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The Rundown -- February 18


RFE/RL in the Media
# BBC on Azerbaijan detentions, including Khadija Ismaylova
# Meduza's guide to the world's Russia experts includes a note on Masha Gessen's time at RFE/RL
# PRI covers Daisy Sinderlar's Ukraine: Memory and Identity project
# RFE/RL mentioned in Washington Post piece about countering extremism
Russia
# How Eliot Higgins proved Russia was shelling from its own territory (in depth here)
# Putin in Hungary, where new gas agreement is announced
# Crimea has become economic no-go zone
# "The Resistible Rise of Vladimir Putin" - Stephen Kotkin, Foreign Affairs
Ukraine
# Russia sponsors UNSC resolution on Minsk 2 while telling Kyiv to surrender in Debaltseve
# Buzzfeed: photos near Debaltseve show the brutality of war
# The origins of separatism in Donetsk
Caucasus
# Russia may be stoking Azerbaijan-Armenia hostilities
Middle East/North Africa
# Italy fears IS invasion from Libya
# IS militants reportedly burn 45 people to death in newly captured town
# Southern Iraq makes bid for autonomy
# Kurds losing patience with U.S. over IS
Iran
# The pros and cons of the emerging Iran nuclear deal
# Khamenei reportedly criticizes American Sniper
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Taliban suicide attacks kill 25 in Afghanistan and Pakistan
# Afghan forces close in on Pakistan Taliban chief
# "A Plea From FATA" - Dawn, Anwar Shakir Wazir
Balkans
Of Interest
# Is mobile journalism the production tool or the product?
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