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The Rundown - December 6

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Vladimir Putin's (potential) image makeover

International Press Review

# "Inside the Mind of Iran's Khamenei" - Scott Peterson, "Christian Science Monitor"
# Did Iran hack the IAEA?
# Election maneuvering begins in Iran

# "Russian Justice" - Editorial, "Financial Times"
# "Off With Their Heads" - Simon Shuster, "Foreign Policy"
# Demand from China is leading to illegal logging in Siberia

# A young anti-polio activist was killed in Afghanistan
# Afghanistan is planning tax breaks around coalition forces' exit
# "India and Pakistan’s Afghan Endgames" - Neil Padukone, "World Affairs Journal"
# Afghans don't seem to care that YouTube is blocked

The Internet
# "Barbarians at the Gate" - Christian Caryl, "Foreign Policy"
# Hacking the hackers
# "Don't Feed the Trolls" - Zuckerman & MacKinnon, Index on Censorship

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# Iraqis who cooperated with American forces are still under threat
# "Don't Rush to Judgment on Georgia" - Michael Cecire, "Foreign Policy"
# Uzbekistan is clamping down on pharma imports

Of Interest
# Reports say Syria is prepping chemical weapons for use
# Apes have mid-life crises too

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# U.S. special forces in Afghanistan have a new landlord: the entity formerly known as Blackwater
# U.S. plans for a robust civilian precence in Afghanistan seem to be changing
# Big banks appear to be doing ok