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The Rundown - January 18

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on explaining U.S. elections in Russia
# "Global Post" cites RFE/RL reporting on Russia and Syria
# The "AP" reports on RFE/RL's and Facebook's being blocked in Tajikistan

International Press Review

# A Russian activist committed suicide in the Netherlands
# Is a mob war coming to Russia's streets?
# Russia says it may retaliate for fines imposed over a collection of Jewish artifacts
# "Expect More Anti-Americanism in 2013" -- Michael Bohm, "Moscow Times"

# Iran needs to cut its dependence on oil exports
# Iran and the IAEA were unable to come to a deal

# Tahir-ul-Qadri's rally is over after a deal was struck with the government
# Two UK fraudsters have fled to Pakistan
# "Pakistan's Wave of Crises" -- Krista Mahr, "Time"

# "Which Way did the Taliban Go?" -- Luke Mogelson, "The New York Times"
# "Filming the Many Afghanistans" -- Mariam Ghani, "NY Review of Books"

RFE/RL Target Region
# "Der Spiegel" with a long report on the murder of 15 Kazakh soldiers
# BP is in negotiations for the development of an oil field in Kirkuk, Iraq
# Tajikistan is no pushover when it comes to base negotiations
# Gordon Bardos on separatist strains in Europe

Of Interest
# North Korea is moving missiles and possibly planning another nuclear weapons test
# The art of writing headlines for the web
# To pun or not to pun
# This guy is an amazing pick-pocket

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Mutiny in Kabul" -- Adam Zagorin, "Foreign Policy"
# Read the documents the U.S. government gave to the makers of "Zero Dark Thirty"
# "The Legacy of Timothy Geithner" -- Simon Johnson, "The New York Times"
# Lance Armstrong admits to doping (watch full interview)