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The Rundown - April 15

RFE In The Media
# "The Prague Post" reports on RFE's budget

International Press Review

First Read
# "The New York Times" reports on U.S.-backed democracy groups in the Middle East

# "Oligarchs Call BP’s Bluff Over Rosneft" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# Julia Ioffe on Russia's presidential election (just 331 days to go)
# William Dobson also weighs in on the election for "The Washington Post"
# Moscow police found an "underground town" of migrant workers
# "Putting The Watch On Putin" - Amy Knight, "NY Review Of Books"

# The CIA says it will not suspend operations in Pakistan
# "The Pakistan Ultimatum" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# The Army is building a road to Afghanistan through North Waziristan
# Steve LeVine talks to Anatol Lieven

# Mullahs in Kandahar want people to protest peacefully
# Lt. Cmndr.James Sisco on the Hamid Karzai he knew

# Mehdi Karroubi's son says his father is being held by the Intelligence Ministry
# The UN confirms 34 people are dead at Camp Ashraf in Iraq

Middle East
# "Libya’s Pathway To Peace" - Obama, Cameron, & Sarkozy
# Libyan opposition leaders had to cancel a trip to Washington
# "An Open Letter To Saif Gadhafi" - Alaa al-Ameri, "The Guardian"
# Stephen Castle watches NATO at war from Brussels

Of Interest
# Timothy Farrington on the friendship of Mikheil Saakashvili and Donald Trump
# "The Economist" reports on elections in Nigeria
# "The IMF Needs To Find Its Voice Again" - Sebastian Mallaby, "Financial Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"