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The Rundown - August 2

RFE In The Media
# Steve LeVine cites RFE reporting in a piece about Iranian politics
# "EurasiaNet" cites RFE Uzbek Service reporting on a crackdown on puppies

International Press Review

# Muhammad Idrees Ahmad on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan
# The "Christian Science Monitor" reports on civilian border militias
# Quatrina Hosain on the Pakistani military's focus on India
# More violence has broken out in Karachi

# "The Independent" reports from (relatively) peaceful Nad-e Ali
# The latest FP hipstamatic photogallery

# Barbara Slavin on Iran's ties to al Qaeda
# "To Punish Iran, Seize Its Embassy" - Avi Jorisch, "The New York Times"
# "Why no Iranian Spring?" - Michelle Moghtader, "CNN"
# "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 'Moderate'" - Emanuele Ottolenghi, "The Wall Street Journal"

# "All in the Family" - Vladimir Ryzhkov, "Moscow Times"
# Charles Grant says it doesn't matter who is president of Russia
# Vladimir Putin called the U.S. "a parasite" on the global economy...
# ... and said re-unification of Russia and Belarus is possible

# A new RAND report warns of a post-U.S. security vacuum

Of Interest
# Joshua Kucera begins a series of dispatches from Kazakhstan
# "Triumphant Turkey?" - Stephen Kinzer, "NY Review of Books"
# James Ball on criminalizing online dissent
# Militants are blocking aid shipments to starving people in Somalia

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Malou Innocent on the drone debate
# The House passed a debt ceiling bill, "Politico" on how a deal happened