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The Rundown - January 13

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Abbas Milani looks at the Green Movement's effects on Shia Islam
# Meir Javendafar on Iran's intelligence operations
# Iason Athanasiadis on Iran's state-run media

David Kramer on Putin's undermining of Dmitry Medvedev
# Nikolas Gvosdev thinks it's time for the U.S. to ditch the Russian "reset" button
# Jeffrey Mankoff on the ongoing tensions between Russia-Belarus

# "Newsweek" interviews the wife of the suicide bomber who blew up a CIA base in Afghanistan
# Richard Holbrooke is in Pakistan for three days

Kathryn Schulz on the humanitarian situation in Iraq
# Iraqi officials say they have thwarted a potentially massive bombing
# The Chilcot Inquiry questions Alastair Campbell (w/video)

Of Interest
Google may cease operations in China, citing cyber attacks
# The "Daily Beast" looks at the latest FBI report on China's web "army"
# Luis Garciano and James Posner compare U.S. counterterrorism to the car industry
# The "Washington Times" and "Foreign Policy" report on "Freedom in the World 2010"

-- Zach Peterson

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