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First Reads
# General Stanley McChrystal and his "profane, irreverent" aides are interviewed by "Rolling Stone"
# U.S. taxpayers have been paying Afghan warlords to protect military convoys

# "Can Democracy Work in Central Asia?" - Bidder & Schepp, "Der Spiegel"
# "Very Little Collective Security" - Alexander Golts, "Moscow Times"
# "Saving Kyrgyzstan" - Drew Thompson, "National Interest"

# Richard Weitz on demand for drugs from Afghanistan
# "A Negotiated Solution for Afghanistan?" - Michael O'Hanlon, "The Wall Street Journal"
# A U.S. filmmaker had an Afghan policeman pay passers-by

# The Brookings Institution will release a report on schools in Pakistan tomorrow
# "The Washington Post" reports on Pakistan's efforts to combat extremism
# "Dictators Are Bad - Always" - Ammar Rashid, "Express Tribune"

# "The Daily Beast" on female circumcision in Iraqi Kurdistan
# Widespread power outages prompt protests in Southern Iraq
# The U.S. military is holding a huge garage sale in Iraq


# The "Financial Times" profiles Igor Sechin
# "Russia's 'New' Stance Remains Anti-West" - David Kramer, "The Washington Post"
# Dmitry Medvedev is heading to Silicon Valley, Josh Rogin reports
# Fred Weir explains Russia's gas cuts to Belarus

# "Iran's Democratic Manifesto" - Abbas Milani, "The Wall Street Journal"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Andrew Kuchins on U.S.-Russia relations
# "Foreign Policy" lists the world's worst dictators

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