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The Rundown -- December 19

RFE/RL in the Media
# Luke Johnson on the Bill Press Show (1:39)
# Brian Whitmore on Monocle (6:30)
# Yahoo uses RFE/RL Radio Mashaal video from memorial at site of Peshawar school attack
# "Putin Isn't Worried. You Should Be."- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
# Why Putin's quote about bears is important for understanding today's Russia
# Lavrov gets four Pinocchios from "Washington Post"
# Well known Russian troll apparently banned from Twitter
# Some separatist supporters fear Moscow is abandoning them
# Ukrainian journalists concerned over new "ministry of truth"
Eastern Europe
# Lukashenka demands trade with Russia be in dollars and Euros
# U.S. says three top IS leaders killed in air strikes
# Unreleased report outlines "radically revised" strategy for peace in Syria
# "A United Iraq Is Pushing ISIS Back" - Haider Al-Abadi, "Wall Street Journal"
# UN approves measure targeting Iran, Syria and North Korea
# Iran unveils memorial honoring Jewish "martyrs"
# "Castro, Cuba, Obama—and Iran" - Elliott Abrams, "Weekly Standard"
# Afghanistan's new millionaires
# Will Peshawar attack spur cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan?
# Taliban had prepared list of boys to kill in Peshawar school; told to kill soldiers after massacring pupils
# Mumbai attacks mastermind allowed bail in Pakistan; prosecutor appeals
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan preparing for "rubberstamp" vote
# Kyrgyzstan's new anti-gay law is even "worse than Russia's"
# Retiring congressman already negotiating lobbying deal with Azerbaijan