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The Rundown - February 5

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Michael Semple thinks the West should offer more than money to the Taliban
# Brian Glyn Williams on the reinstatement of Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum
# Senior U.S. intel officials are confirming the death of Hakimullah Mehsud
# Ahmed Rashid reviews "My Life With the Taliban"
# Mikhail Gorbachev details the Soviet experience in Afghanistan
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on the latest statements from General McChrystal
# Michael Williams on the U.S.'s "secret" war in Pakistan

Saeed Kamali Dehghan bemoans Iran's newest internet controls
# Phillip Stevens on a balanced approach towards Iran
# Iranians can't get enough "Lost"
# China may block new sanctions on Iran

Dmitry Medvedev has asked Russian prosecutors to look at the Rechnik case
# Alexander Bratersky on the Sergei Mironov affair

Broadcast Region
"Foreign Policy" interviews the Kazakh foreign minister
# "The New York Times" ed board thinks Iraq needs to hold its elections
# Kris Kotarski wonders if Ukraine will move towards Europe
# Nina Khruscheva thinks Ukraine needs more than Western cynicism
# South Ossetia has asked the U.S. not to provide arms to Georgia

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
James Steinberg may be on his way out of the State Dept.
# Dennis Blair thinks Georgia and the Balkans pose security threats
# A corporation will run for office in Maryland
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

Of Interest
John Bolton chastises Obama's policy towards China
# Seymour Hersch interviews Bashar Assad
# George Gilder sees no reason to antagonize China

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