US NGO Uncovered in Ukraine Protests

CANVAS: The Belgrade US-Financed Training Group Behind the Carefully-Orchestrated Kiev Protests

The recent protests in Ukraine have the stench of a foreign-orchestrated attempt to destabilize the government of Viktor Yanukovych after he walked away from signing an EU Association Agreement that would have driven a deep wedge between Russia and Ukraine. Glamor-star boxer-turned political guru, Vitaly Klitschko, has been meeting with the US State Department and is close to Angela Merkel’s CDU political machine in Germany. The EU association agreement with Ukraine is widely resisted by many EU member states with deep economic problems of their own. The two EU figures most pushing it—Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski—are both well known in the EU as close to Washington. The US is strongly pushing the Ukraine EU integration just as it had been behind the 2004 failed “Orange Revolution” to split Ukraine from Russia in a  bid to isolate and weaken Russia. Now Ukrainians have found evidence of direct involvement of the Belgrade US-financed training group, CANVAS behind the carefully-orchestrated Kiev protests.

A copy of the pamphlet that was given out to opposition protestors in Kiev has been obtained. It is a word-for-word and picture-for-picture translation of the pamphlet used by US-financed Canvas organizers in the 2011 Cairo Tahrir Square protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak and opened the door to the US-backed Muslim Brotherhood.[1] The photo below is a side-by-side comparison:

The photo left is from Tahrir Square; the right from Kiev and here below is the English original used by the Belgrade CANVAS NGO:

Canvas, formerly Otpor, received significant money from the US State Department in 2000 to stage the first successful Color Revolution against Slobodan Milosovic in then-Yugoslavia. Since then they have been transformed into a full-time “revolution consultancy” for the US, posing as a Serbian grass-root group backing “democracy.” [2] Who would ever think a Serbian-based NGO would be a front for US-backed regime change?

The Strange Ukraine “Opposition”

Direct sources in Kiev that I have contacted report that the anti-government protestors have been recruited with money from among university students and unemplyed to come by bus into the heart of  Kiev. The revealing aspect is the spectacular emergence of champion boxed Vitaly Klitschko as presumably the wise politician guiding Ukraine’s future. No doubt spending your career beating other boxers unconscious is a superb preparation for becoming a statesman, though I for one doubt it. It reminds of the choice of a low-grade Hollywood movie actor, Ronald Reagan as President. But more interesting about “opposition” spokesman Klitschko is who his friends are.

Klitschko is being backed by US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Nuland, former US Ambassador to NATO, is a neo-conservative married to leading neo-conservative hawk, Robert Kagan, and was herself a former adviser to Dick Cheney. [3]

Klitschko is also very friendly with German Chancellor Merkel. According to a recent Der Spiegel report, Merkel wants to support Klitschko in his bid to become Ukraine’s president in 2015. [4]

More evidence that a darker agenda lies behind the “democracy” opposition is the fact that the demands of the protestors went from demanding accession to the EU to demanding the immediate resignation of the Yanukovich government. Klitschko and the opposition used an unfortunate police crackdown on protesters to massively expand the protest from a few hundred to tens of thousands. On December 18, the government took the wind partly out of the Klitschko sails by signing a major economic agreement with Moscow in which Russia agreed to cut the price of Russian gas exported to Ukraine by a third, down to $268.5 per 1,000 cubic meters from the current level of more than $400, and to buy $15 billion of Ukraine’s debt in eurobonds. That gives Ukraine breathing room to avoid a sovereign debt default and calmly negotiate over its future.

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F. William Engdahl, BFP contributing Author & Analyst
William Engdahl is author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics in the New World Order. He is a contributing author at BFP and may be contacted through his website at www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net where this article was originally published.

Endnotes:


[1] SysAdmin, Pamphlets in Ukraine handed out during protests and pamphlets that were handed out in Egypt, December 12, 2013, accessed in http://12160.info/photo/photo/show?id=2649739%3APhoto%3A1376645.

[2] Nebojsa Malic, Invasion of the Mind Snatchers: Empire’s Revolution Business, AntiWar.com, June 24, 2011, accessed in http://original.antiwar.com/malic/2011/06/23/invasion-of-the-mind-snatchers/.

[3] NTDTV,Ukrainian Opposition Vitaly Klitschko Meets US Official Victoria Nuland, December 6, 2013, accessed in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0miz548u0WY.

[4] Die Zeit, Merkel unterstützt Klitschko, 8. Dezember 2013, accessed in http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2013-12/merkel-klitschko-ukraine.

 

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  1. Non-intervention. “Mind your own business.” The greatest challenge in life, staying in one’s zone. We need to restore US the Republic, and let go of US the Empire.

  2. In 2008 Noland was US representative in Nato when her husband was reported to conspire in Brussels with
    representatives of Ukrainian military intelligence. This info is from a well-known Russian article on 08-08-08

    http://left.ru/2008/10/stolz_en179.phtml

  3. For those of you who speak German, the guys at Otpor mentioned above are interviewed in this Austrian documentary:
    http://vimeo.com/25641847 “The Revolution Professionals”
    They discuss their bible ‘From Dictatorship to Democracy’, and go visit the author-god Gene Sharp, which, if you google his name, you will note is being paraded all over the place.

    Did anybody read that book? Might come in handy on this side of the fence. I don’t know how much they charge for a new color, but if we do a fundraiser among BFP members maybe we can afford Luxemburg or Liechtenstein, get some notoriety, and expand from there.

  4. avatar colinjames says:

    Gee. How surprising.

    And what, so lazy they don’t even bother changing the graphics, the design… lucky for Ukraine thru didn’t join EU (yet?), I winner how long til they were mired in debt, requiring a bailout and the sell off of every public public institution, elimination of any safety net, looting of the wealth et al. Not that the govt they have now is a model of purity or their economy is top notch, I’m not sure how they’re doing exactly. Only it would have gotten worse, regardless.

  5. avatar Larry Lane says:

    One thing’s clear. You don’t like conservatives.

  6. avatar Larry Lane says:

    You’re saying the US State Department is behind this, but it’s the neoconservatives? Isn’t Obama running the show? He’s not a neo-conservative

    • avatar tonywicher says:

      Don’t go by labels or by rhetoric, go by deeds. Obama is doing everything Bush and the Neocons did, and more so, while talking like a liberal Democrat. What Obama is, is a phony, a liar and a deceiver. He wasn’t born anywhere, he’s a golem made of mud by Wall Street. .

    • LL, Canvas which became Otpor was set up and financed by the centers of Capital in the Mid 1990s as a way of fomenting “Popular Revolts”. Those Revolutions would then be steered into toppling Socialist Governments of Eastern Europe. Read the works of F William Engdahl, read the works of George Cicarriello Maher and read the works of Michael James Barker. They chronicle in intricate detail the movement and actions of Gene Sharp, Stephen Zunes and Peter Ackerman. Look oat the history and professional lineage of Ackerman. His position with Drexel Burnham Lambert before its collapse and his present position within Rockport Capital. Move your mind out of a Dominant Paradighm that pigeon holes politicians into “Conservatives” and “Liberals”. They are nothing but Errand Boys to keep the hands of their Masters clean.

  7. avatar Larry Lane says:

    I don’t think this goes beyond the liberal vs conservative paradigm. I think it’s about global elitists trying to further their one world order agenda. They are not loyal to a brand.

  8. avatar Christopher Baisan says:

    The West is concerned about gas pipelines, the Black Sea Naval Station, and general harassment of Russia – they care nothing about the problems of corruption and rule by oligarchs that bedevil Ukraine. That said, your characterization of Klitschko is misinformed. The Klitschko brothers are Ukrainian heroes and Vitaly is a bright guy who made his money honestly, through his own efforts – unlike the majority of Ukrainian politicians. Widespread disgust with political corruption has increased his popularity, and his boxing skills might actually come in handy in the Rada (Ukrainian parliament). Could he be used by the West? Sure. Is Yanukovich being used by Russia? Sure – thats the reality in Ukraine, mired in debt and corruption. Ukraine needs political reform and mature relationships with both Russia and the West – don’t see it coming though, and self-serving interference from abroad is not helping.

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