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The Rundown - September 30

RFE/RL In The Media
# CPJ cites RFE/RL reporting on a Tajik journalist facing a 16-year sentence

International Press Review

# Afghanistan says it will suspend the peace process with the U.S. and Pakistan
# The U.S. is turning to Uzbekistan to supply the war in Afghanistan
# Iran hosted a Taliban delegation earlier this month

# Pakistan's spy chief says his country never backed the Haqqani network
# "France 24" on fear among Pakistan's Shi'ite community
# A Chinese company backed out of a $19 billion project

# "In Russia, Turning Back The Clock" - Sam Charap, "The New York Times"
# "Cheer Up, Little Dima" - Stephen Sestanovich, "Foreign Policy"
# "Putin's Moment of Truth" - Michael Bohm, "Moscow Times"
# One Orthodox sect says Russia is blessed by Putin's return

# Iraq's intellectual class is not optimistic
# Peter van Buren says he was punished for telling the truth about Iraq

# His lawyer is hopeful that a Christian pastor will be released
# "An Iranian Offer Worth Considering" - Vaez & Ferguson, "The New York Times"

Of Interest
# "The Foreign Policy of Plutocracies" - James Kurth, "American Interest"
# Should Google tweak the news we consume?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. government is funded through the end of the fiscal year
# The White House vetted Adm. Mullen's Haqqani Network testimony
# Vali Nasr says the U.S. must "make nice" with Pakistan