News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast regionAfghanistan
# "Talking to the Taliban
" - James Dobbins, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Afghan Glass is Just Over Half Full
" - Cordesman & O'Hanlon, "USA Today"
# "Don't Raise Hope for Afghan Peace Jirga
" - Wazhma Frogh, "The Guardian"
# "Committed to Karzai
" - Editorial, "LA Times"Pakistan
# Pakistan denies reports that Mullah Omar has been captured
(here is the original report
# "Washington's Tough Talk
" - Amir Zia, "News International"
# Kamran Shafi feels like every terrorist has some ties to PakistanIraq
# Iyad Allawi: Iraq is moving in a "vicious circle"
# Iraqi politicians make a deal to end de-Ba'athification
# Jane Araff reports on widespread violence here
# A man attacked Pakistan's Ambassador
# "Lula's Tehran Misadventure
" - Paulo Sotero, "Foreign Policy"Russia
# "An Awkward Celebration in Russia
" - Julia Ioffe, "Foreign Policy"
# "Preparing for World War III
" - Alexander Golts, "Moscow Times"
# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on Dmitry Medvedev's trip to Syria
# "Ignoring Russia
" - Paul Saunders, "National Interest"
# "Raining on Putins May 9 Parade
" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"Of Interest
# A Swedish cartoonist was attacked
for his depiction of the prophet Muhammad
# Emile Hokayem thinks Arab governments fear a regional arms race
# "Sex Tape Opens Bright Future for Turkey
" - Stephen Kinzer, "The Guardian"
# A North Korean opera hints at the regime succession plans
# "In the Nerve Center of the Cold War
" - John Pancake, "The Wall Street Journal"
U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "A Fence-Mending Agenda for Obama and Karzai
" - Zalmay Khalilzad, "The Washington Post"
# Phillip Seib thinks the U.S. needs a better public diplomacy strategy
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop
# Hamid Karzai and Hillary Clinton say U.S.-Afghan relations are just fine