GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
July 20, 1974: Turkey invades Cyprus.

Turkish and Greek Cypriots lived together on the island of Cyprus for almost five centuries. On July 15, 1974, the president is overthrown in a military coup. Diplomacy fails to resolve the crisis. Turkey invades Cyprus by sea and air on July 20, 1974, asserting its right to protect the Turkish minority. Peace talks fail, and the Turks gain control of 40 percent of the island -- amounting to partition of Cyprus. Turkey continues to refuse to remove its troops, despite repeated condemnations by the United Nations.

PBS Turkey Overview
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights /lo/countries/tr/tr_overview.html

This country report summarizes the economic development of Turkey from 1910 to the present and can be explored by category and by year.


PBS Madeleine Albright Warns Burundi
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/africa /july96/burundi_albright_7-23.html

The United States' UN Ambassador, Madeleine Albright, says the Central African nation of Burundi is on the brink of "national suicide." (July 1996)