Author: John Oakes

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ANZAC Day celebrated in Cambridge, but where were the Turks?

In the corner of a large Cambridge cemetery lie a handful of overgrown graves of men who were wounded or fell at Gallipoli / Çanakkale during the First World War. That was the epic campaign won so brilliantly against global opposition by Turkiye’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. It was also famous for the lasting […]

Rishi Sunak’s Cyprus comments insult Turkish Cypriot loyalty to the Crown

Conservative Party leadership contender Rishi Sunak said, in writing to the Conservative Friends of Cyprus, that the British Cypriot Community has “made a hugely positive contribution to the United Kingdom”. It is important this statement applies to the UK’s Turkish Cypriot community, equally as to its Greek Cypriot community. In World War Two, thousands of Turkish Cypriots volunteered […]

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Remembrance Sunday and Turkish Cypriots – Britain’s Forgotten Soldiers

This year marks the centenary of the Royal British Legion, a charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants. It is fitting therefore that on Remembrance Sunday, 14 November 2021, the Royal British Legion is reaching out to a group little recognised for […]

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Stone Age Ҫatalhöyük suffered many of today’s inner-city problems

Ҫatalhöyük, near Konya, in southern Turkey, has been internationally famous as a large Neolithic settlement since its discovery in 1958. The 32-acre site is now thought to date back to at least 7,000 BC, and at its height may have housed as many as 8,000 people. Although it was one of man’s earliest attempts at […]

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British expat receives TRNC Compensation Fund’s first-ever payout

After a legal marathon, the TRNC’s Compulsory Insurance Guarantee Fund [Zorunlu Sigortalar Garanti Fonu] has paid its first successful claimant in its 25-year history. A sum totalling just under £47,000 has been awarded to Philip Kirby, a retired Englishman who suffered crippling injuries when his motorbike was hit by a car driving the wrong way […]