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The Rundown - May 5

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Times Square Bomb Attempt

# Josh Rogin: bomb attempt comes at "delicate time"
# Pakistan has arrested people in Karachi in connection with the bomb attempt
# "Why Pakistan Produces Jihadists" - Sadanand Dhume, "The Wall Street Journal"

# "North Waziristan: Terrorism's New Hub?" - Ahmed Rshid, "The Washington Post"
# Nicholas Schmidle on old and new school jihadists in Pakistan
# The U.S. Ambassador to India met with Pakistan's President and Foreign Minister


# "What Iran's Dictator Got Right" - Reza Aslan, "Daily Beast"
# "Obama's Nuclear Misstep in Iran" - Meir Javendafar, "The Guardian"
# Bronze statues in Tehran are being stolen

# "Toggling Between Fighting and Outreach" - C.J. Chivers, "The New York Times"
# "Land of 10,000 Wars" - Ganesh Sitaraman, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Is it Time to Talk to the Taliban?" - Jonathan Steele, "The Guardian"

# Putin and Kadyrov dispute their inclusion on the "Predators of the Press" list
# "A Nation Infected with Worms and Leeches" - Vladimir Ryzhkov, "Moscow Times"
# Only half of Russia's governors have made their finances public

Of Interest

# "Central Asia's Northern Exposure" - Kuchins & Sanderson, "International Herald Tribune"
# A rift over energy continues between Russia and Belarus
# Blocs of Shi'ite politicians have formed an alliance in Iraq
# Kyrgyzstan is investigating fuel sales to the U.S. military at the Manas base

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# James Traub on the Obama Administration's human rights agenda

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