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Afternoon Update


# A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit eastern Iran (USGS map; a timeline of earthquakes in Iran)

# Vladimir Putin thinks economic stimulus is the way to go

# "Taliban Justice" - Moreau & Yousafzai, "The Daily Beast"
# Peshawar: where the donkeys are heroes

RFE/RL Target Region
# Paul Goble has questions Georgians should be asking themselves
# Kazakh students abroad will be compelled to come home

Of Interest
# Pulitzer-winning pictures from Syria
# Photos: the ten best real-life spies

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# A brief history of terrorist attacks in Boston
# A U.S. Army soldier is sentenced to 16 years for trying to sell secrets to Russia

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on the Bolotnaya trials
# "All Politics is Economic" - Masha Gessen, "The New York Times"

International Press Review


# "A Visit with Alexei Navalny" - Simon Shuster, "Time"
# "The Russian Trial the World Should Watch" - Ben Judah,"Financial Times"
# Russia-Germany relations are not what they once were
# "How Did Putin Conjure Up $1Bln for NGOs?" - Nikolai Petrov, "Moscow Times"

# Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran does not need a nuclear weapon
# "Is a Nuclear Iran Inevitable?" - Armin Rosen, "The Atlantic"
# The mysterious Iranian-run factory in Germany
# There is a (small) movement to draft Mohammad Khatami into the presidential race

# "Targeting the ANP" - Editorial, "Express Tribune"
# "Afghanistan: A Precarious Transition" - Victor Mallet, "Financial Times"
# Afghanistan's opium production will be up for the third straight year
# "CNN" on drone strikes in Pakistan

Of Interest
# Islam Karimov is in Moscow
# The U.S. and South Korea recovered part of a North Korean rocket in December
# A series of bombs went off around Iraq
# "The End of Power" - Moisés Naím, "Reason"
# The winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prize
# Life is nearly 10 billion years old but the Earth is only 4.5 billion years old...discuss

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Three are dead and nearly 150 injured in Boston (pictures)
# Some positive elements to U.S.-Russia relations
# The U.S. defense budget in charts
# "Road Warrior" - David Rothkopf, "Foreign Policy"