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The Rundown -- May 22


RFE/RL in the Media
# House committee approves bill on consolidation of RFE/RL and other international broadcasting entities
# Read Mark Baker and Merhat Sharipzhan in the Guardian on the mysterious mass deaths of saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan
# Read Daud Khattak in Foreign Policy on the "blame game" in Pakistan
Ukraine
# Merkel dashes Ukraine's EU membership hopes, says no to lifting visa restrictions
# Ukrainian lawmakers suspend military cooperation with Russia
# "Ukraine Makes Amnesia the Law of the Land" - Jochen Hellbeck, New Republic
Russia
# Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook they will be blocked if they withhold blogger data
# Prosecutors leave trail of "death and destruction" at Crimean zoo
# What it's like to be hated online in Russia today
Eastern Europe
# "EU Can Win the Battle for Its Eastern Neighbors" - Vladislav Inozemtsev, Moscow Times
Middle East
# Bin-Laden thought about setting up a recruitment office in Iran
# Changing Iraq fortunes put Obama legacy at risk
# Saddam's nephew reportedly killed in Iraq
# Iraq having increasing trouble controlling its 100,000 militiamen
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Development and the battle for Afghanistan
# Months before raid, bin Laden considered leaving compound
# More than 100 charged in mob killing of Christian couple in Pakistan
Central Asia
# Russia and Tajikistan complete joint military drills on Afghan border
# Tajikistan closes Gulen-affiliated schools
Balkans
# "Saving Macedonia" - Heather Grabbe and Goran Buldioski, Politico
Caucasus
# In Georgia, increased interest in Eurasian Union amid disappointment in EU
# HRW: EU leaders should insist on Azerbaijan prisoner releases at summit
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