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Afternoon Update


# Some pre-election voices from Pakistan
# About that Peshawar High Court judgment on drones

# An adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader has joined the election fray
# Iran has recalled its ambassador to Cyprus

Of Interest
# "A Turbulent Valley in a Turbulent Decade" - Josh Foust, "Foreign Policy"
# "My Father, the Good Nazi" - Philippe Sands, "Financial Times"
# European and Asian languages derive from a single mother tongue

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Protecting the Strait of Hormuz is expensive
# Law enforcement and corprations agree: more cyberoffense

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# The "International Business Times" on the arrest of RFE/RL journalist Rovshen Yazmuhamedov

International Press Review


# Russia's Sweden-oriented war game rattled Stockholm
# "The FBI-Russia Connection" - David Wise, "Reuters"

# "The Guardian" reports on the (potential) presidential aspirations of the mayor of Tehran
# Iran's iron and steel sector gets a lifeline
# The U.S. sanctioned more Iranian businesses
# Iran's new pictures

# How the U.S. Army stopped focusing on poppies in Afghanistan
# Angry voters and the rise of Imran Khan
# "Pakistan’s Last Shot at Staying Democratic" - Anatol Lieven, "Financial Times"
# "It's Morning in Islamabad" - Mosharraf Zaidi, "Foreign Policy"
# How Pakistan is trying to control the movement of fertilizer

Boston Bombing
# Tamerlan Tsarnaev was talking about waging jihad while in Russia
# Apparently Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke "ebonics" and that matters

Of Interest
# "How to Heal Balkan Wounds for Good" - David L. Phillips, "The New York Times"
# How a sophisticated bank-robbing ring was broken up
# Wine-tasting is not a real science

# The U.S. Ambassador to Syria slipped into the country to meet with opposition members
# Some rebel fighters are defecting to the Islamist group Jabhat al-Nusra

Science & Technology
# Time lapse photos of our changing world
# A new law means apps must disclose how they use user data
# The ISS has a radiator leak
# Southern whales are dying off at an alarming rate

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The Myth of Presidential Leadership" - Norm Ornstein, "National Journal"
# "The End of Hands-Off-Hillary Clinton" - Thrush & Haberman, "Politico"