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The Rundown - December 17

Tatarstan -- Old tatar woman reads Tatar newspaper "Beznen gacit", 06May2009
Tatarstan -- Old tatar woman reads Tatar newspaper "Beznen gacit", 06May2009
RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "the Atlantic" on Iran's YouTube knock off and the state of Russia's political elite

International Press Review

# "Soul-Searching Starts After Puny Rally" - Jonathan Earle, "Moscow Times"
# "Backtracking in Russia" - Lyudmila Alexeyeva, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Putin's Petroleum Problem" - Thane Gustafson, "Foreign Affairs"
# "Russia and its Syria Debacle" - Simon Shuster, "Time"
# Capital outflows from Russia continue apace

# "Obama's Year of Reckoning Awaits on Iran" - Edward Luce, "Financial Times"
# Jeffrey Lewis on the Iran-North Korea relationship
# The Iran-Russia cinema alliance grows ever-stronger

# The Taliban will meet with Afghan government officials outside of Paris
# "Obama Must Seize Moment for Taliban Talks" - Ahmed Rashid, "Financial Times"
# The U.S. military is getting set to shift strategy in Afghanistan
# Hamid Karzai wants foreign troops out of Afghan villages

Of Interest
# Anne Applebaum on anti-corruption activism as the new human rights activism
# "Iraq -- Back in the Flow" - Guy Chazan, "Financial Times"
# Skateboarding across Central Asia
# Meet the worst CEOs of 2012

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# A detailed timeline of the Connecticut school shooting
# Senator John Kerry is expected to be nominated as Secretary of State
# "The Woes of an American Drone Operator" - Nicola Abé, "Der Spiegel"