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Avaaz: Empire Propaganda Mill Masquerading as Grassroots Activism

By Martin Iqbal | Empire Strikes Black | June 9, 2012

‘Activism’ and ‘human rights’ foundation Avaaz blames the Houla massacre on Assad and calls for foreign intervention. A peek into the background of Avaaz explains its pro-empire position, and who is really behind it.

The ultra-shadowy Avaaz Foundation is purportedly a non-governmental organisation that seeks to(1) “close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.”

A mere three days after the Houla Massacre in Syria, while all parties were clamoring to figure out what had happened and who was responsible, Avaaz took the opportunity to speculatively blame the Assad regime as part of an online petition campaign. What is even more disconcerting is that this ‘human rights’ organization also made a thinly-veiled call for foreign intervention – something which would undoubtedly result in astronomical human suffering.

Using emotive and crafty language,(2) Alice Jay (Avaaz’s Campaign Director) blames Assad for the Houla massacre indirectly, by alluding to the decision of several Western governments to expel Syrian diplomats:

Dozens of children lie covered with blood, their faces show the fear they felt before death, and their innocent lifeless bodies reveal an unspeakable massacre. These children were slaughtered by men under strict orders to sow terror. Yet all the diplomats have come up with so far is a few UN monitors ‘observing’ the violence. Now, governments across the world are expelling Syrian ambassadors, but unless we demand strong action on the ground, they will settle for these diplomatic half-measures.

This is immediately followed by a thinly-veiled call for an invasion of Syria by foreign powers:

The UN is discussing what to do right now. If there were a large international presence across Syria with a mandate to protect civilians, we could prevent the massacres while leaders engage in political efforts to resolve the conflict. I cannot see more images like these without shouting from the rooftops. But to stop the violence, it is going to take all of us, with one voice, demanding protection for these kids and their families. Sign the urgent petition on the right to call for UN action now and share this campaign with everyone.

The background of Avaaz sheds light on its unequivocal pro-war and anti-Syrian position.

Avaaz – Shadowy Beyond Belief

Avaaz’s latest 990 form,(3) from 2010, raises a number of questions. Avaaz has only 16 employees, and is listed as a ‘corporation’ for the purposes of the 990 submission. Oddly, for an organization that receives no governmental or corporate funding,(1) Avaaz received over $6.7 million in 2010, and paid its President over $180,000 as a salary (still feel good about donating?). On top of this, in 2010 Avaaz gave Res Publica (more on them later) a $100,000 grant. Avaaz is doing extremely well considering this and the fact that it was established relatively recently, in 2006. Where is all of this money coming from?

Avaaz is “incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)4 organization in the state of Delaware, USA“.(4) The foundation’s office is based in Manhattan, at 857 Broadway – the same address as Res Publica(5) – an entity which co-founded Avaaz along with Ricken Patel.

The background of Res Publica offers a glimpse into the nature of Avaaz. 24 Hours for Darfur and Darfurian Voices (using the same etymology of “Avaaz”, which means “voice” in Farsi and several middle eastern dialects) are two projects of Res Publica. These projects(5) are aimed at drawing international attention to Darfur – with a view to demonizing and vilifying the Arab government of Sudan:

This is part and parcel of a long-standing Israeli policy to split Sudan along ethnic, racial, and religious lines.

The Israelis have been dug into Sudan like ticks ever since the 1950′s,(6) fomenting conflict and orchestrating the secession of South Sudan – effecting the policy of separation of all sovereign (especially Arab) states along ethnic lines.

The funders and partners of Darfurian Voices, 24 Hours for Darfur, and Res Publica are incredibly revealing, and constitute a who’s who of Zionist, globalist, pro-empire organisations and bodies, even including the US State Department.(5)

One such partner, Genocide Intervention, boasts amongst its Board Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs who insists that the government should “support Israel”.(7) Gutow was also the founding regional director of AIPAC’s Southwest Region, and was the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Another Board member is Ruth Messinger – president of American Jewish World Service, and member of Barack Obama’s Task Force on Global Poverty and Development.

Sitting alongside Gutow and Messinger is Joan Platt, who also serves on the board of Human Rights Watch – a prolific propaganda mill that has underpinned the NATO narrative of the wars on Libya and Syria. Human Rights Watch was also funded by Zionist heavyweight George Soros who contributed $100 million in 2010.(8)

Needless to say, George Soros’ Open Society Institute is also listed as one of Res Publica’s partners.

The Zionist ‘democracy promotion’ outfit known as the National Endowment for Democracy – which has been linked to the fraudulent atrocity reports disseminated against Muammar Gaddafi(9) – is also listed as a partner, as is the US State Department. No further comment should be necessary.

Ricken Patel, co-founder of Avaaz, has consulted for the International Crisis Group(10) – another pro-war ‘think tank’. The ICG boasts Israeli war criminal Shimon Peres and former Saudi ambassador to the US as senior advisers,(11) and George Soros as an Executive.(12) The ICG is peppered with such names at the highest levels such as: Shlomo Ben-Ami – Former Foreign Minister of Israel, Zbigniew Brzezinski – Former U.S. National Security Advisor, Stanley Fischer – Governor of The Bank of Israel, Matthew McHugh – Former U.S. Congressman and Counselor to the World Bank President, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen – Former Secretary General of NATO, Morton Abramowitz – Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey, and Wesley Clark – Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander (Europe).

The Chair of the ICG, Thomas R Pickering, is Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria, and Vice Chairman of Hills & Company.

The President & CEO of the ICG is Louise Arbour – Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

What do these people have to do with the prevention of crises? The answer is nothing, absolutely nothing. The ICG is a body that exists to further the aims of its benefactors, which notably include NATO, the United States Government, and Israel.

Res Publica’s ‘About Us’ page also reveals(10) that Patel has consulted for the Rockefeller Foundation and the UN.

Akin to the ICG, Res Publica’s advisory board(13) features financiers, economists, and a former Clinton Chief of Staff.

The fraudulent ‘humanitarian intervention’ concept is built upon atrocious lies and emotive propaganda peddled by these networks of closely interconnected ‘human rights’, ‘democracy promotion’, and ‘crisis prevention’ groups. Before having an emotional knee-jerk reaction to these issues, we must inspect the people behind these voices. Avaaz’s recent petition feverishly entitled “Protect Syria’s Children Now!” currently has over 780,000 signatures. Orwellian ‘human rights’ outfits such as Avaaz have become adept at manipulating well-meaning activists and liberals into supporting the very agenda they purport to oppose – placing them firmly in the same camp as the most virulent Zionists, Neoconservatives, and war hawks one can imagine. This makes the illusory nature of the left-right dichotomy clearer than ever before, but even more worryingly it expedites the march of the NATO-GCC-Israeli war machine that now has Syria in its crosshairs.


(1) – ‘About Us’

(2) Avaaz Petition: ‘Protect Syria’s Children Now!’

(3) Avaaz Foundation – Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, 2010

(4) – ‘Avaaz Expenses and Financial Information’

(5) – ‘About Us’

(6) ‘Israelis can tell the whole story of Sudan’s division – they wrote the script and trained the actors’ by Fahmi Howeidi

(7) – ‘Board’

(8) – ‘George Soros to Give $100 million to Human Rights Watch’

(9) ‘Lies, Damned Lies, and Wikipedia’ by Martin Iqbal

(10) – ‘About Us’

(11) – ‘Crisis Group Senior Advisers’

(12) – ‘Crisis Group’s Board of Trustees’

(13) – ‘Advisory Board’

June 9, 2012 - Posted by | Deception, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Timeless or most popular, Wars for Israel | , , , , , , ,


  1. this is great because I just emailed these idiots and told them are you F@#$@#@ crazy! How can you not know what’s going on in Syria!
    I call them tools! That they must be working for someone that is part of the problem in Syria now. There Propaganda tools for the US, NATO, and UN.


    Comment by Koolz | June 11, 2012

  2. I’ve had a run-in with Avaaz before. They were deeply involved in the deception of the ‘robocall’ rallies in Canada that were calling to overthrow the government before a full investigation was made into the scandal. They got deeply involved in the scandal, offering and delivering Members of Parliament to speak at the rallies. They contacted me directly offering MP’s for the rally in Toronto.

    Great article, thanks for writing!


    Comment by Greg Renouf | June 11, 2012

  3. this is just the same crazyness and i think worth distributing:
    en francais
    in english
    en arabe
    I GOT OF THE AVAAZ mailing list long time ago, it smelled fishy from the start and they are actually worse the obama and co, posing as friends only to backstab you


    Comment by Michael | June 12, 2012

  4. Excellent article! I too have emailed these turkeys regarding their keeness for a no-fly zone in Syria (aka systematic invasion and destruction of civillians and regime change) I’ve sent them links to proof of the outside terrorist involvement there…no reply as yet. Hopefully these “humanitarians” will burn in hell.


    Comment by Zinja | June 12, 2012

  5. Just recently I unsubscribe from Avaaz mailing account because of the lies and propaganda they were putting into my e-mail inbox


    Comment by Rob Wolf | June 12, 2012

  6. Yes, I have had arguments with them too accusing them of warmongering, supporting the carbon tax in Aus, betrayal. Oh hum!


    Comment by Denise Chown | June 12, 2012

  7. Glad people are catching on to the scam that is AVAAZ

    I unsubscribed from them myself and told them exactly what they are

    Tools. To be manipulated by the masters


    Comment by Penny | June 12, 2012

  8. I can SO EASILY believe this, but THANK YOU all the same for HIGHLIGHTING the most sinister facts behind this funded INDU$TRY.
    At least 4 times since 2006, I have approached them, even BEGGED THEM, to please address the HIV & so-called AID$ $CAM, that which HAS killed & orphaned MILLIONS of innocent people, especially the Illuminati’s ‘target market’ of choice in their DEPOPULATION AGENDA >> BLACK folk & Gay males!!!
    Yet all to NO AVAIL! AVAAZ has NEVER ONCE even acknowledged receipt of my pleas, let alone BOTHERED to address this, the GREATEST MEDICAL CRIME (after cancer chemotherapy & radiation treatment) against humanity during the 20th & 21st centuries.
    THANK YOU for affording me this opportunity to finally get my message across to THEM, because THEY sure as HELL, are reading EVERY comment here.
    What goes around, comes around … who do they think they are?
    ~Durban ~ KwaZulu Natal ~ South Africa~ / annie46664 on You Tube!


    Comment by Annie Andrey | June 12, 2012

  9. Thank you, I have not investigated all of this and this news is new to me but its very possible and I will tell the others if its true. Good work on putting this out there. There is something happening right now and I see all kinds of things happening on many different platforms.Where will it all lead? I am not certain but I do know that we the people must unite and stop giving away our ability to think and operate for ourselves.


    Comment by Astrosurfer333 | June 13, 2012

  10. After looking over a few petitions it quickly became obvious who these guys were and what they were about. Clever but stupid! You can’t hide the truth…


    Comment by simian | June 13, 2012

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  12. Avaaz and MoveOn are both George Soros funded initiatives. If you’re smart, you’ll have nothing to do with them


    Comment by Earth Energy Reader | June 14, 2012

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  14. I At the beginning of this month AVAAZ wrote something at Facebook and I discovered who they really are.
    I hate when it happens. We always think we’ll not fall again
    We”re humans.


    Comment by Ana | December 17, 2012

  15. Great in-depth investigation of Avaaz from Cory Morningstar. Part 1 should lead readers to the rest:


    Comment by reddwein | July 4, 2013

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  17. Speak clear talk! Beskrive facts! What have AVAAZ done that is negative? Do you have facts that AVAAZ is zionists govern? Do they support Israel and the war against the Palestinians? It´s one thing if you talk to different people, your are not a criminal just to speaking to people – who ever they are.


    Comment by Charlott | March 10, 2015

  18. #17 you cannot possibly have read this article ~ do you see who owns and runs this mendacious rag ~ they support the genocide of Pals dude. ~ i’ve known about Avaaz for some time but never so spelled out as this…Georgy Soros and so many Zionist pigs sheeeesh


    Comment by Darwin26 | April 28, 2015

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