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How Think Tanks Amplify Corporate America’s Influence
Think tanks are seen as independent, but their scholars often push donors’
agendas, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/us/politics/think-tanks-research-and-corporate-lobbying.html?smid=tw-share
Think tanks are seen as independent, but their scholars often push donors’ agendas, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington.
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The National Endowment for Democracy (NED): The Legal Window of the CIA

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-national-endowment-for-democracy-ned-the-legal-window-of-the-cia/5542401
In 2006, the Kremlin denounced the proliferation of foreign associations in Russia, some of which would have participated in a secret plan, orchestrated by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED...
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[So called] Democratisation, NGOs and "Colour Revolutions

This article analyses several so-called recent "Colour Revolutions" and concludes they were foreign driven regime changes, that served to install pro-US regimes, not true democracy.

https://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/176/32084.html
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[So called] Moderates fighting under re-branded Nusra means they're Al Qaeda too.

http://www.thenewatlas.org/2016/08/moderates-fighting-under-re-branded.html
August 8, 2016 The New Atlas The current ongoing offensive in southwest Aleppo is admittedly being headed by designated terrorist organisation and Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al Nusra under which a milieu of militant groups are...
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Exposing US-European funded politically driven NGOs

From Moscow to Myanmar, US-European funded organisations undermine the essential work of genuine NGOs.

http://www.thenewatlas.org/2016/08/exposing-us-funded-ngos.html
From Moscow to Myanmar, US-European funded organisations undermine the essential work of genuine NGOs. August 9, 2016 The New Atlas A nongovernmental organisation (NGO) is described as a not-for-profit organisation independe...
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Template Colour Revolutions The role of US NGOs in marketing U.S. regime change in Eastern Europe

Color revolution(s) is a term used by the media to describe related [political] movements that developed in several societies in the CIS (former USSR) and Balkan states during the early 2000s. Some observers have called the events a revolutionary wave.

Participants in the color revolutions have mostly used nonviolent resistance, also called civil resistance. Such methods as demonstrations, strikes and interventions have been [used to] protest against governments seen as corrupt and/or authoritarian, and to advocate democracy; and they have also created strong pressure for change.

[Similar regime change focused uprising have been reported in the Middle East, Africa, and South America - where there has been a notable marketing and propaganda component that seems characteristic of foreign government intervention to promote regime change. Possibly the coordinated "marketing" of ISIS might also be included in these movements, where prominent branding and media promotion, is strongly suggestive of foreign influence.]

These movements all adopted a specific color or flower as their symbol. The color revolutions are notable for the important role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and particularly student activists

Western governments (especially the US government) and various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) spend millions of dollars to co-opt and "channel" local populations of targeted countries against their own political leadership in a guerrilla warfare PsyOps propaganda fashion - fostering, promoting and supporting uprisings and/or civil war against socialist regimes that do not allow corporate raiding by US, UK and other global Corporate elites.

The principal institutional actors in U.S. democracy promotion consist of the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Endowment for Democracy. NED was created in 1983 as a nominally private, Congressionally funded organization that would assume some of the regime change functions, but with more flexible and transparent means, as those used by the then discredited CIA.

One of NED's founders told the Washington Post that A lot of what we [NED] do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA

Relative openness was seen as a better formulation for pursuing U.S. national interests (Ignatius 1991). Democracy promotion in Central and Eastern Europe, starting with Poland and East Germany, became one of central tropes in a renewed U.S. effort by the Reagan administration to roll back the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact alliance.

This paper looks at the intervention of the Western powers, particularly the United States, in the ‘colour revolutions’ (a brand name drawn from oppositionist party emblems) of Eastern Europe (Serbia, Georgia, and Ukraine in their chronological order).

The Paper discusses how a set of pretested, modular techniques and technologies have been employed as part of a template for fostering regime change.

Although the government and media of the United States loosely used the terms ‘dictatorship’ and ‘revolution’ to describe conditions in these countries, neither was a fair depiction. More accurately, they were and remain semi-authoritarian. And, as some have argued, even if the more militant groups intended more radical outcomes, they ended up being ‘failed revolutions’ (Beissinger 2006) and in some instances, failed states.

For ‘well-functioning markets’ to occur in Eastern Europe, a neoliberal governance structure would be a prerequisite, as would Western style electioneering that would facilitate its assumption of power.

The challenge for the United States was discovering reliable ‘leadership’ that was prepared to abandon state ownership and social program residues of the socialist era. Overthrowing incumbent governments would require mobilisation of political dissidents around a single pro-Western political candidate, close poll supervision, and sophisticated campaign propaganda techniques.

One such effort, led by IRI, convinced Bulgaria's pro-Western parties in 1996 to rally behind a single politician, Petar Stoyanov. Together with NDI, IRI pursued the same approach in Romania (1997) and Croatia (1999), and in the case of Slovakia (1998), it required backing an anti-government coalition (MacKinnon 2007, 30-33). These successful interventions paved the way for the spate of ‘colour revolutions’ that followed in Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, and elsewhere.

Branding Revolution

In reporting on Eastern Europe, Western media have fetishised the colour revolutions, helping to boost shock therapy in opposition to socialist and economic nationalism in a heroic iconography of dissident political actions (Klein 2007). Much of the colour revolution symbolism bears echoes of the American non-violent civil rights struggles and ‘flower power’ resistance to U.S. imperialism.

Anti-government protest in the United States, however, never drew a comparable level of U.S. media sympathy, not to mention foreign intervention. Indeed, whereas the massive protests in the United States in the 1960s were home-grown (despite the FBI’s failed efforts to prove their Soviet origin), uprisings in Eastern Europe were never fully organic, nor were they, despite their portrayal, simply expressions of ‘people power’. They were in fact foreign aided and to a significant extent foreign instigated. The authors found nothing in mainstream U.S. news reports that discussed this double standard.

Focusing on ‘democracy promotion’, the authors deconstruct it as a term of propaganda in the employ of key state interests of the United States and the European Union -- which include:
1. transnational economic integration,
2. control over regional energy production and distribution,
3. NATO membership and security initiatives, and
4. the isolation of Russia.

While Democrats and Republicans offer the appearance of conflict in domestic politics, their international wings align very closely in efforts to break down political resistance to neoliberal restructuring in Eastern Europe and other countries undergoing ‘transition’.

Both sections of organized state power in the United States form parts of the ‘Washington consensus’ that an elitist, polyarchic, pro-Western political order is the appropriate corollary and necessary pre-condition for economic restructuring.

In this detailed article, the authors surveyed four types of foreign intervention, and find reason to be skeptical about the U.S. ‘democracy promotion’ and ‘freedom agenda’ and the legitimacy of the immediate political outcomes of the ‘colour revolutions’.

Four types of foreign assistance in regime change "Colour Revolutions" that were studied:
1. The political template
2. Financing regime change
3. Training - professionalizing dissent
4. Marketing (propaganda) the revolution.

This is an important and relevant article. Read it full here. 👇🏼
http://colorrevolutionsandgeopolitics.blogspot.co.nz/2011/07/template-revolutions-marketing-us.html


http://colorrevolutionsandgeopolitics.blogspot.co.nz/2011/07/template-revolutions-marketing-us.html
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Imperialist Feminism and Liberalism

Colonial feminism is based on the appropriation of women’s rights in the service of empire and has been widely utilised in justifying aggression in the Middle East. But is it liberal?

http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/imperialist-feminism-and-liberalism/
Colonial feminism is based on the appropriation of women’s rights in the service of empire and has been widely utilised in justifying aggression in the Middle East. But is it liberal?
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The CIA, NGOs and Colour Revolutions
The Method of “Color Revolutions”

In 1985, a social scientist, Gene Sharp, published a study commissioned by NATO on Making Europe Unconquerable. He pointed out that ultimately a government only exists because people agree to obey it.

A few years later, in 1989, Sharp was reportedly tasked by the CIA with conducting the practical application of his theoretical research in China. The United States wanted to topple Deng Xiaoping in favor of Zhao Ziyang. The intention was to stage a coup with a veneer of legitimacy by organizing street protests, in much the same way as the CIA had given a popular facade to the overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh by hiring Tehran demonstrators (Operation Ajax, 1953).

The difference here is that Gene Sharp had to rely on a mix of pro-Zhao and pro-US youth to make the coup look like a revolution. But Deng had Sharp arrested in Tiananmen Square and expelled from the country. The coup failed, but not before the CIA spurred the youth groups into a vain attack to discredit Deng through the crackdown that followed. The failure of the operation was attributed to the difficulties of mobilizing young activists in the desired direction.

Ever since the work of French sociologist Gustave Le Bon in the late nineteenth century, we know that adults behave like children when they are in the throes of collective emotion. They become susceptible, even if for just a critical fleeting moment, to the suggestions of a leader-of-men who for them embodies a father figure. In 1990, Sharp got close to Colonel Reuven Gal, then chief psychologist of the Israeli Army.

Combining the discoveries of Le Bon and Sigmund Freud, Gal reached the conclusion that it was also possible to exploit the “Oedipus complex” in adolescents and steer a crowd of young people to oppose a head of state, as a symbolic father figure.

On this basis, Sharp and Gal set up training programs for young activists with the objective of organizing coups. After a few successes in Russia and the Baltics, it was in 1998 that Gene Sharp perfected the method of “color revolutions” with the overthrow of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.

The principle is simple:
1. Exacerbate all underlying frustrations,
2. blame the political apparatus for all the problems,
3. manipulate the youth according to the Freudian “patricidal” scenario,
4. organize a coup, and
5. Then propagandize that the government was brought down by the “street.”

International public opinion easily swallowed these stage settings: first, because of a confusion between a crowd and the people.

A genuine revolution entails an upheaval in social structures that takes place over several years, while a “color revolution” is a regime change that occurs within weeks.
The other term for a forced change of leadership without social transformation is a “coup d’état”.


http://themillenniumreport.com/2015/05/the-cia-ngos-and-color-revolutions/
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Turkey invades Northern Syria. Truth of Turkish "Coup" revealed?

Syria's conflict has escalated into dangerous new territory as Turkish military forces cross the Turkish-Syrian border in an attempt to annex the Syrian city of Jarabulus.

The operation includes not only Turkish military forces, but also throngs of Western-backed militants who will likely be handed control of the city before expanding operations deeper into Syria against Syrian government forces.

With US warplanes providing close air support for Turkish operations, earlier claims by Ankara that the US was behind an attempted coup in July appear to have been fabrications and the coup itself likely staged.

Regarding US joint operations with Turkey specifically, the BBC in its article, "Syria Jarablus: Turkish tanks roll into northern Syria," would report:
An unnamed senior US official in Washington told BBC News before the start of the Turkish operation that it was partly to create a buffer against the possibility of the Kurds moving forward.

We are working with them on that potential operation: our advisers are communicating with them on the Jarablus plan.

We'll give close air support if there's an operation.

It would be likewise difficult to believe that Turkey truly suspected the US of an attempted decapitation of the nation's senior leadership in a violent, abortive coup just last month, only to be conducting joint operations with the US inside Syria with US military forces still based within Turkish territory.

What is much more likely is that the coup was staged to feign a US-Turkish fallout, draw in Russia and allow Turkey to make sweeping purges of any elements within the Turkish armed forces that might oppose a cross-border foray into Syria, a foray that is now unfolding.

http://www.thenewatlas.org/2016/08/turkey-invades-northern-syria-truth-of.html
August 24, 2016 The New Atlas Syria's conflict has escalated into dangerous new territory as Turkish military forces cross the Turkish-Syrian border in an attempt to annex the Syrian city of Jarabulus. The operation includes...
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Hacked emails reveal NATO General plotted against Obama on Russia policy

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/01/nato-general-emails/
Gen. Philip Breedlove plotted in private to overcome Obama’s reluctance to escalate military tensions with Russia over the war in Ukraine in 2014.
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In 2016, can Hillary Clinton be the candidate of the hacker crowd?
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Truth, Lies, Deception, Secrecy and Coverups - Democracy under Fire

Like many others, I've only recently awakened to the assault on democracy and civil liberties the world over.

The Blogs I post are for educational purposes - to inform the public of relevant details regarding the truth of what is happening in governments the world over - and to encourage positive peaceful change. 

An informed public is powerful. But authoritarian rulers do not want the public to be informed. They lie, deceive, mislead and operate in secrecy to hide actions that would alarm or disgust the public and/or are not to the benefit of the public. 

Informing the public of the truth has become a battle between right versus might; truth versus lies and deception; transparency versus secrecy and coverups.

Democracy and civil liberties are under fire from within in many countries - by some of our own elected representatives, as well as some powerful government administrators and those in power in the military-industrial-surveillance complex - who want to consolidate and grow their power base nationally and internationally. 

Mass surveillance, propaganda, censorship and entrenched government secrecy are being used to disempower the public and provide the power elite with unwarranted authority and control over the public. 

Democracy and civil liberties are also under threat from the masterminds behind the financial sector - whose deliberate, calculated wheeling and dealing has likely resulted in the rise and fall of economies. These money monarchs likely also have substantial control over governments the world over because of what they can do that would influence the value of investments or level of loans of various countries. 

The political whipping system is another major threat to the democratic process - that should be seriously curtailed or abolished. 

The consequence of these factors has been evolution of so-called democratic governments run by administrations who dance to the tune of the rich and powerful and ignore the consequences of policies and law changes on the general public. 

We are being more and more ruled by an elite group who would lie to and deceive the public without blinking an eye, turn a blind eye to wrong-doing, and who are lacking in trustworthiness and integrity. Knowledge based on truth brings power. This Blog is about raising awareness of the true consequences of government policies, actions and law changes - and to encourage a focus on policies actions and law respectful of democracy, civil liberties and human rights.

All that is required for evil to take hold and grow is to: close your eyes, block your ears, shut your mouth - and do nothing.

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