bin Laden Tape Analysis; Pres. Zadari’s First 12 Months; Mitchell meets Netanyahu; Attack Waziristan Next? UPDATE: Quote of the Day

Today, we’ve picked out four good stories for your viewing. We hope you enjoy this format. There’s so much to read and we are trying to bring you a few topics that are in the news, but reported from a different angle than the normal press stories appearing in your local newspapers.

UPDATE: QUOTE OF THE DAY FROM Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the famed Shoe Thrower:
An unrepentant al-Zeidi explained that his actions were motivated by the U.S. occupation: “I want to ask the American people if an Iraqi occupies America and kills one million Americans, displaced 5 million people and demolished and destroyed America, then what would be the reaction of the American people?”
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First, we start with an analysis of the bin Laden tape by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross posted at Bill Roggio’s The Long War

Gartenstein-Ross states “There are two interesting aspects to the tape. The first is that the tape suggests that peace with al-Qaeda is a relatively simple matter: Americans need only liberate themselves “from fear and the ideological terrorism of neo-conservatives and the Israeli lobby.” AND: Second, it is interesting to note the Westerners whom bin Laden singles out for condemnation, and those whom he cites in support of his arguments. Bin Laden takes pride in his ability to follow news and major publications coming out of the West, and will reference them in his propaganda efforts.
Read the whole analysis here.

Book

Was this the book referenced in the bin Laden tape?

Amazon Book Review:John Perkins started and stopped writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man four times over 20 years. He says he was threatened and bribed in an effort to kill the project, but after 9/11 he finally decided to go through with this expose of his former professional life. Perkins, a former chief economist at Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, says he was an “economic hit man” for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. “Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars,” Perkins writes. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is an extraordinary and gripping tale of intrigue and dark machinations. Think John Le Carré, except it’s a true story.

Second Story: Zardari’s 12 months in office written by Omer Farooq Khan, at The Times of India outlines the President of Pakistan’s first year in office.

Farooq Khan states “As a civilian president, he enjoys all the powers, accumulated for the office of president, by the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. But political pundits are saying he has not filled the leadership gap in Pakistan. His close associates claim that, by nature, Zardari is a very stubborn person and is seldom open to a good advice. A handful of men who hold mastery in the game of flattery are a big block for Mr Zardari’s popularity graph, revealed some of the PPP stalwarts to Times of India.”
Read the rest of the story here.

Third Story: US envoy meets Israeli PM [Michell meets Netanyahu]

In today’s Al Jazerra, it is reported that Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has met the US special envoy to the Middle East in Jerusalem for talks on restarting stalled peace negotiations.

Netanyahu held talks with George Mitchell on Tuesday, for a meeting that was expected to focus on reaching an agreement on freezing the construction of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

But in advance of the talks, Netanyahu reaffirmed his position that Israel will not bow to US demands to completely halt the building of settlements.

In remarks to a parliamentary committee on Monday, Netanyahu rejected calls to freeze all settlement construction, but said he would consider a temporary slow-down in the rate of building. Read the rest of the story here

Nethanyahu and Michell, Al Jazerra photo

Nethanyahu and Michell, Al Jazerra photo

Fourth and final story of the day: “Waziristan or not, that is the question”
Written by Naveen Naqvi is a senior anchor at DawnNews and presents the morning news programme, Breakfast at Dawn, on weekday mornings at 8:05 a.m . She is currently working on a novel and tweets at twitter.com/naveenaqvi. Follow her on twitter.
[Ed note: Her story is based on the question should the Pakistan Military continue on after the Swat Valley attack and go into Waziristan? Is it worth it? Many will turn against the Military, you be the judge, read her story]

Naqvi states, “As I said in the beginning of this peace, there were close to three million displaced as a result of the military offensive in Swat. According to latest reports, about a million have returned, leaving well over a million still in refugee status.

And those who have made the long journey home have not returned to much at all, as illustrated by this slideshow from The New York Times. The photographs on the website show what is meant by ‘normal life’ in Swat. What you see is distressing to say the least, and very far from being normal.” Read her full story here.

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