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The Rundown - May 31

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Sunday Talk Show Round-up
# The analysis of Shields and Brooks
# Fareed Zakaria interviews Bill Gates
# Colin Powell was on "This Week"

# "Don't Listen to Experts on Afghanistan" - Masood Aziz, "Daily Beast"
# "Taliban in Turmoil" - Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai, "Time"
# "The New York Times" reports on NATO's hopes for the Afghan peace jirga

# Mosques of religious minorites were attacked over the weekend in Pakistan
# "The Darkest Side of Censorship" - Sascha Akhtar, "The Express Tribune"
# Pakistan will allow access to Facebook
# "Dealing with Pakistan" - Editorial, "International Herald Tribune"

# "A Dangerous Place to Defend Human Rights" - Havel, Tutu, and others, "Moscow Times"
# "The Kremlin's Chechen Dragon" - Amy Knight, "New York Review of Books"

# New documents outline U.S. overatures to Iran in the '90s
# Iran's anti-vice campaign will be harsher than ever this Summer

# The PKK will abandon any peace efforts with Turkey
# "Iraq's Year of Transition" - Qubad Talabani, "Foreign Policy"

Of Interest
Mikhail Sakaashvili's party fared well in municipal elections in Georgia
# "The Balkans Deserve This" - Clinton, Ashton & Moratinos, "The Guardian"
# London's newspapers are moving their online content behind a paywall

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Obama's Foreign Policy is Tough Enough" - Fareed Zakaria, "Newsweek"
# "Drone Wars" - C. Christine Fair, "Foreign Policy"
# Jackson Diehl thinks Obama's national security strategy is light on human rights

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