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The Rundown - January 6

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
"The Guardian" and the "RNW" blog report on Radio Farda's illegality in Iran
# Andrei Babitsky discusses Chechnya for the "Prague Watchdog"

Int'l Press Review

More details are emerging about the CIA station bombing in Afghanistan
# A stunning gallery of photos of Afghan children
# Rory Stewart outlines the challenges ahead in Afghanistan
# Eric Randolph on India's role in Afghanistan

"The New York Times" reports on Iran's maze of tunnels housing its nuclear facilities
# Flynt & Hillary Mann Leverett do not see an Iranian revolution in the offing
# Emanuele Ottolenghi on Iran's Green Movement and Shiite Islam
# John Kerry was denied a visa to enter Iran

Claire Suddath on Russia's new vodka pricing scheme
# Michio Kaku on Russian efforts to take on the Apophis asteroid
# Nina Khruscheva on Russia's two-headed national symbol

Of Interest
"The New York Times" editorializes on Serbia's EU aspirations
# Iraqi and Afghan diplomats are angry at increased airport security for their nationals

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
David Ignatius on the questions facing the CIA
# Richard Haass thinks multilateralism serves the U.S. well