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The Rundown - May 18

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

First Read
# "CNN" on international broadcasting to Iran

# "An Open Letter to the President of Brazil" - Denis MacShane, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "What the Iran Deal is Missing" - Meir Javendafar, "The Diplomat"
# "The Revenge of the Middle Powers" - Colum Lynch, "Foreign Policy"
# David Rothkopf on the nuclear deal's larger effect on the Middle East
# Stephen Kinzer assesses the Green Movement

# The Kandahar offensive is off to a slow start
# "The New York Times" looks at the governorship of Atta Muhammad Noor in Mazar-I-Sharif
#"Cameron Must Think Again on Afghanistan" - Philip Stevens, "Financial Times"
# The New America Foundation hosts Abdullah Abdullah today

# The most recent press release from the Taliban Media Center
# James Jones and Leon Panetta are travelling to Pakistan

# "It's Open Season on Journalists Near Moscow" - Clifford Levy, "The New York Times"
# "The National" reports on Russian aid to Syria
# Moscow plans ski resorts for the North Caucasus

# Kyrgyz leaders are drafting a new constitution
# "What's Happened to the SCO?" - Richard Weitz, "The Diplomat"

# A court ruled that former Ba'athists will be allowed to keep seats in Parliament

Euro Crisis
# "The Death of the European Dream" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"
# "The Euro's Lost Promise" - David Marsh, "The New York Times"

Of Interest
# "Rethink Moldova" - Vlad Filat, "Moscow Times"
# "The New York Times" reports on a new strategy for NATO

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Barack Obama signed the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act

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