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The Rundown - May 28

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# "Losing the Media War in Pakistan" - Video report, "The New York Times"
# India and Pakistan continue to trade barbs over water
# "Normality, Pakistan Style" - Cyril Almeida, "Dawn"
# "The Truth About Drone Strike Fatalities" - Farhat Taj, "The Express Tribune"

# There is still no confirmation of the death of Maulana Fazlullah ("Mullah Radio")
# "Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan" - Mohammad Qayoumi, "Foreign Policy"
# "Kandahar Through the Taliban's Eyes" - Greg Mills, "Foreign Policy"

# "Hell in the Islamic Republic" - Roger Cohen, "The New York Times"
# "Honoring Neda Soltan's Memory" Emanuele Ottolenghi, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on how the U.S. monitor's Iranian shipping

# A "reset delegation" visits a Russian prison
# Ella Peneyekh on the "Blue Bucket Brigades"
# "The Russian Nuclear Button" - David Hoffman, "Foreign Policy"

Of Interest
# A restaurant owner from New Jersey has been a go-between for the U.S. and North Korea
# "The National" reports from the Al-Jazeera Forum
# "The Balance of Freedom" - Inayat Bunglawala, "The Guardian"
# "A Rogue's Gallery at the UN" - Editorial, "Boston Globe"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Walter Rodgers calls Hillary Clinton the "MVP of Obama's security team"
# A UN official will ask the U.S. to end drone strikes
# "How to Handle North Korea" - Richard Haass, "The Wall Street Journal"
# The new U.S. National Security Strategy

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