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The Rundown - March 31

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

Middle East

# CIA agents are on the ground in Libya
# Libya's foreign minister has fled to London
# "The Daily Beast" reports on al Qaeda in Libya
# Egypt will hold presidential elections "by November"

# "A Dangerous Country For Journalists" - Zohra Yusuf, "Express Tribune"
# The JUI-F party blamed the CIA for a suicide attack in NW Pakistan
# "Ignoring Baluchistan" - Ahmad Rafay Alam, "Foreign Policy"

# "Losing The Propaganda War" - Jean MacKenzie, "Global Post"
# "Kill Teams In Afghanistan: The Truth" - Malalai Joya, "The Guardian"
# "The New York Times" reports on strains within the Afghan Taliban

# A photo gallery from Gorbchev's 80th birthday party
# Julia Ioffe profiles Alexey Navalny for "The New Yorker" ($)
# "Putin Bets On Pragmatism" - Roland Nash, "Moscow Times"
# The daughter of a LUKOil executive has gone missing

# Authorities arrested Shahram Amiri and are questioning him for treason
# Will Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei be Iran's next president
# "The New York Times" on the Tehran art scene

Of Interest
# "Armenia And Azerbaijan Are At It Again" - Thomas de Waal, "National Interest"
# Timothy Garton Ash on the future of government leaks
# "Foreign Policy" interviews Mikheil Sakaashvili

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Interests Vs. Values" - Anne-Marie Slaughter, "NY Review of Books"
# "Politico" reports that a budget deal is close
# George Packer will write a book on Richard Holbrooke

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