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Russia
# Russia is looking to boost security ties in Central Asia
# Discussing Russia with Ben Judah
# Russia plans to end drug trafficking through Central Asia soon (in RU)

Iran
# Saeed Jalili seems to be emerging as the establishment candidate
# "Think Again: A Nuclear Iran" - Alireza Nader, "Foreign Policy"
# The two bombing suspects who made the cut to be on the ballot
# "Ayatollah Khamenei’s Slow-Motion Power Grab in Iran" - Peter Jones, "Globe & Mail"

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Pakistan suspended a polio vaccination program after the latest attack on medical workers
# A U.S. drone strike killed four in North Waziristan
# "DW" interviews Sima Samar
# Frontline: "Outlawed in Pakistan"
# The Taliban is against pink balloons

RFE/RL Target Region
# "Abkhazia, the Comfortable Conflict Zone" - Thomas de Waal, "National Interest"
# "Georgia's Honest Cops and Crooked Politicians" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# The Georgian village where Armenians and Azeris live together and speak each other's language

Of Interest
# An online currency exchange house gets broken up
# "Future Shock" - Evgeny Morozov, "The New Republic"

Science & Tech
# Maybe it's time to end eyewitness testimony
# The WHO warns against the coronavirus
# Plants that had been under a glacier for 400 years were regrown

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Silencing the Whistleblowers" - Eyal Press, "The New York Times"
# "Press Freedom: A Heavy-Handed Approach" - Richard McGregor, "Financial Times"
# "Speak No Evil" - Aaron David Miller, "Foreign Policy"
# Switzerland and the U.S. are close to a deal on bank client names
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