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The Rundown - February 16

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# U.S. Congressman Howard Berman is urging Turkmenistan to stop threats against RFE journalists there
# "Danger Room (Wired)" reports on the BBG-sponsored new media event on Capitol Hill

International Press Review

First Read
# The man who told the U.S. that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons says he lied

# The "PBS Newshour" reports on the state of Iran's Green Movement
# "Egypt, Tunisia ...And Iran" - Shibley Telhami, "National Interest"
# The Natanz facility recovered quickly from the Stuxnet attack

Egypt & Beyond
# "Egypt's Media Revolution" - Salah Abdel Maqsoud, "The Guardian"
# How the Egyptian authorities turned off the Internet
# "The Future Of A Democratic Egypt" - Condoleezza Rice, "The Washington Post"
# Fiona Hill on how China and Russia see the Egytpian uprising

# The Afghan Analysts Network looks at the rhetoric of jihad in Afghanistan
# A U.S. grand jury is investigating Hamid Karzai's brother Mahmood for racketeering
# The Afghan government will take over shelters for abused women

# "The Swat Victory, Revisited" - Morton Abramowitz, "National Interest"
# "Baluchistan: Pakistan's Other War" - Madiha Sattar, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Politicisation Of Development" - Marvi Memon, "Express Tribune"
# Senator John Kerry says the U.S. will investigate the case of Raymond Davis

# "Sword Or Samovar" - Tom Parfitt, "Foreign Policy"
# "Selling Your Soul For Nothing" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# Suicide bombers are striking across the North Caucasus

International Broadcasting
# VOA will cut shortwave broadcasts to China

Of Interest
# "The Poverty Of Dictatorship" - Dani Rodrik, "Moscow Times"
# "The Bobby Fischer Defense" - Garry Kasparov, "NY Review Of Books"
# Alan Dershowitz has joined Julian Assange's legal team

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Full text and video of Hillary Clinton's speech on Internet freedom
# The Pentagon denies reports of David Petraeus's departure from Afghanistan
# "The New York Times" reports on U.S. reactions to protests in Iran