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Monday, March 14, 2005

 

gene sharp


via the arabist, as larger anti-syrian protests take hold in beirut, a very interesting digression on the origin of color-coded revolution from nur al-cubicle outlining the influence of pacifist gene sharp.

The origins of the color-themed revolutions go back to 1999. Following the failure of the US bombing campaign against Serbia, the US and the EU cast about and latched on to new revolutionary strategy : carefully orchestrated, massive street demonstrations inspired by pacifist's Gene Sharp’s From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation.

In advance of the 2000 Serbian elections, the US and the EU put together a large-scale monitoring apparatus comprised of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and well-funded NGO’s, including Madeleine Albright’s National Democratic Institute, Senator John McCain’s International Republican Institute, George Soros’ Open Society and James Woolsey’s Freedom House not only to guarantee transparency but to launch a popular movement with the appropriate levels of stagecraft, press and public relations.

The avowed goal of forcing the government to acknowledge election results masks, according to LMD, a theme hammered by Washington--régime change. The neutral monitoring effort is a vehicle for the intervention of foreign powers in a non-violent revolution.
the upshot is that the color-coded revolutions are exercizes in western propaganda directed by western ngo's at western audiences which, while taking advantage of genuine local discontent and boredom, represent not any popular will or spontaneous massing but the efforts of western government at nonviolent regime change.

just in case you thought the limits of administration propaganda were fake newscasts and jeff gannon.


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