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The Rundown - October 20

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

RFE/RL in the Media
The ISN reprints Abubakar Siddique's Afghan elections report
# Fmr Ambassador Craig Stapleton on serving in Prague
Hurriyet on Russia's Black Sea fleet

On the RFE/RL Website
Will Nabucco be the victim of Turkey-Armenia reproachment?
# Dmirty Medvedev's theater of the absurd

Int'l Press Review

The U.S. is pressing Karzai to accept the election results
# Peter Beinart on Biden as Rumsfeld
# Shuja Nawaz syas Pakistan's civilian gov't must step up
# Stephen Biddle on a middle way in Afghanistan
# Glen Bulter suggests polling Afghan vets about what to do there
# Part 3 of David Rohde's kidnapping account

The Wash Post ed board on Iran's nuclear program
# Christopher Hitchens says disarm Iran now

Ray Odierno warns on Iraqi violence

Alexei Pankin on why Russia doesn't need a revolution

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Robert Bernstein says Human Rights Watch needs to change
# Anne Applebaum on NATO's withering role in the world
# Bret Stephens on Obama's human rights record
# John Brown on Hillary Clinton and propaganda
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# "Embassy Row" - the Washington Times

From the Blogs
Steve Coll on Afghan politics
# Danger Room on drone strike