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The Rundown - December 8

RFE/RL In The Media
# Radio Mashaal broke the news of the claim on an attack on Shi'ites in Kabul [CNN][Foreign Policy][McClatchy][GlobalPost]
# Sarah Kendzior on the suicide of Gulsumoy Abdujalilova

International Press Review

# "Putin's Canny Politics" - Greg Feifer, "The Washington Post"
# "Spring Comes to Moscow" - Konstantin von Eggert, "Financial Times"
# "Now Hear This, Moscow" - David Kramer, "Foreign Policy"
# Russians are planning further protests
# "From Russia, With Fraud" - Andrew Rosenthal, "The New York Times"
# "The Wall St. Journal" reports on air safety in Russia

# International broadcasters have condemned Iran's signal jamming efforts
# "The Washington Post" reports on U.S. surveillance on Iran

# "China's Pakistan Conundrum" - Evan Feigenbaum, "Foreign Affairs"
# "What Next for Pakistan's President Zardari?" - Tariq Ali, "The Guardian"

Of Interest
# The full transcript of Barbara Walters' interview with Bashar al Assad
# Facebook is adding a "subscribe" button
# Joshua Kucera on the future of the Manas air base
# John Daly wonders if another war between Kuwait and Iraq is possible

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Several U.S. embassies may be without ambassadors after the new year
# A CIA prison was housed in the basement of a Romanian government building
# American firms shipped tear gas to Egypt during protests there in the Spring
# "Freedom Means War" - Leon Hadar, "American Conservative"