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The Rundown - October 4

RFE/RL In The Media
# A correspondent for RFE/RL's Turkmen Service goes on trial today
# "Re-Thinking Afghanistan" - Bashir Gwakh, "Daily Times"

International Press Review

# The Taliban has voiced support for talks with the government
# "The Price of Oranges" - Jason Burke, "Guernica"
# Gunmen have killed at least 12 in Quetta
# RFE/RL reports on women in Pakistani politics

# "Russian Reality Check" - Kramer & Walker, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "What's Next For Medvedev?" - Matthew Rojansky, "National Interest"
# A new photo exhibit highlights political prisoners
# "It All Started With Sputnik" - Roger Launius, "Air & Space"

# Iran has rejected a proposed "hotline" with the U.S.
# Belarus says Iran will lend it $400 million

Of Interest
# "Foreign Policy" will blog the Mladic trial
# Douglas Ollivant thinks all U.S. troops should be out of Iraq
# Daniel Soar on everything Google knows
# "Regime Change Doesn't Work" - Alexander Downes, "Boston Review"
# "Democracy and Its Discontents" - Geoffrey Wheatcroft, "International Herald Tribune"

U.S. Foreign Policy
# Foreign aid will take a hit in the current budget environment
# "The Washington Post" reports on protests in the U.S.