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The Rundown - February 21

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

Middle East Protests
# "This Is Not A Facebook Revolution" - Jeffrey Ghannam, "The Washington Post"
# Moammar Gadhafi's son warns of a civil war in Libya as protests move to Tripoli
# Protests in Iran were stamped out by security forces
# In Bahrain, opposition groups are in talks with the government

# "Iran Is Different" - Hossein Askari, "National Interest"
# Iran is seeking to upgrade its nuclear infrastructure
# Neil Padukone on how India could bring Iran and the U.S. together

# "No More Western Hugs For Russia's Rulers" - Kasyanov, Milov, Nemtsov, And Ryzhkov
# "Blood Relations" - Tom Parfitt, "Foreign Policy"
# The "Moscow Times" editorializes on the Luke Harding affair
# Three Russian skiers were killed by militants in The Caucasus

# "U.S.-Taliban Talks" - Steve Coll, "The New Yorker"
# "Afghanistan's Imperial Presidency" - Jean MacKenzie, "Global Post"
# "The ‘Long War’ May Be Getting Shorter" - Fick & Nagl, "The New York Times"
# A NATO airstrike reportedly killed 65 civilians

# U.S. drone strikes are not killing high-value targets
# Drone strikes have been halted in recent days
# "Newsline" reports on female drug addicts in Pakistan's tribal regions

Sunday Talk Shows
# "This Week" interviews Hillary Clinton (full transcript)
# Fareed Zakaria interviews George Soros
# "Meet The Press" interviews Senators Durbin and Graham

Of Interest
# "Smart Dictators Don't Quash The Internet" - Evgeny Morozov, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Why The World's Youth Are In Revolt" - Martin Wolf, "Financial Times"
# "Reporting While Female" - Sabrina Tavernese, "The New York Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Slash And Burn" - James Traub, "Foreign Policy"
# "They're Doing It Without Us" - Andrew Bacevich, "LA Times"
# "A New Freedom Agenda" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"

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