Sesta – Episode 7: Sesta Pride Special with Alexis Hercules (30/6/2022)

Sesta-embracing the colours of culture! In this seventh episode of Sesta, Meltem Burak hosts author Alexis Hercules. Throughout the podcast, Alexis elaborates on his short story Walk which was published in March 2022 by Arts Against Extremism, a new literary journal dedicated to investigating, understanding and countering extremism. Walk is a sensual short story situated at the heart of nature and war in 1974 Cyprus. Alexis talks about the relationship between Walk`s genesis and his life experiences; his writing style; the idea of 1974 in contemporary Cypriot literature; and his upcoming debut novel Patéras. Alexis shares a small section from Patéras whichwill be published in autumn 2022. The novel is about the social perception of women, patriarchy and domestic violence. This seventh episode is the continuation of Sesta Pride Special series celebrating June, the International Pride Month.

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Garip Zamanlar – Bölüm 30: Kebaptan vazgeçmek mümkün mü? Veganizm ve sonrası. (20/6/2022)

Garip Zamanlar'ın bu bölümüde Evren İnançoğlu, Kemal Baykallı ve Sertaç Sonan veganizmi masaya yatırıyorlar. Etik beslenmek mümkün mü? Dünyanın protein ihtiyacını solucanlar ve çekirgeler mi karşılayacak? Z kuşağı sütten utanıyor mu? Almanya'nın veggie döneri. Enternasyonelde hayvan hakları. Bitcoin'de son durum ne? Sertaç'ın dolmuş gibi uçakla Yunan adası ziyareti ve bizde niye böyle olmuyor hayıflanması. Evren'in Viyana seferi ve daha nice ilginç mevzular, Kıbrıs'ın sevilen podcastı Garip Zamanlar'da.

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Sesta – Episode 6: Sesta Pride Special with Erman Dolmacı and Diego Aparicio (16/6/2022)

Sesta-embracing the colours of culture! In this sixth episode of Sesta, Meltem Burak talks to Erman Dolmacı (they/them/theirs) and Diego Aparicio (he/him/his). Erman is a PhD candidate on Gender Studies, and a project coordinator at the Human Rights Platform. Diego is the founder and artistic director of the Queer Wave Film Festival. Throughout the podcast, Erman elaborates on the importance of intersectionality. Erman underpins the significance of hearing the margins and constructing peace with a rights based approach in Cyprus. Diego explains the role of Queer Wave in bridging the gap between north and south while encouraging community engagement. The sixth episode of Sesta is a Pride Special episode celebrating the Pride Month ahead of the first Intercommunal Pride in Cyprus. The first Intercommunal Pride will take place on 18 June at 18.00. The march will begin at Kuğulu Park in north Nicosia and at Eleftheria Square in south Nicosia and the two groups will eventually meet at Ledra Palace. The Intercommunal Pride is organised by Queer Collective CY and Queer Cyprus Association, and co-hosted by LGBT-PILIPINAS, LGBT Africa and LGBTQIA+ & Allies Students Club of University of Cyprus.

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Figure It – Episode 9: Mustafa Besim unpacks Turkey’s economic protocol with the Turkish Cypriots (10/6/2022)

In this episode of Figure It, Sapienta Economics Director Fiona Mullen talks to Dr Mustafa Besim, Professor of Economics at Eastern Mediterranean University and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, about the economy of northern Cyprus, in particular the latest economic and financial protocol worth around 240 million euro signed between the Turkish Cypriot administration and Turkey. What are the protocol’s strengths, what are its weaknesses and what should be the priority for Turkish Cypriot economic policy?   

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Sesta – Episode 5: On The Crescent Moon Fox with Metin Murat (24/5/2022)

Sesta-embracing the colours of culture! In this fifth episode of Sesta, Meltem Burak talks to Dr Metin Murat who is the author of the recently published novel The Crescent Moon Fox. Throughout the podcast, Metin elaborates on his compassionate, heart-breaking, brutal and humorous debut novel which is a gesture towards peace, and towards the Turkish-speaking community of Cyprus. He explains how literature, among the other forms of arts and culture, manages to unite people who disagree with each other, and serves as an instrument which helps people show their fears and their suffering. The Crescent Moon Fox`s book launch and signing…

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Nicosia Uncut – Episode 39: RoC elections – three candidates of the establishment (16/5/2022)

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Artwork by George Gavriel

Legacy of Anastasiades seems to be dominating the political scene in Cyprus in the coming term as well. Early favorites of the Presidential race, DISY's Neophytou, currently independent Christodoules and AKEL's potential candidate Mavroyiannis have been the aces of Anastasiades' team during his rule. In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı shed a critical light on the system that fails to generate strong alternative candidates backed by the leading political parties in Cyprus. The latest meltdown of institutions and the system in the Turkish Cypriot political was also discussed.

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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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