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The Rundown -- June 19


RFE/RL in the Media

# Global Voices cites RFE/RL Tajik service on Google blockage in Tajikistan
# YahooNews uses RFE/RL Azerbaijani service video of Lavrov presser in Baku
Iraq
# "Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq" - Clive Irving, Daily Beast
# ISIL's 2013 annual report
# How ISIL is gaming social media
# In occupied cities, ISIL walks fine line between restraint and metting out its version of Islamic law
# Militants in Iraq and Syria are trying to re-create a nation that never existed
# Video: BBC reporter trapped in fighting between Kurdish fighters and ISIL
Iran
# Rohani promises to defend Shi'ite shrines against "killers and terrorists"
# Saudis give tacit worning to Iran: don't meddle in Iraq
# Clinton urges caution
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Abdullah protests ballot counting, claiming widespread fraud
# Why Pakistan's Taliban offensive "is a very big deal"
# Twitter restores access to content it blocked last month
Ukraine
# Separatists reject cease-fire; seek "urgent help" from Moscow
# "My Mind-Melting Week on the Battlefields of Ukraine" - Julia Ioffe, "New Republic"
# U.N. report says at least 356 are known to have been killed since March from fighting in Ukraine
Russia
# "Illusions Gone, I'm Leaving Russia" - Leonid Bershidsky, "Moscow Times"
# Writers, including two Nobel prize winners, condemn Russian "waves of propaganda"
# Biden warns of "further costs" to Russia over Ukraine crisis
# Gazprom to start China gas pipeline in August
Balkans
# Kosovo Serbs take down barricades, replace them with flower pots
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan shuts down Gulen-linked schools
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan bill toughens penalty for underage alcohol sales and bans sales after 9PM
# Kyrgyzstan moves closer to Russia-like LGBT legislation
Of Interest
# Taking a look at the "New York Times'" CMS
# You can now share animated GIFs on Twitter
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