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RFE/RL in the Media
UPI cites RFE/RL reporting on the Caspian Summit
# Iranian prosecutors accuse Radio Farda of subversion

On the RFE/RL Website
The U.S. has new plans for Bagram
# Afghanistan needs a new transitional authority
# Iraq is at odds with its neighbors over water

Int'l Press Review

Sylvana Sinha tells Obama to ignore public opinion on Afghanistan
# The Pakistani Army may to blame for a spate of killings
# The Newshour on U.S. public opinion of the war effort
# Can the U.S. withdraw without winning?

# Bret Stephens on Obama forcing Israel and Iran into war
# Christopher Hitchens on engagement with Iran

Vladimir Karza-Mura thinks Russians want democracy
# Vladimir Rhyzhkov parses the Putin decade
# Nikolai Petrov says "Go Medvedev!"

Of Interest
# BBG Governor Hirschberg weighs in on the case of Rahman Bunaireeri

U.S. Politics
The latest from Laura Rozen
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# "Embassy Row" - The Washington Times

From the Blogs
The Indian Ambassador calls for patience on Afghanistan
# Peter Bergen wonders if bin Laden matters
# Matt Armstrong on breaking up Foggy Bottom