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The Rundown - March 7

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media
# "Reviving Swat, Stitch by Stitch" - Shaheen Buneri, "Newsline"
# U.S. Central Command reprints Mohammad Ristinai's blog post on Kandahar
# "Global Voices" and "EurasiaNet" cite RFE reporting on Facebook activists in Azerbaijan
# "The Nation" cites RFE reporting on support for a Taliban office in Turkey

International Press Review

First Read

# "The Washington Post" interviews Alexander Lukashenka

Sunday Talk Shows
# "Meet The Press" talks to White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley
# "This Week" interviews Senator John McCain
# The analysis of David Brooks and Mark Shields

Middle East

# "Al Jazeera" is live-blogging events in Libya
# "Britain Was Right To Do Business With Libya" - Peter Mendelson
# Protestors stormed a state security building in Cairo

# "Arabs Rise, Tehran Trembles" - Karim Sadjadpour, "The New York Times"
# "Iran's Going Nuclear" - Charles A. Duelfer, "National Interest"

# "The Washington Post" reports on USAID contracts' focusing less on women
# U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Afghanistan

# "Pakistan Needs Allies" - Asif Ali Zardari, "The Washington Post"
# "An Army Without A Country" - Ahmed Rashid, "NY Review Of Books"
# "An Attack On Liberalism" - Kanti Bajpai, "Times Of India"

The U.S. says Russia remains a hub for the illegal drug trade
# "Why Russia's Car Market Isn't Green" - Vatansever & Burwell, "Moscow Times"

# "We Were Saddam's Children" - Zainab Salbi, "Newsweek"

Of Interest
# "The Practical Business Of Trading With Despots" - Kevin Libin, "National Post"
# "From Revolution To Democracy" - Walker & Orttung, "The Wall Street Journal"

# Jim Cowie compares Internet shut downs in Egypt and Tunisia
# Faceook and Twitter have yet to sign on to the GNI pact
# "Wired" goes inside Foxconn facilities in China

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Robert Kagan on Egypt as a priority for the U.S. in the Middle East
# "The Hillary Doctrine" - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, "Newsweek"