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The Rundown - February 4

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# The "Moscow Times" quotes RFE Russian Service reporting on a ballerina's fallout with the United Russia party (here and here)

International Press Review

Christiane Amanpour interviews Hosni Mubarak
# Robert Kagan on the Egyptian leadership
# Journalists and rights workers were targeted in Cairo ("ABC News" lists attacks on journalists)
# "Get Ready For The Muslim Brotherhood" - Ayaan Hirsi Ali, "The New York Times"
# "Reuters" on the row between the government and Vodafone

# "Pakistan's Blasphemy-Seeking Vigilantes" - Mustafa Qadri, "The Guardian"
# "Going Machiavelli On Islamabad" - Mark Katz, "National Interest"
# "The Geniuses Of Art In Pakistan" - Ali Adil Khan, "Newsline"
# 190 Pakistanis have been deported from the U.S. in the last two years

# India has vowed more aid and investment in Afghanistan

# The Patriarch Kirill enjoys some of the perks of being a government official

# "Remember The Shah" - Hossein Askari, "National Interest"
# "AFP" reports on web censorship in Iran

Of Interest
# Fareed Zakaria on democracy in the Middle East
# "The Dictator's Playbook" - Steve LeVine, "Foreign Policy"
# "Moldova's Revolution In Slow Motion" - Rojansky & Allin, "World Politics Review"
# Joschka Fischer on European policy around the Mediterranean

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Let's Try This Again" - James Traub, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Argument For Funding Public Media" - Walker & Sallee, "The Washington Post"
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"
# "Politico" on how the White House is planning for Mubarak's exit