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The Rundown -- September 4

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 3i
September 03, 2014
Remembering victims of Russia's Beslan school massacre, Georgians stop an anti-American protest in Tbilisi, problems caused by protests in Pakistan -- plus stories from Central Asia.
RFE/RL in the Media
Breitbart cites Luke Johnson's piece on Russians protesting Russian actions in Ukraine
# "Washington Post" mentions Estonian president's time working at RFE/RL 
# First video of "little green men" in Ukraine?
# Putin's "peace plan" for Ukraine  
# Keith Gessen explores the origins of the local separatist movement in Donetsk
# Inside the "kill zone" of eastern Ukraine
# Obama calls on NATO to fortify militaries of Ukraine and other countries near Russia
# France postpones delivery of warships to Russia
# Russia to conduct major nuclear exercises this month
# The FSB still hangs out at Russian universities 
Eastern Europe
# Gagauzia exempted from Russian embargo on Moldovan wine
# Will Europe come to the rescue of Moldova?
# Harrowing video on man who survived IS massacre
What's next for the would-be-caliphate?
# Rand Paul's strategy to counter IS would involve Syria and Iran 
# IS militants have forced Iran to radically shift policy in Iraq
# Women in Iran may be banned from working in cafes
# Afghanistan NATO coalition shrinking fast
# Will women be protected once NATO leaves?
# U.S. rules out mediation to solve Pakistan crisis
Central Asia
# Radioactive container goes missing in Kazakhstan
# Kazakhstan's Al Hilal Islamic Bank eyes regional footprint
# Kansas linguist working on Latinizing Kazakh language
# Erdogan visits Azerbaijan, takes tough line on Armenia over Karabakh
# "Keep Georgia on the Path to NATO" - Luke Coffey, "National Interest" 
Of Interest
# Saudi Arabia's mysterious Twitter whistleblower 

The Rundown -- September 3

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 2i
September 02, 2014
Pakistan's political crisis, refugees from northern Iraq seek safety, protests in Kyrgyzstan -- plus stories from Afghanistan and Georgia.
RFE/RL in the Media
YahooNews uses RFE/RL video of protests in Islamabad 
# "The Dying Russians" - Masha Gessen, "New York Review of Books" 
# "Call Putin’s Bluff – He Will Not Cut Off Europe’s Gas" - Matthew Bryza, "Financial Times" 
# "Finland's Lesson for Ukraine" - Rene Nyberg, "New York Times" 
# Ukrainian TV producer accuses RT of being responsible for thousands of deaths live on RT
# In abandoned SE Ukraine, a "journey through no-man's land"
# NATO to conduct military exercises in western Ukraine 
# The unlikely success of the "Kyiv Post"
# "It's a War, Stupid!" - Gary Kasparov, "Time" 
Eastern Europe
# Belarusian man sues three news agencies for use of the term Belorussia 
# Dexter Filkins on the death of Steven Sotloff
# IS militants apparently released video accidentally
# An American in IS's "retweet army"
# "What ISIS's Leader Really Wants" - Graeme Wood, "New Republic" 
# Meet the IS truthers
# A Christian prisoner in Iran
# Iran says it has disrupted foreign plots to recruit people associated with its nuclear program
# 3g and 4g now working in Iran
# Taliban addresses NATO, saying ready to play "central role" in Afghanistan
# Afghan militant group fighters may join IS militants
# How fighting in Pakistan affects the war against Polio
# Khan colleague says he's plotting with military to oust the government
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan celebrates independence day with most of its borders closed
# Putin approves Armenia joining customs union
Of Interest
# Facebook "report" button increasingly being used to repress

The Rundown -- September 2

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Sept. 1i
September 01, 2014
Protesters storm Pakistan's state TV headquarters, Afghanistan plans a new trade route with India and Iran, and a new school year begins across Europe and Asia -- with stories from Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Central Asia.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Luke Johnson appears on the Bill Press Show (1:40) 
# Read Tom Balmforth in the "Guardian" on the pain of living after surviving the Beslan school siege 
YahooNews uses RFE/RL video from protest outside Pakistan state television 
# British oil industrialist accuses of BP of spurning its role in North Sea in favor of championing Russia
# "Putin's Bait and Switch" - Ian Bateson, Russia 
# U.S P.R. Firm's "fine line" in representing Russia 
# Russia confirms all five geckos died on space mission
# Ukraine military shifts to defense to prevent further gains
# In first Minsk meeting, Ukraine separatists ask for autonomy, not independence
# The foreign fighters in Ukraine's war
# "Ukraine—The Way Out" - Anatol Lieven, "New York Review of Books" 
# Ukrainian Facebook users being attacked by Kremlin bots
Eastern Europe
Appeal by Polish intellectuals to the citizens and governments of Europe
# "In Search of a Strategy" - Steve Coll, "New Yorker" 
# UN says acts of inhumanity on "unimaginable scale
# "The Unbearable Emptiness of a New York Times Op-Ed" - Peter Beinart, "Atlantic" 
# Iran-Iraq conflict remembered through the lives of widows 
# Rohani urges clerics to tolerate Internet
# Afghanistan’s election stalemate "casts shadow" on NATO summit
# Taliban near control of Kunduz 
# "Decaying Guantanamo Defies Closing Plans" - Charlie Savage, "New York Times" 
# First China industrial park to be built in Pakistan
# Pakistan state tv stormed
Central Asia
# "How Sanctions Will Strengthen Putin's Regional Clout" - Nate Schenkkan, "Foreign Affairs" 
# Azerbaijan reportedly buying Israeli coast guard vessels 
Of Interest
# Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but love invading the privacy of women
# Protecting your photos from hackers

The Rundown -- September 1

RFE/RL in the Media
# "Washington Post" editorial says Ukraine crisis shows importance of RFE/RL 
# "Atlantic" uses visualization on world's displaced people created by Li Luo
CNN uses video of fighting in Donetsk shot by RFE/RL Moldovan Service's Andrei Babitsky 
VOA quotes RFE/RL's Fred Petrossian on surveillance in Iran 
# "National Review" cites Carl Schreck and Luke Johnson story on muted Crimea speech
# Putin urges talks on "statehood" for southeastern Ukraine
# American white nationalists to hold conference with Dugin and Hungarian nationalists in October 
# Does China stand to benefit the most in fight between Ukraine and Russia?
# "Vladimir Putin Isn't Going to Stop" - Miriam Elder, Buzzfeed
# Separatists taunt dying Ukrainian soldier 
# Separatist attack Ukrainian ship from coast 
# Poor man's drone warfare in eastern Ukraine
# "Arm Ukraine or Surrender" - Ben Judah, "New York Times" 
# Siege of Amerli broken; do strikes represent mission creep?
# IS fighters begin to blend in, making defeating them an even greater challenge
# Militants now using humvees for suicide bomb attacks
# Iran criticizes new U.S. sanctions on banks and businesses 
# "U.S. and Iran Unlikely Allies in Iraq Battle" - Tim Arango and Azam Ahmed, "New York Times" 
# IS forces U.S. to alter withdrawal plans for Afghanistan
# Armed men reportedly gang rape women in suburban Kabul
# Pakistan crisis turns violent as three die and hundreds are injured; army meeting again 
Central Asia
# Controversy surrounding Putin's statement on Kazakhstan
# Tajik citizen named one if IS leaders
Of Interest
# Obama's "minimalist" Middle East strategy



The Rundown -- August 29

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 28i
August 28, 2014
Ukrainians protest at the Defense Ministry in Kyiv, talks between protesters and government break down in Pakistan, an early cotton harvest in Turkmenistan, plus stories from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Daisy Sindelar's profile of Leyla and Arif Yunis in the "Guardian
# Read Glenn Kates and RFE/RL Russian Service in the "Guardian" on Russians asking "are we at war?"  
# Read Brian Whitmore in the "Atlantic" on Russia's next "frozen conflict" 
# "Economist" cites cartoon by RFE/RL's Balkans Service 
# RFE/RL Russian journalists tell Forbes Russian about emails with insults and threats  (RU)
# "New Republic" cites RFE/RL feature about Russian soldiers turning up in Ukraine 
YahooNews uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of protest in Kyiv 
# Russian troops, tanks gain ground in southeastern Ukraine
# Obama does not call it an invasion, but Power tough at UN 
# In late night release Putin notes "visible success" of "Novorossiya," calls on it to free Ukrainian troops in "humanitarian corridor
# "Mr. Putin's Wake Up Call" - "Economist"
# Is it just about "learning to talk to" Putin? 
# "How to Stop Putin’s War in Ukraine" - Stephen Pifer, Politico 
# "Putin Ends the Interregnum" - Lilia Shevtsova, American Interest 
# Iraq and Syria pose Saudi dilemma - failed states or Iran proxies
# How IS became the richest terrorist group in the world
# Iraqi Christians weigh taking up arms against IS
# The many ways to map the Islamic State 


# Russia and Iran foreign ministers to meet in Moscow over Tehran's nuclear program
# Iran was first to supply Kurds with weapons to battle IS
# U.S. may use a national security law to halt lawsuit against Iran group 
# U.S. moves prisoners from Afghanistan to Yemen
# Historic Afghan minaret in danger of collapse
# Afghanistan and Pakistan crises throw U.S. planning into flux
# Army intervenes in Pakistan political crisis 
# Hindus facing eviction from Pakistan army 
Central Asia
# Afghanistan and Tajik officials complete joint border management course
Of Interest
# Journalists haunted by clicks

The Rundown -- August 28

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 27i
August 27, 2014
Pakistani antigovernment protests continue, Afghan officials charge Pakistani spy agency with helping Taliban, Tajik students panic over university registration, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# "Washington Post" publishes RFE/RL-translated letter from jailed Azerbaijani activist
# Russia appears to be invading Ukraine
# The war will be announced on Twitter 
# "Helping Ukraine Is a U.S. Imperative" - William Perry and George Shultz, "Wall Street Journal" 
# "Who Cares About Ukraine?" - Thomas Graham, Politico 
# Video: Embedded with the far-right Russians moving from Russia to Ukraine
# The lesson Putin learned from Syrian red-lines 
# FBI investigating role in sophisticated U.S. bank hacking 
# "The West Forgets History. Putin Repeats It" - Matthew Kaminski, "Wall Street Journal" 
# "Russia Has Forgotten Beslan" - Ivan Sukhov, "Moscow Times" 
Eastern Europe
# Lukashenka "scores points" with Brussels over Minsk meeting
# Moldova-Romania gas pipeline completed
# Egypt deports Palestinian Syrians back to the conflict zone
# Is PKK becoming a new Middle East power?
# "Don't Start a War Over a Hostage" - Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast
# Iranian state-media says "CIA agents" helping IS
# Facebook crackdown getting worse in Iran
# Iran and the P5+1: "Getting to yes
# Election audits to continue without candidates' observers
# Afghanistan's leaders are living dangerously 
# Afghanistan's one time booming war economy slows
# "Skirmishes Put Feeling of Wartime on India-Pakistan Border" - Ellen Barry and Salman Masood, "New York Times' 
# Iran hints Azerbaijan responsible for alleged Israeli drone
# In Azerbaijan "family is the first fear" of LGBT community 
# In Kosovo, a clothing shop inspired by Hillary Clinton
Of Interest
# Lessons learned from journalism grant projects that worked and didn't 

The Rundown -- August 27

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 26i
August 26, 2014
Antigovernment protests continue in Pakistan, wildfires burn in Kyrgyzstan, officials want to reduce lavish parties in Afghanistan, and a cricket tourney in Kabul.
RFE/RL in the Media
Gawker quotes Carl Schreck story about American volunteer in Ukraine, but gives credit to "NYT" 
# "Roll Call" opinion says Congress should stop funding RFE/RL because it doesn't say enough nice things about Azerbaijan government  
# Putin and Poroshenkp hold talks as Russia admits soldiers in Ukraine by "accident" 
# In new front in southern Ukraine, "strong indications" that shells, tanks coming from Russia
# Video shows large column of Chechen fighters, apparently preparing to enter Ukraine
# "Donetsk Is Neither Grozny Nor Stalingrad" - Mark Galeotti, "Moscow Times" 
# Russia's new air force "is a mystery
Europe's farmers feel weight of Russian ban
# "Putin Pops Russia’s Tech Bubble" - Kevin Maney, "Newsweek" 
# U.S. surveillance planes said to be flying over Syria
# A new name for IS? (QSIS)
# Locations of bases U.S. can use for airstrikes 
# Iran supplying weapons to Iraqi Kurds
# "U.S. and Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other" - Eli Lake, Daily Beast
# Saudi Arabia and Iran hold "constructive" talks 
# U.S. Coast Guard fires on Iranian fishing boat 
# U.S.'s diplomat general leaves Afghanistan
# Afghanistan to ask UN to help stop rocket attacks from Pakistan
# Militant groups taking root in Pakistan cities
# "Hard-Line Splinter Group, Galvanized by ISIS, Emerges From Pakistani Taliban" - Ihsanullah Tipu Mehsud and Declan Walsh, "New York Times" 
Central Asia
# Two killed in border skirmish between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
# Tajikistan: "Under China's Economic Thumb"   

The Rundown -- August 26

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 25i
August 25, 2014
Opposition protesters hold their ground in Islamabad, displaced people in northwest Pakistan face expulsion from their temporary homes, shelling hits civilian homes in Iraq's Anbar Province, and Socialist Party supporters march in Moldova.
RFE/RL in the Media
CNN uses RFE/RL video of Pakistan protests
# Book on history of RFE/RL mentioned in Daily Beast story about a potential victims of Communism memorial 
Baltic Times cites RFE/RL on Abkhazia elections
# AP witnesses Russian weapons convoys rolling into east Ukraine
# "Russia is Already Invading Ukraine" - David Frum, "Atlantic" 
# Sanctions limiting Russian lenders' access to foreign financing 
# In Donetsk, woman accused of helping Ukraine, forced to take humiliating public abuse
# Poroshenko dissolves parliament
# Turchynov says military action likely to end by October 
# Slim chance of progress at today's Poroshenko, Putin, EU meeting
# Higher number of Ukrainians support Ukrainian independence than ever before
# The mystery over the downed drone
# Iran says it arrested four "spies" associated with its nuclear program
# Iran's divorce rate rising
On the frontline with the Shi'ite fighters battling IS
# IS accused of ethnic cleansing after Mosul prison massacre
# "ISIS and the New Middle East Cold War" - Gregory Grause, Brookings
# U.S. general in Afghanistan for transition talks
Financial crisis looming over Afghanistan
# Pakistan cleric warns of 48-hour deadline; but court gives protesters 24 hours to clear avenue
# Frontline: Pakistan’s “Forgotten Crisis
# Former Ambassador: Current Ambassador "ignores bogus charges against rights activists in Azerbaijan"
Of Interest
# Facebook updates "click-baiting" algorithm 
# How the NSA built its own secret Google

The Rundown -- August 25

RFE/RL in the Media
# Two book reviews and an article about Abubakar Siddique’s book, "The Pashtuns," in GulfNews (reviewarticle) and Dawn
# RFE/RL Turkmen Service mentioned in "Financial Times" piece about Turkmenistan's authoritarianism 
# "Moscow Times" opinion piece says RFE/RL and VOA have done little to sway public opinion
# "New York Times" mentions RFE/RL past broadcasts in story on tensions with Russians in Latvia 
# On Independence Day, separatists march hostages through Donetsk streets
# Donbas battalion abandoned in the east
# Ukraine says trucks from "aid convoy" were used to loot high-grade military equipment
# "Russia won’t feel absolutely secure unless all its neighbors feel absolutely insecure
# Russia sanctions hurting British dairy farmers
# "Russia Pines for the 19th Century" - Alex Bayer, "Moscow Times" 
# China hosts largest ever military drill with Russia
# What foreign fighters read before traveling to Syria
# How to geo-locate an IS training camp
# UN warns of possible massacre in northern Iraqi town of Amerli
# Islamic state renews push for Iraq's main oil refinery
# UN reports 190,000 killed -- but number may be much higher
# Iran says it shot down Israeli drone
# Iran unveils new short-range missiles
Worst fighting in years in southern Afghanistan district 
# Does Afghanistan need a unity government?
# Abdullah on Hard Talk
# Khan stirs fears of crisis
# Pakistan's largest city thirsts for a water supply 
Central Asia
# Tony Blair gives Kazakhstan’s autocratic president "tips on how to defend a massacre
# The women Tajikistan's Russia-bound men leave behind
# Is Macedonia going neo-classical or kitsch
Of Interest
# How we've paid for music from 1983 to today in one gif

The Rundown -- August 22

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 21i
August 21, 2014
Antigovernment protests continue in Pakistan, UN relief operation under way in Iraq, McDonald's closed in Russia, plus stories from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan
RFE/RL in the Media
# Carl Schreck's profile of American who died fighting in Ukraine quoted in "New York Times" and RT
Business Insider mentions Luke Johnson and Carl Schreck report on Lesin probe 
# "Daily Mail" quotes Tom Balmforth's piece on McDonald's being shut down in Russia
# "New Yorker" quotes interview by Mumin Shakirov of RFE/RL's Russian Service with grocery magnate 
# European leaders worried about Ukraine military success in east 
# Last gasp attempt to gain back territory before Russian "aid" convoy allowed to enter Ukraine (likely today) 
# British student describes torture and detainment by separatists
# Moscow children's fashion show has "Ukraine" commit suicide 
# Russia gets its "color revolution"
# European banks expect "limited" impact from Russia sanctions; brewers hurt 
# Russian official says U.S. meat not welcome back, even after sanctions expire
# Russia loses "special relationship" with Germany 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus cancels ban on live cattle from EU 
# ISIL learning how to govern 
# Does U.S.-Kurd relationship need to adapt for new realities?
# Net closes in on "Jihadi John
# West may "have no choice" but to move closer to Iran to fight ISIL
# AFP confuses Arak with Iraq -- resulting in some major confusion
# Iran's parliament tries to stop Ahmadinejad's comeback
# "Washington Post" editorial pans Obama's Afghanistan pullout strategy 
# Amid Afghanistan's escalating war, a battle to beat polio
Infographic: Cross-border movement from Pakistan to Afghanistan
# Sharif caught between opposition and military
# Khan suspends talks with government, blaming U.S. interference 
# Serbia "torn" between Russia and the EU
Central Asia
# "New York Times" writes about skylines on the Kazakh steppe and "Economist" writes about steak on the steppe
# Uzbekistan's top officials about to be ousted?
# Abkhazia holds presidential election amid Ukraine turmoil
Of Interest

The Rundown -- August 21

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 20i
August 20, 2014
Opposition protesters threaten the prime minister in Pakistan, Afghans celebrate independence in Tajikistan, an exhibit on repression against activists in Russia, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

RFE/RL in the Media

# Wolfgang Renicke, writing in Project Syndicate, suggests RFE/RL create a Hungarian service 
"Wall Street Journal" Marketwatch cites RFE/RL report about Ramzan Kadyrov's cell phone search
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari in Informed Comment about Iranian officials' reaction to an Iranian woman winning a prestigious math prize 
# Read Anna Shamanska in the "Atlantic" on Russian TV's efforts to tie Ukrainian leaders to separatists 
# Read Tom Balmforth and Glenn Kates in the "Guardian" on the painting of a Stalin tower in Ukrainian colors 
# Read Glenn Kates in the "Guardian" on who's in and who's out among the separatists 
# Ferguson perfect for Russian trolling
# Russia closes four McDondalds for sanitary violations
# Russia wants Bulgarians to stop vandalizing Soviet monuments
# "The Top Secret Family Life of Vladimir Putin" - Owen Matthews, "Newsweek" 
# "Plenty of Room at the Top of Ukraine’s Fading Rebellion" - Andrew Kramer, "New York Times"  
# "Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault" - John J. Mearsheimer, "Foreign Affairs" 
Richard Branson has a plan to solve the Ukraine crisis 
# Ukraine super-rich helping fund and fight 
Eastern Europe
# Not sure if this is real
# The social media strategy behind James Foley's murder 
# One Yazidi refuses to convert so IS kills everyone
# Vice Video: Yazidis from mountain have mostly fled to Syria, under protection of PKK 
# UN calls Iraq most rapidly developing humanitarian disaster in recent memory
# Iran's parliament dismisses moderate science minister
# "Sanctions Cause Iranian Airplane Crashes" - Amir Handjani, "The Hill"
# Iran "giving advice" to Iraqi Kurds
# Photojournalist held in Iran released on bail
# Afghanistan orders expulsion of "New York Times" correspondent
# Coalition soldier stabbed to death in Afghanistan
# Protesters threaten violence in Islamabad 
# "The Fate of Feminism in Pakistan" - Bina Shah, "New York Times" 
Central Asia
# Satellite: Where China and Kazakhstan meet
Of Interest
# How Norwegian public radio is using Snapchat to attract younger audiences 
# Should Twitter and YouTube remove Foley images?

The Rundown -- August 20

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 19i
August 19, 2014
Barrel bombs dropped in Iraq, flooded Serbian cities rebuilt, the Sarajevo film festival in full swing, plus a story from Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# "Washington Post" cites Tom Balmforth's report about claim Kadyrov searched 1,000 people for cell phone
NPR links to RFE/RL story about protests in Pakistan
# Food prices up 6 percent in Moscow and 10 percent in Saint Petersburg 
# In nod to Moscow, NATO to shun major eastern footprint
# "Hurt Putin Hurt Yourself?" - Vauhini Vara, "New Yorker" 
# "Russia Always Cheats on Arms Treaties" - Keith Payne and Mark Schneider, "Wall Street Journal" 
# Putin and Poroshenko to meet next week; but de-escalation may not be coming any time soon
# American fighter said to have been killed in battle; Vice's profile
# Ukraine bans 14 channels for airing "war propaganda
# The new Metropolitan Onufry has a lot on his plate 
# "Kiev Must Show Compassion to Eastern Ukraine" - Natalia Antonova, "Moscow Times" 
# Video appears to show American journalist beheaded; wanted to bring world closer to conflict in Syria
# "Vanity Fair" long-read about journalists missing in Syria
# Many Yazidis fear their female relatives are doomed in ISIL's hands
# Poet known as "lioness of Iran" dies at 87
# One result of Gaza: Iran and Hamas are back together
Billionaire named in suit against anti-Iran group
# Afghanistan bars "New York Times" reporter from leaving country
# "Obama Holds to Afghanistan Withdrawal Deadline" - Mark Landler, "New York Times" 
# Sharif told he must "share space with the army"
# Protesters march on parliament
# Russian troops to study drone use in Armenia
Central Asia
# Is Turkmenistan losing Iran as a gas customer?
# Tajikistan struggles to stem rise of Jihadi recruits

The Rundown -- August 19

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 18i
August 18, 2014
Antigovernment activists receive jail terms in Moscow, Kazakh fuel companies impose gasoline rations, and Afghans demand that war criminals be brought to justice, plus stories from Pakistan and Tatarstan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# RFE/RL Iraq Service English Twitter account cited in "Telegraph" liveblog on Iraq crisis 
# RFE/RL Ukrainian Service's Oksana Pelenska appears on Czech TV 24; as does Brian Whitmore 
Reason cites RFE/RL Ukrainian Service reporting on conflict in eastern Ukraine
# Man accused of killing RFE/RL Iraqi Service bureau chief sentenced to life imprisonment 
Repubblica cites RFE/RL coverage of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (Italian) 
# "Hungary Eyes Russia's 'Illiberal' Model" - Kristina Jovanovski, Al Jazeera
# With aid convoy, Russia successfully changes the conversation
# Could Russia Today have prevented the Iraq War?
# Meet the Russia bulls
# Dozens of civilians said killed in convoy
# Photos: Ukraine's Donbas battalion 
# Pope endorses use of force in Iraq to protect minorities
# Fears in Baghdad that U.S. abandoning it in favor of Kurdish regions
# Iraqi Sunnis pushing for more concessions
# U.S. may at least tacitly be working with PKK, as force takes on more active role
# Cameron prepared to work with Iran to battle ISIL
# An argument for working with Iran to defeat ISIL
# 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iran
# Iran's taxi library
# Why the escalation this year along Afghanistan's eastern border?
# Signs that the war in Afghanistan is ending
# Pakistan protesters in showdown with government 
# Pushing the boundaries of digital diplomacy in Kosovo
# Suspected jihadists under house arrest in Kosovo
Central Asia
# India's quest for energy in Central Asia
Of Interest

The Rundown -- August 18

RFE/RL in the Media
Hollywood Reporter quotes Nenad Pejic on the possibility for expanded Russian language programming 
CNN and YahooNews use RFE/RL video of anti-government protests in Pakistan
German Marshall Fund writes about Moldovan Service's Sabina Fati's Silk Road blog 
# Foreign ministers meet; Russia says "certain progress" achieved 
# Police detain activists at pro-federalization protests in Siberia 
# EU stalling on Gazprom antitrust case
# "Sanctions Hurt Putin" - Sergei Guriev, "Moscow Times" 
# "Ukraine's Struggle Endangers Its Democracy" - Matthew Kupfer, "Moscow Times" 
# "Novorossia Is Coming Apart At the Seams" - Anna Nemtsova, Foreign Policy 
# A review of Andrei Kurkov's "Ukraine diaries
# Fresh parliamentary elections in doubt 
Eastern Europe
# Moldova may leave CIS
Mosul dam operation largest since U.S. withdrew forces
# A reporter's dispatch after a lethal helicopter crash
# Captured Yazidi women may be forced to marry IS fighters
# UN says Iran willing to cooperate on nuclear probe
# Khamenei takes to Twitter to slam Ferguson events
# Western journalists still detained a month later
# 35 people found in UK shipping container are Sikhs from Afghanistan
# Khan calls for mass civil disobedience 
# Indian hacker group defaces Pakistan railway site
# Why it feels like a crime to be Christian in Pakistan
Central Asia
Of Interest
# If you have kids, by them a notepad

The Rundown -- August 15

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 14i
August 14, 2014
Armenians rally in support of Yazidis in Iraq, Ukraine sends aid to a separatist-held region, and Moldovans protest Russia's fruit embargo, plus stories from Russia and Pakistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Al Jazeera cites RFE/RL reporting on Ukraine crisis
# "Cleveland Plain Dealer" cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraq crisis 
# "Guardian" uses tweet in story about "aid" convoy 
RT says American broadcasters see it as "major challenge"
# Two British journalists watch convoy of Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine
# In un-televised speech, Putin appears to tone down rhetoric 
# Russians face price hikes following Western food import ban 
# Russians react to events in Ferguson
# Strelkov "resigns," as does head of "Luhansk Republic" 
# "Ukraine Taps Volunteers Fueled by Anger, Bravado" - Philip Shishkin, "Wall Street Journali"
# "A Ukraine City Under Siege, ‘Just Terrified of the Bombing’" - Andrew Kramer, "New York Times" 
# Ukraine's "Babushka battalion"
Eastern Europe
Striking photos from Moldova
# Maliki agrees to cede power
# "Iraq and Syria's Poetic Borders" - Elias Muhanna "New Yorker" 
# "We Must Treat ISIS Like a State to Defeat It" - Faysal Itani, "Time" 
# ISIL spreads to Indonesia 
# Iran and U.S. both working to aid Kurdish forces in Iraq
# "No Iran Deal Is Better Than Any (Feasible) Deal" - James Jeffrey, Washington Institute 
# A bloody summer in Afghanistan 
# Hairstylists are big business in Afghanistan
# Convoys make their way to Islamabad and Lahore for expected massive protests
# "On Independence Day, Pakistan Braces for a Storm" - Russel Mead, "American Interest"
# A Putin cafe in Serbia 
# Letter to Council of Europe: "We Have Repression in Azerbaijan

The Rundown -- August 14

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 13i
August 13, 2014
Iraqis in Anbar Province protest the destruction of war, Afghan presidential campaign teams hammer out a power-sharing deal, Pakistan braces for Independence Day protests -- plus more stories from Pakistan, Tatarstan, and Moldova.


RFE/RL in the Media
# "Washington Post" editorial on Azerbaijan arrests links to RFE/RL Azerbaijani story on Leyla Yunus
Forbes cites RFE/RL Russian Service on Russian "aid" convoy
# Convoy now reportedly rolling towards separatist-controlled southern Ukraine
# "In Russia, Conspiracy Theories Always Ring True" - Mark Galeotti, "Moscow Times" 
# Putin's secret friendship with an ex-Stasi officer 
# "Federalization" idea spreading in Russia?
# Ukraine death toll doubles in a week, according to UN 
# Despite the evidence, Ukraine continues to deny shelling in cities
# Why has Iraq turned its back on Maliki?
# Rohani tweets photo of Iranian woman who received prestigious math prize
# Khamenei says cooperation with U.S. stops at nuke talks
# Pentagon says ISIL siege on Iraq mountain is over
# "How Maliki Broke Iraq" - James Jeffrey, Politico
# Video: Islamic State or Iran -- which is the bigger threat
# Pakistani militant group becomes active in Afghanistan
# Pakistan calls Modi's terror remarks "baseless rhetoric
# The female superhero fighting terrorists in Pakistan 
Central Asia
# Daewoo admits using cotton from Uzbek forced and child labor 
# Tajikistan ready to prosecute citizens who fight abroad
# The threat of Jihadism in Central Asia after U.S. withdrawal 
Of Interest
# The example Ferguson sets abroad; exhibit A
# Snowden gets the "Wired" treatment

The Rundown -- August 13

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 12i
August 12, 2014
A Belarusian human rights defender gets a three-year prison term, Ukrainian activists demand early parliamentary elections, a Bosnian streetcar named "Nostalgia" marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, plus stories from Pakistan and Tajikistan.
# "National Review" pulls from RFE/RL story on Night Wolves' anti-Ukraine interpretive dance
Huffington Post cites RFE/RL reporting on Albanian joining ISIL
Business Insider cites RFE/RL Ukraine liveblog
# Read Daisy Sindelar on Russia's troll army in the "Atlantic" and Defense One
# RFE/RL Iraq's Petr Kubalek featured on Czech TV at least five times for Iraq expertise
# Tense standoff looms as Russian "aid" convoy approaches Ukraine; EU says Red Cross must vet and distribute
# On Russia's border with Ukraine, fighters and military gear move freely
# Russia greets al-Sissi with arms display
# Russia won't pay for French warships until second is delivered 
# Russia is the second largest immigration haven in the world
# Draft law would allow Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council to ban any website at any time
# Ukraine appears to abandon border outposts with Russia
# In besieged Ukrainian city residents bury dead in yards and gardens
# "Ukraine is Winning the War" - Chrystia Freeland, Politico 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus first in female obesity
# Russia food ban hurts Moldova 
# "New York Times" on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's beginnings
# U.S. sending 130 more military advisers to Iraq
# "Why the Bombing Campaign Won't Fix Iraq" - Reidar Visser, "Foreign Affairs" 
# "The U.S.’s Timid Third Iraq War" - Mark Thompson, "Time" 
# Iran appears to approve of Iraq PM pick
# Why Iran fears Iraq's Kurds
# Iran sidesteps sanctions with natural gas byproduct
# Iran's new gay executions
# Afghanistan's marathon presidential election brings country to standstill
# "Iraq Crisis Teaches Obama a Harsh Lesson on Afghanistan" - Camelia Entekhabi-Fard, Al Arabiya 
# Modi slams Pakistan in visit to Indian-administered Kashmir 
# The threat of Pakistan's angry young marchers
# Gay Azerbaijani teenager set ablaze by homophobic parents
Of Interest
# A short course in media ethics
# How "Mother Jones" mastered Facebook
# Five rules for better branded video

The Rundown -- August 12

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 11i
August 11, 2014
Amnesty International urges the United States to investigate Afghan civilian deaths, Pakistani authorities lock down the capital ahead of an antigovernment march, the Ukrainian capital reopens the city center for traffic after months of protests, plus other stories from Moldova and Pakistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Luke Johnson interviewed on the Bill Press Show
# "Newsweek" cites RFE/RL coverage of Nagorno Karabakh conflict 
YahooNews uses RFE/RL video of pro-Ukraine battalions battling for Donetsk town
# Russia dispatches 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Ukraine; NATO warns of "high probability" of invasion
# "Putin Has Stumbled in Ukraine" - Fyodor Lukyanov, "Moscow Times" 
# Russia turns to China for defense and aerospace equipment
# "Putin's Dilemma" - Sergei Guriev, Project Syndicate
# Germany asks Ukraine to forgo sanctions that threaten gas transit
# Last week: Moscow will start Ukraine invasion with humanitarian aid mission
# Ukraine's Azov Battalion has a lot of Neo Nazis 
Eastern Europe
# Do Belarusian farmers stand to profit from Russia sanctions?
# Inside Obama's push for regime change in Iraq
# A breakdown of Iraq's political crisis
# Power struggle comes to Baghdad's streets
# Maliki a "source of frustration" for two U.S. presidents
# The Gulf War photo no one would publish
# Iran's parliament votes to forbid vasectomies
# Afghan army kills at least 51 militants in 24 hour operation
# Islamabad reportedly may be sealed off
# "Wrath of Khan" - "Economist" 
Central Asia
# Can Dushanbe "keep the lid" on the Internet?
# Turkmenistan human trafficking survivors rebuild their lives
# Russia pledges $500 million to Kyrgyzstan for Eurasian Union integration
# Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry criticizes Polish Foreign Ministry for statement on arrests of rights' activists
Of Interest
# What happens when you like everything on Facebook 

The Rundown -- August 11

RFE/RL in the Media
BBC cites Frud Bezhan's interview with expert on Iraq crisis
Latin Post cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraq crisis
# Kyiv threatens to cut off flow of Russian oil and gas to Europe
# "Why Arming Ukraine is a Bad Idea" - Kimberly Marten, "Washington Post"
# Ukraine strategy gambles on restraint by Russia
# Is the battle for Ukraine's east about fracking
# Exxon Mobile starts drilling in Russian Arctic
# Will Russia start blocking websites in real time?
# "Daching: How to Get Beaten Up in the Russian Countryside" - Aleksei Ermenko, "Moscow Times"
# The most important sentence in Obama's Iraq statement
# Opportunity for Moscow in Iraq instability
# "Oil and Irbil" - Steve Coll, "New Yorker"
# At least 39 killed in Iranian plane crash
# "Sex of every kind" taking place outside marriage in Iran
# "Iran Ignores a Lucrative Deal Over its Nuclear Activities" - Reuel Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz, "Washington Post"
# New Kerry-brokered Ghani-Abdullah deal
# Amnesty says U.S. concealed "war crimes" in Afghanistan
# Afghanistan lessons learned
# Imran Khan calls for million-strong protest to pressure Pakistan government
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan won't participate in Russia food import ban
# Putin holds talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan presidents
Of Interest
# The glamorous life of a White House journalist

The Rundown -- August 8

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Aug. 7i
August 07, 2014
Smoke and fire return to Kyiv's Independence Square, auditing Afghanistan's presidential election ballots, protests at Kazakhstan's National Bank -- plus stories from Moscow, Bosnia, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Huffington Post France quotes RFE/RL Russian Service interview with former prisoner of separatists
# In interview in "Diplomat," author cites reporting by RFE/RL in Pakistan
Business Insider cites explainer on Nagorno-Karabakh by Carl Schreck and Luke Johnson
# Read Daud Khattak in Foreign Policy on North Waziristan operation
# RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of dolphins forced from Donetsk used by NowThis
# Obama approves limited airstrikes, food drops, in Iraq 
# "Obama, With Reluctance, Returns to Action in Iraq" - Peter Baker, "New York Times" 
# The "maddening" situation for Iraqis desperate to get U.S. visas
# Russia's slow "drip" invasion of Ukraine
# Borodai resigns and fighting continues
# Journalist writes of being raped by "Very Respected Journalist" in Kyiv 
# Moscow bans Western foodstuffs and threatens more sanctions to come
# "Why the Kremlin Is Betting on Escalation and Isolation" - Joshua Yaffa, "Foreign Affairs" 
# Snowden given three more years in Russia
# Top U.S. official warns that Russia-Iran deal could threaten nuclear negotiations
# "Sorry, Skeptics: The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Working" - Greg Thielmann, The National Interest
# Can Iran have -- and does it want -- a genuine thawing with the West?
# Kerry makes unannounced visit to press compromise
# Taliban taking advantage of Afghanistan political paralysis 
# Pakistan arrests activists ahead of planned political rally
# "A Bubble Called Pakistan" - Husain Haqqani, Indian Express
# Azerbaijan's "alarming" human rights situation

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