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Independent Opinion-Analysis: The collapse of the negotiations in Cyprus, the US threats and the background role of Russia and Greece


Original Source: Dances with Bears  of John Helmer

In the dark of Monday night before light broke on Tuesday, Cyprus, the small Mediterranean island invaded and occupied for 42 years  by Turkish troops with US and UK backing,  began a revolution its president, Nicos Anastasiades ,  doesn’t want.

The collapse of negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, arranged by United Nations (UN) officials at the Swiss resort of Mont Pèlerin, was confirmed by a UN communique issued at 1:30 in the morning. “They have not been able to achieve the necessary further convergences on criteria for territorial adjustment that would have paved the way for the last phase of the talks,” the bulletin announced.  “The two sides have decided to return to Cyprus and reflect on the way forward.”

“The Americans, the Turks, the European Union, and the British were sure there’s no deal  Anastasiades could not be persuaded to accept,” said a senior Cyprus official,  now retired,  “so long as there’s  a large enough percentage in it for himself. Anastasiades’s weakness is his personal corruption. This time, though, the Turks raised their bid too high. The Americans lost their cards in their election on November 8. The British aren’t players in Europe now. And for the first time there was a display of Greek and Russian power which has changed the game entirely. Greece first, then Russia have cut the legs off the negotiating table – Anastasiades’s legs too.” Continue reading Independent Opinion-Analysis: The collapse of the negotiations in Cyprus, the US threats and the background role of Russia and Greece

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Turkey and the post-coup era: Turkey is taking a big step backwards in Freedom of Speech and Human Rights (Analysis- Part 3)


* Dear reader, the translation from the official sources may not be 100% exact .

The suspension of Human Rights and Freedom of speech for the Opposition in Turkey is commonplace after the failed coup era. It is common ground that what is taking place now in Turkey it has nothing to do with the return to constitutional order and the restoration of the democratic institutions within Turkey.

More than 60 thousand military staff, judges, professors, teachers, public employees and civil servants among others have been arrested or prosecuted in their positions in the view of the supposedly clearing of the country from the coup’s outbreak elements. Turkish President continues his “cleansing” after the failed military coup of Friday night continued in all sectors.

Erdogan, who narrowly escaped capture and possible death during the attempted coup, has declared a state of emergency, allowing him to sign laws without prior parliamentary approval in a drive to root out supporters of the coup. Continue reading Turkey and the post-coup era: Turkey is taking a big step backwards in Freedom of Speech and Human Rights (Analysis- Part 3)