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The Rundown - October 13

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

# Journalist Umar Cheema on his arrest and torture at the hands of government agents
# "Ruses That Distract From A CT Strategy" - Mosharraf Zaidi, "The News"
# "In Limbo At Bagram" - Rafia Zakaria, "Dawn"

# "Inside Talibanistan" - Peter Bergen, et al, "Foreign Policy"
# "Only The U.S. Military Is Hopeful About Afghanistan" - Michael Cohen, "The New Republic"
# "The New York Times" reports on the training of Afghan troops
# "U.S. Can't Stop Afghanistan's Opium Economy" - Ted Galen Carpenter, "National Interest"

# "The Economist" on the possible end of Iraq's political stalemate
# "Turning The Page In Iraq" - Ryan Crocker, "National Interest"
# "The Washington Post" reports on waning public support for Nouri al-Maliki
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on Iraq's oil industry

# Vladimir Putin will travel to Sochi to inspect Olympic facilities
# "Inside The Kremlin's Moscow Problem" - Amy Knight, "NY Review Of Books"

# "The Sources Of Iranian Conduct" - Karim Sadjadpour, "Foreign Policy"
# Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is traveling to Lebanon
# "Iran, The Paper Tiger" - Roger Cohen, "The New York Times"

Of Interest
# "Bride Kidnapping In Kyrgyzstan" - Iva Skoch, "Global Post"
# Owen Matthews on the state of Kurdish separatists in Turkey
# "NATO Needs A Missile Defense" - Anders Fogh Rasmussen, "International Herald Tribune"
# "The Economist" on beating web censorship
# "Liu Xiabo And Illusions About China" - Fang Lizhi, "International Herald Tribune"

U.S. Poilitics/ Foreign Policy
# "We Must Restart Our Stalled Nuclear Talks" - Albright & Ivanov, "Financial Times"
# "Closing The Case On The Cole'' - Ali Soufan, "International Herald Tribune"
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"
# Martin Wolf thinks the U.S. will win the global currency battle