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The Rundown - August 9

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Sunday Talk Show Roundup
# A summary with key quotes and transcripts
# Fareed Zakaria interviews Hamid Gul
# "This Week" interviews Generals Ray Odierno and Peter Chiarelli
# NEXT WEEK: "Meet the Press" interviews David Petraeus in Afghanistan

# The "Financial Times" profiles Asif Ali Zardari
# Zarrar Khuhro on the murder of Raza Haider for "The National"
# "Barely Friends, Few Benefits" - Nicholas Schmidle, "New Republic"
# "Mr. Cameron Doesn't Understand Pakistan" - Jason Burke, "The Guardian"

# "The Mullah Omar Show" - Yousafzai & Moreau, "Newsweek"
# Mohsin Hamid on India, Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan
# "The Taliban Method" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The Independent" reports on aid agencies in Afghanistan

# John McCain marks the second anniversary of the Russia-Georgia War
# "How to Make Peace with Georgia" - Dmitry Trenin, "Moscow Times"
# Masha Lipman on breaking up protests in Russia
# Julia Ioffe thinks Dmitry Medvedev is not a liberal
# "Twitter and the Kremlin" - Svetlana Babaeva, "National Interest"

# "After the Crackdown" - John Lee Anderson, "The New Yorker"
# Tony Karon on Barack Obama's Iran engagement for "The National"
# "The Daily Beast" on a mysterious letter that "exposes Iran's state secrets"

# "Will Iraq Fall Victim to the Oil Curse?" - Judith Miller, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The Washington Post" reports on terrorist groups in Iraq

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Two Obamas" - James Traub, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Wall Street Journal" interviews Ken Feinberg

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