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Nicosia Uncut

43 EpisodesProduced by Island Talks - CyprusWebsite

Cold, hard, truth from the divided capital of Cyprus.Andromachi Sophocleous & Kemal Baykallı, two peace activists/political analysts from the island of Cyprus, provide a unique and informed perspective on Cyprus-related politics, undoing official narratives dominating the discussion when it comes to… read more

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Nicosia Uncut – Episode 29: Back to the 1960 constitutional order? Really? (2/9/2021)

August 31st, 2021

40:59

Anastasiades invited the Turkish Cypriots back to the 1960 constitutional order as a response to Tatar’s statements in a never-ending tit-for-tat blame game. This caught everybody by surprise, including his own cabinet …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 5: Is Cyprus being sidelined? (31/7/2020)

July 31st, 2020

32:20

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli discuss about bayram celebrations in old Cyprus, interesting developments …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 25: Election special episode (1/6/2021)

May 31st, 2021

36:18

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı analyse the outcome of Republic of Cyprus parliamentary election result. …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 20: EU Council conclusions, US-TR relations, carrots & sticks (27/3/2021)

March 26th, 2021

27:35

Podcasting from both sides of the divide in Nicosia-Cyprus, Andromachi Sophocleous & Kemal Baykallı are producing the popular politics podcast - …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 16: A sneak preview to 2021 through Cypriot lens (26/12/2020)

December 25th, 2020

34:14

In this last episode of 2020, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı discuss what 2021 is likely to bring under four themes: Cyprus problem, local …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 22: Discussing CYprob, global politics with our special guest: Retired Ambassador Selim Kuneralp (23/4/2021)

April 22nd, 2021

43:02

In this episode we have had a special guest. Retired Ambassador Selim Kuneralp served in the Turkish foreign ministry for more than 40 years at various high-level positions and in this episode he answered our questions …

Nicosia Uncut – Epiosode 6: Discussing politics in the heat of summer: East Med, elections, Varosha (22/8/2020)

August 21st, 2020

24:31

Despite all odds, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı continue to discuss the recent political developments from Cyprus. Turkish-Greek …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 1: Cold, hard truth from the divided capital (21/2/2020)

February 21st, 2020

32:42

In this first episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andeomachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli explain the motivation for this podcast and evaluate the …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 43: Sleepwalking towards destruction – civil society is resisting (17/11/2022)

November 17th, 2022

34:46

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı criticize the political establishments on both sides of the divide and …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 42: Presidential race with no politics (3/10/2022)

October 3rd, 2022

47:21

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli shed a critical light on the presidential race in Republic of Cyprus: …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 41: Battle over the records of failed talks (14/8/2022)

August 14th, 2022

36:37

It is now crystal clear that solution of the Cyprus problem was actually within the reach during 2016 and 2017 summits, it took five years for the …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 40: Presidential race gearing up; yet another UN representative under attack (26/7/2022)

July 26th, 2022

31:44

After a summer brake, Nicosia Uncut is back with the latest political developments in Cyprus. Three leading presidential candidates participated in …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 39: RoC elections – three candidates of the establishment (16/5/2022)

May 14th, 2022

41:22

Legacy of Anastasiades seems to be dominating the political scene in Cyprus in the coming term as well. Early favorites of the Presidential race, …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 38: Turkey firms its grip on Turkish Cypriot politics (3/5/2022)

May 2nd, 2022

36:45

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı discuss how Turkey is firming its grip in the Turkish Cypriot politics as …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 37: Discussing effectiveness of the UN in Cyprus with Dr.Alexandra Novosseloff (15/4/2022)

April 15th, 2022

35:02

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı host Dr.Alexandra Novosseloff, the author of the EPON report titled "Assessing the Effectiveness of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 36: War in Ukraine and the lessons for Cypriots (10/3/2022)

March 8th, 2022

33:45

Difficult times for Ukraine and for the world peace in general! While Russia's attack on Ukraine continues to create a humanitarian tragedy in the …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 35: RoC’s U-turn from sanctions to CBMs (17/2/2022)

February 15th, 2022

33:52

Since the collapse of the talks in Crans Montana, Anastasiades government has dedicated all its foreign policy capital in isolating Turkey through …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 34: Cyprus: The land of pipe dreams (14/1/2022)

January 14th, 2022

34:55

Cyprus is the land of impossible fantasies. One side thinks that the international community is now ready to accept a “two-state solution” in Cyprus, …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 33: TCs hit by currency, RoC’s illusions on EU sanctions collapsed (20/12/2021)

December 17th, 2021

34:52

The Turkish Cypriot economy is badly hit following the meltdown of the Turkish lira. Being an import oriented economy based on services, economy in …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 32: Cyprus problem: What do the leaked UN minutes tell us? (3/12/2021)

December 1st, 2021

37:52

In this special episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı discuss and analyse the content, context and the implications of …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 31: Rivalries in UBP & DISY; Erdoğan’s deteriorating popularity (3/11/2021)

November 2nd, 2021

38:08

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı explore the reconciliation initiatives in Cyprus - Home for Cooperation, …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 11: Turkish Cypriots have decided: Evaluating the results in 30 mins (21/10/2020)

October 20th, 2020

31:32

Right wing nationalist UBP's Ersin Tatar finished the race as winner with 51.7% against 48.3% after a difficult and polarized second round. …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 27: ‘Two-state solution’ and opening of Varosha? What now? (22/7/2021)

July 20th, 2021

42:41

On 19-20 July 2021, during his visit in Cyprus, Turkey’s President has reiterated their position that they now support a two-state solution for the …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 15: Conservative agendas on both sides of the divide…and abroad (19/12/2020)

December 18th, 2020

21:35

Governing party right-wing DISY flirts with ultra right ELAM but the budget was rejected in the parliament. A fragile minority coalition on the other …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 13: “No picnic over pain”, Turkish Cypriots protested (18/112020)

November 17th, 2020

25:43

Turkish Cypriots marched again! This time against the picnic in Varosha..and Turkey's intervention in their affairs. On the other side of the divide, Covid measures created resentment.

In a parallel universe, Andromachi …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 24: Responding to our listeners’ feedback (15/5/2021)

May 14th, 2021

26:44

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı respond to the feedback they have received to their recent episodes. The questions and feedback include the relations between corruption and …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 2: The black hole of Cyprus, lira’s downfall and curse of hydrocarbons (13/5/2020)

May 13th, 2020

23:59

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli share their views on perceptions on the island, the Turkish Cypriot economy and the energy sector with a view to the future.

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 30: More elections, more tensions (14/10/2021)

October 12th, 2021

31:06

Summer is over and all sides are now focused on upcoming elections on both parts of the divide in Cyprus and in Turkey. Turkish Cypriot minority …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 28: Divided over vaccination registries and what’s going on in Turkey? (14/8/2021)

August 12th, 2021

38:35

In the heat of August, Nicosia Uncut producers Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı explain how the Cyprus problem continues to pose problems in all walks of life: This time on the registry of vaccinated Turkish …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 7: What a mess! (12/9/2020)

September 11th, 2020

24:43

What a mess! Cyprus found itself it the heart of a diplomatic mess in the area of international relations, multiple interests are at stake. Turkish …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 17: Fed up with the CYprob yet? (12/1/2021)

January 11th, 2021

29:07

The first episode of 2021. Andromachi Sophocleous & Kemal Baykallı talk about their favorite topic: The Cyprus problem!.What is the UN's strategy …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 19: Internationals lead the way in CYprob amidst protests in domestic politics (11/3/2021)

March 10th, 2021

38:57

In this slightly extended and longer version of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı explain how the internationals are now in …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 10: Two Cypriots discussing Varosha and the elections (10/10/2020)

October 9th, 2020

27:40

It was a very emotional day for many Cypriots, particularly for Famagustians. Allowing access to the coastal part of fenced town Varosha opened old …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 14: Politics as usual before the EU summit (9/12/2020)

December 8th, 2020

27:29


Tension grows before the EU summit where possible sanctions against Turkey is on the agenda. Stormy waters in domestic politics on both sides of the …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 12: Cypriots are marching on both sides of the divide (9/11/2020)

November 8th, 2020

24:10

"Isn't it amazing that you are marching against the corruption and we are marching against Turkey's intervention into Turkish Cypriot politics, in …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 18: Could constructive ambiguity save or ruin the day? (9/2/2021)

February 8th, 2021

30:09

Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı discuss Cyprus problem ahead of the informal 5+1 conference: expected strategy, basic assumptions, …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 9: Discussing peacebuilding through the CMP with Dr. Nasia Hadjigeorgiou (9/10/2020)

October 7th, 2020

29:40

This week we have a special guest. Dr.Nasia Hadjigeorgiou has carried out an extensive research on the work of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus and discuss with us her findings and observations regarding …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 3: The paradox of Cyprus: Criticising racism internationally, but being xenophobic locally (5/6/2020)

June 5th, 2020

24:48

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli discuss the mainstream xenophobic rhetoric in Cyprus within the framework of global movements against extremism.

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 8: Behind the headlines: EU summit and the elections (5/10/2020)

October 4th, 2020

31:05

Podcast from the divided capital of Cyprus. In this episode, Andromachi Sophocleous provides an insight on the latest EU Council Meeting, expectations of the Republic of Cyprus, use of veto to block sanctions against …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 26: Analysing Turkey’s motives and the Greek Cypriot response (5/7/2021)

July 3rd, 2021

30:01

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut; Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı discuss the internal and external political motives of Turkey when it …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 4: Questions to EU/ambassadors on Borrell’s visit & news for you: No, the crossings are not open & critical thinking is not for our students (3/7/2020)

July 3rd, 2020

29:47

In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli discuss EU Foreign Affairs Minister Josep Borrel's visit to Cyprus and how he had to call Akinci to fix the sour taste after his departure. How …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 23: Discussing the 5+1 Geneva failure and next day scenarios for Cyprus (3/5/2021)

May 2nd, 2021

37:17

Informal 5+1 conference on Cyprus, with the participation of two Cypriot sides and three guarantor powers as well as the UN, ended with failure at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Positions of the sides were not …

Nicosia Uncut – Episode 21: Special guest – Dr.Sertaç Sonan on their survey on political culture in northern Cyprus (6/4/2021)

April 2nd, 2021

35:56

Today’s episode is special as Nicosia Uncut produers Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı are hosting Dr. Sertaç Sonan, one of the academics …

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