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Something For The Weekend

If you missed these stories from RFE/RL this week and are looking for something to print out and read over the weekend, try these:

Farangis Najibullah looks at the scandal over the book published by the former Kazakh president's son-in-law.

Abubakar Siddique discusses how Afghan President Karzai is using his political savvy to stymie domestic political opposition and convince the international community that he remains an indispensible ally.

Ekho Moskvy contributor Anton Orekh argues that Russian President Medvedev’s order on the creation of a presidential commission against efforts to falsify history is "terrifying."

And Golnaz Esfandiari takes a look at Iran's "election clowns," the candidates with no political background, no experience, and zero chance of being allowed to run in the upcoming poll.

-- Luke Allnutt

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