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The Rundown - April 1

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Fred Weir on how Russians are looking to Putin after a series of bombings
# "The FSB Dropped the Ball" - Borogan & Soldatov, "Moscow Times"
# "Russia's Hot Spot" - Editorial, "LA Times"
# Lyudmila Alexeyeva was punched in the head yesterday

Major powers have agreed to new sanctions on Iran
# "America's Iranian Double Agent" - Reza Aslan, "The Daily Beast"

"The National reports on Iran's frustrations with Iraq's elections
# "Sadrists Organize a New Ballot" - "The New York Times"
# "Can This Deadlock Be Broken?" - Tony Karon, "Time"

Afghanistan produces more cannabis and opium than any other country
# The Afghan parliament will not let Karzai control the election panel
# "The U.S. Time Table isn't Right for Afghanistan" - Con Coughlin, "The Wall Street Journal"

"Serbia's Step Towards Redemption" - Slavenka Drakulic, "The Guardian"
# "Serbia Should go Farther" - Harry de Quetteville, "The Telegraph"

Of Interest
Giorgi Badridze denies thet Georgian press is controlled by Mikhail Saakashvili
# "Who is a Female Suicide Bomber?" - Hannah Rosin, "Slate"
# Timothy Garton Ash on Germany's inward turn
# "India's Great Power Plans" - N.V. Subramanian, "The Diplomat"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Josh Rogin on the Capitol Hill staffers to watch this year
# "Are Drone Attacks Legal?" - Rafia Zakaria, "Dawn"
# "Why Google is Waging a Lonely Fight" - Ted Fishman, "USA Today"
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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