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# FP Passport on the perils of being named Saddam Hussein

Int'l Press Review

Afghanistan
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Karzai's brother has been on the CIA payroll for 8 years
# Peter Galbraith on the UN's dithering in Afghanistan
# Thomas Friedman doesn't think more troops are the answer
# Paul Fishstein searches for an Afghan democracy
# The US has a population-centric Afghan strategy

Iraq
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John Hannah (tentatively) praises Obama's Iraq focus
# Simon Tisdall on elusive peace in Iraq

Russia
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Anders Aslund on the sorry state of the CIS
# Russia & Georgia spar over the OSCE's press freedom ombudsman

Of Interest
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The Onion is bearish on Afghanistan
# The pitchfork story of the day

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
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Hillary Clinton is in Pakistan for 3 days
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