Author: John Oakes

HP News
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 […]

HP News
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. […]

News - Turkey
Ottoman wrecks emerge from the Black Sea by 3D magic

Beautifully-preserved wrecks of the ships which held the mighty Ottoman Empire together have been discovered during a climate-survey of the Black Sea bed. An international team led by Southampton University’s Professor Jon Adams has found over 40 wrecks from the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman periods using state-of-the-art underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles). The stunning remains […]

News - UK
Turkish Cypriots: Britain’s forgotten soldiers
 

“Let poppies bloom in Lefke fields, For men have died from there…..” On Sunday, Britain will commemorate the end of two World Wars, and all those who fought in them and in subsequent engagements. As the nation pays tribute to those non-nationals from the Commonwealth who gave their lives to ensure our survival, the sacrifices […]

News - TRNC
Praise for “miracle” of Turkish/Greek Cypriot co-operation and role of EVKAF in 5 million Euro monastery restoration

The historic St Apostolos Andreas monastery, located in the Karpaz peninsula in north Cyprus, has been declared open once more after an extensive repair programme lasting two years and costing 5 million Euros. The money was contributed jointly and equally by the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus and EVKAF, the TRNC’s major Islamic charitable foundation. […]

News - UK
Greek Cypriot High Commission “way out of line” in comments to British politicians visiting North Cyprus

London‘s Greek Cypriot High Commission used “strident and intemperate language” to stop British politicians speaking out over Cyprus. Lord Northbrook, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Friends of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) told the House of Lords during a debate on Cyprus on October 27th: “I myself received a sharp reminder […]

Art
Ottoman art at Christie’s Islamic Art Week, on till Oct. 25

This week Christie’s  – London’s premier auction house – reminds us of the cascade of beauty which Islam has given to the world. Its series of Islamic-themed sales are from a galaxy of different Muslim civilisations spanning a thousand years. No art-form exists which has not been carried to sublime heights in the service of […]

News - TRNC
“Hidden curriculum” in Greek Cypriot schools promotes a biased history centred on Greek nationalism

Dr. Christina Valanidou, of the Cyprus Academic Dialogue association, said this week that school curriculums in the south of Cyprus emphasised nationalism and chauvinism and, in essence, had not changed since 1812. Valanidou’s views were captured by award-winning writer Sevgül Uludağ in her regular column for TRNC daily Yeni Düzen last weekend.  The two have […]