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RFE/RL in the Media
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RFE/RL's Kabul Bureau Chief is quoted in the Financial Times
# The Wash Post lists journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan
# FP Passport posts a Golnaz Esfandiari piece on the Iranian state prosecutor's bizarre profile

On the RFE/RL Website
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Khameini's nephew says the IRGC are running the show in Iran
# The EU's Central Asian dilemma - energy or values?
# Dmitry Medvedev on Russia's "permanent revolution"

Int'l Press Review

Afghanistan
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The Economist on the Afghan elections
# J Alexander Thier on the need for a run-off election
# The WSJ ed board thinks Afghanistan is salvageable
# Ansar Rahel & Jon Krakauer on Afghan history
# Martin Bell on the Afghan journalist rescue and tragedy

Iraq
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Omar Fadhil Al-Nidawi thinks Iraq needs an air force
# Robert Fisk on thereturn of Iraq-Syria recriminations
# There has been a surge of gay killings in Iraq

Iran
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The Economist on Iran's nuclear program
# The Wash Post ed board on Iran's nuclear (non) response
# The CS Monitor on how to avoid war with Iran

Of Interest
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The Soviet archives are open - here are Thatcher and Gorbachev
# Simon Tisdall on Kazakhstan's OSCE tenure
# Germany's risk in the Opel sale

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

From the Blogs
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Where's Obama's resolve on Afghanistan?
# James Joyner on NATO's role in the world
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