Archive for January 9th, 2015

09/01/2015

Who Profits from Killing Charlie?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pepe Escobar*, 8 January 2015 (RT)

A pro-style jihadist commando attack in Europe’s heart. Cui bono?

Demonstrators gather at the Place de la République in Paris,  7 January 2015 | Author: JeSuisGodefroyTroude | Wikimedia Commons

**Demonstrators gather at the Place de la République in Paris, 7 January 2015 | Author: JeSuisGodefroyTroude | Wikimedia Commons

Careful planning and preparation, Kalashnikovs, rocket-propelled grenade launcher, balaclavas, sand-colored ammunition vest stuffed with spare magazines, army boots, easy escape in a black Citroen…

And the icing on this particularly lethal cake: faultless Paris-based logistical support to pull it all off.

A former top French military commander, Frédéric Gallois, has stressed the perfect application of “urban guerrilla technique” (where are those notorious Western counter-terrorism “experts” when one needs them?)

Some said they spoke perfect French, while others maintained their command of the language was mangled and broken. Anyway, what matters is that they uttered the magic word: “We’re Al-Qaeda.”

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09/01/2015

‘We need to find a way to live together' – UN Chief on Horrific, Despicable Attack on 'Charlie'

Human Wrongs Watch

Making an impassioned appeal for tolerance, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 8 January 2015 called for understanding among all communities to heal the tensions within societies – a particularly poignant plea following Wednesday’s horrific attack on the staff at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and in the face of ongoing sectarian violence across Africa’s Sahel region being fueled by Boko Haram. 

Photo: UNESCO/Pilar Chang-Joo

“In far too many places, we have seen acts of extremism, unspeakable brutality and a deeply worrying escalation of tensions between communities and within societies. Addressing this discord in a manner that solves, rather than multiplies, the problem may be the greatest test our human family faces in the 21st century,” Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters.*

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