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The Rundown - April 13

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

"Warnings of new Confrontation" - Simon Shuster, "Time"
# "China, Russia, U.S. Eye Bishkek" - Richard Weitz, "The Diplomat"
# "Manas Hysteria" - Alexander Cooley, "Foreign Policy"
# "Off Base" - Steve Kinzer, "Boston Globe"

A judge has been shot dead in Moscow
# Vladimir Putin made more money than Dmitry Medvedev last year
# Alexander Golts on the new START Treaty

Anna Badkhen starts a month-long Afghan travel diary for "Foreign Policy"
# "Gaps in Obama's Afghan Strategy" - Maleeha Lodhi, "News International"

"Bootlegging, Pakistan Style" - Adam Ellick, "The New York Times"
# Pakistan's PM says aid money "goes through" him
# How lawyers plan to defend 5 Americans accused of supporting terrorists

"What About Iran and North Korea?" - Paul Wolfowitz, "The Wall Street Journal"

Of Interest
"Another Tragedy in the Haunted Forest" - Anne Applebaum, "Slate"
# "The Fog Over Katyn Forest" - Bret Stephens, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Alec Ross thinks 2009 was the worst year ever for internet freedom
# Dubai convicts 2 in the killing of Sulim Yamadayev
# Edward Lucas on the resilience of Poland
# "U.S. & Israel: An Unsettled Alliance" - Dombey and Buck, "Financial Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Ray Odierno will be replaced in Iraq later in the Summer
# "Defending Drones" - Editorial, "The Washington Post"
# Embassy Row from "The Washington Times"

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