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The Rundown -- December 19


RFE/RL in the Media

# RFE/RL Iranian Service cited by Worldcrunch for reporting on Iranian parliamentarian warning cell phones were bugged
Ukraine
# Ukraine PM says Russia deal allows it to avoid "bankruptcy and social collapse"
# Reasons to be cautious about opposition success
# How Gazprom could still gain despite cheaper gas
# Ukraine to continue to seek European gas imports
Russia
# A rundown on Sochi's opening ceremony
# Russia to deploy railway-based missile
# Russia's plans to "get tough" on shadow economy
Iran
# "Three Months in Rohani’s Iran" - Farideh Farhi Lobe Log
# Democrats circulating new Iran sanctions bill
# Iran nuclear talks "not going very well"
# On Iran's social media influence
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# USAID paid Karzai's chief of staff over $100,000 per year
# Iraqi officials advise Karzai to take U.S. deal
# Afghan economy "hostage" to politics
# "A Changing Terrain of Love" - Bina Shah, "New York Times"
# Imram Khan defends polio workers
Central Asia
# Wave of street crimes in Bishkek targets Chinese, Embassy claims
Caucasus
# Chechen from Georgia leading militants in Syria
Of Interest
# "A Prelude to Murder: Calling Humans Vermin"
# Brown Moses to launch new site for "open" investigative journalism
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