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The Rundown - August 8

RFE In The Media
# The "LA Times" and "Telegraph" cite Golnaz Esfandiari's report on an illegal water fight in Iran
# Golnaz Esfandiari discusses violence in Syria on the "BBC World Have Your Say"
# The "Moscow Times" quotes an RFE interview with Boris Nemtsov
# "UPI" cites an RFE report on U.S. hikers detained in Iran

International Press Review

Sunday Talk Shows
# "Meet The Press" talks to Senators Kerry and McCain
# "This Week" interviews a representative from the S & P ratings agency
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Mark Shields and Ross Douthat

# Anna Badkhen on the Taliban's resurgence in Balkh
# "The Washington Post" reports on violence in Lashkar Gah
# A helicopter crash killed dozens of U.S. special forces

# A Taliban negotiator has reportedly "gone missing"
# "Dawn" reports on victims of violence in Karachi

# More than 90 U.S. Senators want more sanctions on Iran's central bank
# "How Iran Defeated Obama" - Patrick Seale, "The Diplomat"
# Patrick Clawson wrties that Iran is vulnerable to outdside pressure

# Iraqis in Kirkuk would like to see U.S. troops stick around
# Moqtada al-Sadr says U.S. troops should leave as planned

# "Russia Could Become U.S. Enemy No. 1" - Alexei Bayer, "Moscow Times"
# Dmitry Medvedev says he was the main player in the Russia-Georgia War

Of Interest
# Bahrain has complained to Qatar about an "Al Jazeera" documentary
# "Why Did Japan Surrender?" - Gareth Cook, "Boston Globe"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Max Schulman on the State Department's internet freedom agenda
# "America Can Fix Its Inner Workings" - Clive Crook, "Financial Times"