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The Rundown -- January 15

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on the death of Yury Shmidt and Russia's migrant underclass
# Daud Khattak profiles LeJ leader Malik Ishaq for the CTC Sentinel
# "The Wall St. Journal" links to RFE/RL reporting on new sanctions on Iran

International Press Review

# "The Guardian" on growing up gay in Iran
# Hussein Ibish says Iran may never get a better chance for a deal with the U.S.
# "Getting to Yes With Iran" -- Robert Jervis, "Foreign Affairs"
# The politics of soap operas in Iran

# "The Blind Girl vs. Putin" -- Simon Shuster, "Time"
# "Putin's Colossal Anti-Magnitsky Blunder" -- Richard Lourie, "Moscow Times"
# A new fight is being waged over woodlands outside of Moscow

# The million march in Pakistan made it to Islamabad
# Hamid Karzai says the U.S. will give Afghanistan spy drones
# Talks between senior Indian and Pakistani army officials broke down

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# Police may have turned a blind eye on an attack on a leading Azerbaijani oppositionist
# "Ukraine is Bluffing Over Russia’s Offer" -- Steven Pifer, "Financial Times"
# Militants may return to Central Asia when international forces leave Afghanistan
# Central Asia presents "extreme risk" to investors

Of Interest
# Mosque design may be (sort of) changing
# Facebook is now the top social network in 127 countries
# Judy Dempsey on the European Endowment for Democracy

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# U.S.-Russia relations are "souring" other aspects of U.S. foreign policy
# A call for more captures and fewer kills in the war on terror
# Steve Coll reviews "Zero Dark Thirty"
# Lance Armstrong will admit to having used steroids this week