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# "The Talk About 'The Talks' Is Just Talk" - Jean MacKenzie, "Global Post"
# "Taliban Talks Can Be Made To Work" - Michael Semple, "Financial Times"
# "Talks With The Taliban Are Being Overstated" - Martine van Bijlert, "Newsweek"
# "Dr. Greg And Afghanistan" - Nicholas Kristof, "The New York Times"
# "Could Airstrikes Save Lives In Afghanistan?" - Charles Dunlap, "The Washington Post"
# "Afghanistan Today" - Editorial, "The New York Times"

# Pakistan's government will not deploy the army in Karachi
# "Wedded To The Past" - Ayesha Tammy Haq, "Express Tribune"
# U.S. officials told Pakistan to fight terrorism or risk losing aid
# The U.S. has offered 125 scholarships to journalists in Pakistan

# "Coercing Iran" - Paul Pillar, "National Interest"
# "Khamenei Seeks Rehabilitation In Qom" - Geneive Abdo, "Hunffington Post"

# Wikileaks is expected to post some 400,000 documents on the Iraq War online
# Nuri al-Maliki is back in Iraq after a regional tour

# "Time To Reset The 'Reset''' - Editorial, "Christian Science Monitor"
# Russia was fined for blocking a gay rights parade
# Yuri Luzhkov discussed his political future at a closed event in Moscow

Of Interest
# "The Economist" on a crackdown on bloggers in the Middle East
# Walter Isaacson sits down with the founders of Twitter (audio)
# Vaclav Havel and Desmond Tutu say that a "strong" China would release Liu Xiaobo
# "The New York Times" reports on the hunt for Ratko Mladic

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"
# The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will cost over $150 billion