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The Rundown - December 21

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RFE In The Media

# "The Lede (NYT)" links to and embeds RFE videos from election protests in Belarus
# Anne Applebaum mentions RFE in an op-ed on Belarus for "The Washington Post"
# "The Atlantic Wire" links to James Kirchick's article on Alexander Lukashenko
# Simon Tisdall quotes James Kirchick's piece on Belarus
# "Yahoo News" interviews James Kirchick about post-election violence in Belarus
# "Think Progress" quotes Abubakar Siddique in a report on media coverage of Afghanistan
# The BBG is looking to use text messaging to send news into authoritarian states

International Press Review

# "The Way Out Of Afghanistan" - Ahmed Rashid, "NY Review of Books"
# "The Pak-Af Problem" - Christopher Hitchens, "Slate"
# "Spare Afghanistan Iraq's Success" - Nir Rosen, "Foreign Policy"
# "Heroism Is No Substitute For An Afghan Strategy" - Max Hastings, "Financial Times"

# "Free For All In Balochistan" - Aamer Ahmed Khan, "Express Tribune"
# The U.S. military is pushing for more raids into NW Pakistan

# Iran sentenced two prominent opposition filmmakers to six years in jail

# Simon Shuster on Russian influence in Belarus
# New Wikileaks cables shed more light on the killing of Alexander Litvinenko
# "The Return Of Glasnost" - Alexei Pankin, "Moscow Times"

# "The National" reports on Iraqi Christians celbrating Christmas in Jordan
# Nuri al-Maliki announced appointments to over half of all government ministries
# "The Coming Iraqi Business Boom" - Bartle Bull, "The Wall Street Journal"

Of Interest
# "Eastern Europe's Tito Option" - Andrew Wilson, "Moscow Times"
# "The Political Power Of Social Media" - Clay Shirky, "Foreign Affairs"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "When Foreign Policy Realism Isn't Realistic" - Michael Gerson, "The Washington Post"
# The START Treaty looks more likely to clear the U.S. Senate