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The Rundown - August 22

# "Stifled By Godlessness, Then God" - Cathy Young, "Globe & Mail"
# "Why Everyone Is Avoiding Gazprom" - Anders Aslund, "Moscow Times"
# "What Madonna Doesn’t Get About Russia’s Punk Protest" - Leonid Bershidsky, "Bloomberg"

# "Seeking to Cool War Fever Over Iran" - David Ignatius, "The Washington Post"
# Aaron David Miller says Israel will not attack Iran this year
# Ban Ki Moon may travel to Tehran for the meeting of the non-aligned movement
# Female students are being shut out of some fields

# "The Taliban's Wedge Strategy" - Benjamin Jensen, "International Herald Tribune"
# It's tough to get paid in Pakistan
# Knox Thames on promoting religious tolerance in Afghanistan
# "Pakistan's Briefcase Warriors" - Ilhan Niaz, "Foreign Affairs"
# "The Life and Films of Ashok Mehta" - Gautam Chintamani, "Dawn"

Of Interest
# Measuring impact in journalism
# Al Qaeda is making a comeback in Iraq
# "The Media Cold War" - Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Project Syndicate"
# "Three Thorny Paths to Saving the Euro" - Stefan Kaiser, "Der Spiegel"
# Minorities is Syria are being drawn into the fighting

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# 2,000 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan (faces of the dead in Iraq and Afghanistan)
# Niall Ferguson responds to criticism over his recent "Newsweek" piece