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The Rundown - January 25

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Sunday Talk Shows
The analysis of Shields & Brooks
# Fareed Zakaria talks to Zbigniew Brzezinski, Walter Isaacson, and others
# "Face the Nation" has Senator John McCain
# "This Week" discusses the fallout from the Massachusetts Senate election

"Reuters" gets an early look at an agreement for the London conference on Afghanistan
# The "Financial Times" interviews Stanley McChrystal
# Jean MacKenzie thinks Hamid Karzai may have wanted his cabinet selections to be rejected
# "The New York Times" editorializes on talking to the Taliban

David Kenner interviews Mohamed ElBaredei for "Foreign Policy"
# Human Rights Watch calls Iran's crackdown on protesters a "human rights disaster"

Vladimir Frolov on Russia's foreign policy under Medvedev and Putin
# Yana Yakovleva on Medvedev's fighting legal nihilism

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Nick Cohen calls Obama the most reactionary president since Richard Nixon
# Laura Rozen reports on America's foreign policy going forward
# Peter Beinart does not think terrorism is the defining issue of our time
# Valerie Wilson on female CIA agents
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

Of Interest
Don Campbell thinks real journalism should not be about selling books
# Jarret Brachman on Jihadi punditry
# Joe Queenan calls Conan O'Brien the "Czechoslovakia of late night television"

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Written by RFE/RL editors and correspondents, Transmission serves up news, comment, and the odd silly dictator story. While our primary concern is with foreign policy, Transmission is also a place for the ideas -- some serious, some irreverent -- that bubble up from our bureaus. The name recognizes RFE/RL's role as a surrogate broadcaster to places without free media. You can write us at

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