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The Rundown - September 1

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
# "The Lede (NYT)" quotes Golnaz Esfandiari's report on an Iranian newspaper's stance against Carla Bruni
# "Democracy Digest" quotes Brian Whitmore's reporting on Russian civil society

International Press Review

# The full text of Barack Obama's Oval Office remarks
# Colin Kahl on the long term relationship between the U.S. and Iraq
# "The War In Iraq" - Editorial, "The New York Times"
# "Obama Wants Us To Forget The Lessons Of Iraq" - Andrew Bacevich, "The New Republic"

# "Newsweek" interviews A.Q. Khan
# Aamir Latif reports on the weakness of Pakistan's civilian government
# "Stop Talking, Start Listening" - Aziz Ahkmad, "Express Tribune"
# "Pakistan's Problem Is Deeper Than Match Fixing" - Mustafa Qadri, "The Guardian"

# Said Jawad will leave his post as Ambassador to the U.S.
# Afghanistan's new air force will be trained in part by Pakistan
# The Afghan government intervened to save a troubled Kabul bank

# Vladimir Putin hints at a return to the Kremlin in 2012
# "Putin's Ticking Time Bomb" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# Dmitry Medvedev chastises a Russian official for updating his Twitter feed

Of Interest
# "The Guardian" interviews Tony Blair
# "A Peace Plan Within our Grasp" - Hosni Mubarak, "The New York Times"
# How panhandlers use free credit cards

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "How Do Long Wars Become So Long?" - Stephen Sestanovich, "The New Republic"
# Lisa Murkowski concedes in the republican primary in Alaska

From the Blogs
# "Lexington (The Economist)" attended Glenn Beck's rally on the National mall
# Joshua Foust on Afghanistan's roads
# Spencer Ackerman looks at Obama's Iraq address