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Monday, September 15, 2008

Middle East Update

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Nic Robertson filed three reports Thursday about the ongoing hunt for Osama bin Laden:




(Nic's great and all.. but how come Peter Bergen wasn't on CNN last week?)

Arwa Damon discussed the new atmosphere in Baghdad -- she has been traveling into areas of the country that have been unsafe for the past four years:


Zain Verjee was in Libya recently with the Secretary of State, and prepared a couple of reports from there. The first was recorded in one of the Libyan oil fields, and she discusses the new reality of oil wealth leading to Western investment in that country:


The second report was an interview with the son of Moammar Gadhafi, who apparently was a pivotal reason that things have actually changed in this country. The clip cut out near the end, but is an incredible insight to the man who may be the next leader of that oil-rich country:


(The full clip is available at

And let's leave on an up note... remember when Cal Perry arrived in Beirut this past May and walked straight into a firefight? Well, things have changed for the better, and he shows some of the beauty and vibrance of the country:


That's it for today... a crazy day in the US -- devastation in Texas, Wall Street in freefall (again), OJ's back on trial, and a horrific train crash may have been caused by an engineer texting while driving. Oh, and there's still that campaign stuff going on...

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