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The Rundown - January 19

News & views on RFE's broadcast region

# "Spiegel" interviews Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili
# "Iran's Aspiring Autocrat Seeks A Hardline Era" - Ray Takeyh, "Financial Times"
# "Iran Will Stay Tough On The Nuclear Issue" - Meir Javendafar, "The Guardian"
# "Iran Overhauls Subsidies In the Face Of Sanctions" - Alireza Nader, "RAND"
# U.S. Senators Lieberman and Kirk accused China of violating sanctions on Iran

# "The Wall Street Journal" reports on the opium crop in Afghanistan
# The "BBC" reports that more than 40 Taliban have surrendered in Konduz province

# "The Washington Post" reports that the ISI rushed Mullah Omar to a Karachi hospital
# "What Pakistan Did Right" - C. Christine Fair, "Foreign Policy"
# A government-endorsed Sharia court has been set up in Swat

# Dmitry Medvedev met journalist Oleg Kashin in Jericho
# "Raising Patriots Rather Than Physicists" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# Poland has blamed Russia for the plane crash that killed president Lech Kazcynski
# The Kremlin plans to divest from some its media holdings

# "The Arab Gdansk" - Roger Cohen, "The New York Times"
# "Morning In Tunisia" - Michele Penner Angrist, "Foreign Affairs"

Of Interest
# "What I Told Obama About Beijing’s Human Rights Problem" - Li Xiaorong
# "RIM On The Ropes" - Editorial, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Information is power, that's why you read The Rundown

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Hillary Clinton Echoes The Bush Doctrine" - Fouad Ajami, "The Wall Street Journal"
# Al Kamen's "In The Loop"
# "The Ike Speech That Eclipses JFK" - Les Gelb, "The Daily Beast"
# Hendrik Hertzberg remembers Sargent Shriver

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