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The Rundown - January 29

RFE/RL In The Media
# "Diversionary Politics" - Masha Gessen, "International Herald Tribune"
# "The Guardian" reports on weekend cashes and arrests in Azerbaijan

International Press Review

# Lots of confusion over a reported blast at the Fordo nuclear facility (the U.S. isn't buying it)
# Iran and Argentina have agreed to investigate a 19 year-old bombing in Buenos Aires
# A weapons cache seized by Yemeni authorities may point to Iran

# "The Still-Clenched Fist in Moscow" - Garry Kasparov, "The Wall St. Journal"
# A Russian family living in the Siberian wilderness missed WWII
# Russia says it has not sold China a new fleet of fighter jets
# "America's Poor Grasp of Putinology" - Richard Lourie, "Moscow Times"
# The UFC could be coming to Russia

# Pakistan and India are re-opening bus trade lines
# Building a school in Marja
# Life isn't getting any easier for Pakistan's IDPs

RFE/RL Target Region
# Kyrgyzstan wants more from its Canadian gold mining partner
# BP and ExxonMobil are taking sides in Iraq
# "The Risk of an Interventionist Uzbekistan" - Nathan Hamm, "Registan"
# "Ukraine's Gas Bill" - Editorial, "Financial Times"

Of Interest
# The UK's former ambassador to North Korea describes life in the hermit kingdom
# The Silk Road may been more culture and less commerce

# "Flag this as terrorism" may be the new "report spam"
# Scientists have cracked open an Antarctic lake
# Primates: veterans of space travel

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Islamabad's Man in Washington?" - Harsh Pant, "The Wall St. Journal"
# The U.S. has plans for a drone base in northern Africa
# The government wants that Twitter data