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The Rundown -- July 8


Iran -- Pictures of approved and disqualified presidential candidates for June 14 elections are seen on the front cover of newspapers at a kiosk in Tehran, 22May2013

Iran -- Pictures of approved and disqualified presidential candidates for June 14 elections are seen on the front cover of newspapers at a kiosk in Tehran, 22May2013

RFE/RL In the Media
# Huffington Post uses RFE/RL video by Richard Solash on the first Russian float at New York’s Pride parade
# Read Robert Coalson’s report on Russia’s “generalized climate of fear” in “The Atlantic”
# Business Insider cites RFE/RL reporting on Anna Chapman’s marriage proposal to Edward Snowden
Egypt
# Muslim Brotherhood says 34 killed by authorities breaking up sit-in. BBC reporting seven confirmed dead. Witnesses say army used live ammunition.
# Egyptian state media go “back to the future” - Maggie Fick and Munir El-Boweti, "Reuters"
# “Defending the Coup” - David Brooks, “The New York Times”
# “The Perils of a ‘People’s Coup” - Khaled M. Abou El Fadl, “The New York Times”
# “Salafis After the Coup” - William McCants, “Foreign Affairs
# “White House Under Fire For Egypt Policy” - Julian Pecquet, “The Hill”
Snowden
# Snowden to detail NSA cooperation with German spy agencies in "Spiegel"
Central Asia
# Tajikistan, home of world’s largest flagpole and largest flag, seeks teahouse record
# Economist: Tajikistan President is “out of tune, out of touch, and lashing out
# “Game Over for the US Airbase in Kyrgyzstan?” - Askar Adylov, “Global Voices”
Russia
#Aleksei Navalny, facing six years in prison, to get final verdict July 18. Text, in English, of Navalny’s closing remarks. For comparison, some other recent Russian closing statements: Pussy Riot; Khodorkovsky
# “At Anchor Off Lithuania, it’s own Energy Supply” - James Kanter, "The New York Times"
Caucasus
# Azerbaijani activists send blowup doll to minister who made offensive remark about women
# Thomas de Waal on the “Armenian-Azerbaijani 'Suicide Pact'”
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# “Suspect in Torture Is Arrested in Afghanistan” - Rod Nordland, “The New York Times”
# Insurgents growing in numbers near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan

Iran
# Outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touts Holocaust denial as one of his “greatest achievements
# “The Rise of the Iranian Moderates” - Seyed Hossein Mousavian, “Al Monitor”
Of Interest
# Syrian hactivists establish missile alert system
# State department wants to be liked...on Facebook
# "The Guardian" gaining ground in U.S. market. An interview with its U.S. editor-in-chief.
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