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Afternoon Update

Afghanistan

# "The Economist" on Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor

Iran
# "Why Do We Laugh at North Korea but Fear Iran?" - Julian Hattem, "The Atlantic"
# "Top Gear" is pretty popular in Iran

Of Interest
# "News by and for the Authorities" - Walker & Orttung, "The New York Times"
# Facebook Home is the end of the very notion of personal privacy
# Teachers can finally stop grading papers and things

Off Shore Investigation
# The list of prominent names so far published
# More on Mukhtar Ablyazov, Dmytro Firtash, and Moonis Elahi

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RFE/RL In The Media

# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on potential for Navalny to end up in jail
# "Al Jazeera" cites RFE/RL reporting on health week in Turkmenistan
# Masha Gessen on "The Americans" for "Slate"

International Press Review

Iran
# The back and forth of nuclear negotiations in Almaty
# Iranians are back from Nowruz vacations and facing a tough election season
# "The Ayatollah in his Labyrinth" - Abbas Milani, "Foreign Policy"
# “The Father of Iran’s Nuclear Programme” - Peter Jenkins, "Lobe Log"

Russia
# "A Dictator's Guide on Ruling for Life" - Alexei Zakharov, "Moscow Times"
# Gazprom will return to the Yamal-Europe 2 pipeline project
# Russians will not get their Mark Knopfler

Pakistan
# Candidates in elections are facing tests of their faithfullness (or lack of it)
# A committee in the UK parliament says just .6% of Pakistanis pay taxes
# A discussion with young women fighting for their rights in Pakistan
# "Pakistan’s Precipitous Decline" - William Milam, "The New York Times"
# Study: The Fighters of Lashkar-e-Taiba

Iraq
# "The Road to Failure in Iraq" - Adnan Pachachi, "The New York Times"
# Archaeologists have unearthed Abraham's home in Ur

RFE/RL Target Region
# Bidzina Ivanishvili's name surfaced in the ICIJ off-shore report
# A Kazakh firm has filed a $400 million claim against the Kyrgyz government
# Russia has offered Serbia a $500 million loan

Of interest
# Leo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks are producing a movie about Mikhail Gorbachev
# Online music licensing revenues have surpassed radio
# The rise of Bitcoin

Science & Technology
# Watch how the new Facebook Home works
# Scientists can see what you're dreaming

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Video of James Earl Ray -- the man who shot Martin Luther King
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