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The Rundown - February 28

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# "UPI" cites RFE reporting on the Iranian opposition
# "Rumor Debunked" - James Kirchick, "The New Republic"
# John Brown links to RFE's story on Radio Azadi's SMS news project in Afghanistan

International Press Review

Sunday Talk Shows
# Christiane Amanpour interviews Saif Gaddafi
# "Meet The Press" has Senator John McCain
# The analysis of David Brooks and Mark Shields

Middle East

# Opposition forces are closing in on the Libyan capital Tripoli
# Tunisia's interim PM has been replaced
# Two people were killed in protests in Oman
# "How The Arabs Turned Shame Into Liberty" - Fouad Ajami, "The New York Times"
# Ahmed Chalabi on the lessons from Iraq for Libya

# The ISI wants the CIA to provide info on all of its contractors working in Pakistan
# The "Express Tribune" reports on cash flow issues for the Taliban
# "Is Pakistan Next In Line?" - James Carroll, "Boston Globe"
# "Religion Or Politics?" - Farieha Aziz, "Newsline"

# "The Islamic Republic Of Talibanistan" - Saleem Ali, "Foreign Policy"
# Afghan officials say more than 60 Afghan civilians were killed in an air strike
# Afghanistan's parliament has elected a new speaker

# "An Iranian Shadow On Arab Spring" - Jamsheed Choksy, "Real Clear World"
# Iran is unloading fuel from the Bushehr reactor at the request of Russia

# The "LA Times" on efforts to fight corruption in the Russian police force
# Andrei Solatov on how the Kremlin will prevent a Facebook revolution
# The Kremlin "fired" The leaders of Kamchatka and Karachayevo-Cherkessia

Of Interest
# "Cyberspace Wars" - Joseph Nye, "The New York Times"
# Alexander Lukashenka is pushing currency controls
# South Korea is dropping leaflets on the Middle East protests in to North Korea

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The "Taipei Times" on VOA and RFA broadcasting in Asia
# Newt Gingrich on the possibility of a government shutdown
# Andrew Sullivan is moving from "The Atlantic" to "The Daily Beast/Newsweek"
# "The Washington Post" editorializes on planned budget cuts
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on the CIA's World News Connection