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The Rundown - September 9

RFE/RL in the Media
The CPJ reports on Iranian authorities' harassment of journalists

On the RFE/RL Website
Scott Anderson discusses his GQ article on Putin
# Angela Merkel defends the Afghan war effort

Int'l Press Review

The U.N. says there was fraud in the Afghan elections
# Peter Bergen takes a ride from Kabul to Kandahar
# David Rothkopf remains optimistic
# Zalmay Khalilzad discusses the election on the Newshour
# Jason Motlagh visited General Dostum's compound
# The CS Monitor editorializes on the domestic politics of Afghanistan
# Terri Judd is embedded in Helmand
# Erica Gaston on civilian deaths in air strikes

Of Interest
Robert Morganthau, for the WSJ, on Iran-Venezuela relations
# Simon Tisdall thinks Iranian hardliners won this summer
# Yulia Latynina on the Russian press and the truth
# Tomas Velasek on U.S. missile defense policy in Europe
# Demand is increasing for private contractors in Iraq
# U Win Tin on Burmese elections

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
"Embassy Row" - the Washington Times
# Laura Rozen's new Politico blog

From the Blogs
15 Iranian journalists were summoned in Tehran
# Democracy Arsenal on the Konduz air strike
# Jacob Heilbrunn on U.S. allies in Afghanistan
# Larison challenges Bret Stephen's rationale for the Afghan war