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The Rundown - June 9

RFE In The Media
# "The Mysterious Death of Ilyas Kashmiri" - Daud Khattak, "Foreign Policy"
# "Lost in the Levant: Lebanon Reappraised" - James Kirchick, "World Affairs Journal"
# "Ars technica" reports on RFE's balloon campaigns during the Cold War

International Press Review

# Over 100 Taliban fighters stormed an Army checkpoint in Waziristan
# "Foreign Policy" interviews Ehsan ul-Haq
# "A Reality Check Amid the Terror and Chaos" - Pervez Musharraf, "CNN"
# Nawaz Sharif set a June 30 deadline for a commission on the Abbottabad raid

# Confirmation hearings were held for U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker

# Iran says it will increase enrichment of Uranium
# "Why to Accept Iran’s Talks Offer" - Zachary Keck, "The Diplomat"

# "Giving Away The Farm" - James Woolsey & Rebecca Heinrichs, "Foreign Policy"
# "Hope for Khodorkovsky, and for Russia?" - Amy Knight, "NY Review of Books"
# Russia has declared a "total war on drugs"
# A new ATM machine includes a lie detector

Of Interest
# Reports say Georgia will lift its conditions for Russia's inclusion in the WTO
# Ukraine may go to the IMF to help pay for gas imports
# The Smurfs lived in a totalitarian utopia

Middle East
# Is Amina Arraf a real person?
# "A Post-American Day Dawns in the Mideast" - Ray Takeyh, "International Herald Tribune"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Is This the Start of Cyberwarfare?" - Sharon Weinberger, "Nature"
# The "PBS Newshour" interviews Senators Chambliss and Menendez