I. OBAMA SLAMS OIL COMPANIES
Finally a much needed rebuke for BP. As thousands of barrels of oil pour into the ocean, BP stands by its claim that the leak stands at 5,000-barrels. But a researcher says up to 70,000 barrels of oil could be leaking per day. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has closed off another part of the Gulf of Mexico to fishing. Now, 8 percent of the Gulf area within 200 miles of the coast, legally called an exclusive economic zone is out of commission. The total closed area a week earlier had been 4.5 percent.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the April 20 explosion at the rig, which sank two days later. Eleven workers are missing and presumed dead.
BBC: Barack Obama: No more cosying up to oil industry
US President Barack Obama has vowed to end the “cosy relationship” between oil companies and US regulators in the light of the Gulf of Mexico disaster. Promising “relentless” efforts to stop the deep sea leak, he rebuked oil industry executives for seeking to pass on blame for the disaster.
Obama Slams BP, Transocean, Halliburton Over Gulf Oil Spill
President Obama harshly criticized BP and other companies for “falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else” at recent Congressional hearings into who bears responsibility for the rapidly-expanding environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
NYT: Obama Vows End to ‘Cozy’ Oversight of Oil Industry
President Obama angrily denounced the finger-pointing among the three companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as a “ridiculous spectacle,” and vowed on Friday to end what he called the “cozy relationship” between the government and the oil industry that has existed for a decade or more.
II. ANOTHER MUMBAI?
Mumbai-Style Assassination Plot Foiled In Indonesia
Indonesian police announced Friday they had uncovered and foiled a plot to assassinate the president and other top officials, massacre foreigners in Mumbai-style attacks and declare an Islamic state.
III. THREATENING PAKISTANI TALIBAN IN NEW VIDEO
Dawn: Pakistani Taliban say America will ‘burn’
In a video message obtained by Reuters, Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azim Tariq claimed responsibility for the failed NY bomb attempt, and warned America that it will soon “burn” while calling for Pakistan’s rulers to be overthrown for following “America’s agenda”
IV. BACK PAGES
NYT Blog: New Qaeda ‘War Minister’ Warns of ‘Days Colored in Blood’
A man purporting to be the new military commander of the Islamic State of Iraq, the front for Al Qaeda in Iraq, has warned of “a long gloomy night and dark days colored in blood,” according to a statement circulated on Friday.
One month on, the ‘disappearance’ of three Pakistanis including a professor of dentistry in United Arab Emirates remains unresolved.
V. THE OTHER SIDE
LISTEN: NPR, Sebastian Junger On The Thrill And Hell Of ‘War’
NYT Blog: At War: Personal Identity in a War Zone
Anticipating and experiencing anti-Semitism during his service in Iraq, Capt. Henry Brewster, who is Jewish, discovered how quickly bigotry could be touched off in himself.
CNN: From Long Island to Lahore: The plot to bomb New York
Nic Robertson talks about how a young American from Long Island, New York, became an al-Qaeda terrorist.
BBC: Taliban fighters who were won over by Nato
Operation Moshtarak, which means “together” in the Dari language, involves more than 15,000 Nato and Afghan troops. The idea is to clear the area of insurgents and allow forces to work with local institutions to bolster reconstruction and provide support for the rule of law. That includes trying to win over moderate members of the Taliban and draw them into the political process.