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The Rundown - October 20

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# "The Daily Dish" quotes James Kirchick's report on a "cure" for homosexuality in Serbia
# "The Wall Street Journal" links to an RFE report about Hugo Chavez's trip to Iran
# "Another Israel" - James Kirchick, "Tablet"

International Press Review

# NATO has been helping Taliban members get from Pakistan to Kabul for peace talks
# "Another Militia Creation Gone Wrong" - Thomas Ruttig, "Foreign Policy"
# "Global Post" reports on the state of the Afghan police
# "Australia Explains Afghanistan" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"

# "Get Tough On Pakistan" - Zalmay Khalilzad, "The New York Times"
# "Talking At Cross Purposes" - H.D.S. Greenway, "International Herald Tribune"
# At least 29 more people have been murdered in Karachi in targetted killings
# The U.S. plans to increase military aid to Pakistan

# The "Christian Science Monitor" on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's visit to Qom
# Josh Rogin reports the Iran sanctions bill as a midterm election issue in the U.S.

# "The Awakening Falls Asleep" - Paul Pillar, "National Interest"
# "Al-Maliki's Return Would Damage Iraq" - Nussaibah Younis, "The Guardian"
# "Iraq's Stalemate" - Editorial, "The New York Times"

# "Supporting Terrorist Values" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# "Spiegel" reports on a proposed mosque in Moscow
# Anna Chapman is on the cover of "Maxim" in Russia

Of Interest
# VOA Uzbek Service correspondent Abdumalik Boboyev was fined and released from custody
# The OSCE urged Tajikistan to improve its treatment of independent media
# Google is helping Israel put the Dead Sea Scrolls online

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Thomas de Waal on the nomination of Matthew Bryza as Ambassador to Azerbaijan
# Peter Beinart suggests Colin Powell for Secretary of Defense
# The U.S. military will start accepting openly gay recruits
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"
# Donald Rumsfeld is on Twitter