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The Rundown - February 12

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
# "The Media is the Message" - Masha Gessen, "International Herald Tribune"

International Press Review

# Ali Larijani was pelted with shoes at a speaking engagement
# "The Islamic Republic at 34" - Daniel Brumberg, "Iran Primer"
# A look at non-Persian Iranian culture

# The Kremlin is buying up gold
# Russian gas firms are making moves in debt-addled Europe
# "No Financial Center Without Rule of Law" - Bruce Misamore, "Moscow Times"
# Russian cops may become more trustworthy

# "The Insidious Language of War" - Habib Zahori, "International Herald Tribune"
# A panel in Afghanistan has confirmed that torture is rampant in the country's prisons
# Investigating Pakistan's "ghost schools"
# The U.S. is beginning to move supplies from Afghanistan through Pakistan

Of Interest
# Anna Nemtsova on Georgia's new political crisis
# Signs indicate North Korea has conducted a nuclear weapons test

# "Cyber-Gang Warfare" - Richard Andres, "Foreign Policy"
# There is no part of the brain exclusively dealing with evil
# Controlling animal's movements with bursts of light

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# A preview of the state of the union address
# "Drones and the Media" - Dylan Byers, "Politico"
# Is this the future of foreign policy reporting?