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The Rundown - March 18

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media
# Daud Khattak on Pakistan's Qaddafi Stadium for "Foreign Policy"
# "Danger Room (Wired)" quotes Bashir Ahmad Gwakh's piece on Taliban media operations
# "AFP" quotes a 2005 RFE interview with Bolshoi dancer Gennady Yanin

International Press Review

Middle East
# Josh Rogin on the U.S. military strategy in Libya
# Bahrain has arrested most of the leaders of the opposition
# "Making A Democracy" - F.W. de Klerk, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Karimov Play" - Steve LeVine, "Foreign Policy"
# "Democracy Or Riyadh" - Ian Bremmer, "Financial Times"
# "The New York Times" on spy agenices' cooperation in the region

# The Pakistani Army condemns a drone strike in NW Pakistan
# "When Two Tribes Go To War" - Mustafa Qadri, "The Diplomat"
# "Newsline" reports on acid attacks in Pakistan

# Anna Badkhen on opium addiction in Northern Afghanistan
# Deloitte's contract in Afghanistan has been cancelled

# Intellectual property rights are standing in the way of Russia's WTO bid
# "BusinessWeek" on the investment climate in Russia

Of Interest
# "The Internet: For Better Or Worse" - Steve Coll, "The New Yorker"
# "Putting Chernobyl In Perspective" - Josh Gilder, "Real Clear Science"
# March Madness: Dictators vs. Democrats

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Impotent America" - Con Coughlin, "The Wall Street Journal"
# David Ignatius on negotiating with groups like Hizbollah and the Taliban
# The military is contracting a company for fake social network identities