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The Rundown - March 4

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

"Will Hope or Fear Sway Iraq's Voters?" - Zalmay Khalilzad, "Christian Science Monitor"
# "Iraq's Political Miracle" - Tunku Varadarajan, "The Daily Beast"
# "Iraq's Last Election?" - Michael Hastings, "The Daily Beast"
# "The New York Times" reports on the U.S. pull out from Iraq
# A former Shi'ite "death squad" leader is likely to win a seat in parliament

"The New York Times" reports on the heritage of the Pakistani Taliban
# David Ignatius on U.S. - Pakistan relations
# Kamila Hyat, for "Dawn," on recent India-Pakistan talks

Richard Holbrooke will not implicate Lashkar-e-Taiba in recent Kabul attacks
# "Who Are the Taliban?" - "Globe & Mail" (Canada)

Italy has arrested 7 men suspected of trafficking arms to Iran
# The U.S. is circulating a new sanctions proposal...
# ...The "Wall Street Journal" reports on the potential pitfalls
# "Time" reports on the Iranian economy

Karadzic Trial
# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on the proceedings
# The "Wall Street Journal" editorializes on the venue

Mikhail Khordokovsky pens an op-ed for "Nezavisimaya Gazeta"
# Nikolas Sarkozy urged Medvedev to crack down on corruption
# "Der Spiegel" reports on strains in the Putin-Medvedev relationship

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
"Obama's Hesitant Embrace of Human Rights" - Kenneth Roth "The New York Times"
# "Just What Does Obama Stand For?" - Michael Young, "Daily Star" (Lebanon)
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Embassy Row from the "Washington Times"

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