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The Rundown - May 13

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Hamid Karzai in Washington
# "Inside the Karzai Visit" - Josh Rogin, "Foreign Policy"
# "Mr. Obama and Mr. Karzai, Take Two" - Editorial, "The New York Times"
# "Karzai Bests Obama, For Now" - Les Gelb, "The Daily Beast"
# The State Department is pleased with the Karzai visit

# "The New York Times" reports on mistrust between Afghan and Western officials
# Nasir Shansab thinks Karzai should resign
# "Shura to Fail?" - Ann Marlowe, "The New Republic"

# Maziar Bahari on being sentenced to 13 years in jail and 74 lashes in absentia
# Roxana Saberi on human rights in Iran

# People talk terrorism on the streets of Karachi

# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on the re-arming of the Sadr militias
# "How to Get the Endgame Right" - Bradford Higgins, "Christian Science Monitor"
# "A Touch of Hollywood in Baghdad" - Alice Fordham, "GlobalPost"

# A leaked document calls for a friendler foreign policy from the Kremlin
# Russia and the U.S. disagree on Moscow's arms sales to Iran
# Russia and Turkey sign a series of trade and energy deals

Of Interest
# "The Rights Stuff" - James Traub, "Foreign Policy"
# "Uzbekistan's Aids Shame" - Paul Canning, "The Guardian"
# Sophie Richardson wonders if it's worth talking to China about human rights

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Case for the New START Treaty" - Robert Gates, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "What's Happening to Faisal Shahzad?" - Perino & Burck, "The Wall Street Journal"

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