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The Rundown - December 19

RFE/RL In The Media
# "For Pakistan, a Change of Heart in Afghanistan?" - Daud Khattak, "Foreign Policy"
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on unemployed youth around the world

International Press Review

# "Pussy Riot, Tupac, and Putin" - Thomas Friedman, "The New York Times"
# "Rise and Fall of Russia's Economic Think Tanks" - Anders Aslund, "Moscow Times"
# Photographing Russia's female museum guards
# Canada may pass its own "Magnitsky" legislation
# President Jalal Talabani is reportedly in a coma after suffering a stroke
# "Der Spiegel" on post-war birth defects in Basra
# CNAS: "Iraq in Hindsight"

# "Press TV" reported that Israeli death squads carried out the Newtown school shooting
# Iran's foreign ministry says Assad is doing just fine

# Insider attacks seem to be based on personal grievances
# Pakistan wants to build its own drones
# The Kagans had incredible access to U.S. military brass in Afghanistan

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# Some high-profile actors are lobbying the UK government over Belarus
# "Is Georgia's New Leader as Undemocratic as its Last One?" - Charles Fairbanks, "The Atlantic"

Of Interest
# Instagram's new user agreement allows it to sell user photos (but it may be changed)
# Should there be media blackouts when reporters go missing?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. government has released its report on Benghazi (full report here)
# Molly Redden on (potential) Secretary of State John Kerry