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The Rundown - March 24

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

Middle East

# "The New York Times" interviews Amr Moussa
# Syrian security forces shot and killed at least 15 protesters in Deraa
# Rememberin Libyan citizen-journalist Mo Nabbous


# All mobile phone networks in Helmand have been shut down due to Taliban threat
# Matthieu Aikins on The Century Foundation's new Afghanistan report
# Here is the full TCF report

# "Newsline" on the killing of Colonel Imam
# More than 300 U.S. officials are to leave Pakistan
# "The New Pakistani Nationalism" - Mosharraf Zaidi, "News International"

# A web security firm says it was hacked by computers based in Iran
# "Obama On Iran's Dissidents" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"

# Iraq unveiled its new oil production plans
# Iraq is set to take the helm of the Arab League

# Thomas Parfitt files a dispatch from Dagestan for "Foreign Policy"
# "The Kuzminov vs. Navalny Debate" - Konstantin Sonin, "Moscow Times"
# Journalist Sergei Topol was beaten in Moscow

Of Interest
# "Why Are Dictators Always So Sensitive?" - William J. Dobson, "The Washington Post"
# The story of Kazakhstan's "Central Asia Newswire"
# How a blogger saved two girls from the sex trade

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Helle Dale on possible State Department money going to the BBC
# Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen took aim at the U.S. foreign affairs budget
# Shadi Hamid and F. Gregory Gause debate America's relationships with autocrats