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The Rundown - August 16

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media

# PJ O'Rourke discusses RFE/RL's mission for "World Affairs Journal"

International Press Review

Sunday Talk Show Round-Up
# A summary with key quotes
# "Meet The Press" interviews General David Petraeus
# "State of the Union" discusses the proposed Islamic center at Ground Zero
# The analysis of Shields and Gerson

# "Drowning Today, Parched Tomorrow" - Steven Solomon, "The New York Times"
# "Economic Collapse" - Cyril Almeida, "Dawn"
# "Cursed By The Bhutto's" - Peter Preston, "The Guardian"
# "Engagement With Iran" - Huma Yusuf, "Dawn"

# "How Not To Win Hearts and Minds" - Bill Easterly, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "If We Betray Afghan Women, We Have Lost" - Editorial, "The Observer"
# Tom Malinowski on negotiating with the Taliban and women's rights

# "Putin's Vertical Power Disaster" - Georgy Bovt, "Moscow Times"
# Lilia Shvetsova and David Kramer on the politics of the fires in Russia
# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on Russia-Iran relations
# "Why Governors Shouldn't Be Appointed" - Yevgenia Albats, "The Moscow Times"
# Noize MC has a new song calling Russia a "police state"

# "Iraqis Have Come Too Far Too Fail" - Editorial, "The National"
# "Western Clocks, but On Midlle Eastern Time" - Anthony Shadid, "The New York Times"

# "A Shift in Arab Opinion of Iran" - Shibley Telhami, "LA Times"
# "Iran's Deceptions at Sea Must Be Punished" - Stuart Levey, "Financial Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Foreign Policy" interviews Defense Secretary Robert Gates
# "The Georgia Syndrome" - James Traub, "Foreign Policy"
# "The New York Times" reports on the "secret" war on terror
# Clive Crook thinks Hillary Clinton might make a good VP for Obama
# Josh Rogin on how the Obama Administration addresses human rights in Iran
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"