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The Rundown -- June 12

RFE/RL in the Media

# Foreign Policy reviews Abubakar Siddique's book, "The Pashtun Question"
# Andrew Sullivan references Carl Schreck's Iraq explainer
# Carnegie Center mentions RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service interview with Ambassador Richard Morningstar, which was condemned by a government official
# Read Carl Schreck's Iraq explainer in "The Atlantic"
# Washington Free Beacon cites Golnaz Esfandiari's interview with Obama's spiritual adviser
# CNN uses video of Iraq fighting from RFE/RL's Iraqi service
# What the Mosul siege means for ISIS
# Iraq seeking U.S. strikes on militants; so far refused
# Long read from April: "What We Left Behind" - Dexter Filkins, "New Yorker"
# Tweet: Could earlier help to Syria rebels have prevented this?
# French FM says Iran nuclear talks "have hit a wall"
# Iran Air seeks spare parts while it still can
# "Iran's Dissidents, Released But Not Freed" - Robin Wright, "New Yorker"
# Iran's World Cup interest wanes
# Ghani leading in new poll
# Afghan banks may face blacklist because of failure to combat money laundering
# U.S. launches drone strikes in Pakistan for first time this year
# Pakistan's military submit Taliban options to Sharif
# "Pakistan Must Unleash the Military" - Ahmed Rashid, "Financial Times"
# Lavrov admits cooperation with separatists -- says Moscow sending aid
# Are Putin's "European adventures" working?
# Russia charges three Navalny associates with fraud
# Putin denies waging war on Internet freedom
# Russia roles out patriotic candy
# Russians, including Medvedev, apparently enjoy elevator selfies
# Poroshenko says he's ready for talks with separatists if they lay down their arms
# "Can Ukraine Win Its Information War With Russia?" - Peter Pomerantsev, "The Atlantic"
# On why Russian neo-Nazis are attracted to the Ukraine conflict
# "On The Edge Of Civil War In Ukraine" - Mike Giglio, Buzzfeed
# RT surprised that military recruitment office in Luhansk not running with full staff
Eastern Europe
# World Bank says that eastern Europe growth will drop sharply due to Ukraine crisis
# Lukashenka says west is warming up to him
Central Asia
# Tajikistan brings wild goat from edge of extinction
# Kazakhstan and South Korea agree to visa free regime
# Kazakhstan FM's op-ed in "USA Today" on green initiatives
# Ukraine crisis affects construction in Turkmenistan
# "The Corleones of the Caspian" - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy
# "Azerbaijan: Caught Between Two EUs" - Giorgi Lomsadze, Eurasianet
# Music by Armenian composer banned in Baku
Of Interest
# Christian Science Monitor on turning reading into action