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The Rundown -- July 2

RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Merkhat Sharipzhan in Project Syndicate and Gulf News on the struggle of former Soviet countries to head West
# Yahoo News uses RFE/RL video of displaced people in N. Waziristan
# Finland's Lenin museum getting a makeover
# How a hacker helped ProPublica discover a secret infusion of Russian cash to Syria
# "Russia is Punching Above Its Weight" - Mark Galleotti, "Moscow Times"
# Ukraine forces launch massive assault in Donetsk and Luhansk
# Russian journalist says reporters were "set up" on night cameraman was killed
# "A Battle in Ukraine Echoes Through the Decades" - Andrew Higgins, "New York Times"
# ViceNews dispatch: the cease-fire that wasn't
# "Iraq Must Not Come Apart" - Leslie Gelb, "New York Times"
# Why Turkey wants Iraq to break up
# Is ISIL on the brink of "sputtering out?"
# ISIL threatens al-Qaeda as extremist flagship
# Iran has deployed all of its SU-25 attack planes to Iraq
# Former Saudi intelligence chief calls Syria "festering wound" that fostered ISIL
# Iran shoots Modern Family almost scene-for-scene, but without the gay couple
# Afghanistan becomes unlikely safe haven for Pakistan refugees
# Afghanistan trying to block Facebook pages amid heightened election rhetoric
# Pakistan rejects allegations of involvement in Afghanistan fighting
Central Asia
# "Guardian" editorial about academic detained in Tajikistan
# Central Asia's new "superstate"
Of Interest
# How Jeff Bezos is changing the "Washington Post"