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The Rundown - October 15

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

# The head of the Afghanistan Peace Council thinks the Taliban will negotiate
# The U.S. military is stepping up its air campaign
# The Netherlands could send troops back to Afghanistan

# "What Pakistan Needs To Tell The US" - Fashi Bokhari, "Express Tribune"
# "Can Musharraf Win Back Pakistan?" - Syed Hamad Ali, "The Guardian"
# Pakistan is pushing for a civilian nuclear deal with the U.S.

# "Ahmadinejad Bores Lebanon" - Nussaibah Younis, "The Guardian"
# Con Coughlin on the "menacing message" from Ahmadinejad's trip to Lebanon

# Leon Aron on Vasily Grossman's "Life And Fate"
# Large web firms weigh in on a new Internet law in Russia
# "Modernization Is Not Perestroika" - Vladislav Inozemtsev, "Moscow Times"
# India and Russia will hold joint anti-terrorism drills today

Of Interest
# "The Economist" on avoiding a global currency war
# "Spiegel" reports from North Korea
# The "Globe & Mail" editorializes on a niqab ban in Canada

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "An Opportunity To Reimagine Eurasia" Charap & Petersen, "National Interest"
# Hillary Clinton suggests conditions to flood aid money to Pakistan
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"
# "Time" reports on new national security advisor Tom Donilon