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The Rundown - October 19

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RFE In The Media

# "The Huffington Post" linked to James Kirchick's reporting on a gay pride march in Belgrade
# The "LA Times" linked to Golnaz Esfandiari's reporting on a crackdown on bloggers in Iran

International Press Review

# "Ahmadinejad Deserves Fair Reporting" - Matthew Cassel, "The Guardian"
# U.S. officials think Chinese companies are violating sanctions on Iran

# "Kurds Are Iraq's Kingmakers" - Ranj Alaaldin
# Nouri al-Maliki is in Iran for meetings

# U.S. and Pakistani officials will hold a strategic dialogue this week in Washington
# FM Qureshi discussed U.S.-Pakistan relations at Harvard University

# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on deteriorating security in Northern Afghanistan
# An Iranian delegation attended talks over Afghanistan's future
# "The Trouble With Talking To The Taliban" - Bret Stephens, "The Wall Street Journal"

# "A New Strategy For United Russia" - Nikolai Petrov, "Moscow Times"
# Suspected spies deported from the U.S. were welcomed in Moscow
# "Newsweek" in Russia has closed

Of Interest
# "Global Post" reports on the Stuxnet computer virus
# "Bosnia's Future Depends On Leaders' Restraint" - Srecko Latal, "The Guardian"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Stuart Levy will travel to Azerbaijan and Turkey to discuss Iran
# "Telling Secrets" - Steven Aftergood, "Foreign Policy"
# Robert Gates says the Wikileaks Afghan logs were relatively harmless