It is perhaps typical that the only person whom the pro-Turkish government brigade could wheel out for yet another partitionist tirade on Cyprus should be a pseudo-left winger, the discredited politician Jack Straw, who lied his way through the Iraq enquiry, was involved in extraordinary renditions and torture, and later in a shady political lobbying affair, boasting to two undercover journalists that he ‘operated under the radar’, and had used his influence to change EU rules on behalf of a firm which paid him £60,000 a year. Given that the Turkish government uses various PR and lobbying companies, one is inclined to wonder why he has been wheeled out to write an article in The Independent (1 October) calling for partition in Cyprus. Is he being paid? And does it mean yet another desperate attempt to foist on the people of Cyprus another pseudo-solution, which would consign the island to a NATO-controlled pro-Turkish semi-state
The continued division of Cyprus suits Britain’s geopolitical interests, as well as those of world powers that see the Mediterranean island as a useful pawn in a longstanding game of chess. Darren Loucaides reports from a country that wants to determine its own future.
City based Assistant Professor Anupam Vatsyayan’s book that has been recently published from United Kingdom was released by Salma Ansari, wife of the Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari, at the Vice President House in New Delhi.
Scientists behind a theory that the speed of light is variable – and not constant as Einstein suggested – have made a prediction that could be tested.
Thousands of inscriptions and petroglyphs dating back around 2,000 years have been discovered in the Jebel Qurma region of Jordan’s Black Desert. They tell of a time when the now-desolate landscape was teeming with life.
“Nowadays, the Jebel Qurma area, and the Black Desert in general, is a highly inhospitable area, very arid and difficult to cross,” said Peter Akkermans, a professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands who leads the Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project. Photos the team took of the modern-day landscape show little water, vegetation or wildlife.
Inside a red-brick building with a tin roof in western Rwanda, a group of young people are hard at work studying for a US-accredited university degree.
But these are no ordinary students: they are Congolese refugees for whom such a qualification could spell an escape from stateless limbo.
With the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency and the victory of the Leave campaign in Britain’s EU referendum, 2016 has been a year that has bewildered many analysts.
Reflecting the political upheavals in both Britain and America, Oxford Dictionaries has announced a joint US-UK word of the year: “post-truth”.