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The Rundown - September 8

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

# "The Diplomat" interviews Matthew Hoh
# "Insights From The Afghan Field" - Anatol Lieven, "Current Intelligence"
# "Time" reports on the Afghan elections
# "The New York Times" reports on the finances of Kabul Bank
# "An Afghan 'Revolution' In The Making?" - Ann Marlowe, "The Daily Beast"

# "Aid And NGOs" - Rafia Zakaria, "Dawn"
# "Televangelism, Pakistani Style" - A.A. Sheikh, "The Express Tribune"
# Officials say 21 million people have been affected by the flooding

# "What America Left Behind In Iraq" - Nir Rosen, "Foreign Policy"
# "Now Help Iraq To Stand On Its Own" - Ali Al-Mawlawi, "The Guardian"
# "The New York Times" reports on treasures being returned to Iraq

# "The Dirty Secret Of Iran Sanctions" - David Bosco, "Foreign Policy"
# "Iran's Shadow Games" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# The U.S. blacklisted an Iranian bank in Germany

# Vladimir Putin hosted a dinner discussion in Sochi
# Yulia Latynina calls Vladimir Putin "the coolest leader in the world"
# "From Russia, With Smokes" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Foreign Money In, Khordokovsky Still Out" - Nabi Abdullaev, "Moscow Times"

Of Interest
# "A Moldovan Fiasco" - Eastern Approaches blog, "The Economist"
# "The Russo-German Energy Pincer" - Alexandros Petersen, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Is Al Qaeda Still Relevant?" - Blake Hounshell, "Foreign Policy"
# "Breaking The Grip Of Turkey's Military" - Stephen Kinzer, "The Guardian"
# Mohamed ElBaradei renews his call for a boycott of elections and threatens street protests

U.S. Politics/Foregin Policy
# "Building On Faith" - Feisal Abdul Rauf, "The New York Times"
# "Foreign Policy" interviews Jared Cohen
# Hillary Clinton will deliver a "major" foreign policy speech today
# "Free Exercise Of Religion? No, Thanks" - Christopher Hitchens, "Slate"

From the Blogs
# "The 20th Century Roots Of 21st Century Statecraft" - Evgeny Morozov, "Foreign Policy"
# Michael Cohen thnks David Petraeus' comments on the Quran burning were out of line

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