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Afternoon Update


# "Forbes" on the creative economy in Russia
# "The Russians Are Shrinking!" - Oliver Bullough, "The Wall St. Journal"

# "Pakistan's Minorities Have No Faith in Democracy" - Kathy Gannon, "AP"
# The toll of political violence in Pakistan

# "Adding the Ballot to the Bullet? Hezb-e Islami in Transition" - Osman & Ruttig, AAN

# Presidential candidates are registering for the elections (FA)
# The editor of an Iranian news site has been arrested

Boston Bombings
# "The Bombers’ World" - Christian Caryl, "NY Review of Books"

Of Interest
# "Outfoxing the Oligarchs in Latvia" - Gabriel Kuris, "Foreign Policy"
# Meet the best backgammon player in the world

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "The New York Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on the opposition rally in Moscow

International Press Review


# "Russia's Energy Bully Takes a Fall" - Alexandros Petersen, "Foreign Policy"
# "Putin Strives to Become Russia's Über-Patriot" - Schepp & Neef, "Spiegel"
# "Putin's First Year Back in Power: A Kingdom Built on Sand?" - Kadri Liik, "Real Clear World"
# Julie Ioffe on the opposition in Russia

# Iran re-patriated an Iraqi fighter who died in Syria
# The media war is heating up ahead of elections
# "'Red Lines' On Iran: Not So Black and White" - Shashank Joshi, "The Diplomat"

# "The Guardian" reports on the marginalization of Ahmadis
# Pakistan's election commission says poll workers are all trained up
# Ben Anderson on covering the war in Afghanistan

Of Interest
# Turkey fears Russia too much to intervene in Syria
# "LeMonde" on the future of NATO
# What sarin gas does to the human body
# The death toll from bird flu in China is now 31

Science & Tech
# "The Coming War Over Net Neutrality" - Tim Wu, "The New Yorker"
# "Can Humans Survive?" - Annalee Newitz, "The Daily Beast"
# The cure for gray hair may be upon us

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The U.S. says China is responsible for a series of cyber attacks
# Al Gore has done well for himself