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The Rundown - March 15


An Iraqi shoeshiner reads the paper in Baghdad.

An Iraqi shoeshiner reads the paper in Baghdad.

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on crowd dispersal tactics in Azerbaijan
# The "LA Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on an art theft in the Balkans
# "The Wall St. Journal" cites RFE/RL reporting on the sentencing of an Azerbaijani journalist
# "News.ru" reprints RFE/RL reporting on the Magnitsky list

International Press Review

First Read
# "Sargsyan Stole the Presidential Election From Me" -- Raffi Hovannisian, "Moscow Times"

Iran
# A Greek executive has been caught trying to help Iran evade oil export sanctions
# Iran is debating the merits of direct negotiations with the U.S.
# An Iranian human rights official says homosexuality is an illness
# Iran confronted a U.S. drone over the Persian Gulf
# Goolge Reader's demise is bad news for Iranians
# "Islamist Maseratis" -- Anonymous, "The Economist"
# "Forget the Fatwa" -- Eisenstadt & Khalaji, "National Interest"

Iraq
# Photojournalists recall the Iraq War
# Blasts and fighting killed at least 25 in Baghdad
# "The Rise of Nuri al-Maliki" -- Parker & Salman, "World Policy Journal"
# The diary of an American soldier

Russia
# Chna's new president will make his first trip abroad to Moscow
# Ramzan Kadyrov has invited his Instagram friends to Chechnya

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Breaking Up is Not Hard to Do" -- Husain Haqqani, "Foreign Affairs"
# Shi'ites in Pakistan continue to protest
# Afghanistan's economy may be in trouble after the drawdown
# What the Soviets got right when leaving Afghanistan

Tech
# A "Reuters" social media editor was indicted for cooperating with Anonymous
# Facebook is getting #hastags

Of Interest
# "The Inflation of Hugo Chavez" -- Jorge Castañeda, "Project Syndicate"
# Shell Oil has been barred from drilling in the Arctic
# Some sufferers of HIV may have been recently cured
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