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The Rundown -- June 24


RFE/RL in the Media

# Eurasia Review republishes Golnaz Esfandiari's piece about religious minorities using the Internet to pray
# Foreign Policy cites RFE/RL Russian Service reporter's questioning of why an inexperienced reporter was sent to front lines
# "Wall Street Journal" cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraq crisis
Iraq
# Video: Kurd president hints strongly of independent path for Iraqi Kurds
# Key oil refinery seized by rebels
# High tension during Kerry meeting with Maliki
# "Iraq's House of Cards" - Robin Wright, "New Yorker"
# The Syrian roots of Iraq's civil war
# Western intervention a "gift to ISIS"
Iran
# Three people arrested after video of men and women together in support of World Cup team
# Iran files complaint to FIFA over referee
# Tehran may allow snap inspections of nuclear facilities in final accord
# Iran says it could make up for oil supply issues emanating from conflict in Iraq
# "How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together" - Ben Van Heuvelen, Daily Beast
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghan election official quits over corruption allegations
# "Will Obama Repeat His Iraq Mistakes in Afghanistan?" - Marc Thiessen, "Washington Post"
# The men who run Afghanistan: Inside Karzai's inner circle
# Pakistan military offensive further imperils country's polio crisis
# Pakistan author's debut novel captures Karachi
# Clashes in Islamabad over returning cleric
Ukraine
# Ukraine separatists agree to cease-fire until June 27
# Ukrainian analyst says EU cares less about values than EU
Russia
# Twitter says it did not agree to block "extremist" accounts in Russia
# "How Putin Uses Ukraine to Undermine His Rivals" - Vladimir Frolov, "Moscow Times"
# Restaurant in Komi launches drone delivery service
# "Clinton, Russia, and U.S. Foreign Policy" - Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie
# "The Kremlin Is Trying To Erase Memories Of The Gulag" - Ola Cichowlas, "New Republic"
Eastern Europe
# Lithuanian president says Russia offered cheaper gas to other Baltic states in exchange for dropping NATO
Central Asia
# Central Asia meddling "suicidal for Russia"
# Tajikistan hazing accusations attract attention and denials
# Anger over air-conditioners in Turkmenistan
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan drops jury trial initiative
# Georgian opera singer blames husband for anti-gay Facebook rant
Balkans
# Bosnia indicts security chief over February unrest
Of Interest
# Why monarchies still make sense
# Facebook plans to own your phone
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