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The Rundown -- July 23

RFE/RL in the Media
# "The Hill" opinion piece criticizing international broadcasting legislation mentions RFE/RL
# Read Tom Balmforth in "The Guardian" on what Russian newspapers are saying about MH17
# In interviews, Torez residents say they saw what could have been a missile launcher on Thursday
# The clues which may lead to the launch site
# U.S. intelligence says Russia "created conditions" for disaster, but doesn't implicate it directly
# Villagers hold memorial for victims
# A trending tweet
# France prepared to cancel (one of) its warship sales to Russia; UK government still sending arms to Russia
# Kudrin warns that Russia risks isolation
# One fact that explains how "Europe could crush Russia's economy"
# "Why Putin Can't Afford to Dump the Ukrainian Separatists" - Aleksei Eremenko, "Moscow Times"
# Russia considers progressive taxation
# Profile of "the most dangerous man in Ukraine" (Strelkov)
Eastern Europe
# Ukraine threatens "special duties" on Belarus
# Iran wants what Argentina got
# Can Iran's nuclear capacity be limited?
# "Remaking Iran" - Said Arjomand, Project Syndicate
# Iran says it will launch "advanced home-made destroyer"
# Militant threat to Iraqi Christians: "Convert, pay a tax or die"
# Cyber-war among rival factions in Iraq conflict
# Iraq Ambassador to the U.S. says he doubts Washington's commitment
# Returning to service in Iraq...with Blackwater
# U.S. troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits
# "Why Afghanistan's National Unity Government Is Risky" - Srinjoy Bose and Niamat Ibrahimi, Foreign Policy
# "Pakistan's New Fear of Flying" - Bina Shah, "New York Times"
# The Kitchen divides Pakistan's rich and poor
# Tony Blair to advise Azerbaijan on gas project
Central Asia
# Is Kazakhstan a new mining hotspot?
# Tajikistan blocks access to Odnoklassniki
Of Interest
# How Mashable gets on-the-ground reporting
# "New Yorker" archive free for now