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The Rundown -- February 5


RFE/RL in the Media

# RFE/RL President and CEO Kevin Klose interviewed by "Washington Post" about his recollections of 1980 Moscow Olympics
# Read Antoine Blua in "The Atlantic" on the cold war for deer in Germany
Russia
# McFaul leaving after the Olympics
# HRW releases video compilation of vigilante attacks on LGBT community
# A rebuttal of Julia Ioffe's piece on Russia falling apart
# "Securing the Sochi Olympics" - Dmitri Trenin, Project Syndicate
# Russia preventing some activists from attending games, even as spectators
# Journalists at Sochi live-tweeting their hotel experiences
# Americans against holding games in Russia because of security, not gay rights
Ukraine
# Infographic: 136 attacks on journalists during Ukraine crisis
# According to Levada, 84 percent of Russians consider Euromaidan a coup attempt (in Russian)
# "How the EU Can Help Ukraine" - Andreas Umland, "Kyiv Post"
Eastern Europe
# Developers linked to Belarusian government reportedly helped code healthcare website
# "Gagauzia: A new attack on the Eastern Partnership?" - Salome Samadashvili, EU Observer
Middle East
# al-Qaeda "pivots to the Levant"
# Journalists campaign around the world to free Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt; video of arrests shown on Egyptian TV
Iran
# Zarif says recognition of Israel on the table (sort of) after issues with Palestinians are solved
# "Kerry Talks Out of School" - Lee Smith, "The Weekly Standard"
# U.S. officials say Iran is not open for business
# Iran's conservatives worry they could lose influence in the event of a nuclear deal
# Dealing with drug problems in Iran
Iraq
# al-Maliki said to be offering millions in aide to Sunni tribal leaders in Fallujah
# Iraqi Kurds joining Jihadist groups in Syria
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan holds first ever live and televised presidential debate
# Karzai set to sign law that would ban relatives from testifying in domestic abuse cases
# Pakistan Taliban talks delayed
Caucasus
# "There’s a Little Bit of Kyiv in Tbilisi" - Giorgi Lomsadze, Eurasianet
Of Interest
# Buzzfeed has a style guide
# WSJ has eight social media editors
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