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The Rundown - January 12

RFE/RL In The Media
# Shaheen Buneri on peace in the Swat Valley for the Pulitzer Center
# "EUObserver" quotes RFE/RL's interview with Olexsandr Tymoshenko
# "Registan" cites Radio Azadi reporting on Sesame Street in Afghanistan

International Press Review

# "The New York Times" reports on negotiations with the Taliban
# A new U.S. national intelligence estimate is out on Afghanistan
# James Petersen on billions of potentially wasted aid in Afghanistan

# European refiners have cut their oil purchases from Iran
# "The 20% Solution" - Olli Heinonen, "Foreign Policy"
# "Christmas is no Time for a Revolution" - Hooman Majd, "Foreign Affairs"
# "Hekmati: Iran's Latest Political Pawn" - Abdo & Akbari, "CNN"

# An interview with Alexei Navalny
# "Russia Needs to Change by Evolution not Revolution" - Mikhail Prokhorov, "The Guardian"
# "Russia has Many Reasons to Defend Syria’s Regime" - Hussain Abdul-Hussain, "The Daily Star"

Of Interest
# "How Kazakhstan Can Continue Its Success Story" - Peter Fraser, "Moscow Times"
# Where does the British accent come from?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Saving Face and Peace in the Gulf" - Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Project Syndicate"
# An anonymous video shows U.S. marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters