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The Rundown - December 15

RFE/RL In The Media
# "Reuters" quotes Radio Svoboda media commentator Anna Kachkayeva
# Reuters" mentions Radio Farda in a report on satellite TV [CNBC]
# VOA links to RFE/RL's Tangled Web and Power Vertical blogs

International Press Review

# "Project Prokhorov" - Shaun Walker, "Foreign Policy"
# "Petrushka v. Mr Botox" - Peter Pomerantsev, "London Review of Books"
# "Protests Will Not Spark A Russian Spring" - Owen Matthews, "The Daily Beast"
# "Cyber Warfare: Is Russia a Rogue State?" - Emanuelle Degli Esposti, "International Business Times"

# Radio Mashaal talks to the children chained in a Karachi madrasah
# "The Pakistanis Have A Point" - Bill Keller, "The New York Times"
# "The Washington Post" reports on family planning in Pakistan

# Iran has been criticised for its use of capital punishment
Jamsheed Choksy on Iran's claims to the Arab Spring
# Iran is moving its nuclear work underground

# Reems of classified documents were found in a Baghdad junkyard
# David Ignatius on Nuri al Maliki

Of Interest
# "Hope in a Sea of Dictatorship" - Ahmed Rashid, "NY Review of Books"
# What happens when average life expectancy hits 100?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Senator Jeanne Shaheen on the Michael McFaul nomination
# The U.S. may sell armed drones to allies
# President Obama will sign a bill suspending aid to Pakistan
# SOme U.S. officials are pushing for a repeal of Jackson-Vanik