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The Rundown - April 6

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Fred Weir on terrorism in Russia
# "Silent Minority Can Democratize Russia" - Vladimir Ryzhkov, "Moscow Times"
# A photo essay on Chechnya
# "The Kremlin's Helplessness" - Matthias Schepp, "Der Spiegel"

Imtiaz Gul on the reasons for the Peshawar bombing
# "Pakistan: A Firmer Footing" - J. Lamont & F. Bokhari, "Financial Times"
# "Indo-Pak Ties A Lost Cause?" - Mustafa Qadri, "The Diplomat"
# "Blast Puts Zardari's Aim in Grim Context" - Omar Waraich, "The Independent"

"How to End the War in Afghanistan" - David Miliband, "New York Review of Books"
# "Stuck With Karzai" - Bruce Reidel, "The Daily Beast"
# "Has Karzai Gone Crazy?" - Fred Kaplan, "Slate"

"The Real Test Begins in Iraq" - David Lepeska, "The National"

"Iran Sanctions Yield Little" - Steve Stecklow, "The Wall Street Journal"

Of Interest
"Can CNN Be Saved?" - Ross Douthat, "The New York Times"
# "Cameron's Tories Point to Isolation" - Gideon Rachman
# Canadian researchers uncover a China-based online spy ring
# Ban Ki-Moon wants Uzbekistan to clean up its human rights record
# Anne Applebaum on the Katyn massacre in Poland

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Tom Ricks interviews General David Petraeus
# "Relax, We'll Be Fine" - David Brooks, "The New York Times"
# The Obama White House defends drone strikes
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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