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CANVAS is a tool of US imperialism that we should be studying. It's an 'activist' training organization which grew out of OTPOR, the organization which led the overthrow of the government of Milošević. Currently they're closely involved in Venezuela and elsewhere (thread).
Much of the information in this thread comes from the leaked Stratfor emails. Stratfor is a private intelligence firm which developed a close relationship with CANVAS. They admit that CANVAS is an 'export-a-revolution' group funded by various US imperialist slush funds.
CANVAS has worked in a large number of countries, and was involved in numerous color revolutions and the Arab spring. They focus on the facade of promoting 'democracy' in anti-imperialist countries, and currently are involved heavily in Venezuela
Their funding draws from various state-department sources, and in their list of 'friends', one can find a web of US tools of empire. For instance the Albert Einstein Institute, founded by Gene Sharp, funded by the Natl. Endowment for Democracy, US Institute for Peace, etc. etc.
IREX, who works to bring 'independent media' to countries (read: US propaganda). Funded by the State Department itself, Open Society Foundation, Radio Free Asia, World Bank, Walmart Foundation, Ford Foundation, etc. etc.
Another one of their 'friends' is BAM (Build a Movement) - 'activist' training and secure communication. It turns out this is essentially another wing of CANVAS. Their two leaders are a leader of CANVAS and a former CANVAS intern (Ralph Mimoun's LinkedIn in the last image)
After OTPOR failed to transition into a political party, two of its leaders founded CANVAS. One of the leaders (Sikman) admitted OTPOR recieved CIA funding, and Popovic benefited from a tech startup after OTPOR's success
They're an incredibly effective group, with a non-violent strategy aimed to bring sympathy to demonstrators, and good organizing skills. They've developed networks in various countries such as Iran, using 'progressive' demands, in this case women's rights, to work for imperialism
They especially work with student groups, and were involved with the Rose Revolution in Georgia, the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, and the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan. They envision a new color revolution in Venezuela, which they've named 'the Marigold Revolution'.
CANVAS has trained students and maintains contact with them in Venezuela. Popovic has denied working with Guaidó despite Venezuelan intel discovering this. While I haven't found any hard evidence, I think 1) it's likely and 2) regardless they have a hand in the situation
What pushes me to strongly believe Guaidó was trained, is that the Stratfor email mentions five student leaders, but public reports only list four names. Could they have withheld his name since he was groomed as a future leader?
Regardless, Guaidó was certainly involved with this student movement, whose leaders were trained by CANVAS. What also has CANVAS's fingerprints all over it is how long they waited to strike. CANVAS is very patient and thought protests in 2010 came too soon.
Guaidó's decision to enter Venezuela illegally follow's CANVAS's handbook perfectly. It creates a 'Dilemma Action', where either response by Venezuela's government is exploitable
The handbook is interesting in itself: it follows their own advice on targeting the audience. It's written just like a college textbook, and again much of CANVAS's work is with college students.
Not only do they bring people to Belgrade for training, they do trainings in various US universities and some outside the US. Since many wealthy students in imperialized nations are educated in the US, it gives CANVAS another avenue to reach their targets.
I'll likely make another thread soon with a more in depth analysis of the material impact of CANVAS training in Venezuela and further evidence that they're involved in the Guaidó situation. I'll also update this post when I do: ……
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