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The apparition of the 1980s

The apparition of the 1980s

By Michalis S Michael As the hype over a settlement in Cyprus intensifies – often accompanied by the creeping realisation of the insurmountable difficulties that stubbornly stand in its way – we might like to draw parallels with a not-too-dissimilar period: that of the 1980s. During this period, the fluid nature of Cypriot society and

3+1 future scenarios for Cyprus

By Michalis S Michael Since the collapse of the Annan Plan in 2008 – the contention being that its finality was rendered during Demetris Christofias presidency– we are able to visualise, more clearly, the contradictory trajectory of Cyprus’s peace talks. By using the Burkean dictum that ‘those who ignore the past are condemned to repeat

Turkophilia and Turkophobia

By Dr. Michalis S. Michael Flying into Istanbul for the first time in 2009 I was overcome by a trepidation born from centuries of cultural inhibitions and an almost Cartesian rendition for the ‘Unspeakable Turk’. If someone had told me, even a few years before, that a Greek Cypriot refugee from Ayios Epiktitos, Kyrenia, would