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The Rundown - February 9

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Luke Allnutt discusses some of the perils of a wired world

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Iran's Supreme Leader says his country will "deliver a punch" to the West
# Josh Rogin interviews IRGC co-founder Mohsen Sazegara
# Thursday's planned rallies could see as many as 3 million people
# Iran's military has started producing drone aircraft
# Internet and SMS messaging services have "slowed to a crawl"
# Meir Javendafar on Iran's nuclear program
# Michael Adler on Iran's diplomatic delaying tactics

Ukraine Elections
The vote appears to have been free and fair
# Anne Applebaum thinks the revolution is on hold
# Gideon Rachman wants the EU to commit to Ukraine (and Georgia)
# Clifford Levy as the Ukrainian elections as an example for Russia
# "The Washington Post" and "Christian Science Monitor" editorialize on the elections
# Christian Caryl thinks Ukraine will go on

Nikolai Petrov on the Kaliningrad protests
# Dmitry Medvedev names four new governors, including one for Daghestan

A former Pakistani infantryman thinks the U.S. will fail in Afghanistan
# Ahmed Humayun on growing popular support for the Taliban in Pakistan's cities
# Huma Yusuf on sectarianism in Pakistan
# "The Independent" on the new U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan
# Two masked gunmen tried to kill a Pakistani politician in Rawalpindi

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Marc Thiessen discusses using aerial drones for targeted assassinations
# Steve Clemons on the Obama Administration's troubles
# Cameron R. Hume is a leading candidate to succeed Anne Patterson in Pakistan
# David Rothkopf ponders possible changes in the Obama Administration
# U.S. Representative John Murtha (D-PA) has died

-- Zach Peterson

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