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The Rundown -- January 23

RFE/RL in the Media
# Poynter and L'Express (French) cover beatings of RFE/RL Ukrainian Service journalists
# "New York Times" uses RFE/RL tweet to cover text message mystery
# UPI cites RFE/RL coverage of protests
# RIA Novosti cites RFE/RL in story on a detained lawyer
# At least three are dead in Kyiv as opposition issues ultimatum
# Events in Ukraine have been live-streamed for two months
# Reddit- Explain it To Me Like I'm Five -- "Why are People Protesting in Ukraine"
# "Financial Times" profiles those who have been radicalized in Maidan
Eastern Europe
# Europe accused of "whitewash" of Belarus rights violations
# U.S. offers Russia security assistance
# Elton John, back from Russia, condemns its anti-gay laws
# Zarif: We did not agree to dismantle anything (video)
# "Iran Resorts to Hanging in Public to Cut Crime" - Thomas Erdbrink, "New York Times"
# Iran oil sales rise amid easing sanctions pressure
# Rohani says Iran and the U.S. can be friends
# "Iran: A Good Deal Now in Danger" - Jessica Mathews, "New York Review of Books"
# What happens when the Zionist entity parks next to the existential threat?
# Bill Gates worried about polio violence
# Pentagon and White House at odds over Afghanistan
# A defense of Obama's Afghanistan ambivalence
# Man whose father died in drone strike fails in case against British government
Central Asia
# 33 Uzbek jihadists said to be killed in Afghan strike
# Uzbekistan criminalizes terrorist training
# New report on Uzbekistan cotton harvest
Of Interest
# Trove is a treasure for news junkies