AT THE age of 71, and more than 50 years after the event, Petrou Panagi Stylianou still cries whenever she talks about her father’s brutal murder by masked men beating him with bats embedded with nails.
Her father, Panayiotis Stylianou, died as a “traitor” during the EOKA insurgency against British rule; his reputation only restored by Cabinet this week in a landmark decision setting the record straight on the wrongful deaths of 19 people during the years 1955-59.
They were murdered on the pretext of being traitors to the EOKA movement, though their only crime was being members of left-wing AKEL.Read More
When the new Franco-Cypriot School opened in Aglandjia, Nicosia in September, President Demetris Christofias hailed it as “an investment in education” and “a great investment in French Cypriot relations”.
I went to meet the director, Pascale Lagleize, to see what the new school has to offer and how this collaboration between the Cyprus and French governments is working in practice.Read More
WHAT was an after-hours project for Frederick university’s computer science and engineering department has become much more, a space for generating ideas as students often play around, exchange ideas and sometimes create top-notch internet and smartphone applications, its creator has said.
When computer science lecturer at Frederick Andreas Constantinides created the Mobile Devices Laboratory (MDL) in July, what he had in mind was helping his students get a technical know-how for which lectures were not the right medium.
“The MDL was created so that students could get experience on research and industry projects,” Constantinides said.Read More
THIS COLUMN, on countless occasions in the past, has expressed the view that President Christofias and his people were incompetent, irresponsible and dangerous for the country. Now, I am convinced that they are politically sick. Their paranoid actions, which we are witnessing daily, have as a source an incurable ideological disease.
The bill for the immovable property tax (IPT) proved emphatically that they are ruthless when they want to put into practice some of their idiotic, ideological prejudices. No argument or rational explanation could stop them; not even the awareness of the harm they would ultimately cause. All they care about is the satisfaction that they acted in accordance with their antiquated ideological beliefs.Read More
IN THE European Union Ireland is portrayed as a small economy sharing many characteristics of the Mediterranean member states (construction and banking crisis).
It was in serious economic trouble early in the recession and is purported to have followed the troika austerity formula closely and is therefore a success story in terms of the European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) memoranda criteria. In a discussion with four distinguished Irish economists in Nicosia this week it was made clear that in terms of the real economy this picture is far from the truth and the country is still struggling to get back to growth and reasonable employment levels.Read More
THROUGHOUT history, mistreatment of minorities – whether ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural, regional, ideological, sexual, or other – has fuelled violence and devastated societies worldwide. Egregious cases in the last century include the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, the Khmer Rouge killing fields in Cambodia, and the genocide in Rwanda.Read More
TIMES are tough for business. Demand and revenues are down. The cost of capital is up. Redundant labour has already been laid off and cost cutting has already reached the bone. What more can business do?
It can certainly change its thinking! As Einstein remarked “you cannot keep doing the same things which got you into trouble in the first place and expect different results”. Actually, there are plenty of things you can do, not only to survive but to thrive, by turning problems into challenges and challenges into opportunities, starting with what you can do for the customer.
Think global, think long termRead More
The former Governor of the Central Bank Athanasios Orphanides has been made a scapegoat by President Christofias and AKEL for the economic problems currently facing the country and the bailout. The official line, repeated by the president, his spokesmen and AKEL officials is the bailout was a direct result of the banking crisis which was caused by Orphanides’ inadequate supervision. The government, in contrast, did not put a foot wrong. We asked the former governor to answer the accusations being leveled against him.Read More
THE COMRADE was in top form this week on his visit to Brussels, bad-mouthing our partners, slamming the EU, expressing disgust for the thieving markets and of course blaming Athanasios Orphanides and the banks for Kyproulla’s current woes.
“We were stabbed in the back by different quarters of the Union – allegations of money laundering, allegations that we were a paradise for Russian oligarchs, allegations that we would use the loan to protect the Russians and much more, all of which were blows below the belt,” he told the members of our representation in Brussels.