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The Rundown - June 4

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# "Inside the Haqqani Network" - Gopal, Mahsud, Fishman, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Blasphemy Around Us" - Ayaz Amir, "News International"
# Fatima Bhutto on Pakistan's dynastic politics (video)
# Pakistan's PM says his country is committed to democracy

# "The National" reports on the Afghan peace jirga
# "Bad Time for Peace (Jirga)?" - Sanjay Kumar, "The Diplomat"

# "Why Iran is Quiet on the Flotilla" - Meir Javendafar, "The Guardian"
# "Ahmadinejad's Sugar Daddy" - Gal Luft, "Foreign Policy"

# "The New York Times" reports on the 2008 murder of Magomed Yevloyev
# "The Reset Has Begun" - Dmitry Trenin, "Moscow Times"
# "Shevchuk's Provocative Bazaar" - Michele Berdy, "Moscow Times"

Of Interest
# "The New York Times" reports on the conditions for the accused at the ICC in The Hague
# The head of the Xinhua news agency talks about censorship in China
# "Three is the Lonliest Number" - Bruce Reidel, "Foreign Policy"
# Excerpts from Christopher Hitchens' forthcoming memoirs

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Obama Needs to Support Egyptians as well as Mubarak" - R. Kagan & M. Dunne, "Washington Post"
# "America's Skewed National Security Priorities" - Andrew Bacevich, "Boston Globe"
# Senator Jim Webb cancelled his trip to Burma
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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