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The Rundown - May 11

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

# "The National" reports from Kandahar as a large offensive looms
# "The Daily Beast" interviews Ahmed Wali Karzai
# Valerie Hudson and Patricia Leidl on women in Afghanistan
# "Obama's Mixed Message to Karzai" - David McKean, "Boston Globe"
# Gerard Russell thinks Hamid Karzai should take notes from Nuri al-Maliki
# "U.S. Lost in Afghanistan Vote" - Peter Galbraith, "LA Times"


# "Pakistan: Nursery of Modern Jihad?" - Editorial, "Dawn"
# Cyril Almeida looks at drone strikes in Pakistan
# "New Talks, Old Fears" - Maleeha Lodhi, "News International"

# At least 100 people died in violence in Iraq yesterday
# "Ruling Baghdad" - Joost Hiltermann, "National Interest"
# "Iran Could be the Winner in Iraq's Election" - Simon Tisdall, "The Guardian"

# "Stalin's Ghost" - Thomas Sherlock, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Mr. Medvedev's Choice" - Vladimir Kara-Murza, "World Affairs Journal"
# "Russia Modernizes - The Old-Fashioned Way" - Christian Caryl, "Foreign Policy"
# Russia turned over files on the Katyn massacre to Polish officials

# Iran will allow the mothers of three detained hikers to visit their children

Of Interest

# Julia Ioffe on the inventor of Chat Roulette
# "The Next Round of the Great Game" - Richard Lourie, "Moscow Times"
# "Battling the Cyber War Mongers" - Evgeny Morozov, "The Wall Street Journal"
# A mass grave of an estimated 250 Albanians was discovered in Serbia
# Matthew Collin on religion in Georgia

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