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# Golnaz Esfandiari's report on books banned in Iran is picked up by the "Huffington Post"

Int'l Press Review

Afghanistan
# "Talking to the Taliban" - James Dobbins, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Afghan Glass is Just Over Half Full" - Cordesman & O'Hanlon, "USA Today"
# "Don't Raise Hope for Afghan Peace Jirga" - Wazhma Frogh, "The Guardian"
# "Committed to Karzai" - Editorial, "LA Times"

Pakistan
# Pakistan denies reports that Mullah Omar has been captured (here is the original report)
# "Washington's Tough Talk" - Amir Zia, "News International"
# Kamran Shafi feels like every terrorist has some ties to Pakistan

Iraq
# Iyad Allawi: Iraq is moving in a "vicious circle"
# Iraqi politicians make a deal to end de-Ba'athification
# Jane Araff reports on widespread violence here and here

Iran
# A man attacked Pakistan's Ambassador to Iran
# "Lula's Tehran Misadventure" - Paulo Sotero, "Foreign Policy"

Russia
# "An Awkward Celebration in Russia" - Julia Ioffe, "Foreign Policy"
# "Preparing for World War III" - Alexander Golts, "Moscow Times"
# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on Dmitry Medvedev's trip to Syria
# "Ignoring Russia" - Paul Saunders, "National Interest"
# "Raining on Putins May 9 Parade" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"

Of Interest
# A Swedish cartoonist was attacked for his depiction of the prophet Muhammad
# Emile Hokayem thinks Arab governments fear a regional arms race
# "Sex Tape Opens Bright Future for Turkey" - Stephen Kinzer, "The Guardian"
# A North Korean opera hints at the regime succession plans
# "In the Nerve Center of the Cold War" - John Pancake, "The Wall Street Journal"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy

# "A Fence-Mending Agenda for Obama and Karzai" - Zalmay Khalilzad, "The Washington Post"
# Phillip Seib thinks the U.S. needs a better public diplomacy strategy towards Russia
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Hamid Karzai and Hillary Clinton say U.S.-Afghan relations are just fine
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