Monthly Archives: April 2004

Cyprus: referendum on the Annan Plan

On April 24 a referendum will be held in Cyprus over the plan for the reunification of the island put forward by UN General Secretary Kofi Annan. There will be separate votes in the Turkish north of the island and the Greek south. Should both halves of the island accept the plan, a united Cyprus will take up membership in the European Union on May 1. Should either the north or the south, or both parts of the island, vote ... Read More »

Rapper wants to be poet laureate

Hip-hop pioneer Joseph “Run” Simmons, of the rap group Run-DMC, has applied to become poet laureate of the New York borough of Queens, where he was born Joseph Simmons (right) with brother Russell, who created Def Poetry Jam Simmons helped define the rap sound – which some regard as a form of poetry – with Run-DMC in the 1980s “The whole life of Run-DMC was concocted in the atmosphere of Hollis, Queens,” the rapper said – although he moved to ... Read More »