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CANVAS and FREEDOM HOUSE shown to be linked

CANVAS,a suppose Gandhian non-violent site and Freedom House, linked as it is to the National Endowment for Democracy of infamous memory, are here shown to be linked

CANVAS has been behind some of the recent pro-RCTV actoins in Venezuela
Peter Ackerman and Freedom House

'Our Center has also collaborated with several international organizations that furnish
seminars and workshops in nonviolent tactics and that independently disseminate this
knowledge to activists, such as the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies
(CANVAS) in Belgrade, Nonviolence International in Washington, and the Center for
Victims of Torture. CANVAS is led by veterans of the movement that ousted Milosevic in
Serbia, and they will soon make universally downloadable their comprehensive
curriculum in strategic nonviolent action.'

'When my friends at CANVAS conduct a workshop on nonviolent struggle they ask
participants to prepare a power graph.'


St Antony's College, University of Oxford, 15-18 March 2007
Skills or Conditions:
What Key Factors Shape the Success
or Failure of Civil Resistance?
by Peter Ackerman
Peter Ackerman 2007

Skills or Conditions:
What Key Factors Shape the Success or Failure of Civil Resistance?
Presentation by Dr. Peter Ackerman
Conference on Civil Resistance and Power Politics
St. Antony's College, Oxford, 15-18 March 2007
Before I begin, I'd like to thank Sir Adam Roberts, Timothy Garton Ash, Tom Davies, my
colleague Berel Rodal, and the other organizers of this extraordinary conference. This
must be the first time such a diverse international group of distinguished scholars and
writers have gathered to extend our understanding of civil resistance, or what many of us
refer to as nonviolent conflict.

More on Freedom House 09.Jun.2007 17:44


The Freedom House Files
by Diana Barahona

"Freedom House is an independent non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world." -- Freedom House

Freedom House is a small but influential organization based in Washington and New York with more than 120 offices around the world and an annual budget of US$19 million.1 Calling itself "America's oldest human rights group," it is best known for its yearly "Freedom in the World" report, which rates countries as "free," "partly free," and "not free." What it is not known for is the high percentage of its funding that comes from the State Department -- an average of 95% between 2000 and 2003 -- or its list of trustees, a Who's Who of neoconservatives from government, business, academia, labor, and the press.

In 1940 a liberal New Yorker named George Field and some friends formed the National Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies to build support for the U.S. entering WWII. The group attracted prominent figures in the arts, journalism, and government -- including Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt -- and "within a year it was drawing thousands to rallies at Madison Square Garden and making headlines."2 A month before the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Field joined with Republican presidential candidate Wendell L. Willkie and some anti-Nazi groups to found Freedom House "as a counterpoint to the Nazi Braunhaus, Hitler's propaganda center in Munich."3

After the war Freedom House joined with other government agencies such as the CIA and State Department to combat "Soviet and Chinese Communism, anti-Semitism and the suppression of human rights in Eastern Europe and Asia."4 It championed NATO abroad but supported liberal causes at home, condemning the Ku Klux Klan and McCarthyism and sharing its New York headquarters, the Wendell Willkie Memorial Building, with the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Metropolitan Council of B'nai B'rith. Field retired as executive director in 1967 but served as secretary to the board of trustees until 1970. In the 1970s and 80s, Freedom House lobbied at UNESCO against the New World Information and Communications Order, an attempt by Third World countries to create media systems that weren't dominated by First World corporations and governments.

During the 1980s, the organization began to receive a majority of its grant income from the newly created NED (founded by Congress in 1983), and contracts for Latin America far surpassed those for Eastern Europe.5 Under the Reagan-Bush administrations, Freedom House continued to promote the foreign policy objectives of the United States in Central America, "supporting the death squad-linked ARENA party in El Salvador while attacking the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, championing Contra leaders like Arturo Cruz, and serving as a conduit for funds from the National Endowment for Democracy."6 Considered "neoconservative" even at that time, the group's trustees and associates were affiliated with the State Department, the National Security Council (Jeane Kirkpatrick), the CIA (through front groups), the U.S. Information Agency, the Trilateral Commission (Zbigniew Brzezinski), the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Committee on the Present Danger, Accuracy in Media, the American Enterprise Institute, Crisis, The New Republic and PRODEMCA, a group that raised funds and lobbied for the Contras. During the 1980s, Freedom House also formed the Afghanistan Information Center, one of several NED-funded groups supporting the mujahedin. This was to complement the government's US $3,000 million covert funding program for the anti-Soviet groups.7