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The Rundown - January 5

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

RFE In The Media

# "EurasiaNet" reports on an RFE stringer attacked in Turkmenistan
# James Kirchick on Jews in Tajikistan for "Tablet"
# Christian Caryl reviews Peter Bergen's "The Longest War"

International Press Review

Salman Taseer
# Groups of religious scholars praised the Taseer murder
# The assassin has become a bit of a Facebook hero for some
# Reactions from Imtiaz Gul and Mosharraf Zaidi in "Foreign Policy"
# Editorials by "The Wall Street Journal" and "The New York Times"
# A round-up of responses at "5 Rupees"

Religious Violence
# "The Fallout Of Religious Cleansing" - Irfan Husain, "Dawn"
# "What’s Behind The Wave Of Attacks On Christians?" - Olivia Ward, "Toronto Star"

# The Taliban attacked a village elder in Sangin who has been negotiating a cease fire
# Frank Ruggiero will visit Pakistan and Afghanistan this week
# "Afghanistan Today" on Afghan child laborers in Pakistan

# "This Is The Wrong Time To Punish Pakistan" - Ahmed Rashid, "Financial Times"
# "The Real Blasphemy" - Saroop Ijaz, "LA Times"

# Alireza Pahlavi, the youngest son of the late shah of Iran, was found dead of an apparent suicide
# A Wikileaks memo says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought a nuclear fuel swap deal
# "What Iranians Really Think" - Abbas Milani, "National Interest"
# "Iran's Nuclear Domino Effect" - Andrew Roberts, "The Daily Beast"

# "The Toppling" - Peter Maass, "The New Yorker"
# "The New York Times" reports on Turkey's influence in Iraq

# "How The Kremlin Harnesses The Internet" - Evgeny Morozov, "The New York Times"
# "Reality Check For Russian Oil" - Sergei Blagov, "Asia Times"

Of Interest
# The EU may reinstate sanctions against Belarus
# "The Strange Death Of Technocracy" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# "The Dubai Job" - Ronen Bergman, "GQ"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "A Power Grab Democrats Should Avoid" - Mitch McConnell, "The Washington Post"
# "Politico" reports on possible staff moves in the White House
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"