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The Rundown - January 3

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# "Politico" links to James Kirchick's op-ed on Wikileaks and Zimbabwe
# John Brown mentions RFE's Belarus Service's reading of names of the imporisoned
# Gordon Crovitz mentions RFE in an article on technology in 2011

International Press Review

Sunday Talk Shows
# "This Week" (w/ Jake Tapper) interviews Austan Goolsbee and George Clooney
# Lindsay Graham tells "Meet The Press" that he supports permanent bases in Afghanistan

# Pakistan's ruling coalition has lost its majority in parliament
# Omar Waraich on Pakistan's war against the Taliban
# "Dawn" reports on a barber who has reunited thousands of children with their parents

# Afghanistan's high peace council will talk to Pakistan about combating the Taliban

# Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fired 14 advisors
# Iran says it has shot down "Western spy drones"
# "The Washington Post" profiles VOA's "Parazit"

# Archaeologists are trying to preserve Babylonian ruins in Iraq

# "The End To Russian Democracy" - David Satter, "The Daily Beast"

# Belarus is closing the OSCE mission there
# David Stern on the West's limited options towards Belarus

Of Interest
# "Foreign Policy" interviews Tariq Ramadan
# "The New York Times" reports on China's inroads in Central Asia
# Mark Seddon: "We may be witnessing a new age of Christian persecution"
# "When China Ruled The World" - Thomas P.M. Barnett, "Esquire"
# Egyptian Coptic Christians continue to protest killings

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Dangerously Silent On Human Rights" - Jackson Diehl, "The Washington Post"
# "Think Again: American Decline" - Gideon Rachman, "Foreign Policy"
# "Hope Springs Eternal" - Evgeny Morozov, "The New York Post"