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The Rundown - December 13

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# Muhammad Tahir spoke at the Jamestown Foundation's annual conference on terrorism
# "Global Voices" quotes Daisy Sindelar's reporting on Kyrgyzstan
# "The Missourian" interviews Muhammad Tahir
# "UPI" cites RFE reporting on Iraq's new government

International Press Review

Sunday Talk Shows
Howard Kertz interviews Twitter founder Biz Stone
# Fareed Zakaria interviews Ehud Barak
# "Meet The Press" interviews Michael Bloomberg

# "If It's Tuesday, It Must Be The Taliban" - Damon Tabor, "Outside Online"
# "The New York Times" reports on the arrest of an Afghan drug lord who informed for the CIA
# "The Washington Post" reports on the U.S. government's review of the war in Afghanistan
# "Preparing For The Post-Karzai Future" - Michael O'Hanlon, "The Wall Street Journal"
# A group of analysts pens an open letter to Barack Obama

# "State (Of) Radio" - Awais Malik, "Express Tribune"
# "Trickling Home To South Waziristan" - Reza Nasim Jan, "Foreign Policy"
# Abdul Wahab on mining deals in Balochistan

# "Russians Face Long March To Democracy" - John Lloyd, "Financial Times"
# "Wiki Drives A Wedge Into The Tandem" - Victor Davidoff, "Moscow Times"
# "The Skinhead Terrorists" - Charles Clover, "Financial Times"
# Vladimir Putin sings "Blueberry Hill"
# The "Financial Times" looks at Russia's preparations for the 2014 Olympics

# "Iran, Israel, And The Arab Contradiction" - Ronen Bergman, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Time To Talk (Properly) To Iran" - Editorial, "The Diplomat"

Of Interest
# "The Democracy Recession" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Europe, Look Outward Again" - Bildt, Hague, et al, "International Herald Tribune"
# Joshua Yaffa reviews a book on democracy and independence for Chechnya

# The editor of Pakistan's Online News Agency was sacked for publishing a fake Wikileaks cable
# "Don't Charge Wikileaks" - Editorial, "The Washington Post"
# Former Wikileaks employees will launch a rival site called "Openleaks"
# "Wikileaks And The Internet's Long War" - Tim Hwang, "The Washington Post"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy

# Richard Holbrroke remains in critical condition following a second surgery
# "Spiegel" reports on America's relationships in Central Asia
# "Hillary's Human Rights Warrior" - Dayo Olopade, "The Daily Beast"
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"