Misleading BBC map of Cyprus corrected after protests by Lobby for Cyprus and Cypriot refugees in UK and Australia

BBC map of Cyprus as it appeared following protests by Cypriot refugees

Protests via social media by Lobby for Cyprus and Cypriot refugees led to apologies from BBC presenter Simon Reeve and broadcaster SBS Australia, and a correction by the BBC. Continue reading


20 July 1974: day of shame


20 July 2016 marks a dark anniversary: another year and another day of shame, in which the Turkish government maintains its illegal hold on the northern area of the Republic of Cyprus, through its occupation with 43,000 troops.  Continue reading

Lessons of history: Constantinople

Artist’s depiction of the Greek Orthodox church of Ayia Sophia (Ἁγία Σοφία – Holy Wisdom) in Constantinople in the 10th century, prior to its conversion to a mosque and then museum

To this day, many Greeks consider Tuesday to be a day of ill omen – a black day – for it was on a Tuesday 29 May 1453 that the magnificent Christian city of Constantinople, capital of Byzantium, fell to the invading Ottoman Turks.  Continue reading