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The Rundown -- August 15


RFE/RL in the Media
# Al Jazeera cites RFE/RL reporting on Ukraine crisis
# "Cleveland Plain Dealer" cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraq crisis
# "Guardian" uses tweet in story about "aid" convoy
# RT says American broadcasters see it as "major challenge"
Russia
# Two British journalists watch convoy of Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine
# In un-televised speech, Putin appears to tone down rhetoric
# Russians face price hikes following Western food import ban
# Russians react to events in Ferguson
Ukraine
# Strelkov "resigns," as does head of "Luhansk Republic"
# "Ukraine Taps Volunteers Fueled by Anger, Bravado" - Philip Shishkin, "Wall Street Journali"
# "A Ukraine City Under Siege, ‘Just Terrified of the Bombing’" - Andrew Kramer, "New York Times"
# Ukraine's "Babushka battalion"
Eastern Europe
# Striking photos from Moldova
Iraq
# Maliki agrees to cede power
# "Iraq and Syria's Poetic Borders" - Elias Muhanna "New Yorker"
# ISIL spreads to Indonesia
Iran
# Iran and U.S. both working to aid Kurdish forces in Iraq
# "No Iran Deal Is Better Than Any (Feasible) Deal" - James Jeffrey, Washington Institute
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# A bloody summer in Afghanistan
# Hairstylists are big business in Afghanistan
# Convoys make their way to Islamabad and Lahore for expected massive protests
# "On Independence Day, Pakistan Braces for a Storm" - Russel Mead, "American Interest"
Balkans
# A Putin cafe in Serbia
Caucasus
# Letter to Council of Europe: "We Have Repression in Azerbaijan"
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