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The Rundown - January 8

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
Golnaz Esfandiari's report on a documentary refuting Neda's death was picked up by "The Lede (NYT)," "FP Passport," "The Daily Dish," "Reason" magazine's "Hit & Run" blog, "The Weekly Standard," and Australia's ""

Int'l Press Review

Saeed Dehghan thinks Iranians need to decide what their future will be
# Abbas Milani thinks the opposition is looking strong
# Hooman Majd on the Green Movement's civil rights aspects

Nicholas Schmidle tracks down the "Ann Coulter of Pakistan"
# Carl Bildt & Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Europe's commitment to Afghanistan
# The investigation into the suicide bomber who killed CIA agents in Afghanistan continues

Josh Rogin reports that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will double in size
# An Iraqi politician is removed from the ballot over alleged support for Ba'athists

Gerrard Cowan on European arms sales to Russia
# David Stern on the Belarus' economy and relations with Russia

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Robert Gates says he will stay on for at least 1 more year
# Reuel Marc Gerecht on al-Qaeda's counterintelligence operation
# Les Gelb on moderate Muslims and the fight against terror
# Judah Grunstein madlibs an oped on Yemen
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"