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The Rundown -- August 7


RFE/RL in the Media
# The Nation mentions RFE/RL Gandhara interview with Malala Yousafzai
Russia
# If Putin were to fall, what would follow?
# Russia says it will block some food imports from countries that imposed sanctions on it
# "Putin Can Afford to Back Down on Ukraine" - Cynthia Hooper, "Moscow Times"
# Russia may be losing influence over European energy markets
# Russia masses 20,000 troops on Ukraine border
# Scientists may have solved the mystery behind Siberia's giant hole
Ukraine
# MH17 forced to halt work due to violence
# The far-right foreigners in Ukraine's Azov battalion
# ViceNews interviews the American "Franko" serving in Ukraine
# "To Beat Putin, Support Ukraine" - Michael McFaul, "New York Times"
Eastern Europe
# Moldova asks Russia to remove troops and weapons from Transdniester
Iran
# Conservative Iranian media accuse detained "Washington Post" journalist of spying
# An interview with Iran's Banksy
# A report card for Rohani's first year
Iraq
# To flee Iraq violence, some need to go through Syria
# Militants in Iraq loathed, but so far no curbing them
# Video: Yazidi parliamentarian's passionate speech
# It might be too costly for Kurds to split from Iraq
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Multimedia: "Helmand's Golden Age"
# Should Abdullah be left behind?
# "Waiting Out the Afghan War" - Elliot Ackerman, "New Yorker"
# Blasphemy and religious intolerance in Pakistan
Caucasus
# Aliyev visits near frontlines of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan creates giant energy ministry
Of Interest
# BBC launches blacked out Thai news service on Facebook
# "New York Times" building newsroom strategy team
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