January 11 - The French Terrorist's Connections to ISIL and AQAP; Inside the Yemen Connection; A Parisian on Today's Massive Demonstrations in Paris

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We begin with the massive demonstrations in Paris in support of national unity and first get an analysis from a French expert on the Middle East who served as a foreign affairs counselor in the embassies of France in Syria, Tunisia and Jordan. Jean-Pierre Filiu, a professor of Middle East History and Contemporary Studies at the Paris School of International Affairs joins us to discuss the connections that the terrorists who killed the journalists and the hostages at a Kosher market in Paris had to the so-called Islamic State “daesh”, and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and why with such extensive records of jihadist activities, the terrorists where able to strike with such coordination and devastation.

 

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Then we examine the connections to AQAP in Yemen that the terrorists who massacred the journalists at Charlie Hebdo had, and how they were able to travel freely and often to Yemen to receive terrorist training, money and guidance from the American-born cleric Anwar al- Awlaki who was killed in a CIA drone strike in 2011. J. M. Berger a fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World and author of “Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam”, join us to discuss the underground railroad of jihadists coming from the European and American Muslim Diaspora to train in Yemen and Syria to return home with deadly skills and wreak havoc.

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Then finally, we get a flavor of the huge demonstrations today in Paris as citizens across the ideological, racial and religious spectrum joined together to express their support for the slain journalists, policemen and hostages killed in the Kosher market, and stand in support of liberty, egality and fraternity. Philippe Green, the author of the Ecofrugal Guide which allows consumers to make choices that are both economical and ecological, who was recognized by the city of Paris in 2013 as an “Actor of the Sustainable Paris”, joins us to describe today’s emotional tribute to solidarity and pluralism and discuss the possible political fallout from the past days of mayhem in the streets and suburbs of Paris.     

 

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