Being an American

Get ready for some conspiracy theories

Madeline Blount
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The United States is one of the international players in the Cypriot conflict, as it is well understood in Cyprus that the United States (the CIA) backed the military coup in Greece in the 1970s. Most Cypriots hold a negative evil-empire image of the United States, ranging from unfavorable skepticism to conspiracy theory. This idea of United States is not without its inconsistencies: You might be having a conversation about the U.S. government keeping the island divided to maintain control of a strategic surveillance base in the Middle East (and really, who knows) -- but you will probably be having this conversation in a well-populated Starbucks. Down with America, but let's go to T.G.I Friday's!


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