Suspicion Grows That Paris Commando Attack Involved Intelligence Agencies


[SEE:  CIA behind Paris attack?]

As AQAP claims Paris attack, suspicious role of others possible


Yemen Post Staff

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the last week’s attack on the French Newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
In a videotape on a pro-Al-Qaida website, an AQAP leader said the group had carried out the attack under an order from Ayman Al-Zawahiri, leader of the global terrorist network.
Though AQAP has been seen as the most dangerous branch of Al-Qaida, observers argued that the videotape was not sufficient evidence it had already carried out the attack. Contradictory statements on the attack including those by senior US and Yemeni officials and the statuses of Al-Qaida in the region boost such assumption, they said.
Nabil Albukiri, a researcher focused on militant groups and head of the Arab center for political studies and development, said the videotape could be part of the media competition between Al-Qaida branches in the region.
“These branches have been facing a global war weakening them to the extent it is possible they claim successful attacks on their enemies even though they are not behind attacks in reality. Such a move aims to keep high spirits of their exhausted militants and then convince others that Al-Qaida is still strong and can fight back,” he said.
Beyond Qaida ability
The Middle East has recently become an obvious arena for struggle of regional and foreign countries, a matter which made observers don’t exclude that countries are using terrorism as a key card in their struggle.
Yemeni observers said the post-Arab Spring violence has further exposed the struggle of big powers and rising regional powers over oil and other interests in the region.
“Now, these countries are seeking  to transfer part of their struggle from Iraq and Syria into Yemen, mainly for oil,” Albukiri said.
Abdul Salam Muhammad, head of the ABAAD studies and research center, said the attack on Charlie Hebdo was beyond the abilities of Al-Qaeda.
The attack points to involvement of international intelligence agencies and countries. No one can deny terrorism of Islamist militants; the point, however, is that neither AQAP nor ISIS has the abilities to carry out such a deadly attack in downtown the capital of one of the countries playing a key role in the fight against terror,” Muhammad said.
“The Kouatchi brothers were able to raid, camouflage and fight back with necessary guns which means they were well-trained at hands of combat professionals, not from Yemen,” he said.
Alsalahi, a political sociology professor at Sanaa University, said the West’s involvement can’t be ruled out when it comes to international terrorism.
“The West especially the US has been seeking to create a giant enemy after the fall of the Soviet Union in order to interfere militarily in areas of conflicts, guarantee suitable sales of their weapons and in the end to convince people to pay taxes without asking about the military spending,” Alsalahi said.
AQAP has been seen as the most dangerous and active branch of Al-Qaida in the world. It has been responsible for several plots for attacks including a few bombing plots against US targets.
In response, the US has been providing direct support including drone strikes to the Yemeni army to fight AQAP. In this context, observers said the US is a direct enemy of AQAP which means the possibility of AQAP attack on Paris is low.
Local violence
Locally, AQAP has been very active since it was founded in 2009.
The group has lately increased its deadly attacks  mostly against the Houthi Militant Group.
In case AQAP was really responsible for the Paris attack, it is logical to link that to the plot backed by some Western countries which included handing power in Yemen to the Houthi Group, observers said.
Houthis were engaged in the war on Al-Qaida after they seized capital.
Muhammad said the power seizure by Houthi militias has resulted in increasing solidarity with Al-Qaida.
“As Houthi militias continue to tighten grip on power, power vacuum deepens, Al-Qaida finds more hotbeds and then its success in carrying out attacks increases,” he said.
Meanwhile, observers ruled out that the Coalition against ISIS will expand its operations into Yemen in response to terrorist threats to Europe including the Paris attack.
“In Yemen, the international community is directly backing the transition process and what is needed is that they help the country to build a real state not ruled by militants,” Muhammad said.



Putin To Make All Gas To EU “Self-Serve” At Turkish Fuel Depot

[European leaders helped the American Imperialists screw Russia in Europe, expecting to eventually kick everything Russian out the door, without ever thinking that the EU might not survive without Russian markets.  It has long been obvious, from every accusatory sentence that has been uttered by Western leaders about the Ukrainian conflict, that the plan is to exit the Gazprom gas network, and to contract other (non-existent) sources.  The extremely ridiculous part of all this drama has been that European leaders fully expect Putin’s people to sit on their hands while Western companies construct the means for Gazprom’s eventual elimination in Europe.  With this latest announcement, Putin has called their bluff, and upped the ante. 

This latest volley from Russia carries an implied secret message from Putin to the EU leadership, “Turkish stream will be completed before your American rescue.  How will Europe stay warm after that?”]

Russia to Shift Ukraine Gas Transit to Turkey as EU Cries Foul



[live link Gazprom update]

Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey, a surprise move that the European Union’s energy chief said would hurt its reputation as a supplier.

The decision makes no economic sense, Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for energy union, told reporters today after talks with Russian government officials and the head of gas exporter, OAO Gazprom (GAZP), in Moscow.

Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas supplier, plans to send 63 billion cubic meters through a proposed link under the Black Sea to Turkey, fully replacing shipments via Ukraine, Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller said during the discussions. About 40 percent of Russia’s gas exports to Europe and Turkey travel through Ukraine’s Soviet-era network.

Russia, which supplies about 30 percent of Europe’s gas, dropped a planned link through Bulgaria bypassing Ukraine amid EU opposition last year. Russia’s relations with the EU have reached a post-Cold War low over President Vladimir Putin’s support for separatists in Ukraine.

Sefcovic said he was “very surprised” by Miller’s comment, adding that relying on a Turkish route, without Ukraine, won’t fit with the EU’s gas system.

Gazprom plans to deliver the fuel to Turkey’s border with Greece and “it’s up to the EU to decide what to do” with it further, according to Sefcovic.

Different Habits

“We don’t work like this,” he said. “The trading system and trading habits — how we do it today — are different.”

Sefcovic said he arrived in the Russian capital to discuss supplies to south-eastern EU countries after Putin scrapped the proposed $45 billion South Stream pipeline. The region, even if Turkey is included, doesn’t need the volumes Gazprom is planning for a new link, he said.

Ukraine makes sense as a transit country given its location in Europe and the “very clear specified places of deliveries” in Gazprom’s current long-term contracts with EU customers, Sefcovic said.

“I believe we can find a better solution,” Sefcovic said.

The 28-nation EU is planning build an energy union to reduce dependence on Russia and facilitate transition to a low-carbon economy. Russia was planning South Stream for about a decade, first claiming it would meet expanding demand in the EU, then saying would ensure supplies from high transit risks via Ukraine.

‘No Options’

Gazprom has reduced deliveries via Ukraine after price and debt disputes with the neighboring country that twice in the past decade disrupted supplies to the EU during freezing weather.

After building and acquiring export pipelines, the company cut transit via Ukraine to about 62 billion cubic meters last year from 137 billion in 2004.

“Transit risks for European consumers on the territory of Ukraine remain,” Miller said in an e-mailed statement. “There are no other options” except for the planned Turkish Stream link, he said.

“We have informed our European partners, and now it is up to them to put in place the necessary infrastructure starting from the Turkish-Greek border,” Miller said.

Russia won’t hurt its image with a shift to Turkey because it has always been a reliable gas supplier and never violated its obligations, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters today in Moscow after meeting Sefcovic.

“The decision has been made,” Novak said. “We are diversifying and eliminating the risks of unreliable countries that caused problems in past years, including for European consumers.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Elena Mazneva in Moscow at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at Torrey Clark, James Kraus

Banksters and lobbyists unite their puppets for war

Banksters and lobbyists unite their puppets for war

failed revolution

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A few days before the crucial elections on 25th of January in Greece, neoliberal dictatorship mechanisms in Europe have mobilized all the means, increasing the known propaganda of fear, as expected.
A latest “desperate” move, the trip of the Spanish PM, Mariano Rajoy, to Athens, in order to declare his support to the Greek PM, Antonis Samaras. (–business.html) Both the Spanish and the Greek PM belong to the neoliberal Right, so, naturally, Rajoy came to support the cruel policies of Samaras, the ones that applied himself to the Spanish people with the same results: poverty, unemployment, social exclusion, and of course, evictions in favor of the banks.
The visit of the Spanish PM to Greece, is not accidental at all. It has to do with the rapid rise of the new Leftist party, Podemos, in Spain, which is gaining an increasing power according to all recent polls. ( A party which came out of the people protesting in the streets and squares in Spain. Therefore, Rajoy’s visit was a clear effort towards the amplification of the neoliberal Right front, as Podemos and SYRIZA declared their will to shape a strong alliance from the first moment.
The good news is that, banksters and lobbyists in Europe, appear to be in panic indeed, mobilizing their puppets because they fear of an “uncontrolled” domino of rise of the Left in Europe, which could be disastrous for their plans about the successful completion of the experiment in Greece, and its expansion.
It’s also positive the fact that, in such a cruel economic war, things become more and more clear. On the one side, plutocrats mobilize their puppets in order to retain the control of the game and secure their dominance. On the other, the impoverished people who wake up and try to defend, or, re-conquer their rights, using the Left as a key weapon.
Samaras took advantage of Rajoy’s visit, claiming that Spain, which is also in a difficult situation, has lent Greece and therefore, Greece should not speak about debt “haircut”, because this would be against Spanish people. However, he “forgot” to mention that the European politicians and eurocrats made a clear choice to save banks (mostly French and German), when crisis hit eurozone, passing the bill to the European citizens. Samaras’ statement reflects actually the old tactic of “divide and rule”, thus aiming to turn the people of the European nations against each other, so that to prevent a strong unified front against the neoliberal catastrophe.
However, the positions of the Left in Greece, Spain and Europe, are very clear and focus on the real nature of the economic war, which is basically a class war. Therefore, there is a need for the creation of a strong, unified front by the European people against plutocrats who impose the destructive policies in every country.
ENEE representatives, the Greek and the German Minister of Finance, Gikas Hardouvelis and Wolfgang Schäuble, made new statements towards the usual line of austerity and reforms. All these, show only one thing: their agony to complete the experiment in Greece by any means. The best proof for what the plutocrats fear most, is the everyday war of statements and propaganda. And what they fear most, is the probability that the European people will choose to fight and resist united.