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The Rundown -- December 4

Deadly clashes in Grozny; Assad floats military alliance with U.S.; Right Sector's Jewish deputy

RFE/RL in the Media
# In "Wall Street Journal," Jeffrey Gedmin says RFE/RL and VOA "doing good work, but suffer from the Obama administration’s lack of vision and strategy"
# YahooNews uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of battle in eastern Ukraine
# Security forces battle militants in downtown Grozny -- at least five police officers dead
# Kalashnikov relaunching the Kalashnikov
# Audience of 12-34 year-olds on VKontakte now surpasses any television channel in Russia
# Russian prostitutes said to consider pegging prices to dollar, due to tumbling ruble
# "Russia Is Using Extortion in the Arctic" - Mark Galeotti, "Moscow Times"
# At least 50 patients have died at one psychiatric hospital in eastern Ukraine since fighting began
# An interview with Right Sector's Jewish deputy
Eastern Europe
# Russia alleges "gross violations" in Moldova election
# In interview Assad floats idea of a military alliance with the U.S. against IS
# Iraq says woman detained in Lebanon is not Baghdadi's wife
# U.S. says IS setting up Libya training camps
# From Egypt pro-democracy advocate to IS fighter
# Iran using U.S.-made jets to bomb IS targets
# Iran shifts from proxy warfare to outright military support
# Iran extends imprisonment of "Washington Post" reporter
# New report says Iran hackers took control of entire airport security systems
# Can Western governments convince at home that commitment to Afghanistan is necessary?
# "What the US Owes Afghanistan" - Andrea Prasow, Human Rights Watch
# Pop singer-turned-Imam in Pakistan accused of blasphemy
# "The Pakistani Origins of the Israeli State" - Ishaan Tharoor, "Washington Post"
Of Interest