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The Rundown - March 21

RFE/RL In The Media
# "Russia's New Normal" - Masha Gessen, "The New York Times"
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on the political journey of Vuk Jeremic

International Press Review

# The Secret Service almost shot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
# Iran is weaning itself off of oil revenues
# A U.S. General tells Latin America that Iran is not to be trusted

# Russia cannot be persuaded to bail out Cyprus
# The allure of western medicine

# Dozens of villages in southern Afghanistan are rising up against the Taliban
# Interpol has rejected a request by Pakistan to arrest Pervez Musharraf...
# ... But, why does he want to return now?
# Colin Cookman looks at Pakistan's elections
# "Afghanistan: The Way to Peace" - Anatol Lieven, "NY Review of Books"

# The world's largest asset management firm doesn't think Cyprus is a big deal
# Banks will be closed all week and pensions may be nationalized
# Cyprus isn't even that big of an off-shore haven

RFE/RL Target Region
# Uzbekistan's rail company may expand the Afghan rails
# The Kurds benfitted from the invasion of Iraq
# A one-stop shop for all news relating to aviation in Central Asia

Of Interest
# 3D printed guns are a real thing now
# What to do if a large asteroid is going to hit Earth: pray
# We are what we tweet
# Rocky planets may have oceans

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. government will stay open through September 30
# Peter Doran on U.S. plans to cancel the last phase of missile defense (.pdf)
# 24 Guantanamo Bay detainees are on hunger strike