The countries of the European south, Greece in particular, have suffered due to the world crisis of capital. The crisis has now turned on the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus with a vengeance.
Austerity is the key issue facing Cypriot voters as they head to the polls for the second round of the presidential elections.
Cypriots marked the anniversary of the assassination of two Cypriot patriots - one of Turkish background and the other of Greek background.
Commentators believe that these threats are little more then bluster since Cyprus's activities are fully protected by international law and are being carried out within its exclusive economic zone.
On the island country of Cyprus, sports teams have come to be associated with certain segments of the population. In soccer, the main team associated with the working people is Omonoia Nicosia.
Recent events in Cyprus, occurring in the context of the global capitalist crisis, have led to a sharpening of the class struggle in this small island nation.
Authorities in occupied northern Cyprus assaulted Turkish Cypriots as they peacefully protested a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan made a highly provocative visit July 20 to the Turkish-occupied region in northern Cyprus.
The blast is said to have been one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history.
In parliamentary elections May 22 in the island nation of Cyprus, the governing AKEL party - the island's Communist Party - gained seats and increased its voting percentage.