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The Rundown -- July 31

RFE/RL in the Media
# FoxNews opinion urges expanding RFE/RL "outreach and intensity"
# "Washington Post" and Business Insider use RFE/RL reporting on Strelkov's cursing ban
# Russian soldier's Instagram shows him operating equipment inside Ukraine and a Buk in Russia
# Ukraine did not provide full account of dangers for flight
# Ukraine claims separatists are laying mines by MH17 crash
# "Independent" reports that Germany and Russia are working on secret land-for-gas deal to end Ukraine crisis; but "WSJ" reports German-Russia relationship has disintegrated
# Breakdown of 25-year effort
# "Putin's Losing Streak" - Stephen Holmes and Ivan Krastev, "Foreign Affairs"
# "Why Is Washington Risking War With Russia?" - Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen Cohen, "The Nation"
Eastern Europe
# Belarus to host Ukraine-Russia talks
# Belarusians may have their cars seized if caught littering
# Frontline special: Losing Iraq
# Texas court considers oil Baghdad says Iraqi Kurdistan sold without permission
# Anger in Iraq as militants destroy ancient historic sites
# Baghdad's drifter scene
# "Guardian" editorial urges Rohani to "speak out" on detained journalists
# Video: Mother of "Washington Post" journalist appeals to Tehran
# Social media is deadly in Pakistan
# Are parents responsible for Pakistan's Polio surge?
# Azerbaijan rights activist charged with treason
# Will sanctions on Russia hurt Armenia?
Central Asia
# Metro riders in Tashkent have to deal with "pre-flight security"
# Dividing the economic spoils post-Gulnara
Of Interest
# American suicide bomber in Syria took trip back to U.S. first