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The Rundown - March 10

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

The "PBS Newshour" interviews General Ray Odierno
# Thomas Friedman assesses post-election Iraq
# "The Washington Post" reports on questions surrounding the poll's legitimacy
# "Al-Maliki vs. Allawi" - Michael Crowley, "The New Republic"
# Jeff Jacoby credits George W. Bush for a democratic Iraq

Mir Jamilur Rahman on the power of radio in Pakistan
#"The New York Times" reports on Pakistani politicians who declined to go to the U.S. because of airport security measures
# "The Dutch Retreat" - Ian Buruma, "Globe & Mail"

Abbas Milani remembers Grand Ayatollah Ali Montezari for "Foreign Policy"
# "The Washington Post" reports on Iran's censoring the internet
# Iran is trying to convince China not to support sanctions

Of Interest
The "AP" reports on forced sterilization in Uzbekistan
# "Putin's Judo Partners Have Grip on Gazprom" - The "Moscow Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Josh Rogin reports on the State Department's strategy review
# "U.S. Public Diplomacy's Flimsy New Framework" - Philip Seib, "The Huffington Post"
# Matt Armstrong on adversarial digital media
# "The U.S. in not at Cyberwar" - Tim Stevens, "The Guardian"
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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