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Tue, 20 Feb 2007

More on the Controls at Green-Line

Yesterday, I  wrote about the restrictions that are going to be imposed in bringing milk and meat products to north through the Green Line. Akinci has questioned the motives behind this act at the parliament. Sonay Adem replied to him and I guess decided to prove my point. The interesting point in his reply was to claim that most of the minced meat from south is not from beef. His implication is clear even though it was not clearly spelled out in Yeniduzen report; he wants to make people suspicious that it contains pork and therefore, they would not want to eat it anyway. Well, first of all, this silly statement shows how desperate they are to justify their actions. Somewhere in their consciousness they know very well that what they are doing is akin to being a "neo-denktashist" rather than the self-proclaimed title of a progressive, modern left they claim to be. First of all, I do not believe that Sonay Adem or any authority has checked what crosses to north ever-- remember, the pathetic list they put out yesterday? One of the items was to build statistics! Second, the silliness about not eating pork is not something to be promoted but rather something that a progressive, modern, leftist person should discourage by being informative about it. Third, in the same speech Adem talks about the poor conditions of meat industry in north and everyone knows how uncontrolled, corrupt, unhygenic, backwards it is anyway. Compare that to  a place that at least adheres to EU norms.

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Mon, 19 Feb 2007

"To Control/Curb the Shopping Madness from south"

Yes, the "customs department" (or whatever its proper English name is) of north Cyprus announced that they are taking action to control/curb the shopping madness from south. This was reported in Yeniduzen Newpaper (http://www.yeniduzengazetesi.com/index.php/cat/1/news/11223/PageName/Haberler) with a whole bunch of unprofessional reasoning announced. They are stopping milk and meat products from crossing to north. The reason is not something (potentially) meaningful such health of the public (to be fair, buried all the way down, they mention that too). The real reason is buried down the text where Uzun explains how it had to be done because it is (a) one sided trade and (b) Greek Cypriots search the cars going from north sometimes with a lot of scrutiny. Hah hah. As we say in Turkish, "tell it to my hat" (kulahima anlat). What is even better is their explanation of their investigation (!) into the prices in south, they claim they go often to south and check prices and north is much cheaper. So, ask yourselves the question; "why do my people go and shop in south instead?" rather than introducing more controls over a crossing that (a) should not be there in the first place, (b) is overly controlled anyway. If anyone has any doubts about how unprofessional and unreasonable this is, don't you worry, because they help out with this too by announcing their targets ; (a) To get rid of the image that the customs office does not carry out proper controls at the gates, (b) to accelerate trade (really??), (c) to curb illegal smuggling, (d) to ensure tax security, (e) to improve the image and prestige of the office, (f) to record in order to form a statistical database". It is as if they hired writers from Monthy Python!

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Fri, 02 Feb 2007

De-militarization is Evil & The "Dissident" should be silenced
Last few weeks in ...

Turkey..

North Cyprus, a.k.a. "baby Turkey" a.k.a. "the land of the absurd"..

The Cypriots

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