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The Rundown -- April 18


RFE/RL in the Media

# "Wall Street Journal" opinion piece, which says VOA and RFE/RL have weakened, calls for changes in BBG structure
# "The Guardian" cites Daisy Sindelar's interview with Ivan Lozowy
Ukraine
# Ukrainian Ambassador to U.S. appeals for support in "Washington Post"
# Pamphlets warning Jews of Donetsk?
# Edward Lucas says Ukraine crisis could be start of World War III
# How the "Kyiv Post" functions
# New dispatch from Ostrovsky
Russia
# Sides agree to deescalation
# "Russia's New Challenge to Europe" - Ulrich Speck, Carnegie
# Can biometrics establish a link between Moscow and the gunmen in eastern Ukraine?
Eastern Europe
# Putin says Transdniester should be able to choose its own fate
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan Taliban negotiator under house arrest in UAE
# Pakistani Christians sentenced to death over blasphemous text
# The dangers of being a journalist in Pakistan
Iran
# UN watchdog says Iran ahead of schedule in compliance
# U.S. releases funds to Iran
# Why is there a U.S. plane in Iran?
# Iran officials offer words of advice to Russia on sanctions
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan says it's "disappointed" over Kashagan setback
# Kazakh businessman reportedly offers ransom for murder of Dnipropetrovsk governor
Caucasus
# OSCE and Azerbaijan parliament sign agreement
Of Interest
# Facebook's "unbinding"

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