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The Rundown - December 18

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on the next year in Georgia
# "Between the Dates in the History Books" - Masha Gessen, "International Herald Tribune"

International Press Review

# Tough times for cancer patients in Russia
# Some Russians suppport the Magnitsky law
# Russians are taking the potential end of the world seriously
# "Putin and the Regions" - Nikolai Petrov, "Moscow Times"
# Russia: not exactly a tourists' paradise

# Iran says it has captured other U.S. drones
# "The Economic Cost of a Nuclear Iran" - Robb, Makovsky, & Ross, "The Wall St. Journal"
# Iran's supreme leader is now on Facebook, already complaining about default privacy settings

# The Afghan government is launching a tax audit of foreign contractors
# The U.S. will reimburse the Pakistani military ~$700 million
# "Will the Taliban Destroy Itself?" - Sami Yousafzai, "The Daily Beast"
# What's the future of Lashkar Gah's new prison?

Of Interest
# Michael Wolff on social media fetishism
# Stop calling everything that happens in Central Asia "the great game"
# "National Geographic" on vampires in Serbia
# The North Korean satellite launched last week appears to not be working