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The Rundown -- November 12

RFE/RL in the Media
# Hungarian dissident discusses RFE/RL's role during the 1989 revolutions in the "Economist"
# Ukraine's currency plunging
# Ukraine separatist leaders meet in Moscow with Russian lawmakers
# Howitzers are the weapon of choice for Ukraine separatists
# Ukraine now largest displacement crisis in Europe since Balkans wars
# "The Iran-Ukraine Affair" - Roger Cohen, "New York Times"
# Despite collapsing ceasefire, new sanctions on Russia appear unlikely
# "Russia’s Gold Digger Academy" - Peter Pomerantsev, Daily Beast
# Americans participating in leadership conference detained in Russia and deported
# Moscow demands apology for far-right violence outside Russian embassy in Warsaw
# Russia straining to feed and heat Crimea
# Smuggler says he helped send IS fighters to Europe
# On Turkish border town with Kobane, blood is the contraband of choice
# NBC News files first Western report from inside Kobane
# Infographic on IS leadership
# "If Iran Says ‘Yes’" - Bret Stephens, "Wall Street Journal"
# Russia agrees to build more nuclear reactors in Iran
# It costs $5,000 to become an Afghan border guard, but one can make $4,000 a month in bribes
# "Are Ethnic Politics Afghanistan's Greatest Hope?" - Sean Mann, Foreign Policy
# Eight charts that show how Pakistan’s view of India has changed over 30 years
# Network of private schools declares "I am not Malala day"
# U.S. embassy denies secret talks with Iran in Baku
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan university students complain about cotton harvest
# China edging Russia out of Central Asia