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The Rundown - July 26

RFE In The Media
# Tayyeb Afridi mentions Radios Azadi and Mashaal in a piece on media in Pakistan's tribal regions

International Press Review

# "The ISI: An Exceptional Secret Service" - Lt. General Asad Durrani
# A general says Pakistan was not alerted to the Abbottabad raid
# Saleem Shahzad's phone records are "inaccessible"

# "The Triple Agent" - Art Keller, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Washington Post" on a group of women pegged to negotiate with the Taliban
# Documenting the war in Afghanistan with an iPhone

# Alexander Golts on Russia's bureaucracy
# "GlobalPost" on Russia's heroin problem
# Doku Umarov warns of a "new chapter" in his insurgency
# "Media Reforms Should Begin With Gazprom" - William Dunkerley, "Moscow Times

# The "LA Times" reports on human rights activists in Iran

# "Spiegel": Attacks reveal the limits of freedom
# Toby Archer on the role of the internet
# The Kremlin has had to distance itself from the killer
# The man who carried out the attack warns of more bloodshed to come

Of Interest
# Comparing the fall of the Soviet Union to the Arab Spring
# Nursultan Nazarbayev's son-in-law could be next line to lead Kazakhstan
# "Pity The Policymakers" - Mohamed El-Erian, "Project Syndicate"

# China has stepped up its web monitoring
# Vadim Lavrusik on web-based journalism
# How the BBC lost 60,000 Twitter followers

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The latest on the debt ceiling negotiations
# A refresher course on how a bill becomes a law