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The Rundown - September 22

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media
# "Militants Thrive On Pakistan's Military Failures" - Daud Khattak, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Lede (NYT)" cites Golnaz Esfandiari's reporting on an Iranian blogger
# "RIA Novosti" quotes and RFE interview with a St. Petersburg architect

International Press Review

# Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sat down with journalists at the UN General Assembly
# "Questions For Mahmoud Ahmadinejad" - Karim Sadjadpour, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "When Two Ayatollahs Kiss" - Meir Javendafar, "The Diplomat"

# "Newsweek" has a 4-part video series from Marjeh
# A reporter in Afghanistan is arrested for talking to the Taliban
# "The New York Times" reports on the perils of movie-making in Afghanistan
# The U.S. military may keep control of the jail at Bagram Air Force Base

# "The Hypocritical Media" - George Fulton, "Express Tribune"
# "Kashmir Is A Global Threat" - Nazir Ahmed, "The Guardian"

# "Why Russia Needs A Strong NATO" - Yevgeny Bazhanov, "Moscow Times"
# Loggers have sued the Khimki Forest Defenders

# "Kiev's Backsliding On Democracy" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# "Europe Should Pay More Attention To Ukraine" - Grigory Nemyria, "Moscow Times"

Of Interest
# "Democracy Still Matters" - Roger Cohen, "The New York Times"
# "Roadblocks On The Information Highway" - David Drummond, "International Herald Tribune"
# "The Washington Post" interviews Turkish President Abdullah Gul
# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on the Stuxnet computer virus
# "The Economist" on the success of the iPad

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Matthew Bryza has been approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
# Stephen Walt on the U.S.-Saudi Arabia arms deal
# Raghuram Rajan contra Paul Krugman on the financial crisis

From The Blogs
# Steve LeVine on Obama's meetings with Roza Otunbaeva and Ilham Aliyev
# "Babbage (The Economist)" on Google in Germany