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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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Cyprus Internet Directory [ From the sublime to the ridiculous ]

From the sublime to the ridiculous

REGGATA TOU GREEK: ‘Let’s go Hawaii’ declares a rather cheesy take on reggae by Alkistis Protopsalti – who let’s face it, is not exactly Rita Marley when it comes to singing deep rooted sufferation music.

Reggae has always been a rather underground scene in Greece, at least for the last two decades. More recently, it’s increased in popularity and hence the success of going to ‘Hawaii’. Nothing could be further from the truth of the music than a song bleating on about jet setting to the other side of the earth for a romantic weekend.

As expected, there is another version. The original melody, ‘It’s a Pity’ by Tanya Stephens, is a grinding acerbic plea for another woman’s man with plenty of doses of guilty contemplation. With a bass line link to Gregory Isaacs’ classic ‘Night Nurse’, Tanya’s tune is heaviness compared to a lightweight version in Greek.

All good though I guess, in these globalised cross culturalised times. Reggae in Greece has its own dynamic. De Traces, THC Sound System, Professor Skank and Anna Mystic may not be household Pan Hellenised names. In many ways that’s not what these pioneers ever wanted to be. May be they’ll leave that chameleon style to star system people like Protopsaltis.

SOCCER TRIBES was an argument first posited by Desmond Morris back in the 1980s. While it’s tempting to go all native and play anthropology at The Emirates, equating scarf clad ‘Gooners’ with Amazonians carrying anaconda snakes, it’s also superficial just to take soccer culture at face value, just as innocent graphic content.

Watching Spurs’ rather heroic 4-4 draw with Chelsea in mid week, I couldn’t help but notice a fan behind the corner flag each time Lampard took a corner. How could you miss him? Lampard’s composure was admirable. After all, Oooh aaargh oooh aarrgh Cantona once dived into the stands flying foot kung fu style after a fan abused his honour and family authenticity. So as Frank Lampard did his run-up, the Spurs fan chanted a highly offensive epithet referring to alleged masturbatory activities in the most loud and slow motion manner imaginable. The scene could be debated textually ad infinitum, but there was this mark of hatred in the fan’s eyes, which makes that exercise seem rather pointless. He was just another macho footie fan hurling abuse, performing to a camera in front of millions, attempting to pour verbal sulphuric acid on the Chelsea striker.
What goes on off the pitch is just as vital as what happens on it. Ashley Cole’s vainness at playing it ‘street’ after going in foot to shin against Hutton deserved a red and not a yellow card. How can a player simply turn his back on a referee and imply ‘OK sucker, can you read the name and number’? Imagine any of us say doing that to a member of the local constabulary after being pulled over for a spot check late one night. ‘Yes koumbare my name’s on the ID – read it for yourself!’

There is something inherently wrong with seeing fans  and footballers as just competing tribes and teams. I’d even go one step further.  One of the main reasons Cyprus is plagued with mindlessness in the sport, both on and off the pitch, is that the perpetrators themselves are never dealt with. It’s almost as if we have to wait for a major tragedy to occur before anything happens.

A bunch of APOEL goose steppers attacks a car passing by their fiefdom near Kennedy Ave in Nicosia. The crime of the perpetrators goes unpunished. It’s OK for them to vandalise. But the fact that the Turkish Cypriots in the car escaped unhurt is miraculous. The irresponsibleness of certain Homo Sapiens is a disgrace to humanity.

WHY DO FASCISTS still wear black shirts! On the eve of a meeting between leaders Christofias and Talat, around 20 black shirted mask wearers decided violently to disrupt student elections taking place at the University of Cyprus. What to do with these self-styled political yobbos? Some say ban them, as fascism as a practice and ideology inflicted death and destruction on the world and should never be allowed to rule again anywhere on the planet. Banning, however, somehow elevates their unworthy cause to that of the oppressed. Yet some form of action must be taken against individuals who believe violence is the only avenue for expressing political opinion. A good starting point would be if any of them were actually students at The University of Cyprus (doubtful given their overall lack of educational comprehension and intellectual tolerance), to suspend them from their courses as a punishment for their illegal and un-student-like conduct.

If they are not students, then the University itself needs to address the issue of security on its campus as a high priority concern. Out and out fascists who think violence is the only way to get the message across have no place in a University environment where freedom to express and discuss is of paramount value. At a time when Cyprus can and must go forward, the failings of the past should not limit the potential of a common future. There is no place for fascism on the peaceful horizon of Cyprus any more. Be they Grey Wolves or Golden Dawners – the only place for them is the dustbin of history along with Hitler and Mussolini.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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