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The Rundown - December 16

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

H.D.S. Greenway on the German Army fighting abroad
# The Pakistani Armyhas been unable to stop Taliban attacks
# Seth Cropsey on the possible breaking up of Pakistan

The U.S. House passed an Iran sanctions bill
# Laura Rozen reports on the sanctions here and here
# Mohsen Makhmalbaf praises the Green Movement's resiliency
# Western experts are parsing a memo on Iran's nuclear program
# David Patrikarakos thinks sanctions will do little to deter the Iranian regime

The Iraqi government wants to relocate the MEK from Camp Ashraf

Christian Caryl thinks Gazprom is not as strong as perceived to be
# Uffe Elleman-Jensen on Russia's use of energy as a weapon
# Fyodor Lukyanov on Western modernization in Russia

Of Interest
Michael Bronner interviews a would-be suicide bomber
# Thomas Friedman on internet-based extremism
# Niall Ferguson on 2009's top thinkers (hint: they are all deceased)
# John Bolton on the concept of universal jurisdiction

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
The "Washington Post" ed board on 5 Americans detained in Pakistan
# Jonathon Freedland does not think Obama is the saviour of the free world
# Embassy Row from the "Washington Times"

-- Zach Peterson

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