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Afternoon Update

Russia

# "The Moscow Mayoral Election Will Test Russia's Internet Culture" - Kevin Rothrock, "Global Voices"

Turkey
# "Memories of a Public Square" - Orhan Pamuk, "The New Yorker"
# "What's Eating Turkey" - Norman Stone, "The Spectator"
# A game show host gets (very) clever

Iran
# Iran's oil exports continue to fall
# Turkey has arrested a suspected Iranian intelligence officer

RFE/RL Target Region
# Glimmers of hope for Pakistan's economy
# Transparency International on surveillance in Georgia
# The politics of Georgia's investment climate

Syria
# Human Rights Watch on attacks on schools in Syria

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RFE/RL In The Media

# "UPI" quotes RFE/RL's live blog of Iran's presidential debate

International Press Review

Iran

# The campaign heads to Qum
# "Don't Discount the Iranian Election" - Dennis Ross, "Foreign Affairs"
# Wives are not a hallmark of the campaign
# "Rouhani Goes to Isfahan" - Suzanne Maloney, Brookings
# The U.S. has sent about $45 million worth of goods to Iran this year

Russia
# "Why I am Not Returning to Russia" - Sergei Guriev, "The New York Times"
# "A Cap on Gazprom’s Ambitions" - Chazan & Buckley, "Financial Times"
# The U.S. and Russia can't agree on a way forward in Syria

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Can Pakistan Make Peace Next Door?" - Ahmed Rashid, "The New York Times"
# Not everything has changed in Pakistan

RFE/RL Target Region
# Inside the hotel boom in Belarus
# What Tajikistan's gas boom could mean
# Using anti-censorship technology in Tajikistan
# Doctors are picking cotton in Uzbekistan

Of Interest
# The relationship between tolerance and economic success
# Go out and apply for a Google internship

Science & Technology
# When 15 milliseconds = $28 million
# Facebook has launched verified fan pages
# How to avoid getting phished on Facebook
# Black holes may not be infinitely dense after all

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Why Susan Rice will be the most powerful member of President Obama's natsec team
# Samantha Power receives support from some unlikely sources
# The NSA snapped up about three million Verizon call records (which was pretty much legal)
# Judging by his own criteria, Charles Koch will not be buying any newspapers
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