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The Rundown - July 21

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

# The "PBS Newshour" reports on the Afghan donor conference
# "'Hard is not Hopeless' in Afghanistan" - John Nagl, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Western Policy in Afghanistan is at a Crossroads" - Greg Mills, "Financial Times"
# "Petraeus's Baby" - Ahmed Rashid, "NY Review of Books"

# "Cutting Hillary Clinton Some Slack" - Mosharraf Zaidi, "News International"
# "Economics of Security in South Asia" - Michael O'Hanlon, "Politico"
# Bruce Reidel on Lashkar e Tayyiba and al-Qaeda in Pakistan

# Russia has launched a new social networking site for bureaucrats
# "The Return of Bulldozer Exhibits" - Vladimir Ryzhkov, "Moscow Times"
# The Other Russia opposition party published a manifesto in "Rossiiskaya Gazeta"

# Germany is investigating a bank suspected of aiding Iran

# "The National" editorializes on Muqtada al-Sadr's place in Iraqi politics

Of Interest
# The "Financial Times" looks at Turkey's shifting foreign policy
# The bodies of the Ceaucescus were exhumed in Romania
# Kosovo's ex-Prime Minister will be retried for war crimes
# "Kazakhstan's Oil Grab" - Steve LeVine, "Foreign Policy"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# James Steinberg is travelling to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
# "Tearing Down Firewalls" - Editorial, "The Washington Post"
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# "Don't Give the Press a Bailout" - Jeff Jacoby, "Boston Globe"