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The Rundown - April 22

RFE In The Media
# "Minsk Rumors" - James Kirchick, "The New Republic"
# "The Arab Spring: The Turkmen Case" - Muhammad Tahir, "Foreign Policy"

International Press Review

# Five of six suspects were acquitted in the Mukhtaran Mai rape case [full text of the decision]
# Abubakar Siddique reports on the Greg Mortenson controversy

Jean MacKenzie on the tribulations of the Kabul Bank
# "Collapse Imminent In Afghanistan" - Marvin Weinbaum, "National Interest"
# "The New York Times" reports on security gains in Paktika Province

# "Iran's Interests And Values And The 'Arab Spring'" - Kayhan Barzegar, Harvard
# Four Iranians are on hunger strike in the UK
# "The Guardian" reports on the political future of Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei

# "Russia's Crime Of The Century" - Jamison Firestone, "Foreign Policy"
# "Putin's Plan Boils Down To Big Bablo" - Editorial, "Moscow Times"
# "Russia's Far East Forest Mafia" - Sebastian Strangio, "The Diplomat"

Of Interest
# "Lebabnon And The Power Of The Press" - Justin Martin, "Columbia Journalism Review"
# Sarah Sewall and Anthony Zinni on humanitarian interventions

Middle East
# Large protests are planned today in Syria
# The U.S. will give NATO Predator drones for use in Libya
# "The Arab Spring Is 2011, Not 1989" - Jean-Marie Guehenno, "The New York Times"
# "Drone Attacks In Libya: A Mistake" - David Ignatius, "The Washington Post"
# William Dobson wonders if Hosni Mubabrak is headed to trial in The Hague

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Gary Johnson: America's Next Top Libertarian" - Dave Weigel, "Slate"
# Meghan McCain interviews Donald Trump
# Leon Panetta may be the next secretary of defense
# Senator John Ensign will resign ahead of an ethics investigation
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"