“360 Degrees” – ALPHA TV GREECE

A short documentary about Famagusta that is broadcasted on Alpha TV to present various dimensions of the city’s division and displacement for former and current citizens. I would like to thank to Maya Filippopoulou once again, the editor in chief, for her sensitivity to reflect Turkish Cypriot and bicommunal peace building efforts in this documentary….

Memory Landscapes of Famagusta

Today I talked with Maya Filippopoulou, Editor in chief of 360 Degrees News program, Alpha TV Greece, about memory landscapes of Famagusta and the ontological meaning of the city’s fragmentation for both communities. We also discussed about future projections through the facts regarding to the ecological threats. I would like to thank to her and…

Avrupa’nın çözülmemiş en uzun çatışması / The longest unresolved conflict on the Europe

İtalyan minet-TV ile Avrupa kıtasında çözülmemiş en uzun çatışma ve en uzun süredir devam eden BM barış gücü misyonlarından biri haline gelen “Kıbrıs sorunu” üzerine konuştuk. Röportajda, adada sahip olduğumuz ortak mirası, Mağusa’nın güzelliklerini ve çalışmaktan ve dillendirmekten hiç vazgeçmeyeceğim kalıcı barış arzumu bir kez daha vurguladım. Yayın editörü Christine Helfer’e raporunda bana da yer…

Sustainability in the Island of Cyprus

I would like to thank Xanat Meza for featuring me in her “Report of Sustainability in the Island of Cyprus”! Thanks for covering the example of the Therapeutic Community Agia Skepi, a cultural garden which is created by Emily Markides, the inspiration behind the Famagusta Ecocity Project. Click for the Japanese version of the article…

Peace building with community: Participatory planning

Yesterday I was together with a group of International Relations and Global Politics students from the American University of Rome, who were in Cyprus for a study visit with their professors Irene Caratelli and Cecilia Sottilotta. I am happy to share the FamagustaEcocityProject‘s vision for an integrated and sustainable city, as well as our approach for…

Building a peaceful co-existince together

How can we empower the voice of the people for the unification of Cyprus? How can we show two communities that unlike the “deadlock”, something different, something sustainable can be done in this island? We talked about our inspirations, strategies and will to build a peaceful co-existince together in Cyprus with Raphaelle Vivent from news…

Review on Cypriot Cities on EL PAIS

Interesting review on Cypriot cities, especially with a special focus on Famagusta and Eastern Mediterranean University through the narrative of our respectful rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam (3:30’). And final remarks from me (3:53’) on the sustainable future of the Cyprus: Famagusta Ecocity Project. Thanks to EL PAIS!

The ‘Journey’, International Summer School

Today we talked at the International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC about how to handle the challenges caused by ecological treats, climate changes and war/conflict in specific areas. We shared our experiences from the Famagusta Ecocity Project with those international postgraduates and young professionals to inspire them to tackle…

Stories for Peace

We shared two ‘peace’ stories with the editor in chief of http://www.coastalseekers.com Amelia and her partner Josh. This inspiring couple created an online platform for travel video/ bloggers to share their stories. There are many ways for peace making; art, architecture, storytelling, permaculture, economy and many more. Our first story came from art in which…

‘Risky Travels’ Exhibition 2017

In August of 1974, artist from Paphos, Andy Adamos, abandons his art studio in Famagusta, with all the body of his art works in it. Many years later, a Turkish Cypriot architect and artist Baki Boğaç  discovered Andy Adamos’ studio, and decided to safe keep the artworks, and to return them to their rightful owner when…

How a ghost town embodies the Cypriot divide

»Source: Al Jazeera As political negotiations continue, one group is pushing to revitalise the long-abandoned district of Varosha.    by Megan O’Toole Famagusta, Cyprus – Four decades ago, time froze in the coastal Cypriot district of Varosha. Eggs were still boiling on hot stovetops. Children’s toys remained strewn across living-room floors. Clothes were left on their hangers inside…

Peace making, Freedom, Equality and The Famagusta Ecocity Project

European Parliament definitely needs such brave and ambitious people! I had an amazing day with Berta Herrero talking about the current situation in the island and arround, peace making, freedom, equality, diversity, democracy and of course The Famagusta Ecocity Project. The Meditteranean spirit bounds people beyond the countries; it must be the sea…