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The Rundown - January 19

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

"The Guardian" reprints a 2002 letter from Jack Straw to Tony Blair
# J. Scott Carpenter and Michael Knights on sectarianism in Iraq

Con Coughlin thinks the Taliban won't stop until they topple the Karzai government
# "The Independent" editorializes on the Taliban's resiliency

Richard Barley reports on the mixture of business and politics in Ukraine
# Samuel Charap thinks a Ukraine without Viktor Yushchenko may be better off

A prosecutor in NW Iran has been assassinated
# "Spiegel" reports on the assassination of Masoud Ali Mohammadi
Georgia has apologized for extraditing an Iranian to the U.S.
# The P5+1 group has failed to levy new sanctions against Iran

Of interest
Ian Bancroft on Croatia-Serbia relations
# James Blitz analyzes the current state of Al-Qaeda
# Gabriel Sherman on the collapse of "The Washington Post"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Hillary Clinton will give a speech on internet freedom on Thursday
# David Brooks thinks Americans want a helpful government, not a leviathan
# Fred Hiatt takes stock of Obama's first year in office
# David Shribman thinks Obama remains in campaign mode
# Annie Lowrey on Obama's languishing political appointees

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