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The Rundown -- October 1

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# Read Antoine Blua in "The Atlantic" on the donkey ambulance for Afghan women in labor
Middle East
# "Israel's Casandra Moment" - David Harris "Haaretz"
# "The Syria Resolution is as Good as it Gets" - Julia Ioffe, "The New Republic"
# Duke Ellington's Middle East tour 50 years ago
# "A World Where No One Listens to America" - Dilip Hiro, Real Clear World
# Vast majority of Americans support diplomacy with Iran
# Iran to study resuming U.S. flights
# Could appointment of Arab to Iran National Security Council signal effort at outreach to Gulf countries?
# American University of Afghanistan faces uncertain future
# Pakistan condemns drone strike in North Waziristan
# "Nixon and Kissinger's Forgotten Shame" - Gary J. Bass, "New York Times"
# Few safe places in Iraq these days
# Attacks in Iraq "are helping Assad"
# Dutch journalist covering Sochi refused Russian visa
# "Former Soviet States Stand Up to Russia. Will the US?" - Carl Gershman, "Washington Post"
# "Russia Seeks to Fill Vacuum in the Middle East" - Liz Sly, "Washington Post"
Central Asia
# Seeking to overcome western boycott, China agrees to export 300,000 tons of cotton to China
# Bosnian monument unveiled in St. Louis
# Bosnian Muslims worry about Census confusion
Of Interest
# Can "Guardian" take its aggressive investigations global?