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The Rundown -- December 11


RFE/RL in the Media
# Abubakar Siddique quoted in "New Yorker" piece about drones in Pakistan
# Read Arzu Geybullayeva in Global Voices on Azerbaijan's cracking image
Russia
# Gorbachev calls for U.S.-Russia summit
# Russia's creeping descent into Internet censorship; new filtering system coming
# "The Myth of the Russian Oligarchs" - Masha Gessen, "New York Times"
# "Why Moscow Should Worry about Terrorism" - Ilan Berman, "Foreign Affairs"
Ukraine
# IMF warns Ukraine faces financial collapse without $15 billion bailout
# Reuters finds Chechens fighting among east Ukraine separatists
# Russian general says small military mission is in eastern Ukraine at Kyiv's request
# Families living in Donetsk cellars feel they've been abandoned by Kyiv
Iraq/Syria
# IS trying to sell body of James Foley for $1 million
# IS fighting creating three separate armies in Iraq
# Little surprise in Iraq over Senate report on CIA interrogations
Iran
# Rohani calls drop in oil prices "treachery"
# A rare animal shelter in Tehran
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Washington Post" suggests revised timetable for troop drawdown in Afghanistan
# "Seven Ways Afghanistan is a Total Mess" - AJ Vicens, "Mother Jones"
# Afghanistan's Bruce Lee "reincarnation" becomes Web hit
# The complicated ties between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S.
# "China's Big Plans for Pakistan" - Gordon Chang, "National Interest"
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan's debt comeback spoiled by drop in oil and Russia sanctions
Caucasus
# EU turns to Azerbaijan for gas
# Russia's lower house approves Armenia's entry into Eurasian Union
Balkans
# IOC grants full Olympic recognition to Kosovo
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