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Iran

# The Supreme Leader warns of outside efforts to sabotage upcoming elections
# Ahmadinejad leaves the political stage

Russia
# Russia's new nuclear sub heads to sea

RFE/RL Target Region
# "Uzbeks Steer Clear of Regional Afghan Response" - Pavel Dyatlenko, "IWPR"
# Advocacy groups want Georgia to remove "black boxes" from its Internet infrastructure

Iraq
# A new study on atrocities in Iraq from Tufts
# The leader of Iraq's Kurds says Baghdad has its "last chance" for normal relations

Of Interest
# War crimes are being committed daily in Syria by both sides
# 43 nonprofit workers were convicted of "formenting unrest" in Egypt
# We're all Internet addicts

U.S. Foreign Policy
# Ken Pollack on Iran, the U.S., and an unstable Iraq

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RFE/RL In The Media

# "The Washington Post" cites RFE/RL reporting on rights in Azerbaijan
# "Eurasianet" cites RFE/RL reporting on an advanced Russian missile system in Armenia

International Press Review

Iran
# "It Ain't Easy Being Green" - Kelly Golnoush Niknejad, "Foreign Policy"
# "The Unpopular Populist" - Cameron Abadi, "The New Republic"
# Human Rights Watch on Iran's penal code
# How Iranians use social media

Russia
# Russian firms are largely ignoring Vladimir Putin's request that they pay larger dividends
# "Regime Change in Russia" - Kadri Liik, ECFR
# Russia will develop a new stealth drone

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Nearly a dozen children were killed in attacks in Afghanistan
# "Nawaz and the Islamist Gauntlet' - Kanwal Sibal, "The Hindu"
# Afghan students are flocking to India
# Pakistan's polio priorities
# One Afghan's view of foreign aid projects

Turkey
# Protests continued across Turkey
# "Turkey’s Protesters Have Been Let Down by All Sides" - Dani Rodrik, "Financial Times"
# "How Not to Win Friends and Influence the Turkish People" - Mustafa Akyol, "Foreign Policy"
# "Turkey’s Authoritarian Turn" - Seyla Benhabib, "The New York Times"

Of Interest
# Meet Kenji Fujimoto, sushi chef to the Kims
# "Banksy: The Discriminating Philistine" - Theodore Dalrymple, "City Journal"
# Iraq's emerging art scene

Science & Technology
# The key to the uncrackable password
# The Android laptop is coming

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Mr. Rohrabacher Misfires in Moscow" - Editorial, "The Washington Post"
# Reforming the democracy bureaucracy
# The trial of Bradley Manning began at Fort Meade
# Remembering Senator Frank Lautenberg
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