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The Rundown - January 20

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Mehdi Khalaji on his father's arrest in Iran
# Josh Rogin reports on the U.S. Senate's push for sanctions on Iran

Douglas Wissing on making money in Afghanistan
# Kamran Shafri on Pakistan's relationship with India via Afghanistan
# Reihan Salam discusses the Taliban's mindset after massive attacks in Kabul on Tuesday

"The Washington Post" ed board thinks the U.S. must intervene in the Iraqi election crisis
# Ted Galen Carpenter on Nuri al-Maliki's authoritarian tendencies

The Kremlin has named Alexander Khloponin administrator of the North Caucasus
# Doug Bandow on the politics of re-arming Georgia

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
President Obama on what the world must do for Haiti
# Mohamad Bazzi discusses Obama's first year and democracy in the Middle East
# Matt Armstrong's proposals for reorganizing the State Department
# Mark Greenbaum compares the U.S. presidency to the tenure of an NFL coach

Of Interest

# Robert Amsterdam on the language of human rights
# Daniel Calingaert on freedom on the internet

-- Zach Peterson

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