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The Rundown - April 21

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

# Talks with the Taliban have been delayed

# "Why Iran Won't Attack Israel" - Yousef Munayyer, "LA Times"
# 41 foreign companies are active in Iran's energy sector
# "The New York Times" editorializes on 3 American hikers being held in Iran

# "Russia May Regret Kyrgyzstan Coup" - Simon Tisdall, "The Guardian"
# Russian drivers are protesting "official" blue lights on VIP cars
# Ramzan Kadyrov is accused of three murders

# Pakistan is reportedly jailing thousands of people indefinitely

# "The Washington Post" editorializes on progress in Iraq
# "Time" reports on possible violence in Iraq

Broadcast Region
# "Missiles Over Tskhinvali" - Thomas de Waal, "National Interest"
# "Croatia's Fragile Progressive Voice" - Heather McRobie, "The Guardian"
# Ukraine will get cheaper gas in exchange for extending Russia's Black Sea lease

Of Interest
# "NATO's Common European Roof" - Anders Fogh Rasmussen, "Moscow Times"
# Steve LeVine on Matt Bryza as American Ambassador to Azerbaijan
# "Can You Teach Democracy?" - Ben Bland, "The Diplomat"
# Turkish politicians have been punching each other in the face
# The creators of "South Park" have been threatened by an Islamist group

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Obama Needs To Reset His Foreign Policy Machine" - Zachary Karabell, "Foreign Policy"
# Richard Clarke on U.S. readiness for a cyber attack for "Time"
# American voters are not thinking about foreign affairs

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