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The Rundown - March 17

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Middle East

# Strikes closed plants in Oman
# "If Libya's Gaddafi's Hangs On..." - Jamsheed Choksy, "RFE/RL"
# "Bahrain's Kleptocracy In The Crosshairs" - Simon Henderson, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Libya Should Be Europe's Problem" - Leon Hadar, "Christian Science Monitor"
# "Bahrain Pulls A Gaddafi" - Nicholas Kristof, "The New York Times"
# "The Collapse Of Internationalism" - Dan Henninger, "The Wall Street Journal"

# Raymond Davis has been released
# The Pakistani government remained silent on the case
# Omar Waraich on how Davis was "saved" by Shari'a Law

# Anna Badkhen on women's shelters in Afghanistan
# "The Taliban Network" - Bashir Ahmad Gwakh, "RFE/RL"
# Fred Kaplan on General David Petraeus's congressional testimony
# "Pressure is mounting" for peace talks in Afghanistan

# "Gorbachev The Traitor" - Boris Kagarlitsky, "Moscow Times"
# Turkey will go ahead with plans for a Russian-built nuclear plant

# Iranians will be allowed to guard Shi'ite pilgrims in Iraq
# Michael Young on how U.S. intervention in Iraq informs decisions on Libya

Of Interest
# "Time To Rethink The BBG" - Helle Dale, Heritage Foundation
# According to Wikileaks, the IAEA warned Japan about potential earthquake damage
# According to the Belarussian opposition group Charter 97, Ales Mikhalevich is in Prague
# The Pew Institute released its report on the U.S. media
# Spam emails should decline as the Rustock bot has been shut down

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Hillary Clinton says she does not want to run for President
# "Neoconservatism Unmasked" - C. Bradley Thompson, CATO Institute
# "Inside Obama's Not-At-War Room" - Robert Shrimsley, "Financial Times"

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