Cyprus Divided Capital A Last Vestige Of War : NPR

A tale of two states on a single island:

There is one corner of the European Union where a kind of war still rages.

Nicosia, on the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, is the last divided capital city in Europe. In 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus, taking over the northern part of the island — including half of the capital.

via Cyprus Divided Capital A Last Vestige Of War : NPR.


3 thoughts on “Cyprus Divided Capital A Last Vestige Of War : NPR”

  1. After reading this article, I looked through the comments and found an interesting viewpoint on this story. It said “We only cooperate in order to better compete”. This idea really interested me because i think that it is true to some extent. Our society is based on the ideals of cooperation, unity, and equality for all. But this environment of cooperation causes us to be competitive, giving rise to capitalism, materialism, and the belief that we have to set ourselves apart and do better than those around us in order to be successful in society. In this case involving Cyprus, these two societies in Nicosia have built themselves to be the opposite of the other in order to compete for ownership of the city. They Greek Christians are opposites of the Turkish Muslims, and that is how they define themselves. They compete with each other in order to cooperate as two individual societies.

  2. The conflict between the Turkish North and the Greek South of Cyprus reminds me of the conflict between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The British have controlled Northern Ireland (it’s part of the U.K.) while the Irish have controlled the rest of the island (the Rep. of Ireland) since 1921. In the North there is a strong protestant Christian presence but in the South they are mainly Catholics. The Irish and the Brits have been fighting over the land for years just like the Turks and Greek Cypriots, and there is continual tension, disagreement, and even occasional terrorism over sovereignty and independence. It’s just another reminder that conflicts like in Cyprus are happening all over the world. History of the Irish Troubles:

  3. This article sparks a lot of ideas, but one that caught my attention while I was researching it was found on this blog.

    “THE CYPRUS problem has been solved. At least, for a small group of individuals who made the buffer zone their physical and ideological home the last five months it has.”

    We talk of policy and implementation in our class. Making solutions. It was interesting to see someone taking matters into their own hands, and creating a solution. Not to discredit or trivialize what we learn to do in MUN, this standpoint can remind us to work for solutions to problems that aren’t being immediately fixed by policy. If something is not right in your community, school, living space, class etc. you can change it. (Using lessons learned from MUN, and a hope for a better world-even if that world is just yours.)

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