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The Rundown - October 15

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

RFE/RL in the Media
Benjamin Graham cites RFE/RL in an essay in MEQ
# Newsmax on increased funds for Radio Farda

On the RFE/RL Website
A grieving mother in Iran refuses to be quiet
# Times are tough if you're a crime boss in Russia

Int'l Press Review

Ashraf Ghani discusses the Afghan elections on the Newshour
# The WSJ ed board on the failings of the Pakistan aid bill
# Abdullah Abdullah is crucial to stability in Afghanistan
# Tarek Fatah says Pakistan's democracy is the key to everything
# David Ignatius on Obama's deliberations...and deliberations
# Mark Ward on why Afghans should build Afghan schools
# Robert Pape on fighting the Taliban from afar
# Haroun Mir says scrap the Afghan elections

The WaPost ed board discusses engaging Iran w/ Shirin Ebadi

Putin offers an alternative to Eurovision
# Mikhail Margelov sees substance in the "reset"
# Clinton implores Russia to open its political system
# Peter Feaver doesn't like what he sees in U.S.-Russia relations

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Tom Brokaw on who Obama should invite to the Nobel ceremony
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# "Embassy Row" - the Washington Times

From the Blogs
The joke reports from German spies
# Daniel Larison on Russia and Iran