Engineering color revolutions. Price tag: $20-120million (RT video)

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The US is the “foremost power” when it comes to creating and applying “color revolutions”: America invented the know-how and has the best experts in this area, political scientist Mateusz Piskorski told RT
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RT: What are the key ingredients to start a color revolution?

Mateusz Piskorsky: There has to be a real political and social crisis, which may be an inspiration for those groups who protest. There is no color revolution without a social basis. Common consciousness of a real economic or social problem is needed to easily manipulate the protesting groups.

RT: So the problem has to be economic or social rather than a regime problem, like a dictatorship?

MP: Yes, about 90 per cent of every society, including the societies of Central and Eastern Europe, are first and foremost interested in their social and economic interests. Which means they don’t care about politics, the political system or the character of a political regime. They’re just worried about their economic prospects and possibilities of keeping their families on a certain social level. This is the most important factor in every revolution.

RT: What is the infrastructure behind a protest?

MP: Really professional coordination centers… secret from ordinary protesters, but functioning very effectively.

RT: What is the share of people power versus the power of the people who actually pull the strings?

MP: Every protester has his own interests to participate in the protest, but it is really very easy for him to lose his rationality and become a subject of “emotional engineering”.

RT: When people realize they have been subject to manipulation – what is their reaction?

MP: Usually they do not realize they are subject to manipulation. It’s a question of the so-called information area or mass-media.One of the very important factors in any color revolution is the control of mass-media. First you take control over alternative mass media which has good reliability in the opinion polls. Then you think about a color revolution.One of the decisive parts of a color revolution project is the media.This is not a war between the regime and the people. It is a conflict between PR specialists of the government on one hand and the protest movement, or some foreign powers engaged on the other.

RT: Talking about foreign powers – where does the funding come from for such [color revolution] projects?

MP: This is the most interesting question, and also the most guarded secret… Certain foundations from some western countries, including the US, funded protests in Ukraine and Belarus.

RT: Is the US always present in such conflicts?

)”]color revolutionMP: I’m not sure about always, but it is in most of the conflicts. Another factor here – you have geopolitical interests. Every superpower like the US makes its decision: is it worth engaging, starting or igniting a color revolution or not? It is not only the US, but to be honest the US has the best experts in this area. The man who invented the whole technology is Gene Sharp [considered by many the world’s best expert on non-violent revolution, author of From Dictatorship to Democracy]. The US is the leading power when it comes to this technology, I can say.

RT: The US new ambassador in Russia Michael McFaul has admitted that America used to fund opposition movements and color revolutions but under a different administration, that it’s no longer done under the Obama administration. Do you believe that?

MP: I believe that Mr. McFaul is one of the best specialists and scholars working on color revolutions, including in Ukraine. He’s an expert. I don’t believe the US is not using this technology.Sometimes a color revolution may not end on a peaceful note and may proceed to a civil war, the case with Syria and Libya.

RT: How much can a project like installing a new regime in Ukraine in 2003 cost?

MP: Most of them range from $20 million to $120 million.

via US ‘world leader’ in color revolution engineering — RT.

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#Syria: Non-Violence, Not Military Intervention – Gene Sharp

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Despite an Arab League observer mission in Syria, there has been no let up in the bloodshed. Author and scholar Gene Sharp told RT in an exclusive interview that non-violence is the only way for people to bring about a democratic change.

“You get bloody mess when you get people standing up and saying we want a change because dictators don’t want to be told “We don’t love you anymore”. They do not like to be told “It is time for you to go” and they will use whatever means of control,” Sharp says.
Meanwhile, reports of bloodshed in Syrian cities escalate daily. Syrian activists said Monday that government troops opened fire on protesters in the restive city of Homs, killing more than a dozen people.

The UN estimates that more than 5,000 people have been killed since the country erupted into conflict in March.
Gene Sharp says that if Arab world follows a violent path, more casualties are guaranteed.

Sharp says that change can be brought out by many ways. “But what kind of change?” he asks.

What Sharp warns about is that change might pave the way to new dictatorship, but not to democracy.
“Change can be from dictatorship to a new dictatorship,” he concludes. Sharp believes that military intervention as an option to solve the situation in Syria will lead to chaos instead of new democratic regime in the country.
Speaking about the previous bitter experience, referring to Libya, Sharp says that the US has no right to meddle in other countries’ foreign affairs. “My opinion is that the US government should not be intervening military in the name of establishing democracy,” he says.

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered a 100-minute speech on Tuesday which failed to impress as he repeated previous statements, mocked the Arab League, and failed to offer any hope for an end to the ongoing bloodshed. In his first speech since June 2011,  al-Assad said he’s “not someone who abandons responsibility”. Once again blaming unrest on “foreign planning,” Assad promised to “fight terrorists with an iron fist.” He also made vague promises of reform, saying Syria might hold a referendum on a new constitution, maybe in March. Later today, The UN Security Council will also meet for the first time this year to discuss the situation in the embattled country in another closed-door meeting.

Meanwhile, there may be a new way to end the bloodshed in Syria in the offing. Avaaz activists have covertly compiled a harrowing report of crimes against humanity conducted by Assad’s regime, and it is making world headlines. Using that list of atrocities to as a call to the UN Security Council might help bring a case against Assad and the leadership of his forces before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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