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RFE/RL in the Media
The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg discusses his visit to RFE/RL in Prague (w/ pics)

On the RFE/RL Website
# How powerful is the Revolutionary Guard in Iran?
# The Russian Patriarch as a foreign policy actor
# A translation of Putin's speech in Poland

Int'l Press Review

Bret Stephens makes the case for staying in Afghanistan
# Peter Bergen is cautiously optimistic on Afghanistan
# Anne Applebaum thinks Obama needs to take the lead
# Andrew Bacevich is skeptical of nation building
# DeWayne Wickham says "Get bin Laden, disrupt al-Qaeda, and leave"
# The Konduz air strike has caused a political crisis in Germany
# Spiegel reports on the Konduz incident as well
# The wife of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan discusses her experience

Of Interest
Gideon Rachman on oil and diplomacy
# Nidra Poller on Sharia law and American culture
# Shlomo Ben-Ami on oil and stability in the Middle East
# 100 year-old color photos from Russia

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Christopher Hitchens on why the west is in Afghanistan and Iraq
# "Embassy Row" - the Washington Times

From the Blogs
Ahmadindejad invites diplomats to Tehran
# World Politics Review on primary concerns in Afghanistan