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First Read

# "The New York Times" reports on Iranian shell companies used to circumvent sanctions

# "Foreign Policy" has seven pieces on Iran from Abbas Milani, Reza Aslan, and others
# The UN Security Council may vote on Iran sanctions on Wednesday
# "We Need to Talk to Iran" - Charles Kupchan, "Moscow Times"

# "Karzai's Isolation Worries Afghans and the West" - Alissa Rubin, "The New York Times"
# Hamida Ghafour thinks the Taliban are happy with the peace jirga
# The UK will send some young Afghans back to their country

# Pakistan's Foreign Minister says Taliban leaders are fleeing the region
# "A Sad Place Indeed" - Kamran Shafi, "Dawn"
# "In Pakistan's Own Back Yard" - Saba Imtiaz, "Foreign Policy"
# "Ahmadi Massacre Silence is Despiriting" - Declan Walsh, "The Guardian"

# Poland accuses Russian police officers of stealing from the Lech Kazcynski crash site

Of Interest
# A top official has left the Kyrgyz interim government
# An Indian court hands down a decision on the Union Carbide industrial disaster
# "Germany's Dangerous Code of Silence" - Anne Applebaum, "The Washington Post"
# A second al-Qaeda suspect turns himself in in Yemen

# "China Flexes Its Soft Power" - David Shambaugh, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Liberty Endures in Two-System China" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Cairo Obama, One Year Later" - Nabil Fahmy, "LA Times"
# Marc Thiessen on CIA drone strikes

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