Author Archive

TRNC: Stricter Laws and mindsets need to change in order to save lives

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By Ismail Veli……. Like most people who hear and read of the tragic deaths due to road accidents and car crashes in North Cyprus, it fills me with sadness and sometimes anger. Reading… Continue reading

A New Year Message to the World. Is anyone listening?

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Dünyaya Yeni Bir Mesaj. Dinleyen varmi? Ένα μήνυμα της Πρωτοχρονιάς στον κόσμο. Υπάρχει κάποιος ακούει? Послание Новый год к миру. Кто-нибудь слушает?   By Ismail Veli…….. Each new year brings us hope and… Continue reading

The origins of musical instruments and the legacy of dance and music

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By Ismail Veli……. To say that music, dance and films have not affected human behaviour and to one degree or another even changed the course of our lives would be an understatement. Instruments… Continue reading

Kirk Douglas, 100 years old, My tribute to a legend

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By Ismail Veli……. Many of us cannot even imagine living to be a hundred years old. The great screen actor and Hollywood legend will be exactly that on 9 December. Born Issur Danielovich… Continue reading

History uncovered. Hitlers nephew, a UK born British subject.

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By Ismail Veli…….  Hitler a name associated with racism, dictatorship war mongering, but above all with genocide. He was responsible for the largest war in the history of mankind, and the only war… Continue reading

A new chapter in Cypriot Politics and where did it end?

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By Ismail Veli…….. The following article was written in the aftermath of President Akinci’s election. Hopes were high and optimism on both sides of the green line that a negotiated settlement to finally end… Continue reading

A fascination with the history of place-names and their origins

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By Ismail Veli……. Every City, town, village and settlement have names. We no doubt take these names as a natural way of things. Most of us don’t normally concern ourselves with where the… Continue reading

Child stars and pregnant at six years old!

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By Ismail Veli…….. Most normal adults are often thrilled by children performing on TV and stage. After all how can we not admire the wonderful talents of children who can often thrill us at… Continue reading

The Historic Institution of Marriage, and its origins

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By Ismail Veli……. The relationship of humans is the most natural of things. We love, we hate, fight and make up but regardless of who and where we are from every human has… Continue reading

Silent Diplomacy in Turkey – Looking back at how it happened

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Silent Diplomacy by Roger L. Jennings   By Ismail Veli……. Turks and Greeks often discuss history from their perspective. Many clearly have their own preconceived ideas or axe to grind. History is never as… Continue reading

Turkey – The Origins of Cheese and Yogurt

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By Ismail Veli………. Its unimaginable to travel to any country across the globe and not find cheese or yogurt. These two dairy products have become part of the human diet and their popularity… Continue reading

Why did the USA take the decision to drop the Atomic bomb?

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By Ismail Veli……. The 7th December 1941 was the day the Japanese attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. The decision to attack the USA  turned what was until that point… Continue reading

Will Mustafa Kemal Ataturks legacy survive?

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By Ismail Veli……. There have been many great leaders in history who have made an impact. Some are rated as great reformers, military, politicians, scientists etc. Mustafa Kemal better known as Ataturk (father… Continue reading

Is the Western World in Chaos?

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By Ismail Veli…….. As in the past, the 21st century has seen the world in wars, conflict and a refugee crisis to compare to the worst in human history. With the advent of… Continue reading

Is the UK Labour party committing suicide?

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By Ismail Veli……. The aftermath of the Brexit vote seems to have turned the whole British political scene on its head. The failure of the Prime Minister Cameron to convince a large part… Continue reading

Brexit! What does it mean for Cyprus?

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By Ismail Veli……… In the run up to the historic referendum of the Kofi Annan plan in 2004 designed to re-unify Cyprus, Turkish Cypriots (TC’s) and Greek Cypriots (GC’s) were offered the carrot… Continue reading

The Common Market dream, has it turned into a Nightmare?

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By Ismail Veli…….. The aftermath of the butchery of 2 world wars starting from European rivalry in 1914 and 1939 convinced many European powers that something had to be done to work together… Continue reading

Has President Erdogan finally woken up to making friends?

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By Ismail Veli……. Turkey and Israel seem to have signed a deal that would help mend their relationship which was damaged when Israeli commandos attacked the human rights ship, Mavi Marmara in 2010.… Continue reading