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The Rundown - February 1

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# "Democracy Is Back -- How Awkward" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"
# "Tomorrow, To Tahrir Again" - Yasmine El Rashidi, "NY Review Of Books"
# "Spiegel" and "The New York Times" reports on the Egyptian opposition
# "Egypt's Big Internet Disconnect" - Andrew McLaughlin, "The Guardian"
# "Being Hosni Mubarak" - Bret Stephens, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Lessons On Egypt From Carter & The Shah" - Ronen Bergman, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Al Jazeera" still isn't available on TV in the U.S.
# How Google & Twitter teamed up to get Egyptians access to Twitter via landline phones

# Vladimir Ryzhkov on the protests in Egypt as viewed from Russia
# "Airport Bombing Serves As Wake-Up Call" - Nikolai Petrov, "Moscow Times"

# Pakistan will not hand over Raymond Davis to the U.S.
# The Pakistani Army will start pulling out of the Swat Valley
# "The State Of Our Media" - Rasul Bakhsh Rais, "Express Tribune"

# Housing prices in Kabul are pricing many Afghans out of the market
# "Global Post" on Afghans watching protests in Egypt
# Some Kabul bank employees have fled the country to avoid investigation

# A report warns that Stuxnet could cause a Chernobyl-like disaster

# "Time To Hit Lukashenko Where It Hurts" - Kramer & Forbrig, "Financial Times"
# The U.S. and EU have imposed new sanctions on the leadership of Belarus

Of Interest
# Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has called for early presidential elections
# "Hitler vs. Stalin: Who Was Worse?" - Timothy Snyder, "NY Review Of Books"
# Before Twitter revolutions, there was the UseNet Revolution

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The BBG successfully tested circumvention tools in China
# "Foreign Policy" reports on White House discussions on events in Egypt
# U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman has resigned, perhaps to run for president
# Joshua Keating lists America's most embarrassing allies

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