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The Rundown -- June 27


RFE/RL in the Media
# Global Voices cites RFE/RL Ukrainian Service report about police using Facebook in western Ukraine to improve accountability
Russia
# Neighbors with Ukraine's refugees
# Russian policewomen to be disciplined for short skirts
# Kerry turns up pressure on Russia
# "Russia's Military is Back" - Nikolas Gvosdev, "National Interest"
# Russia's very expensive World Cup failure
Ukraine
# Government representatives and rebels to meet Friday; four OSCE observers freed
# Atlantic Council says tactics in the east should be called "terrorism"
# "Toxic Waste, Toxic Scandal in Kalush" - Christopher Miller, "Kyiv Post"
# Is anyone in charge of the Russian nationalists in Ukraine?
Eastern Europe
# Moldova preparing for intense blowback from Moscow after signing Association Agreement today
# Residents of Dorotcaia pushing to join Transdniester
Iraq
# Read RFE/RL Iraqi service's daily Anbar updates
# ISIL gains doing wonders for recruitment'
# As legislators meet to form new parliament, support for Maliki among Shi'ite factions is slipping
# "Let ISIS Play Out Its Role in History" - David Andelman, "USA Today"
# Iraq spending $1 billion on Zaha Hadid-designed parliament
# Is Iraq Assad's path back to "respectability?"
Iran
# "America and Iran Can Save Iraq" - Mohammad Ali Shabani, "New York Times"
# Iraq insurgency causes debate inside Iran about whether regional policy is working
# Drafting of final Iran nuclear accord underway
# A look at Iran's arsenal
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Death toll rises to above 100 in fighting in southern Afghanistan
# Tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan rise
# Civilians fleeing N. Waziristan ask "Why weren't we warned?"
Central Asia
# "The Tajiks' Forgotten War" - Joshua Kucera, "New York Times"
Of Interest
# Can the "New York Times" bury its blogs without weakening impact?
# Rap has become a diplomatic tool
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