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The Rundown - March 1

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

Middle East
# The U.S. is moving military assets around Libya
# France is actively aiding the Libyan opposition forces
# Madawi Al Rasheed on the possibility of revolution in Saudi Arabia
# Hosni Mubarak has been barred from leaving Egypt
# "Westerners, Be Careful The Company You Keep" - Anne Applebaum
# "Is There An Arab George Washington?" - Bret Stephens

# Iranian opposition leaders Mousavi and Karrubi have reportedly been arrested
# The "PBS Newshour" profiles VOA's "Parazit"
# Suzanne Maloney on the Iranian economy
# Iran is threatening a boycott of the 2012 Olympics over the logo

# "How The Taliban Lost Its Swagger" - Moreau & Yousafzai, "Newsweek"
# Duane Claridge's private intel network is aiding the FBI in Afghanistan

# "South Asia: On The High Ground" - Lamont, Bokhari, & Green, "Financial Times"
# Some Pakistani children are playing a game called "suicide bomber"
# "America Builds Pashtunistan" - Selig S. Harrison, "National Interest"

# "Putin's Kangaroo Courts" - Vladimir Ryzhkov, "Moscow Times"
# "The Independent" on a Moscow art collective that is making waves
# Nikolai Petrov on Moscow's policy in The North Caucasus
# The Russian military is planning a massive (and expensive) re-armament venture
# Russian police can legally shut down web sites

# A British man was sentenced to 20 years in jail for two killings in Iraq
# "Up In Arms" - Alice Fordham, "Foreign Policy"

Of Interest
# Belarus may have sent attack helicopters to Laurent Gbagbo supporters in Ivory Coast

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Esquire" publishes emails from Donald Rumsfeld to Condoleeza Rice
# Matt Armstrong on the wrongs of the "Rolling Stone" psyops article
# Les Gelb heard Robert Gates say the war in Afghanistan makes no sense

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