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The Rundown - October 4

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

Sunday Talk Shows
# A summary with quotes and transcripts
# Fareed Zakaria has Chinese Premier Wen Jibao
# "CNN State Of The Union" interviews Husain Haqqani
# "This Week" hosts a discussion: "Should Americans Fear Islam?"

# RFE interviews Pervez Musharraf
# "A Long Road Ahead In Pakistan" - James Traub, "Foerign Policy"
# "Musharraf: In Search Of A Political Comeback?" - Omar Waraich, "Time"
# "The Continuous Struggle Along Pakistan's Frontier" - David Ignatius, "The Washington Post"

# "Newsweek" reports on militants in Afghanistan's northern border region
# "Slouching Towards 2011" - Anthony Cordesman, "Foreign Policy"

# "Medvedev Looks More Like The Next President" - Vladimir Frolov, "Moscow Times"
# Gay rights activists held a small - but sanctioned - rally in Moscow
# Austrian press reports that Yelena Baturina rented a house south of Vienna
# "Soviet Collapse Ruined The U.S." - Alexei Bayer, "Moscow Times"

# "Iran And The Power Of Small Acts Of Resistance" - Saeed Dehghan, "The Guardian"
# Iran says it has arrested "nuclear spies"
# Iranian officials have lifted a ban on film production by award-winning director Asghar Farhadi

# Iraq seems poised to have a government
# "The National" reports on Iranian influence in post-election Iraq

Of Interest
# "Rise Of The Online Autocrats" - Evgeny Morozov, "The Wall Street Journal"
# David Kay on the Stuxnet computer virus
# "Spiegel" looks at the negotiations for German re-unification 20 years on
# OP-ED CLASSIC: "Don't Reunify Germany" - Gunter Grass, "The New York Times" (1990)

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Behind Closed Doors" - Steve Coll, "The New Yorker"
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"

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