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The Rundown - October 19

RFE/RL In The Media
# "Don't Fall For Putin's Talk" - Gregory Feifer, "Moscow Times"
# The "St. Petersburg Times" quotes RFE/RL's interview with Andrei Makarevich

International Press Review

# "Why Russia Fears U.S. Afghan Plan" - Joshua Kucera, "The Diplomat"

# "Pakistan's Alternate Universe" - John Schmidt, "Foreign Policy"
# Pakistan doesn't think the U.S. will attack North Waziristan

# "How Iran Kills Abroad" - Roya Hakakian, "The Wall St. Journal"
# Iran says the MeK is to blame for the assassination plot
# Ayatollah Khamenei hints that presidential elections may end

# "Tymoshenko Is No Khodorkovsky" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# "Ukraine Retreats to a Dark Past" - Erich Follath, "Spiegel"

Of Interest
# Josh Foust pens a dispatch from Kyrgyzstan
# Khaled Hroub on "al Jazeera" and the influence of Qatar
# Anne Applebaum on the Occupy protests
# "The New Republic" lists the most overrated thinkers

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "In Defense of the Back-Room Deal" - Jordan Tama, "The New York Times"
# There will be a foreign policy debate for the GOP candidates
# "Politico" wraps the GOP Presidential debate (more highlights)