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The Misuse of gandhi: the case of CANVAS

There is an organisation called CANVAS that misuses Gandhis non-violent philosophy, in order to bring down states that dont obey the Washington consensus...i bet few have heard of
WHO has heard of CANVAS?

'Golinger also made reference to the fact that leaders from the Serbian campaign, and people from the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (Canvas) have been involved with the Venezuelan opposition and have given trainings about nonviolent resistance inside Venezuela. According to the webpage of Canvas, Venezuela is one of three nations in which the resistance strategies are being used.'

I wasnt until i read this article about their recent activities in Venezuela. They seem to apply Gandhi's philosophy and tactics that would have Gandhi turning in his grave...if he was in a grave.

Here is their website:


where we read:
'Centre for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies - or CANVAS represents an International network of trainers and consultants, established in 2003.

Our Vision of tomorrow :
World free of violence, with every single political conflict solved by nonviolent struggle.

Our Mission : Support, advocate and promote!

CANVAS trainers and consultants support nonviolent democratic movements through transfer of knowledge on strategies and tactics of nonviolent struggle. CANVAS Supporting Active Network in four countries advocates and promotes battles for democracy worldwide'

Note, this website, has no email addresses in it (which is interesting), but it is possible to join.

CANVAS is not the Venezuelan opposition 04.Jun.2007 09:31

Ecotopian Yeti

CANVAS is not the Venezuelan opposition. Stop confusing the nonviolent tactics that CANVAS (OTPOR) uses with the goals and tactics used by the group sponsored by US Amerikan Imperialists to undermine the current elected government of Venezuela.

At time when I read posts about dismissing groups like CANVASI have to think that its part of the Fascist attempt to mislead revolutionaries from using materials and tactics in various nonviolent organizations.

READ CANVAS's book (Nonviolent Struggle-50 Crucial Points) for yourself then make up your mind.


If you want Cascadia as an independent and Reunified bioregion I would suggest print out several copies and forward the book to all Cascadians and like minded people


canvas in venezuela 04.Jun.2007 19:25

yes or no

CANVAS' site is not clear about which side's "mass political defiance" it's supporting in Venezuela, if any. If it's really involved in anything other than running a website and cashing grant checks.


Good luck finding anything useful. I couldn't.

(hey yeti, people you don't agree with are not automatically "fascists" because you like somebody's book, if you have specific evidence that the allegations presented in this article are false then tell us what it is)

here's the whole article


Documents Reveal U.S. Effort to Influence Venezuelan Journalists
Saturday, May 26, 2007
By: Chris Carlson - Venezuelanalysis.com

Caracas, May 26, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)— Several major Venezuelan journalists have received all-expenses paid trips to the U.S. for courses in an apparent effort of the U.S. State Department to influence the media in Venezuela, according to recently released documents. The Venezuelan-American attorney Eva Golinger, who released the information yesterday in a press conference in Caracas, also revealed evidence of a destabilization plan against the Chavez government to take place this weekend.

Golinger is the author of The Chavez Code, which documents U.S. funding of opposition groups and U.S. involvement in the 2002 coup attempt.

Under a program named International Business Leadership Program, many Venezuelan journalists, mostly from the opposition media, but also some from the Venezuelan government, have received "scholarships" from the U.S. government to attend training courses during the years 2001-2005.

Some of the most recognized opposition journalists of the country have participated according to the documents, including Miguel Angel Rodriguez of RCTV, who received more than six thousand dollars for his participation in 2003, and Maria Fernanda Flores of Globovision among others, according to the documents obtained by Eva Golinger through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

With the supposed intention of teaching journalists about the media and journalism in the United States, the program also has the purpose of influencing how Venezuelan journalists cover events related to the U.S. foreign policy. According to the documents released, the programs denominated "Journalism IV" seek to "influence the approach and ultimately the coverage given to issues of importance to U.S. foreign policy and to strengthen the Venezuelan democratic process."

The State Department gave special attention to the Venezuelan news channel Globovisión, which they believe to be "the most influential channel" and to have the most positive coverage of the United States. The State Department sought a special relationship with this particular news network, and especially with one important journalist Maria Fernanda Flores.

According to an unclassified State Department memo, "A program that gives Flores a better understanding of and closer ties with U.S. media executive decision-making policies and practices can help Globovision, already the country's news leader, an even more professional responsible force in Venezuela's media environment, with profound implications not only for more positive coverage of U.S. policies but for Venezuela's evolving political situation as well."

Golinger emphasized, though, that the journalists involved in these programs were chosen by the U.S. embassy and could very well be unaware of the program's efforts to influence their coverage of U.S. foreign policy.

Golinger also spoke about other State Department programs including one to increase U.S. access to the Venezuelan Armed Forces through various training programs, whose objectives she said are similar to the program for journalists.

The Press Attaché of the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, Bryan Penn, responded on Globovisión to Golinger's press conference yesterday by saying that the programs she presented were common with governments around the world and that the U.S. is "proud of them."

Destabilization Plan

Golinger also presented evidence of a destabilization plan for this Saturday, showing a flyer calling for people to come into the streets and march in the morning hours of Saturday, May 26th. According to the attorney, the campaign is designed by Freedom House, a U.S. organization dedicated to non-violent resistance.

Freedom House, headed by Peter Ackerman, has been involved in other countries and other campaigns to overthrow regimes such as Serbia and the Ukraine. According to Golinger, the flyers circulating in Caracas have the logo of a clenched fist, the same logo used in the campaigns in other countries such as Serbia, Georgia, and the Ukraine.

Golinger also made reference to the fact that leaders from the Serbian campaign, and people from the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (Canvas) have been involved with the Venezuelan opposition and have given trainings about nonviolent resistance inside Venezuela. According to the webpage of Canvas, Venezuela is one of three nations in which the resistance strategies are being used.

Golinger said that she found the presence of these programs to be "worrying" in light of the tense relations between the United States and Venezuela, as well as the aggressive media atmosphere in Venezuela in recent years.