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The Rundown -- March 25

RFE/RL in the Media
# Global Voices interviews Golnaz Esfandiari, "English-Language journalism's ‘bridge’ to Iran"
# New York Times mentions RFE/RL as model for BBG plan to create entity for Spanish-language broadcasting
# Amid "ugly" fight with Poroshenko powerful Ukrainian oligarch Kolymoysky resigns
# Oligarch battle "the most serious internal crisis" since new Ukrainian government came to power
# "Ukraine: Divided and Bitter" - Tim Judah, New York Review of Books
# "To See Ukraine’s Future, Recall Crimea" - Andrew Foxall, New York Times
# Russian bid to stop UN benefit for gay couples fails badly
# Jordan signs $10 billion nuclear power plant deal with Russia
# "Is Russian Literature Dead?" - Owen Matthews, Foreign Policy
# White House accuses Israel of spying on nuclear negotiations and using details to lobby Congress; different than normal spying?
# Iran hard-liners "show restraint" on nuclear talks
# Video profile: NYT's "Man in Tehran"
Middle East
# IS militants skimming from salaries paid to state employees
# HRW says Iraqi security forces burned Sunni villages to the ground after liberating them from IS
# U.S. joins Iraqi offensive in Tikrit
# Tunisian Star Wars town now a way-station for IS militants
# Obama announces decision to maintain troop levels through 2015
# Ghani on U.S. reliance
# U.S. drone strike kills nine Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan
# Pakistan official says country needs short-range "tactical" nuclear weapons
# "Letter from Macedonia" - Rupert Wolfe-Murray, Huffington Post
# Armenian anti-NGO law "inspired by Moscow"
Of Interest
# Facebook wants to replace websites for news
# If you drilled a hole through earth, it would take 38 minutes for an object to drop to the other side
# U.S. ambassador to Libya quits Twitter