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The Rundown - March 23

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media
# RFE's John O'Sullivan was interviewed by the "BBC"
# "Global Journalist" profiles RFE's Golnaz Esfandiari

International Press Review

Middle East
# "Spiegel" reports on rebel frustrations in Benghazi, Libya
# "Out With The Old, In With The Old" - Blake Houshell, "Foreign Policy"
# "Who Are The Libyan Rebels?" - Laura Rozen, "Yahoo! News"
# "the New York Times" reports on the new lives of former Middle East diplomats
# "Springtime For Civil War" - Bruce Reidel, "National Interest"
# "West Goes From Commanders To Cowards" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"

# "Settling the Afghan War" - Lakhdar Brahimi & Thomas Pickering, "The New York Times"
# "The Limits Of 'Afghanization'" - Thomas Johnson & Matthew Dupee, "Foreign Policy"
# Afghans will take over security operations in 7 provinces beginning in July

# Pakistan will not take part in upcoming Afghanistan peace talks
# President Zardari again pledges to fight extremism

# "Putin Can't Have It Both Ways On Libya" - Editorial, "Moscow Times"
# Yekaterina Kuznetsova on the change of heart in the Kremlin over Libya

# Golnaz Esfandiari on the continued detention of Iran's "blog father"

Int'l Broadcasting
# "Foreign Policy" and "The Guardian" report on the BBC potentially receiving U.S. funds
# "Tear Down The Great Firewall" - Editorial, "Financial Times"

Of Interest
Leonid Kuchma has been named a suspect in the 2000 killing of Georgy Gongadze
# Belarus has stopped selling foreign currency to banks
# "How China Should Rule The World" - Martin Wolf, "Financial Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Libya And The Democracy Pretext" - George Friedman, "Stratfor"
# David Rieff compares the wars in Iraq and Libya
# "New Arab World Requires New Public Diplomacy" - Philip Seib, "Huffington Post"