The Tragedy of Cyprus -rescue by US marines of FBIS staff in a military coup

Written by A. Djev. Basharan


~by A. Djev. Basharan (1974) -author & formerly ofrepparttar FBIS A memory ofrepparttar 125999 day of a military coup

I had gone through this before. But it was not accompanied by bombs, shells, and bombardment, andrepparttar 126000 war was not waged right on top of us or around us.

The coup which ousted President Makarios took place on a Monday morning. Shells dropped on CYTA which is only 100 yards from my house in Nicosia, fell in dozens into our street. I knew then thatrepparttar 126001 island was in for endless trouble. I could not bear to hear Greek Cypriots call their president a traitor, a tyrant. This was unbelievable.

Inrepparttar 126002 afternoon ofrepparttar 126003 same day when a curfew was imposed throughoutrepparttar 126004 island, Chief editor Henne and another American picked me up from Nicosia and took me to FBIS where I stayed on duty untilrepparttar 126005 hours of evacuation.

It was obvious to me that whatrepparttar 126006 Greek officers from Greece tried to do was to bring about an unproclaimed Enosis. In fact, all courting trouble, and trouble it was.

Ankara had pretended to be seeking powers fromrepparttar 126007 Grand National Assembly to send troops to foreign countries, thoughrepparttar 126008 Government had already been vested with such powers earlier. This move fooled many people.

On Friday evening, asked whether he expected any sad development, Prime Minister Ecevit cheerfully answered inrepparttar 126009 negative. And yet early next morning Turkish planes started coming in rapid succession. Most of us had spentrepparttar 126010 night atrepparttar 126011 station as a precautionary measure. It was 05.15 inrepparttar 126012 morning on Saturday 20 July when we all rushed intorepparttar 126013 corridor in utter amazement. Some of us looked more horrified than others.

On Sunday night shells fromrepparttar 126014 warships and bombs and strafing fromrepparttar 126015 planes came down thick and fast. Some exploded withinrepparttar 126016 precincts of FBIS, damaging doors and shattering windows. Some explosions were simply as much deafening as they were horrifying. At times, death was not aroundrepparttar 126017 door. It was inches away.

Our bureau Chief Mr. Tom Weiss, exhausted as he was, kept praying not only for himself but for all of us. I will never forget that tried but determined figure continuing to operate in various capacities underrepparttar 126018 most trying circumstances. His wife, a formidable lady I thought, was always by his side.

Onrepparttar 126019 last day, our Bureau Chief looked like a ghost of himself, and yet he was bombarded with all sorts of questions to which he tried to provide answers. I do not recollect having seen him in a bad mood. I don’t recollect having heard him give vexed answers to any ofrepparttar 126020 many relevant as well as irrelevant questions.

Socrates, Politics and Axe Murder: A Look At Gay Marriage

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

This week, I attended a reading by Christopher Phillips. He isrepparttar author of Socrates' Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy, and has been described asrepparttar 125998 "Johnny Appleseed of philosophy" because of his penchant for starting meaningful dialogues with groups aroundrepparttar 125999 world.

He was in town to promote his newest book, Six Questions for Socrates: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery Through World Philosophy. Because I happen to live in Portland, Oregon, a city with a reputation for contemplative people and voracious readers (must be repparttar 126000 rain),repparttar 126001 room at Powell's Books was packed. After reading a few pages from his book describing a typical Socratic dialogue, Phillips asked us to considerrepparttar 126002 question, "What is virtue?" and to think about how it might relate to our world today.

Well, "today" happened to berepparttar 126003 day that President Bush announced his intention to push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. It was clearly a hot topic inrepparttar 126004 room, andrepparttar 126005 first speaker jumped right in by asking if perhaps we could become a more virtuous society by respecting and supporting a "multiplicity of choices" regarding any loving relationship between two consenting adults.

The hour passed swiftly as many individuals contributed torepparttar 126006 discussion of tolerance, support, acceptance, common good, well being, andrepparttar 126007 development of our culture.

No matter what you believe about gay marriage, considering its implications is a fascinating process in evaluating and defining our own sense of virtue.

When I was four, my father announced to my mother that he was homosexual. My mother had been raised inrepparttar 126008 Mormon church,repparttar 126009 only child of two very conservative parents. She told me years later that she'd had to look uprepparttar 126010 word inrepparttar 126011 dictionary to know what he was talking about. It was 1964.

She chose to pack up my two brothers and me and head to Oregon to live with her parents. I grew up hearing from my grandmother that my father was "evil" and that someday I'd learn aboutrepparttar 126012 horrible things he'd done.

I envisioned him as an axe murderer. I didn't see him for years.

I now have a very friendly relationship with him, and I am pleased to report that he has never killed anyone. In fact, he leads a quiet, happy life of gardening, paying bills, helping others in his community, and being completely dedicated to his partner.

They've been together for over 40 years--about 28 years longer than he was married to my mother. I don't know any couple that has been able to withstand more challenges while remaining absolutely devoted to supporting each other than my father and his partner. With lasting love being so hard to find, I think we ought to support and celebrate it whenever possible.

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