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The Rundown - November 17

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# "Radio World" reports on BBG audience numbers

International Press Review

# "The Wall Street Journal" on U.S.-funded fiction shows promoting civil society
# Anthony Cordesman on Hamid Karzai as a Western ally
# The full text of Mullah Omar's Eid statement...
#...And how NATO reads it
# NATO troops are razing booby-trapped homes in Afghanistan
# "The Messy Endgame Of Afghanistan's Elections" - Scott Worden, "Foreign Policy"

# "FATA Reforms And Militancy" - Khalid Aziz, "Express Tribune"
# "Masters, Not Friends?" - Zafar Hilaly, "Newsline"
# "Time Repeal Pakistan's Blasphemy Law" - Nasim Zehra, "Express Tribune"

# "The Real Resaon For Moscow's Traffic Jams" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# "Global Post" reports on the aftermath of the Khimki Forest protests
# "The Economist" on the one year anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky's death
# "Five Ways To Bring Russia And NATO Together" - Oksana Antonenko, "Moscow Times"

# Iran has arrested two German journalists on charges of spying
# "The Washington Post" reports on a crackdown on lawyers defending opposition members
# Ali Gharib on U.S. politics and support for Iran's opposition

Of Interest
# Rick Zednok looks back at the Velvet Revolution
# Aleksander Kwasniewski on EU-Kazakhstan relations
# "Al-Qaeda's Nuclear Ambitions" - Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, "Foreign Policy"
# Kori Schake on NATO missile defense and Turkey

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Al Kamen's "In The Loop"
# Jon Kyl says republican senators will not support the new START Treaty this year
# "The Economist" on the decline of Southern democrats