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The Rundown -- January 5

RFE/RL in the Media

# In Boston Globe Martha Bayles and Jeffrey Gedmin call on CIA to ban covert funding of journalists and mention RFE/RL's CIA beginnings
# Daily Mail uses RFE/RL's Under the Black flag blog in report on IS propaganda
# Washington Times cites RFE/RL's Caucasus Report on insurgent commanders in Russia pledging allegiance to IS
# Alan Hell's Washington Post letter to the editor cites dangers faced by RFE/RL and VOA journalists
# Russian footballer shot and killed in North Caucasus
# U.S. and Russia on verge of returning to era of nuclear rivalry
# "Five Ways Russia Can Regroup" - Nikolai Gosdev, National Interest
# Bershidsky: Putin's Russia on verge of outright dictatorship
# New York Times goes behind the scenes for Yanukovych's last hours in power and how he lost it
# "The Next Battle for Ukraine" - Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times
# Erdogan sees new threat -- in political cartoons
# IS releases new, well-produced Cantlie video
# IS power appears to ebb
# Rohani proposes direct referendum, possibly to bypass hardliners on nuclear deal; says Iran must end isolation
# Sides moving closer on nuclear deal
# Support for Afghanistan troops rises as combat mission ends
# Unruly factions hurt Taliban bid to capture territory
# To fight Taliban, "Pakistan needs curriculum reform"
Central Asia
# Uzbek translation of Koran launched in Afghanistan