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The Rundown - April 7

A comprehensive review of news and opinion on RFE/RL's broadcast region.

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

First Read
Richard Holbrooke may have clogged heart arteries, seeking treatment

"The Karzai Fiasco" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "How To Save Afghanistan From Karzai" - Bing West, "The New York Times"
# Peter Galbraith claims Karzai may have a drug problem

# "Reinventing the Taliban" - Rafia Zakaria, "Dawn"
# "U.S. - Pakistan Ties Are Looking Up" - Shamshad Ahmad, "News International"
# "The New York Times" reports on constitutional changes in Pakistan

"A Treaty With no Losers" - Vladimir Yevseyev, "Moscow Times"
# "Black Widows: Terrorism or Revenge?" - Simon Shuster, "Time"
# "Revenge Can't Conquer Russia's Insurgency" - Karasik & Sammut, "The National"
# "Putinism May Be Fading" - Andrei Piontkovsky, "Moscow Times"
# "Putin and Poland" - Editorial, "Times of London"

Al Qaeda may have been renting the rooms it blew up in Baghdad
# There are concerns of a return to civil war in Iraq

Viktor Yanukovich scraps the body responsible for Ukraine's NATO membership

Of Interest
Dan Bilefsky reports from Karlovy Vary on Czech-Russia relations
# The UK will hold elections on May 6
# China denies that it is responsible for a global internet spy ring
# Max Boot discusses suicide bombing
# Turkey's Ambassador returns to Washington

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
"A Comprehensive Nuclear Strategy" - Joe Biden, "LA Times"
# "The Cable" lists Obama's meetings with heads of state this week
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

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