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The Rundown - October 16

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

RFE/RL in the Media
Senator Kaufman praises RFE/RL
# Hurriyet cites RFE/RL in a report on the Georgian elections
# UPI reports on the non-death of Ayatollah Khamenei
# The American Prospect reports on Hillary's trip to Moscow

On the RFE/RL Website
Peter Galbraith's oil problem
# A report on Duma dynamics
# The pirates who tried to take the Arctic Sea

Int'l Press Review

It looks like there will be a runoff election in Afghanistan
Ahmed Rasid on Pakistan's tenuous political situation
# NYT Mag profiles Gen. McChrystal
# Max Hastings doesn't think more troops is the answer
# Simon Tisdall on the U.S. aid package to Pakistan
# David Fidler thinks there is no half way with COIN

What makes the Russia-China relationship tick?
# Finally, it will possible to watch Family Guy in Russia

John Kerry thinks NATO membership would calm nerves
# The FT on EU enlargement in the Balkans
Ian Bancroft on the int'l community's failure to focus

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# "Embassy Row" - the Washington Times

From the Blogs
Marc Lynch is okay with presidential deliberation
# Bernard Finel discusses Pakistan on FOXNews
# Danger Romm on bribing the Taliban
# Michael Cohen on the new Frontline documentary