Monday, December 1, 2008

'Cyprus Wounds Must Finally be Healed'

Ferdi Sabit Soyer, 56, is the prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is only recognized as an independent country by Turkey. He spoke with SPIEGEL about negotiations with his Greek neighbors to the south.

SPIEGEL: The presidents of northern and southern Cyprus have met 10 times recently to discuss the future of the divided island. Has there been progress?

Soyer: Our goal was to vote in the June 2009 European Parliamentary elections as a united Cyprus. But everything's moving too slowly. I'm afraid we're not going to meet our goals -- we're seeing more problems than progress right now.

SPIEGEL: Last week's talks apparently ended in some pretty serious quarreling.

Soyer: We in the north are interested in a country made up of two states with equal rights, and are supporting a federal model similar to Germany's. but the Greeks in the south don't want to give Turks equal rights.


SPIEGEL: The Greeks say their right to return to the north isn't being taken seriously.

Soyer: That's not true. We have agreed to resettle 55,000 Turkish Cypriots -- a fifth of our population. We're willing to trade land for equal rights. But he other side must sacrifice as well.

SPIEGEL: How long do you envision this process taking?

Soyer: We're still working to find a solution in the next year. We Northern Cypriots appeal to all Europeans to end our isolation. Cyprus's wounds must finally be healed.

Interview conducted by Dietmar Bednarz

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As you can see, they have split Turkey already here..))
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Some interesting facts about Cyprus (3)

Cults

Cyprus is the only country to have true Goths® who serve the goth community in the right way. This cult group has its base mainly in Nicosia and it spreads to Limassol. It hasn't arrived in Paphos yet cause of their border control. Those people dress in black , following the steps of their ancestors , are pierced so they can show off and they hang out at 'Picadilly' listening to the greatest goth singers of all times Evridiki and Korgialas with their gothic song 'comme ci comme ca'. Reports mention that a group of goths committed suicide while listening to the dark and powerful lyrics of the song. Another cult is the 'show-offs'. They sit at the expensive cafes with their shiny clothes and new hairstyles seeking for people's "simasia"(something mentioned above). When that doesn't happen they lose their reason to live. So they just try harder.
Another important cult is the drunken underage kiddos. They can be found mainly in every night club especially on Saturday nights. They are the ones who are still sucking their mum's tits but still have to go get wasted on every possible occasion. It is a very vital part of Cypriot society as a whole because it throws the de-virginisation levels down to 12 years old , something that each parent is proud of..
Last but not least, the Pilotta Cult, a cult devoted in yelling wherever it stands, with its members throwing cards and hitting tables getting everyone (even house who aren't there)nervous.

Lifestyle

Days in Cyprus consist of either sitting down the beach in the day, or shopping on the amazing Anaxastacia Street, with its tremendous range of shops. Nights will be spent going into every night club in that area, or going to Starbucks, even if you dont like coffee.
The most important pass times of the island are smoking cigarettes, smoking cigarillos, smoking cigars, smoking nargileh/shisha/hookah, smoking pipe, smoking turks and just generally smoking. Oh, and komboloi. In recent years (and under the pressure of the EU) legislation has been modified to allow non-smokers to live on the island, unfortunately many non-smokers, despite these new laws, are still fugitives and have to live in dark corners of restaurants and cafes desperately trying to dodge the 2nd (or even 3rd, 4th, 5th,... ...nth) hand smoke.
In the recent past non-smokers were not allowed in to the country and Cypriot non-smokers were deported to the UK in order for them to become Charlies (Char Li Es), since they had no use working for the government in Cyprus. The aforementioned set of laws has also brought the mandatory smoking age up to 10 (from it's previous value of 6 years of age) for boys and 8 for girls (because boys have to do 2 years in the army). If you do visit Cyprus make sure you smoke at all times, you never know who is watching.
There has been a lot of debate lately as to why Cypriots smoke so much, the two leading (and competing) theories are: 1. Monty Python and other really cool (kewl/1337) shows make it look cool, 2. Cypriots aspire, through Darwinian evolution (as opposed to Nintendo evolution, see pokemon) to make everybody immune to lung cancer. That is an advantage over the Turks. By the year 2020 most Cypriots will be immune and (obviously the ones who developed lung cancer will be showing symptoms of acute death) and then, gamo to (F#@K it), the island can be reunited.

Important Note: Recent studies have proved that Cypriots don't smoke because of Monty Python , because simply the majority of them never watched it.

Court upholds 'magic' mushroom ban

A ban on the cultivation and sale of fresh hallucinogenic mushrooms, known as paddos, can go into effect on December 1 as planned, a court in The Hague ruled last Friday.

VLOS, an organisation representing 51 so-called smart shops where mushrooms and other herbal highs are sold, went to court in a last-ditch attempt to have the ban overturned. The sale of dried mushrooms is already illegal.
The shop owners argued that health minister Ab Klink could not show that using mushrooms causes damage to health or society. They also said the government had not taken into account that ban will result in a 50 percent cut in their income.
Klink said last year he planned to include hallucinogenic mushrooms in the opium law, which means they are considered a hard drug. Pressure mounted on the government to take action after a number of incidents involving foreign tourists.
But the role of mushrooms in some cases, such as the death of a 17-year-old French girl last year, has never been proved.
The court ruled in Klink's favour but did not issue a statement. VLOS said it would wait for more information before deciding whether to appeal.

Day Opening - December 1



Rembrandt van Rijn's The Abduction of Europa, 1632.

Oil on panel.

The work is considered to be "...a shining example of the 'golden age' of baroque painting