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The Rundown -- January 8


RFE/RL in the Media
# Azerbaijan Ambassador to U.S. writes in letter to Wall Street Journal that RFE/RL journalists are being questioned for "documented" financial mismanagement
# RFE/RL Uzbek Service cited in Al Jazeera story on torture in Uzbek jails
# The Blaze features RFE/RL's world populations infographic
Paris attacks
# Twelve political cartoons that respond to the attack
# News outlets struggling with whether to print controversial cartoons
Russia
# Pushkov says attacks prove Russia not a threat; Russian Orthodox activist says it was deserved
# Number of migrants drops 70 percent as ruble falls
# Russian reserves no longer enough to cover external debt
# "Russia's European Home" - Vladislav Inozemtsev, Project Syndicate
Ukraine
# Anti-Ukraine group claims responsibility for cyberattacks in Germany
# The Ukraine frontline in photos
# "A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine" - George Soros, New York Review of Books
# "The Search for Petr Khokhlov" - Joshua Yaffa, New York Times
Iraq/Syria
# In Iraq, Shi'ite fighters purging Sunni villages
# Iraq Ebola rumors almost certainly are not true
# U.S. investigating possible civilian casualties from airstrikes
Iran
# Iraq MP credits Iran with saving Baghdad from falling to IS
# "What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq" - Reza HaghighatNejad, Daily Beast
# "It’s Time to Pursue Regime Change in Iran" - John Hannah, Foreign Policy
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Four reasons the war in Afghanistan isn't really over
# Deadly boom in counterfeit medicine in Afghanistan
# Ghani getting credit in Afghanistan for "new tone"
# Pakistan domestic threats begin to overshadow India
Caucasus
# Tony Blair adds Azerbaijan to his portfolio
Of Interest
# Is English as the lingua franca hurting science?
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