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The Rundown - December 30

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

# Pakistani politicians are scrambling to end political turmoil
# The U.S. State Dept. is concerned over disappearances in Pakistan
# "Tied To The Donors" - Shahid-ur-Rehman, "Newsline"
# "A March Of Folly In Pakistan" - Anatol Lieven, "International Herald Tribune"

# "The Resurgence Of Afghanistan's Spiritual Bazaar" - Nushin Arbabzadah, "The Guardian"
# "Television's Threat To Afghan Women" - Gayle Lemmon, "The Daily Beast"
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on the progress of Afghan security forces

# Thomas de Waal reports from post-war Abkhazia
# "Potyomkin Village of Skolkovo" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# Vladimir Putin is less than impressed with Russia's transportation officials

# Indian and Iranian central bankers will meet to try to resolve a payment row
# "The Shah's Atomic Dreams" - Abbas Milani, "Foreign Policy"

# "Belarusian Dreaming" - David Kramer, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Constant coverage from RFE's Belarus Service

Of Interest
# "No Holidays For Victims Of Tyrannical Leaders" - Carl Gershmann, "The Washington Post"
# "Why The Internet Is A Great Tool For Totalitarians" - Evgeny Morozov, "Wired"
# "Meet Radical Islam's Tech Guru" - Sarah Topol, "The Daily Beast"
# A Soviet anti-rock and roll propaganda video
# Chinese anti-corruption officials love the internet

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Obama's Moment Of Decision" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# Washington has revoked the Visa of Venezuela's ambassador
# "Endgames In Iraq & Afghanistan" - Richard Haass, "The Japan Times"