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The Rundown - June 3

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

# "Too Early For an Afghan Amnesty?" - Ashley Jackson, "The Guardian"
# Gulbuddin Hekmatyar offers his own deal to the Karzai government
# "Is Afghanistan 'Medievil'?" - Thomas Barfield, "Foreign Policy"

# "It's Now or Never" - Kamran Shafi, "Dawn"
# "North Waziristan: Why Only the Military Option?" - Ayaz Wazir, "News International"
# "The New York Times" reports on the killing of over 80 Ahmadis in Lahore
# Pakistan PM Gilani is in Brussels
# "Speak Up!" - Sehar Tariq, "News International"

# "End Iran's Nuclear Charade"- Con Coughlin, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Tbilisi and Tehran" - Tsotne Bakuria, "National Interest"
# "Even Tyrants Relent Sometimes" - Roya Hakakian, "World Affairs Journal"

# "Protecting Free Enterprise" - Konstantin Sonin, "Moscow Times"
# Visa requirements to Europe are not likely to change soon

# A new UN report is highly critical of drone strikes
# "Drones Take Toll on Terrorists" - Editorial, "USA Today"

Of Interest
# "Kyrgyzstan's Deceptive Calm" - David Stern, "GlobalPost"
# A new film shows post-WWII killings of Germans by Czechoslovaks

U.S. Politics-Foreign Policy

# "Why Cairo Believes Obama's Democracy Support is Empty Words" - Sherif Mansour, "Huffington Post"
# "Introducing U.S. Cyber Command" - William Lynn, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "U.S. and the World: Mapped Out" - Rachman & Dombey, "Financial Times"

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