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The Rundown - April 30

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

# India and Pakistan agree to re-engage diplomatically
# The "Christian Science Monitor" on the renaming of the Northwest Frontier Province
# "Who Killed Benazir Bhutto" - Cyril Almeida, "Dawn"

# Sanjar Qiam does not think the Taliban are rational actors
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on anti-corruption measures in Afghanistan

# Abbas Milani wonders if Ahmadinejad has successfully crushed the Green Movement
# Mir Hussein Mousavi made a video appeal to teachers and workers
# Patrick Barry thinks Iran's biggest vulnerability is itself

# "The New York Times" reports on Russia's slow reaction to corruption cases
# "Fighting Over Moscow's Embrace" - Freidbert Pflüger, "International Herald Tribune"
# "The Danger of Nuclear Disarmament" - Sergei Karaganov, "Moscow Times"
# Miriam Elder on the Russia-Ukraine Black Sea deal

# "The U.S. Must Defend the Integrity of Iraq's Elections" - Fred & Kimberly Kagan, "The Washington Post"
# "Still Mired in Hussein's Legacy" - Editorial, "Boston Globe"

# "Why Bosnia Needs NATO (Again)" - Wesley Clark & Louise Arbour, "Foreign Policy"
# "Bosnia's Summer of Discontent" - Ian Bancroft, "The Guardian"

Of Interest
# "Repressing the Media" - Christopher Walker, "Miami Herald"
# Belgium has banned the full veil
# Human Rights Watch has an internal struggle over how it reports on Israel
# Mohammed ElBaradei says democracy is a priority for Egypt
# "Censorship is in the Ascendant" - Terence Blacker, "The Independent"
# "The Crisis Will Spread Without a Plan B" - Nouriel Roubini, "Financial Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The State Department will leave The Caucasus Emirate off its terrorist list
# "Washington Hypes Cyberattack Threat" - Brito & Watkins, "Christian Science Monitor"
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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