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The Rundown - March 18

RFE/RL In The Media
# Tina Traster blogs about Radio Svoboda's covergae of her family
# Masha Gessen won an award for her 2012 "Vanity Fair" piece on Vladimir Putin

International Press Review

# "Why Iran May be Ready to Deal" - Vali Nasr, "The New York Times"
# Iran has launched a destroyer in the Caspian Sea

# Russia is driving a hard bargain over bailout funds with Cyprus
# "The Cossacks are Back. May the Hills Tremble" - Ellen Barry, "The New York Times"
# In pictures: Russia's most successful women
# "The FSB Opens a New Foreign Front" - Andrei Soldatov, "Moscow Times"

# Pakistan's elected government completed a full five-year term
# The "LA Times" on Asif Ali Zardari's political survival skills
# "Pakistan’s Real Image" - Saroop Ijaz, "The Express Tribune"
# The market for camel milk is booming

# Check out RFE/RL's "Icons of the Iraq War" series
# "The National" on the Sunnis of Fallujah

RFE/RL Target Region
# Anne Appebaum: "Does Eastern Europe Still Exist?" (speech, ~60 minutes)
# "The Washington Post" reports on Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan's national sovereignty
# State TV in Uzbekistan thinks women should lay off the sauce

# The "Financial Times" on how the depositor tax deal happened in the UK (and, previously, on Russia's stake)
# Russia and Russians could lose billions

Of Interest
# "The Internet is a Surveillance State" - Bruce Schneier, "CNN"
# 50 years of censorship make starting an independent newspaper quite difficult
# "Open and Closed" - Evgeny Morozov, "The New York Times"
# "Der Spiegel" on the Czech Republic "now lies like a drugged-up green oasis"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. has effectively cancelled the final stage of a missile defense program in Europe
# "The REAL Reason the U.S. failed in Afghanistan" - Stephen Walt, "Foreign Policy"
# The political analysis of Shields and Brooks