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The Rundown - March 25

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

The Taliban has promoted a former Gitmo detainee
# Tome Ricks on Afghan Taliban arrests in Pakistan
# A former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for mismanagement

"Pakistan, Rebranded" - I. Ahmed & K. Kommiredi, "The Boston Globe"
# Pakistan will help Afghan refugees return to their country
# The U.S. says India and Pakistan must work out their differences themselves

A former CIA agent on Iran's nuclear program
# Iran is reportedly "hoarding" gasoline out of fear of sanctions
# China and Russia "pressured" Iran to accept a nuclear deal

"Russia: Strife on the Edge" - Charles Clover, "Financial Times"
# Ikea's ex-chief in Russia pens a book about doing business there
# "Youtube Campaign Smears Russian Liberals" - Miriam Elder, "GlobalPost"

Of Interest
Joseph Nye thinks China is wrong about American decline
# "The Dark Side of China Aid" - C. Walker & S. Cook, "IHT"
# "How Cell Phones Change Lives" - Cherie Blair, "The Daily Beast"
# "Europe's Nuclear Disarmament Delusion" - Michael Anton, "The Wall Street Journal"

Google in China
Timothy Garton Ash on being able to choose a search engine
# "Net Diplomacy" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# "What the President Can Learn From Google" - John Bolton, "The Wall Street Journal"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Liberalism and the American Exception" - Damon Linker, "The New Republic"
# David Ignatius on information wars
# A brief history of vulgar language in U.S. politics
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Embassy Row from "The Washington Times"

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