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The Rundown - February 22

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Middle East Protests

# "The National" reports on events in Libya
# Some Libyan diplomats have sworn off the regime
# "Lords Of The Realm" - Christopher Davidson, "Foreign Policy"
# "Inside The Muslim Brotherhood" - C.M. Sennott, "Global Post"
# "From Tahrir Square To Red Square" - Mark N. Katz, "National Interest"

# Russia's energy minister urges that the BP-Rosneft deal go through
# "The Great Dacha Wars" - Alexei Pankin, "Moscow Times"
# William Dunkerly on new and traditional media in Russia
# Chechnya and Brazil will play a soccer friendly, with Ramzan Kadyrov as captain

# Omar Waraich on the possibility of an Egypt-style revolt in Pakistan
# Raymond Davis was working with the CIA
# "Pakistan's Shrinking Gas Reserves" - Saad Hasan, "Newsline"
# "The Imran Khan Factor" - Saleem H Ali, "Express Tribune"

# "It Takes A Network" - Stanley McChrystal, "Foreign Policy"
# C.J. Chivers reports from Ghazni Province
# "How Obama Lost Karzai" - Ahmed Rashid, "Foreign Policy"
# "The New York Times" reports on rifts in the Taliban leadership
# German troops are questioning training methods in Afghanistan

# The German government is defending its handling of the release of journalists from Iran
# Iran's opposition is mulling more protests this week

# Large protests are being planned for Friday across Iraq
# The parliament has suspended operations because of protests
# "The National" reports on doctors being charged "blood fees'' in Iraq

Of Interest
# "The Twittering Crowds" - Amy Davidson, "The New Yorker"
# "European Free Speech Under Attack" - Geert Wilders, "The Wall Street Journal"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Real Conservatives Don't Cut Foreign Aid" - Thomas Carothers, "The New Republic"
# "The Tea Party And U.S. Foreign Policy" - Walter Russell Mead, "The New York Times"
# "Obama Bows To Chinese Dictators" - Blanquita Cullum, "Washington Times"

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