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The Rundown - January 12

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Osama bin Laden's daughter is trying to get out of Iran
# Undersecretary of State Bill Burns heads to Madrid and Moscow this week
# Doug Saunders makes the case against bombing Iran
# Con Coughlin thinks the U.S. may yet strike at Iran

Spiegel interviews General Stanley McChrystal
# Khaled Hosseini on poverty as the biggest threat to Afghan people
# Boris Gromov & Dmirty Rogozin give some "Russian Advice on Afghanistan"
# Bret Stephens on intelligence operations in Afghanistan
# Rob Sobhani discusses pipelines as economic opportunities
# A Pakistani artist who uses war torn buildings as canvases
# Thomas Ruttig on Karzai's new cabinet choices

"The New York Times" looks at the life of Lyudmila Alexeyeva
# "The Moscow Times" reports on the ongoing strife in the North Caucasus
# Miriam Elder looks at the Khordokovsky trial

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
The "Wall Street Journal" editorializes on the "Freedom in the World 2010" report
# Slavenka Draculic likes the result of the Croatian elections

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Anne Applebaum reports on the "international jihadi elites"
# Ron Capps on intelligence turf wars

-- Zach Peterson

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