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The Rundown - December 31

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# The "LA Times" cites RFE reporting on the hijab and Islam in Azerbaijan
# "Wikileaks Collateral Damage" - James Kirchick, "The Wall Street Journal"
# "Put The Screws To Europe's Last Dictator" - James Kirchick, "Globe & Mail"

International Press Review

# Hamid karzai has appointed a close friend to a new anti-corruption agency
# 63% of the American public opposes the war in Afghanistan
# "The Long War Journal" reports on Iranian influence in Afghanistan

# "Newsline" reports on child laborers in Pakistan
# Religious parties are against changing Pakistan's blasphemy laws
# "Intolerance Towards Our Minorities" - Syed Mohammad Ali, "Express Tribune"

# "The Verdict Is In" - Julia Ioffe, "Foreign Policy"
# The White House says the Khodorkovsky verdict will affect Russia's WTO bid

# Ba'athists have formed a political alliance that is pro-democracy and supports trials for Saddam-era crimes

# "Washington's Appalling Kosovo Policy" - Ted Galen Carpenter, "National Interest"
# "Der Spiegel" reports on gas transit through Ukraine to Europe

Of Interest
# Nick Davies on the row between "The Guardian" and Wikileaks
# Users can now make video calls with Skype on iPhones
# "Foreign Policy" lists world leaders' resolutions for the New Year

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Obama Is Back - Squarely In The Center" - Richard Wolffe, "LA Times"
# Some airports are considering private security firms over the TSA