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The Rundown -- May 6


RFE/RL in the Media

# Foreign Policy cites RFE/RL's role in countering Kremlin propaganda
Russia
# Visa accused of violating Russia sanctions
# Russia planning to send jets to Syria by end of 2014
# "Kyiv Struggles to Break Russia’s Grip on Gas Flow" - Andrew Higgins, "New York Times"
# Putin signs law restricting profanity in the arts
# Putin signs law outlawing denial of Nazi crimes and distortion of Soviet WWII role
# "Russia Bound to Win Its Proxy War in Ukraine" - Alexander Golts, "Moscow Times"
# Right Sektor mentioned almost as much as United Russia in Russian media
Ukraine
# Bloody battles in Slovyansk
# "The U.S. Doesn't Need to Prove Itself in Ukraine" - Peter Beinart, "The Atlantic"
# "The Only Way to Peace" - Anatol Lieven, "New York Review of Books"
# Odesa fears getting caught in the crossfire
# Ukrainian firefighters become a target
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# CIA reportedly pulling back in Afghanistan
# Aid only now beginning to trickle in for landslide victims
# Major polio outbreak in Afghanistan and Pakistan
# Surge of violence against Pakistan's Hindus
Iraq
# "Why Iraq Is Moving Closer to Full-Scale Sectarian War" - Kimberly Kagan, "Wall Street Journal"
Iran
# Head of Committee on Internet Crimes blames WhatsApp ban on "American Zionist" Zuckerberg
# Iran in talks to hold Christie's auctions
# China wants better military ties to Iran
# Is Washington prepared for a nuclear deal?
Caucasus
# Georgia passes anti-discrimination bill
# Sumgayit becomes font for Syria-bound Jihadists
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan urges talks with Russia and Ukraine for launch pad project
# Kazakhstan reportedly bans poultry imports from Russia and Belarus
Of Interest
# McAfee releases secure messaging app
# New "L.A. Times" will write your tweet
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