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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 January 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 JANUARY 2015 23 OPINION OPINION ANDREAS CHRYSAFIS Broken promises - New Year 2015 Many people will have made New Year's resolutions and hardly any of them will be kept or come to fruition. One may say "so be it". And so, life goes on, full of broken promises. In fact, Cypriot citizens are drowned by such promises that never materialise: The EU promised us prosperity and employment when Cyprus joined the EU institution; the euro promised us currency stability and low interest rates once we dumped the pound; the United Nations resolutions promised us hope to be rid of the Turkish invaders of our country; the guarantor powers - Britain, Greece and Turkey - promised us protection; instead, they have turned the island into a pizza with everyone anxious to grab a slice; since the discovery of gas America is also on the scene sniffing for a slice and promises ‘security’ if Cyprus joins NATO and distances its links with Russia. In fact, actions speak louder than words and our politicians (shamefully) have also played a dastardly role by failing in their duty to serve those same LETTERS The Mediterranean diet and flying foxes The Mediterranean diet is now only for the rich. In any meal, good ingredients are expensive in Australia. At a very large camping place I was in the only thing cooked by most people was cheap pork sausages. If you were an Orthodox Jew, you would think you found hell as you walked in the smoke of the burning pork sausages. Even growing your own in- volves much time and money, if the flying foxes, possums, rats and birds do not beat you to the harvest. Water is only available to the rich in Melbourne, as the millions that have migrated to Melbourne in a short time did not bring any water with them. You can no longer gather wild herbs from out of the way places, as the flying foxes are there as well and the diseases they carry make the local junk food shop safer. Flying foxes start eating fruit from the top of the tree, and s**t on the lower fruit, so that not even the rats and birds will eat the fruit. If an Anglo neighbour sees you killing anything you go straight to jail. The critters are natives; we are just ‘Johnny come latelies’ who have no rights in our backyards. We are allowed to stand in the middle of the yard watching the wildlife eating our dinner, and cry out everything is wonderful and charming, before we go buy ‘fish fingers’ from Bangladesh, and acid-washed white bread from Ireland, washed down with ‘organic’ tomato sauce from Italy grown in a field outside Naples that has all the most toxic German and British waste a few centimetres below the surface. The only consolation is that the flying foxes are killing the possums, but we have to keep the grandchildren out of the backyard. The poor neighbours are dying of bowel cancer at a younger and younger age. I am hoping to get Chinese neighbours who will not dob me in to the coppers when I reclaim my backyard and the Mediterranean diet. The Chinese think I am a native, I don’t tell them my grandparents were born in Greece. I tan easily, so I have to keep out of the sun to be really white. I should put on a sun block when I leave home. A. Romios Victoria Hellas has to break free The upcoming Greek elections on 25th January is our chance to break free of the shackles that Berlin, Paris and London have placed on our beloved Hellenic Republic. The then prime minister of Greece, Charilaos Trikoupi, in 1893 declared that Greece was bankrupt. This was due to the excessive borrowing Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you think Greece will remain in the eurozone if SYRIZA wins the upcoming election? 40% YES 60 % NO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Will Australia win the Asian Cup? Vote online now. 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By submitting your letter to us for publication you agree that we may edit the letter for legal, space or other reasons and may, after the publication in the paper, republish it on the internet or in other media. Editor-in-Chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis Graphic Design: Peter Kelidis Fotis Petsinis Contributors: Dora Kitinas-Gogos Christopher Gogos Journalists: Proof Reader: Angela Costanzo Maja Jovic, Helen Velissaris, Michael Sweet, John Pyrros, Nelly Skoufatoglou, Anastasia Tsirtsakis Thankfully, the Revolution of the Mind has begun and people now do call for that one illusive justice that has eluded them for so long. The elections in Greece this month might undoubtedly change all that and bring a new hope for Greece and also tell IMF EU-Troika to pack its bags. The final decision by the Greek people would certainly influence citizens in Cyprus. people that have elected them into office. In its place, they have allowed the infestation of corruption to grow and turned a blind eye to banking fraud that shattered people’s dreams. Worse of all, they approved the inconceivable: allowing the current government to rob peoples' bank accounts on the sly. That decision brought economic ruin to the nation and grim poverty in return for poison loans from IMF EU-troika. Sad to say, they have not finished with us yet; people will soon be losing their homes and facing homelessness. Meanwhile, there is no end to the charade and spin. One would say, enough of empty promises and lies. Yet it's quite extraordinary how Cypriots remained silent all those years without speaking out in demand for their rights. What happened to the Cypriot spirit of defiance? Obviously muzzled. Greece's exit from the euro is more likely than unlikely and will trigger a domino effect on other member states to dump the euro. In fact, that will not be a bad thing. It will serve as a massive shake up of the European Union and possibly revert it back to its original honourable idea: a European economic common market of independent sovereign nations and not cowering under the current EU supranational corporation controlled by a horde of inglorious, unelected and unaccountable politicians. However, the gravest area of concern across Europe, Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus - aside from the brutal fundamental Islamic State - is the Erdogan/Davudoglu neo-Ottomanism obsession for a greater Sunni imperial Turkey. If successful, secular Turkey will vanish forever. In fact, there is much to worry, mainly because both leaders cannot be trusted and are also sympathetic to the IS Jihadists and Sunni Hamas terrorist organisation - the latter have recently being given permission and set up headquarters in Ankara. This is where Cyprus needs to rise above its minnow and bleating status, show leadership and become the brave little David that toppled Goliath. By using international law Cyprus can isolate Turkey to no ends. Of course, that will demand a long-term plan of action, which Cypriots have not experienced as yet. Wishful thinking, how- ever, does not produce results but actions do. So, let's wish that the New Year will be a hopeful year and endow people with the spirit to demand truth and resist empty promises from politicians with forkedtongues. *Andreas C Chrysafis is an author, writer and artist residing in Cyprus. Email your letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org and overspending of the government. He suspended the repayment of the grossly excessive foreign loans to guess who … Berlin, Paris and London! Greeks are a proud people. We will not bow down to any foreign power. Prime Minister Trikoupi was a hero of the modern Greek State. I can only hope that the next Greek prime minister takes similar steps to protect the sovereignty and rights of the people of the Hellenic Republic. 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