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The Rundown - February 12

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

A summary of protests and rallies in Iran
# the "Christian Science Monitor" editorializes on the Green Movement
# Gerald Seib discusses yesterday's events in Iran
# Richard Haass on people power in Iran
# Jamsheed Choksy on Ahmadinejad's bucking the religious establishment
# Azadeh Moaveni on the Green Movement's enemies
# Jahangir Amuzegar on Iran's economy
# Bill Kristol wants to see regime change in Iran
# John Bolton on the prospects of a military strike on Iran
# "Reuters" explains internet control in Iran
# Dan Drezner ponders the strength of the regime in Iran
# Josh Rogin reports on the Munich Security Conference

Joshua Foust on the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan
# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on Taliban reconciliation
# The "Wall Street Journal" reports on the new offensive in Southern Afghanistan
# "The New York Times" reports on tribal outreach in Afghanistan
# Johann Hari discusses U.S. prisons in Afghanistan

Ayaz Amir discusses Pakistan's middle class
# Cyril Almeida on the Pakistani military's political clout
# Mustafa Qadri on sectarianism in Pakistan

Marc Lynch worries about the state of Iraqi politics

Peter Rutland assesses U.S.-Russia relations
# Dmitry Medvedev wants more privatization in Russia

Of Interest
Misha Glenny sees Bulgakov's "The White Guard"
# The "Boston Globe" eulogizes Charlie Wilson; as does Dan Rather
# Renee Loth discusses investigative journalism

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