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The Rundown -- July 11


RFE/RL in the Media
# Partnership with "Guardian" begins with Dmitry Volchek's piece on Russians emigrating to Ukraine
# Yahoo News uses video from RFE/RL Pakistan of bomb attack in Bannu
Russia
# "Putin's Moves on Ukraine Keep West Guessing" - Gregory White, "Wall Street Journal"
# Public opinion against Russia hardens, even in traditional strong spots like Venezuela, according to Pew
# Will France's Mistral vessels make Russia a naval threat?
Ukraine
# Separatist leaders, defiant, say they're consolidating resources in Donetsk
# Amnesty says it has gathered evidence of abductions and torture in eastern Ukraine
# Ukrainians protest against "abandonment" by EU
# Photos of Ukraine cities after separatist retreats
Eastern Europe
# Twenty years of Lukashenka
Iraq
# Death toll rising among Shi'ite recruits
# Kurds call Maliki "hysterical," demand his resignation
# On the road to Sammara, glimpses of Iraq's fractured reality
# Inside the leadership of Islamic State
# "Iraq Illusions" - Jessica Matthews, "New York Review of Books"
Iran
# Iran "last best hope" in Middle East?
# "Obama and the Syria Two-Step" - Michael Doran, Brookings
# Why isn't the BBC protesting about Aliasghar Honarmand's jailing in Iran?
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "In Afghanistan, Third Round of Elections or Coup" - Ioannis Koskinas, Foreign Policy
# "Afghanistan's Worst Fear Is Being Realized" - Mahbouba Seraj, Huffington Post
# Why a Taliban takeover after U.S. withdrawal is unlikely
# Pakistan claims win along border, but enemy slips away
Central Asia
# Turkish FM in Uzbekistan to help end strained relations
# Kazakh romance film premieres in Karlovy Vary
Of Interest
# Jay Rosen to journalists: Facebook has all the power, you have none
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