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The Rundown - June 9

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

First Read
# Christine Fair and Daniel Byman on the intelligence of would-be terrorists

# "Crazy Like a Fox" - Elizabeth Rubin, "Foreign Policy"
# "Who Will Replace Saleh and Atmar?" - Kate Clark, "Afghan Analysts Network"
# "The New York Times" reports on military operations in Kandahar

# "Pakistan's Mosques, Media, and Intolerance" - Editorial, "Dawn"
# Militants attack a NATO convoy in Rawalpindi
# "Why We Will Be OK" - Mosharaff Zaidi, "News International"

# The UN will vote on Iran sactions today
# Shirin Ebadi on the women of Iran's opposition movement
# Russian and Turkish leaders met with their Iranian counterparts
# "The Story is not Over in Iran" - Stephen Kinzer, "GlobalPost"
# The "Christian Science Monitor" on why Iran would want to escort a Gaza flotilla

# "The Red partisans" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# Russian prosecutors say Sergei Magnitsky was not sick while in jail
# "United Russia?" - Paul Saunders, "National Interest"
# Russia ranks near the bottom on the Global Peace Index

# "Iraqi Stalemate Stirs Militias" - Khalid al-Ansary & Uthman al-Mukhtar, "Current Intelligence"
# Iraq's new parliament will meet next week

Of Interest
# "Yanukovich's 100-Day Drift to Moscow" - Gongadze & Diuk, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Two Cheers for Multilateralism" - James Traub, "Foreign Policy"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The State Department's Worst Nightmare" - Philip Shenon, "The Daily Beast"
# "'Islamic Terrorism' and the Obama Administration" - Editorial, "LA Times"

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