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The Rundown - October 18

RFE/RL In The Media
# Vladimir Putin chides Radio Liberty in an interview with Russian TV
# "Transitions Online" cites RFE/RL reporting on The Balkans

International Press Review

# "The Wall St. Journal" reports on the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani

# "Russia's Eastern Anxieties" - Pantucci & Petersen, "International Herald Tribune"
# Vladimir Putin pitched Russia to global CEOs

# Cross-border attacks are growing in frequency in Eastern Afghanistan
# Pakistan's Kalash culture is under threat from the Taliban

# "Emptywheel" parses the plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.
# Walter Russell Mead on how Iran keeps the U.S. and Saudi Arabia together
# "The Washington Post" reports that Iran's nuclear program is suffering setbacks

# "A Balkan Peace Bargain" - Dana Rohrabacher, "The Wall St. Journal"
# KFOR troops will dismantle barricades along the Serbia-Kosovo border

# Jalal Talabani is trying to resolve Ba'ath-era land disputes
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Of Interest
# "Radio World" on the future of digital shortwave
# Viktor Yanukovich says the Tymoshenko verdict is not up for review
# "The Great Tech War of 2012" - Farhad Manjoo, "Fast Company"
# "Unfounded Drone Fears" - Michael W. Lewis, "LA Times"
# The "Chronicle" on magician-turned mathematician Persi Diaconis

U.S. Politics/Foeign Policy
# Pew says the media is not really in love with President Obama
# How looming budget cuts will affect federal employees
# The U.S. considered cyber war against Libya