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Fear over ‘Mafia rule’ in north By @EsraAygin

Fear over ‘Mafia rule’ in north By @EsraAygin

A spate of underworld-style crimes in recent weeks has sparked off questions over police inaction and reignited the public debate on the casino-nightclub-mafia triangle in the northern part of Cyprus. The Turkish Cypriot community was shaken by a slew of almost simultaneous arsons on the same night earlier this week on two auto showrooms and

Feelings of mistrust

By Esra Aygin The attack on several Turkish Cypriots by a group of young Greek Cypriot extremists and allegations that Greek Cypriot police stood by without intervening, has revealed deep-lying insecurities and feelings of mistrust among Turkish Cypriot society. “At a time when we are making such a big effort for a solution, the biggest

Point of no return

More than three months after an agreement by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades to open a crossing point in Dherynia, the sides are at a deadlock over the route to be used for the crossings. “As the political leadership, we made a decision to open the Dherynia crossing point,”

The water from southern Turkey will arrive by the end of 2015

By Esra Aygin The first drop of water through an 80 kilometre trans-Mediterranean pipeline from southern Turkey to the north will arrive by the end of 2015, according to Birol Çınar of Turkey’s State Waterworks. Despite delays, the ambitious water transfer project to supply the occupied north with 75 million cubic metres of drinking and