The Revolution Business

The Revolution Business examines the role of United States intelligence agencies in the whitewashing of recent revolutionary movements such as the Arab Spring and others by the use of “Revolution Consultants”. Of particular interest is a man called Gene Sharp–the founder and director of the ‘Albert Einstein Institution’ in the United States and author of the handbook Dictatorship to Democracy on non-violent direct action strategies which were apparently widely disseminated in the “Colour Revolutions” of Eastern Europe, the Arab spring uprisings, and in the “Occupy” movement. This together with an organisation called Отпор! (Otpor) which tought “non-violent struggle” in the overthrow of Slobodan Milošević in Serbia during the 1990s, has now gone on to inspire a new generation of activists. However, some political commentators like William Engdahl are convinced Otpor is financed by the USA, along with the ‘Albert Einstein Institution’ also having dubious funding from sources such as the Rand Corporation, the Department of Defence, as well as various fronts such as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the US Institute of Peace and the Ford Foundation–all of which have a long history of collaborating with the Pentagon, the State Department and the CIA in destabilising movements and usurping popular uprisings…