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The Rundown - February 29

RFE/RL In The Media
# Daud Khattak will be dicussing Pakistan at the New America Foundation next week
# The "Moscow Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on an opposition activist being sent to a psychiatric hospital

International Press Review

# "How I Got Kicked out of Russia" - Anne Nivat, "International Herald Tribune"
# A German filmmaker was granted unprecedentedd access to Vladimir Putin
# "Putin the Peacemaker?" - Dmitri Trenin, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Essence of Putin" - Mikhail Kasyanov, "Project Syndicate"

# The U.S. Treasury Dept. has disrupted the cash flow to Iran from a Dubai bank
# U.S. officials warn of blowback from a strike on Iran
# "Why Won't Obama Speak Frankly About Iran?" - Jeffrey Herf, "The New Republic"

# A negotiator syas the Quetta Taliban is showing signs of flexibility
# "West's Afghan Goals Collide with Reality" - Michael Hart, "National Interest"
# "Pakistan's War Against 'Miscreants'" - Sikander Shah, "The Diplomat"

Broadcast Region
# "Eurasianet" on Uzbekistan and the NDN
# "A Probably Fake 'Jihad' in Kyrgyzstan" - Josh Foust, "The Atlantic"

Of Interest
# A Mozilla add-on lets you know if you are being tracked online
# A new study shows the rich are more willing to steal candy from children
# Several Syrian activists were killed saving journalist Paul Conroy
# "The New York Times" launched a Tumblr feed for the archives

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Conservative Case for Foreign Aid" - John Kerry, "The Wall St. Journal"
# Mitt Romney won GOP primaries in Arizona and Michigan
# Senator Olympia Snowe is retiring