December 04, 2006

Koulias Loses it

In Monday's edition of Politis, we have Zaxarias Koulias, DIKO MP for Famagusta (by a large margin), addressing a letter to outgoing UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, accusing him of being the custodian of the land's Turkish occupation.

According to Koulias, Annan made the amazing slip of calling the occupied land "northern cyprus", while at the same time having the nerve to talk about lost opportunities when the only thing Annan has produced in his 10 years in office (according to the honorable MP) is a monstrous plan that would have given the whole of Stravaraland to Turkey for breakfast.

In fact, the only word in the Greek dictionary that Koulias could find to accurately reflects Anan's political career's achievement (bios kai politeia) is AISXOS (disgrace) but as that does not accurately capture the extent of the MP's outrage, Koullias added NTROPI (Shame) in the letter to accurately express his feelings towards the outgoing UN Secretary General.

Lots of capitalisation of words and references to black abound in this patriotic example of the detrimental effects of crack.


Anonymous m said...

The man never ceases to amaze me!

04 December, 2006 21:43  
Blogger alexandra said...

i cringed reading his letter.

do you think he's seen droushiotis' documentary? and realized what a fool he made of himself?

04 December, 2006 23:12  
Blogger Noullis said...

The man is an unqualified cretin. He was probably quite delighted to see himself in a film.

Simply unfathomable.

04 December, 2006 23:36  
Blogger Demetris said...

Brown sugar (...) you taste so good

Dwste re tou athrwpou to farmako tou jai en na pathei tipote. As en jai lio mavro. Kati telospantwn.
En exigite allospws. En toxikomanis se cold turkey fasi jai lalei asynartisies.

Tin anwmalia tou gamw!

05 December, 2006 01:21  
Blogger Noullis said...

I second the motion via the Stranglers

"...Every time just like the last
On her ship tied to the mast
To distant lands
Takes both my hands
Never a frown with golden brown..."

05 December, 2006 01:34  
Blogger drakouna said...

What should amaze us is the fact that he is voted MP for Famagusta "(by a large margin)".

Is it a case of him on drugs, or his electorate on drugs???

A mystery only suitable to be solved by the notorious Miss Marple...

05 December, 2006 11:48  
Blogger apodimos Kypreos said...

Yes, I do think the problem runs deeper than Koullias. He is the symptom of the disease, not the disease itself. Simply changing politicians does not change attitudes. Unfortunately.

05 December, 2006 11:56  
Blogger alexandra said...

Certainly voters' attitudes is a problem. But i think it works both ways. People like Koulias enhance the disease. If you treat your voters as stupid, they will know no other way to be. After all, a politician is in a didactic position of authority.

05 December, 2006 15:52  
Blogger apodimos Kypreos said...

You mean to say, if Koullias dies tomorrow (knock on wood), there will not be another 1000 Koullias to continue his struggle? I dont think he treats his voters as stupid, he treats them like they want to be treated. They like that. Matsakismos has a long way to go and it is not clear to me that whether you call the guy Matsakis, Koullias, Pittokopitis, Stavrianos, Sampson, or Pampis Kyritsis, or Dr Faustus, the problem will go away. Let me rephrase. In such a society, unfortunately, there will always be an Evita Peron that tells the crowds what they want to listen to. It is not by coincidence that all parties have at least one Evita Peron (even though in Stravara Land Evita has to wear trousers).

But voter apathy in such a society is a problem too. Voter apathy is irrelevant in mature democracies but in Stravaraland it is a sure recipe for disaster.

05 December, 2006 16:15  
Blogger alexandra said...

I hardly think Koulias is the one and only, however much he might wish to be. What I mean is that politicians have a voice that, amongst other things, tells people what to do - especially when people are scared, confused, ignorant of the subject matter, etc. People tend to listen to politicians, even if they haven't voted for them . This makes politicians responsible, especially in cases of misinformation.

The problem is not one of apathy, IMO, but one of lack of dissent. And I don't think they're opposites. I think the opposite of dissent is ignorance...

Does this make any sense? I'm looking at it as a vicious cycle.

05 December, 2006 16:39  
Blogger apodimos Kypreos said...

Lack of dissent or apathy?

Oussou na perasoume sounds like lack of dissent. But it is either apathy or fear that causes the lack of dissent.

Let's take a vote among other people but I think the lack of dissent is an outcome not a cause.

05 December, 2006 16:55  
Blogger Noullis said...

Perhaps there is a case of the critical mass[es] incapable of dissent. There is a base in each camp that will get the ball rolling.

And yes, the lack of dissent does emanate from ignorance. Then you have a layer of apathy also contributing to this.

What is sad, though, is the number of people who are actually entertained by the likes of Koulias. And that goes a long wy towards a re-election.

I will not broach the subject of whether democracy is viable.

05 December, 2006 19:43  
Blogger Demetris said...

It is more a case of silent majorities I think. Not 'ousou na perasoume' majorities alla occasionally yelling majorities to the point where the voice is lost and only the megaphone -and its Koullias holder- can survive. It's not that there is apathy. There is too much of a rush in how cy politics have developed and function today. Hence the drugs. And whoever has the biggest stash, has the biggest megaphone. Stashes also get passed around. From them, a joint or two will be haned down to the yelling crowd - and i challenge you to smoke a joint while at post-punk concert. Next morning you wont be feeling your throat Why the all yell together - well ask the priest for that. He is an allergic himself.

05 December, 2006 21:15  

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