On November 2, the Cyprus Mail entered its 75th year of life. The first issue of the newspaper appeared, soon after the end of World War II, on November 2, 1945 and the Mail has been reporting the news ever since. It is the island’s longest-running daily newspaper, which now also boasts the most visited English language website of Cyprus.
A witness to history, the Cyprus Mail has recorded the turbulent events that shaped the island and covered all big world events of the last eight decades. Founded by Iacovos Iacovides, it started life as a two-page tabloid and is now part of the digital age. Although still available on newsprint, the new digital platforms are modern fast and user-friendly, reaching out to an even wider readership. The Cyprus Mail social media platforms have further helped build quality relationships and global networking opportunities.
To mark the landmark of reaching its 75th year, the Cyprus Mail will be holding a symposium on ‘The Syrian Crisis and its Consequences in our Region’ on Friday December 6 at the Amara Hotel in Limassol.
Ioannis Kasoulides is a doctor by training but has spent most of his life in politics. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1991 and on Glafcos Clerides’ election in 1993, he was appointed government spokesman. In 1997 he was appointed Foreign Minister, a post he held until 2003. He was elected a Member of the European Parliament in 2004 and re-elected in 2009. He served as Foreign Minister again, from 2013 to 2018 when he announced his retirement from politics. He is the author of the book Cyprus-EU: The accession as I witnessed it.
Amine Gemayel served as President of the Lebanon from 1982 to 1988, the most difficult period of the civil war in his country. He is a Law graduate, who was first elected a member of Lebanon’s National Assembly in 1969. He was a lecturer at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and visiting Professor at the University of Maryland. He lived in Paris from 1990 to 2000, as an exiled opposition politician, and gave lectures worldwide on the Lebanon and the Middle East. He returned to the Lebanon in 2000. His brother, Bashir, was murdered a couple of days before he was due to take over as president in 1982.
Rosine Ghawji is member of the Republican Party in the USA and was advisor of President Donald Trump during his campaign, for the European and French natives. She is the President of Working Mothers for Donald Trump and participates in international events, speaking about the policy of President Trump.
Somar Al-Assad studied Law and International Relations at Paris University and received a Masters degree in Law. He was the President of ANN TV. He is the author of many articles on geopolitics and international relations. He is the son of Rifaat Al-Assad, former Vice-President of Syria and uncle of current President Bashar Al-Assad. He currently lives in Damascus and is involved in the reconstruction of his war-ravaged country.
Konstantin Truevtsev studied Arabic and the History of Arab countries at the State Moscow University and has received a doctorate on the subject of Arab nationalism. From 1999 to 2015 he was Deputy Dean of Faculty at the National Research University in Russia and he is currently Senior Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, the eldest son of late François Mitterrand, started his career as a journalist at the Agence France Presse (AFP) in West Africa. After the election of his father, he served as deputy-advisor of the President on Africa and the Middle East, between 1982 and 1986. From 1986 until 1992 he was political advisor of President Mitterrand. He now works as a political consultant.
Omar Ghobash is an Emirati diplomat and author. He was appointed Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to France in 2017, having previously served as UAE Ambassador to Russia from 2009 to 2017. He is the writer of the book, Letters to a Young Muslim, which was written as a series of letters to his eldest son about what it means to be Muslim in the 21st century.
Roelf Meyer studied Law at the University of Free State and was elected Member of Parliament for the National Party in South Africa in 1979. He served as Deputy Minister of Law and Order from 1986 to 1988 and subsequently of Constitutional Development until 1991, when he was appointed Minister of Defence by President F.W. De Klerk. In 1992 he became Minister of Constitutional Affairs and Communications. He is known for his prominent role in the negotiations to end the apartheid system in South Africa; he was the government’s chief negotiator. In 1994 he was appointed Minister of Constitutional Development and Provincial Affairs in the national unity government of President Nelson Mandela.
Elie Hatem is Professor of International Relations and Law, attorney at the Paris Bar Association and the International Criminal Court of Justice at The Hague. He was an advisor of the late Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary-General, while the thesis for his doctorate was on the Cyprus problem, some of which was used in the UN ‘set of ideas’. He advises heads of states in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.