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The Rundown - September 17

RFE/RL In The Media
# The "Moscow Times" on Masha Gessen's being named the new head of RFE/RL's Russian Service
# "A Call From the Kremlin" - Masha Gessen, "International Herald Tribune"
# The "Moscow Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on Pussy Riot

International Press Review

# Iran says it has forces in Syria
# U.S. and British navies are amassing in the Persian Gulf
# "Tehran at the Book Fair" - Matthian K√ľntzel, "The Wall St. Journal"
# The price on Salman Rushdie's head has been increased

# Photos from the weekend's march in Moscow
# Julia Ioffe of the Gennady Gudkov affair
# "Putin Redux: Continuity and Change" - Richard Sakwa, "Open Democracy"

# Taliban fighters dressed in U.S. uniforms attacked a base in Afghanistan
# Protesters stormed the U.S. consulate in Karachi
# "Inside the Killing Fields of Karachi" - Idrees Bakhtiar, "Dawn"

Middle East
# Hassan Hassan: Who is pulling the strings in recent protests?
# Egypt's PM says some protesters were paid

Of Interest
# A new exhibition displays ancient artifacts from Kazakhstan
# "TOL" reports on Central Asian filmmakers
# Albania's bunkers are becoming backpacker hostels
# "He Said, She Said, and the Truth" - Megan Sullivan, "The New York Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Brooks and Marcus
# "Life Under Romeycare" - Charles Pierce, "Esquire"