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The Rundown - March 26

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

First Read
Robert Fisk interviews Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the man accused of plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks

Terror suspect David Headley had been a DEA mole in Pakistan
# "Pakistan's Game of High Stakes" - James Lamont, "Financial Times"
# Critics of the Taliban include mothers
# "Balochistan: Pakistan's Broken Mirror" - Madiha R Tahir, "The National"
# "Can India and Pakistan Find Friendship?" - Mustafa Qadri, "The Guardian"
# Kuldip Nayar on cuts in VISAs between India and Pakistan
# Pakistan will investigate 1,600 missing persons cases

"Can Afghanistan Help Itself?" - David Axe, "The Diplomat"
# The Pentagon wants $33 billion more for the war in Afghanistan

The "Financial Times" looks at Gazprom's future
# "Giving Putin his Due" - Paul Saunders, "Foreign Policy"
# Bribes are getting more expensive in Russia
# "Dmitry Gets No Respect" - Michael Bohm, "The Moscow Times"
# The new START Treaty concerns some in Moscow

"The Prague Post" interviews the highest ranking Iranian official in the Czech Republic
# Western countries are softening their sanctions proposal

"Iraq's Crumbling, Corrupt Healthcare" - Abeer Mohammed, "The Guardian"
# "The Cakewalk, Seven Years On" - Andrew Bacevich, "World Affairs Journal"

Of Interest
Alexander Lebedev has purchased "The Independent"
# "The Problem with Baroness Ashton" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The Rise of Islamo-Erotica" - a photo gallery from "The Daily Beast"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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