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The Rundown - February 7

RFE/RL In The Media
# "The Wall Street Journal" cites RFE/RL reporting on bribery charges n Kazakhstan
# "Le Point (Fr.)" cites Golnaz Esfandiari's reporting on Facebook in Iran

International Press Review

# Sergei Lavrov is set to travel to Damascus
# "Russia's Line in the Sand on Syria" - Dmitry Trenin, "Foreign Affairs"
# "The Ice is Cracking Under Putin" - Gideon Rachman, "Financial Times"
# "Divided Russia" - Raymond Sontag, "American Interest"

# The U.S. froze transactions by Iran's Central Bank
# Iran's middle class is feeling the effects of sanctions
# "Iran Sill Strike Back" - Abdo & Akbari, "Inside Iran"

# The U.S. Congree will hold a hearing on Balochistan
# "Truth, lies and Afghanistan" - LT. Col. Daniel Davis, "Armed Forces Journal"
# "An Elusive Enemy" - John R. Schmidt, "National Interest"

Of Interest
# The BBC reports from inside Homs, Syria
# Robin Mills on Europe's continuing energy supply issues
# Jay Ulfelder on GDP and democracy

# 10 things you should know about Facebook
# "Of 'Tech Titans' and Schumpeter's Vision" - Adam Thierer, "Forbes"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The New York Times" on U.S.-funded aid groups abroad
# Jane Mayer on attack ads in American politics