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RFE In The Media
# RFE Belarus Service Director Alexander Lukashuk discusses the Minsk metro bombing on the "BBC" (46:10)
# "Foreign Policy" quotes RFE reporting on Belarus
# The "Telegraph" cites RFE reporting on Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov

International Press Review

First Read
# "The War On Soft Power" - Joseph Nye Jr., "Foreign Policy"

# "The Purge Of The Kremlin Chairmen" - Tsyvinski & Guriev, "Moscow Times"
# Dmitry Medvedev will "decide soon" on whether to seek a second term
# "Spiegel" reports on Russia's space program

# The government will spend $750 million to aid women in the tribal regions
# "The CIA's Pakistan Endgame" - J. Berkshire Miller, "The Diplomat"
# "The Guardian" reports on U.S.-Pakistan relations

# "An Endgame In Afghanistan" - David Milliband, "International Herald Tribune"
# David Axe reports from Margah, Afghanistan
# Two U.S. troops were killed by friendly fire from a drone

# The U.S. is helping Iran sell natural gas

Middle East
# Libyan rebel leaders have rejected an AU-sponsored cease fire proposal
# Bahrain's security forces reportedly beat medical workers
# "My Years As Gaddafi's Nurse" - Oksana Balinskaya, "The Daily Beast"

Of Interest
# Nursultan Nazarbaev's son-in-law will head Kazakhstan's $80 billion sovereign wealth fund
# "Ukraine's Orange Blues" - Alexander J. Motyl, "World Affairs Journal"
# Cuts to the "BBC" may be reversed

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The BBG will get $10 million for web circumvention tools
# Michael Posner responds to Anne Applebaum
# Josh Rogin on the foreign affairs budget
# "The Radical Right And The U.S. State" - Martin Wolf, "Financial Times"