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The Rundown - May 21

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

First Reads
# Turkey's Foreign Minister on the nuclear deal with Iran
# An interview with Kurmanbek Bakiyev

# "America Moves the Goalposts" - Roger Cohen, "The New York Times"
# Charles Krauthammer bemoans the Obama Administration's dealings with Iran
# American hikers detained in Iran met with their parents, but remain in custody
# "Obama Should Call Iran's Bluff" - Editorial, "Boston Globe"
# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on dual-track diplomacy

# "CNN" Interviews Pervez Musharraf
# "Facebook Fiasco" - Adil Najam, "The Express Tribune"
# "The Facebook Shame" - Ahmad Rafay Alam, "News International"

# "Russia is Getting its Sphere Back" - Editorial, "Christian Science Monitor"
# Russia is planning for its coming budget crunch

# "Continuity Amidst Iraq's Confusion" - Michael Wahid Hanna, "Foreign Policy"
# Iraq's oil transport infrastructure may be wearing down

# "Tilting Toward Russia?" - Andrew Wilson, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Ukraine Is Not Yet Lost" - Tessier-Stall & Zarembo, "International Herald Tribune"

Of Interest
# "Rising Powers Don't Want to Play by the West's Rules" - Philip Stevens, "Financial Times"
# "Do Officials Fear Netizens?" - Jason Miks, "The Diplomat"
# Ayman Al-Zawahiri has released a new audio tape
# Henry Kissinger has a new movie out about nukes

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Dennis Blair has resigned as Director of National Intelligence
# The U.S. Senate approves a Wall Street overhaul bill

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