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Afternoon Update

Russia

# "The Spy Who Shot Himself in the Foot" - Julia Ioffe, "The New Republic"

Iran
# "The Ayatollah's Game Plan" - Mohsen Milani, "Foreign Affairs"
# "Rafsanjani Is No Iranian Reformer" - Michael Miner, "Real Clear World"

Pakistan
# "An Astonishing Mandate" - Cyril Almeida, "The Indian Express"

RFE/RL Target Region
# Human Rights Watch on the beating of Ulugbek Azimov in Kyrgyzstan
# Ivanishvili: sexual minorities in Georgia "have the same rights as any other social groups."
# Tedx heads to Tbilisi

Of Interest
# Poynter on the "AP" phone records case
# How to mine gold safely
# Netflix and YouTube get A LOT of traffic

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RFE/RL In The Media

# "The Wall Street Journal" cites RFE/RL reporting on an Iranian's conviction in Nigeria for arms trafficking

International Press Review

Iran

# Mandiant says Iranian hackers are attacking U.S. companies
# Davoud Ahmadinejad is trying to make his mark in Iran's politics
# How India deals with Iran without irking the U.S.

Russia
# Anton Krasovsky on being openly gay in Russia
# NYT: "From Russia with Wig" (some...irregularities about the arrest)

Afghanistan
# The World Bank on the Afghan economy
# The Taliban says people should be immunised against polio
# Educating the next generation of Afghan women

Pakistan
# "Will Pakistan Seize Chance on Human Rights?" - Mustafa Qadri, "CNN"
# The USIP releases a study on fresh water in Pakistan

RFE/RL Target Region
# Iran, Russia, and the U.S. are trying to save Olympic wrestling
# Azerbaijan has extended defamation laws to cover speech online

Of Interest
# How a dissident blogger escaped Bahrain
# Loneliness: the silent killer
# The rise of the Silicon Valley oligarch

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# David Carr on the "AP" phone records case
# Remembering Kenneth Waltz
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