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The Rundown - August 5

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media

# "The Lede (NYT)" quotes Golnaz Esfandiari's reporting on Iran
# "The Examiner" cites RFE/RL reporting on floods in Pakistan

International Press Review

# "Iran's 7th Century Justice" - Shirin Ebadi, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The Widening Rift Among Iran's Clerics" - Abdo & Aramesh, "IHT"
# David Ignatius on U.S.-Iran engagement
# "The Washington Post" editorializes on sanctioning Iran


# Dmitry Medvedev fired 5 army officials as fires continue to rage in Russia
# "Putin's Desperate Crackdown" - Vladimir Kura-Murza, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "That 70's Show in Russia" - Tsyvinski & Guriev, "Moscow Times"

# "Zardari's Katrina" - Fatima Bhutto, "Foreign Policy"
# The U.S. government pledges sustained flood aid to Pakistan
# "Karachi Demands a Solution" - Amir Zia, "News International"
# "Pakistan's Corrosive Inequality" - Mustafa Qadri, "The Guardian"
# "Everyday Intolerance" - Rafia Zakaria, "Dawn"

# "Afghan Endgame Needs More than Pakistan" - Michael Young, "The National"
# A recent "Time" cover sparks debate about women in Afghanistan

# "Wikileaks Takes a Breather" - Mark Hosenball, "Newsweek"
# "The Art of Printing Secrets" - Jack Shafer, "Slate"

Blackberry Ban
# The "Financial Times" reports on Saudi Arabia's BlackBerry ban

Of Interest
# The 2010 Zogby Arab public opinion poll is released today
# "Alexander Lukashenko Has No Friends (Who Matter)" - Ian Bremmer, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Quran on Women's Public Conduct" - Riffat Hassan, "Express Tribune"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Laura Rozen on the U.S. government's democracy bureaucracy

On the Blogs
# Andrew Bacevich wants a war tax in the U.S.
# "Sublime Oblivion" on Russia's hierarchy of leadership
# Andrew Sullivan on the national security appartus in the U.S.