Saturday, August 15, 2015

GLOBAL FAITHS: Cyprus an imbroglio of politics, religion


...the story of Cyprus is far older than the Ottoman Empire, during which, under its rule of over 350 years, it became, and remained a backwater, a barrack with services, until its Independence in 1960, which at least with self-representation brought an infrastructure of asphalt roads, electricity, across the island, as well as drinking water, for everyone, safe and clean from civil works, which had never existed before.

...more accurately the dispute is between "Turks", and those not "Turks" (read: "Greeks"); what of the other Cypriot Constituencies, the Maronites, Armenians, and Latins, they too, as Persons have the same and equal needs. What of the dwellers who choose to identify themselves as Cypriots, first? The Cyprus Problem is a Turkish Problem. More accurately Greeks as a population have been Cyprus' overwhelming majority for thousands of years, and as Individuals they deserve the respect and recognition as Cypriots to vote as Cypriots, to live as Cypriots, in Cyprus, and around the world, to be identified as Cypriot, whether within Cyprus there are more than one, or many, distinct identities or not. (What is missing is a Greek Constituency if we are talking BBF, there exists a Republic, and a Turkish Constituency with no equal(s).)

...any agreement which denies Cypriots the Right to vote and to live Freely in Cyprus, as Cypriots will not pass. In Politics, as in Religion, there is no Muslim God, or Jewish God, or any array of Christian God. Cyprus like God exists, Cypriots deserve better, a bit of Solomon's wisdom rather than tearing the baby in two.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Israel: everybody is a Minority


...interesting. A greater Israel, and within it Israeli Constituencies.

Like in Cyprus, i hope, beyond the "blue&white stripey thing", and 'Ms. Packman', there is a Flag of Cyprus that flies higher. BBF, because at one level of government we defend our Rights as Individuals, and at another we sustain our daily lives as Persons. A BBF because, despite the possibility of each Constituency having many components geographically defining "their" zone(s), their is one country, one island, beyond the sum of some arbitrary territorial jurisdictions, where as Citizens we are equals, as Cypriots for Cyprus, in doing our best toward defending it, merit, while bettering ourselves.

...each is a minority, if you will; within each "they" live as minorities as well.