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The Rundown - June 28

RFE In The Media
# "The Daily Dish" links to Joe Hammond's story on the Egyptian gladiator
# "Business Insider" reprints Golnaz Esfandiari's report on Iranian politics

International Press Review

# The "LA Times" on talks with the Taliban
# "Letter From Kabul" - Fotini Christia, "Foreign Affairs"
# "The Coming Afghan Debacle" - Bret Stephens, "The Wall Street Journal"
# The RAND Corp. looks at the Afghan insurgency
# Abdul Qadir Fitrat has fled Kabul

# A U.S. State Dept. report says militants are using children for terrorist acts
# "Taming A Strange Land" - Shehryar Fazli, "Foreign Policy"
# The MQM political party left the governing coalition

# "The New York Times" interviews Aleksei Kudrin (full transcript)
# "Slate" takes a look at "Russia Today"
# "Russia's Rigged Election" - Vladimir Kara-Murza, "The Wall Street Journal"
# A Russian astronomer says we will make alien contact within 20 years

# Russia says the Bushehr nuclear plant will start up in August
# Robert Fisk on the (possible) demise of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Of Interest
# Venera Djumataeva looks at one year of Roza Otunbaeva in Kyrgyzstan
# Twitter for newsrooms is out
# "Nato’s Troubled Terrain" - Peter Spiegel, "Financial Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Walter Pincus on David Petraeus's move to the CIA