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The Rundown -- May 16


RFE/RL in the Media

# Golnaz Esfandiari quoted in "Guardian" on Canada inviting MEK member to speak
# Freedom House on separatists disrupting broadcasts of RFE/RL and VOA Ukrainian
# Read Brian Whitmore in "The Atlantic" and Defense One on Russia's counterrevolution
# U.S. senator says bill that would provide $10 million for Ukraine coverage is an "unfunded mandate"
# Reporters Without Borders criticizes international broadcasting proposal
Ukraine
# Miners take over streets in Mariupol in support of Ukraine unity
# Ukraine protester who tweeted "I'm dying" is worried change isn't happening
# Kyiv's volunteer units add to civil war fears
# "The Case for Ground Forces in Ukraine" - Andrew Langer, "National Review"
# RT: Odesa fire "orchestrated by 'oligarchy' and U.S." (around 8:24)
Russia
# "How Europe Enables Putin" - Bloomberg
# Riding with Russia's Night Wolves
# Russian rocket carrying advanced satellite crashes shortly after takeoff
# Russian foreign trade down ten percent
# Blocking Twitter in Russia "practically inevitable"says Russian media regulator
# Eastern Europe
# Belarus urges Kyiv to negotiate with separatists
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Iran reportedly paying Afghanistan refugees $500 a month to fight in Syria
# Journalist held on charge of collaborating with Taliban
# Pakistani released from U.S. custody in Afghanistan after being held for ten years without trial
# Election final results timeline "trumps transparency"
# The first person to practice law in Swat valley
Iran
# Looking to increase birthrate, Iran ends free vasectomies
# Iran okay with "front-loaded" final nuclear deal
# Iran pursuing ballistic missile, according to UN report
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan lesbian marriage ends in murder
# Kazakhstan atheist faces seven years in prison for "stoking religious tension"
# Karimov says he's sticking around for the foreseeable future
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan opposition journalist sentenced to eight years in prison
# Mehriban Aliyeva named "first lady of the year"
Of Interest
# Aid to Erdogan seen kicking protester
# Who and what can Google "forget?"
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