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The Rundown -- September 19


RFE/RL in the Media
# First "Roll Call," now "The Hill" -- RFE/RL called the Russia Today of Azerbaijan
# New RFE/RL-VOA joint Russian TV production mentioned in White House fact sheet on Ukraine
Ukraine
# "Ukraine Leader’s Plea Nets Less Than He Wanted" - Michael Shear, "New York Times"
# White House "fact sheet" on support for Ukraine
# "A Premature Party for Poroshenko" - Leon Aron, Foreign Policy
# Ukraine's blood bucket challenge
Russia
# BBC reporter investigating Russian soldiers dying in Ukraine attacked in Astrakhan, but files incisive story anyway
# Russia demands more changes to EU-Ukraine trade deal
# Poland wants Russian veto limited at UN
# "Yes, Russia Matters: Putin’s Guerrilla Strategy" - Peter Pomerantsev, "World Affairs Journal"
Eastern Europe
# Baltic states weary of Russia's more strident tone
# Russian Foreign Ministry condemns vandalism of Soviet monuments in Lithuania
Iraq
# Militants show reach in Baghdad with series of attacks overnight
# Can Iraq's rising Shi'ite militias be just as bad as IS?
# CIA privately skeptical about new Syria strategy
# AFP will no longer allow freelancers to report from Syria
Iran
# Rohani faces tougher audience at UN this year
# Obama open to talking with Rohani at UN
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan asks for $537 million
# Liberal professor of Islam shot dead in Karachi
# Why Malala can't return to Pakistan
Central Asia
# Russia tightens control over Kyrgyzstan
Balkans
# "How Hard Times Are Healing Bosnia" - Peter Lippman "The Nation"
# Israeli FM secretly meets with Dodik in Vienna
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