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The Rundown - May 7

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region


# "Postcard from Tehran" - Hooman Majd, "Foreign Policy"
# Joseph Cirincione on Iran's waning influence at the NPT conference
# Iran's FM invited the UN Security Council to dinner
# The head of the IAEA asserts the right to scrutinize Iran

# "Terrorists Overshadow the Real Pakistan" - Mustafa Qadri, "The Guardian"
# The "LA Times" reports on increased drone strikes
# "Pakistan is Fighting Terror" - Mosharraf Zaidi, "The Wall Street Journal"

# Simon Tisdall on a proxy war between India and Pakistan in Afghanistan
# John Avlon profiles the "Long War Journal"

# Ramzan Kadyrov does not own a car and lives in a small apartment
# A U.S. Congressman wantes to revoke visas for Russians involved in Sergei Magnitsky's death
# Active duty U.S. troops will march in Russia's Victory Day parade

Of Interest
# "Who Killed Newsweek?" - Rebecca Dana, "Daily Beast"
# "Why Did Pope Pius XII Keep Quiet About the Holocaust?" - Hubert Wolf, "Foreign Policy"
# James Kirchick on Libya's seat on the UN Human Rights Council

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy

# "Too Much Mr. Nice Guy" - R. James Woolsey, "International Herald Tribune"
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Max Fisher thinks stupid terrorists are harder to catch

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