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The Rundown - May 14

RFE/RL In The Media
# "The Guardian" quotes Franak Viachorka on Western support for dissidents
# RFE/RL's Golnaz Esfandiari discusses Iran on Israel's "Channel 2"
# "The Irish Times" and "Independent" report on the Eurovision contest in Azerbaijan
# The AIB links to RFE/RL's World Press Freedom Day video
# "Radio World" reports on RFE/RL's Balkan Service

International Press Review

# The "AP" reports on a picture said to show a military component to Iran's nuclear program
# "Iranians Have Democratic Values" -- Yuval Porat, "The Wall St. Journal"
# Anthony Cordesman on U.S.-Iran relations
# Iran helped secure the release of Turkish journalists held in Syria

# "The No-Show" -- Dmitiri Trenin, "Foreign Policy"
# Vladimir Putin says Russia will stand behind Abkhazia and South Ossetia
# "FSB Tells New Tale About a Terrorist Plot" -- Paul Rimple, "Moscow Times"

# Nathan Hodge reports on mismanagement of the UN fund for Afghan police
# Spy balloons are becoming a fixture on the Afghanistan landscape
# Pakistani armed forces are fighting militants in Kurram

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# "How Azerbaijan Demonizes the Internet To Keep Citizens Offline" -- Kendzior & Pearce, "Slate"
# 24,000 women have been kidnapped and forced into marriage over the last three years in Kyrgyzstan

Of Interest
# "Diplomats and Dissidents" -- Bill Keller, "The New York Times"
# "NATO's First Step on Missile Defense" -- Anders Fogh Rasmussen, "The Wall St. Journal"
# "The Oil Drum" reports on new research into the resource curse
# "Stimulus Spending Keeps Failing" -- Robert Barro, "The Wall St. Journal"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Michael Phillips reports from an ambush firefight in Afghanistan
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Shields & Brooks