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The Rundown - February 8

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

RFE/RL in the Media
Iran's Intelligence Ministry claimed that it had arrested 7 men accused of working for Radio Farda. The "Associated Press", "CNN (Int'l)", "AFP", "Politico", "The Independent", "Bloomberg", among others, report. The original statement from the Iranian government can be found here and here
# Mark MacKinnon discusses international broadcasting for "The Globe and Mail"

Int'l Press Review

Sunday Talk Shows
The analysis of Shields and Brooks
# Hillary Clinton discusses Iran with CNN
# Fareed Zakaria sits down with Jordan's King Abdullah
# "Meet the Press" has Alan Greenspan, Henry Paulson, and John Brennan
# "This Week" has Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

# Gilles Dorronsoro calls U.S. strategy in Afghanistan "self-destructive"
# Talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan are in the offing
# NATO troops have begun a major operation against the Taliban

Der Spiegel interviews Mehdi Karroubi
# Joshua Prager on provocative photos from Iran
# "The Independent" thinks there is still a chance for diplomacy with Iran

Alexei Bayer thinks Russia isn't cool anymore
# Vladimir Frolov sees a chance to save the "reset"
# A Russian company just a bought an entire town in Latvia
# The "Boston Globe" ed board bemoans Stalin's picture on soda cans

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Jackson Diehl sees Obama retreating from foreign policy
# The State Dept. is readying for a larger mission in Iraq
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"