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The Rundown - May 17

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

First Read
# Reports say Turkey and Brazil have secured a nuclear fuel deal with Iran

Sunday Talk Show Round-up
# The "PBS Newshour" interviews new UK Foreign Minister William Hague
# Fareed Zakaria interviews Greece's Prime Minister
# "This Week" discusses U.S.-Afghanistan relations
# The anlysis of Shields and Brooks

# "Iran's Hidden Turmoil" - Sarah Kerr, New York Review of Books
# A French teacher has been released from detention in Iran
# "It's Back to the Past for Tehran" - Roya Hakakian, "World Affairs Journal"

# "Newsweek" on Muqtada al-Sadr as Iraq's "kingmaker"
# A recount maintains Iyad Allawi as the leading vote getter in Baghdad
# "Mosque & State" - Nikolas Gvosdev
# The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad calls Iraq's elections "the most credible in Arab history"
# "America has One Foot Out the Door" - Jane Arraf, "GlobalPost"

# The Taliban's claims of responsibility for attacks bothers its local chapters

# The Taliban is fighting back in Marjah
# "Taliban: The Indistinguishable Enemy" - Mustafa Qadri, "The Guardian"
# "The New York Times" on drug addiction in Afghanistan
# "Karzai's Nightlife Crackdown" - Elise Jordan, "The Daily Beast"

# "The Land of Perpetual Revolution" - Philip Sishkin, "Foreign Policy"

# "Shared Agenda of Gorbachev and Medvedev" - Vladimir Frolov, "Moscow Times"
# "Grappling With Soviet Symbolism" - Andrei Zolotov Jr., "International Herald Tribune"
# An Ingush blogger is arrested on drug trafficking charges
# Russian senators are declaring their income for the first time
# The "Boston Globe" editorializes on Stalin in Russia

Of Interest
# A video of "an al-Qaeda bomb factory"
# "Spiegel" interviews Jean-Claude Trichet
# A new report says Eastern Europeans feel ignored by NATO
# "Sebastian Junger's War" - Claire Martin, "The Daily Beast"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Islam, Obama, and the Empty Quarter" - Saad Eddin Ibrihim, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The U.S. is Abandoning Russia's Neighbors" - David Kramer, "The Washington Post"

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