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The Rundown - February 24

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
Akbar Ayazi appears on "News Channel 8" to preview "Voices from Afghanistan"
# "The Daily Caller" reprints Ron Synovitz's piece on the Afghan election commission
# "RNW" covers RFE/RL's exhibit at the Library of Congress
# Paul Goble quotes RFE/RL's interview with Nikolay Mitrokhin

Int'l Press Review

Craig Nelson analyzes the death of Haji Zaman Ghamsharik
# The "Wall Street Journal" editorializes on Hamid Karzai's leadership
# An Afghan government administrator has arrived in Marjah
# "The New York Times" editorializes on Karzai's seizing of the electoral commission

A.Q. Khan thinks Pakistan needs to reclaim her sovereignty
# Zafar Hilaly on the high politics of Pakistan-U.S.-India relations in terms of Afghanistan
# Kamran Shafi on the strength of Pakistan's army in relation to that of Afghanistan

Saeed Kamali Dehghan on how riot police quelled student protests
# The EU is planning "massive" sanctions against Iran
# "Babylon & Beyond" looks at Ali Rafsanjani
# David Kay discusses the nuclear facility at Natanz

Nikolai Petrov thinks announced police reforms will be mostly cosmetic
# The lawyer who hired Sergei Magnitsky has fled Russia

Nir Rosen does not think Iraq is unraveling
# Emile Hokayem on Iraq's messy democracy
# Thomas Friedman on Iraq's tenuous politics
# Marc Lynch compiles recent Western commentary on Iraq
# Brian Katulis wonders where Iraq sits in U.S. grand strategy

Of Interest
Matthew Alexander on effectively interrogating suspected terrorists
# Andrew Bacevich thinks the U.S. should withdraw from NATO
# The "Christian Science Monitor" takes the long view on NATO
# Viktor Yanukovich will travel to Brussels before going to Moscow
# Reza Aslan thinks peace in the Middle East starts with Syria

U.S. Politics
Embassy Row from the "Washington Times"
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"