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The Rundown - January 4

RFE/RL In The Media
# "The Washington Post" on Radio Liberty in Russia
# "The New Yorker" links to RFE/RL reporting on Gulnara Karimova

International Press Review

# How sanctions are affecting Iranian factories
# "How to Talk to Iran" - Mousavian & Shabani, "International Herald Tribune"
# Pollution is engulfing Tehran
# Zbigniew Brzezinski on U.S. policy towards Iran

# "Putin's Artful Jurisprudence" - William Partlett, "National Interest"
# One mother's story of her Russian adoption

# On the potential blowback from the death of Mullah Nazir
# Ethnicity and language are taboo in Afghanistan's census
# Matthew Rosenberg on insider attacks
# Pakistan's secret war in Baluchistan

Of Interest
# The year ahead for European foreign policy
# What happens in Venezuela if Hugo Chavez dies?
# The U.S. Congress will investigate CIA info given to the producers of "Zero Dark Thirty"

# "The Economist" on Internet activism and political movements
# How technology is changing the human brain
# A little city has been built solely to be attacked by cyber criminals