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The Rundown - April 5

RFE In The Media
# Anne Applebaum on anti-web censorship funds in the U.S. State Department

International Press Review

Middle East
# Security forces killed a dozen protesters in Yemen
# Officials worry about al-Qaeda's presence in Yemen
# Financial sanctions against Musa Kusa were scrapped
# "It's 1989, But We're The Russians" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"

# Christine Fair on the killings in Mazar-i-Sharif
# "Wired" reports from near the Pakistani border
# The UN will investigate the slow response of Afghan forces in Mazar

# Iran has cut ties with the Louvre
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on Siemens in Iran

# Julia Ioffe profiles Alexey Navalny for "The New Yorker"
# "Kremlin Needs to Find Killers Of Journalists" - William Dunkerley, "Moscow Times"
# Oleg Kashin has been sued for $3,500 over his beating claim

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
# Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be put on trial in Guantanamo Bay
# "The Washington Post" likes the decision, "The New York Times" does not

Crackdown In China
# "The Widening Net" - Renee Xia, "Foreign Policy"
# "Reuters" reports on the detention of Ai Weiwei

Of Interest
# "Uzbekistan Can't Muzzle The Messenger" - Steve Swerdlow, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Debt, Dictatorship, & Democratization" - Teitel & Howse, "Project Syndicate"
# How social media falls short in anti-authoritarian resistence (pdf)

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Washington Post" reports on budget negotiations
# "Politico" reports on Rep. Paul Ryan's budget
# General Petraeus is being considered to head the CIA