Jennifer Lopez Northern Cyprus Visit Generates Controversy

Celebrity Jennifer Lopez has not canceled an upcoming rumored visit to Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, reported Gibrahayer e-magazine.

Jennifer Lopez

The Turkish newspaper Zaman wrote about the political nature of Lopez’s visit, and claimed that she had signed an agreement with the “Crato” hotel and casino owners last week. “It is true that Greeks put pressure on Lopez not to visit ‘Turkish’ Cyprus,” reported Zaman. “Of course, she was affected by the pressure. She even received threats from Greeks. In effect, she has certain hesitation. However, Zaman concludes that there is a contract that is signed by the actress.” The Turkish lobby is also reportedly planning to broadcast the event to 193 countries.

Cypriot organizations are asking the public to call, fax, or email the William Morris Agency in New York, which represents Lopez, in an effort to urge her “not to visit Turkish-occupied Cyprus.”

Lopez is expected to arrive in Cyprus on July 20, which marks the 36th anniversary of the illegal Turkish military invasion of Cyprus. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate the hotel, according to Hurriyet newspaper.

According to other reports, Lopez will be paid $3 million to celebrate the anniversary.

The Turkish ultra-nationalist Volkan newspaper, referring to the “activism by the Greek Cypriots,” called on the “head of state” Dervis Eroglou to cancel his next visit with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, to demonstrate against the Greek Cypriot stance on the Lopez visit.

According to CNN-Turk, the event is being organized to “bring the two communities, Greek and Turkish, together.”

61 Comments

  1. It’s not Northern Cyprus that should be called. This is a way of recognising the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” a state that was brought to life after an invasion and thus recognised only by Turkey. Journalists should be more careful in such sensitive issues.

  2. For all my american friends, here is a similar analogy.
    Let’s say 30 years after World War 2, in 1974, the Japanese decided that they want retribution from USA so they attacked and took over Hawaii, and then California. Their official reason was that the Japanese people in little Tokyo of Los Angeles were threaten by the Americans.
    Thousands/Millions of Americans got raped,died and dislocated (i.e thrown out of their houses). As a result of this your grandparents lost their house, your aunt died and your whole family had to move in another state.
    The illegal attack by Japan on U.S.A was condemned by the United Nations and almost every country on Earth. California is boycott and not recognized by any country in this world except Japan itself. Nonetheless, USA was too weak to fight back and no one else came to your aid. As a result the illegal occupation continued all the way into 2010. On the 36th anniversary of the attack, July 20th 2010, the Japanese decided to throw a big party in California and open a brand new hotel on the same spot that used to belong to your grandparents. So they invited a super start from England like Elton John to perform. Elton John accepted and he will be performing in the illegally occupied state of California, celebrating the day that your grandparents lost their houses and your aunt die.
    How would you feel about that?
    For all my american friends, here is a similar analogy.

    Let’s say 30 years after World War 2, in 1974, the Japanese decided that they want retribution from USA so they attacked and took over Hawaii, and then California. Their official reason was that the Japanese living in little Tokyo of Los Angeles were threaten by the Americans.
    Thousands/Millions of Americans got raped,died and dislocated (i.e thrown out of their houses). As a result of this your grandparents lost their house, your aunt died and your whole family had to move in another state. The illegal attack by Japan on U.S.A was condemned by the United Nations and almost every country on Earth. California is boycott and not recognized by any country in this world except Japan itself. Nonetheless, USA was too weak to fight back and no one else came to your aid. As a result of this the illegal occupation continued all the way into 2010. On the 36th anniversary of the attack, July 20th 2010, the Japanese decided to throw a big party in California and open a brand new hotel on the same spot that used to belong to your grandparents. So they invited a super start from England like Elton John to perform. Elton John accepted and he will be performing in the illegally occupied state of California, celebrating the day that your grandparents lost their houses and your aunt die.
    How would you feel about that?

  3. Jennifer Lopez should cover her “political” head with typical Turkish head scarf, and “green headband”before singing “Turkoenglish” song for her faithfuls……….

  4. I am an American myself and I have nothing to to with the dispute. I have studied the situation in Cyprus. This has been all about the feelings of Greeks from all along. How about the Turkish Cypriots ?? They had to leave their homes to save their lives from the Greek Junta as well. And now they DON’T want to go back to their homes. This actually tells me a lot.You Greeks have been imposing all sorts of embargoes on these poor people. Economic, Cultural, Sports, Arts and now Music. Give them a BREAK will you ? They deserve to breath a little bit as well. This is music for god’s sake, what’s wrong if they are going to enjoy JLo at a concert ??You are going too far with this, you should STOP !! At least, no cultural and sport embargoes. Let them BREATHE !!!!You are such Cry Babies !!!!!!!!!!Claudia.

  5. There was nothing worn with Turkish Intervention of 1974, it was an operation to save Turkish Cypriots being killed by the Greeks to connect the Island to Greece. We saw the massacres at Crete. Now, the world is beginning to realize Turkish Cypriots were right and their country ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ is getting more recognition on a daily basis. The Greek Cyprus today is ruled by a COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT who is in a Low Affair with Russia. On the other hand, the Orthodox Church is in full control. A religious entity in control in coordination of a Communist Regime ???????? No wonder Turkish Cypriots never trust you and never want to go back to their homes or have you as neighbors. You are in such a big CONFLICT within yourselves, you are full of hatred. You have never shown a slightest clue of peace against the Turkish Cypriots. All you want to do is crash them as you are trying to do with the JLo event. Your talks for a peace agreement is all a PlayRole and you showed it by VOTING NO to the UN Peace Agreement in 2004. TURKISH CYPRIOTS VOTED “YES” TO THE UN PEACE AGREEMENT !!!! Stop acting, the world does not believe you anymore !!!!

  6. Claudia
    Sound that you are going to have Jennifer’s green headband for yourself..
    Ask those Greeks during Turkish invasion of the island…I am sure you will hear rapes and murders and suffering of Greeks and Armenians during 1974 Turkish army invasion…as usual all churches and monasteries converted to stables and Mosques….Cyprus invasion was a political move, where masterminded by US government, in order to get rid of President Makarius of Cyprus and make sure Greece “junta regime” won’t slip to the side of Communism..

  7. Claudia might be surprised to hear that many turkish cypriots have registered as citizens of the Republic of Cyprus and enjoy health and all other benefits for free. If they felt so intimidated and unwelcomed they wouldn’t be doing so as they wouldn’t feel safe enough to go about their business in the free areas of Cyprus on a regular basis.
    One of main the reasons Greek Cypriots voted no to the UN peace agreement is because turkish troops showed to have no intention to leave the island or even to surrender to the legitimate owners the land which was to be handed back. This because when the late President of Cyprus Tasos Papadopoulos required that the turkish troops are replaced by UN troops in the areas they were to hand back they refused to do so.
    What Claudia should realize is that a very large percent of Cypriots (Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Maronite) are peace loving and want a solution to this situation. Presidents of Cyprus have proposed to have all turkish forces replaced by European or UN forces (if Turkish Cypriots need to feel secure). The bill for such an operation would be paid by Cyprus. The turkish army has turned this proposal down. I cannot feel secure and vote yes to any plan where there are turkish troops still in Cyprus and most of the population of Cyprus feels the same. There is also a movement by Turkish Cypriots called “Cyprus for Cypriots” (loose translation) which also want both the turkish army and mainland turks out of Cyprus.
    Going back to Jenifer Lopez she might be interested to know that in the area she plans to perform, civilians (men women and children) were shot and killed by the invading turkish forces and buried in their gardens. There is one case that comes to mind where a little boy witnessed his uncle being shot and killed and asked his mother “why is there blood in my uncle’s mouth?”. Since she is proving to be so cold blooded she might like to describe this scene to her own children as a beadtime story.

  8. If Greeks become so angry, why did they rejected a UN-sponsored unification referendum in 2004. It was a good plan, it was supported by both the US and EU.
    And I’m surprised, why do they pay 3 million dollars to Jennifer Lopez? Who pays for it? Turkey or the hotel owners?

  9. Josh Adams: irrelevant analogy, the constitutivee agreement of the Republic of Cyprus (1960) allowed Turkey, Greece or UK to intervene in order to restore the constitutional order & peace on the island. True, Turkey should have retreated as soon as the junta was overthrown and now there is not much basis for Turkish presence in international law. We need to understand the worries of the both communities: Turkish Cypriots are right to expect some kind of military guarantee after experiencing the nightmares of 1963-74; and Greek Cypriots are right to expect the departure of Turkish troops since they are part of the EU now. Actually, the Annan Plan (2004) satisfied both: it provided a framework for gradual elimination of Turkish military presence (at the moment of approval, the agreement required Turkish army to reduce its personel size into less than a battalion and a full retreat in a decade or so). Greek Cypriots have rejected the plan out of a lack of incentive for a fair agreement (their ‘no’ was awarded by EU membership!). That is why the statement in JLo’s site is really stupid: today, European Parliament discusses the possibility of opening direct trade with the North, but JLo’s advisers are more than ready to contribute to the isolation of the North…     

  10. Congratulations to Nikos Taneris, CANA and the rest of the Cypriot, Greek, Armenian, et al population in the world. With all the letter writing we were able to show Jennifer Lopez the human suffering and that Northern Cyprus is not noticed as a country except by Turkey.   The true indigenous people of Cyprus are the Greeks.

  11. Yet again all we hear from people around the world is what happened to the poor Greek Cypriots. The facts are that the Greek Cypriots attempted to eliminate a whole population from the face of the earth and came close to succeeding, the Turkish Cypriots were shot on sight for no other reason than being Turkish Cypriots and a considerable number had to flee to the mountains to survive. UN troops stood around and were powerless to stop this and were at times threatened themslelves. For many years a considerable number of Turkish Cypriots  lived in tents without facilities that we all take for granted. They also have land in the south which is and was taken over by Greek Cypriots, I hear nothing about this.
    I am sure there were atrocities on both sides but where does it all end, anyone want to fence off Germany or Japan, how about Vietnam ??
    The Turkish army invaded to stop a possible genocide and as one of the guarantors of the independence of Cyprus, yes they are still there but if people would talk sense instead of this hate filled rhetoric then maybe things could change.
    It is amazing the people who move freely between both communities today but, there is still an underlying feeling in the north that if the Greek Cypriots get their way then the massacres will start again, people are simple frightened, no matter what anyone tells you there is a very large section of Greek Cypriots in the south of the island who literally hate the Turkish Cypriots.  The Annan plan was hammered out between both communities and once it was presented to the respective sides the Greek Cypriot politicians actually campaigned against it, the Greek Cypriots voting against and the Turkish Cypriots voting in favour.
    I would ask anyone interested in the history of this situation to read a book called The Genocide Files by a British author called Harry Scott Gibbons, it is an eye opener. This journalist was present in Cyprus during this time and writes openly and freely about the horrors of this time.
    After 35/36 years it is time to move on but no one is willing to make the first move and situations such as this only deepen the distrust, the snubbing of the north by the international community does not help either. part of the problem is that anything the north attempts then the south tries to block and this is a case in point on top of just about anything else the north attempts. It is time for the olive branch not the gun or indeed the big mouth of hate.
    I think many people including Jennifer Lopez should hang their heads in shame!!!!
     
     
     

  12. A lot of foreigners dont know that the evil Turkish Troops at the invasion of 1974 killed so many innocent people including babies and infants. For example turkish soldiers stapped until death a young 21 age pregnant woman and they took from her belly the unborned child. You also have to know that a lot of Turkish cypriot people come to the free side of cyprus and they enjoy all the benefits and every month our government give them a huge allowance, and the cypriots are obliged to pay huge taxes for them because everything for them are free. Also they live in our houses and propertiew in the occupied areas they do them everything they want as “owners” and at the end they come to the free areas and they issue the refugees throught court to get their houses back. IS THAT RIGHT FOR US? IS THAT RIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN? IS THAT RIGHT TO ME WHICH I WANT TO SEE MY HOUSE TO THE OCCUPIED AREA AND THE TURKISH PEOPLE WHO ENJOYEE MY PROPERTY DO NOT LET ME SEE MY HOUSE AND TO SHOW TO MY CHILDREN WERE THERE PARENTS WERE BORN? Please do not been so blind and see the truth.

  13. Well, I am glad precious monies of TRNC did not further enrich JLo, a fading star by now.  This whole affair simply highlights the fact that Greek Cypriots never had any intentions of peaceful coexistence with their Turkish Cypriot neighbors.  Commentors here who spew the usual hateful stuff about Turks can maybe feel good about the fact that mass graves Turkish Army uncovered in Cyrpus in 1974 were full of Turkish Cypriots.  After the refusal of a UN plan that would have even eliminated all Turkey’s military presence on the island was soundly rejected by Greeks.  Is there anything else to add?  TRNC has been there, surviving for decades, it seems it will be there for a long while more.

  14. the poor turkish cypriots.  bullying by the evil greeks.   As I recall….Greeks never invaded and established colonies in Kazakhstan or turkic core are of central asia.  turks were invaders to cyprus.   so you can talk all you want about atrocities against “peaceful turkish cypriots”, it makes about as much sense as 19th century manifest destiny proponents in the U.S. talking “atrocities” committed by Indians against peaceful whites in the Dakotas and Western US.   INidans did not invade Europe, Europeans invaded america.  And the same is true for cyprus.

  15. Murat, are you a holder of a Republic of Cyprus identity card? That is of course if you are Turkish Cypriot and not a turk who is illegally taking the place of ethnically cleansed Greek Cypriots who were forcibly removed by the turkish invading army.
    Is it not time that Cyprus is free of any armies and replaced by those of the EU or the UN? All this hate has to stop and the first move has to be done by the turkish military by withdrawing their troops.

  16. The 2004 Annan plan was dead in the water due to the fact that Turkish troops would not be removed from the island.

  17. Good on her to cancel, the turks handled it wrong by threatening her with court action even though no one recognises the trnc. so what court they plan to take her to i dont understand. why would she celebrate 36 years of raping children and murder and such bad violence that happened here in cyprus..
     
    good on you JLO tell them turks where to go

  18. yes joseph a small amount would be allowed to stay forever i think they said 650 or so.. the totally turkish taylored plan was doomed from the minute it was all in favour of the turks

  19. Dear Simon Pitsillides,
    Many Turkish cypriots have registered as citizens of the Republic of Cyprus and enjoy health and all other benefits for free.
    Those human Cypriots, who gave refuge to Turkish Cypriots population into South…
    politically is not “RIGHT” you are giving them a room to breed easily in Christian side of the island..think about your grandchildren future, where those Turks will multiply and will outnumber over Christian population, then will be too late, there will be another invasion to South by Turks… you won’t be around anymore to see…think about the Fall of Byzantine…it did not happen over night it happened within few centuries, when Muslim Turks finally occupied Byzantine Empire..
    This is a Muslims practical facts…”when a place or location occupied by Muslims, that place must be submitted to Islam, and taken away from infidels…look into history of mankind and Middle East.. look into fall of Persian Empire…Turks are looking into Europe now.. the first steps will be Rome and Athens….
     

  20. Here you go…  can you feel the love?  As I said, UN plan was the last chance and for better or worse the seperation is final.   Pre-74 gives us a good idea of what life can be for Turks under a Greek government.  Their current behaviour just confirms it. 

  21. Dear Grish,
     
    so when people like minded to your selve take over the whole world what are they planning to do – go to other planets? One idea is that you can start doing this now because you are obviously (mentally speaking) on another planet.
     

  22.   Murat:
            If things were as bad as you say for the Turks on Cyprus under Greek rule; then perhaps they could be of great use to the government in Turkey about how to treat minorities since your record is….well … needs some improvement. If the Ottoman everlearned how to value their citizens instead of killing them, Turkey would be a different place today. In the absence of tolerance, ethnic cleansening and separation become the plan. When you do it to others it feels powerfu…l doesn’t it? But when it is done to you…. you feel like a victim…powerless.

  23. Uh! Big deal. I’m sure Jennifer Lopez will see how pacifist the Greeks are! Well done to you all, you got a gig cancelled. Get a job. Like.. Save Greece from corruption. Work or something. Enough with the hatred! Seriously… Have you got nothing better than going on facebook to cancel a concert? Have you got no work to do? Taxes to pay?

  24. What rape are you talking about? :))
    is it the famous ENOSIS you’re talking about. That was the Greeks trying to kill the TUrkish CYpriots.. You must’ve gotten the wrong history book, my friend. And that is the reason why Turkey intervened. What were they supposed to do? Watch the Greek kill babies in their sleep?

  25. No one with any knowledge of history trusts the Turks or their motives.  All posturing aside, the Turks invaded Cyprus in 1974 to grab territory and were permitted to do so by that snake Kissinger.  They had no right to the territory and still don’t.  While the propped up government on the northern side of the island flounders, the true Republic of Cyprus flourishes.  Eventually, the Turks will have to give up their plan to annex Cyprus, and will have to give up all the other territory they have taken from others through genocide and war 

  26. Hye,  A Turkey takes what it wants killings, tortures and worse – Turkish style and also the Azeris  – to gain their convoluted goals… the world watches as the Turkics spread claws about taking lands via Genocides of the Armenians, takeover of the  Greek’s Cyprus, today, the Genocide of the Kurds… this is the Turkics gift to our world – Turkic style!  Turks excel at stealing lands, eliminating peoples from their own land, stealing properities and more upon which to advance themselves…  and yet, it shall be Turkey for Turks – only… Manooshag

  27. TURKISH PEOPLE DONT HAVE ANYONE FAMOUS IN THE USA, so they are constantly TRYING TO GET CHRISTIAN/CATHOLIC SINGERS/PERFORMERS, ROYALTY BY BUYING THEM WITH A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY.

    AND THE CAPITALIST vs. THE NATIONALIST in AMERICANS, gets’ caught in the trap.

  28. Here you go…  can you feel the love?   turkish genocide of the Armenian Assyrian Greek christians and kurds now gives us a good idea of what life can be for non Turks under a turkisk criminal surge.  turks current behaviour just confirms it.

  29. Hye, No, Turks are  incapable of ‘getting along’ with the civilized nations of the world.  Obviously, today, still agree to agree/agree to disagree – even with the USA, whom Turks are wont to say proudly – “Turkey is the best ‘ally’ of the USA”…
    Truth: (foreign for a Turkey) it has been the misdirected USA State Department and too, the USA White House who have been/are the GREATEST ally of a Turkey. To such extent that USA State Department (with other entities) has encouraged the Turks to retain their ongoing lies denying the Turkish Genocide of the ancient advanced Armenian nation.
    Too,  Turks have stolen the Armenians cultures and all their wealth, properties and more of Armenians they slaughtered, raped, terrorized in the most inhumane  methods that the Turks’ mentality devises. A Turkey, wallowing in these ‘benefits’ – as the ‘heirs’ of all as Turks ‘eliminated’ inhumanly – Armenians. Too, Turks today have built their current wealths upon all that was belonging to the Armenians, Turks at their best! Genocides.  Stealing.  Lying. Committing Genocides – still.
    Hence, the USA created a ‘tiger’ of a Turkey… too,  the USA leadership is hanging on to the tail of this tiger – afraid to let go of a Turkey’s tail.  Big, powerful, USA!
    Hence, it also comes to pass that when the USA leaders in their OMISSION of  a Turkey’s leaders guilt of Genocides  (USA avoids stepping forth and speaking up) the USA, the greatest republic, the greatest democracy, the world has known is today still  guilty of condoning  Genocide – by OMISSION –  Genocides unending.
    OR, it occurs to me, that the USA has come forth and recognized all the Genocides that have occurred – Howsomever, today,  the ONLY Genocide the USA leadership is incapable of stepping forth to recognize – actually a deliberate discrimination against the Armenians – the first Genocide of the 20th century – planned and executed in 1890s.   A nation who suffered the horrors of the Turks – and their generations – to this day – still seeking  justice from the guilty Turks – is the Armenian nation!  What is the hold of the Turks over the USA?  Why discrimination of a Genocide?Manooshag
     
     
     
     

  30. Linda, Mary, John,

    Armenia has been playing both the race card AND the religion card for at least a century! Now you’re here moaning about things that you have no comprehension of when dealing with the reality of truth! Not one of you mentions the innocent Turkish civilians who were killed by the PKK (over 30,000) as the took the pages out of ASALA, the JCAG, etc, playbooks! No, it’s ALWAYS about the evil Turks, isn’t it? Not one of you are capable to do any harm to anyone ever…RIGHT?!! No, you’re ALWAYS the poor, innocent Christian victims who never bothered anyone and were killed at a whim!!! May GOD have mercy on all of your souls!!!!

  31. Turks have been playing war card and  the religion card for at least a century! 

    Turksih people are occupiers of ancient land that DOES NOT BELONG TO THEM, and the reason that the PKK is killing Turks is because you are killing, misstreating, their people.

    And millions of innocent people and children who were killed by your Turks, who preted to be peaceful muslims will not accept their sins ’till this day.

    And May GOD have mercy on all of your souls, because it’s hard to understand how people who pray 5 x day to god the merciful one, act like sneakky killers.

     But allah see’s everything, trust me, you are not FOOLING GOD.

  32. ARMENIAN WEEKLY!
    You always write about illegally occupied Cyprus and condemn performances there.  Why dont you write about illegally occupied PALESTINE and condemn it? There is far more Armenians in Palestine than in Cyprus..

  33. Robert,
    Kemalist do not believe in GOD, but Kemal himself,  just like you, unless you have a “double standard” vision…….

  34. Well people, I understand that you have so much hate and anger against Turkey.
    Each time I enter this website and read through, I learn more things.. Not about Armenia but about Turkey, its people, their culture and religion.
    It looks like Armenians know much more than Turks about Turkish culture and religion. Really interesting.
    By the way, like one of you write above, why dont you write a word about Palestine? Also Iraq, Afghanistan, Checenistan, Bosnia, Algeria?
    Continue with your comments and hate BUT dontyou ever  call yourself democratic, objective, peaceful.
    It is you people who wants the conflict forever. If your so called Great Armenia exists one day, I wonder how many of you will settle there?

  35. Yes dear Envar, we Armenians love our homeland, this is why we are here, and very much alert about Turkey, otherwise there will be some Muftis who will call Jihad against the rest of  Armenia, and invade next day, just like Cyprus.. after occupation, kemalist will call Turkey’s “greater Anatolia” liberated.. the way your ancestors occupied our Western part and wipe the occupants!! It is too early to have Turkish delight, with a sincere human like you!!
     

  36. ENVER- most armenians on this site are american-armenians who do not know very much about history at all, esp. about turkish history. i am armenian from palestine and yes i am very disappointed at american-armenians for not talking on the occupation of palestine. the problem is this, the armenians in power in america are usually many generations in america. there is armenians in america who know more and who recently come from arab countries but they do not have the power.

  37. Grish Begian wrote
    “Ask those Greeks during Turkish invasion of the island…I am sure you will hear rapes and murders and suffering of Greeks and Armenians during 1974 Turkish army invasion…
    And Ask those Turkish Cypriots as well what happened during the years from 1963 to 1974.
    Claudia is right in many ways in her comments.
    As Turkish Cypriots had suffered at the hands of EOKA for number of years, the whole world was silent. WHY? Give me one logical answer please. Because those who were killed, raped, murdered, tortured were Turks. That’s why !
     
     

  38. Rita,
    American Armenians must concentrate toward our homeland and Western Armenia, it has nothing to do with Palestine or….we have our own problem and headaches…we are less than 3 millions in Armenia and surrounded with too many Islamic nations.. and we have enough …we can not carry their problems with us.. hope you understand…we can not get into Middle Eastern politics and  problems…to my honest opinion Israeli-Palestinian conflicts should not to be discussed in this forum…otherwise we should bring all Armenians problems start from Iran, Syria, Georgia, Lebanon, Israel……you name it…and believe me American-Armenians know exactly what is going on in Middle East…..Palestine has supporter such as Turkey and all Muslim world, over 1 billion sympathizers, where most of them do not support us in “world forum” and vote against Artsakh (NKR) and call Armenia as aggressor and “occupiers”…I wonder how much you know about your ancestral land and way of life there….
     

  39. Resoman, you have a right to defend Turks who have been mistreated by others.  Wrong is wrong.  But when you suggest that the world turns a blind eye to Turks being killed, don’t you stop and ask yourself why?  Have Turkish policies toward relations with other people had anything to do with this?  What could make others lose compassion for another group?  Is it simply irrational hate?  Or has Turkey created a reputation and a legacy of enemies through its long history of ruthless invasion and oppression of minorities?
     
     

  40. Boyajian wrote;
    “But when you suggest that the world turns a blind eye to Turks being killed, don’t you stop and ask yourself why?
    No I don’t ask this question at all. And I don’t want to either. Just staying there and watching silently people being killed (be Turks, Armenians, Philistines no matter of nationality-in this case Turkish Cypriots), means that you have some common intentions and instincts with the Turks you blame very much.
    Also, throughout its history Turks have killed way too much less people than that the Europeans and other eastern and Western nations killed (say USA, Germany, Japan China etc. etc.)
    There is only one way that the Turks can be excused;
    If they kill the people the way that the Westerners or Armenians do, then it is OK.
     
     

  41. Resoman, I am not suggesting that it is right to stand by silently while others are hurt.  But isn’t this what Turkish government did during the genocide as chetteh squads and soldiers and civilians killed countless innocent Armenians?  I am saying that sometimes you reap what you sow…you get what you have done to others.  And I am not sure that I understand what you are writing, but if you are suggesting that Armenians as a people are a killing force, than you have been badly misled in your education.  Some Armenians were freedom fighters and formed militias to protect their villages.  But does that give the CUP/ittihadists the right to exterminate the Ottoman Armenians?

  42. Grish- Do you realize that we are ARMENIANS in Palestine living under an occupation? Or you just dont care? Palestine never voted against Armenians, we do not have any say in international politics. But Palestine respects Armenian, there is 5 Palestinian ambassadors and one is Armenian Manuel Hassasian.
     
    Thanks for letting us know that the Armenians of the Holy Land are of no concern to you, means so much .Such nice armenian brotherhood this is

  43. Resoman, I do not hate Turks.  But I hate what the Turkish government has done in covering up and denying responsibility for the Armenian Genocide.  I understand that most Turks have not been taught the truth but have been fed lies about Armenian barbarity.  Armenians are not your enemy.  Your true enemy is your government which is a continuation of the CUP and Kemalists.
     
    Keep your mind open and look for the truth.  It is out there.  Try to ask yourself how Turkey as a government, not Turks as a people, got such a bad reputation on the world stage and is seen as not EU ready by most of Europe.  Armenians do not have the political power to keep you out of the EU.  Turkey has done this with her oppressive policies toward ethnic and religious minorities.  Turkey invaded Cyprus and makes trumped up reasons for staying there, when the truth is Turkey is merely continuing a long-standing policy of land grabs.  There is a reason that no country recognizes Turkish Cyprus.  And it isn’t because the world hates Turkish people.

  44. Rita and Grish, let’s not go to extremes here.  Of course we Armenians care about the diasporan Armenian communities of the Holy Land.  These are communities that grew due to the genocide and the need to establish new homes in neighboring countries.  The Armenians of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, etc., are our brothers and sisters, as are the Armenians of Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, etc., and we share a common history.  The last thing Armenians need is to see enemies amongst ourselves.

  45. Jo jo! J Lo is coming to Cyprus yeah!
    We r gonna have a party till the sun comes up! It will be one of the greatest entertaintment! All of you are welcome to beautiful Northern Cyprus!

  46. my, my, my…. my ms.lopez, what’s da mader u. don’t you know that you missed your chance to eat great food, spend time with some of the nicest people on earth, but it’s not too late to change your mind and perform in the greek part of the island. besides, the greeks are better looking and smile a lot too… like us Armenians.

  47. New year count down is about to begin here’s sending my choicest blessing of cheers and joys galore and wishing you a wonderful year 2011 New year promises fresh start and fill every heart with hopes and aspirations.Here’s sending my wishes of love and laughter this day and forever Amen
    Turkey has done this with her oppressive policies toward ethnic and religious minorities.  Turkey invaded Cyprus and makes trumped up reasons for staying there, when the truth is Turkey is merely continuing a long-standing policy of land grabs.  There is a reason that no country recognizes Turkish Cyprus.  And it isn’t because the world hates Turkish people.  PRINCE S O OMOREGBE

  48. Theres probably wrong on both sides of the Cyprus conflict.   Turkey definitely has a pretty scarred legacy historically from the Amenian genocide to the brutal imperial rule over the Middle East and South East Europe, to more current ethnic cleansing and violence against the Kurds.  I suppose that is not the fault of individual Turks though and most are nice peace loving people.  It seems pretty wrong of Jennifer Lopez to insert herself into this conflict and take a side just to get a latge cash sum.  That alone should have made her ask questions.  I am only assuming JLO is ignorant of the politics because I assume that celebrities especially ones based entirely on their butt, are airheads.  Maybe not maybe JlO knows exactly what she is doing and is intentionally making a political statement.  What kinda political statement is her presence anyway, the whole thing is kinda wierd.  Perhaps this will result in JLO belly dancing.  Thats what everyone wants to see.

  49. Thanks Rita Hosepian…For your Information

    We Armenians
    Where ever we live
    We should contribute

    And Prof.Manuel Hassassian
    Is another one
    Risking his life to give…
    To show the truth
    He can’t deny the crime…!

    Sylva-MD-Poetry

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