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The Rundown - November 19

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Pasthoon Atif says Afghans want Karzai to be held accountable
# Spencer Ackerman on the logistics of the (potential) surge
# The new Obama strategy will probably come next week
# Afghanistan's Attorney General is rolling out corruption charges
# Hillary Clinton is in Afghanistan
# The "NYT" ed board on the task ahead in Afghanistan

Fyodor Lukyanov on Gorbachev's Wilsonian credentials
# The "WSJ" ed board on the death of Sergei Magnitsky
# The "FT" ed board on Russia in the WTO

Mark Bowden on how the 1979 revolution was hijacked
# Obama set out a new line on Iran's nuke program

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Timothy Garton Ash on Obama's Asia trip
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Embassy Row - the "Washington Times"

Of Interest
# Louise Arbour on Kosovo's continuing divide
# Michael Bociurkiw on Ukrainian swine flu politics
# Kishore Mahbubani on U.S. involvement in the Islamic world

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