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The Rundown - August 1

RFE In The Media
# "The Washington Times" reports on a change of strategy for the BBG
# "AFP" quotes RFE's Nico Nergadze in a piece on pop music in Georgia
# "Slandering The Progress Party" - James Kirchick, "The Weekly Standard"

International Press Review

# Nicholas Schmidle on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden
# "Reinventing Pakistan’s Army" - Imtiaz Gul, "Newsline"
# "GlobalPost" reports on state-sponsored killings in Pakistan

# "China and the Afghan Endgame" - Zhu Feng, "Project Syndicate"
# The "Financial Times" profiles David Ensor
# A senior Afghan defense official is being held as a Taliban spy

# Tim Osborne on 5 years since the Yukos bankruptcy
# Victor Davidoff on the latest attack against LiveJournal's servers

# "Iran, Innuendo, and Secret Deals" - Paul Pillar, "National Interest"
# "Iran and the Sanctions Trap" - Stephen L. Carter, "The Daily Beast"
# India and Iran have worked out a deal on gas payments

# Iraq is growing more dangerous
# "Leave Iraq to the Iraqis" - Doug Bandow, "National Interest"
# Iraq is set to purchase F-16 jets from the U.S.

Of Interest
# People can be arrested for doing nothing in Belarus
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on resignations of military leaders in Turkey
# "Is Islam Compatible with Capitalism?" - Guy Sorman, "City Journal"
# Reports say at least 100 people died during a crackdown in Syria

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Eli Lake on foreign policy in the Republican Party
# The CIA chief in Pakistan has left Islamabad
# "Did Obama Cave?" - Matthew Dickinson, "Presidential Power"
# Ezra Klein looks at the debt deal