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The Rundown - December 8

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

The Taliban shadow government's role in Afghanistan
# Peter Baker's account of Obama's decision process
# Roger Cohen on selling the Afghan war on main street U.S.A.
# Laura Rozen reports that there will be no "civilian surge"
# Admiral Mike Mullen discusses Afghanistan on "The Newshour"

The LA Times reports on yesterday's mass protests
# Emanuelle Ottolenghi thinks Obama should give his Nobel prize to Shirin Ebadi
# Abbas Milani on U.S. involvement in Iran
# Henry Newman on the resiliency of the Green Movement
# Tiurkey is promoting diplomacy with iran

Russians are reacting to Sergei Magnitsky's letters from prison
# Nikolai Petrov on Russia's once-a-year political dialogue
# A Russian ISP is blocking some websites at the behest of the government

Iraqi politicians have struck a deal on a new election law
# The "Washington Post" ed board on the new election law deal
# Philip Stevens on the UK's Iraq War inquiry

Of Interest
Ian Bancroft on the precedent of Kosovo's independence

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Tara McKelvey on democracy promotion in American foreign policy
# Embassy Row - the "Washington Times"

-- Zach Peterson

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