“Color revolutions” – and relevant Institutions and Brands


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  • Brief information about color revolutions 
  • Relevant institution
  • Color revolutions brands
  • Other posts on this topic

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Color revolutions are, without a doubt, one of the main features of global political developments today. Should the reader wonder what a “color revolution” is, keep reading.

Let us first begin with the Wikipedia definition. That website introduces the concept by stating the following:

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 2000’s. 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. 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 in organizing creative non-violent resistance.

“These movements have been successful in Serbia (especially the Bulldozer Revolution of 2000), in Georgia’s Rose Revolution (2003), in Ukraine’s Orange Revolution(2004), in Lebanon’s Cedar Revolution and (though more violent than the previous ones) in Kyrgyzstan’s Tulip Revolution (2005), in Kuwait’s Blue Revolution (2005), in Iraq’s Purple Revolution (2005), and in Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution (1989), but failed in Iran’s Green Revolution (2009–2010) . Each time massive street protests followed disputed elections or request of fair elections and led to the resignation or overthrow of leaders considered by their opponents to be authoritarian.”

“Color revolutions” are foreign funded psycho-social operations of deception

What the Wikipedia article fails to mention is the massive foreign funding (State Department, Private corporations and affiliated “NGO’s”), and at least a notion that color revolutions are clear psycho-social operations of deception.

It’s a fact that Western governments (especially the US government) and various non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) spend millions of dollars to co-opt and “channel” local populations of targeted countries against their own political leadership.

Empty democracy slogans and flashy colors aside, one can argue that color revolutions are good old-fashioned regime change operations: destabilization without the tanks.

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The secret ingredient is a sophisticated science used to manipulate emotions and circumvent critical thinking. History shows that, to much of the power elite, humanity is seen as a collection of nerve endings to be pushed and pulled one way or the other, sometimes made to tremble in fear, sometimes made to salivate like Pavlov’s dogs. These days the manipulation is so pervasive, so subtle, so effective, that even critical individuals at times must necessarily fail to recognize how often – or in what context – they have fallen prey.

Of course fear is the most obvious emotion played upon to effect massive social change. One need only to reflect upon the last fourteen years, since 9/11, to know that fear is a primary instrument used to initiate and justify dangerous shifts in public policy.

But as humanity has been physiologically equipped with a range of emotions, and is not merely arrested and controlled by fear alone, a strata of behavioral and political science also found it useful to master the flip-side of the emotional spectrum, and by that we mean desire. All that, drives groups of individuals to act, even in the face of fear, in pursuit of something worthwhile.

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Many are the professions that utilize this type of understanding, including (but not limited to) marketing, advertising, public relations, politics and law-making, radio, television, journalism and news, film, music, general business and salesmanship; each of them selling, branding, promoting, entertaining, sloganeering, framing, explaining, creating friends and enemies, arguing likes and dislikes, setting the boundaries of good and evil: in many cases using their talents to circumvent their audiences’ intellect, the real target being emotional, often times even subconscious.

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Looking beneath the facade of the color revolutionary movement we also find a desire-based behavioral structure, in particular one that has been built upon historical lessons offered by social movements and periods of political upheaval.

It then makes sense that the personnel of such operations include perception managers, PR firms, pollsters and opinion-makers in the social media. Through the operational infrastructure, these entities work in close coordination with intelligence agents, local and foreign activists, strategists and tacticians, tax-exempt foundations, governmental agencies, and a host of non- governmental organizations.

Collectively, their job is to make a palace coup (a situation in which a leader is removed from power by the people who have worked with him or her) seem like a social revolution; to help fill the streets with fearless demonstrators advocating on behalf of a government of their choosing, which then legitimizes the sham governments with the authenticity of popular democracy and revolutionary fervor.

Because the operatives perform much of their craft in the open, their effectiveness is heavily predicated upon their ability to veil the influence backing them, and the long-term intentions guiding their work.

Their effectiveness is predicated on their ability to deceive, targeting both local populations and foreign audiences with highly-misleading interpretations of the underlying causes provoking these events.

A color revolution is only an instrument of foreign policy – only a tool – the ultimate object being the geopolitical advantages gained by powerful financiers and the brain trust they employ. It follows that understanding geopolitical context (and motive) is necessary to understand the purpose of the color revolution.

The rest of this post highlights specific institutions of power

“Never utter these words: ‘I do not know this, therefore it is false.’ One must study to know; know to understand; understand to judge.” – Apothegm of Narada

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SCROLL DOWN FOR LINKS TO RELEVANT INSTITUTIONS AND FURTHER DOWN FOR COLOR REVOLUTION BRANDS

The following institutions are central to the topics addressed here. (click on image to visit their home sites):

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National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

International Republican Institute (IRI)

International Republican Institute (IRI)

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Solidarity Center of the AFL-CIO

Solidarity Center of the AFL-CIO

World Movement for Democracy

World Movement for Democracy

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Brookings Institution

Brookings Institution

American Enterprise Institute

American Enterprise Institute

The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Freedom House

Freedom House

International Crisis Group (ICG)

International Crisis Group (ICG)

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

International Coalition for Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

International Coalition for Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

The Arlington Institute

The Arlington Institute

RAND Corporation

RAND Corporation

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Eurasia Foundation

Eurasia Foundation

Open Society Institute

Open Society Institute

Internews

Internews

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders

Voice of America

Voice of America

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)

Albert Einstein Institution(AEI)

Albert Einstein Institution(AEI)

Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions Strategies (CANVAS)

Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions Strategies (CANVAS)

Movements.org

Movements.org

Color Revolution Brands:

OTPOR! (Serbia), 2000

OTPOR! (Serbia), 2000

ZUBR! (Belarus), ongoing

ZUBR! (Belarus), ongoing

KMARA! (Georgia), 2003

KMARA! (Georgia), 2003

PORA! (Ukraine), 2004

PORA! (Ukraine), 2004

Cedar Revolution (Lebanon), 2005

Cedar Revolution (Lebanon), 2005

KelKel (Kyrgyzstan), 2005

KelKel (Kyrgyzstan), 2005

Obama Campaign (United States), 2008

Obama Campaign (United States), 2008

Jasmine Revolution (Tunisia), 2011

Jasmine Revolution (Tunisia), 2011

April 6th Movement (Egypt), 2011

April 6th Movement (Egypt), 2011

National League for Democracy (Myanmar), ongoing

National League for Democracy (Myanmar), ongoing

Green Movement (Iran), ongoing

Green Movement (Iran), ongoing

Girifna (Sudan), Ongoing

Girifna (Sudan), Ongoing

Oborona (Russia), ongoing

Oborona (Russia), ongoing

Red Shirt Movement (Thailand), ongoing

Red Shirt Movement (Thailand), ongoing

Bersih (Malaysia), ongoing

Bersih (Malaysia), ongoing

Movement for Democratic Change (Zimbabwe), ongoing

Movement for Democratic Change (Zimbabwe), ongoing

Local Coordination Committees (Syria), ongoing

Local Coordination Committees (Syria), ongoing

MJAFT! (Albania), ongoing

MJAFT! (Albania), ongoing

White Ribbon Movement (Russia), ongoing

White Ribbon Movement (Russia), ongoing

Occupy Movement (United States), ongoing

Occupy Movement (United States), ongoing

Free Pussy Riot! (PR Stunt)

Free Pussy Riot! (PR Stunt)

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Kosmas Loumakis - Sociological consultant, analyst, field operative and tactical field coordinator of national and regional social projects in Sweden. Was contracted for almost two decades by governmental bodies and NGO's, in governmental gang crime and extremism preventive efforts. Have produced a number of socio pedagogic action plans and developed methods, field tactics and strategies for gang crime and extremism preventive projects.

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