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The Rundown - November 19

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# "AFP" and CPJ cite RFE reporting on the relase of one of the "donkey bloggers" in Azerbaijan
# "Radio World" and the UK Ministry of Defence discuss RFE's new SMS news service in Afghanistan

International Press Review

# "Why A Forlorn Karzai Is Breaking With The West" - Ahmed Rashid, "Financial Times"
# Thomas Ruttig discusses night raids for "Foreign Policy"
# "The Afghan View" - Inderfurth & Eliot, "International Herald Tribune"
# "The Guardian" reports on British aid in Helmand, Afghanistan
# "Global Post" reports on winter's effect on fighting in Afghanistan
# The U.S. Senate held a hearing on spending and procurement in Afghanistan

# "The New York Times" reports on violence in Karachi
# Pakistan has arrested militants in Karachi
# "Kashmir Needs Space To Debate Its Future" - Rohini Hensman, "The Guardian"

# The "Moscow Times" reports on the Caspian Summit
# Dmitry Medvedev and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talked on the sidelines of the summit

NATO Summit
# "Next, A NATO-Russia Strategic Concept" - Antonenko & Yurgens, "International Herald Tribune"
# The "Christian Science Monitor" looks at views of the summit from Afghanistan
# "Five Reasons Why Russia Will Never Join NATO" - Michael Bohm, "Moscow Times"

# "Iran's Double-Edged Sword" - David Singh, "Foreign Policy"
# "Iran's German Hostages" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Iran was censured by a UN committee for human rights abuses
# "The Washington Post" editorializes on the threat of an American strike on Iran
# Iranian hackers hacked the web site of the Farsi1 satellite station

# "Is Iraq's New Government Worth The Wait?" - David Bender, "Foreign Policy"

Of Interest
# "No Quick Fixes For Internet Freedom" - Rebecca MacKinnon, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Timothy Garton Ash thinks India should do more to promote democracy in Myanmar
# The "Financial Times" reports on immigration in Europe

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Barack Obama is pushing for a Senate vote on the START Treaty
# The "PBS Newshour" interviews Senator-elect Lisa Murkowski
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"
# "Room For Debate (NYT)" discusses civilian trials for terrorist suspects