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This is infuriating: a move that reflects shifts in U.S. foreign policy after the Cold War and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors has decided that VOA's [the Voice of America] seven-hour Hindi-language radio service will end this month, after 53 years. VOA will also eliminate radio broadcasts in three Eastern European languages. Radio broadcasts in Russian went off the air in July.

The Board of Governors has decided that the Internet and television are better places to spend their limited funds, which is probably right. The real travesty here, though, is the size of their funds: $2 million, for all Hindi language programming.

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