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The Rundown - September 16

A first look at the news on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
In a letter to Hamid Karzai, CPJ mentions RFE/RL reporter Dawa Minapal

On the RFE/RL Website
Russia signs defense agreements with Abkhazia and S. Ossetia
# Ellen Bork on her role as Afghan election monitor
# The week in Facebook - RFE/RL edition

Int'l Press Review

Paul Pillar on terrorist safe havens
# Michael Crowley thinks Obama is repeating past mistakes
# Joseph Goodwin thinks curbing corruption is key...Andrew Wilder agrees
# Support from democrats may be tough for Obama to find
# James Lamont on Pakistani President Zardari's resilience

Jon Alterman on Iran's revolutionaries
The Wash Post ed board on Iran's treatment of Americans
# Hillary Clinton lays out the U.S. view of Iran's government
# Jamsheed Choksy on Ahmadinejad and the IRGC

Medvedev tries to extricate from Putinism (rhetorically, anyway)
# Fyodor Lukyanov on U.S. - Russia relations
# Miriam Elder on Russia's Stalinist revolution

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Laura Rozen on White House Afghanistan briefings
# "Embassy Row" - the Washington Times
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# Are cyber attacks more important than promoting democracy?

From the Blogs
Fred Kaplan wonders if we bribe our way out of Afghanistan
# Spencer Ackerman on more troops for Afghanistan
# Tunku Varadarajan on the price of a scoop
# Daniel Larison weighs in on Bret Stephens' new piece