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The Rundown - December 28

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

Mikhail Khodorkovsky Verdict
# "Khodorkovsky And The Rule Of Law" - Yuri Schmidt, "International Herald Tribune"
# Reactions to the verdict from the U.S. and others (video)
# Miriam Elder discusses the verdict for "Global Post"
# "The Latest Victim Of Vladimir Putin's Vendetta Politics" - Simon Tisdall, "The Guardian"
# "Legal Nihilism Triumphs In Russia" - Editorial, "Financial Times"

International Broadcasting
# "Press TV " reports on international broadcasters in Iran

# "The New York Times" on the trial of Oleg Orlov

# The "AP" reports on rifts in the Iranian leadership
# Meir Javendafar on the tombs of Jewish saints in Iran
# Omid Memarian on Iran's crackdown on artists

# The World Food Program will resume distribution
# A compilation of articles on the assassination on Benazir Bhutto

# Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki says U.S. troops will be gone at the end of 2011

Of Interest
# "Invading Our Privacy On The Internet" - Jamie Court, "LA Times"
# "The Fading Dream Of Europe" - Orhan Pamuk, "NY Review of Books"
# "Hungary Takes A Wrong Turn" - Anne Applebaum, "Slate"
# "The Putinization Of Hungary" - Editorial, "The Washington Post"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The "Boston Globe" reports on retired generals moving to the private sector
# Josh Rogin reports on oversight of the Afghanistan war
# Is Jon Stewart like Edward R. Murrow?
# James Traub discusses the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell