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Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown -- July 22

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 21i
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July 21, 2014
Iraqi air strikes target Sunni militants in Fallujah, Afghan students protest civilian casualties during the holy month of Ramadan, Pakistan's displaced tribal leaders ban women from queueing for aid, plus stories from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Fred Petrossian in Slate on why Iran's elite get to use Facebook, but ordinary citizens are arrested for using it 
# "Russia Beyond the Headlines" cites Robert Coalson's piece on Russian media reaction to MH17 crash 
 
MH17
# Separatists release bodies; black boxes given to Malaysian representatives in "bizarre" 1AM press conference   
 
Ukraine
# Donetsk water supply reportedly could run out in five days 
 
Russia
# Russian billionaires in "horror" as Putin risks isolation 
# "Why Putin Is Willing to Take Big Risks in Ukraine" - Gerald Seib, "Wall Street Journal" 
# France says it's prepared to cancel sale of second Mistral to Russia; but is it prepared for backlash from port town
# Russia firing at Ukraine from within its borders? 
 
Eastern Europe
# Why Belarus smokes and smuggles cigarettes
# Iranian children win Belarus painting competition 
# Moldova says Russian fruit ban is punishment 
 
Iran
# Iran pushing limits on nuclear deal warns former Obama adviser 
# Is Iran about to lash out at its dissidents? 
# "Fuzzy Math From Iran Hawks" - Ali Gharib, "The Nation" 
 
Iraq
# More western fighters joining militants in Iraq and Syria 
# Militants seize Iraq monastery 
# "Iraq: The minorities of Nineveh Plain" - Mina al-Lami, BBC 
# Saddam's former deputy now working with ISIL 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan sending $500,000 in aid to Gaza  
# China to play a "huge" commercial role in Afghanistan after U.S. withdrawal 
# Pakistan army may be fighting militants in the wrong place 
# "The Camel Ambulance of Achro Thar" - Tehmina Qureshi, Roads and Kingdoms
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan and EU negotiate new partnership and cooperation agreement 
 
Caucasus
# Armenia's "neo-pagans
 
Balkans
# Tuzla likely to become WizzAir operational base 
 
Of Interest
# How John Kerry's Israel-Palestine peace plan died

The Rundown -- July 21

RFE/RL in the Media
# "Diplomat" links to an interview on RFE/RL's Gandhara site 
# "Belfast Telegraph" uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service video of mourners at Dutch embassy in Kyiv 
Business Insider cites Mumin Shakirov's interview with a former separatist fighter 
# "New York Times" cites Tom Balmforth's interviews with Russians reacting to Malaysian Airlines disaster 
Al Arabiya cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraq conflict 
 
Russia
# Mark Galeotti on the long-term costs of Russia's "covert operations
# "Putin's Deadly Doctrine" - Timothy Garton Ash, "New York Times" 
Anger at Russia building in Malaysia 
# In Russia, conspiracy theory blends with anger at rebels 
# Business groups fall silent on Russia sanctions 
 
Ukraine
# Almost 200 bodies stuck on refrigerated train in Torez; 
# Bezler admits recorded call was his, but says he was talking about a different planewhen Ioffe met Bezler  
# "The Plane That Radicalized Ukraine" - Maxim Eristavi, Politico 
# Survey says 54 percent of Donbas residents support "different forms of separatism" 
 
Iran
Four month extension on Iran negotiations 
# "What Has America Learned from Negotiating with Iran?" - Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett and Seyed Mohammad Marandi, National Interest
 
Iraq
# Militants try to govern as a state 
# Some Sunnis trying to push back against extremists in midst; but other neighborhoods "about to explode
# "Time is running out" for Iraq 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Struggle to keep Afghan girl safe after mullah is accused of rape 
# "Kerry's Miracle" - Ioannis Koskina, Foreign Policy 
# Profile of Pakistan's "master bomb technician
# Nine reasons why it's dangerous to be a journalist in Pakistan 
 
Central Asia
# Family living in Kazakhstan was about to begin new life in Malaysia 
 
Caucasus 
# Azerbaijan journalist reportedly shot to death in Moscow 
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- July 18

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 17i
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July 17, 2014
Iraqi Sunni tribal fighters seize more territory in Anbar Province, Pakistanis displaced by fighting in North Waziristan struggle for assistance, and makeshift memorials near Moscow's subway tragedy -- plus stories from Serbia and Georgia.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Pakistan and China: A Precarious Friendship?, The Diplomat
# Zindagi Gulzar Hai: Pakistani drama serials win hearts in India, dawn.com
 
Iran
 
Iraq
# Revisiting Kurdistan: 'If there is a success story in Iraq, it's here', Guardian
 
Central Asia
 
Eastern Europe
 
Russia
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine conflict: Russia accused of shooting down jet, BBC
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- July17

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 16i
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July 16, 2014
Pakistani children protest militant threats against their schools, Muscovites offer their last respects to a Soviet-era dissident, Afghans protest parliamentary privileges, plus protests in Tbilisi and Peshawar.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
 
Iran
 
Iraq
 
Central Asia
 
Eastern Europe
 
Russia
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine conflict: 'White power' warrior from Sweden, BBC

The Rundown -- July 16

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 15i
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July 15, 2014
A tragedy in the Moscow subway, a jail sentence for an Azerbaijani activist, humanitarian aid for a rebel-held town in Syria -- plus protests in Kabul, Belgrade, and Astana.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# OCCRP publishes an investigative report by Khadija Ismayilova on Swedish telecom giant TeliaSonera and Azerbaijani President's Daughters
# The Guardian reprints RFE/RL's piece by Robert Coalson "Valeria Novodvorskaya: Russia's 'Don Quixote' Of Democracy, Human Rights"
# Ted Lipien on U.S. international broadcasting, Washington Times
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
Will Afghanistan Be The New Iraq? mintpressnews.com
 
Iran
 
Iraq
 
Central Asia
 
EU
# Profile - EU's Jean-Claude Juncker, BBC
 
Russia
 
Ukraine

The Rundown -- July 15

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 14i
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July 14, 2014
Afghan party activists demonstrate against a coalition government, Bosnians protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza, displaced Pakistanis wait for emergency aid, and fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, leaves houses in ruins.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# "The Guardian" republishes RFE/RL's Mumin Shakirov article "I was a separatist fighter in Ukraine."
# Rapsinews cites Uzbek language service of RFE/RL news about Uzbek president’s daughter
 
 
 
 
Central Asia
# Russia Has Lost Control of Central Asian Gas - Casey Michel, Moscow Times
# Tajikistan’s New Roots Music, TOL
 
Russia
# Putin and the West Don't Play by the Same Rules - Alexander Golts, Moscow Times
 
 
Of Interest
In Pictures: Iran's booming consumer culture, Al Jazeera

The Rundown -- July 14

Brazil -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat during the second half of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, July 13, 2014

RFE/RL in the Media

# Anne Applebaum mentiones RFE/RL in her piece "Kyiv is set to become a refuge for Moscow’s intellectually oppressed." - nationalpost.com

# Atlantic Monthly mentions RFE/RL infographic on World's Population Day

 

Afghanistan/Pakistan

# Afghan presidential rivals reach deal, brokered by Kerry, to recount all votes, WP

# Afghanistan election: An anxious wait, BBC

# Afghanistan: Wealthy But Unprepared, The Diplomat

# Afghanistan's dangerous game of thrones - Helena Malikyar, Al-Jazeera

# Pakistani Authors Find a Market in India, The Diplomat

 

Iran

# Iran Must Accept Significant Limits on Enrichment, U.S. Official Says, WSJ

# Iran reformist leader's hopes depend on nuclear talks in Vienna, Guardian

# As Iraq's politicians fumble, Iran fears its own quagmire, CS Monitor

# U.S. Warns Iran Over ‘Unworkable’ Plans for Nuclear Power Program, NYT

 

Iraq

# Underage fighters drawn into Iraq sectarian war, Zaman

# Holder Warns on Spread of Terrorism From Iraq and Syria, WSJ

# Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country - Patrick Kockburn, Independent

# Iraq’s Political Stalemate Persists as Militants Inch Closer to Baghdad, NYT

# Can Iraq's lost marshes be restored? - Alia Malek, Al-Jazeera

 

Balkans

# All work and no pay for thousands in the Balkans, Zaman

# Great War Centenary: Was 'jihadist' Serbia a rogue nation?, Sunday Express

 

Central Asia

# Uzbek Minorities Taking Advantage of New Russian Citizenship Rules, MT

 

Russia

# Russia Must Learn to Manage Its Size, MT

# Russia warns Ukraine of ‘irreversible consequences’ after cross-border shelling, WP

 

Ukraine

# Civilians Pay a Price for Gains of Ukraine Forces, NYT

# Ukraine conflict: Fighting flares near city of Luhansk, BBC


The Rundown -- July 11

RFERL Video Roundup - July 10i
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July 10, 2014
A bomb attack targets security personnel in Pakistan's Bannu district, Serbian activists demand recognition of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre as genocide, Afghan civic organizations call for an investigation of election fraud allegations, and Tatarstan's Muslims join in a mass Iftar.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Partnership with "Guardian" begins with Dmitry Volchek's piece on Russians emigrating to Ukraine
Yahoo News uses video from RFE/RL Pakistan of bomb attack in Bannu
 
Russia
# "Putin's Moves on Ukraine Keep West Guessing" - Gregory White, "Wall Street Journal"
# Public opinion against Russia hardens, even in traditional strong spots like Venezuela, according to Pew
# Will France's Mistral vessels make Russia a naval threat?
 
Ukraine
# Separatist leaders, defiant, say they're consolidating resources in Donetsk
# Amnesty says it has gathered evidence of abductions and torture in eastern Ukraine
# Ukrainians protest against "abandonment" by EU
# Photos of Ukraine cities after separatist retreats
 
Eastern Europe
# Twenty years of Lukashenka 
 
Iraq
# Death toll rising among Shi'ite recruits
# Kurds call Maliki "hysterical," demand his resignation
# On the road to Sammara, glimpses of Iraq's fractured reality
Inside the leadership of Islamic State
# "Iraq Illusions" - Jessica Matthews, "New York Review of Books"
 
Iran
# Iran "last best hope" in Middle East?
# "Obama and the Syria Two-Step" - Michael Doran, Brookings
# Why isn't the BBC protesting about Aliasghar Honarmand's jailing in Iran?
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "In Afghanistan, Third Round of Elections or Coup" - Ioannis Koskinas, Foreign Policy
# "Afghanistan's Worst Fear Is Being Realized" - Mahbouba Seraj, Huffington Post
# Why a Taliban takeover after U.S. withdrawal is unlikely
# Pakistan claims win along border, but enemy slips away
 
Central Asia
# Turkish FM in Uzbekistan to help end strained relations
# Kazakh romance film premieres in Karlovy Vary
 
Of Interest
# Jay Rosen to journalists: Facebook has all the power, you have none

The Rundown -- July 10

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 9i
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July 09, 2014
Bosnians mourn the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, Iraqi insurgents take over military barracks in Tikrit, and Pakistani hospitals are on high alert over a deadly virus, plus stories from Russia and Afghanistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Afghan video of UN press conference in Kabul
# "Guardian" cites Claire Bigg's interview with Emin Milli 
 
Russia
# Russia now reportedly shooting at separatists trying to cross border
# Nationalists and rebels angry at Putin
# Dugin calls war between Russia and Ukraine "inevitable"
# Ukrainian pilot captured and charged in Russia with journalists' deaths
# Edward Snowden asks to stay longer in Russia
 
Ukraine
# "Is There a Future for Ukraine?" - Peter Pomerantsev, "The Atlantic"
# "Putin's Three Choices on Ukraine" - Zbigniew Brzezinski, "Washington Post"
 
Eastern Europe
Mixed feelings in Moldova over EU accords
 
Iraq
# Islamic state seizes former chemical weapons site; and Iraq claims they have seized nuclear materials too
# War straining country's largest cemetery 
# "Why Iraq is More Stable Than You Think" - Douglas Ollivant, Politico
 
Iran
# Iran sends three attack planes to Iraqi government
# Kerry expected to join teetering Iran talks
# Iran says it has offered a way to ease impasse over underground reactor
# "Open the Files on the Iran Coup" - Roham Alvandi, "New York Times"
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# More than 1,000 children killed so far this year in Afghanistan, according to UN
# Vice documentary on abandoned U.S. interpreters
# Pakistani terror group swears allegiance to Islamic State
# Alumni rage at admissions reforms at elite Pakistan English-language school
 
Central Asia
# Kyrgyzstan bitcoin experiment holds promise for migrant workers
# More in Uzbekistan may be pondering emigration with new Russian citizenship rules
# Niyazov book no longer required reading in Turkmenistan
 
Caucasus
# The Georgian roots of an ISIL commander
 
Of Interest
# An argument for continuing to spy on the Germans

The Rundown -- July 9

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 8i
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July 08, 2014
Abdullah Abdullah claims victory in Afghanistan's disputed presidential election, Bosnians set out on a 120-kilometer journey to honor Srebrenica massacre victims, journalists in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province discuss the plight of internally displaced people, plus stories from Serbia and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Afghanistan video of Abdullah speech
 
Russia
# "Putin's Secret Weapon" - Mark Galeotti, Foreign Policy
# Moscow accuses U.S. of "kidnapping" alleged Russian hacker 
# Navalny publishes photos of alleged Rotenberg mansion
 
Ukraine
# "Winning the Information War" - Jakub Parusinski, "Kyiv Post"
# "Aid Elusive, Crimea Farms Face Hurdles"- Neil MacFarquhar, "New York Times"
# "Inside The Quiet Struggle For LGBT Rights In Ukraine" - Rebecca McCray, ThinkProgress
# Steven Pifer takes on Stephen Cohen's claims about crisis in the east
# AP appoints Pete Leonard Kyiv bureau chief 
 
Iraq
# UN says Islamic State executed imam of mosque where Baghdadi preached
# Iraq VP to U.S.: Stay Out of Our Civil War
# Chinese hackers are really curious about the U.S. and Iraq 
Jihadi brides from West seek lives with militants on the front lines
 
Iran
# Khamenei says Iran needs significantly greater uranium enrichment
# Iranian lawmakers want to restrict Khatami from public
# Iranian reporter sentenced to two years in prison and 50 lashes
# "Iran's Russia Problem" - Mark Hibbs, Carnegie
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Abdullah has not declared a parallel government, but says he won vote
# Crisis risks "splitting country"
# "Pakistan's War At Home" - Shahid Javed Burki, Project Syndicate
# On army foray, "get used to disappointment"
 
Central Asia
Uzbek food in Queens and Brooklyn
# Video: CNBC analysis of Kazakhstan tourism push
 
Caucasus
# Beard-shaving attack stokes sectarian tension in Azerbaijan
 
Of Interest
# The next big programming language you've never heard of

The Rundown -- July 8

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 7i
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July 07, 2014
Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze has died at age 86, Russian activists protest outside the trial of two opposition leaders, and Serbians demand aid in the wake of disastrous floods, plus stories from Pakistan, Iraq, and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Abubakar Siddique's book, "The Pashtun Question," reviewed by EurasianetFriday Times, and "Open" magazine
# Read Golnaz Esfandiari in Informed Comment on how Iran's special forces are intervening in Iraq
Foreign Policy cites Antoine Blua's obituary of Shevardnadze
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL Iraqi Service video of Indian nationals being forced to flee
 
Russia
# Dugin warns of backlash against Putin if he doesn't help pro-Russian separatists 
# Duma passes law banning advertising on non-state TV 
# NTV airs death threat against Olga Romanova
# Mike Tyson to Russian reporters: "Get out of the Ukraine!"
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine rebels retreating for last stand
# "Fear, Not Ambition, is What Fuels Moscow in Ukraine" - Mary Dejevsky, "Guardian" 
# Ukraine demanding return of combat dolphins from Russia
 
Eastern Europe
# Belarus and Kazakhstan refuse to support trade sanctions against Ukraine
 
Iraq
# Iraq political impasse deepens
# U.S. officials say ISIL quarreling with Sunni allies
# "Getting the Sunni Gang Back Together" - Steve Coll, "New Yorker"
# "Iraq — or Sunnistan, Shiitestan and Kurdistan" - Jake Flanigan, "New York Times"
# Baghdadi wore a $6000 watch during Iraq speech
 
Iran
# Iran leaders split over support for al-Maliki
# Iran Nuke talks making little progress, according to diplomats
# Iran considering U.S.-trained economist as new UN envoy
# Iranian cleric on state TV calls Jews "sorcerers"
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan election commission says Ghani wins, but Abdullah rejects results
# Kerry expresses "gravest concern" about potential Abdullah parallel government
# "Guardian" profile of Ghani
 
Caucasus
# Baku basks in architectural attention
# Eduard Shevardnadze dies
 
Of Interest

The Rundown -- July 7

RFE/RL in the Media
 
# Former BBG governors Dennis Mulhaupt and S. Enders Wimbush defend international broadcasting congressional legislation in "Weekly Standard
Global Voices cites RFE/RL Turkmen Service reporting on Turkmenistan wedding "traditions" 
 
Ukraine
# After regaining Slovyansk on Saturday, Kyiv regains four more eastern cities 
Thousands turn out for pro-Russian separatist rally in Donetsk, which may be rebels last stand  
# Over three months, Donetsk becomes a "ghost-town
# Pictures from Kyiv's retaking of Slovyansk 
# Ukraine shows "uselessness" of NATO nukes in Europe
 
Russia
# Russian bank head is no "Putin yes-man
# Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians 
 
Eastern Europe
# Moldova bans Rossia 24 for six months 
 
Iraq
# "How Iraq Became Obama's War" - Jeff Greenfield, Daily Beast 
# Is Iraq's Sunni-Shi'ite conflict really about religion?
# "Ahmad Chalabi: From Pariah to Iraq's Next Prime Minister?" - Martin Chulov and Spencer Ackerman, "The Guardian" 
# "Don’t Overestimate the Islamic State" - Michael Rubin, "Commentary" 
 
Iran
# Iranian pilot killed defending shrine in Iraq 
# "Iran Pursues Subtle Strategy on Iraq" - Bill Spindle, "Wall Street Journal" 
# Recycling, Iranian style 
# "Obama Tested By Iran" - Christina Marcos, "The Hill" 
 

Afghanistan/Pakistan

# Afghanistan looks to Indian smart cities as example 
# Afghan troops struggle to retake Helmand; Taliban leader killed there 
# Afghanistan warns to "use Facebook responsibly
# Father and four others charged in stoning death of pregnant woman
 
Central Asia
# Uzbek referee Irmatov has officiated more games than any other in World Cup history 
 
Caucasus
# Armenians worried over potential Erdogan presidency 
# "Azerbaijan and the Two EUs" - Today's Zaman 

The Rundown -- July 3

RFE/RL Video Roundup - July 2i
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July 02, 2014
A suicide bomber kills air force officers in Afghanistan, an assassination attempt on a Pakistani journalist, thousands cheer parliament's approval of EU pacts in Moldova, and Kazakhs protest Russian rocket launches.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# RFE/RL mentioned in "New York Times" article on dispute between VOA journalists and union
# Read Merkhat Sharipzhan in "Moscow Times" on Russia's pressure on neighbors 
CPJ quotes RFE/RL on Politkovskaya case
 
Russia
# Russia warns U.S. against more support for Syrian opposition
# Russia softens stance on Bitcoin
# Russia vetoes House of Cards shooting at Security Council
# Russian biker gang attack -- watch until the end
 
Ukraine
# As Kyiv makes gains rebel leaders agree to cease-fire talks
Who's who in the "DPR"
# "Wake up, Ukrainians, and Reconsider Your Struggle" - Maciej Bartkowski, "Kyiv Post"
 
Eastern Europe
# Moscow seeks closer ties with Transdniester after Moldova EU deal
 
Iraq
# Maliki offers general amnesty 
# "The Caliphate Fantasy" - Khaled Diab, "New York Times"
# Ankara no longer resistant to a Kurdish state on its border
# "The 'Sons of Iraq,' Abandoned by Their American Allies" - Philip Dermer, "Wall Street Journal"
# How Iraq's military can bounce back
Water supply key to outcome in Iraq and Syria
 
Iran
# Profile of Qassem Suleimani, the "modern day Karla"
# Zarif posts "defiant" YouTube message to the West on negotiations
Oil risk flares in Iran nuclear talks
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# The "good news" from Afghanistan 
# "Afghanistan is Not Iraq -- For Now" - Rob Crilly, "The Telegraph"
# Pakistan approves sweeping anti-terror bill
# Where have Pakistan's militants gone?
# Pakistan's only brewery is coming to the United States
 
Central Asia
# "What Central Asia Taught America about Geopolitics" - Scott Radnitz, "National Interest"
# "From Central Asia to Moscow, Riding the Bribery Express" - Konstantin Salomatin, Eurasianet
 
Of Interest
# Quiz: Can you tell what makes a good Tweet?
# "Guardian" articles being hidden by Google in Europe

The Rundown -- July 2

RFE/RL Video Roundup -- July 1, 2014i
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July 01, 2014
Christians flee Islamic militants in Iraq, utility price hikes spark protest in Armenia, the Hungarian prime minister visits Serbia, plus stories from Georgia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Russia, and Pakistan
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Merkhat Sharipzhan in Project Syndicate and Gulf News on the struggle of former Soviet countries to head West
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL video of displaced people in N. Waziristan
 
Russia
# Finland's Lenin museum getting a makeover
# How a hacker helped ProPublica discover a secret infusion of Russian cash to Syria
# "Russia is Punching Above Its Weight" - Mark Galleotti, "Moscow Times"
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine forces launch massive assault in Donetsk and Luhansk
# Russian journalist says reporters were "set up" on night cameraman was killed
# "A Battle in Ukraine Echoes Through the Decades" - Andrew Higgins, "New York Times"
# ViceNews dispatch: the cease-fire that wasn't
 
Iraq
# "Iraq Must Not Come Apart" - Leslie Gelb, "New York Times"
# Why Turkey wants Iraq to break up
# Is ISIL on the brink of "sputtering out?"
# ISIL threatens al-Qaeda as extremist flagship
 
Iran
# Iran has deployed all of its SU-25 attack planes to Iraq
# Former Saudi intelligence chief calls Syria "festering wound" that fostered ISIL
# Iran shoots Modern Family almost scene-for-scene, but without the gay couple
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan becomes unlikely safe haven for Pakistan refugees
# Afghanistan trying to block Facebook pages amid heightened election rhetoric
# Pakistan rejects allegations of involvement in Afghanistan fighting
 
Central Asia
# "Guardian" editorial about academic detained in Tajikistan
# Central Asia's new "superstate"
 
Of Interest
# How Jeff Bezos is changing the "Washington Post"

The Rundown -- July 1

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 30i
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June 30, 2014
Daghestan's seaside hotels accommodate refugees fleeing fighting in Ukraine, Moldova's government sponsors Romanian language courses for civil servants, Belarusian Catholics take part in an annual pilgrimage, plus stories from Iraq.
RFE/RL in the Media
 
# "New York Post" cites RFE/RL on new Kazakh sport legislation
The Blaze writes about John Steinbeck speech delivered over RFE/RL in 1954
 
Ukraine
# Poroshenko declares end to cease-fire
# Hundreds of people have dissappeared in eastern Ukraine
# In Ukraine, frustration was growing with Kyiv's peace efforts 
# Russian journalist dies as witness alleges "devious plot"
 
Russia
# A like or a retweet can now be punished by five years in jail 
# HRW on the one-year anniversary of Russia anti-LGBT law
# A rundown of Kremlin far-right outreach
 
Iraq
# Mortar shells hit gates of revered Shi'ite shrine in Sammara 
# ISIL's newest recruits are ten-year-olds
# "Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater" - James Risen, "New York Times"
# The Iraqi Christians who refuse to flee as ISIL attacks
 
Iran
# Officials calling ISIL a U.S. plot to tarnish Muslims
# Bill Burns expected to attend Vienna talks
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# ViceNews video: Afghanistan election dispute pushing country toward political crisis
# Pakistan launches ground operation against militants
# Analyst says 1,000 Chinese jihadists training in Pakistan
# Shi'a are being killed by extremists in Pakistan
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijanis win in Syrian art contest
# Azerbaijan satellite begins broadcasting Russian TV channels 
 
Central Asia
# Yahoo News calls Turkmenistan a "new shopping Mecca"
# Kazakhstan continues Moscow criticism on Baikonur facility 
# Viniculture revival in Kazakhstan 
 
Balkans
# Kosovo arrests three with alleged ties to ISIL 
 
Of Interest
# NYT World Cup "set piece"
# AP will use robots for some business stories

The Rundown -- June 30

RFE/RL in the Media
 
Latin Post cites RFE/RL reporting on Association Agreements signed Friday
Newsy uses RFE/RL Balkans Service video on Princip's legacy
 
Iraq
# New alliances bring old enemies together to fight ISIL advance
# "The ISIS Battle Plan for Baghdad" - Jessica Lews, Institute for the Study of War
# ISIL crucifies eight "moderate" rebels, then displays their bodies
# Lebanon's lessons for Iraq
 
Iran
# Khamenei says Iraq conflict not Sunni-Shia, but between "humanity and barbarity"
# Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Qatar promise to "fight terror" together
# Israel's former ambassador to U.S. says "the lesser evil is the Sunnis over the Shi'as"
# The effect of turmoil in Iraq on Iran nuclear negotiations
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Abdullah says he will not accept any election commission decisions
# How can Afghanistan escape the "aid bubble?"
Social media in Afghanistan grows with expansion of 3g networks
# Pakistani teen set alight after rejecting marriage proposal; another couple hacked to death over unapproved marriaged
# Foreigners avoid "killer mountain" following last year's terror attack
 

Ukraine

# Ihor Kolomoisky has a shark tank in his office, and more in a "Wall Street Journal" profile of the powerful Dnipopetrovsk governor
# Thousands gather in Kyiv to protest cease-fire
 
Russia
# In U.S. nudge, Russia sends planes and experts to Iraq
# Is Russia "replacing U.S." in Iraq?
# Responding to flood of anti-Ukraine propaganda, Russian website stops aggregating trending news 
# U.S. reportedly appointing former Ambassador to Ukraine Mark Tefft to post in Russia (Kommersant, in Russsian)
# Video: Elton John to try to talk to Putin about gay rights on next trip to Russia
 
Central/Eastern Europe
# Vandals deface Lipka Tatar mosque in eastern Poland
# Lavrov denies Russia's role in Polish leak scandal, but says tapes show "political realism
# Belarus university in exile looks to the West
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan says deeper energy ties with U.S. coming
Jury selection begins in trial of Tsarnayev friend
 
Of Interest
# PHOTOS: LGBT couples in the early 20th century
# BBC real time coverage of Archduke Ferdinand assasination
# "On losing" in soccer (2010)

The Rundown -- June 27

RFE/RL Video Roundup – June 26i
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June 26, 2014
Syria carries out air strikes against militant positions around an Iraqi border crossing, displaced civilians in northwestern Pakistan receive humanitarian aid, former government workers protest in Afghanistan, plus stories from Bosnia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Global Voices cites RFE/RL Ukrainian Service report about police using Facebook in western Ukraine to improve accountability
 
Russia
Neighbors with Ukraine's refugees
# Russian policewomen to be disciplined for short skirts
# Kerry turns up pressure on Russia
# "Russia's Military is Back" - Nikolas Gvosdev, "National Interest" 
# Russia's very expensive World Cup failure
 
Ukraine
# Government representatives and rebels to meet Friday; four OSCE observers freed
# Atlantic Council says tactics in the east should be called "terrorism"
# "Toxic Waste, Toxic Scandal in Kalush" - Christopher Miller, "Kyiv Post"
# Is anyone in charge of the Russian nationalists in Ukraine?
 
Eastern Europe
# Moldova preparing for intense blowback from Moscow after signing Association Agreement today
# Residents of Dorotcaia pushing to join Transdniester
 
Iraq
# Read RFE/RL Iraqi service's daily Anbar updates
# ISIL gains doing wonders for recruitment'
# As legislators meet to form new parliament, support for Maliki among Shi'ite factions is slipping
# "Let ISIS Play Out Its Role in History" - David Andelman, "USA Today"
# Iraq spending $1 billion on Zaha Hadid-designed parliament
# Is Iraq Assad's path back to "respectability?"
 
Iran
# "America and Iran Can Save Iraq" - Mohammad Ali Shabani, "New York Times"
# Iraq insurgency causes debate inside Iran about whether regional policy is working
# Drafting of final Iran nuclear accord underway
# A look at Iran's arsenal
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Death toll rises to above 100 in fighting in southern Afghanistan
# Tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan rise
# Civilians fleeing N. Waziristan ask "Why weren't we warned?"
 
Central Asia
# "The Tajiks' Forgotten War" - Joshua Kucera, "New York Times"
 
Of Interest
# Can the "New York Times" bury its blogs without weakening impact?
# Rap has become a diplomatic tool

The Rundown -- June 26

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 25i
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June 25, 2014
Government forces battle Sunni militants in Iraq, Russian lawmakers revoke authorization to use military force in Ukraine, nationalists in Armenia protest the trial of their leader, plus stories from Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Fred Petrossian in Global Post on censorship in Iran
News Oklahoma cites Oleksiy Arunyan's story about the consequences of banning methadone clinics in Crimea
Vox uses RFE/RL map of hypothetical future Iraq and Syria
 
Russia
# Russian stocks have completely rebounded since sanctions tumble
Follow the money to see why sanctions aren't working
# Additional sanctions may be delayed
# "Putin Is Not A Nationalist" - Andrei Tsygankov, "Moscow Times"
# Russian Twitter account spoofs State's UkraineProgress with IraqProgress
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine FM welcomes Russian move to vote down Putin right to use force
# Ukraine to sign EU Association Agreement on Friday
# Right Sector seizes oil refinery belonging to partner of Yanukovych's son
# Germany playing "good cop, bad cop" on Ukraine
 
Iraq
Spying dropoff preceded fresh insurgency
# ISIL tries to grab its own airforce
# Iraq's Kurds weigh going it alone
# One Iraqi fighter who came back from Syria to fight ISIL at home
# "Questions Rebels Use to Tell Sunni From Shiite" - Alissa Rubin, "New York Times'
 
Iran
# Iran and Syria now involved in Iraq efforts against militants as U.S. sends in troops; Kerry issues light warning to Syria
# Iran sending in drones and supplies
# Three Iranian troops killed near Iraq border
# Bosnia sinks Iran, ending hopes of advancing; Portuguese coach quits
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Displaced in Pakistan rises to 450,000 as military operation continues
# Afghan forces fight Taliban onslaught in the south
# Airlines halt flights to Peshawar after attack
Dung-free milk desire drives Engro food sales in Pakistan
 
Caucasus
# "Azerbaijan: A Country of Amputated Spirits"- Arzu Geybullayeva, Al Jazeera
 
Central Asia
# Russia and China "talk past each other" at SCO meeting
 
Of Interest
# "Times" ending the Lede blog

The Rundown -- June 25

RFE/RL Video Roundup - June 24i
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June 24, 2014
Civilians continue to stream out of an embattled Pakistani tribal area, shop owners in northwestern Pakistan take to the streets to save their businesses, protesters in Moscow demonstrate to protect the Sochi National Park, plus stories from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
RFE/RL in the Media
Yahoo News uses RFE/RL video of displaced civilians in North Waziristan 
 
Iraq/Syria
# In Mosul, feared ISIL crackdown has not materialized 
# Iraq crackdown on Internet to prevent spread of ISIL propaganda 
# Why is Ankara recalibrating its Syria policy
# "Obama's Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy" - Peter Beinart, "The Atlantic"
# The seven al-Qaeda rules ISIL is breaking
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Moscow's Afghan Endgame" - Richard Weitz, The Diplomat
# HRW calls on Afghanistan to end "moral crimes" prosecutions
# Navy Seal saviour marked for death by the Taliban
# Pakistan censors "New York Times" story
# Pakistan refugees protest against food shortages
 
Iran
# ISIL hails Messi goal over Iran, calls on him to join jihad
# Rohani breaking norms by fighting back against hardliners
# On Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, "the closest thing Iran has to J. Robert Oppenheimer"
# World Cup euphoria "evoking Iran of our imagination"
Breaking the law to go online in Iran
 
Russia
# Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine
# Goble says Putin carrying out "biggest information special op in modern times"
# Austria and Russia sign South Stream deal
# Psaki superimposed into Bulgakov's Heart of a Dog
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine rebels break cease-fire, shoot down government helicopter; Russia reportedly claims Ukraine broke it
# UN estimates 423 killed in Ukraine's east
# BBC speaks to Ukrainian refugees in Russia
# "Putin Readies Stealth Mode in Ukraine" - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
 
Eastern Europe
# Leanca says strong pro-EU stance will eventually lead to benefit in relations with Russia
 
Central Asia
# "Central Asia is China's Backyard, Not Russia's" - Casey Michael, "Moscow Times"
 

The Rundown -- June 24

RFE/RL Video Roundup – June 23i
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June 23, 2014
Tensions run high in Pakistan after clashes involving supporters of a prominent cleric, aid reaches people fleeing violence in Pakistan’s northwest, a prominent Belarusian rights activist pledges to continue his work following his release from prison, plus stories from Afghanistan and Russia.
RFE/RL in the Media

Eurasia Review republishes Golnaz Esfandiari's piece about religious minorities using the Internet to pray 
Foreign Policy cites RFE/RL Russian Service reporter's questioning of why an inexperienced reporter was sent to front lines 
# "Wall Street Journal" cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraq crisis 
 
Iraq 
# Video: Kurd president hints strongly of independent path for Iraqi Kurds 
# Key oil refinery seized by rebels 
High tension during Kerry meeting with Maliki 
# "Iraq's House of Cards" - Robin Wright, "New Yorker" 
# The Syrian roots of Iraq's civil war 
# Western intervention a "gift to ISIS"  
 
Iran
# Three people arrested after video of men and women together in support of World Cup team 
# Iran files complaint to FIFA over referee 
# Tehran may allow snap inspections of nuclear facilities in final accord 
# Iran says it could make up for oil supply issues emanating from conflict in Iraq 
# "How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together" - Ben Van Heuvelen, Daily Beast
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghan election official quits over corruption allegations 
# "Will Obama Repeat His Iraq Mistakes in Afghanistan?" - Marc Thiessen, "Washington Post" 
# The men who run Afghanistan: Inside Karzai's inner circle 
# Pakistan military offensive further imperils country's polio crisis 
# Pakistan author's debut novel captures Karachi 
# Clashes in Islamabad over returning cleric 
 
Ukraine
# Ukraine separatists agree to cease-fire until June 27 
# Ukrainian analyst says EU cares less about values than EU 
 
Russia
# Twitter says it did not agree to block "extremist" accounts in Russia 
# "How Putin Uses Ukraine to Undermine His Rivals" - Vladimir Frolov, "Moscow Times" 
# Restaurant in Komi launches drone delivery service 
# "Clinton, Russia, and U.S. Foreign Policy" - Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie 
# "The Kremlin Is Trying To Erase Memories Of The Gulag" - Ola Cichowlas, "New Republic" 
 
Eastern Europe
# Lithuanian president says Russia offered cheaper gas to other Baltic states in exchange for dropping NATO 
 
Central Asia
# Central Asia meddling "suicidal for Russia
# Tajikistan hazing accusations attract attention and denials 
# Anger over air-conditioners in Turkmenistan
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan drops jury trial initiative 
# Georgian opera singer blames husband for anti-gay Facebook rant 
 
Balkans
# Bosnia indicts security chief over February unrest 
 
Of Interest
# Why monarchies still make sense 
# Facebook plans to own your phone

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