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The Rundown - August 12

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

# Two senior police officers are being scrutinized in the Sergei Magnitsky case
# "Wildfires: A Wakeup Call For Russia" - Yevgenia Albats, "The Guardian"
# "Russia's Fires Point to Need For Reform" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# Simon Shuster on how the fires may change Russia's politics
# Matthew Rojansky on waning support for Vladimir Putin

# "The Guardian" interviews Mehdi Karroubi
# "There Goes The Neighborhood" - Babak Dehghanpisheh, "Time"
# Mohammad Mostafaei's former client denounces him from Iran

# "Hope Amid Pakistan's Tragedy" - Shuja Nawaz, "The Washington Post"
# Pakistani politicians are trading barbs over the flood response

# "Afghan Militants Return to Arms" - Zia Ahmadi, "Asia Times"
# "Global Post" on private security contractors in Afghanistan
# A probe into corruption finds wrongdoing close to Hamid Karzai

# "The Washington Post" reports on the State Dept.'s rising costs in Iraq
# Iraq's top army official says the U.S. may be leaving too soon

Of Interest
# "The Point of No Return" - Jeffrey Goldberg, "The Atlantic"
# Flynt & Hillary Mann Leverett reply to Goldberg in "Foreign Policy"
# Steve Clemons discusses Jeffrey Goldberg's article

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Washington Times" owes the State Dept over $15,000
# "Collateral Damage Control" - Charli Carpenter, "International Herald Tribune"
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

On the Blogs
# Robert Mackey surveys Pakistan's blogosphere
# "Real Clear World" ponders the fires as Putin's Katrina
# Greg Mitchell on press censorship in America during WWII

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