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The Rundown - September 15

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

# Pervez Musharraf will launch a new political party on October 1
# "Pakistan's Sectarian Dilemma" - Ammar Zarafullah, "Express Tribune"
# Drone strikes kill at least 30 people in Northwest Pakistan

# The U.S. is weighing how to involve Hamid Karzai in an anti-corruption drive

# Yulia Latynina on media and the Internet in Russia
# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on Microsoft's offer to Russian NGOs
# "Microsoft And Russia" - Editorial, "International Herald Tribune"
# The Secretaries of Defense of the U.S. and Russia will meet today
# Rights groups are being srcutinized ahead of October elections
# "Can Russia Be Great?" - Joseph Nye, "Moscow Times"

# Barbara Slavin has some tips for interviewing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
# The "Christian Science Monitor" report on the release of Sarah Shourd

Of Interest
# "Basel: The Mouse That Did Not Roar" - Martin Wolf, "Financial Times"
# "Democracies Of The World Unite" - Jeremy Kinsman, "International Herald Tribune"
# Ukraine says a former interior minister ordered the murder of Georgiy Gongadze
# The EU has condemned France's deportation of Roma
# The lockdown continues in Indian Kashmir

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Coverage of last night's primary elections
# "Ratify The New START Treaty" - Editorial, "International Herald Tribune"
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"

From The Blogs
# Stephen Walt defends the Afghanistan Study Group report
# "World Politics Review" on BP and drilling in the Mediterranean
# "Babbage (The Economist)" on Google Maps

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