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02/18/2005

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Press Review

A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

Iraq's Shiite Alliance Forms Majority

Iraq's electoral commission certified the results of the country's Jan. 30 elections Thursday and allocated 140 seats to the clergy-backed United Iraqi Alliance, giving them a majority in the new parliament.

Bush: Syria Should Quit Lebanon

U.S. President George W. Bush called on Syria on Thursday to withdraw its forces from Lebanon as Lebanese opposition leaders vowed to topple the country's pro-Syrian leadership.

A Problem With Authority

The word ????????? is a relatively new addition to the Russian language. My facsimile edition of the 1882 Dal dictionary doesn't include it, but a more recent Russian dictionary defines it as something that is ""universally accepted or influential,"" or ""a person who is considered an expert"" -- which is very similar to the most common definitions of ""authority"" in English.

Finding Russia's True Friends and Foes

In the run-up to the first Putin-Bush summit since George W. Bush's re-election, analysts, columnists, academics and unnamed ""senior administration officials"" have once again begun to frame the debate about U.S.-Russia relations as one between friends and foes of Russia.

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