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The Rundown - January 4

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# An editorial by "The Washington Post" discusses a project by RFE's Belarus Service where prominent world leaders read the names of people imprisoned in a post-election crackdown
# "The Economist" notes Radio Svaboda's reading of the names of imprisoned activists in Belarus
# Freedom House reprints RFE's press release on Radio Svaboda's project
# Charles Homans mentions James Kirchick's piece on Wikileaks and Zimbabwe in "Foreign Policy"

International Press Review

# Iran has offered China, Russia and some EU countries a tour of its nuclear facilities
# A report says Stuxnet attacked Iran's nuclear facilities a year ago
# Mehdi Karroubi challenges the government to put him on trial
# "Punish Iran's Human Rights Violators" - Emanuele Ottolenghi, "The Wall Street Journal"

"Drones Strike Fear - And Hope" - Ashfaq Yusufzai, "Asia Times"
# "Pakistan's Shame" - Imtiaz Gul, "Express Tribune"
# "Down The Nuclear Rabbit Hole" - Collins & Frantz, "LA Times"

# "The Way Out Of Afghanistan" - Ahmed Rashid, "NY Review Of Books"
# "Time" reports on Afghan women imprisoned for leaving abusive marriages
# "An Unlikely Exit From Afghanistan" - H.D.S. Greenway, "Boston Globe"
# Judges will rule on Afghan election complaints within two weeks
# The Alikozai tribe has agreed to start fighting the Taliban

# "Der Spiegel" interviews Gazprom Chairman Alexei Miller
# "When oil Prices Rise, Russia Has Freedom Over A Barrell" - Anne Applebaum
# "The Long Shadow Of Vladimir Putin" - Svetlana Babaeva, "National Interest"

Of Interest
# "Welcome To The New Middle Ages" - Parag Khanna, "Financial Times"
# "Mr. Orban Forgets" - Editorial, "International Herald Tribune"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Democracy Is Still Worth Fighting For" - Morton Halperin, "Foreign Policy"