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The Rundown - February 2

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

# "Egypt’s Bumbling Brotherhood" - Scott Atran, "The New York Times"
# "The Al Jazeera Revolution" - Lawrence Pintak, "Foreign Policy"
# "Egypt And Indonesia" - Thomas Carothers, "The New Republic"
# "Obama's 1979" - Victor Davis Hanson, "National Review"
# "The Washington Post" reports on Facebook in Egypt
# The Mubarak family may have as much as $70 billion stored away

# "For BP, Hope Dies Last In Russia" - Steve LeVine, "Foreign Policy"
# "Kremlin's Useful Terrorists" - Yelena Milashina, "Moscow Times"
# Simon Shuster on how Russia's opposition is watching Egypt
# The U.S. and Russia are in the midst of a full-blown art dispute
# "The Washington Post" on a dissident theater troop in Russia's far East

# "Global Post" interviews General David Petraeus
# "King David's War" - Michael Hastings, "Rolling Stone"
# "The Great Afghan Bank Heist" - Dexter Filkins, "New Yorker"

# "Tribal Area Priorities" - I.A Rehman, "Dawn"
# "Talking About A Revolution" - Sami Shah, "Express Tribune"

Of Interest
# Belarusian opposition groups will get $120 million in foreign aid
# "The Reality Of Virtual Power" - Joseph S. Nye, "Project Syndicate"
# A Norwegian politician nominated Wikileaks for the Nobel Peace Prize

# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on political tensions in Tunisia
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on free speech in Tunisia

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. point man in Egypt, Frank Wisner, abrubtly returned to Washington
# "Foreign Policy" on the U.S. Senate's reaction to events in Egypt
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"

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