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The Rundown - January 26

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RFE In The Media

# Steve LeVine quotes Muhammad Tahir and embeds an RFE video of a militia fighting the Taliban in Northern Afghanistan
# A "Financial Times" article on cuts at the "BBC" cites tough competition from RFE
# Cory Doctorow mentions Golnaz Esfandiari in his review of "The Net Delusion"
# The "Moscow Times" cites RFE Russian Service reporting on Maria Amelie

International Press Review

# "Stop Sweeping Terror Under The Carpet" - Yulian Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# "Binging On Purging" - Julia Ioffe, "Foreign Policy"
# "Russia Has No Good Terror Options" - Anatol Lieven, "Financial Times"
# "In Link to Caucasus, Russia Faces Old Problem" - Clifford Levy & Ellen Barry
# "A Moment Of Truth For Russia And Medvedev" - Ariel Cohen, "Christian Science Monitor"
# "Terror at Domodedovo" - Dmitri Trenin, "National Interest"

Protests In Lebanon, Egypt, & Tunisia
# Marc Lynch on a lack of Egypt coverage by "Al Jazeera"
# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on the Egyptian protests
# The naming of the Lebanese PM sparked protests in Beirut
# "Good News From the Middle East (Really)" - Jeffrey Goldberg & Hussein Ibish
# "The New York Times" on the U.S. response to the protests

# General David Petraeus writes a letter to U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan
# The U.S. is finishing a review of civilian casualties in Afghanistan
# Hamid Karzai blasts Western officials over comments on seating the new parliament

# "Violating The Saints" - Bina Shah, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Newsline" reports on a government scandal to defraud people going on Hajj
# "The Truth About Reko Diq" - Farooq Tirmizi, "Express Tribune"

# Israel's top spy says Iran can have a nuclear weapon within two years

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Barack Obama delvered the State of The Union address [full text][Republican response][Tea Party response]
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"
# "Whispering at Autocrats" - Tom Malinowski, "Foreign Policy"