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The Rundown - December 21

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Russia's emerging gun lobby
# "Rebels Without a Clue" - Luke Allnutt, "The Wall St. Journal"

International Press Review

# Russian speakers are targets in Syria
# Ramzan Kadyrov was unimpressed with a Chechen paper's question for Vladimir Putin
# The corruption fight is still young
# Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be released from jail in 2014

# A video report on Pakistan's polio workers
# "Karzai's Stealth Bid to Fix the Elections" - Jeffrey Stern, "Foreign Policy"

# The USIP reports on subsidies in Iran
# Instagram still isn't banned (or ridiculed by post-hipster hipsters) in Iran

Of Interest
# The UK will pay millions to torture victims in Iraq
# Civil society does exist in authoritarian states...contra this piece
# "Zero Dark Thirty" is the film of the year
# Did the human hand evolve for fighting?
# A good spot for a doomsday party

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The first fiscal cliff vote wasn't a vote at all
# "What the Magnitsky Act Means" - Kramer & Shevtsova, "The American Interest"
# Americans are adopting fewer Russian children