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The Rundown - February 15

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

Egypt & Beyond
# "CNN" chronicles protests across the Middle East and North Africa
# "The Road From Tahrir Square To Democracy" - Mohamed El-Erian
# "Europe’s Downpayment On Democracy" - Catherine Ashton, "Financial Times"
# "The Reality Of Revolution" - David Rieff, "The New Republic"
# "Understanding The Muslim Brotherhood" - Bret Stephens, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Reflections On The Revolution In Egypt" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"

# Protesters were met by a large security force presence across Iran yesterday
# Hillary Clinton pledged her support for protesters in Iran
# "Global Post" reports on possible EU action in response to executions in Iran
# Anonymous have launched DDoS attacks on Iranian government web sites

# Mumtaz Hussein Qadri pleaded guilty to the killing of Salman Taseer
# "The New Mohammedans" - Faisal Devji, "Current Intelligence"
# "Al Qaeda And Karachi" - Khaled Ahmed, "Express Tribune"
# "Pakistan's Undiplomatic Bungle" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The Cost Of Security" - Naseer Memon, "Dawn"

# Jean MacKenzie on Taliban attacks in Kabul
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on inflation and wages in Afghanistan
# "A Tahrir Effect In Kabul?" - Thomas Ruttig, "Foreign Policy"
# "Mubarak, Karzai, And America" - Dexter Filkins, "The New Yorker"

# A court aide says the Khodorkovsky verdict was decided "by a higher court"
# "We Are Not Safe Doing Business In Russia" - William Browder
# "An Imitation Government" - Nikolai Petrov, "Moscow Times"
# Russia has added a few more to its list of billionaires

International Broadcasting/Technology
# "America’s Voice May Need More Speech Therapy" - Trey Hicks, AEI
# Twitter has launched a translation center
# Facebook is keeping mum on its role in recent Arab revolutions

Of Interest
# "Foreign Policy" interviews Kostyantyn Gryshchenko
# A new book is being released on the Chilean miners who were trapped underground

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. will outline a new Internet freedom strategy
# "Foreign Policy" reports on the proposed State Department budget
# Marc Grossman will become the new U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

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