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In a society where all different categories of people must fit into boxes so that capitalism can sell them customized products we proudly remain queers. Queers are constantly under surveillance because they don’t fit into binaries, they deviate from the norms, because their very existence disrupts the patriarchal system; therefore they must be disciplined, they must be punished Last Saturday, starting at 16:30 from Nicosia's Faneromeni Square, the 1st Queer Street Party —a radical initiative of groups and activists from all over the island and abroad— reclaimed both the streets of gentrified Nicosia Old Town and the Pride Parade.

June 8, 2015 
 
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Statement by YKP-fem, Queer Cyprus, Sispirosi Atakton, Initiative Against Fascist Threat, faq - published on 17th May. Πατήστε εδώ για την ελληνική μετάφραση Türkçe için tıkla On the occasion of the May 17, International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), we are taking the opportunity to condemn/criticize every form of oppression which are continuously being pushed on people who are outside the so-called norms.

May 18, 2015 
 

User-submitted content. Submit your own article here.   Somehow they find space for all their armies in a single strip, but when we try to meet, they dare tell us we block the street. When we participated in calling this year's march for a Demilitarised Nicosia, we accepted the compromise of using a UN Regulations-bound establishment, Home For Cooperation, for the sake of holding an open inter-communal and inter-sectional discussion on battling off militarism in Cyprus, which directly affects us residents of Nicosia, and Cyprus as a whole. Our intention is to foster a continued, horizontally organised forum that will reclaim what is rightfully ours: an island free of armies and the poisonous ideology they enforce on all...

March 1, 2015 
 

Call made by Assembly for a Demilitarised Nicosia on facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/718230014959390/ Why is there a border dividing this city? Do we really want to harm each other? Were we ever as different as they taught us to be? This city wasn't divided because of the different languages we spoke; it was a power struggle between competing elites.

February 24, 2015 
 

1. Year begins with strikes in Limassol Port Workers for Greek subcontractor construction company VIOTEK went on a lengthy strike after the company made it clear they will not honour contracts and collective agreements binding the sector.

January 1, 2015 
 
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An event was called today on 20th of December  by United Cyprus - Bicommunal Peace Initiative in Ledra St/Lokmaci buffer zone demanding a resumption of the reunification talks which had previously broke down after the Greek Cypriot representatives left following Turkey's continious presence in Cyprus' EEZ.  The participants expressed their desire for a reunified Cyprus and peace on the island.

December 20, 2014 
 

Cyprus News Roundup is a new 3533 feature. Every week our team of volunteering editors will compile a summary of less covered news from the whole spectrum of the socio-political landscape of the island.

November 22, 2014 
 
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I found the way to legally swear at someone. In Vid. 1, I present two politicians where it is really interesting to see that one says to the other: “… your comment is stupid and idiot …”. Of course he does not say “You are stupid and idiot”. He says your comment is. The proof is in Vid.

June 30, 2014 
 

Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs held a lecture entitled: The Making and Reclaiming of Communal Spaces in Beirut: The Story of the Dalieh by Abir Saksouk-Sasso Due to the lack of appropriate public space, Beirut dwellers lay claim today to a number of open areas in the city, the uses of which are akin to 'public' spaces -- they are accessed freely and allow for an unconfined range of social activities. This lecture advocates learning from the public by observing several left- over spaces in the city, in order to understand them as public, multicultural, socially just, and open.

June 10, 2014 
 
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Squats have to be recognized and supported for what they are: vibrant social centers at the very heart of the ‘commons’, actively including the excluded. A few months ago one of the editors of an architecture magazine emailed me asking me to write a short piece about squatting, squatters and squats.

May 13, 2014