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The Rundown - November 23

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Sunday Morning Talk Shows
The Newshour has the analysis of Gerson and Shields
# Fareed Zakaria interviews Maziar Bahari
# "Meet the Press" discusses Afghanistan, health care, and the 9/11 trials
# "Face the Nation" has Chuck Shumer

David Ignatius on co-opting Afghan tribes
# Pakistan doesn't like the idea of surge in Afghanistan
# Robert Haddick sees a Pakistan-U.S. breakup looming
# Julian Glover says the West can't leave Afghans to the Taliban
# The history of corruption in Afghanistan
# E.J. Dionne on Plan C for Afghanistan

Maziar Bahari on being arrested in Iran; John Meacham weighs in
# Former VP Mohammad Ali Abtahi has been sentenced to 6 years in jail
# Iran's military launched air defense war games this weekend

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Lee Siegel calls Obama "the un-decider"
# Les Gelb thinks the Obama foreign policy team needs a shake-up
# Martin Jacques on America's waning global power
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Embassy Row - the "Washington Times"

EU Appointments
Tony Barber sees the EU sliding into geopolitical irrelevance
# The "WSJ" ed board thinks the EU could have done better
# The "FT" ed board is equally unimpressed

The Balkans
Peter Preston on the lure of the EU in the Balkans
# Nicole Itano on using DNA to identify genocide victims

Of Interest
The "Washington Post" ed board on Turkey's shaky democracy

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