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The Rundown -- January 9


RFE/RL in the Media
# New York Times op-ed by Joshua Kucera on events at RFE/RL's Baku bureau; Azerbaijan rejects criticism in Bloomberg
# Mashable cites and re-creates RFE/RL infographic on foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria
# Business Insider cites RFE/RL on dwindling migrant workforce
Paris attacks
# Europe's far-right lashes out after attacks
# JeSuisAhmed hashtag takes off for slain police officer
# "Je Suis Charlie (Until Je Get Scared)"- Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy
# Times public editor not sure if the images should be published
Russia
# Russia to deny drivers licenses to transgender people
# Merkel says Russia sanctions must stay until all tenets of Minsk agreement met
# Latvia says Russia has sent "some signals" it is more willing to engage
# "Why Russia’s Evangelicals Thank God for Putin" - Mark Elliot, Christianity Today
# Meet Russia's 369 Kremlin-registered bloggers
Ukraine
# EU proposes $2 billion in financial support for Ukraine; but it's unlikely to be enough
# Bershidsky: Soros's terrible plan
# Ukraine on the verge of "humanitarian catastrophe"
Iraq/Syria
# What U.S. airstrikes have hit in one graphic
# Assad has killed far more people than IS
Iran
# Iran-backed militias are getting U.S. weapons
# The U.S. may leverage cyber-weapons in nuclear talks
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Protecting the Gains in Afghanistan" - Candace Karp and Michael O'Hanlon, Wall Street Journal
# "Afghanistan: Unaccomplished Mission, Uncertain Future" - Pir-Mohammad Mollazehi, Iran Review
# Afghanistan and Pakistan display rare cooperation in hunt for Pakistani Taliban leader
Central Asia
# New York Times makes up new Central Asian country
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