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The Rundown -- August 13


RFE/RL
# "National Review" pulls from RFE/RL story on Night Wolves' anti-Ukraine interpretive dance
# Huffington Post cites RFE/RL reporting on Albanian joining ISIL
# Business Insider cites RFE/RL Ukraine liveblog
# Read Daisy Sindelar on Russia's troll army in the "Atlantic" and Defense One
# RFE/RL Iraq's Petr Kubalek featured on Czech TV at least five times for Iraq expertise
Russia
# Tense standoff looms as Russian "aid" convoy approaches Ukraine; EU says Red Cross must vet and distribute
# On Russia's border with Ukraine, fighters and military gear move freely
# Russia greets al-Sissi with arms display
# Russia won't pay for French warships until second is delivered
# Russia is the second largest immigration haven in the world
Ukraine
# Draft law would allow Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council to ban any website at any time
# Ukraine appears to abandon border outposts with Russia
# In besieged Ukrainian city residents bury dead in yards and gardens
# "Ukraine is Winning the War" - Chrystia Freeland, Politico
Eastern Europe
# Belarus first in female obesity
# Russia food ban hurts Moldova
Iraq
# "New York Times" on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's beginnings
# U.S. sending 130 more military advisers to Iraq
# "Why the Bombing Campaign Won't Fix Iraq" - Reidar Visser, "Foreign Affairs"
# "The U.S.’s Timid Third Iraq War" - Mark Thompson, "Time"
Iran
# Iran appears to approve of Iraq PM pick
# Why Iran fears Iraq's Kurds
# Iran sidesteps sanctions with natural gas byproduct
# Iran's new gay executions
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan's marathon presidential election brings country to standstill
# "Iraq Crisis Teaches Obama a Harsh Lesson on Afghanistan" - Camelia Entekhabi-Fard, Al Arabiya
# Modi slams Pakistan in visit to Indian-administered Kashmir
# The threat of Pakistan's angry young marchers
Caucasus
# Gay Azerbaijani teenager set ablaze by homophobic parents
Of Interest
# A short course in media ethics
# How "Mother Jones" mastered Facebook
# Five rules for better branded video
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