Wednesday's intriguing people
May 18th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Saif al-Adel

CNN’s Peter Bergen has reported that al-Adel, wanted by the FBI in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, is now the interim leader of al Qaeda, following the death of Osama bin Laden.  Noman Benotman, a former militant, told Bergen that Saif al-Adel has been chosen "caretaker" leader. Meanwhile, The News International, a Pakistani newspaper, reported Tuesday that a Yemeni clerk named Muhammad Mustafa Yamni is slated to be the new al Qaeda chief, with al-Adel focusing on operations.

Al-Adel, who is in his early 50s, is among the FBI’s most wanted, with a $5 million bounty on his head. He is an Islamic jihadist who served in the Egyptian special forces. Yamni is living somewhere in Africa, reports said.

John Lipsky

The first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund has stepped in to run the fund while its director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is being held without bail at New York's Rikers Island jail complex on sexual assault charges. Lipsky rejoined the IMF in 2006 after serving as vice chairman of JPMorgan’s Investment Bank. He also served as chief economist at JP Morgan, Chase Manhattan and Salomon Brothers.

Before the scandal, however, Lipsky was slated to leave the IMF. Possible replacements, according to Douglas McIntyre of the blog 24/7 Wall Street, are former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, and current Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein.

Henry Kissinger

Forty years ago, the former U.S. secretary of state visited Communist China for the first time and brokered the first-ever visit by a U.S. president to the region. Richard Nixon’s visit set off a chain of economic events for China that have turned it into the world’s second greatest global economic power, Kissinger told “Marketplace’s” Kai Ryssdal on Wednesday. Kissinger has a new book called “On China.”

At the time of the U.S. visit, the mission of China’s leader Mao Tse-Tung was that every man in China should have a bicycle, a radio, a wristwatch and a sewing machine. Under the later leadership of Deng Xiaoping, China’s economic growth has increased 10% annually.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Whack A Mole

    The reigning world champion in 2011 for the 50th straight year in the international whack a mole tournament is the United States. Congrats.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey

    Let's just hope that the clowns who murdered the purported Usama bin Laden in cold blood fails to find this guy. All this sickening bravado coming out of Washington does tend to get nauseating after a while!!! Enough is enough!

    May 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Thank you,Joey. I feel the same way.

      May 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yourtickingmeoff

    Fake Joey.

    May 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Seal


    May 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Another chance to kill,what a big fat thrill!!! YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!

      May 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Canadian Genius

    Go SEALs, go! You are awesome. Hope you find this guy soon too. Let's not forget who the villains are.

    May 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Another ignorant Tea Partier here ranting his right-wing mumbo-jumbo,going Allah Allah to the clowns who murdered the sopposed bin Laden. It never ends!!!

      May 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      My apologies for the missprint above. I meant "supposed",not "sopposed".

      May 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. American Citizen

    Why would anyone think anything Kissinger did by going to Communist China was a good thing??
    He didn't go to the Moon! He went to COMMUNIST CHINA! And look at where our jobs and economy are now..!!
    He's a traitor and a criminal, my humble opinion, and he ought to be made to pay for his actions.

    May 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George Patton

    Good post, American Citizen. I agree.

    May 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |