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Friday, December 11, 2009

President Stolen

Last updated: December 16, 2009 (This post is changing direction in line with the comments section...)

December 11, 2009

Grave robbers have stolen the corpse of the former Cyrus President who led the Island's Greek community to reject a UN sponsored re-unification deal.

Mounds of fresh earth lay at the site of the robbery in the Deftera village cemetery in a southwestern suburb of the Cypriot capital, Nicosia. Police investigators cordoned off the area and were searching the site. The motive was unclear.

Saturday is the first anniversary of the death of Papadopoulos, who was Cyprus' president from 2003 to 2008.

"The grave of the former president has been violated and the body robbed," said police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos.

Investigators believe the body was taken either late Thursday night or early Friday morning. The motive is unclear. Grave-robbing is rare in Cyprus.

"What happened is macabre and utterly condemnable. I am honestly still trying to comprehend what kind of warped minds could even think of doing such a thing, let alone actually carry it out. This is a perverse act that will sicken society in Cyprus," said the head of Cyprus' ruling AKEL party, Andros Kyprianou.

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Kypros Chrysostomides, who served as justice minister under Papadopoulos, also expressed outrage.

"I totally condemn, with all my soul, this barbarous act of sacrilege," he said. "I cannot understand why somebody would want to do such a thing. ... Such barbarous acts only do damage to Cyprus."

Source: Associated Press

The feelings of shock and outrage in the Greek part of the Island stood in sharp contrast to the attitude prevalent in the Turkish part, where many people were dismayed by the fact that the grave robbers have not stolen the body of the president while Papadopoulos was still alive.

Last updated: December 16, 2009

The Bank of Israel has just published a study on the effect of child subsidies on fertility in Israel. I would not say that the study is really breaking new grounds, but it's remarkable for a very detailed per sector and sub sector demographic data. A couple of interesting graphs from the abstract of the report published online.

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Source: The Effect of Child Allowances on Fertility

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