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The Rundown - April 23

RFE/RL In The Media
# RSF reports on a 4-month sentence for Montenegrin journalist Petar Komnenic
# The "Tehran Times" quotes RFE/RL's interview with Gary Samore

International Press Review

# "The Ayatollah Under the Bed(sheets)" - Karim Sadjadpour, "Foreign Policy"
# "When Iran Saved Jews" - Bernie Farber, "National Post"

# The election commission says there were violations in Astrakhan
# Orthodox Christians rallied in defense of the church

# Afghanistan and the U.S. have signed a strategic partnership agreement
# "Opium and Taliban are Forever" - Vivek Katju, "Outlook India"
# Pakistan is seeking a new loan from the IMF
# Pakistan says it will repatriate Afghan refugees

# U.S. officials will be able to sanction foreign nationals using technology for human rights abuses
# Danah Boyd on the user-powered web
# "The Flight from Conversation" - Sherry Turkle, "The New York Times"

Of Interest
# "Armenia: Straight to the Village" - Onnik Krikorian, "Global Voices"
# "39 Ways to Limit Free Speech" - David Cole, "NY Review of Books"
# "How Poland Promotes Democracy" ($$) - Tsveta Petrova, "Journal of Democracy"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Shields and Brooks
# "Why We Need More Accountability in Afghanistan" - Andrew Bacevich, "The Washington Post"