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The Rundown - October 27

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media
# "The Washington Post" cites Golnaz Esfandiari's report on teaching social sciences in Iran
# "Global Post" on RFE's radio distribution project in Afghanistan
# POMED quotes Golnaz Esfandiari's reporting on citizen journalism in Iran
# "EurasiaNet" cites RFE reporting on the New York Philharmonic's cancelling its show in Tbilisi
# "The New York Daily News" cites RFE reporting on the sequel to the "Borat" movie

International Press Review

# "Karzai And The Scent Of U.S. Irresolution" - Fouad Ajami, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "The Washington Post" reports on the resiliency of the Taliban
# Russia may have an expanded role in the Afghanistan War
# "More Airstrikes Won't Help In Afghanistan" - Erica Gaston, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Women Of Afghanistan" - Sally Armstrong, "International Herald Tribune"

# Pakistan says it will not launch a military offensive in North Waziristan
# "Demystifying The Drone" - Saeed & Masood, "Daily Times"
# "A Dangerous Narrative" - Rafia Zakaria, "Dawn"

# The U.S. is trying to restart nuclear talks with Iran
# "Iran Is Buying Political Influence In Afghanistan" - Massoumeh Torfeh, "The Guardian"
# "Time" reports on the Iranian economy
# BP will likely shut down an oil field it co-owns with Iran in the North Sea

# The UN human rights chief urges the U.S. and Iraq to examine torture evidence
# The Vatican urges clemency for Iraq's former deputy premier Tariq Aziz

# Russia may be the next target for Wikileaks
# The "International Herald Tribune" interviews Mikhail Gorbachev
# "The Economist" reviews Thomas de Waal's "The Caucasus: An Introduction"
# "The Feting Of Dmitry Medvedev" - Simon Tisdall, "The Guardian"

Of Interest
# "Eastern Europe: An Uplift Underway" - Neil Buckley, "Financial Times"
# The "PBS Newshour" reports on fighting breast cancer in Bosnia

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on how the Tea Party could affect U.S. policy in Afghanistan
# "Wikileaks Exposes Rumsfeld's Lies" - Ellen Knickmeyer, "The Daily Beast"
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"