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The Rundown - October 23

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

RFE/RL in the Media
The AP and Monsters & Critics cite RFE/RL's Vaclav Havel interview
# RSF urges disclosure in the investigation of the Alisher Saipov murder
World Politics Review on the Sakharov prize

On the RFE/RL Website
An interview with Mikhail Gorbachev
# A weary electorate in Afghanistan

Int'l Press Review

# J Scott Carpenter says delay the runoff
# Newsweek on Pakistan's militant problem
# Some vox pops from Afghanistan
# The Boston Globe thinks it's time to ditch Karzai

# Sergei Mitrohkin on his experience during the elections
# Julian Ioffe on the fraudulent Russian elections
# Russia's top election official won't resign

The NYT on the role of Mehdi Karroubi
# The CS Monitor on the Iran nuke deal

The NYT ed board on difficulties in Iraqi politics

Of Interest
Mircea Geoana on the U.S.'s view of Central and Eastern Europe
# Phillip Stephens on Turkey's Eastern turn
# Michael Gerson on extremist Islam
# Minky Worden on the Olympics and human rights

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Bob Dole on the the looming crisis in the Balkans
Al Kamen's "In the Loop"
# "Embassy Row" - the Washington Times