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The Rundown - April 10

Kurdish Iraqi men reading a newspaper in Irbil.

Kurdish Iraqi men reading a newspaper in Irbil.

Afternoon Update


# Patriarch Kirill warns of the perils of feminism
# Vladimir Putin gets an Amsterdam welcome

# There have been several strong aftershocks in southern Iran

# The Afghan Analysts Network on an RFE/RL-hosted debate on the Taliban
# "Death of an FSO and Tragedy in Zabul" -- Gary Owen

RFE/RL Target Region
# The Aral Sea is pretty dry
# Turkey wants to increase trade with Kyrgyzstan
# "Ferghana News" is protesting a censorship order in Kyrgyzstan

Of Interest
# My life as a North Korean spy
# Weapons from Libya are making the rounds

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Moldova as a hub for gay rights in Eastern Europe
# "Al Monitor" cites RFE/RL reporting on an Iranian artist finding refuge in Irbil, Iraq
# Dennis Mulhaupt has resigned from the BBG

International Press Review


# The government is taking legal action against Golos
# "Like It or Not, Russia Is a Global Financial Power" -- Martin Gilman, "Moscow Times"
# The Duma approved Elvira Nabiullina as the head of Russia's Central Bank

# The list of new sanctions on Iran
# 37 people are now reported dead after an earthquake in Iran
# "Is Time on Iran’s Side?" -- Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, "Lobe Log"
# Mahmud Ahmadinejad's opponents may try to block a planned rally
# The MEK is going to open an office in Washington

# How the CIA and ISI collaborated on the drone program
# How a single spy turned U.S.-Pakistan relations sour
# "Failed City? Karachi's Violent Spiral" -- Arsla Jawaid, "Foreign Policy"

# The Taliban doesn't really have much for an office in Qatar
# "China's Afghanistan Challenge" -- Raffaello Pantucci, "The Diplomat"
# Two French hostages were freed in Afghanistan

Of Interest
# The tale of a Moldovan hitman
# Iraq and Iran execute a lot of people
# "The Iron Lady as Liberator" -- Yulia Tymoshenko, "Project Syndicate"

# "PBS Frontline" goes behind the lines in Syria
# The U.S. will send some gear to rebels in Syria

Science & Technology
# Yandex is experimenting with gesture-based functions
# This baboon's sound may hold the key to the origins of human speech
# Will Google drop Android?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. and North Korea held secret talks in March
# The Senate may see an immigration bill in the next week
# Europe and the U.S. disagree on austerity