"It is clear that the latest move by the American neoconservatives is not only to target Russia but also European political parties that have backed Russia’s defensive policies in Ukraine and castigated German Chancellor Angela Merkel for opening Europe’s borders to hordes of Islamist terrorists from Syria, Iraq, North Africa, and Afghanistan masquerading as refugees.(..) Washington’s ominous moves towards European democracy in targeting parties of both the right and left harken back to the old Cold War days when the CIA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were fond of compiling lists of «dangerous subversives» abroad (..) The CIA’s history is replete with examples of US covert funding of European political parties. In the 1960s, the CIA provided money to the Italian Christian Democratic Party to ensure that the Italian Communist Party did not achieve political success at the national level. American «leftists» like Irving Kristol, Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, and others were funded by the CIA to influence the political direction of their friends in the European «democratic left», mainly social democratic parties, to dissuade them from forming coalitions with Communist parties. Many of the present-day right-wing neoconservatives were spawned from these sell-outs of the left, including Kristol’s son, the arch-neoconservative pundit William Kristol. (..) The fear of the CIA is that Le Pen’s presidency in France may copy De Gaulle and leave the NATO military structure. That is why Washington is doing everything possible to demonize the National Front as agents of Russia. Similar horror stories of the CIA’s actions against political parties from Portugal and Greece to Denmark and Belgium can be found in the historical record. If any country is in need of a full examination of its covert political and influence operations in Europe, it is the United States, not Russia.." European Political Influence Operations Are «Made in USA», 2016, by Wayne Madsen
"How many Americans could identify the National Endowment for Democracy? An organization which often does exactly the opposite of what its name implies. The NED was set up in the early 1980s under President Reagan in the wake of all the negative revelations about the CIA in the second half of the 1970s. The latter was a remarkable period. Spurred by Watergate – the Church committee of the Senate, the Pike committee of the House, and the Rockefeller Commission, created by the president, were all busy investigating the CIA. Seemingly every other day there was a new headline about the discovery of some awful thing, even criminal conduct, the CIA had been mixed up in for years. The Agency was getting an exceedingly bad name, and it was causing the powers-that-be much embarrassment. - Something had to be done. ..." Trojan Horses and Color Revolutions: The Role of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), chapter from Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower by William Blum published in 2005.
Below some of their self-serving promotion about 'democratic' help. Please notice CANVAS use people like Martin Luther King as PR.
Ted Talk, Srdja Popovic: 'how to topple a dictator': "People-powered resistance: can it work? Srdja Popovic led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000; he lays out the plans, skills and tools that a people-powered movement needs -- from nonviolent tactics to a sense of humor."
CANVAS' official description: "The Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) is a non-profit, non-governmental, international network, oriented to educational work related to strategic nonviolent conflict."
"From the outset of the “Arab Spring”, the Obama administration’s objective was to undermine secular governments in the Middle East and North Africa and install a model “Islamic State”, which would serve US geopolitical and corporate interests."
"The strategy has been bluntly outlined by Graham Fueller, former Vice-President of the National Intelligence Council and an architect of the Afghanistan War along with Zbignew Brzezinski “The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Russians. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power, and especially to counter the Chinese influence in Central Asia.” Russian intervention in Syria - Trap or Katehorn, Jan 2017