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The Rundown - December 19

RFE/RL In The Media
# "The New York Times" cites RFE/RL coverage of violence in Kazakhstan
# Human Rights Watch mentions RFE/RL in a statement on violence in Kazakhstan

International Press Review

First Reads
# The world has lost Vaclav Havel
# Kim Jong Il has died (what comes next?)

# "Who Runs Russia?" - Charles Clover, "Financial Times"
# "Imagining A World Without Putin" - Masha Gessen, "The Washington Post"
# "Wrapped Up in Russia's 'Mink' Revolution" - Gregory White, "The Wall St. Journal"
# An oil rig collapsed in Eastern Russia
# The "San Francisco Gate" on oil spills in Russia

# A group of parliamentarians are boycotting the Iraqi parliament
# "The Last Prisoner" - Mitchell Prothero, "Foreign Policy"

# Jim Jones says Husain Haqqani was not involved in memogate
# Asif Ali Zardari has returned to Pakistan
# The U.S. may free Taliban prisoners

# U.S. Senators Lieberman and Collins say shippers must "choose between the U.S. and Iran"
# It is *possible* that Iran hacked a U.S. drone
# An alleged spy has been shown on Iranian state TV

Of Interest
# "Activists Get Connected" - Julia Ioffe, "Financial Times"
# "Decapitating Revolutionary Leaders via Twitter"
# "The Botched Ballot" - James Traub, "Foreign Policy"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Fred Hiatt on the Matthew Bryza nomination
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Shields and Brooks