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The Rundown - August 6

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

# "Hamid Gul's War Games" - Hassan & Imtiaz, "Express Tribune"
# "Der Spiegel" interviews Ahmed Rashid
# "Wikileaks Aftermath" - Shuja Nawaz, "Boston Globe"

# "Yes, Afghanistan is Vietnam" - Harold Gould, "The Diplomat"
# Chrsitian Bleuer on how to write about Afghanistan

"Fear and Loathing in Central Asia" - Leland Miller, "Foreign Policy"
# Six countries have sent firefighters to help Russia

# "The Guardian" interviews Tariq Aziz
# Barack Obama sent a (secret) letter to Ayatollah Ali Sistani
# "Requiem for a Misadventure" - Joe Klein, "Time"
# The "LA Times" reports from Basra

# Cliff Kupchan on Iran sanctions
# Robert Kagan and Peter David attend a briefing by Barack Obama
# "Double Down on Iran Sanctions" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"

Of Interest
# "How to Square the Caucasian Circle" - Thomas de Waal, "Financial Times"
# "Has the Internet Just Sold its Soul?" - Steven Foley, "Independent"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The Pentagon asks Wikileaks to return 15,000 unpublished documents
# Laura Rozen on who may be the next envoy to Pakistan
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

On the Blogs
# "Reason" on smart people being duped by evil regimes
# "The Call (FP)" on the UAE Blackberry ban
# Matt Armstrong on legislating what constitutes a "journalist"

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