Author: John Oakes

Music
Can Atilla’s Gallipoli symphony set for international premiere in London with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

  In this centenary year of the end of the Great War, the Gallipoli Friendship Concert featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will commemorate those who lost their lives in the 1915-16 Gallipoli Campaign, and build on the enduring legacy of friendship it inspired between Turkey and the Commonwealth nations. The programme, presented by the Yunus […]

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We Remember: Winston Churchill on Cyprus, Enosis and a “diplomatic fiction”

  110 years ago, Winston Churchill raged to the Liberal Cabinet about Great Britain’s “detestable oppression” towards Cyprus, claiming that the British Government’s treatment of the island “constituted a blemish upon Imperial policy of a peculiarly discreditable kind.” What did Churchill say about Enosis? What was the “maiming, crippling toll” he accused His Majesty’s Government […]

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Far-right ELAM planning big Ledra Palace demonstration on 20 July

  Greek Cyprus’ fascist party ELAM is planning to bring coach loads of protestors to the Ledra Palace checkpoint to demonstrate on 20 July, raising fears of disorder at the Green Line border in the capital Nicosia. ELAM is notorious for using the anniversary of Turkey’s intervention on the island to intimidate those using the […]

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Iain Duncan Smith takes action over Pegasus air embargo

  Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith, former Leader of the Tory Party and key Brexiteer, has asked to meet Foreign Minister Boris Johnson to discuss the Pegasus security issue. The move confirms pledges he made from the platform on 25 June, during the inaugural Turkish Cypriot Cultural Festival at Chingford Rugby Club, which was attended […]

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Lib Dems say: “give the TRNC a fair chance”
 

    Members of both the Labour and Conservative parties have launched repeated attacks on the Turkish Cypriots, ever since Turkey’s armed intervention of 1974 in Cyprus. None of these attacks has ever been condemned by the Prime Minister of the time, despite the UK’s position as a Guarantor, or defender, of the rights and […]

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“Alarm and dismay” over silence on new Ercan regulations

  Since June 1st, passengers flying Pegasus between North Cyprus and the UK have been forced to undergo a new security regime that requires them to get off the plane and be re-screened in Turkey. The new measures have been forced on Cyprus’ largest tourist carrier by UK authorities concerned about a growing range of security […]

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UK slams new embargo on TRNC air passengers
 

As from June 1st, all passengers flying to and from the TRNC with Pegasus Airlines – Cyprus’ biggest carrier – will face extra, tiring formalities during their Istanbul or Izmir touchdown. Instead of remaining on the plane, passengers travelling on to London or Lefkoşa must disembark with their luggage, go through a security check in […]

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Turkish-ANZAC bonds renewed in Cambridge
 

  The first ANZAC Day Parade in living memory to take place at Cambridge City Cemetery was held on Saturday April 22nd, led by a former Commander of the Royal Air Force. Over 200 people including City dignitaries and representatives of the Australian and New Zealand governments commemorated the deeds of over 300 Australian and […]

Holidays
Escape the winter blues
 

North Cyprus If you’re looking to kick off the New Year with a zing, producing enough endorphins to get you through winter, then we have three special destinations for you. Any January holiday search has to begin with North Cyprus. Post-Brexit, your £1 still goes further there at any number of 5-star or smaller hotels. […]