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The Rundown -- April 2


RFE/RL in the Media
# Brian Whitmore on Monocle to discuss Russia's role in the Middle East
# Washington Post cites report by Ganjinai Ganj and Farangis Najibullah on sex workers wearing hijabs in Tajikistan
# Moscow Times reprints Carl Schreck's piece on Western scholars being deported
Ukraine
# East Ukraine separatists pay pensions in Russian rubles
# Simon Ostrovsky goes to Ukraine "border" with separatists, where he reports Ukrainian authorities don't allow essential goods through
# New Russian spring offensive "likely"
# Ukraine refuses to extradite Saakashvili
Russia
# Russian trawler sinks, leaving at least 54 dead
# World Bank says Russian recession will be longer than expected
# Forty-five percent of Russians polled think Stalin's repressions "justified"
# Greece turning to Russia and China as EU negotiations sour
Iran
# In the 11th hour, Obama ordered negotiators to ignore deadline
# Is the nuclear deal "too big to fail?"
Middle East
# Does IS "want a truce?"
# A snapshot of IS militants' Libyan stronghold
# NYT reviews books on IS
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# The "prison-like conditions" for displaced Afghan women
# Pakistan militant groups pledge support to Saudi campaign in Yemen
# "The Dangerous, Delicate Saudi-Pakistan Alliance" - Arif Rafiq, Foreign Policy
# "Why Pakistan Will Fight Saudi's Wars but Not Its Own" - Farheen Rizvi, Huffington Post
Central Asia
# "Karimov's Crumbling Kleptocracy" - Alisher Ilkhamov and Jeff Goldstein, Foreign Affairs
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