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Thu, 25 May 2006

"Osmosis"

There is a lot going in north Cyprus about science. They seem to have developed their own "scientific method". The following also came from "TRNC PIO":

DENKTAS "MESSAGE OF 'ONLY WAY IS OSMOSIS' IS GIVEN TO THE WORLD BY THE
ELECTIONS"

Pointing out that message of 'only way is osmosis' was given to the world
by the Greek Cypriot elections where "No" supporters won by gaining power,
the Leader of Democrat Party, TRNC Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign
Minister Serdar Denkta? stated that a new political understanding, where
the separation was put forward explicitly, was required.

 Denkta? said "Our message to  the  world  is:  We  will  never  abandon  our
identity. We will never be the citizens of the Greek Cypriots. We  were  the
other owner of the island, we will continue our  claim  for  the  ownership.
The world has to accept this reality".

Reminding the proposal of the model of Czech Republic, Denkta? said,  "Let's
get rid of the indefiniteness. Let's reach to an agreement  by  telling  the
message to the world that we will define our future and let's come  together
again as two separate states under the framework of the EU".

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"Analytic Power"

As a physicist I assumed that I knew about "analytic power" and such but apparently I need to go and get a degree from north Cyprus. This just came from "TRNC PIO":

 SOYER "IF UN DOES NOT SOLVE THE CYPRUS ISSUE, THERE WILL BE NO ANALYTIC
POWER THEN"

TRNC Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer said "Unless the UN fails  to  succeed
in solving a historical uncompromising like the Cyprus  problem,  then  they
cannot be the analytic power at the conflict points".

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www.kktc.eu

Thank you "TRNC PIO" for including me in your mailing list suddenly. I was up alnight working on my research and 9am, I get the following piece in their newsletter. This is so absurd and funny on so many accounts. G/Cs wanting "kktc" , Ercakica taking "legal procedures" on behalf of an illegal entity , etc etc.

     GREEK CYPRIOTS TRY TO SEIZE THE WEB AREA OF "KKTC.EU"

While the studies oriented to the  fixing  and  distribution  of  the  ".eu"
addresses which will form the internet communication system of the  EU,  the
Greek Cypriot side attempted to seize the address of "www.kktc.eu".

In  an  application  made  to  the  authorized  institution  by  an  address
affiliated to the Greek Cypriot Foreign Ministry, there  was  a  demand  for
owning and using the address of "www.kktc.eu".

TRNC Presidency Spokesperson Hasan Erçak?ca stated that they were  aware  of
the attempt of the Greek Cypriots and the  required  legal  procedures  were
made.

Stating that nowadays  they  expected  an  response  related  to  the  legal
attempts on this subject, Erçakica expressed that they evaluated  the  event
as "a malicious attempt".

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The arrows are pointing towards "deep state" and therefore, to Cyprus and to Adali murder.

I had written a lot about Kutlu Adali's murder. One article that we had compiled with a friend made its way to Znet: "A Murdered Turkish Cypriot Columnist"

In that article we had compiled information from various publicly available resources and argued about the role of the "Turkish Deep-State" on his murder. Since then Turkey was found to be guilty at ECHR, more links had surfaced but the dirty hands of the "secret armies" have not pulled out from north Cyprus. Below, I include, in Turkish, an article from Evrensel newspaper that argues the potential links with Adali's murder and the recently surfaced relationships in Turkey.

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Mon, 22 May 2006

An Interview with Hovard Zinn

Hovard Zinn has been an inspiration to me. I found his views on non-violence, civil disobedience and most importantly his work on alternative history that is very well documented be of close relevance to missing political activism in mainstream Cypriot politics. I am pasting a recent interview with Zinn. He is again quite clear about his points. I had commented about his writings on civil disobedience and his historical work on many occasions in my articles in Hamamboculeri.Org:

  Who will write "The People's History of Modern Cyprus"? Please Stand Up.December 4th, 2004 

 Cık deycem.September 7th, 2002

 Sivil İtaatsızlık ve Demokrasi: ABD Örneği Hakkında, July 31st, 2001

 Direk Demokrasi ve Sivil Başkaldırı, July 9th, 2001

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Deep Rooted Relationships Coming out of the Court attack in Turkey
Below is the original Turkish text of a piece published in Radikal Newspaper May 22nd, 2006. The piece gives information about the relationships of various players in the court attack in  Turkey which is turning out to be potentially part of a larger movement relating the right-wing nationalists, the religious right and the nationalist-left. I found it interesting since it relates to important figures to the "Turk Mukavemet Teskilati" (TMT) in Cyprus which is well known to be part of the so-called "Turkish deep-state" (a.k.a. Turkish Gladio).

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Thu, 18 May 2006

ZNet is moving towards free software??
Interesting arguments and an interesting possibility at ZNet. They are seriously considering free software and begun a wiki. See  more at http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=13&ItemID=10192

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Then There is Only One Thing To Do! by Wolfgang Borchert (1947)
I was browsing "Savaskarsitlari.org" which is a major Turkish anti-militarist site with excellent content and has been kept upto date for many years. I ended up in an article from Radikal newspaper which let me to the Turkish translation of "Then There is Only One Thing To Do! by Wolfgang Borchert (1947)" which I reproduce the English version found at http://www.wordit.com/words/category/why-war-einstein-freud-borchert/

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Wed, 17 May 2006

Cyprus and Racism

No comments needed. From Cyprus Mail: ‘Cyprus must do more to fight racism’

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Thu, 11 May 2006

Fugitive back in north Cyprus!

"A BRITISH fugitive accused last year of plotting to smuggle millions of pounds of property investors’ money from the north was said yesterday to have cut a deal with the Turkish Cypriot authorities allowing him to continue construction of a massive villa complex in Klepini. " reports Cyprus Mail.

Previously BBC had a report about him at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/kenyon_confronts/2645783.stm

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Asylum seekers at RoC
"AROUND 200 asylum seekers have pitched tents on Nicosia’s Eleftheria Square in a desperate plea to have their plea for human rights heard, vowing to remain indefinitely until the government helps their cause." from Cyprus Mail

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Mon, 08 May 2006

Isolations --> No Solution ; Says Talat
The favorite new buzzword "isolations". CTP decided term "embargos" did not fit so well (and it does not), so they decided to use "isolations". Makes more sense. But they also inflated it to the point where an outside observer could think that we are talking about post Gulf War I Iraq which is total nonsense. In an interview he announces that unless isolations are lifted, there would be a no solution to the Cyprus problem which reminds me of Denktash's threats; "unless TRNC is recognized there would be no solution" whose logical consequence was to announced that "the state of no-solution is the solution". I wonder when Talat will reach that point -- don't say "never", because his chameleon attitude to politics is quite apparent. Ultimately his reasoning is that the lifting of the "isolations" (which pretty much amounts to international recognition of most of the relevant institutions of TRNC except from a full recognition) would *force* Greek Cypriots to accept an Annan-plan-like solution. So much for his "I am the peace-maker, I will negotiate , I will solve this problem" proclaimations.Original quote from Yeniduzen: http://www.yeniduzengazetesi.com/index.php/cat/1/news/8900/PageName/Haberler

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Tue, 02 May 2006

May 1st/ Labor Day in north Cyprus
I feel like I am reading the Cypriot version of "The Onion" when I look at newspapers from Cyprus. Today, Kibris Newspaper caught my eye when reporting about the labor day celebrations in north Cyprus. It ran the news with a photo showing a youngster waving a USSR (sickle and hammer) flag and a large crowd behind him.  If I did not know better, I would have thought that north Cyprus has a very strong Stalinist presence and these rallies are attended by fringes of the left. Contrarily, these are fairly traditional rallies and since mid-80s have had fairly small participation. Mainly devoted followers of all political parties and organizations of the left attend them. The running title on the photo was even more interesting, it read "messages of peace and a call for a demilitarized Cyprus was sent to the whole world". Really? First "This homeland is ours" which was a slogan of New Cyprus Party and was censored by papers like Kibris newspaper became mainstream. New Cyprus Party has been calling for demilitarization of the island and Nicosia in particular and Kibris newspaper was largely ignoring it. Now they make it sound like the whole Turkish Cypriot community rallied behind the slogan. It is absurd. (The same issue ran an article reporting satements by the association of brothel owners in north Cyprus -- ofcourse, they call themselves the Association of Houses of Entertainment -- who tried really hard to argue that women were not exploited there. Ohwell.)

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Mon, 01 May 2006

Wissahickon Day Parade I
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Wissahickon Day Parade, April 30th 2006

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I like imagemagick a lot but I have been lazy and never really gotten to master it. I use it nearly everyday in its simplest form. I was playing with the tutorials at http://www.cit.gu.edu.au/~anthony/graphics/imagick6/montage/ and found the following tricks useful:

1)  convert 'vid:*.jpg' VID_INDEX.html  which generates a nice clickable matrix and html file. such as here.

2)  montage -label '%f\n%wx%h' -size 256x256 '*.jpg[120x190]' -strip  -tile 5x -frame 5 -shadow -geometry 120x90+5+5 INDEX.html  which generates a similar thing using different tools such as here.

3)  And what I will post in a minute using montage -adjoin -geometry '+2+2' -tile 4x1 'dsc*.jpg[20%x20%]' sil.jpg

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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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