Author: İpek Özerim

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Niyazi Kızılyürek makes history as first Turkish Cypriot MEP

A Turkish Cypriot candidate for South Cyprus’ left-wing AKEL party has been elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Niyazi Kızılyürek was formally declared one of Cyprus’ six MEPs after European elections were held in the southern part of the island yesterday, Sunday 26 May. Following the results, Kızılyürek told the Cyprus News […]

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We remember: the extraordinary life and work of Türkan Saylan

One of Turkey’s most exceptional women passed away ten years ago today, 18 May 2009. Türkan Saylan was a doctor, educator and civil society activist, made famous first for her fight to eradicate leprosy and later for establishing Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği, ÇYDD (Association for the Support of Contemporary Living) to provide education for girls […]

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What’s at stake in Sunday’s local elections in Turkey?
 

On Sunday, 31 March, voters across all 81 provinces in Turkey head to the polls to select their local representatives, from city council leaders to village heads. It will be the country’s first elections since last year’s Presidential Elections that the incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won in the first round. Since then the country has […]

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Turkish Cypriots, UN Resolution 186 of 4 March 1964, and the start of the embargoes

Fifty five years ago today, the United Nations (UN) Security Council passed a resolution, the ramifications of which continues to be felt decades later. Three years after the independence of Cyprus from British rule, leaders of the Greek Cypriot community initiated their notorious Akritas Plan, which aimed to overthrow the power-sharing arrangement between themselves and […]

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Greek Cypriot police mocked after asparagus car raid at border, draws comparisons with ‘Narcos’

On the eve of a new round of talks between the two Cypriot leaders, one unexpected issue dominated the headlines on the island: the seizure of a Turkish Cypriot’s vehicle at the Metehan/ Ayios Dhometios checkpoint in the capital Nicosia because it contained illegally imported asparagus. Greek Cypriot customs officers stepped in on Monday morning […]

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Turquazz: a Jazz and roots festival for all the senses

Turquazz is “Anatolian jazz without limits! Next month, it makes its global debut in London with fourteen events in 10 different venues over 17 days. Running from 13 to 30 March 2019, this brand new festival celebrates contemporary Anatolian culture, encompassing music, film, food, dance and spoken word. The festival kicks off with a pop-up […]