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The Rundown - March 8

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

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The New York Times" eulogizes Mihajlo Mihajlov
"Enduring America" links to Abbas Djavadi's op-ed on Iran

Int'l Press Review

Sunday Talk Show Round-up
Fareed Zakaria sits down with General David Petraeus and Ayad Allawi (transcript only)
# "Face the Nation" has Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
# The analysis of Shields and Gerson

Hussein Abdul-Hussain on Iraq's elections
# "Is Iraq the Next Iran?" - Matthew Frankel, "The Daily Beast"
# Robert Fisk on Iraqi democracy

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in Kabul today
# There was heavy fighting in Baghlan Province
# Richard Weitz on NATO's role in Afghanistan

A "senior al-Qaeda official" has been arrested in Karachi
# Pinkaj Mishra thinks Kashmir is the world's most dangerous place
# "The Way Forward in FATA" - Ayaz Wazir, "The News International (Pakistan)"

"The New York Times" reports on 74 companies that do business in the U.S. and Iran
# Abbas Milani on Mousavi as an Iranian Nelson Mandela
# David Ignatius discusses sanctioning Iran
# "The Wall Street Journal" editorializes on Iran's bid to join the UN Human Rights Council

Lyudmila Alexeyeva personally invited the police to a protest
# Russian pilots are being kicked out of Iran
# Simon Shuster thinks the anti-Putin movement is gaining momentum

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Jackson Diehl on Obama's relationships with foreign leaders
# "Obama's Middle East Democracy Problem" - Barbara Slavin, "Foreign Policy"
# "Would Reagan Vote for Sarah Palin?" - Steven Hayward, "The Washington Post"
# The "Financial Times" and "AFP" report on the lives of U.S. diplomats in Afghanistan
# "The NEw York Times" reports on America's internet exports
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# "Slate" has guide on corporate use of Twitter

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