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The Rundown - January 18

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Sunday Talk Shows
The analysis of Shields and Brooks
# "Meet the Press" has Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
# Fareed Zakaria discusses nation building in Yemen

A wave attacks and gunfire spread across Kabul this morning
# The Afghan parliament rejects a large swathe of Hamid Karzai's cabinet nominees - again
# "The New York Times" reports on Karzai's Taliban reconciliation plan
# Robert Gates will travel to Pakistan this week
# Steve Clemons reports on a U.S. Senate delegation to Afghanistan
# "The New York Times" editorializes on the detention facility at Bagram AFB

Ukraine Election
Christopher Granville thinks Ukraine is headed for bankruptcy
# Yevgeny Kiselyov on how a would-be president Yanukovich could not embrace Moscow

China has blocked attempts by other powers to sanction Iran
# Iason Athanasiadis thinks the Iranian government may be crumbling from within
# Michael Singh on why there will not be a Nixon-to-China moment with Iran

Kenneth Pollack & Michael O'Hanlon on the banning of 500 candidates from coming Iraqi elections
# "The National" editorializes on Iraq's democracy and its ruling political class

Of Interest
Mikhail Khordokovsky's letters from jail have won him a literary award
# James Kirchick parses the new Freedom House report
# Josh Rogin reports on internal politics between USAID and the State Dept

-- Zach Peterson

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