Brexit: UK Citizens of Cypriot Origin Can Obtain an EU Passport

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An EU passport includes the right to live and work in any EU member-state. Following, the result of the UK referendum, the UK citizens will not have that right anymore. However, after the Leave vote, some people have the false impression that they could renew their passport immediately and remain citizens of the EU for the next 10 years. This option will not work because once the UK leaves the EU, the UK citizens cease to be EU citizens. As a result, many people are seeking an alternative passport. Consequently, Cyprus passport can be one option as Cyprus is an EU member-state since 2004.

Before presenting the necessary procedures that need to be followed in order to acquire a Cyprus passport, it should be clarified that the Republic of Cyprus allows its citizens to have a double citizenship. That is to say, British-born Cypriots may apply for a Cyprus citizenship and keep their UK citizenship as well.

In the following paragraphs, we will explain:

  • the acquisition of the Cypriot citizenship due to Cypriot origin;
  • the acquisition of the Cypriot citizenship as a spouse of a Cypriot citizen;

A.Acquisition of

The Brighter Side of Slum Life

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You can’t choose where you are born, but your actions and the decisions you make determines on where you will be in the future. Most of the people found themselves in the slums.They had no choice but to accept their situation. Some of the slum dwellers made a decision to make their residence more habitable and more interestingly, some people do thrive so well in the slums while others do manage to get their selves out of the slum life. Slum is defined as semi-urban informal settlement common with high crime rate, dense population, high poverty levels, open sewers and heaps of garbage. Amidst the negative appearance of the scenario, there is always a brighter side in the slum life.

Raw talent breeds in the slum. Most of the successful musicians, athletes, boxers, coaches always trace their roots back in the slum. The tough life and harsh conditions made them develop their talent at an early age due to their passion and zeal to achieve. Also some of the influential world leaders shared the better part of their lives in the shantytowns. The slum

Unmasking the African Abstentions

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Irked by the violence especially silent deaths against the LGBT community around the world, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to appoint an independent watchdog to focus on the investigations of violence against people strictly on grounds of sexual orientation. The tenure of this investigator is for three years. No African country voted in favour of this appointment with them either voting against it or abstaining totally.

Not surprising, Nigeria one of the world’s most homophobic nations voted against it with smaller countries like Burundi, Morocco, Ethiopia, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire following suit. No official statements was given by their representatives for their vote pattern but it is clear that the state organised homophobia which is a good red herring to cover up for their failed economic policies is a reason for their action.

Countries like Ghana, Namibia, Botswana decided to abstain from the vote. The most surprising was South Africa’s decision to abstain.

The Rainbow country is the most advanced in the continent on LGBT issues and it was rather curious that they showed a high level of indifference to the plight of the

Peace – Why So Elusive?

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We all hope for peace. Some people even use the word ‘peace’ in their greeting of others. Arabs say: ‘Salaam aleikum’, and you reply by saying ‘aleikum salaam’ – a sign that you both understand and wish similar peace to the person you meet. Jews use ‘Shalom’, ethnic groups use ‘Peace brother’ as a common greeting to signal that you meet one another with good will.

Why So Much War If We All Want Peace?

We are all products of our environment. When we disagree with out neighbor, we are mentally at war, annoyed and irritated with them. When our neighbor is noisy and playing loud music, we are irritated. It all starts in childhood.

If our parents had taught us to keep calm, there is a much better chance we would remain rational about things. When your neighbor irritates us because he doesn’t mow his lawn, or keeps a lot of trash in the front yard, you should maintain your calm. Drink a beer with him, and offer to help him get it to the local recycling centre.

Instead of maintaining our calm, many react by shouting or no longer greeting one another when you meet – and that is the beginning

The Media: Does The Media Realise That Most People Don’t Think For Themselves?

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When it comes to the mainstream media, there are a lot of people who believe that its sole purpose is to inform people about what is taking place in the world. Through having this outlook, one will be only too happy to accept just about everything they hear.

Now, if the media did exist to inform people, it wouldn’t matter if one put their critical faculties too one side. But as this is something that is not this black and white, it is going to be important for them to have their guard up, so to speak.


In order to do this, one will need to use more energy, and this is because they will have to think about what they hear. Instead of going along with something, it will be necessary for them to take a step back and to hold the information in their mind.

When this happens, one is not swallowing it whole and neither are they rejecting it; they are taking the time to look into what into it. Still, there might be no reason for one to think about something.


What this partly comes down to is that the media rarely talks about the same thing once, and

The Cultural Transgression of Living in the Past

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Officially, South Africa’s apartheid regime ended in the 90’s, but, the majority of the population will not put it to rest and move on. They refer to it constantly even though there is much muttering of “going forward”. Unfortunately, when the ANC came into power, they made so many promises that were completely unrealistic and unsustainable. Among them were free housing, jobs in managerial positions, and everything of the best that so many of the people had been deprived of for so long.

What was never expressed was that nothing comes as a freebie; it has to be earned with education, time, and experience. Building for the future was not the traditional way that things were done. If you planted a crop, when it was ready to harvest, there was food to eat, the attitude was why to bother to plant seeds for the following year, you had enough to eat for now and that was all that mattered. Next year was in the future, it would look after itself!

When next year arrived and there was a food shortage, surely the government would provide?

Slowly, South Africa began to transgress. There was little or no maintenance for electricity, the pipelines, or

The Need to Save a Life

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The most fundamental of all human rights is the Right to Life. It is the most inalienable as it is enshrined in the constitutions of most countries around the world. However a critical look at most constitutional draftings shows an omission of sexual minorities. This is not surprising especially in African States where part of the colonial hangover were laws out rightly criminalising same sex relations with harsh penalties for those who indulged in the practice. We remember the arrogance of former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo who said that there were no gay people in the country. The coming out of Bisi Alimi in 2004 must have been a rude shock and affront with severe consequences on the man that dared to come out of the closet.

On July 9, Ahmed Ben Amor, the Vice-President of Shams, an LGBT group in Tunisia made an attempt on his life by consuming a large quantity of harmful drugs. This is indeed tragic and disturbing for human rights conscious Africans. While many constitutions uphold the right to life as earlier pointed out, many in the African continent are extremely homophobic and endorse the killing, maiming and beating of sexual minorities. There are no