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A first look at the news on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
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Lucian Dan Teodorovici on listening to RFE in 1989 Romania
# NIAC says it supports Radio Farda and Iran's democrats
# Lydia DePillis discusses the BBG for the New Republic

Int'l Press Review

Afghanistan/Pakistan
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Ashraf Ghani asks for more than more troops in Afghanistan
# Michael Chertoff advocates a large troop presence
# Deepa Narayan on local politics as a solution in Afghanistan
# Michael Gerson wants Obama to show some passion

Iraq
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The Newshour reports on Iraqi refugees (audio)
# Why the Iraq surge may not translate to Afghanistan
# Kurdish tension looms over the coming elections
# Mort Rosenblum on nation-building

Iran
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How would sanctions against Iran work?
# Con Coughlin says diplomacy with Iran isn't working

Russia
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Former policeman Alexei Dymovsky held a press conference yesterday
# The Moscow region is seeing a surge in graft charges

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
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Rajiv Shah has been named USAID Director
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# "Embassy Row" - the Washington Times

Of Interest
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How the Opel deal went sour
# Jonathan Eyal chastises Sarkozy for his E. Europe stance

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