Monday, December 29, 2008


For Immediate Release: December 29, 2008

Contact: Foti Maktritoxonis, Long Island, Tel. 1-631-804-1673
Ioannis Fidanakis, New Jersey, Tel. 1-973-464-0211
Nikolaos Taneris, New York, Tel. 1-917-699-9935
John Soudas, Seattle , Tel. 1-206-948-8356

NEW YORK—The Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) has been informed by
founding member of CANA , and selfless activist and proud Phil Hellene and
Chinese American Foti Makritoxonis recently, that CNN broadcast a TV
commercial for FYROM in its December 28, 2008 evening broadcast displaying what
is perceived to be an artistic rendition of the STAR OF VERGINA. The TV
commercial on CNN is apparently for FYROM or Slav-Vardarska. The commercial is
titled “Macedonia Timeless by Milco Mancevski “and can be viewed in this you
tube link:


This current offensive CNN TV commercial follows on the heels of the
spectacularly successful letter writing to STOP THE “MACEDONIAN” VISA CARD
initiative by the combined efforts of Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA)
and , Hellenic League of America which was originally informed of the STAR OF
VERGINA VISA Card issued for the Washington DC-based lobby UMD United
Macedonian Diaspora , by activist Pantelis Kontos in New Jersey, who was made
aware of this by the patriotic and informative public internet message board
“MACEDONIA ON THE WEB” In turn, the main core of activists for CANA and
Hellenic League of America sprung immediately into action to save Macedonian
Hellenism. Foti Makritoxonis designed the “STOP THE ANTI-HELLENIC HATE! STOP THE
ANTI-HELLENIC LOBBY!” campaign graphics and weblog:,
the letter writing ACTION ALERTS and SPECIAL REPORTS were written by Nikolaos
Taneris, and Ioannis Fidanakis and then sent out to the thousands of members of
the CANA E-list.


Basically , the initiative by the activist team of Foti Makritoxonis, Georgia
Maratheftis, Pantelis Kontos, Sevasti Boutos , John Soudas, Nikolaos Taneris,
and Ioannis Fidanakis and the amazing Network of journalists, writers, and
bloggers and CANA E-list members created a thus far unprecedented letter
campaign of support that included an official letter of Thank You from AHEPA to
CANA, and a letter to the CEO of VISA, Mr Joseph Saunders co-written by Hellenic
Congressional Caucaus co-Chairs US Congressional Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla) and
US Congressional Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) (Please see the CANA website for
all original documents)

The Voice of America News in Greek transmitted the story of our letter writing
campaign to save the STAR OF VERGINA,

WE thank Γιώργος Μπίστης George Bistis the Washington DC VOA correspondent, and
we also thank the editors of New York local newspaper, THE QUEENS GAZETTE that
got our letter writing campaign into print AND SYNDICATION, and that includes a
news brief in the super high circulation of USA TODAY.

The use of all facets of the internet, smart letter writing and coordinated
media savvy grass-roots activism makes us “an unprecedented Hellenic-American
organization” according the respected writer and life-long activist for the
Cyprus Cause, Michaelis Stylianou , in TO PARON:

The reason why there is such a “buzz” about us, the reason why the Turkish and
Slav-Vardaskan press attacks us and warns about us, the reason why so many
grass-roots Hellenic-Americans and Phil Hellenes respond to our action alerts,
and the reason why many of the most respected journalists and writers in the
Hellenic world write so respectfully of us is because we are the real deal. We
are not ‘ system players’ out to network the cocktail circuit in the prism of
business first, church and diplomatic corps, unlike like so many large
“established” well-heeled groups who have let down Hellenism for so many
decades. Our Network is for Hellenic Pride World Wide. We are Hellene and Phil
Hellene πατριώτες (Patriots)


All Hellenes and Phil Hellenes are encouraged to turn their backs on the
“sell-outs” and come to us. Not only do we struggle against the enemy without,
we also do not shirk away from pointing out those within the Hellenic-American
community who support our enemy, who support false historical revisionism and
appeasement to the illegal occupiers and Anti-Hellenism.
Our movement that was started by the small numerical core of Nikolaos Taneris,
Sevasti Boutos, John Soudas, Georgia Maratheftis, Ioannis Fidanakis, Pantelis
Kontos and Foti Makritoxonis successfully stopped the VISA card with the STAR OF


The VISA Credit Card Affinity Partners INC. capitulated and offered us a public
statement because of the pressure of letters and the very real plan we had to
Protest the offices of VISA Credit Card Affinity Program in New York if no
public statement was issued. The original letter can be found on Ioannis
Fidanakis’ weblog:


We are the only Hellenic-American organization that can and does organize
demonstrations in America TODAY. No other organization can achieve this or can
do this, and we challenge them to do so, EVERY YEAR we will Protest the Turkish
Embassy on July 20th until the Turks pay for their Crimes and leave the Great
Island of Cyprus forever. We challenge any Cyprus organizations in America to do
so, or to dissolve, throw out their outdated and uninspiring “leadership” and
join us.
For the record, Hellenic League of America was incorporated by with the
assistance of Georgia Maratheftis, and was designed by visionary Nikolaos
Taneris with the assistance of Ioannis Fidanakis, who is the current coordinator
of Hellenic League of America. The core executive members of Cyprus Action
Network of America (CANA) are as follows Nikolaos Taneris, Sevasti Boutos, John
Soudas, Georgia Maratheftis, Ioannis Fidanakis, Pantelis Kontos and Foti
Makritoxonis and are interchangeable with Hellenic League of America.

Even though we achieved this victory over the “MACEDONIAN” VISA CARD, our
enemies continue their relentless campaign of false historical revisionism and
barbaric territorial aggression, the CNN TV commercial is the just recent
example of Slav-Vardaskan assertiveness and flexing of muscle, the Turkish lobby
ATAA is this month promoting a false historical revisionism movie about 1960s
Cyprus, and this holiday season also hosted a “Macedonian and Turkish Mixer” at
the Turkish Embassy.
We will continue to monitor, recruit and when necessary mobilize to fight back
with radical action.

As a true grass-roots organization we value your complaints, advice, feedback or
praise and can be reached by Email:

Join us, and support us, and stand up for Hellenic Human Rights.



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