RED ALERT For Anti-Imperialists as empire starts to up its war propaganda and tactics against Algeria
Sons of Malcolm
As has been predicted by a select few anti-imperialists across the world, Algeria is a high priority target for regime change and devastation on the model of Libya and Syria. white imperialism at its allies were in high hopes that Algeria would be hit by imperialist and gulf backed counter revolution following Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Libya, but this has thus far miserable failed to materialise (please see here, here and here)
Sons of Malcolm has charted the manner in which white imperialist agencies have sent their mercenaries in the guise of so-called 'jihadis' (I say "so called" as Jihad is an honourable and haughty concept of obligation to fight oppression) actually death squads into Mali (please see here, here and here). They are doing this as a means to facilitate deeper imperialist penetration into Africa and as a means to entrap Algeria in order to destabilise it, softening it up for divide and destroy, rather than they older colonial technique of divide and rule.
Now below the british financial imperialist-capitalist 'financial times' newspaper can hardly hide its glee that the southern oil and gas fields of Algeria have been targeted by death squads, and that this should be the signal of the entire white imperialist word withdrawing its investment in the lifeline industry of the Algerian national economy. It admits itself that this would cripple the Algerian economy, which no doubt they would hope would demoralise the Algerian people and make conditions conducive to some combination of Arab sting and nato bombing type of operation.
Interestingly, this article in the financial times has been changed since earlier today (I read it at approx 1700hrs), luckily Pan African News Wire, an excellent resource, posted the same article earlier showing this to be the case. It is not unusual for news sources to change their articles through the day, but the change of this article has been so drastic (please see the earlier one below, and then the latest one below that under the dotted line), it is very obvious that they are in direct or indirect concert with the other sections of the british and euro white imperialist ruling class in understanding that with the hostage situation by the death squads (have they been sent into Algeria by imperialism?), at least indirectly by ensuring the death squads don't go southwards in Mali, but stay in northern Mali with only Algeria and the massive oil and gas fields in Algeria concentrated in this area as explained by brother Dan Glazebrook on RT today.
And below one can read that they are directly attacking the Algerian parliament and political system; directly denouncing the energy policies, and accusing Algeria of "resource nationalism", the exact same thing they accused of Libya just over a year of initiating the nato bombing and destruction of perhaps the greatest anti-imperialist and internationalist Black Power Socialist Republic we have ever had.
We peoples of the Global South, we anti-imperialists and those who believe in real peace and independence for the peoples of the world, are now in a red alert situation in regards to Algeria. We must learn the lessons of the Libya debacle, we must expose all those so called anti-war leaders who actually joined in and are still joining in the nato war propaganda in demonising Syria's Assad, before Libya's Gaddafi, and now FLN Algeria. Expose people like patrick cockburn and especially jeremy keenan at soas who are spreading total lies about Aglerian FLN and the western backed death squads, with their ONLY evidence being a senior usa military intelligence officer!
". In an article in The National Interest entitled ‘The Ugly truth about Algeria’, Schindler, a former high-ranking US intelligence officer and long-standing member of the US National Security Council (NSC) and currently Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, ‘blew the whistle’ on Algeria when he described how:
“the GIA (Armed Islamic Group) [of the 1990s] was the creation of the DRS" (source)
[DRS is Algerian state intelligence services: Dept of Intelligence and Security- Sukant]; "
And this is going around being promoted by white imperialists liberals and dodgy types all over the place as supposed liberal and lefty politics! Pambazuka who have printed jeremy keenan's nonsense should really consider not only getting rid of that article but denouncing him as he has been one of the main promoters for regime change in Algeria for many years (please see the above hyperlinks in the first paragraph of my article).
We ourselves must get new people active, take responsibilities in the struggle in a reliable and dedicated fashion, we must do all things possible to raise our voices and strengthen our movement for internationalism with Algeria, of supporting them in their plans to defeat imperialist plans that are escalating right now against them, and defending the gains of the Algerian FLN-led revolution and state, which has the highest living standards in all of Africa, now Gaddafi's Libya has fallen which had the highest before, with education and health being free for the Algerian masses.
The spirit of the Battle of Algiers lives on, and france, as well as the rest of the white imperialists have never forgotten the FLN's bloody nose to them, nor have they ever stopped their war plans against Algeria since 1961 until today.
version from financial times at around 1700hrs 17/01/2013 today:
The incident is a big blow to Algeria’s carefully nurtured reputation as a safe place to invest, a place where foreign oil companies could go about their business without fear of attack.
Algerian officials long boasted that even during the bad old days of the 1990s civil war, when thousands died in an Islamist insurgency, western energy groups’ installations were never targeted.
Yet there are more immediate consequences for Algeria. A huge field, In Amenas produces 9bn cubic metres of gas a year – about 12 per cent of Algeria’s total output and 18 per cent of its gas exports, according to Société Générale. It also pumps 60,000 barrels a day of condensate, a valuable liquid fuel that is a byproduct of gas extraction. The country earns roughly $3.9bn a year in export revenues from In Amenas’ gas, says SocGen. A protracted crisis at the complex could put a serious dent in the country’s balance of payments.
It could also have implications for European energy security. The continent has long been dependent on Algeria for energy imports. The country is the third-largest supplier of gas into the EU, after Russia and Norway, and In Amenas’ production alone accounts for 2 per cent of European demand.
Latest version of the same article on their website now 00:22hrs
Some believe the effect of the crisis could be even profound, pushing some oil groups into quitting the north African country altogether.
“For the companies that have had it with Algeria, this could be the last straw,” says one western oil executive working in the capital.
For a time, Algeria was one of the biggest draws in the energy industry, a country with some of north Africa’s largest oil and gas fields and huge exploration potential in its vast, unexplored desert regions. In terms of proven reserves it has more natural gas than Iraq and 12bn barrels of oil – about the same as Angola.
Foreign companies have been present there for decades. In 1964, Algeria opened the world’s first commercial liquefied natural gas plant, which was built with technology provided by Royal Dutch Shell. The majors even remained throughout the bloody civil war in the 1990s. Algeria’s armed forces took special care to insulate the oil companies’ operations from the violence.
“In the 10 years that Algeria was at war, nothing significant happened at its oil and gas installations in the south,” Mr Haroun says.
Yet in the last decade, as oil prices soared and resource nationalism took hold, Big Oil has soured on Algeria. Companies complain of crushing bureaucracy, tough fiscal terms and the bullying behaviour of Sonatrach, the state-run energy group, which has a stake in most oil and gas ventures.
Anadarko Petroleum took Sonatrach to international arbitration over a controversial windfall tax imposed by Algeria in 2006. The two eventually reached a settlement last March, under which Sonatrach was obliged to pay Anadarko $1.8bn and amend its contract with the US company.
As a result of these and other disputes, Algeria has lost its lustre. There have been no major oil or gas discoveries in the past 20 years. Recent bidding rounds for new exploration licences have elicited little or no interest from western companies.
Stung by the dwindling enthusiasm, Algeria has taken steps to improve its image. Parliament is discussing amendments to the country’s oil law, which many hope will improve terms for investors. A new oil bidding round is being planned for later this year.
That may now be ditched, considering the incident at In Amenas. “It would be unwise to go ahead,” says Mr Haroun.
A huge field, In Amenas produces 9bn cubic metres a year of gas – about 12 per cent of Algeria’s total output and 18 per cent of its gas exports, according to Société Générale. The country earns roughly $3.9bn a year in export revenues from In Amenas’ gas, says SocGén, so a protracted crisis at the complex could put a serious dent in Algeria’s balance of payments.
All in all, the attack has come at the worst possible time for Algeria. “It’s happened just as it was trying to fight the natural decline in its oilfields, increase its gas production capacity and become more investor-friendly,” says Samuel Ciszuk, an analyst at KBC Energy Economics.