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Sun, 30 Apr 2006

perlTeX

I had noticed perlTeX before but it did not occur to me how powerful it may be. I suggest it to everyone interested in automatizing their document generation, from http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/perltex/

" PerlTeX is a combination Perl script (perltex.pl) and LaTeX2e style file (perltex.sty) that, together, give the user the ability to define LaTeX macros in terms of Perl code. Once defined, a Perl macro becomes indistinguishable from any other LaTeX macro. PerlTeX thereby combines LaTeX's typesetting power with Perl's programmability."



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Thu, 27 Apr 2006

"Super Sharp": Dogs in Italian Market

Extremely sharpened photo. Somehow i like this form.

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I saw this quote and liked it,make your own comments. full text follows:

"İnsanlar birbirini sivil itaatsizliğe çağırmalı. Kimse ordu için silah kuşanıp askere gitmemeli. Herkes reddetetmeli ama benim çağrım sadece askere gitmeyin çağrısı değil, aynı zamanda silah almayın, katil olmayın, tartışalım çağrısıdır. Kan kanı doğurur. Bu çılgınlık bir an önce durmalı."

"People should invite each other for civil disobedience. None should hold arms for any army. Every should refuse but my call is not only a call for refusal to go to the military but also refuse holding arms, refuse being a murderer, a call for discussion. Blood calls for blood. This madness should immediately stop.!"

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Wed, 26 Apr 2006

"Embargoed"

I saw this web-site belonging to an NGO (!) in UK called "Embargoed" a while ago at http://www.embargoed.org . Apparently today they held a demonstration, Volkan newspaper was saying that CTP was ignoring Turkish Cypriot rights by not supporting it -- I guess they are used to "government sponsored non-governmental organizations" (oxymoron) so much that it suprises them --. Then later in the day I read Yeniduzen newspaper praising this demonstration. So I got more curious. First of all there is no embargo against Turkish Cypriots. Instead, due to incompetent, corrupt policies of decades and because of the illegality and non-recognition of TRNC, there are obvious limitations. Those limitations could have been by-passed where relevant (i.e. who cares about soccer matches if basic trade and travel can happen) and were by-passed for decades until they were fed up with corruption, fake health certificates etc. Anyway, this organization could have been worthwhile to support had they been honest about supporting Turkish Cypriot human rights. But their fake, twisted version of history is more than enough to tell you that it is not the case, for example, see http://www.embargoed.org/history.php : "Firstly, you must understand that Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots have a different language, religion, and culture and there has never been a single Cypriot identity". Tell me how that is relevant for human rights.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2006

Bicommunal Protest for a mixed village; a first?

I saw this interesting report in Yeniduzen newspaper which reports that Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot villagers of Polemitya (Polemidhia) are planning a bicommunal protest against the planned acquisition of their lands by the Republic of Cyprus to build a new university campus. The lands were taken away by the British for a military camp (see for example an article by Ulus Irkad and dossier on CNN Turk about its role in training Cypriots for WWII) with long term leases but have now been emptied by the British and they had announced their plans to return the land to the original owners. Now, the T/C's and G/C's from Polemitya are planning a demonstration to demand their lands rather than letting them go for the university campus. I find this an interesting attempt, perhaps a first in recent decades, that T/Cs and G/Cs are jointly standing up for their rights on lands they have left long time ago. Hopefully we will see more of that. (Disclaimer: I do not know much about this event, unfortunately, it has been reported on very few online papers.)

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"Dialogue in Cyprus"

Just bumped into a document titled "Dialogue in Cyprus" and prepared by Helen Barnes with Christina Demetriades.
 

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Mon, 24 Apr 2006

Elections are approaching; problems still persist.
Local elections are approaching in north Cyprus. There is still no solution to problems created by the occupation conditions, transfered populations and other issues. As a reminder, attached is one document released by Cyprus Action Network . [[download:cyprusactionnetworkondemographicsituationinnortherncyprus.pdf:text:Cyprus Action Network's Call for a Census:Cyprus Action Network's Call for a Census]]

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Downtown Philadelphia and Deceased Key-Maker (9/2005)

Few photos from September 17, 2005.

[[image:deadkeymaker3_dsc0022.jpg:A note on store window of a deceased key-maker.:center:0]]

Roy Beckhoff had passed away, I did not know but I knew of him as did many others and their photos

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The Pig's New Digs
[[image:flyingfishpigs1_dsc_0097.jpg:Bar advertisement "The Pig's new digs, rollers at flying fish":center:0]]
Bar advertisement "The Pig's new digs, rollers at flying fish", Chestnut Hill, PA

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"YES to Referendum Aniversary": An absurd celebration.
It feels as if news from north Cyprus are tailored to make my day by giving me examples of absurd events. A big commotion was created over the planned celebrations for the aniversary of the Turkish Cypriot "YES" vote for the Annan plan referendum. First, I sort of liked it since it made the nationalist media mad. Then I liked idea even more since the rest of the "real" and "always-in-opposition-even-when-we-are-in-government" crowd refused to attend it and even condemned it. Isn't it obvious how absurd it is that a governing party using government resources is celebrating an event whose outcome was rejection of the Annan-plan. It is an outdated, backwards mind-set that leads governments to organize protests, celebrations etc (see Iran and its recent nuclear-power celebrations). It is absurd when this is done despite the fact that the celebrated even was a failure.

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Greek Cypriot Lawyer detained in north
Life is full of absurdities in north Cyprus. Rule-of-law is a concept that is taken as something to be abused, manipulated, changed as "they" wish. Constandinos Candounas who is the lawyer representing G/Cs who brought up court cases against (mainly) foreigners residing on G/C properties was detained (briefly) in north. This is not the first time. The game is supposed to become lawful. A Cyprus Mail reports: " In July last year, Turkish Cypriot authorities announced they were preparing amendments to their laws that could lead to the conviction and imprisonment for up to three years of bailiffs and lawyers who seek to deliver summons in the north.". Not much more comment is needed. See Cyprus-Mail Article .

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Harrasment of Serhat Incirli raises international reactions.

The regime in north Cyprus is upto its usual tactics; threats, intimidation, secrecy, denial, militarism. Serhat Incirli has been threatened with court cases in Turkey, his family was harrassed and now there are reports that he was detained in airport briefly upon entry. This has raised international reactions (see - from Hamamboculeri.org) - cudos to certain individuals, organizations in north Cyprus who formed this network (see - another from Hamamboculeri.org).

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Enjoying Spring: Store-Fronts

[[image:silchess.jpg:Playing Chess in Chestnut Hill, PA:center:0]]

[[image:silstorefront1.jpg:Chatting in front of a carpet store, Chestnut Hill, PA:center:0]]

Both photos from Chesnut Hill, PA

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Cyclists & Spring in Philadelphia

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Early signs of spring: Cyclists in front of Valley Green Inn

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Kibris Newspaper reports in its usual absurd style about "night clubs" (i.e. brothels) in north Cyprus. The language used is shameful and is repeated in other papers (e.g. Yeniduzen). They report as if it was an unknown, unexpected thing that they found women being exploited as prostitutes. Everyone knew what these places were. Everyone knew how popular they were, that many people frequented them. It is unethical to report in this manner. Ofcourse, since Volkan Newspaper wanted to report it in the semi-religious, ultra-nationalist lingo they used the word "brothel" in their title while others called them "night clubs" and "pubs".

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