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The Rundown - March 31

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Russia Bombings
"The Moscow Bombings Don't Matter" - Julia Ioffe, "Foreign Policy"
# Anne Applebaum presses for a thorough investigation
# "The Terrorism Hydra" - Alexei Malashenko, "The Moscow Times"
# "To Lubyanka Station" - Julia Ioffe, "The New Yorker"
# "The Caucasus Emirate" - Yulia Latynina, "The Moscow Times"
# "Women Who Blow Themselves Up" - David Satter, "The Daily Beast"
# "The Moscow Bombings" - Editorial, "The New York Times"
# Russian television continued normal programming after the bombings

An Iranian nuclear scientist has defected to the United States
# Bilal Saab thinks Iran's response to an attack cannot be predicted
# An Iranian rapper has been arrested in Tehran

"The New York Times" reports on Hamid Karzai's brother
# Thomas Friedman on Obama's relationship with Karzai

Of Interest
"Serbia and Kosovo: Good Neighbors?" - Ian Bancroft, "The Guardian"
# "Who Will Lead Iraq?" - Editorial, "LA Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy

# The Financial Times on Obama's lack of a grand strategist
# Hillary Clinton writes on foreign aid for the "Globe and Mail"
# Francis Fukuyama and Henry Paulson discuss U.S. politics

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