would agree to the opening of Tymbou airport to direct flights. ...
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By George Psyllides PRIVATE auditors have expressed doubt the electricity authority (EAC) could be considered a going concern and have asked its board to draft a credible plan to tackle the problem, according to the auditor-general’s 2012 report on the semi-state company. Among other issues, ...
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Where are the media when it comes to human rights

GREEK JUDGE ON HUNGER STRIKE – the good thing about blogs is they bring to light stories most media dare not touch. Former judge, Maria Margariti attempted a hunger strike protest outside the main government building in Athens. Immediately the former judge was accosted by plain clothes security guards, who, after consultation with higher authorities, then reversed their rather draconian behaviour. Check the event as it happened on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLF1m_6dg_g. Maria Margariti exposed corruption in northern Greece, where a court house was being used for trafficking and illegal adoption. It’s astounding that no Greek media gave coverage to this stark violation of human rights. The only place that featured it was the BBC, and after they left, Maria Margariti was escorted to a police station. So much for justice! Shame on the media for being so insensitive to human rights issues.

EURO FINALE – with the semis now over, the final looked like a predictable result. You didn’t have to be a prophet to forecast Spain would beat Russia, after all in the first round the score between the same teams was 4-1. The Germany – Turkey semi was a different matter entirely with end to end action and plenty of tension and controversy. You have to admire the Turkish team for going so far, even though they lost 3-2 to a German side that showed great form in the second half. What let Turkey down was a rather sloppy second half and some regretful mistakes by veteran goalkeeper Rustu Recber. Tomorrow’s final between Spain and Germany will either be a cracker of a game, if both sides rise to the occasion and play really attacking football, or it might also go the other way. A yawn of match, 0-0 ending in penalties and sudden death shoot out. It’s such a silly way to decide who wins, after all that, one fatal penalty human error can cost the Euro Championship. I think if football games at this level become so
predictable and boring the penalty shoot out should happen at the start of the final and then a match should happen. It would make things much more challenging. It’s a shame David Villa will be out of the final with a thigh injury, his absence may be costly against a German side that is functioning so well as a team.

THE POWER OF JULY – I find it hard to believe that such intensive talks are occurring on the Cyprus Problem in this our historically darkest of months. Not that the talks should be stalled or cancelled so we can all go to our respective rallies ‘celebrating’ or ‘mourning’ and throwing yet more metaphorical hatred on each other. We might, however, just witness the repetitious weight of these historical events and see a temporary change in atmosphere. The Annan Plan, in its final stages suffered a similar fate during a time when Greek Cypriots engaged in all kinds of ‘nationalist’ and religious reflectionism – 26th March, 1st April and Orthodox Easter. By the end of the process the impact of all this was inevitable with ‘No’ fanatics likening ‘Yes’ voters to ‘Judas’ ‘the bible’ and ‘treachery’. Let’s hope both Christofias and Talat consider the sensitiveness of July and refrain from turning the clocks back.

POPULISM AND REFERENDUMS - of course all of the above may become a minor detail as the highly visible and deliberately controversial premier of France, Nicolas Sarkozy insists on the French public having a referendum for anything relating to the EU. On the surface of things, this may appear truly democratic, and as an aside I say good on the Irish for casting their vote on a Euro Constitution which may take us all down that ‘laissez faire’ route of globalised corporate work relations. But this move by the French premier will cost Cyprus dearly if the French public vetoes Turkey’s entry into the EU. I am not in any way suggesting that Turkey should have a blank ticket to entry, as that appears to be what President George Bush has rather naively insisted on for two presidential terms, and that kind of policy turns the whole EU into a complete and utter sham. But if Turkey can meet all the entry criteria, then that achievement should not be sacrificed by key EU leaders like Sarkozy, who may bow to a shortsighted
sense of populism. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that if a referendum was held in the Republic of Cyprus on the same said issue that the result would be a resounding ‘No’ to Turkey’s EU entry. This move however would be fatal, leading to heightened tensions on the island resulting in a complete change of mood and climate. It is hoped Nicolas Sarkozy will see the limitations of being a populist on this issue and if our close ties with France diplomatically are as effective as some people claim, then we should be engaging in a constructive dialogue, not only with France, but other EU states which may choose the same tactical referendum method.


(Source: Cyprus Mail)



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