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The Rundown - November 5

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media
# "UPI" quotes RFE's interview with Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil on Taliban talks in Afghanistan

International Press Review

# Pakistani officials are concerned that Barack Obama is not coming there on his Asia tour
# "The Long War Journal" reports on sanctions against Taliban members
# "Conspiracy Season" - Cyril Almeida, "Dawn"
# "How Pakistan Treats Its Scientists" - Saleem Ali, "Express Tribune"
# Islamabad is concerned with discrimination against Pakistanis in Britain

# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on Iran's hand in Afghanistan's elections
# Dr. Cheryl Bernard looks at the Soviet Union and U.S. wars in Afghanistan
# Josh Rogin reports on private security contactors in Afghanistan

# "Time" reports that violence could actually serve to end Iraq's political impasse
# The "Financial Times" reports on attacks in Iraq
# The Iraqi parliament will elect a new speaker on Monday

# "Iran's Linkages With Iraq And The U.S." - Majoob Zweiri, "Daily Star"
# Yesterday was the anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran
# Iran has arrested four British citizens for ties to Kurdish militants

# Dmitry Medvedev will visit disputed islands (again)
# Moscow's new mayor is assembling his team

Of Interest
# Wikileaks may be getting some competition
# Journalists from the "BBC" are going on strike for 48 hours

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The New York Times" reports on post-midterm foreign policy
# "A Foreign Policy President" - Paul Pillar, "National Interest"
# "American Dreamland" - Roger Cohen, "The New York Times"
# Amy Davidson on George W. Bush's new book
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"