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The Rundown - September 30

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# Pervez Musharraf warns of a military coup in Pakistan
# "For Musharraf's Facebook Fans" - Ayesha Siddiqua, "Express Tribune"
# A former director of the ISI discusses the war against the Taliban

# "Inside A Crazy Strategy For Afghanistan" - Thomas Ruttig, "Foreign Policy"
# "In Afghanistan, Pipe Dreams Of Peace" - Jean MacKenzie, "Global Post"
# Anthony Cordesman issues a new report on Afghanistan

# "The Washington Post" reports on the effects of sanctions on Iran's currency markets
# The U.S. has sanctioned eight members of the Iranian regime
# "Iran's European Helpers" - Dubowitz & Weinthal, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Ahmadinejad Returns To Chaos" - Reza Aslan, "The Daily Beast"
# "The Heavy Price Of Blogging In Iran" - Brian Whitaker, "The Guardian"
# Iran announces new delays at the Bushehr nuclear facility

# "Russian Audience Indifferent To Heavyweight Match In Moscow" - Nina Krushcheva, "The National"
# "Yuri Luzhkov Gets Stung By Medvedev" - Jacob Heilbrunn, "National Interest"
# Stephen Sestanovich thinks Luzhkov's sacking could make Russia more democratic
# "Yuri Luzhkov: Last Of Russia's Rebels?" - Alexey Kovalev, "The Guardian"

# "The National" reports on the sons of members of al-Qaeda in Iraq
# Attacks in Baghdad's Green Zone are on the rise

Of Interest
# "Ukraine: Where HIV Runs Rampant" - David Stern, "Global Post"
# "Room For Debate (NYT)" asks: "Can Twitter Lead People To The Streets?"
# "Facebook And Freedom" - DIA, "The Economist"
# "USA Today" interviews Israel's Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Leon Panetta is in Pakistan
# "Shady Secrets" - Editorial, "The New York Times"

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