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The Rundown - March 16

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# CPJ cites RFE reporting on Armenia's barring of a Finnish documentary film team
# The "Moscow Times" cites RFE reporting on changes to Russia's criminal code
# "UPI" cites RFE reporting on protests in Azerbaijan

International Press Review

Middle East
# Libyan rebels say the West has failed them
# Egypt disbands its secret police and sets up another one
# Turkey's Foreign Minister on revolution in the Middle East
# "Al Jazeera" faces some criticism over its coverage of Bahrain
# "Arabs Love The Pax Americana" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "A Regional Strategy For Democracy" - Zalmay Khalilzad, "The Washington Post"


# "Beating Back The Taliban" - Seth Jones, "Foreign Policy"
# "The New York Times" reports on indentured servitude in Afghanistan
# "Nation Building On Crack" - Ted Galen Carpenter, "National Interest"

# "Pakistan's Image Problem" - Hasan Zaidi, "Dawn"
# "How Many More Assassinations?" - Ayesha Ijaz Khan, "Express Tribune"

# Yulia Latynina on the possibility of revolution in Russia
# "The Islamic Republic Of Chechnya" - Tom Partiff, "Froeign Policy"
# Miriam Elder reports on recent corruption claims against Vladimir Putin
# A Moscow think tank offers Dmitry Medvedev a re-election platform

# Two American hikers will be back in court on May 11
# If you plan to travel to Iran, don't commit espionage

# "Breaking Up With Iraq" - Whitney Terrell, "Slate"
# Nuri al-Maliki has given his government 100 days to address protester demands

Of Interest
# "Standing Up To Dictators" - Vladislav Inozemtsev, "Moscow Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# General David Petraeus testifies before congress on Afghanistan [watch the hearing]
# Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Egypt where youth groups refused to meet her