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.
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