Monday, 5 July 2010

Campaign against Jennifer Lopez' Cyprus trip gathers momentum

Well done to the Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA), whose campaign against the proposed visit of the American showbiz personality Jennifer Lopez to Turkish-occupied Cyprus to open a Las Vegas style hotel/casino near Kyrenia, has received a great deal of publicity and support, which will, hopefully, make Lopez reconsider and withdraw from this sordid engagement.

I notice CANA says that it has garnered the support of the estimable Diamanda Galas (pictured) for its campaign, which has even been mentioned in a Guardian report by the less estimable Helena Smith.

If moral arguments do not dissuade Lopez from supporting the occupation regime in Cyprus, then I suggest it might be worth pointing out to her that she's entering a war zone and that, one way or another, her security and that of her family is at risk. She should also be made aware that, previously, Greek Cypriot refugees have successfully sued those trespassing on their property. 

I also wonder what the role of the US Embassy in Nicosia is in all this. I'm sure that if the embassy or the State Department wanted to, it could get in touch with Lopez and her people and suggest she avoid Cyprus; unless, of course, the Americans are keen to do the occupation regime a favour, especially as a means to show their displeasure at the Cyprus government's increasing closeness to Russia; closeness which the Americans may suspect had something to do with the case of the Russian 'spy' Christopher Metsos (a pseudonym), who having been arrested on Cyprus at the behest of Interpol was subsequently released on bail only to disappear, presumably with the assistance of Russian secret services on the island.



lastgreek said...

From what I am reading, J, there isn't really much substance to the spy story. Even the mainstream press here in North America is not making much of it. At most, the alleged Russian spies may have been involved in money laudering; at the very least, they didn't bother registering as a lobby group. The biggest Russian story here has been Medvedev's visit to Silicon valley a few weeks ago (for very good reason). Anyway, it remains to be seen what transpires.

Pity the birthplace of Democritus does not a Silicon Valley to speak of. But then again, we have the σκυλάδικα in Greece. Need I say more?

John Akritas said...

No, I agree, over here, they think the 'spy' story is slightly comical; but there's no doubt that Americans were annoyed with the Cypriots for letting 'Metsos' slip through their fingers and may now be unwilling to dissuade a load of its citizens – Lopez and her entourage – from violating the laws of a sovereign country.

Indeed, if the US regarded the Republic of Cyprus as a friendly government, you'd imagine it would step in and put an end to this Lopez nonsense by having a quiet word in her or her manager's ear. The fact that it is not – at least, we assume the embassy in Nicosia is not – indicates that it does not regard the Cyprus government as friendly, too close to Russia, which it is; but then our president is a communist clown who is nostalgic for the Soviet Union.

And let's not forget the stories last year that elements in the US embassy in Nicosia were trying to convince their superiors in the State Department to ease the 'isolation' of the Turkish Cypriots through increased economic and cultural contacts with the US. Who knows, perhaps Lopez' people did ask the State Department or US embassy in Nicosia what it thought of her performing in occupied Kyrenia, and they said it was okay. I think this is a reasonable conspiracy theory.

ο ύποπτος said...

Let me propose that the very facts indicate that it is not the Cyprus government that is unfriendly to the US but exactly the opposite. And you can examine the details by going back to the 1950's till now. As a small nation, Cyprus cannot be unfriendly, but it only reacts, in a perceived self defense, to a great enemy that persistently and patiently undermines any sense of justice towards a very small nation that poses no measurable threat.

Therefore the US and its embassy in Nicosia are doing what they have been doing for many decades. Protecting their ill defined interests at the expense of the people on the ground. With an arrogant, sterile policy. That is why the Cypriot people in general are unfriendly to the US. And not because they are "nostalgic of the Soviet Union" or Russia. Which (the last two) were and Russia still is a steady protector of the Republic of Cyprus (just read the many resolutions from the UN).

My conspiracy theory says that the Cyprus courts DID let go the "spy" because the US wanted them to do so. Knowing the courts in Cyprus, such "let go" does not happen even for the smallest of crimes. And it was indeed a surprise. Today's deportation from the US of the rest of the gang adds more credibility to my theory.

John Akritas said...

Of course, I agree with you that if Cyprus is unfriendly to the the USA and trusts Russia more, it is with good reason – in fact, I must say this in virtually every post I write on Cyprus; and, secondly, I did not say that Cypriots were nostalgic for the Soviet Union. I said that Christofias and AKEL were, and this is no exaggeration or mere rhetoric.

And, admittedly, I'm no expert on the Cypriot judiciary, but I would have thought it's quite hard to nobble a Cypriot judge in the way you suggest; but it does seem the whole thing was a storm in teacup.