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The Rundown - March 2

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# "Czech Radio" on the 60th anniversary of RFE broadcasts to Czechoslovakia
# Alex Oliver mentions RFE in a piece on int'l broadcasting for the "Sydney Morning Herald"

International Press Review

Middle East
# Yemen's president says the U.S. is behind Arab unrest
# "The Guardian" on subtle civil unrest in Saudi Arabia
# "The Diplomacy Of The Blind" - Dominique Moisi, "Project Syndicate"
# "Democracy Virus Has Dictators Fretting" - Erich Follath, "Der Spiegel"
# Who said it? Charlie Sheen vs. Muammar Gaddafi

# "Iran's Ticking Time Bomb" - Omid Memarian, "The Daily Beast"
# The regime denies that Musavi and Karrubi are in jail

# "Global Post" on the Raymond Davis affair
# Zahid Hussain on the ideological divide in Pakistani society
# "Our Man In Pakistan" - Christopher Hitchens, "Slate"
# "U.S.-Pakistan Relationship In Disarray" - Michael Kugelman, "Foreign Policy"

# Thomas Ruttig on the destruction of the Bamian Buddhas
# Jean MacKenzie on civilian casualties in Northeast Afghanistan
# A UK parliamentary commission says the mission in Afghanistan is failing

# Gazprom has bought TNK-BP’s east Siberian Kovykta gas field for $770 million
# "The Secret History Of Beslan" - Thomas Partiff, "Foreign Policy"
# "It Smells Like February 1917" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# There allegations of corruption in the vote for the Russian Olympic mascot

Of Interest
# "The Diplomat" interviews Erica Marat on how the Arab revolts are seen in Kyrgyzstan
# "Yanukovich's First Year" - Pifer & Taylor, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Sit With Dictators, But Sup With A Long Spoon" - Jeremy Greenstock, "Financial Times"
# "Branding Your Revolution" - Matthew Kaminski, "The Wall Street Journal"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The House passed another continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown
# Hillary Clinton testifies before the House that the U.S. should not cut aid to Pakistan
# Bob Woodward on Donald Rumsfeld's new book
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"