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The Rundown - February 18

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# POMED's write-up of a new media event featuring RFE's Golnaz Esfandiari
# "The Huffington Post" reprints Bashir Ahmad Gwakh's piece on extremism in Pakistan
# A "Prague Post" report on Afghanistan quotes RFE's Abubakar Siddique
# "From God’s Mouth To His Ears" - James Kirchick, "Ha'aretz"
# Anna Malpas cites RFE's interview with Anastasia Volochkova in the "Moscow Times"
# "AOL News" quotes an RFE report on the government of Belgium

International Press Review

Middle East Protests
# Deaths have been reported following protests in Libya
# Authorities have called a state of emergency after protests in Bahrain
# Protests in Yemen also turned violent
# Two protestors were killed in Iraqi Kurdistan
# "There Won’t Be Blood" - Timothy Egan, "The New York Times"
# "Rage, Rap and Revolution" - Bobby Ghosh, "Time"
# "Middle East Revolutions: The View from China" - Perry Link, "NY Review Of Books"
# "New World Order" - Joseph Nye, "The New Republic"

# Police raided the offices of a construction firm owned by Yuri Luzhkov's wife

# U.S. and Pakistani spies are not cooperating as once before
# "Ghairat And Other Issues" - Ayesha Tammy Haq, "Express Tribune"
# Michael Cohen on U.S.-Pakistan relations
# A new Pakistani film points to the virtues of extra-judicial killings

# "The Solution In Afghanistan: Get Out" - McGovern & Jones, "The Washington Post"
# "The Washington Post" reports on Afghan imams
# Afghan security forces are set to go through stricter vetting

# Mir Hussein Mousavi has been reported missing

Of Interest
# Belarus sentenced an opposition activist to 4 years in jail
# "Foreign Policy" reports on the leaders of Kosovo
# "The Hunter Become The Hunted" - Daniel Voll, "Esquire"
# How China goes after dissidents

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Time To Speak To A bigger Audience" - Philip Stephens, "Financial Times"
# "'Internet Freedom' Tn The Age Of Assange" - Rebecca MacKinnon, "Foreign Policy"
# Barack Obama is set to meet executives of Google, Facebook and Apple
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"