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The Rundown - December 20

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# The "CBC" interviews James Kirchick from Minsk (video one and two)
# "Belarus Betrayal" - James Kirchick, "The New Republic"
# "The Washington Post" cites RFE reporting on the Belarus elections
# The "Moscow Times" cites RFE Russian Service reporting on the arrest of 2,000 people

International Press Review

Sunday Talk Shows
# "Meet The Press" interviews Vice President Joe Biden
# The analysis of David Brooks and Mark Shields
# Fareed Zakaria remembers Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
# "Face The Nation" discusses the START Treaty Senator Lindsey Graham
# "This Week" talks to Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar

# RFE's coverage of the election, including photo galleries
# "Al Jazeera" interviews Marina Bogdanovich

# "Mirror of Kushchyovskaya" - Sergey Matyunin, "Moscow Times"
# "How Law Sustains The Russian System" - Kirill Rogov, "Open Democracy"
# "Russia's Far Right" - Editorial, "Financial Times"

# Moqtada al-Sadr says his followers cannot work for foreign oil companies
# Iraqi politics may mean the U.S. will be completely out of the country next year

# Iran's former former minister Manouchehr Mottaki lashes out at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
# Iran has cut fuel subsidies

# "Newsline" reports on Pakistan's blasphemy law
# Hussain Haqqani says Pakistan will fight in Waziristan "when it is ready"

# Are Chinese weapons being funneled to the Taliban?
# "Let's Un-Surge In Afghanistan" - Richard Haass, "The Wall Street Journal"
# The "Boston Globe" reviews David Rhode's book about being abducted by the Taliban

Of Interest
# Tsotne Bakuria on Mikheil Sakaashvili's dwindling number of Western allies
# "Slate" has some tips on password security

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The Senate has reached a deal on funding through early next year
# The U.S. Senate is still wrangling over the new START Treaty
# "New START Matters" - EU Foreign Ministers, "International Herald Tribune"