Nicosia Uncut – Episode 38: Turkey firms its grip on Turkish Cypriot politics (3/5/2022)

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UBP leader Dr. Faiz Sucuoğlu

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı discuss how Turkey is firming its grip in the Turkish Cypriot politics as the right-wing coalition of UBP leader Dr Faiz Sucuoğlu collapses yet again due to his apparent fall-out with cabinet members supported by Turkey's AKP leadership. True, this is not the first time Turkey is interfering in the Turkish Cypriot politics but the extend in which Turkey's AKP leadership is involved in deciding the cabinet names is rather new. In the Greek Cypriot politics, opposition AKEL is still trying to decide on its candidate as the…

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Garip Zamanlar – Bölüm 29: Mutlu olmayanı dövüyorlarmış (2/5/2022)

Johnny Depp'i madara eden bu hayat bize neler yapmaz! Garip Zamanlar'ın bayram özel sayısında Evren İnançoğlu, Kemal Baykallı ve Sertaç Sonan; Johnny Depp-Amber Heard davası üzerinden toksik erilliği, mutlu olma dayatması üzerinden toksik olumlamayı ve Çin rejiminin eleştirel yazıları görünmez bir dijital mürekkep gibi ortadan kaldırmasını konuştular. Heidegger, Sartre, Arendt, Kierkegaard bu haftaki düşün hayatımızın konuklarıydı. Distopyalar, ütopyalar, Bill Gates, Musk'ın Twitter'i satın alması derken program bitti.

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Garip Zamanlar – Bölüm 28: Artık herşey mümkün, distopyada sınır yok! (17/4/2022)

İngiltere’de Boris, Amerika’da Donald, Fransa’da Marie, Oscar’larda Will, apokaliptik salgında corona. İçinden geçtiğimiz garip zamanlarda herşey mümkün. Evren İnançoğlu, Kemal Baykallı ve Sertaç Sonan, ana akım sinamanın zirvesinde atılan tokadı, pandeminin ortasında partileyen İngiltere Başbakanı Boris Johnson’un aldığı cezayı, Putin’i haklı gören aklı karışmışları, babasını partiden atan aşırı sağcı Marie Le Pen’in çıkışını, ünlü düşünür Heidegger ve ünlü besteci Wagner’in nazilerle olan bağlarını, sinemada vampirlerin ve zombilerin tarihçesini ve binlerce insann ilgisine mazhar olan akademik zombi çalıştayının akibetini konuştular. Menüde ise Lurucina zivaniyası vardı.

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Nicosia Uncut – Episode 37: Discussing effectiveness of the UN in Cyprus with Dr.Alexandra Novosseloff (15/4/2022)

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı host Dr.Alexandra Novosseloff, the author of the EPON report titled "Assessing the Effectiveness of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force (UNFICYP) and the Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus (OSASG)". What does the report entail? What kind of work does the UN do behind the scenes to prevent crisis to occur? What are the relations between the conflict-prevention and peacemaking in the Cypriot context? How does the "fear of recognition" affect the work of the UN?

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Decode Cyprus – Episode 4: North – economic crisis deepens. Is there light at the end of the tunnel ? (11/4/2022)

As the economic crisis deepens in northern Cyprus, Turkish Cypriots hit the streets once more. Pandemic, devaluation of the Turkish lira and war in Ukraine hit the Turkish Cypriot economy which has long been suffering from the structural problems of their economy. Evaluating the recent situation, journalists Esra Aygın and Lefteris Adilinis compare the recent protests with the pro-solution rallies of the past. Why do Turkish Cypriots fail see the link between the solution of the Cyprus problem and the solution to the economic crisis? What do the opposition parties say? What needs to be done?

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Sesta – Episode 4: Constructing a culture of peace with Buffer Fringe: An interview with Ellada Evangelou (8/4/2022)

Sesta-embracing the colours of culture! In this fourth episode of Sesta, Meltem Burak talks to Dr Ellada Evangelou who is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival since 2019. Throughout the podcast, Ellada elaborates on the relationship between arts, culture and conflict transformation, and the role of Buffer Fringe in multifaceted peacebuilding. She explains how Buffer Fringe helps communities co-create and re-imagine the future in an inclusive way against the dominant, exclusionist, nationalist and patriarchal narratives in Cyprus. Buffer Fringe is currently looking for Cyprus-based or internationally based Cypriot artists to join the Festival which will run from 7 October to 9 October. If you have any creative ideas, you can apply to the Festival until 24 April from the link. More about the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BufferFringe/ – Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bufferfringe/

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Garip Zamanlar – Bölüm 27: Garip Zamanlar noir edition (17/3/2022)

Son Batman filminin etkisiyle mi nedir, bu bölüm Garip Zamanlar tarihinin en "noir" bölümü oldu. Karamsar ve ağdalı başladık ama viski tadımı sayesinde keyifli bitirdik. Napolyon'dan Birinci Dünya Harbi'ne kadar geçen umutlu zamanlar, tarihin sonuna geldiğine inanılan naif zamanlar, bilimden medyaya herşeyin doğruluğunu sorguladığımız şüpheli zamanlar, Rusya'nın Ukrayna'ya saldırmasıyla hatırlanacak günümüz zamanları ve nihayetinde içinde bulunduğumuz garip zamanlar bu bölümde! Evren İnançoğlu, Kemal Baykallı ve Sertaç Sonan, Garip Zamanlar podcastının 27'inci bölümünü soğuk ve baharı özlediğimiz bir Mart ayında çektiler. Neyse ki Glen Turner Single Malt - Port Cask Finish imdada yetişti.

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The Life Light – Επεισόδιο 16: Δημιουργώντας ένα βιώσιμο αύριο: Γιώργος Κύρου – Fashion Revolution Κύπρου (16/3/2022)

Ο Γιώργος Κύρου μέλος του κινήματος Fashion Revolution και ιδρυτής της Μοτίβω μας μιλά για τη φιλοσοφία πίσω από την επαναχρησιμοποίηση και τη βιώσιμη μόδα. Ταυτόχρονα γίνεται ένα ακόμα παράδειγμα ενός ανθρώπου που ακολουθά το σκοπό του. Το podcast Life Light παράγεται και παρουσιάζεται από την Άννα Μιχαήλ.

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Nicosia Uncut – Episode 36: War in Ukraine and the lessons for Cypriots (10/3/2022)

Difficult times for Ukraine and for the world peace in general! While Russia's attack on Ukraine continues to create a humanitarian tragedy in the heart of Europe, there are lessons for Cypriots who are living in frozen conflict on the island. In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı discusses how the war in Ukraine must teach the Cypriots the need to end their own conflict since they have been living on a powder keg for many decades. Harsh statements by the Russian Ambassador in Nicosia, upon the decision of the Republic of Cyprus to close its airspace as this is also a common decision of the EU, created a resentment among various circles. Anastasiades government, however, is trying to go below the radar instead of taking a determined position against the Russian invasion.

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Decode Cyprus – Episode 3: Drawing parallels between Ukraine and Cyprus (8/3/2022)

Two journalists from Cyprus, decode Cyprus! In this third episode, Esra Aygın & Lefteris Adilinis discuss the Cypriot reactions to the war in Ukraine, draw parallels between both countries and investigate the Russian involvement in the Cypriot politics. What are the similarities and differences between the two examples? Can we really talk about a principles approach of Russia when it comes to the Cyprus problem? What was the reaction of the Russian Ambassador to a possible NATO protection for a solution in Cyprus? Cypriots must draw their own conclusions.

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