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The spirit of reconciliation demands the truth

The spirit of reconciliation demands the truth

  Fifty-nine years ago this month, on May 23, 1958, Savvas Menikos, an Akel newspaper distributor, was captured by an Eoka group which had beaten him and tied him on a tree in the yard of a church in Lefkoniko. They accused him of being a traitor because of his refusal to accept Eoka’s authority

Cultural links doomed the talks

  The latest hurdle over the Enosis vote has highlighted the true depths of mistrust between the two sides By Hermes Solomon and Ozay Mehmet In 1955, a pious woman, much influenced by religious word-of-mouth historians, baked heavy loaves of bread in a stone oven heated with twigs collected from the dried out Pediaios riverbed before carrying them

A sample Cyprus history lesson

  The church has every reason to keep its control over history teaching. Its image would be shattered by the truth By George Koumoullis I have been overcome by a sense of fear, worry, futility, rage and sadness these days. It stems from the prospect that the political uproar about the Enosis referendum will in

What they (won’t) say about Enosis

by Giorgos Koukoumas, member of AKEL Central Committee Read the article in Greek at CyprusNews. Whether we view it as a tragedy or a comedy or merely a nationalist mask serving electoral expediencies, the decision of the House of Representatives does not cease constituting a political act. The timing, the messages it sends out, the

Utilising the ghost of Enosis

  By Yiannis Papadakis While the recent controversial parliament resolution regarding Enosis came to me as a shocking surprise, this was not the case with the Turkish Cypriot reaction. On February 10, the parliament passed a resolution to add a new school commemoration. Its purpose was to remind students of the 1950 Greek Cypriot plebiscite