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The Rundown - October 5

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# "The Foundry (Heritage)" cites Golnaz Esfandiari's reporting on social media in Iran
# "UPI" cites RFE reporting on the South Stream Pipeline in the Balkans

International Press Review

# A drone strike in Pkaistan reportedly killed militants with German citizenship
# "Paralysis In Pakistan" - Ahmed Rashid, "National Interest"
# "Reading Woodward In Karachi" - Mosharraf Zaidi, "Foreign Policy"
# Kamran Shafi on Pervez Musharraf's return to politics

# Scott Worden recounts what he saw as an Afghan election monitor
# An election official in Khost is being held on charges of fraud

# Iraq raised its estimate of its oil reserves
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on Iranian influence in Iraq's politics
# "The New York Times" reports on the Babylon Festival

# "Truth In The Time Of Putinism" - Robert Orttung & Christopher Walker, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Putin's Charm Offensive" - Steve LeVine, "Foreign Policy"
# "Historically Determined To Be An Autocrat" - Vladimir Rhyzhov, "Moscow Times"
# Miriam Elder on the ever-evolving Yuri Luzhkov saga
# Vladimir Putin will meet with several business leaders at the Foreign Investment Advisory Council

# "Iran Eyes Closer Pakistan Ties" - Meir Javendafar, "The Diplomat"
# Iran claims that the Stuxnet virus is not to blame for a slowdown at the Bushehr reactor

Of Interest
# "Pulling A Putin" - Magdalena Frichova Grono, "Foreign Policy"
# "Is Bosnia One Step Closer To Unity, Or Collapse?" - Joanna Kakissis, "Time"
# "An Undeclared War In Cyberspace" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"
# Evan Williams is stepping down as CEO of Twitter

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Terror Warnings: Be Specific Or Be Quiet" - Anne Applebaum, "The Washington Post"
# "The Pros And Cons Of Citizen Diplomacy" - Joseph Nye, "International Herald Tribune"
# The extradition of Viktor Bout has been delayed
# "Attack Of The Drones" - Anthony Cordesman, "National Interest"