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The Rundown - August 25

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region


# "Der Spiegel" looks at the Afghan parliamentary elections
# General James Conway discusses the deadline for a U.S. pullout from Afghanistan
# "Newsweek" has a slideshow chronicling 16 years in Afghanistan
# Bruce Reidel on the arrest of Mullah Baradar

# "The Anarchic Republic of Pakistan" - Ahmed Rashid, "National Interest"
# Abu Dhabi will televise a 3-day fundraiser for flood relief
# "Between Hope and Despair" - Fazal Khaliq, "Express Tribune"

# "Cracks Widen in Theocratic Facade" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# "The Cracks in the Iranian Regime" - Massoumeh Torfeh, "The Guardian"
# "The real Meaning of Bushehr" - Jamie Fly, "Foreign Policy"

# "Bout, Sechin and a Political Firestorm" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# Thailand has delayed the extradition of Viktor Bout
# Russia will scrap a costly customs rule for foreigners moving there

# "Iraqi Oil and its Future" - David Bender, "Foreign Policy"
# "Beirut In Baghdad" - Lara Setrakian, "Foreign Policy"

Of Interest
# Moldovan police seized smuggled Uranium in Chisinau
# "Reconciling Islamic Values and Democracy" - Inayat Bunglawala, "The Guardian"
# Militants in Somalia stormed a Mogadishu hotel, killing more than 30

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Human Rights Kowtow" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "America's First Muslim President" - Suhail Khan, "Foreign Policy"
# The U.S. may expand military strikes against al Qaeda in Yemen
# "The New Yorker" profiles the Koch brothers

From the Blogs
# "Pedestrian" bemoans creeping political apathy among Iranian youth
# "Danger Room (Wired)" on black sites in Afghanistan

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