(Wikipedia) - Pepe Escobar
Pepe Escobar (born 1954) is a Brazilian journalist who has lived in locations as disparate as London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Washington, Bangkok and Hong Kong. He writes a column - The Roving Eye - for Asia Times Online, and works as an analyst for Russia Today and Tom Engelhardt''s TomDispatch.com, a project of The Nation Institute, as well as Al Jazeera and The Real News.
Escobar has focused on Central Asia and the Middle East, and has covered Iran on a continuous basis since the late 1990s.
Escobar has reported extensively from Afghanistan. In August of 2000, Escobar and two other journalists were arrested by the Taliban, and accused of photographing a soccer match. The following year, he interviewed Ahmad Shah Masoud, the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, shortly before Masoud was assassinated.
On television, Escobar has commented on Russia''s RT network, Iran''s PressTV, and Al Jazeera''s The Stream. On radio, he has been a guest on Sibel Edmonds'' Boiling Frogs Show, The Peter B. Collins Show, Anti War Radio with Scott Horton, What Really Happened Show, Corbett Report, The Voice of Russia''s Burning Point, Ernest Hancock''s FreedomPhoenix.com and The Alex Jones Show.
His article, ''Get Osama! Now! Or else...'', was published by Asia Times Online two weeks before the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.
An excerpted paragraph from his column of August 30, 2001:
"Osama bin Laden - also the No 1 target of the CIA''s counter-terrorism center - is now a superstar playing the bad guy in some sort of planetary Hollywood fiction. Yet inside Afghanistan today, where the Saudi Arabian lives in exile, Osama is a minor character. He is ill and always in hiding - usually "somewhere near Kabul". Once in a while he travels incognito to Peshawar. His organization, the Al Qa''Ida, is split, and in tatters. The Taliban owe him a lot for his past deeds towards the movement and in putting them in power in Afghanistan - contributing with a stack of his own personal fortune of millions of dollars. But no longer an asset, he has become a liability."
Pepe said that the articles were like mirrors, a homage to the Rolling Stone Book, and that it was also a homage to David Bowie, the so-called "Chameleon", rather than anything else, and that appropriate references had been made to the original texts.