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The Rundown - March 14

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# "Iran 'Using Child Soldiers' In Tehran" - Robert Tait, "The Guardian"
# The "Herdict" blog (Harvard) mentions RFE websites being blocked in Kazakhstan
# Amnesty Int'l reports on violence against protesters in Azerbaijan
# CPJ mentions threats against RFE journalists in Kyrgyzstan
# "Libya And The Lessons Of '86'' - James Kirchick, "World Affairs Journal"
# "A Truly Conspiratorial Mind" - James Kirchick, "Ha'aretz"

International Press Review

First Read
# "The Next Steps In The U.S.-Russia Reset" - Vice president Joe Biden

Middle East
# "The Daily Beast" interviews Libyan opposition leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil
# Col. Gaddafi's forces have advanced farther against rebel positions
# Saudi Arabian forces are prepared to enter Bahrain
# Five protesters were killed in Yemen

Sunday Talk Shows

# Fareed Zakaria talks to Ahmed Rashid
# "Face The Nation" interviews Senator Joe Lieberman
# The analysis of David Brooks and Mark Shields

# "Reset 2.0" - Julia Ioffe, "Foreign Policy"
# "No Safe U.S. Haven For Hatemongers" - Leonid Komarovsky, "Moscow Times"
# Vladimir Frolov on Dmitry Medvedev's political future

# "My Embed With A Warlord" - Paul Wood, "Foreign Policy"

# "The Washington Post" reports on political extremism in Pakistan
# "The Pakistani Spirit" - Rasul Bakhsh Rais, "Express Tribune"
# Mira Sethi on the Pakistani Army's political influence

# "The Disappearing Middle In Iranian Politics" - Muhammad Sahimi, "Tehran Bureau"
# "Back To The Drawing Board On Iran" - Robert Dreyfuss, "The Diplomat"

# "Iraq Then, Libya Now" - Ross Douthat, "The New York Times"
# "Mr. Maliki's Power Grab" - Editorial, "The New York Times"

Of Interest
# The geological effects of the Japan earthquake
# "Turkey Continues Press Crackdown" -Asli Aydintasbas, "Real Clear World"
# "The New York Times'' reports on the human network of "Global Voices"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# David Nichols on how Eisenhower handled the Middle East
# State Dept. spokesman P.J. Crowley is out