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Elderly Man Schools Europe By Donating His Meager Pension To Greece

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.08.2015 | World

An elderly pensioner in Cyprus has a lesson in generosity for the rest of Europe. He may not have deep pockets, but 88-year-old Onoufrios Michaeli...

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Turkey is headed in a dangerous direction, toward a corrupt, authoritarian state. The country needs an Arab Spring of sorts, but within the democratic process. An electoral revolution, not a street putsch. The use of the rule of law to end an illiberal government. The ballot box must make political power accountable.

Daydreaming About Erdogan's Foreign Policy Opportunities

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Despite the number of political obituaries that have been prematurely written about President Erdogan as a result of the shellacking his AKP took, foreign policy remains the one area over which he can continue to exert leadership.

How Turkey's New Government Can Advance Peace in the Region

Carl Bildt | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Carl Bildt

VIENNA -- The success of the mainly Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party in capturing 13 percent of the vote in the recent election -- a total well above the party's core constituency -- should boost the Kurds' confidence and ease the way ahead in the peace process. But the far-right Nationalist Movement Party performed strongly in the election, capturing 16 percent of the vote, probably owing largely to popular opposition to the opening to the Kurds.

'Boom Boom' Baz: A1 Photojournalist

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.07.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's his nickname, acquired being first on the scene to shoot the effects of booby-trapped cars during his native Lebanon's civil war.

Cyprus: Russia's Potemkin Village in the European Union?

Athéna Tacet | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

The recent deal between Cyprus and Russia may seemingly have no real short-term impact on the EU or Russia's politics in the Balkans. But it is in fact part of Russia's grand design to bypass the sanctions, stabilize and increase its foreign expansion in the EU, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Patriots Punished in Northern Cyprus: A Modern Day Political Occupation

Olena Kagui | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Olena Kagui

Koray Basdogrultmaci and Cinel Senem Husseyin, a Turkish-Speaking Cypriot couple, were charged for hanging the Cyprus Republic's flag outside their home and shop in Famagusta in June 2013. They were arrested and put in jail on June 21st 2013 and their original trial was postponed until June 11th 2014.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

10 Luxurious Health and Wellness Escapes

Joy Pecknold | Posted 03.21.2015 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

Breaking out of bad habits can be a whole lot easier when you leave regular life behind, especially if you chart a course for one of these 10 hotels and resorts with serious health and wellness programs to help. Raw food or wine therapy? Take your pick.

Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.

Losing the Mediterranean

Endy Zemenides | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Endy Zemenides

The fight against the Islamic State has been the major source of discontent in a difficult U.S. -- Turkey relationship. Yet in trying to get Turkey on board on this front, the U.S. risks a setback for its interests in the larger Eastern Mediterranean region.

Greek And Turkish Cypriots Find Common Ground In Effort To Restore Dilapidated Monastery

Reuters | MICHELE KAMBAS | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - On a remote outcrop in divided Cyprus, Greeks and Turks have put aside decades of enmity to restore their shared cultural heritage, batter...

Over 200 Migrants Rescued Off Cyprus' North Coast

AP | Posted 11.23.2014 | World

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An official says 228 migrants, apparently refugees from Syria, have been rescued after their damaged ship drifted for hours i...

Cyprus President: 'We Became The Guinea Pig Of Europe'

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

When Nicos Anastasiades won a landslide victory in the country's February 2013 presidential election, Cyprus was facing its worst financial crisis in...

Why the UN Rejected Turkey's Bid for a Security Council Seat?

Harut Sassounian | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Harut Sassounian

By ignoring all these legitimate reasons for Turkey's failure to win the Security Council seat, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu falsely attributed his country's defeat to its reluctance to abandon "its values for the sake of getting more votes."

25 Of Europe's Banks Fail Stress Test

Reuters | Posted 12.26.2014 | Business

* 25 of 130 banks fail ECB test as of Dec. 2013 * Most have plugged capital hole, just 10 bln euros still needed * Ital...

Is Turkey Drifting Between ISIS & Putin?

Andreas Akaras | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Andreas Akaras

Until Turkish mainstream political parties fully embrace democratic values, Turkey's future becomes an uncertain one. Turkey may find itself going down the path of Russian style expansionism, or falling prey to religious extremism.

Lebanese Media Flop in Energy Sector Coverage

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.22.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Old habits die hard and Lebanon's media choose the easy route to report on the vitally important, yet misunderstood, energy sector. "Will internation...

11 Countries Near Bankruptcy

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess and Alexander Kent | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business

After years of bitter court battles with creditors, Argentina has defaulted on its debt, according to rating agency Standard & Poor’s. After failing...

How 3 X's Put Mexico's Cozumel Island on the Map

Bob Schulman | Posted 09.13.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

The first "X": You don't run across many islands with their own goddess. One is Cyprus, the home of the Greek love goddess Aphrodite. Another is Cozumel, a spot on the Mexican Caribbean where the Maya goddess Ixchel doled out love, fertility and lots of offspring.

Srebrenica Forgiveness!!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Every year we commemorate the genocide, we expect that those who betrayed Srebrenica might this time ask for forgiveness from the survivors. Instead, much of Europe appears inclined to forget Srebrenica and punish all Bosnian & Herzegovinians ("BiH") for reminding it of its collective failure to prevent the genocide.

'It's Hell Out There... But Paradise Here in Cuba'

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Yesterday on the bus, with the summer heat and after the long wait at the stop, two men commented loudly on their annoyance. "This sure doesn't happen in Cyprus!" one said to the other, and laughter rang out all over the bus.

Homosexuality Slammed As 'The Human Being's Fall From Grace' Ahead Of City's Debut Pride Parade

AP | MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Several thousand people turned out for Cyprus' first gay pride parade on Saturday, exceeding the expectations of organizers w...

Gay Actor Challenges Church To 'Recognize The Natural, Unthreatening Nature Of Homosexuality'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.22.2014 | Gay Voices

British actor Stephen Fry has come out in support of Cyprus's first gay pride parade after a Christian group vowed to demonstrate and the church voice...

Officials Respond With 'Concern And Grief' After City Announces First Gay Pride Festival

AP | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church lashed out against homosexuality Thursday after activists announced the country's first gay...