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The Rundown - February 12

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
"The Atlantic," the "Wall Street Journal" here and here, the "New York Times," "the "LA Times," CPJ, "Democracy Digest," "," "Real Clear World," the Council on Foreign Relations," quote RFE/RL reporting on yesterday's protests in Iran

Int'l Press Review

A summary of protests and rallies in Iran
# the "Christian Science Monitor" editorializes on the Green Movement
# Gerald Seib discusses yesterday's events in Iran
# Richard Haass on people power in Iran
# Jamsheed Choksy on Ahmadinejad's bucking the religious establishment
# Azadeh Moaveni on the Green Movement's enemies
# Jahangir Amuzegar on Iran's economy
# Bill Kristol wants to see regime change in Iran
# John Bolton on the prospects of a military strike on Iran
# "Reuters" explains internet control in Iran
# Dan Drezner ponders the strength of the regime in Iran
# Josh Rogin reports on the Munich Security Conference

Joshua Foust on the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan
# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on Taliban reconciliation
# The "Wall Street Journal" reports on the new offensive in Southern Afghanistan
# "The New York Times" reports on tribal outreach in Afghanistan
# Johann Hari discusses U.S. prisons in Afghanistan

Ayaz Amir discusses Pakistan's middle class
# Cyril Almeida on the Pakistani military's political clout
# Mustafa Qadri on sectarianism in Pakistan

Marc Lynch worries about the state of Iraqi politics

Peter Rutland assesses U.S.-Russia relations
# Dmitry Medvedev wants more privatization in Russia

Of Interest
Misha Glenny sees Bulgakov's "The White Guard"
# The "Boston Globe" eulogizes Charlie Wilson; as does Dan Rather
# Renee Loth discusses investigative journalism