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The Rundown - January 3

RFE/RL In The Media
# "Registan" cites RFE/RL reporting on unrest in Kazakhstan
# "A Letter From Prague" - Charlie Dameron, "American Circus"

International Press Review

# Ahmed Al Attar on Iran's naval capabilities
# Iran's currency has plunged in value

# "The Lasting Damage of Iraq" - Shlomo Ben-Ami, "Project Syndicate"
# The "LA Times" reports on Iraqi sculptor Abdul Hameed
# "The Daily Beast" reports on the fates of Iraqi translators

# A bill to create new provinces has been submitted to parliament
# Talks between the government and local Taliban have reached a "decisive phase"

Of Interest
# It is now illegal to access foreign websites in Belarus
# A photo gallery from Tajikistan
# "Ukraine on a Perilous Edge" - Tatiana Zhurzhenko, "Moscow Times"
# "Letter From a Ukraine Jail" - Yulia Tymoshenko, "Japan Times"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Washington Post" on the U.S. drone program
# Google has launched an elections channel