Tuesday's intriguing people
Abdullah Abdullah has long accused Afghan President Hamid Karzai's regime of corruption.
April 12th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Abdullah Abdullah

The former Afghan foreign minister, considered the chief opposition leader to President Hamid Karzai, is in Washington to speak at the 2011 U.S.-Islamic World Forum, which begins Tuesday. Appearing on NPR on Tuesday morning, Abdullah repeated his allegation of rampant corruption in the Karzai government. He withdrew from the 2009 Afghan presidential election in protest over his accusations of a fixed vote for Karzai. On April 21, Abdullah will appear at the National Press Club in Washington.

Maikel Nabil

The Egyptian blogger, 25, faces three years in prison for criticizing Egypt's ruling military council with allegations of brutality. It is the first trial of a blogger held by the military leaders who took charge in February after the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak. The ruling stands as a warning for all journalists, bloggers and human rights activists who dare to dissent, attorney Adel Ramadan told The New York Times. "Maikel is the first prisoner of conscience in Egypt after the revolution," Ramadan told the Times.

Kelly O'Brien

The Tucson, Arizona, nurse will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to lobby for a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines, The Huffington Post reports. O'Brien's fiancé, Gabe Zimmerman, a senior aide to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was one of six people killed in the January shootings in Tucson that severely wounded the congresswoman. The gun used in the shooting had a large-capacity magazine that allowed the shooter to fire 30 rounds in about 15 seconds.

Scott Pelley

The "60 Minutes" correspondent could succeed Katie Couric at the "CBS Evening News" anchor desk. Like Dan Rather, Pelley hails from Texas, and is said to be a throwback to the Walter Cronkite era of CBS News. When Pelley filled in for Couric last year, he "played the part" as managing editor, reviewing scripts with correspondents and offering praise following the broadcast, a senior official told The New York Times. "Everyone thought, ‘This would be heaven’ ” if Pelley were to get the gig, the source told the Times.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss

The Olympic rowers, identical twins and Harvard alums who claim to have created the concept behind FaceBook, have been told by a federal appellate judge that their effort to revise a $65 million settlement with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is over.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Doran Cushing

    Re Gas Prices – who is to blame?

    Short answer – Mr. Greed (a woman would never be so corrupt). Since most of our oil comes from Canada and Mexico, the raise in prices has nothing to do with reality or the strife in Middle East and Africa, just more manipulation by power brokers who care only for greedy profits.

    Doran Cushing
    Sarasota, FL

    April 12, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. JAZZ

    The finger can be pointed to every Government or Regime through out history, Karzia is no different.

    April 12, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    This looks very, very bad for Egypt.

    Same as it every was...same as it ever was...

    April 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    I wonder if the right-wing thugs in Washington are grooming this Abdullah Abdullah to become the next stooge for NATO in Afghanistan. I'm surprised that they haven't done that already.

    April 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Good posting,RUFFNUTT. Thank you.

      April 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cesar

    Be quiet fake RuffNutt.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    Karzai is talking to the taliban i hear. We should be done with them and come home.

    April 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony the Prophet

    All Afghanistan former and new president have been CIA operatives, the US State department needs to know what they are up to if democracy in going to take root in the Middle east. In order for American Democracy to survive in the middle east, America needs to lead and at the same time sacrifice Americans solders, but America ideology of Muslims has not been understood to the root, in part America wants to promise Muslims the equality to practice their religion, but at the same time America wants Muslims to convert to democracy, what America does not understand is that for Muslim regime and faith are one.

    April 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      American influence has absolutely no place in the Middle East. Would you like it if the Muslims ordered us here to convert to Islam? Of course not! Unlike you,I don't think that the Afghans should be made to chant "Allah Akbar,but Capitalism Akbar-er" which seems to be what we're trying to do over there.

      April 12, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar r

    Be quiet fake.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |