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RFE/RL in the Media
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The Nation cites RFE/RL's interview with Dmitry Muratov
# Robert Amsterdam cites RFE/RL reporting on RSF's being denied entry into Russia
# Reuters reports on the BBG's attempts to circumvent censors

On the RFE/RL Website
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The political difficulties in Turkey-Armenia relations
# Why the US should engage Iran on human rights

Int'l Press Review

Afghanistan/Pakistan
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David Ignatius on the Obama doctrine
# Anna Husarska on violence in the SWAT Valley
# Norman Kurz on Biden's past opinions on Afghanistan
# Pakistan is 'insulted' by the new US aid bill ($7.5 billion)
# The Wash Post thinks Plan B doesn't look too good
# The FT thinks the west needs to commit
# Abolhassan Bani-Sadr on Islam as the problem in Afghanistan

Iran
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Geneive Abdo on Iran as a military dictatorship
# Former hostage John Limbert on how to talk to Iran
# Hans Blix thinks the nuclear issue goes beyond Iran

Russia
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Ronald Asmus says the EU lost the most in the August War report
# Hillary Clinton admonishes Russia over killings of activists and journalists
# Andrei Kortunov on instability in the Caucasus
# Yulia Latynina on the EU's Russia-Gerogia report

Of Interest
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Soner Cagaptay on the history of democracy in Muslim lands
# Timothy Garton Ash on a potential EU foreign policy
# Gordon Crovitz on the right to insult

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

From the Blogs
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Would the US invade Afghanistan today?
# Peter Bergen's Senate testimony
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