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Iran
# "Spiegel" interviews Iranian opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi

Russia
# Russia has extradited Kyrgyzstan's former interior minister
# "Stability at all Costs" - Alexei Pankin, "Moscow Times"

Afghanistan
# "Obama Must Decide Whether to Talk to the Taliban" - Ahmed Rashid, "The Washington Post"
# "It Takes the Villages" - Seth Jones, "Foreign Affairs"

Pakistan
# Rania Abouzeid reports from Mingora for "Time"
# "A Summer of Discontent?" - Maleeha Lodhi, "News International"
# "What's in a Name?" - Bilal Baloch, "Foreign Policy"
# "Why Pakistan Has to Work" - Mustafa Qadri, "The Guardian"

Iraq
# "Keeping Baghdad Stable" - Richard Weitz, "National Interest"
# 52 candidates have been disqualified, including one winner

Of Interest
# "Central Asia: Tinder Box of Trouble" - Isabel Gorst & Charles Clover, "Financial Times"
# "Ukraine: Tilting Toward Moscow" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# "The Wall Street Journal" launches its New York section today
# Saudi Arabia's Chief of Religious Police supports public mixing of the sexes, risking his job

U.S. Politics/ Foreign Policy
# Shamlia Chaudhary is the new Pakistan Director at the NSC
# Senator Ben Cardin implicates top Russian officials in the death of Sergei Magnitsky (letter to Hillary Clinton)
# "'South Park' and the Informal Fatwa" - Ayaan Hirsi Ali - "The Wall Street Journal"
# "We Have Met the Enemy, and He is PowerPoint" - Elizabeth Bumiller, "The New York Times"

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