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The Rundown - August 31

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

"Iraq Needs U.S. Engagement, And A Slower Clock" - Ryan Crocker, "The Washington Post"
# "Nation Building Works" - David Brooks, "The New York Times"
# "In Korea, A Model For Iraq" - Paul Wolfowitz, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Kurds Should Make The Most Of A Divided Baghdad" - Ranj Alaaldin, "The Guardian"
# "Foreign Policy" has a photo gallery from Iraq

# IDP's in Pakistan are selling aid materials for cash
# "Coming Nuclear Flashpoint" - Michael Scheuer, "The Diplomat"

# "The Surge And Afghanistan" - John McCain, "The Wall Street Journal"
# General David Petraeus has finished plans for transferring security operations

# "Spiegel" interviews Iran's Foreign minister
# Scott Lucas on international outcry over stoning
# Mohamad Bazzi thinks the big winner in Iraq is Iran

# Vladimir Putin started his drive across Russia
# "CSTO Is Dead" - Alexander Golts, "Moscow Times"
# "Russians Need Our Support" - Susan Richards, "The Guardian"

Of Interest

# Angela Merkel urged Ukraine's President to strengthen media freedoms there
# "The Hatred Of Tony Blair Is Over The Top" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The President On Iraq" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Bradley Manning plans on fighting the charges against him in the Wikileaks case
# The BBG statement on the resignation of Pedro Roig

From the Blogs

# "Danger Room (Wired)" on increased drone traffic in the skies over Afghanistan
# "Democracy In America (The Economist)" interviews Jay Rosen
# Heavy drinkers live longer than non-drinkers

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