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The Rundown - December 29

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# "The New York Times" quotes RFE's interview with Ramzan Kadyrov
# "When Media Is A weapon, Perception Is Target" - Saimum Parvez, "The Daily Star"
# Vali Nasr mentions Golnaz Esfandiari's piece on Twitter in an interview with "The Chronicle"
# "The Year Russia Stopped Blowing Bubbles" - Kevin O'Flynn, "Moscow Times"

International Press Review

# Political turmoil continues in Pakistan as the MQM quits the governing coalition
# "The National" reports on ethnic violence in Karachi
# George Fulton on wearing the veil in Pakistan

# "Global Post" reports on abuse of women in Afghanistan as an insurgent tactic
# "Honing Our Plan For Afghanistan" - David Ignatius, "The Washington Post"
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on corruption in Afghanistan

# Andre Glucksmann on the Khodorkovsky verdict
# "A New Democratic Agenda For Russia" - Mikhail Gorbachev, "Project Syndicate"
# "The World's Largest Dying Power" - Vladimir Rhyzhkov, "Moscow Times"
# Russia is pressuring Belarus over Russians held in a post-election crackdown

# "The Struggle For A New Iran" - Ray Takeyh, "International Herald Tribune"
# India is helping the U.S. with sanctions against Iran

# "The Wall Street Journal" interviews Nuri al Maliki
# "An Iraqi Government, Finally" - Editorial, "The New York Times"

Of Interest
# "The New Republic" reviews "The Way Back"
# Barney Frank says funding for NATO should be cut

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Time To Reboot U.S.- Pakistan Ties" - an interview with Haider Mullick
# "Drone Attacks Are No Laughing Matter" - Mehdi Hassan, "The Guardian"
# "Harmful U.S. Hypocrisy On Freedoms Abroad" - Sarah Trister, "Christian Science Monitor"
# "Is Obama's Muslim Outreach Working?" - Joshua Muravchik, "The Wall Street Journal"